When you’re in the mood to watch a movie, sometimes all the choices available can leave you feeling downright confused. Luckily, the folks over at Blockbuster Online have anticipated your plight and put together a list of recommended titles. Most of these suggestions are taken from recently released films, and there are at least 40 recommendations to peruse at any given time. Even if you’re not a subscriber, it’s a great way to generate some cinematic ideas. The following list contains just a few of their highly rated selections.
The Experiment (2010) – An American remake of the 2001 German film Das Experiment, this thriller tells the story of a social experiment designed to study violence in a simulated prison setting. Twenty-six participants are chosen, with the group randomly divided into the roles of guards and inmates. After two weeks, each man is supposed to receive $14,000, but a series of violent events threatens to derail the whole affair. Starring Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Cam Gigandet.
Harry Brown (2009) – Michael Caine stars as a retired Royal Marine living in a violent area of South London. While he tries his best to avoid trouble, his breaking point is reached when his wife dies of natural causes and his best friend is stabbed to death. Harry sets out to make things right, drawing upon his military training and sense of moral outrage. Co-starring Emily Mortimer CrackStreams and Liam Cunningham. Imagine Death Wish, but with a senior citizen in the lead role.
The Losers (2010) – Based on a comic book series, The Losers revolves around a U.S. Special Forces team who are betrayed and left for dead in the jungles of Bolivia. But they survive and plot their revenge with the help of a mysterious woman (Zoe Saldana). The team itself consists of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, and Oscar Jaenada.
Just Wright (2010) – Queen Latifah and Common star in this romantic tale of a physical therapist who falls for the NBA player she’s treating. A number of real-life NBA stars appear as themselves, including Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, and Rashard Lewis.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) – Nicolas Cage plays a crooked cop who suffers from chronic back pain and is addicted to both gambling and drugs. His girlfriend (Eva Mendes) is a high-priced prostitute, and he’s just been assigned to investigate the murder of six illegal immigrants from Senegal. As things spiral out of control, he begins to look for redemption in the most unlikely of places. Directed by Werner Herzog with a bizarre visual flair not often seen in Hollywood productions. Also starring Val Kilmer, Brad Dourif, Xzibit, and Fairuza Balk.
Whip It (2009) – Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut in this film about young Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) and her search for acceptance and meaning in her life. She finds it on the roller derby track, taking the name Babe Ruthless and hanging out with teammates sporting such colorful monikers as Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) and Smashley Simpson (Drew Barrymore). A funny and action-packed look at female empowerment.
Now that you know has such impeccable taste, you may want to consider becoming a monthly subscriber. Then again, there are a number of competitors to choose from, such as Netflix and Redbox. And if you’re in the mood to go totally old school, you can view their suggestions online and then head to your local video store to make your selections.