1. Deep Impact
While nowhere near as good as it's twin film, 'Armageddon', it's still a very fun watch that has plenty of nostalgia for all us 90's kids. That Tea Leoni scene at the end :'(.
2. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Favourite) has a very specific directing style that works so well in this thriller. It's is the type of suspense/horror that is so distinctly well-made that it separates itself entirely from all the crappy, jump-scare horror out there.
3. The Place Beyond the Pines
Pines might be a little bit of an acquired taste, but it's hard to deny that the movie has borderline great moments. Also a retroactive all star cast by any metric. Gos God, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendo, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali and more.
4. Pan's Labyrinth
This is one of the movies that helped put Guillermo Del Toro on the map as a go-to fantasy guy. It's the best kind of freaky and weird and is a must-watch for fantasy fans in my opinion
5. Red Dawn (The original not the shitty-ass remake)
Fuck that remake, man. FUCK IT. The original is so god damn good and a bona fide classic in my eyes. The scene where the brothers talk to their dad at the fence, tears every time.
'Casino Royale' is easily a top 5 Bond movie no matter what way you want to grade them. Besides having great action it's also smooth, sexy, and very entertaining across the board.
One of the ultimate TV cart movies for me growing up, I'll re-watch this any day of the week. Peak Quaid shit.
'Rush' is fucking fantastic and it blows my mind that more people haven't seen it. I'm not a racing guy at all, but this is simply such a gripping story that I can't help but love every second of it.
I don't need to pitch you on this. You've seen it, you know it holds up, give it a damn re-watch for your sanity's sake.
Like the last movie, I don't need to pitch you. We also have a really interesting interview with the director of the movie, Rawson Thurber, if you want to learn some behind the scenes stuff.
If you are a fan of 'Parasite', check out this previous work by director Bong Joon Ho. It's an absolutely fascinating drama that you can double feature with 'The Host'.
This movie really only came to my radar after the Hollywood remake, 'Downhill' came out and flopped horrifically. It's an extremely funny scenario that is funny across languages.
I've said this many times before on the pod, but Taika Waititi doesn't miss. Both this movie and 'Boy' are fantastic films by him that highlight his passion for his home country of New Zealand. This movie has a ton of heart and plenty of humor.
I shouldn't have to sell you on this classic. To me, it is a must-watch.
'Three Identical Strangers' is one of the most heartbreaking documentaries I have ever seen. It's also one of the best, which makes it frustrating that it didn't get enough play upon release.
One of the top-15 movies of 2019 without a doubt, it's an expertly made drama. I love when a director makes a movie about the place they are from and you can really feel their passion and authenticity behind every frame. Give this oscar-snub a watch.
While I don't agree with France's decision to submit this movie as their international oscar film instead of 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire', this movie fucking rocks. I can't even really think of a good Hollywood comp because it feels that raw and different. If you don't mind the subtitles, this is a great drama-action watch.
Another movie that didn't get enough play in my opinion, this is my favorite Oscar Isaac performance by a fair margin. Great music, great singing, and drama with a kick of black comedy.
This is a VERY acquired taste, but god damn I loved this movie. It's so fucking bizzare and funny in only a way Robert Eggers could craft. Dafoe and Pattinson both gave Academy worthy performance and should have been recognized as such. I mean, listen to this monologue, that's just great stuff.
The theme song to this movie will be stuck in my head for the rest of my life and there is NOTHING I can do about it. Steve McQueen was one of the baddest motherfuckers in the game for a long time, and this and Bullit will always battle it out as 1A and 1B as his best role.