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Derek S.

Mad Max

Have you ever been to Australia? Well, this isn't the Australia you want to visit on vacation…

More Have you ever been to Australia? Well, this isn't the Australia you want to visit on vacation. Mel Gibson stars as Max, a vengeful police officer hell bent on avenging the death of his loved ones. If we know anything about a good Mel Gibson movie, you don't want to get on his bad side. This is Mel Gibson's breakout film propelling him to later roles in Lethal Weapon and Braveheart. If you want to see bad ass highway chases and Mel Gibson being well… Mel Gibson, then strap in because it's going to be a bumpy ride.
- Derek S.

Graham W

Nebraska

As far as road trip movies go, there are few that focus on the relationship between…

More As far as road trip movies go, there are few that focus on the relationship between father and son. Alexander Payne takes us on a journey right through the middle of America. There are characters upon characters, plenty of laughs and even some moments that may induce a tear jerk. Oscar noms for best picture, director, screenplay and unforgettable performances from Bruce Dern and June Squibb make Nebraska a must see.
- Graham W

Valerie B.

To Russia With Love

Even if you were glued to your TV during the Olympics this year, you didn't see the…

More Even if you were glued to your TV during the Olympics this year, you didn't see the whole story. Follow gay athletes and activists on their journey to the Sochi Games amidst the media frenzy surrounding Russia's anti-gay laws and find out what it was really like to be and compete in that environment. Find out first hand from current competitors, as well as Johnny Weir, Billie Jean King, Greg Louganis, Mark Tewksbury and more. Perhaps the most powerful story is that of Sochi gay youth, Vlad, as he shares all that he's endured and his uncertainty about the future. His story is a good reminder that there's still so much conversation to be had and so much still to learn.
- Valerie B.

Matt S.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

“Freddy, know your limitations. You are a moron.” What happens when suave British…

More “Freddy, know your limitations. You are a moron.” What happens when suave British conman, Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine), and small-time swindler, Freddy Benson (Steve Martin), find themselves conducting business in the same town? They realize that the French Riviera isn’t big enough for the both of them. They wager a bet – the first man to extract $50,000 from a young American heiress gets to stay while the loser leaves town. Directed by Frank Oz (Little Shop of Horrors, What About Bob? and performer of Yoda & Miss Piggy), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remains a classic comedy… with a twist.
- Matt S.

Mike R.

Shadow of the Vampire

Halloween may be over but there’s still time to have some fun being creeped out with …

More Halloween may be over but there’s still time to have some fun being creeped out with this entirely unique film. If you’ve ever seen the classic silent film Nosferatu from 1922 you know how realistic and scary the film truly is. It’s the one with the bald vampire who has long fingers and pointy ears moving through the shadows. At the very least you must’ve seen photographs from it. Well, this movie fictionalizes the making of the film and puts forth the notion that the star, Max Schreck (played by Willem Dafoe) was no actor but indeed a REAL bloodsucker! The film does a great job of mixing horror with black humor as cast and crew members begin to disappear one by one at the hands of Schreck much to the dismay of the director. My favorite bit is when he tells Schreck to stay away from key crew members suggesting that the script girl might make for better prey and he responds with a cackle saying, “the script girl… I’ll eat her later… hahaaahaaa.”
- Mike R.

Mike G.

Airplane!

Do you like movies about gladiators? Then this is the movie…

More Do you like movies about gladiators? Then this is the movie for you! This fast-paced satire of 1970s airplane-disaster movies is widely considered to be one of the funniest films of all time (by respected institutions, not just my inner 13-year-old). It’s an entirely different kind of movie, altogether!
- Mike G.

Rob K.

Braveheart

There are several movie traditions that have lasted the test of time. One of the…

More There are several movie traditions that have lasted the test of time. One of the most popular would be the “rallying of the troops” speech. Probably no movie is known more for this particular movie device than Braveheart, the multiple Oscar winning historical drama directed by Mel Gibson. Right now if you stand up on your desk at work and yell the word “Freedom” at the top of your lungs, there is no doubt most of your colleagues would know the movie reference. But this film is more than just a speech that has lived on in pop culture lore. Mel Gibson’s historical epic is a heart pounding and at times brutal depiction of one man’s fight to free his country of Scotland from the clutches of a ruthless king.
- Rob K.

Steven K.

Small Soldiers

Imagine Toy Story meets Apocalypse Now, and you’ve got Small Soldiers! A military …

More Imagine Toy Story meets Apocalypse Now, and you’ve got Small Soldiers! A military tech firm teams up with a small toy company to make toys unlike any you have ever seen before! Imagine G.I. Joes that want to kill you, and you’ve got the Commando Elite, led by Major Chip Hazard (voiced by Tommy Lee Jones). Commando Elite’s arch-nemeses are the Gorgonites, peaceful alien-like creatures led by Archer (voiced by Frank Langella). The toys come to life, and it is all out war…Commando Elite vs. the Gorgonites! If that isn’t enough, Small Soldiers is the late Phil Hartman’s last film, so it is sure to make you laugh out loud on top of all the toy vs. toy action!
- Steven K.