Some nights you just want to melt into the couch and forget about the world outside. But what are you gonna watch? Celebrity Rehab, Hoarders, Biggest Loser? How about something a little lighter? Try this 1977 comedy flick from the guys who made the legendary Airplane. Kentucky Fried Movie is crude and juvenile and has no real plot. In other words, it’s the perfect 2-hour escape.
Actor Tim Robbins plays a Vietnam veteran back home in New York who seems to be losing touch with reality. Shit gets weird & warped. Is it a side effect of the secret government drugs that were tested on him back in ’Nam? Is it delayed PTSD? As his life begins to melt and swirl around him, Robbins seeks the aid of friends to rescue him from his messed-up mind.
Due to lack of evidence, actor Richard Gere was never prosecuted for “gerbiling”, but he was taken to the cleaners in the court of public opinion. Regardless, he was able to deftly play the role of a powerful, fame-hungry lawyer in this 1996 legal thriller. Starring Ed Norton as the killer on trial, Gere gets tangled up in big city politics as the murder of the city’s archbishop unfolds. Can Gere get Norton off? You’ll have to watch and find out.
Long, stressful days on the job make you want to turn your brain off at night and chill. No more thinking. Just loafing. For those nights, you need a certain type of movie. One that makes you laugh and won’t force your brain into action in the least. Shaun Of The Dead is one of those movies. The story of a regular dude who just wants to hang at his local bar unbothered and then zombies try to ruin it.
There are a lot of reasons why Steve McQueen is hailed as the coolest dude in the history of Hollywood. Between filming huge movies he raced motorcycles; insisted on doing as many of his own stunts as possible; slayed the babes. But this 1968 movie sealed it. Hands-down, the sickest car chase ever filmed. McQueen is absolutely shredding the streets of San Francisco in a fastback Mustang as a gutsy cop trying to catch a crook. Classic.
In this gritty, action-packed thriller directed by Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK), actor James Woods plays a sleazy Photojournalist who is past his prime. Trying to revive his faltering career, he heads to El Salvador to document the ongoing civil war. As he works to extract his girlfriend from the war zone, keep his dirtbag pal (Jim Belushi) out of trouble and get the story, the plot reaches a boiling point.
Ten people in LA are connected by one single moment in time. Two killers, Danny Aiello and James Spader lead a superb ensemble cast through a twisted tale of intrigue, greed, sex, surgery, captivity & ammunition. It’s a crazy chronicle of two hot days in the San Fernando Valley’s sun-baked wasteland in the late 1990s.
This ridiculous and fantastic comic romp from 1981 is the early work of Director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Leaving Las Vegas) and features a heavy dose of Monthy Python-esque humor from the likes of John Cleese, and even Sean Connery. A gang of time traveling thieves swashbuckle their way through the greatest and strangest moments in world history.
How about period drama? No, we mean movies. 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a tribe of Brazilian natives in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. Robert De Niro lives by the sword and actor Jeremy Irons is the man of god. Sweeping cinematics and dark imagery bring the classic battle between good and evil into savage territory.
Ever heard the term “non-representational art”? If not, watch this movie for the definition. It’s a futuristic nightmare comedy, a dystopian satire. It was so bizarre in fact, director Terry Gilliam almost never saw its release. As the story goes, Universal Pictures felt the movie was too weird and delayed its release. So, Gilliam screened it for the LA Film Critics Assoc. They named it Picture Of The Year for 1985 and basically embarrassed Universal into releasing it.