The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass takes place in a world apart from our own, where evil is taking over, and children are being kidnapped.  Lyra and her “demon” (an animal manifestation of her soul) journey north along with some good friends to help her friends and find bravery.  Although this fantasy is a children’s story, it is an absolutely heartwarming film that is perfect for a lazy Sunday at home.

Directed By: Chris Weitz
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Richards
Length: 113 Minutes

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Nicholas Cage gives a great performance as Balthazaar, a sorcerer looking for someone to help him battle a series of evil, century old sorcerers looking to take over the world.  Jay Baruchel is an awesomely nerdy sidekick, apprehensive to get too deep into magic while he’s trying to pass physics class.

Directed By: John Turteltaub
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Jay Baruchel

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Matchstick Men

Roy (Nicholas Cage) and Frank (Sam Rockwell) are the matchstick men– con men out to get whatever they can get their hands on.  When Roy’s daughter comes to find him one weekend, things get more complicated for the schemers, as he struggles to keep business and family separate.  It’s a fantastic film that will leave you shocked.

Directed By: Ridley Scott
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman
Length: 116 Minutes

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Inception is a psychological thriller about the idea of entering someone else’s brain and altering their thoughts.  The cast shines, the score is brilliant, and the story is absolutely breathtaking.  Heartbreakingly romantic, while still being completely action packed.  This movie is fantastic, you will be blown away.

Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy
Length: 148 Minutes

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Lost in Translation

Bob and Charlotte are both stuck in Tokyo, primarily in a hotel bar, and primarily at night.  Charlotte has tagged along with her husband, and is bored and restless when she runs into Bob, a depressed movie star in need of some excitement.  When the two hook up for an adventure through Tokyo, they find both friendship and a real shoulder to lean on while they reevaluate where their lives are headed after this short trip.

Sofia is one of only two women to ever receive an Oscar nom, which is pretty sad, but she deserved it for this movie.  I love that the movie went so differently than how I predicted it would, because five minutes in I was already guessing (incorrectly) the ending.  Scarlett Johansson is so beautiful and effortless in this film, her character is so hard to nail down and that’s part of what’s so attractive about her character.  Just a very restless, melancholy themed movie.

Directed By: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
Year: 2003

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Plan 9 From Outer Space

A team of aliens has landed on Earth… and they have a plan.  Actually, they have had eight plans… failed ones.  In an attempt to stop humans from progressing so far in weaponry development that they might eventually create a doomsday device, the aliens attempt to bring zombies to life (With only a few successful tries) in order to get the attention of the nation’s public so that they might convince the humans to stop weaponry development.   Widely regarded as the worst film of all time, Plan 9 From Outer Space is truly an infamous classic.

I didn’t see this movie until this past year, and I finally thought it was time…thanks Netflix.  The point is, this is one of the most classic awesomely-bad films ever, and you should see it if you love science fiction.  Seriously, the hilarity of the bad acting and bad plot and even worse sets makes it more of a comedy than anything else.  This is absolutely required viewing!

Directed By: Ed Wood
Starring: Gregory Walcott, Monica Mckinnon, Tom Keene
Year: 1959

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The Film Geek

Scotty wakes up every morning and goes to work at the video store.  After his shifts, he hangs around the video store, and reluctantly drags himself home at closing to watch a movie or two, before going to sleep and starting all over.  This lifestyle has created some problems for Scotty, who longs for someone to discuss film with.. His overbearing, unnatural,  encyclopedia-like knowledge of directors, writers, and dates has alienated him from his coworkers, and gotten him fired.  Now Scotty must find something to not only fill his time but also feed his soul.

This is an independent film, which makes me more apt to forgive the bad acting, but the storyline is absolutely adorable.  First of all, this movie takes place back when VHS was the reigning champ of the movie store world… which is totally funny to me.  And its even funnier that I think it’s funny in the first place… kids these days.  Anyways, towards the end it turns into mockumentary style almost, and it’s actually genuinely funny.  The ending is a tad bit frustrating (I will post more about this in the comments section, so be aware: spoiler alert in comments!!)  Any movie buff will totally go gaga for this though, plus it’s so short- what do you have to lose?

Directed By: James Westby
Starring: Melik Malkasian, Ritah Parrish
Year: 2005

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