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There are some films that, no matter how aged they become, will always be wonderfully rewatchable.
Early Sandra Bullock fare – Speed, While You Were Sleeping, and The Net – are, by definition, completely entertaining.
The flick follows Bullock as a computer programmer who becomes entrenched in a conspiracy, leaving her identity stolen and her on the run.
Bullock’s performance, as always, is splendid, and she’s joined by Jeremy Northam and the wonderful Dennis Miller.
Oscar winner Irwin Winkler makes his second-best film here, behind the Kevin Kline classic Life As A House, and this taut thriller will always keep you entertained.
Catch Me If You Can
Leonardo DiCaprio is, and always will be, my favourite actor of all time.
Before he began trying out riskier roles, this wonderful turn about the real-life story of grifter Frank Abagnale Jr. was proof he could be taken seriously as an actor.
It follows an FBI agent who pursues the young con artist as he poses as a number of different people – in high-ranking roles in society – and scams millions worth of checks.
This little cat-and-mouse drama is always riveting and one of my favourites of director Steven Spielberg’s career. Consistently forgotten about, I absolutely love this flick and can always watch it over and over.
Pairing DiCaprio with Tom Hanks as the FBI agent is a perfect match, and the two make movie magic. The supporting cast – including Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, a young Amy Adams and James Brolin – is absolutely endearing.
This is a really special movie with a nostalgic feel that you’ll love start-to-finish.
Lord Of War
This flick is not only one of the most full-tilt, entertaining movies of the 2000s, but it served as undeniable proof that Nic Cage can achieve anything with the right script.
This film about an arms dealer wrestling with the morality of selling guns – during wars and conflicts – while a reckless INTERPOL agent pursues him.
Writer-director Andrew Niccol – known for amazing, innovative fare like Gattaca and Good Kill – brings his own style to this film, and turns in something fantastic.
The performances from Cage, Ethan Hawke and Jared Leto all turn in formidable performances, making this a comeback for Cage and must-see cinema.
Stand By Me
Emmy darling Carl Reiner died this week, and I wanted to pay tribute to him. However, the funnyman’s best films just aren’t on the platform.
So I did the next best thing: Stand By Me is the best film Carl’s son, Rob Reiner, has ever made.