Get ready for the nation’s favourite pasttime: vegging out in front of a TV or computer screen, watching mindless entertainment until your brain turns soft. (Maybe stretch your legs a bit in between movies.)
In your quest for the most mindless entertainment, here are 10 movies you can watch right now on iflix, all without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Fargo (the movie) popularized the genre of snow noir. There was even a point, in the development of the third season of True Detective, showrunner Nic Pizzolatto, dismissed the idea of setting the season in the snow, because it would look too much like Fargo. Credit goes to the Coen brothers for picking such a striking setting for such an outlandish tale.
A car salesman hires two criminals to kidnap his own wife, so that he can collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. The plan goes south, of course, and we learn what evil looks like. The TV series (also on iflix) has renewed interest in the movie, if only to remind people how odd it was to set a noir tale in the snow. It also reminded people of the disclaimer, at the beginning of the movie, that says the movie was based on true events (when in fact they were completely made up).
As we await the fifth (fifth!) Transformers movie, we might look back wistfully at the ’90s, when blockbusters were more coherent, when explosions happened every five minutes, instead of every five seconds. More like Jan de Bont’s Speed, where the speed of the film kept pace with the speed of the bus armed with a bomb, set to detonate if the bus slows down.
The film title tells you exactly what you’re getting into. Dennis Hopper as the criminal mastermind is the villain in this film, and it works because he’s so unnecessarily evil. We grow to hate Hopper’s character as much as we grow to love Sandra Bullock’s character. Keanu Reeves is something of a wooden horse, as usual, an everyman. He lies somewhere in between Hopper and Bullock. Screenwriter Graham Yost went on to become the showrunner for the excellent TV show Justified, and Speed is where his career took off.