Streaming Guide – June 2022

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Continuing our series of monthly streaming guides, here’s a look at steampunk-related movies and TV series that debut in June on major streaming services. Highlights include Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore on HBO Max, The Golden Compass on Netflix, and A Series of Unfortunate Events on Paramount+.

Peacock subscribers have several treats this month, including Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and all three Back to the Future movies.

Our usual caveats apply. The films and series listed here don’t necessarily qualify as steampunk, but should have some appeal for steampunk fans. Unless otherwise noted, they debuted June 1. We can only confirm premieres in the U.S., but some of the films may also be available on these streaming services in other countries.

Amazon Prime

The Time Machine (2002) – John Logan’s adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel stars Guy Pearce as the time traveler, Samantha Mumba as his Eloi love interest, and Jeremy Irons as leader of the Morlocks. It scored mixed reviews from critics but received an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in June: The sci-fi parody Galaxy Quest (1999), the zombie movie parody Shaun of the Dead (2004), and the classic Western Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Season 3 of The Boys, about a group of vigilantes in a fight against corrupt superheroes, debuts on June 3.

About Amazon Prime Video: Amazon Prime Video is a subscription streaming service available to Amazon Prime customers. It features original programming as well as movies and programs from other entertainment companies. Customers can also subscribe to other streaming services through Amazon Prime Channels.

HBO Max

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022) – The third entry in the Fantastic Beasts series arrived May 30 on HBO Max, just six weeks after its U.S. theatrical premiere. The story takes place in the early 1930s as Albus Dumbledore recruits a team of witches and wizards—plus one muggle—to foil the plans of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

The cast features Jude Law as Albus and Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Mads Mikkelsen took the role of Grindelwald in place of Johnny Depp, who portrayed the character in the first two installments. The film received mixed reviews from critics.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Set in 1932 in a fictional Eastern European country, this comedy-drama is notable for its unique visual style and a brilliant performance by Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H., the hotel concierge. The cast also features Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson.

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wes Anderson), and Best Original Screenplay. It won for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) – Fredric March starred in this biopic about the author, who’s become something of a steampunk icon. That’s partly due to the Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, Missouri, his boyhood home. As you might expect, the film features many real-life historical figures, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ulysses S. Grant, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb

Also arriving in June: Season 13 of Doctor Who (June 6) and Season 4 of Westworld (June 26). Also: Highlander, about an epic battle between immortal warriors in 1985 New York City, and The Importance of Being Earnest, Oliver Parker’s 2002 adaptation of the Oscar Wilde stage comedy.

About HBO Max: The streaming service from Warner Bros. Discovery features content from HBO as well as Warner Bros., DC, Turner Classic Movies, Studio Ghibli, and Adult Swim. It also has original series. Learn more on the website.

Netflix

The Golden Compass (2007) – This steampunk-influenced fantasy was the first attempt at an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. Set in an alternate Earth ruled by a theocracy, it tells the story of an orphan girl who embarks on a journey in search of a lost friend.

The film starred Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra Belacqua, Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter, Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel, and Sam Elliott as Lee Scoresby. It received mixed reviews from critics, some of whom knocked the film for its rushed pace. HBO and the BBC later adapted the novels into a TV series that’s received more-positive reviews, but the new production mutes some of the steampunk elements.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Peaky Blinders (Season 6) – This is the final season of the BBC’s critically acclaimed historical drama about a crime family in Birmingham, England. Cillian Murphy stars as Tommy Shelby, a World War I veteran who leads the gang. The first season was set in 1919, but by Season 5 it’s 1929 and Shelby is a member of Parliament. Though this is the last season of the series, creator Steven Knight has announced that he plans to continue the story as a feature film.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in June: Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy, about a family of superheroes, premieres June 22. James Cameron’s epic film Titanic also debuts this month.

About Netflix: Netflix is the world’s largest subscription-based streaming service, featuring content licensed from other companies as well as its own original movies and series. Learn more on the website.

Paramount+

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) – Adapted from Lemony Snicket’s children’s book series, the film tells the story of three orphans who undergo a series of mishaps in a neo-Victorian world. The movie stars Liam Aiken and Emily Browning as orphans Klaus and Violet, along with Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Billy Connolly, Catherine O’Hara, and Cedric the Entertainer. Carrey steals the show as the villainous Count Olaf.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

King Solomon’s Mines (1985) – This adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s 1885 novel recasts the adventure as a parody of the Indiana Jones movies. It stars Richard Chamberlain as Allan Quatermain, who journeys to an unknown part of Africa in search of a missing professor. The cast also includes Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, and John Rhys-Davies.

The film was panned by critics and received Razzie Award nominations for Worst Supporting Actor (Lom) and Worst Musical Score.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in June: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and Interview With the Vampire.

About Paramount+: This streaming service from Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS) includes content from CBS, Paramount Pictures, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian Channel. It’s the online home of the Star Trek TV franchise, including recent spinoffs branded as Paramount+ Originals. Learn more on the website.

Peacock

Brazil (1985) – Terry Gilliam’s groundbreaking dark comedy is set in a dystopian world ruled by a bureaucracy that relies on quirky, often malfunctioning, retrofuturistic technology. The cast features Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, and Michael Palin.

The film is on several “top movies” lists, including Wired’s list of the all-time best science fiction movies. Though set in the 20th century, it’s also regarded as an influence on steampunk.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) – Guillermo del Toro directed this sequel to Hellboy, with Ron Perlman returning in the title role, along with Selma Blair as Liz Sherman and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

The production design has strong steampunk elements, especially in the climactic fight scene. The film scored well with critics and has an 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Van Helsing (2004) – This gothic horror film stars Hugh Jackman as monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing in late 19th century Europe. The character was inspired by Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but in this story he encounters a variety of classic monsters, including Frankenstein’s creature. One of his weapons is a steam-powered crossbow.

The film scored well at the box office but was panned by critics. Despite this, it’s made some lists of top steampunk movies.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in June: All three films in the Back to the Future trilogy as well as 1917, Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed 2019 film about World War I.

About Peacock: Peacock is a streaming service from NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. It features original programming as well as content from NBC, Universal Television, Universal Pictures, and other sources. Some movies and series can be viewed for free, but others require a paid subscription. Learn more on the website.

Tubi

This free, ad-supported streaming service from Fox Corp. is debuting three films with steampunk appeal: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) along with Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Also new this month: The animated monster comedies Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) plus Luc Besson’s sci-fi opus The Fifth Element (1997).

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