Welcome back again cinephiles, insomniacs, and relative avoiders. It’s that time of year again when family members descend upon us as heavily as winter itself. Eating, drinking and being Merry is the order of this month, so gather grandma around the T.V. and watch these great flicks!
The Art of the Steal (2014)
Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon star in this rompy heist flick. Who doesn’t love a well played heist film? No one, that’s who! This one is just a big bucket of fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Imagine a Guy Ritchie heist film but far less grating. Good stuff for all and it’s a joy to see Kurt Russell in a film that deserves him.
The Machine (2013)
In the near future a shadowy government works to create the next generation of super solider, an android. But what if that android was innocent, kind, and didn’t want to kill? This British Sci-Fi flick is a wonderful breath of fresh air for a genre that has largely leaned on big budgets and lots of effects instead of intelligence and thought provoking ideas. The killer soundtrack didn’t hurt much either.
Mystery Road (2013)
This Australian slow burn modern mystery/western is just what the doctor ordered amongst a plethora of overblown dramatic films and big budget snoozefests. An aboriginal girl is found dead in a small town and no one cares except one detective who’s determined to get to the truth, even if it means damning the whole town.
The Final Member (2014)
Gather ’round the kids and your mom to watch this heartwarming tale of a man and his museum dedicated to mammal penises! He’s only missing one from his collection, a human specimen. Watch as he tries to get someone to donate their wedding tackle and be horrified by one man who’s up to the challenge. Drafthouse films once again proves that they are the best game in town when it comes to curating funky flicks.
The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
Horror as of late has gotten a bad reputation. Too many tepid films that copycat each other and not enough originality. As a longtime horror fan, I’m sad to see the state of the genre these days but sometimes those often maligned modern tropes actually work. This is one of them. Yes, it’s a found footage film. Yes it’s a possession film and I know there’s been far too many of late and they don’t interest me much either but this one delivers the goods dear reader. It’s well acted, well filmed, and gave me the creeps. I haven’t seen all of the top horror films of the year so I can’t say if this one’s the best but it is damn good and could easily sit on a list of the top 10 of the year.
So there you have it, the end of the year. Thanks for sticking with me and I’ll have even more funky flicks to share with you in the new year!