Six Movies for Home Viewing

I don’t think I’ve watched a minute of summer television other than the Daily Show. What have I been watching instead during dinner, you ask? Movies. Specifically, parts of movies. I’ll split a 90-minute comedy between two dinners; a 150-minute drama between three meals. Thank goodness for Netflix.

I don’t necessarily recommend all of these movies, as you can see by my ratings (out of 10), but there are movies in six different categories listed below. Pick your mood, update your queue, and enjoy.

Zodiac (8; true crime): I’ve been wanting to see this film–by the director of Fight Club and Seven–for quite some time. It was worth the wait. Like the main character, you’ll find yourself really, truly wanting to figure out the identity of the Zodiac killer.

Fired Up (8; teen comedy): If you’re a guy in the mood for a lighthearted, genuinely funny piece of cinematic eye-candy, rent this movie. The two leads work well together, and you have the pleasure of accompanying them on their romp through hundreds of scantily-clad girls at cheerleader camp.

The Descent (7; horror): I am not a horror movie aficionado, but from what I know, this one’s pretty decent. It’s about a group of girls who are trapped underground with some really creepy monsters during an ill-advised spelunking trip. The coolest thing about it is that the claustrophobia in the movie is just as nerve-wracking as the monsters.

He’s Just Not That Into You (6; romantic comedy): This probably would have been better if it were set underground with creepy monsters. It’s a paint-by-numbers rom com that tries to be Love Actually but fails on most accounts. It includes one of the worst of the rom-com cliches: A person who falls for someone else for absolutely no reason. In this case, it’s the main character of the film, who spends most of the movie being really annoying and desperate. She had no redeeming qualities (unless naivety is a positive quality).

Taken (8; thriller): I had serious doubts about this movie because it made big bucks around the time that people were paying to see Paul Blart, but it’s actually very, very good. Liam Neeson kicks a HUGE amount of ass during his quest to get his daughter back. Literally nothing stands in his way.

Requiem for a Dream (7; drama): This one is tough to classify as good or bad. The filmmaking is brilliant. For about two hours, you’ll feel like you’re inside the mind of a drug addict. The question is, why would you want to do that to yourself? I would conclude that it’s a must see that you only must see once. I wouldn’t want to watch it again. (It did, however, make me want to watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy again, because it uses music very similar to the theme in the third movie.)

What have you all been watching? Anyone else excited about Year One this week?