Pam Grier, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Eddie Murphy…those are just a few amazing actors we’ll enjoy in some spectacular movies on EPIX this month. With so many movies to choose from, a few of EPIX’s bigger movie fanatics are sharing what they’re most excited to watch (or rewatch) in March. Check out this month’s EPIX staff picks below.
Lauren V. – Capote
In 2006, Philip Seymour Hoffman won his first and only Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of the flamboyant and controversial writer, Truman Capote. Fresh off of his success with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman’s next assignment brought him to the small farming town of Holcomb, Kansas, to interview community members in the wake of the Clutter Family murders in 1959. How quickly his focus shifts when he meets and interviews the two killers and tries to piece together the narrative that led to these murders. In 1965, In Cold Blood was released and made Truman a literary sensation. The film also examines his traumatic childhood, his friendship and competition with friend and fellow author, Harper Lee, and his alcoholism, which ultimately paints a picture of a deeply troubled, flawed, and talented man. Capote has an outstanding ensemble that includes: Catherine Keener, Chris Cooper, Bruce Greenwood, Clifton Collins Jr., Mark Pellegrino, Bob Balaban, and Amy Ryan. Director, Bennett Miller’s Capote is a haunting and moving film that will stay with you long after you’ve finished, and make you want to re-read In Cold Blood.
Rob K. – Trading Places
Eddie Murphy ruled comedy in the 1980’s in movies and TV, but no film showed off his comedy repertoire better than Trading Places. Nothing about his performance is one-dimensional as Murphy plays both the poor con man and a rich Wall Street executive with equal amounts of legitimacy and humor. Many movies have used the plot device of two people switching bodies, but Trading Places has its main characters switch socio-economic status instead. The excellent cast also includes Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd as the adversary who switches careers with Murphy’s character.
Graham W. – The Devil’s Double
One of the most underrated movies of the last five years is without a doubt The Devil’s Double. In a phenomenal performance, Dominic Cooper doubles up, playing both Uday Hussein, Saddam’s son, and the man who is ordered to be Uday’s body double, Latif Yahia. Cooper’s ability to play both sides, both good and evil, is one for the books. Like Scarface but TRUE, The Devil’s Double is full of action, decadence, and suspense. If you like true crime, double down with this pulsating film.
Matt S. – Drugstore Cowboy
A breakthrough film for director Gus Van Sant, Drugstore Cowboy explores the lives of junkies whose goal is to find their next fix. Bob (Matt Dillon) is the undisputed leader of a group of flawed 20-somethings, including his wife Dianne (Kelly Lynch), his best friend and muscle Rick (James Le Gros), and Rick’s girlfriend Nadine (Heather Graham), as they con and scheme their way into scoring drugs from pharmacies, hospitals, and anywhere else they can get it. The film is gritty and realistic, neither glorifying nor condemning the lifestyle of addicts, but finds humor and humanity in these characters and their story.
Sam V. – Revenge of the Pink Panther
Inspector Clouseau is dead. At least, that’s what he wants you to think so he can investigate the treacherous villains who tried to claim his life in the first place. In the final installment of the Panther series, Blake Edwards once again directs the unparalleled Peter Sellers as everyone’s favorite bumbling policeman. Though this may not be the most famous film in the series, Sellers is at the top of his game, as ever, and along with some help from Dyan Cannon, Robert Loggia, and of course, Burt Kwouk as Cato, the laughs are non-stop. Sellers commands the screen with both his comedic and dramatic genius, an auteur no matter the medium.
Rasheed W. – The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
A perfect movie for the kids or the whole family! Every millennial’s favorite childhood T.V. sea sponge is back for his second movie and it’s just as hilarious as we remember the show being. As pals turn into enemies and a former enemy becomes an ally, SpongeBob and friends journey through space, time, and…LAND to retrieve the Krabby Patty formula in SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water.
Becky W. – Top Gun
Tom Cruise’s need for speed will have adrenaline pumping through your veins in seconds. Follow Maverick on his aerial journey––suffering the lost of a best friend, battling Iceman (Val Kilmer) for the coveted “Top Gun” award at Miramar Naval Air Station, and fighting for Charlotte Blackwood’s (Kelly McGillis) heart. The perfect mixture of competition, suspense, bromance and romance, this 1986 blockbuster is as iconic as it gets, people. Not to mention, you’ll want your own a pair of oversized aviators just like Maverick’s. And better yet, aviators will continue to stay relevant because it has been reported that Cruise and Kilmer are coming back STRONG in Top Gun 2. Stay tuned!
Mike R. – Foxy Brown
Give it up for Pam Grier in perhaps her greatest role as a symbol of female empowerment and the baddest badass in town. The film was originally conceived to be a sequel to her earlier hit Coffy, but the studio decided that this film should stand on its own… and oh boy does it ever. It’s a no-holds-barred crime flick that really pushes the envelope in terms of the action, sex, and violence even by today’s standards – strike that – ESPECIALLY by today’s standards! I’m not kidding folks, this film is gloriously insane and a whole lot of fun. Like an old episode of Starsky & Hutch complete with those familiar fashions and faces such as Antonio Fargas, who played “Huggy Bear” on that show. “Don’t mess around with Foxy Brown. She’s the meanest chick in town!”
Have any thoughts about our picks? Share ’em or post what you’re watching this month in the comments!
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