Happy New Year, movie fans! Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and are ready for the next hand full of recommendations I have lined up. I’ve got a really mixed bag this time around so get a cuppa and some biscuits and check out these five little gems.
The Game (1997)
I remember being told about this movie by an old school friend and instantly making it my mission to seek it out and watch it. I’d simply never heard a more intriguing plot premise. The Game stars Michael Douglass as Nicholas Van Orton, a successful investment banker who is given a mysterious card for his birthday. After following the instructions on the card, Nicholas’ life is turned upside down. His business takes a dive, his home is ransacked and he is implicated in a sexual scandal that threatens to ruin his professional life forever. Who is responsible and what does the mysterious birthday present have to do with it all?
When it gets going, The Game is sure to have you hooked. The story is fast-paced and draws you in deeper and deeper until all is revealed in a twist ending that will more than satisfy. Not one you can watch too frequently but a great mystery thriller none the less.
Prince of Darkness (1987)
Many horror movies have dealt with the concept of Satan making his ascent up to earth at Armageddon but I don’t think any have handled it in a more interesting way than Prince of Darkness. The story follows a group of physics students and their professor sent into an abandoned LA church to investigate a strange cylinder of green liquid that has been discovered in the basement. The students soon discover that the liquid contains the essence of Satan himself who is seeking to manifest on Earth and awaken his father, an all-powerful Anti-God to bring about the end of time.
While not the most polished or well acted of movies, Prince of Darkness remains a truly original and entertaining horror flick. Combining religious folklore with shards of zombie horror and an odd appearance from Alice Cooper, it will hold your attention and, over all, leave you pretty impressed.
The Golden Child (1986)
Not one to be taken seriously, The Golden Child is a fantasy aventure comedy taken straight out of Eddie Murphy‘s golden era (pardon the pun). Murphy plays Chandler Jarrell, a detective specialising in finding missing children who is given the task of locating “The Golden Child” a young boy who is believed to hold great power and importance. The Golden Child has been kidnapped my a mysterious evil sorcerer and the fate of the world relies on his rescue.
Although not a big box office hit on its release, The Golden Child gathered a cult following on home video. It’s a well executed, funny and entertaining family film that really shows what made Eddie Murphy so popular.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
I’m a huge Coen brothers fan. Pretty much everything they’ve made, I’ve enjoyed but I think one of their most overlooked films has to be The Hudsucker Proxy. When naive business graduate Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) is installed as the president of Hudsucker Industries as part of a stock scam on the part of the board he is thrust into the public eye. It is then an ambitious news reporter played by Jeniffer Jason Leigh goes undercover to get to the bottom of the scam. Not all goes to plan for the board, though and soon Barnes begins to succeed where he is required to fail.
A quirky, unique comedy that only the Coen Brothers can deliver, The Hudsucker Proxy will have you hooked from the start with its witty dialogue and great direction. Great performances all round, including the late great Paul Newman really drive the movie home and will have you wanting to watch it again and again.
Easily one of the most imaginative Indy movies of the last 10 years, Brick brings film noir detective drama to the modern schoolyard. Investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Emily, Brendan (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is thrown into the world of drug dealing and street crime behind a mask of deception and double-speak until he encounters a mysterious crime kingpin known only in urban legend as “Pin” and discovers that Emily had become involved with an all together more dangerous group of people than he ever imagined.
This isn’t just another teen movie, Brick demands your full attention from start to finish but boy is it rewarded! Though little known, this movie is the single best performance yet from Levitt and the complex plot is enhanced by unusual characters and even more unusual story-telling. Never mind Donnie Darko, Brick is the most thought provoking teen drama you will ever see.
So yeah, like, go watch them and junk.