Every once in awhile I report on all the Netflix randoms that are suggested to you, but you might skip over because of risk factor. Is it cool and sundancey? Or is it too slow and arty? Is it a sweet and kinda funny Anna Faris movie or one of those shitty Anna Faris movies? There’s a lot of mess on the Netflix. I did a little sifting.
If you watch one movie on this list. WATCH THIS ONE. No one knows about this movie, but it’s goddamn fun and hilarious. You wouldn’t know from the cover, because it just looks like some random stupid movie about drunk kids. But it has a sort of Superbad-esque journey/mission in the plot. There’s three high school friends who reunite during college and one of them has a big med school interview one morning, but they still go out and party the night before. The med school kid straight passes out and they have to figure out how to get him home. SHA-NAN-IGANS. At one point the med school kid gets stuffed in the dash of a smart car. That kid Miles Heller from Spectacular Now is in it, and he SO good and funny; I’m a new fan of his.
It’s got Paul Rudd and the kid from Into the Wild, playing the best part of this movie: the super weird awkward characters. They work as partners doing road work in the middle of nowhere, and they have to camp out. There’s one absolutely incredible scene when the kid from Into the Wild is in total anguish, in full tears, because he failed to get laid when he was home for the weekend.
The dorky characters in this movie have “couples brunch,” even though they don’t really like it. Then some sort of radiation bombs go off and they are trapped in the house, faced with the fact that everyone in the city is going to die. It’s a tad bit funny and David Cross’s character is pretty good because he’s the new guy in the group. It also has Julia Stiles and America Ferrera. The one “free-spirited” and “alternative” chick (Rachel Boston) is completely annoying and a terrible actor, but the movie is good enough to watch.
Amanda Seyfried is good in this; it’s a pretty interesting story (based on truth of course). It’s well-made and kind of pretty. The creepy-ass Peter Sarsgaard is a creepy ass bastard in it.
This is a nice fun movie, and I really like that lady Rose Byrne. She plays a boring uptight person just like she did in Bridesmaids. Anna Faris is in it too. There’s some pretty funny cute jokes that I actually laughed at. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s cute enough to watch.
This really cute and beautifully made movie is beautifully set in Whales, which I guess is somewhere in Europe. The main character Oliver has the most fascinating nerdiness and awkwardness. He calculates everything, and even keeps track of the success of his parents’ relationship by tracking their sex life by checking the setting of the bedroom light switch. His little girlfriend Jordana is adorable, the dad actor (Noah Taylor) is totally great. Sally Hawkins is wonderful as the mom. I really enjoyed this.
This little mormon chick believes that her unborn baby was immaculately concepted by a man who played guitar and sang “Hanging on the Telephone,” and recorded it on a tape that she found in her mom’s basement. So she goes out in search of him in Las Vegas, and she’s out in the world for the first time as 15-year-old pregnant girl. She befriends Rory Culkin (McCauley’s little brother!). A beautiful movie, a lovely story.
Simon Pegg is good & funny in this. It also stars Kirsten Dunst and Megan Fox nails her role as a beautiful person. A solid film with some fun and a happy ending.
Whoa, Michael Cera. What a crazy creepy asshole. I mean seriously, Cera is so good at playing a fully neurotic insecure creep-o that I wanted him to go away so badly. He’s just like anyone you’ve ever travelled with that can’t possibly go with flow in any way. He hangs out with some brothers and they drive out to the desert to cook up some special brand of peyote that comes from a specific cactus. On the way they meet the free-spirited Crystal Fairy, played by Gaby Hoffman. Good movie, man. Crazy and weird.
This is a heartbreaking story about a little girl with asshole parents. It’s particularly heartbreaking because of how cute the girl is and how willing she is to sort of go along with it. Juliane Moore and Steve Coogan play the jerk parents. It’s a good New York movie.