Happy boxing day, Biff Bam Poppers! Hopefully you had a joyeux noel and a kick-ass festivus, full of lots of gift cards under the tree that you’re itching to utilize asap. On that note, here’s some recommended under the radar movie purchases for that Best Buy, Future Shop, HMV or Sunrise Records gift certificate (or Amazon-reserved cash) burning a hole in your pocket.
Chained – One of my favourite movies of the year, staring Vincent D’Onofrio as a serial killer taxi driver who takes a victims son as his own. This is seriously dark stuff, but director Jennifer Lynch makes her third film a disturbing and engrossing tour de force.
Find out what else you should pick up on Boxing Day after the jump!
Premium Rush – this sharp little film staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt didn’t do much at the box office, but it’s legitimately a thrill ride, as we go weaving through the New York City streets with Levitt’s bike courier character. Well-acted with some innovative shots, it’s another piece of evidence that Levitt can hold his own on screen with anybody. One of the best action flicks of the year.
Silent Night – Christmas may be over, but its not too late to pick up this fantastic remake of the 80’s slasher flick, courtesy of director Steven C Miller. If you’re into the gore, there are some pretty gruesome kill shots to give you a thrill, but I spent as much time cringing as I did trying to figure out who the man in Santa outfit actually is. Lots of fun.
The Amazing Spider-Man – as a die-hard Spidey freak, the best recommendation I give Marc Webb’s reboot is that the more I watch it, the more I absolutely love it. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are simply perfect together, and there’s a lot of heart and emotion throughout the entire film.
Battle Royale: The Complete Collection – one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films, Battle Royale was finally officially released in North America this year in a souped up collectors Blu-Ray set, featuring the original film, the director’s cut, the sequel and a disc of bonus documentary footage. If you’ve read or seen The Hunger Games and haven’t experienced Battle Royale, put this at the top of your purchase list.