“Galaxy Quest” (1999 – 7.3) – Sigourney Weaver and Tim Allen are at their finest. It is a ridiculous funny spoof of science-fiction, drawing inspiration from cheesy “Star Trek” episodes from the 60’s. An endless list of quotes (“Do you see a rudimentary lathe?“) about the nature of man and our need for exploration.
“Frost/Nixon” (2008 – 7.7) – This is what happens when blurred lines create chaos. A dramatic retelling of post-Watergate interviews: “It is better to have your enemies in the tent pissing out, then outside the tent pissing in!” LBJ.
“Anything Goes” (2008 – 6.6) – It’s de-lightful and de-served downtime. This movie is amazing: music, dancing, a brief history lesson, with an all-star cast. I Disagree with the rating, as the ending was filled with happy tears. The music subtly reveals the sexual appetites of Hollywood Elite.
“The Planet of the Apes” (2011 – 7.6) – John Lithgow‘s character brings to light many of our current issues: what to do with an aging population? How much effort we give to extend life, what experiments are ethical? and What do we do when we’ve gone too far? In a Frankenstein-esque story line, we created a monster.
“Office Space” (1999 – 7.8) – I think, for most people, this is when we saw Aniston for the first time beyond “Friends”. We had no idea her movie career would propel her even further. Back in the day, you were either in TV or movies – she has now mastered both, while defending her lack of “flair.” John C. McGinley – as the boss – is darkly hilarious!
“X-Men First class” (2011 – 7.8) – Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy bring the resurrected franchise back to life with its youthful twist. Kevin Bacon – as the enemy – is transcendent. It does provide some continuity errors, but I’m just here to have fun.
“Terminator 2” (1991 – 8.5) – This is believed to be the best action movie ever made! The special effects from this movie drove up the cost substantially; in doing so, the effects were so tantalizing that the effects are now ubiquitous in modern movie telling. Oh, and the acting is spot-on, too!
“Bowling for Columbine” (2002 – 8.0) – This documentary by Michael Moore reveals panic economics. News stories create fear, fear leads to both necessary and mostly unnecessary purchases, radon testing, the club to keep your car from getting stolen, etc.
“The Proposal” (2009 – 6.7) – A truly funny rom-com that includes Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Betty White. The movie perfectly captures the fear of falling in love, of being vulnerable, with a particularly hilarious forest scene with White.
“Dark Shadows” (2012 – 6.3) – A super campy and fun vampire movie, starring Johnny Depp, in a trademark, unusual character. Did this series from the 70’s secretly spawn “Twilight” and Kirsten Stewart’s career?
“School of Rock” (2003 – 7.1) – What an inspirational movie this is! Can’t every school be like this? Following your passion, learning accidentally happens. This is the best of Jack Black. This is the best of childhood – with an awesome soundtrack!