The Literary Film and TV You Must Stream in August ‹ Literary Hub

Each month, all of the major streaming services add a variety of newly acquired (or just plain new) shows, movies, and documentaries to their ever-changing libraries. So what should a dedicated reader see? Well, whatever you want, of course, but the name of this site is Literary Hub, so we kind of have an angle. To that end, here’s a selection of the best (and most comfortably bad) literary films and series available to stream this month. Have fun.

The Sandman
Stream it on: Netflix, 8/5

Literary Credibility: based on Neil Gaimans The Sandman (1989-1996)

Like you, we’ve been waiting for the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s classic –and extremely literary—Comic book series for some time now. The cast is exciting, the first look photos enticing, so now we just have to see.

Five Days Memorial
Stream it on: AppleTV+, 8/12

Literary Credibility: after Sheri Finks Five Days Memorial (2013)

Fink’s National Book Critics Circle Award-winning book — an extension of her Pulitzer Prize-winning article originally published in Magazine of the New York Times– describes the harrowing aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at Memorial Medical Center, where thousands of staff and patients were left without power for five days, and the later impact of the decisions staff had to make. Not exactly an easy summer visit, but probably worth your time nonetheless.

house of the dragon
Stream it on: HBO, 8/21

Literary Credibility: based on George RR Martins Fire & Blood (2018)

This game of Thrones Set 200 years before the events of the popular series, the prequel mainly deals with the elaborate backstory of House Targaryen. You know, the one with all the dragons!!!

You have mail (1998)
Stream it on: Hello, 8/1

Literary Credibility: it’s the old Big Bookstore vs. Tiny Indie 90s e-romance classic Nora Ephron!

was You have mail trying to warn us about the internet? Is it – despite being “the quintessential ’90s literary film” –actually bad? Why was deleted that subplot about a creepy author? These are the real questions of our time.

The Diary of Bridget Jones (2001)
Stream it on: Netflix, 1.8

Literary Credibility: based on Helen Fieldings The Diary of Bridget Jones (1996), itself roughly based on Jane Austen pride and prejudice (1813)

The movie that brought us this best mr darcy ever (not to mention a Top 5 authors cameo) is always worth seeing again. And hey, just like the book—even men will laugh!

The devil Wears Prada (2006)
Stream it on: Hello, 8/1

Literary Credibility: after Lauren Weisberger The devil Wears Prada (2003)

Listen, it’s the Stanley Tucci for me, but obviously Meryl’s also an icon in this adaptation that’s better than it needs to be.

Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Stream it on: Hello, 8/1

Literary Credibility: it’s right there in the name, guys

Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut isn’t an adaptation, but it is is my idea of ​​a “literary” film that explores the blurred lines between reality and art – not to mention being a portrait of obsession, my favorite literary subject. Plus, not for nothing, but any movie named after an idiom…

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
Stream it on: Hello, 8/1

Literary Credibility: according to Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox (1970)

Wes Anderson’s second-best movie (don’t @ me) is utterly charming and well worth watching again, whether or not you have young children who need air-conditioned entertainment this week or not.

under the skin (2014)
Stream it on: HBO, 8/1

Literary Credibility: after Michael Faber under the skin (2000)

Caution: This film is extremely strange. It doesn’t necessarily make sense. It doesn’t make you feel good either. But I saw it in theaters when it came out and I’ve never forgotten it – it’s a haunting, disturbing, enduring work of art.

Room (2015)
Stream it on: HBO, 8/1

Literary Credibility: based on Emma Donoghues Room (2010)

A harrowing book turned into a harrowing film – but one that’s definitely worth your time.

The end of the tour (2015)
Stream it on: HBO, 8/1

Literary Credibility: after David Lipsky Although in the end, of course, you become yourself (2010)

No matter what you think about David Foster Wallace and his opinion accompanying lit-brosYou have to admit Jason Segel nails it.

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