The top 10 movies on Amazon Prime Video
- Forrest Gump
- American Beauty
- Catch Me If You Can
- Mean Girls
- There Will Be Blood
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Amazon Prime has come to Canada and the streaming service is a gold mine for some of the greatest movies ever made.Here are the best movies we’ve found so far, ranked.
The portmanteau of Chicago and Iraq (pronounced “shy-rack”) is worryingly apt. That said, don’t go in expecting Spike Lee to deliver a docu-drama exposé of this Illinois gangland. Re-adjust your expectations to a modern hip-hop remix of Aristophanes’s Lysistrata, a bawdy Greek classic in which women from warring sides refuse their husbands bedroom action in pursuit of an armistice.Via narration from a slick-suited Dolmedes (Samuel L Jackson), the sorry state of affairs is laid out in iambic pentameter rhymes. On one side we have the Spartans, headed by our hero Lysistrata’s boyfriend and they’re beefing with their rivals, the Trojans, when an innocent citizen catches a stray bullet. From there Chi-raq escalates into a musical that delivers an incendiary look at violence and guns, men and women, and sex and power.
Side-splitting in its raunchiness and ludicrously quotable, Superbad has stood the test of time to remain a comedy classic. How does it achieve this? Via a heaped helping of heart that tags along on a hilarious ride out of puberty and into adulthood.Two inseparable best friends (and a cling-on named Fogell/McLovin’) must navigate the last weeks of high school and attend a gigantic house party. Seizing upon one last chance to be known as awesome, they go on a nigh-impossible quest to secure booze for their respective crushes in order to, hopefully, lose their v-cards.Memorable moments include an absolute worst-result attempt to purchase drinks, and a confession about one person’s secret burning desire to illustrate “man-dicks”. Special props also have to be given to two inept and morally-flexible beat cops played by Bill Hader and Seth Rogen.
Equal parts inspirational and hysterical, Forrest Gump is arguably one of the greatest movies of the mid 90’s. Forrest, who is rather slow but has good intentions and a kind heart, re-tells the story of his life to various strangers who sit beside him on a park bench in Georgia. He documents everything from his childhood love, Jenny, to his time as a captain on a shrimp boat. Although his low IQ may be seen to some as a disadvantage, this inspiring tale demonstrates how Gump never let it hold him back. From college football star to soldier in the Vietnam war, it’s clear throughout the film that Forrest yearns for the love from his childhood sweetheart.It’s not hard to sympathize with the main character and even relate to many of his well-described feelings and fears. Although a heart-felt movie, Forrest Gump is hilarious and memorable, with one of the greatest movie quotes of all time: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Oh, how many times I’ve sat in a cubicle and thought about emulating Lester Burnham – a disillusioned, 40+ worker drone who delivers the most incendiary job exit since the protagonist of Fight Club. This is a mid-life crisis for the ages, brought on by a sexually-disinterested wife who’s become career-obsessed, a borderline emo daughter and Lester’s sudden infatuation with a younger woman. The arrival of Ricky, a new neighbour who conveniently sells AAA-grade weed, sure does help this revolution along, too.Unfortunately, what starts as a new awakening of the senses and a healthy recapturing of one’s youth triggers negative changes in Lester’s family. His tightly-wound better half becomes more manic and his daughter, Janie, hooks up with Ricky and expresses desires bordering on the homicidal. Incredibly well-cast and chock full of poignant observations and dark comedy, American Beauty is still very much the masterpiece.
Have you ever dreamt of becoming a jack-of-all-trades? How about filling up your resume with multiple impressive careers before the age of 18? That’s exactly what Frank Abagnale Jr. does, the lead character in Catch Me If You Can. At the young age of 17, Abagnale became the most successful bank robber in the United States, using cheque fraud as a way to con banks into giving him cash in hand.Posing as a doctor, an airline pilot, a French teacher and even a lawyer, this movie is based on the completely true story of a con artist who was always one step ahead of the FBI. From beginning to end, the movie will captivate you with it’s adventurous and high-flying tales. Although Abagnale was a con man, this movie will have you sympathizing with him (and even rooting for him!) from start to finish.
If you’ve ever worn pink on Wednesdays, then you’ve probably seen this classic early 2000’s movie. Starring Lindsay Lohan, the film follows a high school girl called Cady who has been homeschooled her whole life. Upon entering into the schooling system in the United States, Cady faces what most teenagers do in high school: cliques, awkward moments and plenty of drama. She tries to befriend the popular girls known as “the plastics” in order to expose them, however she ends up showing some of her true colours along the way.Mean Girls takes you on a hilarious and somewhat realistic journey of the high school world, relating it to the wild ways of the animal kingdom. With some of the best one-liners, you’ll find yourself watching this movie time and time again, because it’s great lines never really stop being funny.
Sometimes great horror is purely in the music and what you can’t see. It’s been nearly 40 years but the creeping dread of John Williams “duunn dunnnn” theme still sends chills up my spine. I’m confident that if you were to play that swelling double-note menace over the speakers of any indoor pool complex, people would cast reason aside and get out.The power of this music was a godsend for Steven Spielberg, a fledgling director who invested too much faith in his prop department’s ability to create lifelike sharks. Turning what was a 25-foot polystyrene lemon into lemonade, Spielberg shifted course onto some of the most creative and (cost) effective jump-scares in the history of film. The end result is a great monster flick that’s made damn near perfect, thanks to the plight of a hapless Chief Brody and a strong set of supporting characters, all of whom you don’t want to be on the menu (but totally are).
If you’ve ever seen someone run down the street screaming “freedom!”, they’ve probably just been inspired by the 1995 film Braveheart. This movie follows the story of the Scottish icon William Wallace who led a revolt against the English in order to maintain Scotland’s freedom.With excellent graphic scenes, this film has the right amount of blood, gore and inspiration. It takes place in the 13th century and truly embodies all of the stereotypes of both modern and historical Scotland. Although the movie takes a rather disheartening turn at the end, it’s well worth the watch and gives you a taste of history.
Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a powerhouse as Daniel Plainview, an oil pioneer whose trailblazing spirit is equalled only by his murderous ambition. When black gold is discovered by chance during a mining accident, Plainview embarks on an obsessive and ruthless approach to mastering the oil business. The first step: bilking simple religious folk out of their land by leveraging access to his mining equipment and expertise.Sadly, Plainview’s growing success becomes tainted by paranoia and an insatiable lust for, you guessed it, more power. Worse, this oil tycoon’s designs become stymied by The Prophet, a nemesis in the unlikely form of a teenaged preacher who uses his “higher connections” and people-power for shakedown purposes. Don’t let the misleadingly violent title fool you, There Will Be Blood is more a masterfully shot parable of obsessive egotism and the worst facets of American capitalism.
After being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), formerly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason decides to put up the best fight possible and record a series of video journals for his unborn son. When the battle starts to look insurmountable, the plan shifts to submitting this footage to charity to raise awareness about this disease as the film documents Gleason’s slow deterioration over the course of a five-year period.Equal parts inspirational, heartbreaking and brutally candid, Gleason runs the full gamut of human emotions. This is a front row seat to a man moving through the five stages of grief, plus the film juggles the themes of marital stress, religious conviction and even a bit of lighthearted toilet humour when the worst indignities of the disease kick in. This is a tough watch but an important one, too – an unflinching portrayal of a person fighting back against incredible adversity.
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