I’ve curated some of my absolute favourites to bring to you this weekend.
Whether you’re looking for a gut-busting laugh, a gripping drama or something a bit more intense, it’s all here for you on display.
Perhaps the most surprising, come-out-of-nowhere film in the last five years, Rudderless is a modern classic that most sadly haven’t seen.
After the death of his son, a man (Billy Crudup, in his best role ever) finds his old lyrics and tapes, and begins to play the late teenagers music in bars across the area.
With the help of another musician (the late, great Anton Yelchin), he’s able to bring his son’s music to life, but his son’s legacy may be more sinister than the audience can imagine.
Hell or High Water
One of the most accessible Oscar-nominated films in recent years, 2016’s quiet hit is a triumph for writer-director Taylor Sheridan.
Two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) begin robbing banks in the midwest in order to keep the family farm.
With an officer (Jeff Bridges, nominated for an Oscar in this supporting role) hot on their tail, they must question whether breaking the law for the right reasons makes their conduct alright.
It’s a gem, and one of the best of last year. Don’t miss it.
With a sequel currently in theatres, if you haven’t caught the original, its entry onto Netflix this weekend is well worth the watch.
A hockey player named Doug (Seann William Scott) discovers he has a penchant for fighting, despite his good nature.
Mix this Halifax-set hockey film’s brutality with some raunchy humour and good-spirited film-making, and you’ve got this little cult classic.
See this, then see Goon 2. It improves on the original.
Warning: not for those with weak stomachs.
This 2000 film represents the best entry into the John Cusack lexicon since the 1980s.
Rob (Cusack) is a record store owner whose girlfriend leaves him. As we get to know Rob and his trials and tribulations, he also takes us through his top five, Desert Island worst break-ups ever.
This film is tailor-made for anyone who has ever had a broken heart, and you’ll find a little bit of yourself or an ex in Rob and any of his five former lovers, no matter what.
P.S. Tim Robbins as a hippie and Jack Black in his least annoying role are both wonderful in this.
Ben Affleck writes, directs and stars in this Boston-set bank robbery thriller, and it’s one of the best crime films since 1995 classic Heat.
A personal best for Affleck, a star-making (and Oscar nominated) performance from Jeremy Renner and one of the best-cast films of the last 10 years is on Netflix, and well worth your time.
With supporting performances from an unbelievable Blake Lively, a terrifying Chris Cooper, John Hamm as a foul-mouthed FBI agent, and Pete Postlethwaite just prior to his death, this is a modern classic.