Over and over we find ourselves scrolling through movie lists that seem redundant and unimpressive. There are rare moments in which movie junkies find themselves thoroughly impressed by a recommendation. Often they must act as their own independent contractors, searching for films that evoke that sense of passion, and pleasant surprise that first brought them into the realm of “Movie Junkie World.” I have compiled a short list of movies that I feel necessary for any film lover to be a part of. I sincerely hope you have not seen at least one of these movies. If not, well, I applaud your exquisite taste – Bravo!
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Directed by Gus Van Sant. Starring Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros, and Heather Graham. This movie delves into the world of drug addicts. Matt Dillon is great (surprising, I know) and Kelly Lynch is absolutely tantalizing. Cop the DVD because the bonus features include the production of the film, which offers wonderful insight into the world of filmmaking.
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Directed by David Dobkin. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, and Janeane Garofalo. Clay Pigeons offers everything I love in movies, comedy, crime, and a fantastic pair of breasts (just kidding, but not really). A young Joacquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn combination drive the movie. The pacing is just perfect and works really well in building the tension. Oh yeah, and Vince Vaughn’s laugh.
Directed by Alexander Payne. Starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, and Virginia Madsen. This movie sat on my “to do list” for much longer than it ever should have. Personally, this is probably my favorite movie of all time. Fantastic writing and great chemistry between Giamatti and Haden Church offer a dry comedy that offers originality and uniqueness unlike any other. The writing is fantastic, the acting is fantastic, pretty much everything is fantastic. A true masterpiece.
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, and Marisa Tomei. This past year we lost one of Hollywood’s most important and memorable actors – Philip Seymour Hoffman (may he rest in peace). Another great crime film, this movie is nothing short of spectacular. The actors are not likeable and the story is very grim, but will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the end.
Directed by Neil Marshall. Starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, and Olga Kurylenko. Like many others, I am a sucker for medieval films. This movie is a bloody mess, making it ideal for a young man like myself. If you are a female, there is of course Michael Fassbender to look at (shirtless through most of the movie), as well as Olga Kurylenko as the bad guy, hunting down men like wild animals in a blood thirsty path of destruction.