Our employees at EPIX have some great suggestions for you to watch for the month of August, check out their picks below, then tell us yours in the comments section below!
Steven K: The Odd Couple
There are some pretty great couples in cinematic history. Jack & Rose. Johnny & Baby. Han & Leia. One of my all-time favorite pairs though has got to be Oscar & Felix! The Odd Couple epitomizes the saying, “opposites attract.” Oscar (Walter Matthau) is a divorced, lovable slob living alone. Felix (Jack Lemon) is a newly divorced, neurotic hypochondriac looking for a home. The two become roommates and hilarity and tragedy quickly ensues. This dark comedy makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it really makes you think. In the end, The Odd Couple leaves you with a smile and with one of the most memorable couples of all time!
Some Kind of Wonderful is one of the more underrated entries in the 80’s teen romantic comedy genre. Featuring zero brat-packers and a great soundtrack fit for the 80’s, this classic penned by the late, great John Hughes will bring back memories of childhood crushes and best friends you will never forget.
Derek: Cadillac Man
It’s hard to be a salesman, but it’s even harder when you’re a degenerate gambler who’s cheating on your wife. Robin Williams stars in the 1990 comedy, Cadillac Man that brings the stereotypical “sleazy car salesman” to a new low. To make matters even worse, the woman he’s having an affair with has a husband that’s a little bit on the unstable side. Actually, he’s full blown crazy when he holds Joe and his co-workers hostage. Other than that he’s a pretty normal guy. Cadillac Man has many similar elements to that of Dog Day Afternoon with more of a comedic spin that leaves you shaking your head. So buckle your seatbelt because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Matt: The Chumscrubber
Troy was an important part of surviving suburbia – he was the local dealer of feel good pills to all of the kids in the neighborhood. When his best friend, Dean (Jamie Bell), runs out of supplies, he pays a visit to Troy and discovers that he has committed suicide. But life goes on among the oblivious parents and the self-absorbed teenagers – as long as they have their fixes to get them through the day – and they’ll go to great lengths to get it! The Chumscrubber is a surreal and absurd depiction of life in the suburbs with a strong cast that includes Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, Allison Janney, William Fichtner, Justin Chatwin, Camilla Belle, and a Culkin brother.
Victoria: Revolutionary Road
Kate and Leo are at it again in this mid century drama, based on the novel by Richard Yates and directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall). The film deals with the melancholy on 1950’s suburbia, with the main characters acting out their frustrations by having affairs, drinking too much and failing to be satisfied by achieving the “American Dream”. What really shines in the film is the amazing chemistry Kate and Leo share. Kate Winslet’s amazing performance as an actress turned housewife earned her a Golden Globe. But be warned – If you though Titanic was a downer, wait until you see this film.
Justin: The Perfect Weapon
The Perfect Weapon (1991) is the perfect weapon against the summer heat. Stay indoors and watch Jeff Speakman roundhouse kick action into high gear with an opening sequence that makes Ronald ‘Mac’ McDonald proud, and perfectly utilizes ‘I’ve Got the Power’ by SNAP!. Director Mark DiSalle introduces us to the talents of Dante Basco (Rufio in ‘Hook’) in a cast filled with familiar faces, if you like 80’s ninja schlock, and I so do. In the grand tradition of the American ninja series, The Perfect Weapon spends little time on how it comes to be that this white American is a deadly force of martial arts, and gives us plenty of time for him to kick butt. So, drug dealers, gangsters, and other bad seeds be warned – The Perfect Weapon is here to defend good people, and help us beat the heat among other things.
Kaitlin: Thanks For Sharing
New York City, P!NK, Gwenyth Paltrow and A group of recovering sex addicts. This movie is certainly interesting to say the least. Maybe not one you had necessarily seen in theatres, so now is your opportunity to check out a long time recovering sex addict (Mark Ruffalo) fight his urges with her new super hot girlfriend (Gwenyth Paltrow). He is being guided by the fearless leader of his sex addicts anonymous group (Tim Robbins) which also features some other interesting characters (Josh Gad & P!NK) all on their journey to abstinence. There are certainly interesting bumps along the way and every step will keep you more than entertained. Check it out!
Mike: The Warriors
Oh man this movie is cool… I’ve heard rumors of a remake over the years and the film did spawn a solid comic book series as well as a popular video game but nothing can touch this gonzo classic of cult cinema. Director Walter Hill who knows a thing or two about tough guys having worked with Charles Bronson on his first movie, HARD TIMES, and who also gave us 48 HOURS does an amazing job with this epic story about a street gang fighting their way back from the Bronx to Coney Island in the late 70’s. So, “come out to plaaaay” and get in on the action!