By Chad Wilson
Attention all film buffs, noobs and unfamiliars. Each month I’ll be reviewing and letting you know about movies out there that are MUST sees along with categorizing different genres. Now these films may not always be mainstream, in fact, the best movies are sometimes ones you have never even heard of. So, as we wait for those summer blockbusters, we shouldn’t overlook the amazing films this month and others that are just begging to be watched on Netflix. Being February and all, I have to bring up romance movies for you and your boo during the month of Valentine’s Day.
A must see indie flick in theaters is ‘Her’. This film explores a new generation who’s obsession with a new OS system becomes more than just a handy electronic helper. When greeting card writer, Theodore Twombly, (Joaquin Phoenix) has trouble meeting the right girl he turns to his electronic helper, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) for help. Soon it becomes apparent that Theodore becomes infatuated with his new digital pal, taking her on dates, singing with her and even having ‘relations’ with her (Yeah now you want to see the movie huh?). It’s a great film with some amazing cinematography, I really liked the subtleness of some of the small details in the background, not to mention amazing composition in some of the locations.
If you’re not wanting to pay the price of a movie ticket, go down to your friendly neighborhood RedBox location and rent something. A movie I would recommend for you is ‘The Spectacular Now’ an amazing film I was privileged to see premiere at SXSW last year. Its about a young man Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), who’s the typical womanizer douche-nozzle, but discovers he can be a better man when e meets shy, book worm Aimee (Shailene Woodley) It’s a great coming of age film with a lot of turns to the story you won’t see coming.
As for a Netflix-ing I have to go with another great underground flick called ‘Blue Like Jazz’ I loved this film, as a Christian its hard to find a film to recommend that doesn’t get too preachy and is not directed by Kirk Cameron. The film, based on the book of the same name, is about Don, (Marshall Allman) a kid who leaves his religious views behind when he goes away to college. He soon starts to rebel his Christian just when he gets involved with a girl named, Penny, (Claire Holt) who is a devout Christian. I am really pleased to see this film is still available on Netflix. Go check it out!
Now if you are still wanting to watch some films with your Sweet-tart. Here’s a Top 5 list of classic films you can rent or buy for cheap:
Titanic (1997) Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Wnslet Directed by: James Cameron
Forrest Gump (1994) Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Starring: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger Directed by: Gil Junger
Pretty Woman (1990) Starring: Julia Roberts, Richard gere Directed by: Garry Marshall
When Harry Met Sally (1989) Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan Directed by: Rob Reiner
Well that’s I have to over for your February movie review, stay tuned for more awesomeness in the next couple of months. It’s a different movie genre EVERY MONTH. Until next time make sure to stay classy and slightly sarcastic.