It’s getting hot just about everywhere and one of the best places to cool off this July will be the movie theater. You might even see one of your favorite hosts, as the month brings us four all-new theatrical releases, including some long-delayed tentpoles, that will get the Now Playing Podcast treatment. On the streaming front, the show will cover the latest Disney Plus Marvel series, while wrapping up a donation drive retrospective and delivering another Podbean Patron pick for listeners.
Here’s everything coming to Now Playing Podcast in July 2021.
July 2 – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob will finish off the Swedish adaptations of author Steig Larsson’s Millennium series starring Noomi Rapace as hacker Lisbeth Salander. This third installment picks up immediately after its predecessor, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and finds Salander put on trial for murder. Can her friend/lover Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) help clear her name? Now Playing’s review of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is available at the Gold Level of the 2021 Spring/Summer Donation Drive. A donation of $25 or more helps keep Now Playing on the air, and in return, supporters get 15 bonus podcasts.
July 6 – Yakuza: Like a Dragon
A week in between theatrical reviews finds Now Playing going back to its long-running video game movie retrospective. On July 6, the hosts review the 2007 Japanese film Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which is based off the 2005 game Yakuza.
July 9 – The Forever Purge
The long-anticipated fifth (and final?) film in the Purge series arrives in time for the Fourth of July holiday, and will be a bonus show for supporters of the Purge Retrospective Series. If you donated for the retrospective in 2018 or donate to the “Binge and Purge” level of Now Playing’s 2021 Spring/Summer Donation Drive, you’ll get 40 bonus podcasts, including this year’s The Forever Purge.
July 13 – Black Widow
At last, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film since Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters on July 9. Scarlett Johansson stars as the titular hero in a prequel that takes place after 2016’s Captain America: Civil War but before Black Widow’s death in Avengers: Endgame. Duh.
July 14 – Con Air
In a rare move, Now Playing will release an additional review on Wednesday, July 14 – this one another pick by a Podbean patron. Sean Ray elected to have the hosts review 1997’s Con Air, starring Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Mykelti Williamson, Rachel Ticotin, Nick Chinlund, Colm Meaney, Danny Trejo, Dave Chappelle, and a whole lot more. Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Bad Boys, Crimson Tide) produced the action blockbuster, which grossed $224 million at the box office.
July 16 – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Now Playing’s donation drive continues on July 16 with a review of director David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Hollywood’s take on Larsson’s novel stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in the roles of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, respectively. Fincher’s film was intended to kick off a new trilogy of American adaptations, and our hosts will discuss why that didn’t happen.
July 20 – Loki
One week after Black Widow, the Now Playing hosts will return to Disney Plus for Marvel’s Loki. The limited series starring Tom Hiddleston follows the God of Mischief in his post Avengers: Endgame struggle against the Time Variance Authority. Now Playing will review all six episodes in the series during the July 20 review.
July 23 – The Girl In the Spider’s Web
Director Fede Alvarez rebooted the Millennium stories in 2018, casting Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander in a story that finds the hacker at odds with a mysterious group called the Spiders. The film, to date, is the final adaptation of Larsson’s novels. Will that last? Our hosts will discuss that, and more, as they wrap up the Dragon Tattoo retrospective.
July 27 – Snake Eyes
The most famous character in the G.I. Joe universe at last gets a solo adventure on screen, as Snake Eyes aims to reboot the franchise following two films in 2009 and 2013. Henry Golding stars as the titular soldier/ninja in an origin story that includes famed Joe alums Storm Shadow, Scarlett, the Baroness, and the masters of the Arashikage ninja clan.
July 30 – Old
Another past donation retrospective gets an addition on July 23 with the review of M. Night Shayalaman’s Old. The thriller follows a group of people stranded on a beach that rapidly ages them, and they’ve got to find a way out before they all die of old age. Donors at the M. Night Blue level will receive the Old review and 34 additional bonus podcasts.