It’s mid-February already! Woo-Hoo! And with the winter blues almost past us, it’s time to reflect back on the past eight or ten weeks and see what we’ve learned, accomplished, achieved or… okay, who do I think I’m kidding? Everyone knows what we’ve been up to lately – binge watching T.V. series and movies on Netfix, in order to save money for our upcoming holidays…
So other than growing out our asses out a bit more, did we accomplish anything from all this exposure to Hollyweird? Actually, we did – sort of. Being movie buffs, (Well, Tristan and I are – Paula comes along for the ride and generally puts up with what we watch) we were able to re-watch some of our favourite films over and over again, which not only thrilled us to no end, but also allowed us to save our hard earned cash at the same time… win- win!
So in honour of this slacker’s route to saving money, I’m going to point out a few of the flicks we deemed worth multiple views – giving a brief description/review of what each one’s about, and why we like it so much. So in no particular order, let’s get to this.
Pans Labyrinth – From Guillermo del Toro, this is one of my all-time favourite films EVER. Set during WW II, while her sadistic Nazi Stepfather is rooting out and torturing rebels, a young girl disappears deep into an underground world full of elves, fairies and a wickedly cool half goat-half man thingy… Not for kids, and very creepy, this film simply has to be seen to be believed how good it is… BTW, it’s subtitled; but the visuals are nothing short of amazing, and make all the reading well worth it.
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp’s take on racism in South Africa, thinly veiled to show the prejudice between the “locals” and the “foreigners”, who just happen to be aliens from outer space looking to relocate in Johannesburg. Awesome effects, and very realistic in making us believe the aliens are very human as well… This is such an unusual film, and so unique – definitely will leave you wondering W.T.F. about a few things.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – The only film from this year that just happens to be on Netflix already, TGBH is a typical Wes Anderson film, full of whimsical characters, settings and goofy scenarios. Ralph Fiennes is brilliant as the sleazy Gustave H, a legendary concierge who shags old women for their money. The cast is rife with the usual W.A. suspects, (plus a few new ones) who – as usual – all in fine form. This film is great way to spend a couple of hours on a cold day, laughing your ass off, and will probably make you seek out Moonrise Kingdom – also available on Netfilx!
Warrior – I stumbled upon this film one day and couldn’t believe just how incredible Tom Hardy is in it. This drama features two brothers (Joel Edgerton is the other) who – in order to earn the money they need – wind up fighting in Mixed Martial Arts, with unsuspecting consequences. I’m telling you that T.H. is built like a frickin’ pit bull in this show, and his fight scenes are top-notch. Good supporting cast as well… yep, even Nick Nolte who stretches his acting chops by playing an over-the-hill drunkard… did I really just say that?
The Fault in Our Stars – I stand corrected: Besides GBH, here’s another new film, kind of a “young adult” film starring Shailene Woodley (the “other” Jennifer Lawrence) as Hazel Grace Lancaster a young woman who has (a) the coolest name on the planet, and (b) cancer… I won’t get into anymore other than to say that besides being a tearjerker, this is one of the best films I’ve seen all year, with good, solid characters and great acting by some “up and comers”… but definitely bring the kleenex when you watch it!
30 Days of Night – As a small town in Alaska settles in for a full month of darkness, the one thing they didn’t count on was the onslaught of stylish vampires who decided to show up, and blood-sucking madness ensues! While the sheriff (Josh Hartnett) tries to keep it together, shit goes crazy all around them. Danny Huston and Ben Foster are both terrifying in their roles; and best of all, is the way this film was all shot inside a studio allowing for some wicked camera angles and cinematography. Watch with the lights on, and don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
The Other Woman – This is one of the funniest films ever, because of Leslie Mann’s hilarious performance. Sure, Cameron Diaz is funny enough, but it’s Mann’s jilted housewife who has all the best lines. (“You and your vagina just get in the car and get out of here!”) And sure, while it’s obvious Kate Upton (“The boobs”) is here just as eye-candy, she’s actually pretty sweet in the role… okay, she’s eye-candy, end of story. Seriously though, one of the funniest movies ever.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KrX7HGjt4k
Just Friends – Hands down, this is the funniest Ryan Reynolds movie ever, (Including his close second, “The Proposal”) as it shows him in his true comic form – and not all serious with a furrowed brow the whole time like in that horrible “Buried”… As a very overweight, shy, small-town high school schmuck, Chris has been crushing on hottie Jamie for years, and has been perpetually stuck in the “friend zone”… Flash forward about 15 years and he now looks like Ryan Reynolds, (abs and all) and is a successful Hollywood agent. He goes back home for Christmas, and those old feelings creep up… but will the small town girl have new feelings for the L.A. big-shot? This movie is by far one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a while – Reynolds is so funny in the fat suit, singing “I’ll be there” to the mirror, (check the credits) and if that doesn’t make you watch this, I don’t know what will. Anna Faris (Mrs. Chris Pratt) stars as a narcissistic L.A. singer bimbo, and is her usual hilarious self.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GbWk–Cv0Q
What’s Your Number? – Speaking of Mr. and Mrs. Pratt, here’s another funny, funny movie that stars both them, plus C.P.’s severe bromance-dude, Chris Evans. In it, Ally (Faris) believes that if a woman sleeps with more than 20 people, she’ll never find true love. Believing that she’s been bedded by 19 guys already, she goes on the hunt for old boyfriends – just to see if any of them were really “the one”. And being a rom-com, she has her slacker neighbour (oddly enough, looking like and built like Captain America) follow her around, and helping her out of the occasional odd or weird encounter, with obvious consequences… I did say “rom-com”, right? Either way, A.F. once you’ve watched Anna Faris, you’ll fall in love with her too. Way to go, Starlord!
What the hell are you doing still reading this? Get to the couch, get the Netflix going, and enjoy this cinematic buffet! Cheers~!