Monday, January 4, 2010


Just because it's Monday doesn't mean that you have to be that one person who willing watches FX's showing of that masterpiece, Snakes on a Plane. Now, if you are - there's no judging here. Although one can claim that there's a definite predisposition to judging once they here that you've been watching Snakes on a Plane.

But no worries. We're friends here. And because we're friends, here are five movies that you should be watching on your Monday.

1. (500) Days of Summer stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. A really wonderful, dry and witty story about falling in and out of love and how we are ultimately defined by circumstance. Added bonus? The soundtrack to this film is an incredible addition to the story - featuring the likes of the Smiths, the Doves, Feist, and others.

2. Inglourious Basterds stars a plethora of incredible actors: Christopher Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, B.J. Novak, Mike Myers to name a few. Then there's Brad Pitt. Let's start this off by saying that Quentin Tarantino isn't for everybody. There's blood, there's gore - well, there's a lot of blood and gore. A lot of people die in some form of a Mexican standoff. But Inglorurious Basterds is such a smart film, set during WWII. It brings to the table an entire cast of characters that have such an intensity with their motives and histories with the war as a backdrop. It's really worth the watch.

3. New York, I Love You is from the producers of Paris, je t'aime and follows the same kind of concept - a group of short films that come together based on a theme of love and how these characters live their lives in New York. You'll a lot of recognizable faces - Rachel Bilson, Julie Christie, Andy Garicia, and Maggie Q. And while it can be argued that the film doesn't measure up to the same caliber of Paris, je t'aime the film still paints a colorful and wonderful picture of the city.

4. Fish Tank stars Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender and is probably one of the hardest films to watch out of the five. The subject matter is intense and it's the sort of film that one needs to watch when they're ready to be pushed. It's gorgeously shot and really brings to life the story of a girl who's struggling to grow up and finds herself with the cards that have been dealt to her.

5. Where the Wild Things Are is the Spike Jonze's adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic and is probably one of the best, if not the best film of 2009. It resonates with everyone, adults and children, and catches the spirit of the book. You remember what was like to grow up as a kid, how big and scary the world was, how you were always caught for seeing something differently. You remember how hard it was to fit in and find yourself not just amongst your friends but your parents, the adults in your life. You remember how much you wanted people to just understand you. This film is that part of your life and such a touching and warm interpretation of not just the book but what it's like to be a kid.

So. Stop watching Snakes on a Plane.

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