by Patrick Bromley
You've got a few days to stream these picks before the Criterion Channel launches and gets all our attention.
(2006, dir. John Hillcoat) A great revisionist western (written by Nick Cave!) about Guy Pearce being tasked with finding and killing his brother (Danny Huston). This is the kind of movie that will make you feel like you're covered in dirt and blood, probably because everyone in the movie is covered in dirt and blood. John Hillcoat makes really grim movies. This is the best of them, and the one movie of his that I really like. (Watch on Amazon Prime Video
Observe and Report
(2009, dir. Jody Hill) For my money, Observe and Report
remains one of the best comedies of the 2000s and a movie that only gets better as the years pass. Seth Rogen and Anna Faris push their comic personas past their breaking points and Jody Hill is willing to let the material get really, really dark and fucked up. I love, love, love this movie. (Watch on Netflix
(2018, dir. Mike P. Nelson) This indie horror/action hybrid got more or less buried last year among the embarrassment of good genre movies we got, so I'm hoping some people discover it on streaming now. Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin (who, I'm assuming, is his generation's Jonathan Schaech) play a fractured married couple who have to travel across country in the post-war wasteland of America, besieged by roving gangs and various ne'er do wells. I know it can be lazy to boil a movie down to "fun," but this one is fun. There's not a better word to describe it. (Watch on Hulu
Race With the Devil
(1975, dir. Jack Starrett) Warren Oates and Peter Fonda drive an RV and get chased by a satanic cult. Did I just describe the best movie ever made? Quite possibly. Hopefully I had you at "Warren Oates." This movie rules. It would actually make a cool double bill with The Domestics
, too. (Watch on Shudder
(1991, dir. Nancy Savoca) This is one of Adam Riske's favorite movies
, and one that hasn't always been easy to see. The fact that it's now streaming for free is reason to celebrate. (Watch free on Vudu
I just watched Dogfight for the first time in the last few months and it is a delight. Can't say anything better than Adam said it, but it definitely is a must watch. There is a "first kiss" scene in an arcade that is perfection.ReplyDelete
Elric mentioned "Pete" Bromley on Shockwaves this week. I laughed.
Pete Bromley is the REAL brains behind F!This movie, Patrick is just the face man.Delete
I'd just like to point out that Triple Treath is available on Google PlayReplyDelete
Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Scott Adkins, Tiger Chen, Michael Jai White
Even though I've seen (and liked) the movie and know better, I keep thinking that is Jonathan Schaech on the poster for THE DOMESTICS.ReplyDelete
I watched The Proposition a couple years ago for Junesploitation, and really liked it. There were so many biting flying all through the movie, which really gave the setting a sense of realism.ReplyDelete
I agree with Patrick that Observe and Report is fantastic. Given how Seth Rogen has a tendency to play similar characters in most movies (probably because he's also the writer for all those movies), it's refreshing to see him play something a little different, and do it well. Michael Pena is hilarious too. For how dark the movie gets, it's really heartwarming at it's core.