Stoney's At Home Movie Recommendations 1/13
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) – Netflix/Amazon Instant
Nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for first time writer/director Benh Zeitlin (first feature anyway). The story focuses on 6 year old Hushpuppy, who is faced to deal with a hard drinking, distant father in failing health, and the melting ice caps that flood her bayou neighborhood known as the Bathtub. 9 year old Quvenzhane Wallis is magnificent and became the youngest actress ever to get a Best Actress Nomination. Dwight Henry who plays her father and also making his film debut also gives an amazing performance. The movie is beautifully shot and nothing about it gives you the indication that the stars and director are doing this for the first time. It’s a solid A
Klown (2010) – Netflix Streaming/Amazon Instant
Warning, this movie is in Danish and has subtitles. If you can deal with that, and enjoy R rated comedy, I highly suggest this one. The story focuses on Frank who, to prove his fatherhood potential to his girlfriend, “kidnaps” her 12 year old nephew Bo and brings him along on a canoe trip with his best friend Casper. There are some cringe inducing scenes, but I haven’t laughed out loud at a movie this often in a long time. Stoney’s grade, B+
Butter (2012) – Netflix Streaming
Butter is a movie you’ve probably never heard of but touts a nice cast, featuring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Rob Corddry, Hugh Jackman, and Alicia Silverstone. The story is about a young girl bouncing around from foster home to foster home in a small Iowa town discovers she has a talent for butter carving and ends up battling a high strung local woman in the town’s annual butter carving contest. It’s an enjoyable movie and if nothing else, you get to watch Olivia Wilde who plays a prostitute make out with Ashley Greene.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)– Netflix/Amazon Instant
If you’re looking for a good new action flick, you could definitely do worse than the latest installment based on Robert Ludlum’s Bourne universe. This movie follows Alex Cross (Jeremy Renner) and runs parallel to the Bourne Ultimatum. The tagline let’s you know what the deal is, “There was never just one”. The movie also stars two face Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. Renner may not be Matt Damon, and the movie may look a lot like the other Bourne movies, but it’s still a good pick if you have a couple hours to kill one night
So there you go, and happy viewing. If there are any genres in which you’re looking for recommendations for future articles, let me know in the comments.