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1. Chef - "A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family." - Chef is not only a great movie, but a great vibe. It never fails to put me in a great mood and make me really hungry for good food.
2. Ip Man - "The life story of Yip Man, the first person to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun and Bruce Lee's trainer." - Ip man fucking ROCKS. I'm not the. biggest martial arts movie fan, but this is breezy and has some phenomenal fight sequences.
3. Steve Jobs - "Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac." - Not only is it much better than the Ashton Kutcher 'Jobs', it is one of the last phenomenal Fassbender roles before he went on a tear of stinkers(both lovable and very unlovable).
4. Monty Python's Life of Brian - "Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus Christ, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah." - This movie remains second only to Holy Grail for me as far as Monty Python goes. It's funny and holds up incredibly against time.
5. Cobra Kai - "Thirty-four years after losing to Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 All Valley Under-18 Karate Championship, Johnny Lawrence struggles to make a living as a handyman and gets fired from his job after an argument with a customer while Daniel runs a successful car dealership chain in the San Fernando Valley." - Like I mentioned in the video, I was very hesitant going into this because I'm not a massive fan of Karate Kid (I don't dislike it, just apathetic). But it is full of heart and incredibly easy to watch.
1. The Snyder Cut - "Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes" - It's the Snyder cut! Here is a spoiler free review:
2. Beverly Hills Cop - "A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills." - It's a comedy classic and honestly a fantastic palate cleanser who were bummed out by 'Coming 2 America'. (Like me)
3. A Time to Kill - "In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan." - There is an HBO series getting made right. now based on the follow up Grisham novel with Matthew McC coming back to his role. No better time to catch back up (plus it's a phenomenal courtroom drama).
4. Semi-Pro - "In 1976, singer Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) uses the profits from his only hit single to fulfill a longtime dream of owning a basketball team. His team, the Flint Michigan Tropics, is the worst team in the league, and what's more, the franchise may fold when the ABA and NBA announce plans to merge. It's up to Jackie and the Tropics to turn their game around and slam-dunk their chance for survival." - This movie came out when I was a freshman in HS and it unfortunatly dictated my nicknames for the next 4 years. Regardless, still a funny movie that is in the high-B low A-tier of Ferrell movies.
5. Godzilla King of the Monsters - "The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah." - Godzilla is beating that stupid monkey's ass at the end of the month. No better time to remind yourself why he is the KING.
6. Hot Fuzz - "Hotshot police officer Nicholas Angel smells foul play when the residents of a sleepy Somerset village start to die in terrible `accidents'. Something's afoot, but can he and daft local plod Danny Butterman find out what?" - I'm a huge Edgar Wright guy and will always cape for the first two installments in his Cornetto trilogy. It's extremely funny and will alwasy get a laugh out of me.
7. Animatrix - "A collection of nine short films features stories related to "The Matrix."" - If you are a fan of the original Matrix movie that was bummed out by the sequels, I have good news! There is other. good Matrix content out there, and it's called 'The Animatrix'.
8. Insomnia - "Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen." - I will forever say that this movie would be talked about a lot more favorably in the Chris Nolan catalogue if it had a better bad guy than Robin Williams.
9. Banshee - "An ex-con assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff in the small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania; where he has some unfinished business." - Bashee is fucking awesome. I think it can fill the Mandalorian sized hole in your heart that yearns for western-style series.
10. Warrior - "During the Tong Wars in the late 1800s, Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy from China, immigrates to San Francisco and becomes a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown." - I keep recommending this because the further I get in the series the more I love it. GOTTA WATCH.
1. Big Daddy - "A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father." - It's Big Daddy! Solid humor and a great dual father-son story that is always great to watch.
2. 28 Weeks Later - "Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan." - Not even close to being in the same league as the original. but still a very entertaining zombie movie. Although yes, they're not technically zombies.
3. Akira - "A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics." - Akira is one of the most famous anime movies for a reason. The animation holds up incredibly well and it is fascinating sci-fi plot.
4. Ninja Assassin - "A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan." - If you're looking for great fight scenes and a simple, no-nonsense plot, look no further.
5. Futureman - "A janitor, Josh Futturman, successfully completes his favorite video game (that was considered unbeatable), Biotic Wars, when suddenly the game's two main characters, Tiger and Wolf, appear and recruit Josh to save the world from the real Biotic Wars." - The second season was a little disappointing, but the first season is genuinely hilarious. The James Cameron Compound episode is one of my personal favorites.
1. Seven Psychopaths (Prime) - "A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu." - It's not on the level of McDonagh's previous work in 'In Bruges', but it is still a biting black comedy that I enjoy quite a bit.
2. Enemy at the Gates (Prime) - "A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad." - This is one of my favorite war movies that I fully recognize is not actually that good. I wore this DVD down to the bone when I was younger.
3. Turner and Hooch (Disney) - "A detective must adopt a rambunctious dog in order to help him find a killer." - The Josh Peck series is coming out soon, so you may as well watch now before he ruins it.
4. Ran (prime) - "In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other…and him." - One of Kurosawa's best (and also last) movies that takes the King Lear story and makes it even better.
5. Falcon and the Winter soldier (Disney) - "Six months after being handed the mantle of Captain America at the end of Avengers: Endgame Sam Wilson teams up with Bucky Barnes in a worldwide adventure that tests their abilities and their patience." - Instead of talking about it, here is a video review of the first episode.
1. Tommy Boy - "After his auto-parts tycoon father dies, the overweight, underachieving son teams up with a snide accountant to try and save the family business." - I don't need to pitch you on this.
2. The Italian Job - "After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally." - I love this god damn movie. So much so that It make me think Mini Coopers were kinda cool for a while.
3. We Were Soldiers - "The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news." - This is not on the level of other top-tier Vietnam War movies, but it's right near that tier for me.
4. Kingpin - "A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches." - Kingpin doesn't get the respect it deserves as a solid sports-comedy beyond just being the definitive bowling movie (just ahead of Lebowski).
5.The Roast of …. - Honestly, just go through and watch the best Greg Giraldo bits. He was just so god damn funny.