Wednesday, June 21, 2006

10 must-see movies you haven't seen part III

Why crap out on a new release, when you can scoop up one of these trusty Absolute Best favorites from your local rental joint for less green…

The Last American Virgin - An unheralded 1980s teen comedy that ranks right up there with all the John Hughes movies, Risky Business, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The American Pie of the 80s. Great soundtrack, too.

Owning Mahowny - Philip Seymour Hoffman’s signature performance may be his Best Actor Oscar-winning turn in Capote, but the acting job he delivers in this film isn’t far off. Hoffman plays a compulsive-gambling bank vice president that rips off his Toronto employer for a cool $10.2 million.

Falling Down - I love this flick. Michael Douglas goes so berserk that he makes Mike Tyson look like a rational human being. Falling Down is more of a drama than a comedy, but I guarantee you’ll laugh your ass off.

Strangers on a Train - We’ve all seen such Hitchcock masterpieces such as Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo, or at least should have, but Strangers on a Train is every bit as good. Robert Walker gives one of my favorite performances as psychotic momma’s boy Bruno Anthony. This film was the inspiration for the classic Billy Crystal laugher Throw Momma from the Train.

Defending Your Life - Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and starred in this one. Best described as Groundhog Day lite, its a philosophical romantic comedy about life, death, love, and fear. Meryl Streep and Rip Torn bring it in supporting roles.

House of Sand and Fog - Point blank—an exhilarating emotional rollercoaster. Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley both bring their “A” game. Connelly and Kingsley’s characters are quarreling over a house, and as viewers we ultimately become just as torn as that house.

American Splendor - Sideways blew up Paul Giamatti, but first he tore it up as underground graphic novelist Harvey Pekar. This film is part drama, part documentary, all kick-ass. Hope Davis knocks her role as Pekar’s wife out of the park.

Ed Wood - A Tim Burton biopic starring none other than Captain Jack Sparrow as Ed Wood, unquestionably the worst director in cinema history. Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Patrica Arquette, and George "The Animal" Steele (seriously!) serve as Depp’s top-shelf supporting cast.

Chocolat - What the hell, pick up this Rom-Com and make it a Depp doubleheader. Juilette Binoche shines as the owner of a small chocolaterie, and Alfred Molina is magic as a devout mayor. How Molina didn’t receive an Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination is beyond me.

The Trial - Although I can’t agree, Orson Welles considered this his finest film before he passed away. I can tell you this—The Trial is at least in the same league as Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil. Based on the novel by Franz Kafka, the film serves as a reminder of just how talented Welles was.


At 7:55 PM, Blogger RightOnPeachtree said...

Pretty good list. The Last American Virgin was a pretty good movie that had a great soundtrack. Owning Mahowny was very good, as was House Of Sand And Fog.

A couple of movies that I (and maybe only I) like are Three O'Clock High and Hiding Out. I don't know why I liked them so much, but I did.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Adam Best said...

Haven't seen either of those... but I'll check them out! Thanks for stopping by.


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