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What Movies to Stream This July 4th Weekend (Staff Picks!)

As we roll into the holiday weekend, we wanted to bring you our staff picks for the best movies to stream this July 4th. From art-y documentaries to sci-fi classics, with our staff’s wide range of movie tastes, there’s something for everyone!

What’s YOUR pick for the best film to watch over July 4th? Tell us in the comments!

Running Man—Andy

Andy, Other 98’s Art Director, writes:

“Imagine if the Hunger Games series was set in the 80’s with Katniss being played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and you have the perfect way to kill an hour and a half wasting brain cells.”

Rent it on iTunes or watch it streaming on Netflix.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi—John

John, our Executive Director, writes:

“The most beautiful movie about food, family, and the quest for perfection that’s ever been made.”

Rent it on iTunes or get the DVD from Netflix.

What Happened, Miss Simone?—Alexis

Alexis, our Comms Director, writes:

“The things you don’t know about Nina Simone can probably fill a whole documentary — and they do! For example: did you know Nina Simone was trained as a classical pianist? This documentary is haunting, beautiful, and evocative. And you’ll learn much about one of the most brilliant artists of our time.”

Watch it streaming on Netflix.

Troll Hunter—Andy

This movie is like the Blair Witch Project only it’s set in Norway about some young film students who become obsessed with a man who claims he hunts trolls for the government. What more can you want?

Rent the DVD through Netflix or get it streaming on iTunes.

In a World…—Caty

Caty, our Development Director, writes:

“Lady-powered without ever approaching preachy, In a World… is about a female voiceover artist – with a famous voiceover artist dad – trying to break into a male-dominated world. Full of solid comedic performances, including the indomitable Tig Notaro.”

Watch it streaming on Netflix or rent it on iTunes.

Galaxy Quest—Andy

This film is somewhat based on the cast of the original Star Trek appearing at a sci-fi convention and then getting sucked into a real outerspace adventure. Bonus: the captain is as much of a douche as you would imagine William Shatner might be in real life!

Rent it on iTunes or watch it streaming on Netflix.

King Kong 1976—Andy

It’s hard to believe this movie was once considered state of the art, but it’s still a fun ride and it stars “The Dude”

Rent it on iTunes.

I Am Divine—Caty

Glorious documentary about Divine, the drag queen who inspired John Waters and redefined what drag could be. Includes photos and home videos of Divine’s childhood and teen years, which are fascinating. Funny, outrageous, and just a little bit sad.

Rent it on iTunes or watch it streaming on Netflix.

Independence Day—Kelly

Kelly, our Technical Director, cited this key passage from this 1996 blockbuster as the reason it won his July 4th pick:

[the President briefs the pilots before the final attack]
President Thomas Whitmore: Good morning.
[PA doesn’t work. Turns it on]
President Thomas Whitmore: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!
[crowd cheers]


Rent it on iTunes.

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