Billed as the hillbilly version of Ocean’s Eleven, Logan Lucky truly lives up to that reputation, a light-hearted summer caper set in a part of the country less often depicted on screen. Featuring an A-list cast of stars and directed by none other than Steven Soderbergh himself, out of retirement, Logan Lucky follows the Logan family, who enlist another local family, the Bang family, to pull off a heist of a Nascar racetrack on a race day.
Robert Redford’s Quiz Show is an elegant historical drama filled with a nostalgic love for a bygone era of television and of American culture. Though Quiz Show may not cover the most glamorous material imagined (it tells the story of a TV quiz-show-rigging scandal that eventually gets uncovered and revealed by the government), the clear love for the material helps this to become a highly effective drama.
Martin Brest’s Midnight Run is a downright delight, the kind of film that is endlessly rewatchable. Anchored by a stellar tough-guy performance by Robert De Niro, and a hilarious comedic performance by Charles Grodin, along with a deep supporting cast, this is a film that seamlessly blends comedy and action.
Joe Cornish’s directorial debut, Attack the Block, is an incredibly fun indie sci-fi action film, with a tight run-time that prevents it from overstaying its welcome, and a lead actor worth remembering.
Green Room, written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, is a taut horror thriller about a punk rock band that gets trapped in a bar with a bunch of neo-Nazis. There’s really not too much more to it than that, which is of course why this movie is so effective.
Over the years, a number of different versions of Blade Runner have come out, and some critics will tell you that different versions are the “definitive” or “best” versions. I’m not here to arbitrate the different versions, not having seen them all, but I can say confidently that the versions I’ve seen are all brilliant. Blade Runner is one of the most inventive, visually genius, and influential films in the science fiction genre, and in re-watching it, it strikes me that whatever flaws I may find in its plot or story, this is a movie worth watching and re-watching on the merits of the visuals alone.
I wanted to like George Romero’s 1968 classic zombie movie more than I did. I’m the first to admit that I’m not into movies in the broader horror genre, with few exceptions (Shaun of the Dead comes to mind as my favorite horror film); as such, this film really wasn’t ever going to be for me.