“The Prestige. It’s a pretty wild cat and mouse between Wolverine and Batman that keeps you switching who to root for”
After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.
“What We Do in the Shadows”
A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires, who’ve lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island.
“The Thing. I love that movie.”
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
“Children of Men…nothing like a dystopian potential near-future where a pandemic has decimated the world as we know it.”
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
“The Count of Monte Cristo”
A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous “friend”, escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.
“Tombstone. Really good movie with an amazing cast. Flew under the radar because the early 90s weren’t exactly a heydey for westerns.”
A successful lawman’s plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.
“Howl’s Moving Castle”
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.
“The Truman Show. One of my absolute favorites, really messed with my head for a day or two after watching.”
An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.
“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer have such good chemistry”
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
“The Emperor’s New Groove”
Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
“A Fish Called Wanda. Kevin Kline won a best supporting actor Oscar for this comedy playing an inept ex-cia operative.”
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.
“Edge of Tomorrow. It’s fun and exciting in an accessible way, while still being original for a movie. It also has enough details and interesting concepts that you’ll likely be thinking about it for a good bit after finishing it.”
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
“12 Angry Men”
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
“Tucker and Dale vs Evil. Most people I know haven’t seen it and it’s way better than anyone would think at first glance. It’s also impossible to explain – you just have to watch it.”
Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.
“Treasure Planet, it’s a steampunk/space adaption of Treasure Island and it’s an amazing movie, part of the Disney renaissance.”
The legendary “loot of a thousand worlds” inspires an intergalactic treasure hunt when 15-year-old Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a map to the greatest pirate trove.
“My Cousin Vinny”
Two New Yorkers accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college call in the help of one of their cousins, a loudmouth lawyer with no trial experience.
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
“The Matrix. It’s how I would dial in my sound system.”
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
“The Iron Giant. You are who you choose to be.”
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
“Best in Show. I prefer This is Spinal Tap, but I think Best in Show has broader appeal.”
A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.
“Shaun of the Dead”
A man’s uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
“Blade Runner (the original). The new one was enjoyable too, but I haven’t seen it enough times to fully ingrain its message.”
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
“O Brother, Where Art Thou”
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
“Tremors, but it’s often a hard sell. There’s not a line or a scene out of place.”
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.