EPIX Staff Picks

This month’s EPIX staff picks are in and they’ve shared some of their favorite flicks on EPIX this month to help you conquer those winter nights spent on the couch!

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Mike R. – Blow Out

From writer-director Brian DePalma (aka the second coming of Alfred Hitchcock) comes this massively stylized thriller that ranks as one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films of all time. For this one, DePalma takes the plot from the Italian classic BLOW-UP substituting a photographer who inadvertently captures a crime being committed in a photo for a Hollywood soundman, played by then rising star John Travolta, recording it on tape. But the real star of the movie is DePalma who serves up some of his most intensely inventive work through his trademark split screens, 360 degree camera moves, forced perspectives, long tracking shots, etc.  All complete with an amazing score by Pino Donaggio who did the music for DePalma’s best movies.

 

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Sam V. – Pi

Darren Aronofsky’s debut feature is a pulsating monochromatic venture into the world of mathematics, surrealism, and religion. I remember so clearly watching this film as a teenager with a group of friends, and it forever changing the way I’d look at cinema. The fearlessness of Aronofsky’s close-ups and the no-holds-barred chases in which Max, the protagonist, is pursued are the perfect examples of how low budget films can have more of an impact than blockbusters when done correctly.

 

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Graham W. – Hot Tub Time Machine 2

If you knew what the future held, would you use that knowledge for financial gain? Of course you would! That is the case of everyone’s favorite foursome in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. If you’re looking for more debauchery, more zingers and more hot tub, than this sequel should quench your time travel thirst. Just remember to keep practicing your ‘Webber Strut’. The future depends on it.

 

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Matt S. – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

(Steve Martin) + (John Candy) x (John Hughes2) = comedy gold.  That should be enough reason to watch this hilarious movie, but if you need a bit more convincing… Uptight advertising executive, Neal Page (Martin), is attempting to get home to Chicago when his flight is diverted to Wichita and eventually cancelled.  He embarks on a road trip with talkative shower curtain ring salesman, Del Griffith (Candy), to get home in time for Thanksgiving (there was no Uber in the 80s).  Planes, Trains, and Automobiles knows how to bring the laughs, but unlike most recent comedy fare, this movie has heart and poignancy… and Kevin Bacon (briefly).

 

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Derek S. – Mission: Impossible

If you love action, thrillers and Tom Cruise, this movie is a must-watch or a must-watch again. The first of the super successful and entertaining movie franchise, Cruise introduces audiences to special agent Ethan Hunt on an impossible mission to root out a killer mole in the MI organization all while attempting to thwart the very agency that thinks he’s the guilty one. There’s a reason this is an impossible mission, but there’s also a reason Agent Hunt is chosen for it. Catch Cruise in the first Mission: Impossible and enjoy a classic spy thriller that never loses its edge.

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Rob K. – Scrooged

This modern take on A Christmas Carol, gets a boost of manic comedy genius from Bill Murray.  Playing the mean spirited boss who keeps his staff working on Christmas Day, Murray’s physical humor has never shined brighter as he receives visits from the three ghosts (past, present & future) who do their best to help this bitter TV executive find redemption.

 

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Kaitlin F. – Sabrina

Since the rainy, chilly weather is finally upon us, what better time than now to cuddle up on the sofa in comfy pajamas with hot cocoa and tune into a classic. Sabrina is the absolute perfect classic film for a cozy night in. “The rain is very important, because that is when Paris smells its sweetest.” It is romantic tale with a Cinderella-esque air. Watch as Humphrey Bogart and William Holden make attempts to woo the lovely Audrey Hepburn after the “city of lights” transforms her into a Parisian princess. Which bachelor will be lucky enough to win her over? You will have to watch to find out.

 

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Victoria L. – The Blair Witch Project

Take a break and travel far from civilization, far away from it all…where no one can hear you SCREAM!  In 1994 three aspiring filmmakers set out to document the legend of the Blair Witch, and WERE NEVR SEEN AGAIN! Relive all the terror and fear from the first time you watched this classic horror film way back in 1999! Made on the teeniest of independent budgets ($25,000!), The Blair Witch Project went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the decade.