Maybe you’re looking to save a few bucks or the current theater choices just aren’t cutting it. Whatever the case may be, sometimes it’s just as nice to sit at home and watch a good flick. Take a look at this week’s picks for some At-Home Alternatives to the weekly cinema options.
Instead of Gravity, watch GRAVITY
NO, I’M SERIOUS! You should just go see it in theaters because it’s lovely. If you ABSOLUTELY CAN’T make it to the cinema, check out Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón’s last film Children of Men. It’s a breathtaking movie set in a near-future dystopia where women are no longer able to conceive. [Gravity trailer]
Instead of Runner Runner, watch Rounders
I have no idea what’s going on with Runner Runner. I mean, the cast seems legit but the tone of the trailer is beyond bizarre and has the movie feeling like it was meant for another decade. FTSer Nick didn’t have a whole lot of positive things to say about it in his review, either. If you want a good poker thriller to sit down with, try the always entertaining Rounders on for size. It’s got the always dependable Matt Damon and Ed Norton as a couple of wannabe pro poker players and the very awesome John Malkovich playing Russian mobster Teddy KGB. There’s a lot of illegal underground poker, memorable moments and Oreo eating in Rounders that help make it a movie that continues to hold up over the years. [Runner Runner trailer] / [Rounders trailer]
The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition
Out of all the movies coming out on Blu Ray Tuesday, the 40th Anniversary Edition of the horror classic The Exorcist is the best of the bunch. Just in time for the Halloween season, the brilliant scarefest would make a mighty fine addition to any horror fan’s collection. Director William Friedkin proves to be a master of his craft with The Exorcist, scoring an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. It’s easy to see why the movie remains at the top of many Scariest Horror movie lists once you have witnessed the film for yourself. [Buy it on Amazon] / [The Exorcist trailer]
The American Scream (2012)
This quick, fun documentary follows various Halloween enthusiasts in the same town that spend months prepping for the holiday. Each group of haunters have a different approach to mastering their Halloween festivities, all with inspiring results. Their boundless enthusiasm is sure to rub off on you and get you in the spirit of the holiday.
The American Scream Netflix Synopsis: In the sleepy town of Fairhaven, MA, The American Scream follows the creative minds behind three local homemade haunts and their spirited, passionate and sometimes harrowing efforts in igniting their town’s Halloween spirit each year.