"Oscillating Fan for Your Home" (Netflix)
Sixty minutes of an oscillating fan. Major plot twist at minute 42 forces you to reassess everything that came before it. A tour de force.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (Netflix)
More than 12 years ago, this movie redefined Johnny Depp as a mega movie star. The sequels grew increasingly worse, but this first entry holds up as an enjoyable diversion.
"2 Fast 2 Furious" (Netflix)
Among the worst entries in the franchise, but still, I suppose, essential in a way. It did give the world Tyrese's jokester Roman Pearce, so that's good.
This 2001 Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt con comedy is funnier and smarter than you might remember. Gene Hackman's grotesque portrayal of old money alone makes the film worth seeing.
Michael Mann! James Caan! Tangerine Dream! Safecracking!
"Far From the Madding Crowd" (HBO Now)
A ravishing period-piece adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel of the same name. It's nothing new, but it's well-wrought and boasts another great Carey Mulligan performance.
"Intolerable Cruelty" (Netflix)
Sometimes the Coen brothers are opaque ("A Serious Man"), sometimes they're fairly serious ("No Country for Old Men") and sometimes they're just profoundly goofy. The George Clooney legal comedy is among their sillier efforts, a love letter to Preston Sturges' more murdery comedies.
"Dazed and Confused" (Amazon Prime)
Richard Linklater had been making masterpieces long before 2014's "Boyhood" got him the attention he deserved. One of those masterpieces — and for my money his best — is the '70s-set high school comedy that follows a group of teens (and Matthew McConaughey) on the last day of school.
"Bone Tomahawk" (Amazon Prime)
"The Hateful Eight" was actually the second-most-violent Western starring Kurt Russell released in 2015. "Bone Tomahawk," in which a few good guys try to rescue a woman from caved-welling cannibals, saunters a sleepy pace on the way to a rip-roarin' finale and the year's most shocking act of violence. Putridly watchable.
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