CS Recommends: The Twilight Zone, Plus Animation, Comedy & More!
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MAX EVRY’S RECOMMEND: The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery
Rod Serling’s two signature series have grown to be cultural institutions in the decades given that they aired. While Twilight Zone will be the gold standard for socially-conscious sci-fi, in addition, it served as a springboard for “twist”-oriented storytelling practiced by filmmakers like M still. Night Shyamalan. Even the worst episodes have an eerie vibe that gets under your skin layer. A popular episode will be “Time Enough finally” starring Burgess Meredith because the last bibliophile on the planet.
And then there’s the (sort-of) companion series Night Gallery, which leaned a far more towards the supernatural little. Even though it’s in color and Serling himself had less and lee involvement/creative control because the series continued, it still carries the torch of this flavor of storytelling that Twilight Zone pioneered. There’s a wonderful early 70’s kitsch to the proceedings also, and the show featured a few of the first directorial work of a Steven Spielberg! A popular episode needs to be the infamous “earwig” episode “The Caterpillar” starring Laurence Harvey, a Serling special with a devastating ending!
KYLIE HEMMERT’S RECOMMEND: Stephen King’s IT
With Halloween nearby just, it’s never prematurily . to relax on the couch with some homemade popcorn, traumatized kids, and something freaky killer clown. Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of 1 of Stephen King’s most classic scary stories successfully relies more on its heart than its horror, effortlessly blending genres in a coming-of-age tale that’s split up into two parts and features an unbelievable ensemble cast of young performers and their adult counterparts in the next film. That said, the movies remember their gruesome horror roots and the deep-seated fears our favorite Losers Club are forced to handle – and ultimately overcome – should they stand any chance taking down Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise.
GRANT HERMANNS’ RECOMMEND: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
The comedic and musical trio referred to as The Lonely Island have delivered several amazing what to audiences over time, but arguably their finest film effort came by means of the music mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Released in 2016, the film devoted to the outlandish antics of Conner4Real, who the trio swears isn’t predicated on Justin Bieber despite their claim being hard to trust because the parallels are endless between your two. After peaking along with his debut solo album following breakup of his young group, Conner is struggling to help keep his stardom going as his new album flops and must contend with his opening act, the up-and-coming Hunter the Hungry, played brilliantly by fellow Saturday Night Live vet Chris Redd. With a cast comprised of SNL alums and incredible comedic talent, a soundtrack ideal for longtime Lonely Island fans in addition to newcomers to the group and a script that brilliantly skewers its central industry and embraces the very best tropes of the mockumentary genre, it’s a cult classic that not merely acts as a modern-day This is Spinal Tap, but rivals it even.
MAGGIE DELA PAZ’S RECOMMEND: The Croods
Featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, this animated comedy film is defined through the prehistoric time where it follows the story of a cavemen family called The Croods, who’ve been lucky enough in order to avoid different disasters and creatures because of the leadership of its overprotective patriarch named Grug. Besides likely to search for food, the household only spends the majority of their amount of time in their cave due to the concern with getting killed. However, their cave survival tactics are going to get challenged once the family’s teenage daughter Eep meets Guy, a inventive and smart boy who warns them of the upcoming apocalypse. From on then, The Croods’ normal lives are going to change because they embark on a long adventure through the unknown, searching for a safe and new spot to call home.
This 2013 film is among the best animated films up to now that is definitely a must-watch on family movie nights. Though it received critical acclaim and was a box office success, it’s still underrated and overlooked by way of a large amount of people, who might haven’t gotten the opportunity to see this gem. I believe area of the reason it didn’t obtain the much-needed hype it deserves was since it came out exactly the same year as Disney’s Frozen which unarguably among 2013’s most discussed films. What I really like probably the most about The Croods is its charming, heartwarming and entertaining story which has the capability to connect to people. In addition, most of its characters are likable and funny rendering it problematic for the audience to select a favorite.
In preparation of the upcoming theatrical release of its follow-up film , now could be the perfect time and energy to have a look at or revisit this Oscar-nominated film!
JEFF AMES’ RECOMMEND: 48 Hours (1982)
One positive thing concerning this whole COVID lockdown is that I’ve had the opportunity to return watching or classic films I hadn’t seen. Recently, I came across Bull Durham, Tango and Cash and the action bonanza Commando which provided some worthy mid-week entertainment. I QUICKLY popped in 48 Hours starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte and holy shit … how did I miss this?
Directed by Walter Hill, producer of the Alien franchise and director of such classics as The Warriors (1979) and Hard Times (1975), the film follows the essential formula of all buddy cop films – i.e., an odd couple synergy for employment and figure out how to respect one another only after two hours of non-stop bickering – but manages to stand in addition to the Lethal Weapons and Die Hards because of the charismatic performances from its two leads and the raw emotion simmering under the tangible violence. Indeed, 48 Hours basks in so much foul-mouthed debauchery, bloody carnage, and racial themes it’s a wonder it got made at all. Yet, the overarching result fast is really a, furious and funny thriller oozing with tension and 1980’s machismo often.
As a relative side, as effective as Murphy was in Beverly Hills Cop 2 yrs later, his performance in 48 Hours is nothing lacking remarkable. The scene where he bursts right into a cowboy bar and takes control of a hostile situation along with his pitch-perfect proclamation, “There’s a fresh sheriff around!” is one particular rare magical moments that reminds us why we pay to sit down in a dark room to drink soda, eat popcorn watching movies with a lot of strangers – to witness the birth of a friggin’ superstar.
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