5 Movies To Watch This Weekend

Arthur (1981)

The original with Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli, not the crappy remake with Russell Brand. I can see why Katy Perry divorced him and it wasn't substance abuse. It was his talent or lack thereof.

The movie is about Arthur Bach, a buh-jillionaire who spends most of his life hammered drunk, picking up hookers and basically running it hard in New York. He has a pre-arranged marriage and if he doesn’t go through with it, he’s going to lose his buh-jillions. The movie holds up pretty well. John Gielgud is outstanding as Arthur’s butler and the movies littered with hysterical easter eggs and quick one liners that can be missed if you’re not listening carefully. (HBO) 

20 Feet From Stardom

This is a KILLER documentary about the world of backup vocalists and the artists they support. Everyone knows the voice and the face, but not everyone knows their names. The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Sting, Stevie Wonder have all taken these incredible singers on tour. It’s one of the best music documentaries I’ve ever seen. (Netflix) 

Paddleton

I watched this one by accident and it turned out to be one of the best movies I’ve seen in the last couple years. Ray Romano and Mark Duplaise (The League) are best friends who play Paddleton, a game they created when they were kids. When Duplaise’s character is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he comes to the conclusion assisted suicide is the way he is going to go out. The movie chronicles their road trip to get the drug cocktail and a conclusion that will surprise you and leave you in tears. (Netflix) 

Reign Over Me

I am NOT an Adam Sandler fan, but even I have to admit he is simply amazing in this movie. It’s a serious drama about Charlie Finneman (Sandler) who loses his entire family in the 9/11 attacks. He completely isolates himself until a chance encounter with his old college roommate played by Don Cheadle, who although he has a family and kids, is lonely in his own right. The film centers on their relationship and how they help each other to find each other and return to normal. (Crackle) 

Man on Wire

If you’re afraid of heights don’t watch this movie. It’s about French daredevil Phillipe Petite, who in 1974 somehow secured a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center without getting caught and spent nearly an hour performing a high wire routine over Manhattan - WITHOUT A NET! It makes Free Solo look like a guy climbing on his garage roof.

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