Following the feedback and success of our 30 Films to See Before Your 30 feature, we continue our latest series, 5 Movies to Watch This Week. As the title suggests, five movies are featured each week regardless of release date alongside their respective IMDB ratings. Check out this week’s picks below and be sure to look for Taken 3, Predestination, Inherent Vice to hit theaters this Friday, January 9.
American History X (1998)
A crime drama directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna, American History X stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. In the style of nonlinear narrative, the film tells the story of two Venice, Los Angeles brothers who become involved in the neo-Nazi movement. The older brother serves three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter, changes his beliefs and tries to prevent his brother from going down the same path. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novella of the same name. It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile delinquency, youth gangs, and other social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian near-future Britain. Alex (Malcolm McDowell), the main character, is a charismatic, sociopathic delinquent whose interests include classical music (especially Beethoven), rape, and what is termed “ultra-violence.” He leads a small gang of thugs, whom he calls his droogs. The film chronicles the horrific crime spree of his gang, his capture, and attempted rehabilitation via controversial psychological conditioning. Buy it here.
IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
A prison drama directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy, Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system. The film, set in the early 1950s, is based on Donn Pearce’s 1965 novel of the same name. An anti-establishment film which was shot during the time of the Vietnam War, Newman’s character endures physical punishment, psychological cruelty, hopelessness and more, eventually becoming a symbol of hope and resilience to the other men in the prison camp. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
Fireworks is a Japanese film written, directed and edited by, and starring Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. The film’s score was composed by renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi for their fourth collaboration. Kitano plays Nishi, a violent and unpredictable police detective who quits the force after a terrible incident results in his partner, Horibe (Ren Osugi), needing to use a wheelchair. After his retirement, he spends much of his time looking after his wife Miyuki (Kayoko Kishimoto), who has leukemia. Consequently, Nishi has borrowed money from the Yakuza to pay for his wife’s needs, and is having difficulty repaying them. Buy it here.
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
An Italian epic crime drama co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods, Once Upon a Time in America chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York City’s world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships, love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss, broken relationships, and the rise of mobsters in American society. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 8.4/10