The summer continues to be sizzling, so if you're able to stay in and stream some entertainment to stay out of the heat, Cheddar recommends a documentary on the disastrous Woodstock '99 festival, a docuseries on New York City point guard legends, a sci-fi teen coming of age adventure, and a throwback cinematic classic.
Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 - Netflix
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
Netflix is adding to this summer's '90s nostalgia train with the new docuseries Trainwreck: Woodstock '99, which is a walk down memory lane with some of the key players that put on the disastrous music festival for a quarter-million music-lovers. It's chock full of film and video from the event, capturing the craziness, chaos, and truly incredible concert performances from the likes of the Korn, Limp Bizkit, Bush, and some of the other biggest bands in the world at the time. Watch how, in hindsight, the reboot of the '69 concert that focused on flower power went completely off the rails as commercialization kicked in for the modern era.
NYC Point Gods - Showtime
Picked by Reporter Lawrence Banton
For basketball fans, particularly the ones that appreciate top-notch ball handling, unmatched on-court vision, laser-like passes, and dazzling cuts to the rim that look like poetry in motion, you need to check out Showtime's NYC Point Gods. Co-produced by Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant, the documentary explores how hoops legends from the Big Apple started their rise to critical basketball acclaim. On Rucker Park to West 4th Street, legendary local courts, watch how NYC greats like Stephon Marbury, Rafer Alston, and Mark Jackson transformed the game forever with their unique style of play.
Paper Girls - Prime Video
Digital Editor Mike Nam
In the early morning hours after Halloween night in 1988, four 12-year-old paper girls in a suburb of Cleveland find themselves lifted caught in a war between factions divided over control of time itself. Based on the comic books written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, the story about Erin, Tiffany, Mac, and KJ has been likened to Stranger Things, but it really is its own thing, largely behaving more like a YA coming-of-age adventure — with time travel — rather than the more horror-centered violence of the Netflix hit. Sometimes the acting and pacing are uneven, but overall I thought it was a binge-worthy watch. All eight episodes for Season 1 are up on Prime and fingers-crossed for a Season 2!
Irma Vep (1996) - HBO Max
Picked by Reporter Alex Vuocolo
You may have heard about Irma Vep, the buzzy new mini-series on HBO Max about an American actor, played by Alicia Vikander, navigating the French film industry. Well, this is the 1996 movie that the show is based on, and after a recent rewatch to prepare for the new show, I can attest that it is as vital and provocative as ever. The film stars Hong Kong actor Maggie Cheung as a fictional version of herself who has been asked to play the part of an iconic French character in a remake of the silent film serial "Les Vampires." The film is both a documentary-style look at filmmaking in Paris at the end of the 20th century, and a cinematic rumination on the nature of art, performance, and the thin line between artifice and authenticity. I've yet to check out the new series, but I recommend checking out the original first.