Batman Returns (1992)
Tim Burton’s second, and sadly final, outing in the batman franchise never got the love it deserved. To be fair, this McDonald’s endorsed “Kids movie” begins with attempted child murder and ends with a grotesque monster spitting out black goo and dying. But, when you can let the macabre wash over you, you will find that this may be an odd Batman film. It’s also a great Burton film. Available January 1, 2018.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Blake Edwards’s classic Romantic Comedy. Audrey Hepburn delivers her most iconic performance as the famed Holly Golightly. Though original Novella writer Truman Capote didn’t care for her in the part, I think she’s a delight as the free spirited Manhattan socialite. Also, aside from a horribly miscast/racist performance by Mickey Rooney, this classic holds up. Available January 1, 2018.
King Kong (2005)
Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake is beloved by some and, well, less beloved by others. If we’re all being honest here, this thing is way too long. However, it does have moments that will transport you and make you believe in the magic of the movies. Naomi Watts is great and Andy Serkis & Weta bring a great sense of pathos to the 8th wonder of the world. Available January 1, 2018.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
This Shane Black script by way of Richard Donner direction resulted in a true action masterpiece. Gibson & Glover are the quintessential buddy cop odd couple and any movie that has a climax where a character uses a street lamp as a weapon is brilliant. If you’re looking for an action movie set at Christmas, I can think of none better. I said it. Available January 1, 2018.
This film was criminally underseen upon its release and, even worse, is hardly talked about today. Long before Matthew Vaughn was synonymous with Mark Millar adaptations, he brought this Neil Gaiman story to life. With the risk of sounding like SNL’s Stefon, this movie has everything! Magic. Pirates. Robert De Niro trying. A performance by the always wonderful Michelle Pfeiffer. And it’s narrated by Sir Ian McKellen. What more do you need? Available January 1, 2018.
The Godfather Trilogy
There’s really nothing that needs to be said. Go watch them. Available January 1, 2018.
Training Day (2001)
Training Day is one of my go to rainy day movies. There’s nothing challenging about its themes. The plot is one you’ve seen a million times before (often from writer David Ayer’s oeuvre). But the lead performances by Denzel Washington & Ethan Hawke elevate what would be a middle of the road cop film to a kind of Greek tragedy. A Greek tragedy with supporting performances from Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre. Available January 1, 2018.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
I have loved this film since I first saw it when I was 7. I don’t know why I think this is a near perfect film though. Is it the fun of watching Willy Wonka slowly murder children over an hour and a half? Is it the acid trip boat ride that’s straight out of a horror film? Is it the songs? It’s probably the songs (with the exception of ‘Cheer up Charlie’ which grinds the move to a halt). Available January 1, 2018.
47 Meters Down (2017)
With ‘The Shallows’ in 2016 & ’47 Meters Down’ in 2017, we’ve established a solid trend of low budget, PG-13 “Female vs. Great White Shark” movies. Listen, is it ‘Jaws’? Or even ‘Deep Blue Sea’? Of course not. But it’s a solid shark movie and we more of those in the world. Available January 10, 2018.