June Theme: Foreign Films!

Hollywood turns out some heavy hitters, but the US isn’t the only country with good cinema. This month we look abroad for some of the best foreign films out there.

Our picks:

Bekki: TBD

Jenny: Paradise Now

John: El Mariachi

Kelly: A Tale of Two Sisters

Steve: M

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April Theme: 1980s!

Eighties fashion isn’t the only thing come back in style. These movies have stood the test of time (even the overabundance of neon and legwarmers looks hip again).

Our picks:

Bekki: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

JennyFerris Bueller’s Day Off

John: Better Off Dead

Kelly: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

SteveRisky Business

March Theme: Food!

Have you ever noticed how many movies center around food? Whether it’s coming together for a family meal, working in a restaurant or hashing out a problem in the kitchen, delicious food makes a wonderful costar.

Our picks:

Bekki: Chocolat

Jenny: Big Night (1996)

John: Waiting…

KellyHarold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Steve: Ratatouille

February Theme: Best Picture Winners!

It’s Academy Award season and what better way to celebrate than to watch some of our favorite Best Picture winners?

Our picks:

Bekki: Annie Hall (1977) I’ve never seen it and heard it referenced so much.

Jenny: The Apartment (1960)

John: The French Connection

Kelly: Rocky

Steve:  Amadeus (I’m curious if it holds up)

January Theme: Sci-Fi or SyFy?

There are some truly great science-fiction films. There are also some truly horrible movies – most of which wind up on the SyFy channel. This month we celebrate the surreal and the sublime, the honorable and horrible with our science-fiction favorites and SyFy guilty pleasures.

Our picks:

Bekki: Clockwork Orange

Jenny: Alien and Piranhaconda

John: Blade Runner – I also might watch some Mystery Science Theater offerings.

Kelly: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original with Kevin McCarthy) and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

Steve: Aliens and Megapython vs. Gatoroid

December Theme: Holidays!

Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Ramadan or Kwanzaa, you can’t escape from the holiday-themed entertainment whirlwind that blankets network TV, cable channels and movie theaters each December. If you can’t fight it, you might as well join in!

Our picks:

Bekki: Love Actually and The Muppet Christmas Carol

Jenny200 Cigarettes

John: My all-time favourite Christmas movie – Die Hard. Since that’s kind of a cop-out, I may also watch The Ref and Strange Days

Kelly: Elf

Steve: A Christmas Carol (And it must be the 1984 version with George C Scott as Scrooge. If you would like to compare/contrast different versions, feel free. One must be the 1984 version.)

November Theme: Familiar Favorites!

These films are the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. You can return to them again and again. No matter how many times you watch them, you never get tired of them. Just like Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without Grandma’s cornbread stuffing, your DVD collection would be incomplete without these beloved standards.

Our picks:

Bekki: Ok, here I’m going to unleash horror upon you all. I can’t help it.  I’ve seen this movie so many times, and love it with the fire of a thousand suns. Of course it makes me SUCH a girl, but here goes: Pride and Prejudice. (Yes. the 5 hr one)

Jenny: The Godfather

John: Okay, I’m no wuss…I see your two movies,  Bekki and Kelly…and raise you the three films of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Kelly: Dirty Dancing and Woman of the Year.  (I figure if Bekki can pick a five hour movie, I can have two.)  Dirty Dancing is such a huge part of my childhood, and Woman of the Year is the movie that made me fall in love with Katharine Hepburn.

Steve: Jurassic Park. I do watch this every time it comes on.

October Theme: Horror!

No Halloween is complete without some scary movies. This month we celebrate the gruesome and the gory as we countdown to everyone’s favorite haunted holiday!

Our picks:

Bekki: Cabin In the Woods

Jenny: Friday the 13th (1980)

John: From Dusk ‘Til Dawn

Kelly: The Omen (1976—but for extra credit, feel free to watch both!) (note: remake is not so good.)  And because John picked the Star Wars original trilogy, I am adding Halloween, Insidious and The Shining.  (Note: You do not have to watch all the movies. You may pick.)

Steve: The Exorcist

September Theme: Meryl Streep!

Flick Buddies owes its entire existence to Kelly’s review of The Meryl Streep Movie Club. So how could we not choose this legendary three-time Academy Award winner as one of our themes?

Our picks:

Bekki: The Hours

Jenny: Out of Africa

John: The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Kelly: Sophie’s Choice (HAPPY, JENNY?!)

Steve: Doubt