Locke’s Favorite Films from Redbox

by | Dec 23rd, 2010 | 7:39PM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, In My Humble Opinion, Movie Lists, Movies

Winter 2010 Edition

Most weeks I give you some lesser-known home-video picks, but when it gets right down to it, what are my favorite films currently available from redbox? Read on!

(Note, if the list seems a little light on drama and heavy on comedy and action, remember these are mostly films that came out in the spring and summer. And yeah, I couldn’t get it narrowed down to a top ten, so just think of it as the Twelve Days of Christmas Edition.)

The Top Six

(alphabetical order)

Get Him to the Greek

“A solid dose of hilarious raunch for fans of sex, drugs, and Russell Brand… The movie’s sly joke is that at its Keith Richards heart, Get Him to the Greek is really a rom-com about an on-again-off-again love affair between a celebrity and his number one fan.”

Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass flaunts ultra-graphic violence (often committed by an 11-year-old); swearing (again, the kid); dark, bloody Tarantino-lite humor; and fascist adolescent power fantasies. Most upsettingly, it renders all that bad stuff so much fun. Of course I loved every four-color, exploitive minute of it.”

The Other Guys

“A stupid-smart send up of buddy-cop flicks, The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg serves up off-kilter, deadpan laughs that are much funnier the second time around… The irony of Ferrell and director Adam McKay’s comedic collaborations has always been that despite the big, dumb jokes, their films deliver their best laughs at a slow, insane simmer.”

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

“A blast of comic-book kicks and candy-colored irony, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World fights with a sweet heart and noble purpose: Love…. Capturing and wrapping all this in a relentless neon dazzle and a hard-punching indie soundtrack, Edgar Wright may have made a Generation Why anthem.”

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 rounds out what has become one of the Great American Film Trilogies. After 15 years of features, Pixar’s people know exactly how to play a sight gag, slide in a knowing joke, and flood a tear duct—all with such creative care that it never feels contrived or manipulative. Thanks to that magic touch, this is masterful storytelling and filmmaking.”

Winter’s Bone

“Rich with authenticity, Winter’s Bone is a descent into a Midwestern county where the criminal menace of crank has replaced family blood ties… A gripping emotional thriller, it shows an America often dismissed and a problem we prefer to ignore. But more than that it’s an oddly hopeful film about family (flaws and all) and unfailing determination. Raw, realistic, and completely riveting…”

The Runners Up

(alphabetical)

Easy A

“When a high-school movie comes along as clever, appealing, and flat-out funny as Easy A, it reminds us how good the genre can be. Emma Stone and director Will Gluck have taken what could have been yet another teen movie and bedazzled it with sharp, sassy (and very PG-13 raunchy) wit.”

The Ghost Writer

“A slowly unfolding mystery draped in chilly, wind-swept gray, The Ghost Writer carefully and masterfully stirs up dark secrets at the intersection of politics and publishing. The result is a solidly executed exercise in intrigue, where unease slowly coagulates into tension, and then that tension builds to suspense.”

How to Train Your Dragon

“Nordic beauty, likable charm instead of cheap jokes, heartfelt characters and story, and joyful flying sequences—it’s nice to welcome DreamWorks Animation into that special circle where you can say, ‘Animated or not, for kids or whoever, this is an entertaining, thoughtful, dazzling movie.’ Maybe even a great one.”

The Karate Kid

“It’s hard to imagine a teen film in 2010 that both preaches and practices the power of being quietly still–but here we are. The Karate Kid draws its considerable strengths from thoughtful character development and a strong plot. All of which means that when it does come time put the kung fu teachings to the test, the cheers are well and truly earned.

The Kids are All Right

“It’s not just an honest, funny film about a lesbian marriage and family. The Kids are All Right is an honest, funny film about any marriage and family–it gets at the heart of the love and conflict, the confusion and unconditional support. Awards-worthy performances from Annette Bening and Julianne Moore certainly don’t hurt.”

The Losers

The Losers throws its sweat-soaked, PG-13, tough-guy swagger and destruction at you too fast and funny for the cool clichés to stick… When so many sexy, brainless, action films fail to get the job done, it’s nice to see one that meets it’s less-than-lofty aspirations with exploitative, explosive skill.”

And Don’t Forget the Good Smaller Stuff!

You can also check out Erika’s favorite redbox five from earlier this fall.

 


4 Responses to “Locke’s Favorite Films from Redbox”

  1. SpaceMonkeyX
    Posted on December 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Until now, there were four movies on this list that I had zero interest in checking out (Greek, Karate, Writer, and Guys). But with this type of ringing endorsement, it looks like I need to use my Redbox Groupon and get some rentals in over the holiday weekend.

  2. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on December 24, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Well I should warn you, SpaceMonkey, I do have a soft spot (possibly in my head) for dumb, raunchy comedies featuring moronic louts behaving badly!

    But definitely check out Ghost Writer — it got snuck out last spring due to the Polanski legal issues, but as a film it’s really, really strong. It’s not at all flashy or “action-packed,” but man does it pull a heavy, purposeful gray cloak slowly down around its central mystery.

    And Karate Kid gets a lot of points for just being so much better than anyone expected, given its kind of craven, calculating commercial roots. But it really is a great-looking film that’s much more gritty and authentic (relatively speaking, of course) than you might think. And Chan is really solid in a straight dramatic role.

    • Currently 1/5 Stars
    Chris Farrell
    Posted on December 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Really juvenile unneeded swearing and potty mouth. Extreme destruction before any plot. Narcississtic to the extreme. Would not recommend anyone rent this.