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Hulu Holiday: 5 More Surprisingly Watchable Films

29 Jul

Whoa there-don’t freak out on me like that. Summer’s almost done and the free playtime is over.

Almost.

A few days before August, school, life, and everything in between, I have made a short list for those of you who have time in this fair month to enjoy the increasingly numbered days of a free Hulu. Enjoy while you can, it may become a thing of the pets.com age…

1) “Roxanne” -Say what you will about Steve Martin, but I think he’s an enjoyable actor. He’s a perfect fit in the Rom Com of awkwardness. A remake of the story of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Steve stars as the perfect sensitive man with a heart of gold but a rather large nose. He falls for the girl next door, who’s also caught the attention of his more attractive, less eloquent friend. Does love triumph or meet every stereotypical shortcoming about appearances?

You know why they call him The Lizard King...right?

2) “The Doors” -Oliver Stone does Rock n’ Roll in this trippy tribute to one of the best bands to trip out to. Val Kilmer (!) stars as “The Lizard King” Jim Morrison, the much maligned front man of The Doors. Much more enjoyable when not edited (coughVH1cough). Tune in, drop out and enjoy possibly one of Oliver Stone’s most entertaining, non-political films of all time.

3)”Jerry Maguire“- “Show me the Money!” Won Cuba Gooding Jr. the Oscar and gave Tom Cruise respect. Who knew such promising careers would hit the skids by the end of the decade? I blame “Snow Dogs!” A sport agent tries to survive in a field just as competitive as those he represents. I’m not a huge fan of sport movies, so it’s not one that really spoke to me until “You had me at hello.”

A tale as old as time...

4) “The Way We Were”-Sidney Pollack directs Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in one of the most memorable romantic films of all time. The story about a relationship over the course of around 30 years, it depicts the highs and low of life during the Depression, World War II, the Red Scare, and the start of the women’s liberation movement. She’s a political activist working through college and he’s a spoiled ROTC kid, opposites attract and what culminates is one of the most endearing relationships to be portrayed on the screen. Their differences cause as much problem as it does enrich their characters. It is a flawed, imperfect romance-how like life.

5) Random Doc choice: “Strip Club King“: Okay, so this is more of a local shout out. Before we had half-decent sports teams, Tampa was renown for its (in)famous Mons Venus club. I grew up not 15 minutes away from one of the World’s most famous topless bars. Yay seedy not-so-underground, the bar is literally on one of the main roads in the city and led to subsequent competion on the street. I think in around the mid-nineties or so, we had about 5 “gentleman’s” club on the same mile strech. All thanks to this guy, Joe Redner. To some he’s the most famous celebrity from Tampa, to others he’s a national disgrace. This documentary is quite encompassing on both sides, talking to the man that’s the head of a strip club empire to Bible activists that protest his establishment outside his club. It’s quite entertaining, and at times frightening: I lived in such a bizarre little Florida town.

Happy watching!

10 Hulu Movies: Roundup 1

1 Jul

This past Tuesday, the evil conglomerates that own one of the best free (not illegal!) streaming website are going to start a premium pay service (for the audacious fee of $9.95 a month) that will effectively put hulu.com on the path to being an exclusive subscription based website. Well, not yet you see-which is why you should get a jump on its selection of free movies/TV shows while you still have the chance.

So after a quick browse/watch/shifting through the “Cheerleading Ninjas” of shit on there, I’ve made a little list, with more to come…enjoy! (Note to self: start making a “Hulu to Remember: Worst of the Worst list.”)

Note: Not all films on this list will have long term viewing licenses-so as of 7/1/10, they were on the site, but they maybe gone within the next few days-so be sure to check! (But hey, these are films I’ve watched, so they are/can be decent.)

1)“High Fidelity”

Highly unappreciated film. John Cusack stars as the music guy who’s obsessed with making the perfect lists of everything in his life. When he loses his girlfriend, our lovable dork must figure out life isn’t just as organized as his music collection. Fun scenes between his friends, Jack Black included, and the great tunes to boot. Cute ’90s Rom Com to pass the time.

