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1. You’re the Worst
FXX’s bold and bawdy anti-rom-com You’re the Worst is notorious for its characters’ reckless disregard for rules. Yet the show’s fourth season, a harrowing, heartbreaking story of Edgar (Desmin Borges), a war veteran with PTSD, proved to be its most emotionally raw and powerful yet.
Creator Stephen Falk has a gift for skewering romantic comedy tropes while also making sure his show doesn’t feel like a rehash of other comedies. This episode, titled “The Intransigence of Love,” is no exception, with Gretchen and Jimmy attempting to tell a story that mocks the rom-coms they feel superior to while simultaneously revealing how much their own relationship has changed.
Despite their boorish narcissism and commitment-phobia, Jimmy and Gretchen are lovable through and through. This is largely due to the impeccable performances by Geere and Cash. Their characters could be caricatures, but with their self-aware energy and acidic tone, they’re irresistible.
2. The Unborn
Despite being a fully modern film with the use of digital effects and high-tech moviemaking, The Unborn has a nostalgic quality. Its creepy kids, eerie laughs and unusual creatures all feel like they were borrowed from a haunted attraction and dropped into the story.
It’s also a little too familiar, with a plot that could have come from any other movie about a girl being terrorized by a demon spirit called a Dybbuk. And while writer/director David S. Goyer (BLADE: TRINITY, THE INVISIBLE) has made some truly great movies, he’s also penned a few clunkers, including this one.
For a while, The Unborn plays out the way a good PG-13 horror flick should—with a dash of atmosphere, some effective “boo!” moments and a semi-hot young star. But then it commits the cardinal sin of horror movies, revealing too much through endless exposition.
3. The Holiday
A classic rom-com setup sees a city girl sent to a small town at Christmas. This time, it’s a spoiled heiress (Eliza Taylor) who’s sent to her father’s tiny New England hometown to prove she can handle his family business.
The 2006 film available on repelisplus features Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black in a series of cute-hearty love triangles. Iris, the woman from London, is heartbroken over her ex-lover Jasper, so she arranges a home exchange with Amanda, a single Los Angeles woman, to help get over him.
Although this movie has a few romantic scenarios that stray from realism, the characters and their plights are compelling enough to warrant repeat viewings. Its lighthearted charm makes it an excellent choice for any holiday. It’s also a great movie for a girls night out!
4. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
This extended edition of Walk Hard adds another half hour to the film’s running time and is better paced, funnier and more satisfying than its theatrical counterpart. Full frontal male nudity is still a recurring joke and Dewey gets introduced to harder drugs as the movie goes on.
Parodies like this can easily fall flat, but Apatow and Kasdan have imbued their film with such rascal charm (and in particular a pitch-perfect Cox) that it has endured. The characters that he meets on his journey to rock icon hood are lovingly portrayed and the music, from a Dylan-flavored protest song to a didgeridoo flavored symphony from the crazy Brian Wilson period, is spot on. The DVD also includes a handful of supplemental songs.
5. The Last Stand
The Last Stand is the first starring vehicle for former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 10 years. His signature muscle-bound look and deadpan Austrian delivery are intact, although the Governator does less killing in this violent border-town sheriff flick.
The film tells the classic tale of a heroic and intractable hero defending a small band against an infinitely larger force. From the three hundred Spartans at Thermopylae to Davy Crockett at the Alamo, this archetypal story has a powerful grip on human emotions and on the way we like to remember history.
Kim Jee-woon, who made his directorial debut with the genre-juggling Manchurian Western The Good, the Bad and the Weird and the torture-porn thriller I Saw the Devil, gives The Last Stand a kinetic energy. But the squib-exploding violence and pitiful groans don’t quite add up to the satisfying payoff.