Fantastic Mr. Fox

Oh look, indie rock guy loves a Wes Anderson film.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

A beautiful ode to the wonder and imagination of childhood. I first saw this movie on a transatlantic flight home from Europe and cried my eyes out in the middle seat surrounded by strangers. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before and unlike anything I’ve seen since. I get emotional just thinking about it.

MacGruber

For anyone unfamiliar, this is a movie based on a short running SNL sketch starring Will Forte which parodies the hit '80s TV series MacGyver. Where '80s TV hero MacGyver would use some random household item like a paper clip to disarm a nuclear warhead, MacGruber uses things like human pubic hair or dog shit and typically gets everyone blown up along the way. I have likely returned to watch this movie more than any other. I first saw MacGruber in theatres and almost choked to death when I inhaled a mouthful of popcorn in a fit of laughter. A bunch of people also walked out of the theatre around the midway point so maybe I’m just immature. I love this movie so much that I threw in a soundbite at the beginning of the Plain Life EP, and I’m hopeful that someday Will Forte will acknowledge this.

Mandy

This is very recent so only time will tell, but I was totally blown away by this movie. I grew up watching “Nic Cage Freakout Montage” videos on YouTube with my friends and this is like having an entire movie dedicated to Nic Cage freakouts, but with amazing cinematography, stunning visual imagery, and really great score by the late Johann Johannsson. I won’t give too much away except that I knew I was watching an instant classic during a scene in which Nic Cage kills a few demons, inhales a handful of cocaine, and eats too much LSD. A very recent film, but a memorable one which I give five hand-forged demon slaying axes out of five.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

I first watched Dr. Strangelove with my dad one Christmas Eve as a young teenager and ever since have had some weird idea in my head that it’s a Christmas movie. It’s definitely not, but it is a great political satire made during the nuclear hysteria of the 1960s which I have watched and rewatched. Though it was made in 1964 I think it remains incredibly relevant to this day.

Beach Body play Cléopatre on Thursday, November 15th. Listen to their Curb Ciggiez EP below to find out why we're excited to catch them live next week.