2)“Philadelphia”

Drama, drama, drama. Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington take on the law in the ’80s to fight for the rights of gay men living with HIV/AIDS. But, clearing discrimination and keeping his reputation intact, these men must fight opposition on all fronts in order to restore rights to the disenfranchised. Be prepared to tear up a little, especially when Antonio Banderas plays the role he seems to love to take up-the passionate Latin lover.

3)“War Games”

Camp ’80s classic starring Ferris Bueller Matthew Broderick, “War Games” is an adorable old antique picture of the dark days of limited personal computer use and supercomputers the size of an elementary school. Scary. That, and an innocent kid accidentally plunges the world into WWIII by playing a game with the war computer in the Pentagon. They were simpler times.

4)“The Secret of NIHM”

Yay for the animated entry into my first list! I loved this movie as a little girl, and I still love it now. The often ignored Don Bluth animation style may have fallen out of favor, but I would love to see it make a comeback. More fades and shades, special film effects, and interesting coloring schemes plunge these darker non-Disney films (Among them “All Dogs go to Heaven”, “Anastasia”, and “Land before Time”) into a category unto themselves. A mouse’s tale to survive and save her family after the passing of her husband, whose mysterious past was unknown-until now.

5) “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”

Another touching story about family, but with a lot more dysfunction. Johnny Depp stars as a conflicted teen trying to live his life while coping with an Autistic brother and his morbidly obese mother. The temptation to run away is more than he can stand. A movie certainly worth watching.

6) “When the Music Dies”

My only documentary on the list, primarily because I intend to keep my docs separated from movies. They are different, trust me. This one here is a great overview of the music industry and how it’s current model of business will destroy it. From bad money decisions to the lack of originality of the product, this documentary looks at the past, present, and possible future of a vastly changing art form.

7)“Gandhi”

History pick alert! Amazingly detailed account of the story of Mahatmas Gandhi-both before his days as a peaceful activist up until his assassination. Ben Kingsley is incredible as the leader, and the entire supporting cast performs accordingly. Highly recommend this winner of 8 Oscars, you don’t even feel the three hours thanks to the skillful direction of Richard Attenborough.

8 ) “His Girl Friday”

Fast paces comedy pitting Cary Grant, an editor, against his ex-wife and his best reporter, Rosalind Russell. Let the classic romantic sparks fly and the words shoot  line after line in witty putdowns. “If you was worth breaking my nails on I’d tear your face wide open.” If only all divorces were this funny… wait…scratch that…

9)“Terror By Night”

Not a shitty horror movie-I swear! It’s actually one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes movies, starring (in my opinion) one of the best actors ever to play the clever sleuth, Basil Rathbone. It would have been more aptly named “Terror on a Train” as we are stuck solving the mystery aboard one, and time is certainly of the essence. Also check out the other classic Holmes available on Hulu for a more complete look at the characterization of the most famous detective the world has ever known.

10) “Chaplin”

I saved this one for last because of sentimental reasons. Not just because I’m a die-hard Chaplin fan, but because this is the movie that started it all for me. One boring summer morning, I got up at 6:50am in order to watch a movie on AMC (damn you, commercial filled channel!) I found this movie while channel surfing the night before. I recognized the name, but knew very little about him. So, at 7a.m., my life changed forever by watching “Chaplin.” It was my introduction to silent films, to old style comedies, to physical pratfalls, to the history of cinema and her audiences. Love at first sight. The amazing cast, under the direction of Richard Attenborough, includes Robert Downey Jr. in an Oscar nominated performance, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Marisa Tomei, Dan Ackroyd, Kevin Klein, James Woods, Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane, and Geraldine Chaplin, the daughter of Charlie Chaplin.

The score, with beautiful promotional pictures.

Happy Hulu Hunting!