Yo baby, rent this!
Phantom's use of the word "linoleum" in her comment to the previous post reminded me I've been meaning to do a post on the movies you should all have in your Netflix queue but probably don't. So here it is:
- Next Stop, Wonderland: It's laugh-out loud funny, and it's romantic, but it's not what I'd call a "romantic comedy." The linoleum reference doesn't come till the end of the movie, but you'll see why it stuck with me. Hope Davis is wonderful in this, as she is in everything, and Alan Gelfant is so sexy you'll wonder why you haven't seen him in much of anything.
- Mumford: Since we're doing Hope Davis movies.... Seriously, this is another "romantic comedy" that's different from the typical Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks fare. Loren Dean (whom you'll remember as Joe from Say Anything, as in "He/likes girls/with names/like Ashley") is really amazing, but everyone in the supporting cast (which includes Alfre Woodard and Jason Lee) is great.
- Searching for Bobby Fischer: I've blogged about this movie before, and I'll do it again. This movie was robbed at the '94 Oscars; it was nominated in just one category, for cinematography. It should've been up for Best Picture, Best Actress (Joan Allen), and Best Supporting Actor (Laurence Fishburne or Ben Kingsley).
- So I Married an Axe Murderer: One of the most underrated comedies, it stars Mike Myers and Nancy
DavisTravis [thanks, Neel!]. There are so many great, absurd lines from this movie, and there are hilarious (albeit brief) apperances by Phil Hartman, Steven Wright and Charles Grodin. Sure, some of it is roll-your-eyes stupid (I'm thinking of the movie's climax, which takes place on the rooftop of a bed and breakfast), but overall it's creative and (most importantly) funny.
- Sexy Beast: I like heist movies, and this is one of the best. Ben Kingsley is truly frightening.
- The Limey: Terrence Stamp is a sympathetic bad-ass, and Luis Guzman is hilarious.
- Jesus of Montreal: If you don't mind subtitles (or if you speak French), this is a great one. I may not be someone who goes to church every Sunday (or ever, admittedly), but I always liked reading the stories of the Bible. This movie updates the story of Jesus in the context of modern-day actors who've been hired to put on the Passion Play.
- The Station Agent: Already reviewed here.