Hot Tub Time Machine. Don’t eschew it based on the stupid name. Netflix kept recommending it and I just wanted something on in the background one day, as I tell people, I went in expecting Bill and Ted and got Back To The Future. It was funny basically from beginning to end. I think I’ve watched it two more times since then.
Speaking of time travel, 12 Monkeys. The ads for it all looked extremely idiotic, but one evening I was visiting a friend and he was watching it, so I watched too to be polite. Best time travel movie I’ve ever seen.
I watched Babette’s Feast for the first time because it was on my Oscar nominees list. The description I had of it was basically, “Lady makes dinner for the town.” Sounded like nothing I really wanted to endure.
Boy, was I wrong. I wound up giving it a 9, and repeat viewings (thank you, Criterion Collection) will probably move it up.
The Hunger Games: Only watched this as “research” due to the popular style of PvP in Minecraft. Surprisingly entertaining, though the dialogue was flat and boring – I wouldn’t call it a “great” movie, but at least it did keep my interest.
Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones: After getting kicked in the teeth by the deplorable Phantom Menace, I probably enjoyed this one much more than it deserved.
Zathura: Wow, this movie caught me totally by surprise. Very entertaining, with engaging characters and a tightly-written plot (if a tad predictable – I figured out the ending “twist” almost immediately); and unlike Jumangi, where the dumb characters couldn’t figure out they should just stop playing the game, that wasn’t an option – the characters in Zathura must keep playing, in order to bring their house back from outer space. Definitely one of Jon Favreau’s best.
The Doberman Gang (1972). Don’t know why I went – maybe because my girlfriend liked dogs – but I expected it to be awful. Instead it was an entertaining caper flick; the dogs were fun to watch, and the ending was a hoot.
Seriously - food porn! I adore the movie, and I love the way that the poor feckless General doesn’t realize that everybody is only supposed to barely tolerate that evil foreign food and subverts everything by reminiscing about the wonderful food in Paris. One of my absolute favorite movies, and I would love to see a well dubbed version made so it would be more widely accepted here. Americans and their dislike for subtitled foreign films sucks ass.