Ranking the best movies on Hoopla this month (January 2020)
#10. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
When sci-fi royalty turns up in a grindhouse B movie you know it’s either trash or epic. Hobo with a Shotgun is both and Rutger Hauer owns it.
The movie cost $3,000,000 and most of that went to Hauer and the fake blood store. Many will loathe it but I loved it’s Death Wish homage.
#9. Scream (1996)
Scream reignited a popcorn culture’s passion for classic slasher movies. Movies like Halloween didn’t seem to be relevant anymore – until Scream.
No one cared about its Dawson’s Creek dialogue and 30-something school students. That ridiculousness and hammy acting made it all the more fun to watch.
#8. Summer of 84 (2018)
One of the best movies on Hoopla this November is the Summer of 84. It’s Fright Night without the supernatural. It’s a whodunnit with kids and a neighborhood serial killer on the prowl.
Set in 1984 suburbia, our young heroes get sucked into the police investigation. Their curiosity turns into an obsession as their detective work goes awry.
#7. Battle Royale (2000)
Forty-two kids get sent to a deserted island to kill each other and the survivor gets to go home. It’s simple and brutal. The movie is based on a controversial Japanese book and is ultra-violent.
Battle Royale is shocking, jarring and a real study on the devolution of people under pressure. The only downside is that it’s not in English, so subtitles are the only way to enjoy! There is a US version, but it’s not as good.
#6. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Matt Damon is Will, a prodigy with a chip-on-his-shoulder struggling in Boston. Ben Affleck is Chuckie, Will’s best friend and one of life’s givers. The late Robin Williams plays Sean, Will’s therapist.
Williams signing on was the catalyst for the movie getting made and it’s a good job. The screenplay and Robin Williams won Academy Awards. If like me, you love anything about intelligent people with an attitude, then this is a must.
#5. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Don’t let its age put you off. A Fish Called Wanda is timeless and what happens when comedy genius John Cleese does a heist movie. It definitely one of the best movies on Hoopla right now.
Jamie Lee Curtis takes lead as a seductress willing to double-cross to get her true love — diamonds. While every character is perfect, Kevin Kline steals the show. Otto the idiot weapon expert is Kline’s best-ever performance — he’s hilarious!
If you’ve ever liked anything funny and British, get streaming. It’ll be 108-minutes well spent!
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#4. Snatch (2001)
Once upon a time, a Guy Ritchie movie was a big deal. He was London’s Tarantino. The writer-director made Snatch at the peak of his appeal. Ritchie pulled in Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro to star alongside regular collaborator Jason Statham.
Pitt’s Mickey O’Neil stands out for his Irish-gypsy accent — but Boris the Blade and Brick Top also make a big impact. If you love snappy dialogue and a gritty gruesome London then Snatch will be up your alley!
#3. The Crow (1994)
Brandon Lee, son of legendary Bruce Lee died while filming The Crow. His performance would have made him an action superstar! Think Christopher Nolan’s Batman, but with evil dialed up to ten.
The movie is about Lee’s character taking revenge with unstoppable supernatural power. He’s relentless — yet his actions never feel unjust.
The Crow is violent, but it’s nothing compared to what the bad guys do. It wasn’t scared to personify darkness, and that’s why it remains compelling.
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#2. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
Tucker and Dale could easily be the best movie on Hoopla this month. It starts at cliche and ends with a lovable hillbilly you can’t help but root for.
Taking the cabin in the woods set up and flipping stereotypes is brilliant. It’s a college-kids-gone-camping movie from the perspective of the hillbillies. Prejudices get weaponized and misunderstandings cause a banquet of accidental carnage.
Except for Shawn of the Dead and Return of the Living Dead, no other horror-comedies get close to Tucker and Dale. If you like blood and guts with your laughter, watch it now!
#1. No Country For Old Men (2007)
Coen Brothers? Check. Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Barden, and Josh Brolin? F*****’ check!
No Country For Old Men is the bee’s knees of movies. Some naysayers say it’s too slow. If comparing to Transformers or Fast & Furious, they have a point. By any other standard, it has the pacing of any great story.
It’s the cinematography, edit, and soundtrack that makes No Country for Old Men feel non-traditional. With its long scenes and empty soundtrack, Barden’s performance will give you chills. Definitely one of the best movies on Hoopla.
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