I’m really getting tired of people telling me there are no good movies to watch. Bull crap. There are plenty of good movies to watch. Just because you’ve seen everything worth watching the last few years when it came out doesn’t mean there is nothing good to watch. Here is an idea. Pick a decade or pick a year. Hell, jump back fifteen or twenty years and see what was hot then and go rent it or Netflix it or borrow it from a friend. But here, I will recommend three movies for you almost two decades old. You might not have seen them, if not, shame on you, they are great movies and if you have seen them you’ll probably be tempted to see them again.
First up from 1992 I give you Bad Lieutenant. Now this is not to be confused with the Nick Cage movie that was total crap. No this is a hard-core crime drama about a crooked cop, played by Harvey Keitel. If you don’t know who Harvey Keitel is shame on you. He was the pimp in Taxi Driver, Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs, and Winston Wolfe in Pulp Fiction. You ought to know him. Anyway this flick has this bad cop who is betting tons of money he can’t afford on a baseball game and doubling it each time he loses. Additionally he is investigating several crimes, homicides, and the rape of a nun. During all of this, most of the drugs he confiscates end up either being smoked or snorted by him and the rest given to one of the dealers he runs. His main goal is to kill the rapists of the nuns, but she has already forgiven them. I’m not going to give the whole thing away, but I will tell you it is a gritty movie with some mean, mean scenes. You might appreciate it.
Secondly from 1993 you should rent True Romance. Another crime romance thriller that dominated the decade, see Kill me Again and The Color of Night, plus a buttload of others, True Romance has the added benefit of a star studded cast. And I do mean star studded, Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt, Micheal Rappaport, the list goes on. Yeah, it has that many people in it. Imagine a romance thriller where a guy meets, falls in love with, and marries a hooker. then he kills her pimp to free her from the life and steals the pimp’s cocaine. He is going to have to sell this coke. Unfortunately the people the coke actually belongs to want it back…a blood bath ensues. It was written by Quentin Tarantino, and while many find that a drawback, some find it immediately refreshing, I am somewhere in the middle. He has done plenty of good films, the only problem I have found is they are so complex, you need two or even three watchings to really start to appreciate the nuances of his writing and directing. I’m not going to lie, this is not his best film, but in no way is it his worst.
Finally, from 1994 I call up a classic, The Professional. This film is an instant classic, starring basically Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, and a twelve-year-old Natalie Portman, the film chronicles the life of a professional killer who loves his plant and drinks a ton of milk. Oldman plays the again dirty cop who kills all of Portman’s family and she finds shelter with him because he is her neighbor. she develops a crush and wants to learn the business of hitting from him. He just wants to be left alone, so he goes on a killing spree when the dirty cops try to track the girl down and take her out. We’ve all seen it multiple times because it is so good, and if you haven’t again, shame on you.
So, instead of complaining that you can’t find anything to watch this weekend, step back into the past and rent a movie you haven’t seen in a while. Start with these three, you won’t be disappointed the way you will if you get something from the last few years.