1. Ip Man
Considering it's on of the best martial arts movies ever made, surprisingly few people I know have seen 'Ip Man'. Not only is Donnie Yen a certified action stud in this movie, but he also hits some solid emotional notes as well.
2. Monty Python's The Life of Brian
Few things hold up as well as Monty Python's work does. This movie often gets overshadowed by The Holy Grail, which kind of sucks because it is absolutely hysterical in its own right.
3. The Lobster
This movie is definitely strange, but it is exactly my kind of strange. Like with most Yorgos Lanthimos work, it's hilarious and biting black comedy. The difference here is the extremely deranged dystopian twist. All-career performances from Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz though.
4. The Invitation
This is an incredibly tense horror movie that will have you at the edge of your seat or your money back.
5. The Gift
This movie really put Blumhouse on the map for me because it is well made, smart, and expertly paced. If you're into psych horror, this is your bag, baby.
Jai Ho is an undisputed banger, and this Oscar winner should be on anyone's list to watch it if they haven't yet. Also, RIP to Irrfan Khan, who passed away recently.
"Coffee is for Closers" is one of the all time lines. This movie has a fantastic cast (minus, you know, that one guy), and as the child of a realtor it is like crack to me.
Killing Nazi's? Check. Ron Perlman, Ed Harris & Jude Law? Check. Awesome sniper action with minimal plot to pay attention to? Definitely check.
4. Fast 5
I probably should have made this pick #5, but whatever. I don't think I need to pitch any of you on a Fast franchise movie, but this is my personal #3 favorite out of all the ones they made so far.
5. Cast Away
This is a prophetic movie insofar that is predicted how nuts some of us go in isolation. I actually pre-ordered a Baby Yoda funko pop a few months ago (cause I'm a cool guy with a big penis) and only recently arrived to my apartment which I'm no longer at so I told my roommate to have it. He told me yesterday that it has become his Wilson and he talks to it every day. Normal!
Whether you're a parent with a kid or just like animation movies, you will definitely enjoy this. In fact, I bet you already watched this, Chris. Just kidding, I don't know if your name is Chris. If it is, though, you're probably pretty creeped out right now.
2. The Patriot
I already recommended this for Netflix subscribers a week ago, but in case you're a weirdo that has Hulu and not Netflix, here you go.
People sometimes shit on this movie, but it is unironically great. Who would have thought Stallone and Snipes would be the combo of the century?
This doc isn't about a topic that I thought I would click with, but boy was I wrong. You can see why it won at Sundance and was nominated at the Oscars.
I fucking LOVE Viggo Mortensen and he is incredible in this weirdo Indie role. It might not be for everyone, but give it a try.
Normally, I would post this with a full scene or something, but. I really don't want to spoil it. This is a gritty, grindhouse-type thriller that Vince Vaughn kills. Just be prepared to get grossed out, much like in S. Craig Zahler's other feature 'Bone Tomahawk'.
'First Reformed' is super dark drama that is maybe one of the worst Oscar snubs I've ever seen. This is Ethan Hawke's best career performance and it is a must-watch for drama fans.
Considering the movie came out in 2001, it's held up extremely well for the parody genre. Also, Lacey Chabert in that movie, my god.
This is a really fascinating story about a guy I never would have heard of if it wasn't for this movie. It's also a really great Joaquin Phoenix performance that goes under the radar for some reason.
5. The Farewell
Much like it's fellow A24 brethren 'First Reformed', this movie was also a huge Oscar Snub. Awkwafina absolutely killed this role both in subtle comedic moments and incredibly dramatic ones.