July is already in its second weekend and full of the usual fare: picnics, vacations, camping, beaches, and huddling inside watching TV and movies on your computer! Our contributors are excited to add a trio of new favorites to your queue and make this weekend worth staying indoors!
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The Big Short (Netflix) – I want to say this was one of the more underrated films that came out last year, but it was nominated for a couple Academy Awards so obviously someone was watching. Even so, it didn’t have an incredibly long run in theaters and snuck in a wide release at the same time most other award contenders were coming out. This creative and humorous look at the housing bubble collapse will inform and engage… and then you’ll realize that it actually happened and you may get a little depressed– or at least feel bad for laughing.
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Tarzan (Netflix) – There have been many film versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ seminal Lord of the Apes. In fact, the newest version of the tale just came out on July 1. My favorite will probably always be the Walt Disney Animation Studios version, released in 1999. This film is one of the most underrated features in the Disney canon. The songs by Phil Collins are great (with the exception of “Trashin’ the Camp” – could do without that). The voice acting is incredible, particularly Minnie Driver as Jane (her awkwardness is hilarious and endearing). However, the strongest aspects are the visuals and the animation. Master animator Glen Keane is the mind behind Tarzan, and he has the ape-man “surf” through the trees and vines. Such an inventive bit of animation and it astonishes me every time I see it. Keane’s skilled draftsmanship is married perfectly with the “Deep Canvas” technology – giving actual depth to the hand-crafted artwork. It was a revelation when the film was released, and it still holds up today.