Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Director: Tom Shadyac
Screenplay: Jim Carrey, Tom Shadyac, Jack Bernstein
Starring: Jim Carrey, Courtney Cox
Jim Carrey remains one of the most absurdly quotable actors in history. Even though few people can recall the plot of Pet Detective (something about Dan Marino’s Super Bowl Ring and a missing dolphin), the epic quotes live on.
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Screenplay: Steve Oedekerk
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice
While the first film in the series may have birthed pop culture gold, When Nature Calls birthed Jim Carrey out of the back of a giant fake elephant.
Aeon Flux (2005)
Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenplay: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Starring: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand
It certainly had its moments, but when the creator of the original, groundbreaking animated series Aeon Flux tears the Hollywood version to shreds, you know it can’t be good. There’s plenty of action here, but with none of the dominatrix/fetish/Marxist stuff that made the original show great.
Con Air (1997)
Director: Simon West
Screenplay: Scott Rosenberg
Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich
There’s nothing quite so comforting as kicking back and watching a great Nic Cage film. You know the old tale—a man kills in self-defense, gets sent to prison and must hijack a plane with the nation’s most dangerous killers to get his wife back? You know what? Don’t overthink it.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Director: Kevin Costner
Screenplay: Michael Blake
Starring: Kevin Costner, Graham Greene
Kevin Costner shows off his chops behind the camera in this tale of a Civil War defector who shacks up with some Native Americans and feels the white man’s burden hard.
Blow Out (1981)
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenplay: Brian De Palma
Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen
John Travolta gets caught in a web of lies and conspiracies when he finds the body of a dead man who was set to run for president. Things get worse when he begins to fall for the femme fatale.
Blue Velvet (1986)
Director: David Lynch
Screenplay: David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper
It starts with a severed ear and then continues on one of the strangest journeys ever committed to celluloid. Dennis Hopper is at his absolute best as a drugged-out-pseudo-sex-demon opposite Kyle MacLachlan’s wide-eyed Irish innocence.
Ghost Rider (2007)
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Screenplay: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes
Ghost Rider might be one of the most beloved anti-heroes in Marvel comics history. Unfortunately, even with the mighty Nicolas Cage, they couldn’t get the ol’ flaming one right. It’s not without it’s charms, though.
Director: Stephen Kay
Screenplay: Eric Kripke
Starring: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel
Even though his father was killed by the boogeyman (yes, the boogeyman) all those years ago, Tim’s mother refuses to believe his fears. It’s not until he must return to his childhood home and defeat said spirit that people finally begin to believe him.
The Ides of March
Director: George Clooney
Screenplay: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling
Plenty of people slept on this Clooney penned-and-helmed political thriller but it was pretty great all things considered. Gosling and Paul Giamatti play fantastic side roles to Clooney’s governor hopeful.
Joe Dirt (2001)
Director: Dennis Gordon
Screenplay: David Spade, Fred Wolf
Starring: David Spade, Dennis Miller
Southern epics aren’t just reserved for Faulkner. David Spade shines as the archetypical slack jawed hillbilly. Unfortunately, Dennis Miller is also in this film.
Director: Harmon Jones
Screenplay: Adele Buffington
Starring: Guy Madison, Rhonda Fleming
The film is a classic yet unsung proto-feminist western about a hard woman who saves a man from his own hanging with a bullwhip.
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Screenplay: Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett
Starring: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne
The iconic children’s series about the experiences of an orphaned girl comes to life with the help of Frances McDormand.
Over the Top (1987)
Director: Menahem Golan
Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone, Gary Conway
Starring: Sylvester Stallone
Keep in mind that this isn’t just a story about a down on his luck trucker who also moonlights as a professional arm wrestler, but a story about a father and his son. It’s Shakespearean really.
Mo’ Money (1992)
Director: Peter MacDonald
Screenplay: Damon Wayans
Starring: Damon Wayans, Stacey Dash
You know what they say, “mo’ money, mo’ problems,” and this movie is proof of that because it’s full of consistency errors and plot holes.
Money Train (1995)
Director: Joseph Ruben
Screenplay: Doug Richardson, Vincent Patrick, David Loughery
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson
People don’t give enough credit to the powerhouse cinematic duo that was “Woody and Snipes.” In the spiritual successor to White Men Can’t Jump, Money Train has the twosome playing two brothers (?) who decide to rob a subway car.
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Director: Paul Mazursky
Screenplay: Paul Mazursky, Leon Capetanos
Starring: Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso
Moscow on the Hudson is either one long Yakov Smirnoff joke made real or some kind of Hollywood anti-Cold War subversion technique on celluloid. But it’s a pretty good Robin Williams film either way.
Mr. Mom (1983)
Director: Stan Dragoti
Screenplay: John Hughes
Starring: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr
He’s MISTER Mom. Get it? Because he loses his job and has to stay home with the KIDS! It’s so difficult when the man has to stay home. How will they explain it to the children?
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay: Jerry Leichtling, Arlene Sarner
Starring: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage
Kathleen Turner goes back in time to save herself from herself in this Francis Ford Coppola dramedy starring Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew, Nicolas Cage.
Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine (Hulu Documentary)
Director: Patrick O’Dell
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Tony Hawk, Spike Jonze
The people who lived it finally tell the story of one of the most beloved skate magazines. Expect dirty jokes and bad falls from these Jackass proto-martyrs.