Sunday, March 11, 2012

A dearth of good movies

I haven't been to the movie theater since July, so you'd think Jeremy and I would have a whole queue of fresh iTunes movie rentals to enjoy at home every weekend. However, that is not the case. I don't think we've rented a movie since Contagion a few months ago. What is the deal? Are there no good movies out these days? In partial answer to that question, I bring you this Rotten Tomatoes screenshot of the current box office:

Yeah, I guess there are no good movies out these days.

But we must be overlooking something out there. What good movies are available to rent on iTunes (or watch instantly on Netflix, since we accidentally let another month of our "free trial" go by)?

14 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

I haven't seen anything in the theaters in... so long it's embarrassing. But we've rented a few good ones. "50/50" had TONS of foul language, but it was a really endearing flick. "The Ides of March" also had too much bad language, but was a good one to see. "True Grit" is a great, albeit kind of weird, movie, and it's available on Netflix Instant Streaming. "Moneyball" was definitely worth seeing. And I know I've already recommended two rated "R" movies, but I just have to say it again - "Bridesmaids" was perhaps the funniest movie I have ever seen. There are some parts that are incredibly crass, including the very beginning (that is really of no consequence - you could fast forward through the first s*x scene and be just fine), but I seriously have seen it twice and quote it frequently. I know that some people will probably think less of me for it, but it's so funny that I don't care.

Susanne said...

Puss in Boots :) ... Sorry, I typically hate watching movies and only watched this because I was on a plane for 10.5 hours on Wednesday and Andrew wanted me to see it.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

I also recommend True Grit. I loved the old John Wayne version, but the new one is way better. Will think of other movies for you to rent.

Melody said...

I really liked "Soul Surfer" if you haven't seen that one yet. I also recently watched "Pope Joan" which is made from the book we read for book club. You were there then, right? I was surprised how much they showed in "Pope Joan" even though it was rated PG-13 (according to the channel I watched it on). You might need to close your eyes in parts.

Of those two, "Soul Surfer" is better.

Jessie said...

Take Shelter was my favorite movie that came out last year. I could NOT stop thinking about it. (It's rated R for five F-words. There are some intense images, too, but nothing that couldn't be shown in a PG-13 film).

Lots of the movies that were up for best picture were excellent - especially the Descendants, Midnight in Paris, Hugo, and the Tree of Life.

Lilianne said...

Midnight in Paris is fabulous - if you haven't seen it. And I agree with Liz on the Bridesmaid movie. Holy cow. I don't think I've laughed that hard in a very, very long time...but it does have a few things that make ya "cringe." Anyway, I hear the Descendants is really well done, too.

Bridget said...

Hmm, I want to see Ides of March. I don't really like baseball OR Brad Pitt, though, so I'm not sure Moneyball would be a good fit.

We saw True Grit a few months ago and I loved it.

Bridget said...

Airplanes are the ideal time to watch all those movies that you kinda wanted to see but not really...

Bridget said...

I don't remember Pope Joan but I will look it up!

Bridget said...

Ooh, I think I will add these to my list! Thanks, Jessie and Lili.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Meek Cutoff.

Elena Bebe said...

You're definitely missing some!
"The Descendants"
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - I watched the original Swedish version as well as the American remake. Both were good and I am actually more inclined towards the remake. *gasp*)
"We Need to Talk about Kevin" - Very dark and disturbing but really good nonetheless
"Midnight in Paris" - not Woody Allen's best but I quite enjoyed it.

I believe all of these should be available on iTunes since they're out on DVD.

Bridget said...

I don't think I'd be able to handle TGWTDT - I read the first part of the first book and it freaked me out too much to finish. I heard Kevin was really good but the kind of movie that you never want to see again, after you watch it once...

Elena Bebe said...

TGWTDT is quite violent, I suppose (I say, "I suppose" because I'm one of those people who are quite desensitized to violence in movies). There is also nudity/sex.
Kevin is much more disturbing on an emotional level - and yes, you definitely don't want to watch it again after you're done, yet it sticks with you for quite some time. It might be worth a try.
Another movie I thoroughly enjoyed is Melancholia.
But yeah, I think you'd like The Descendants and Midnight in Paris. =)

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