When I want to see a movie, I generally hop into the helicopter and head off to my Central Park West pied-a-terre, and then hoof it over to the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. After catching the latest indie and foreign films, I’ll meet up with Gwyneth, Paris, and the rest of the gang at 1oak or Tenjune. When I’m in LA I mostly see new studio releases in Steven Spielberg’s private screening room.
For a long time I thought that’s how everyone watched movies. But on my last trip to the coast aboard my Gulfstream IV, Jean-Jacques, the chef, pointed out that there are people who LIVE in between NY and LA. Apparently these people don’t have access to Lincoln Center or a private screening room, so they rent their movies from reconfigured Coca-Cola machines outside the nearest “Wall Mart.” In an effort to help these people, I have compiled a list of movies they should rent the next time they go past a “Wall Mart” and encounter a Redbox Machine.
Captain Philips – lives up to the hype. Tom Hanks kidnapped by Somali pirates. He’ll win the awards, but the Somalis steal the show.
12 Years a Slave – Powerful. Outstanding performances all around, and great direction by Steve McQueen.
Gravity – This was great in 3D, I don’t know how much it will suffer in 2D. Sandra Bullock stars.
Adult World – Fun hepster rom-com starring Emma Roberts, reviewed elsewhere on this site.
Fruitvale Station – Based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by transit cops in Oakland – a moving day-in-the-life story leading up to his death.
All is Lost – One man show by Robert Redford, adrift at sea. Barely any dialogue, it’s man vs. the elements if that’s your thing.
Flight – Denzel Washington drunk-flies an airplane heroically. I loved this when it came out, but I can barely remember a thing about it now.
Blue Jasmine – Great performance by Cate Blanchett as a delusional fallen rich woman in this Woody Allen movie.
Argo – Improbable but true escape-from-Iran story from Ben Affleck.
Her – Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his operating system in this Not Too Distant Future sci-fi rom-com from Spike Jonze. Beautifully filmed but I have to admit my attention wandered a bit.
Dallas Buyers Club
Wolf of Wall Street
The Monuments Men
21 Jump Street
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Armstrong Lie
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
The Sum of All Fears
3 Days to Kill
The Hunger Games
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Thor – The Dark World
AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE:
About Last Night
They have other movies that might be worth looking into – Nebraska is supposed to be good, for instance. But I haven’t seen it, so you’re on your own for that one, or anything else not on this list.