There are a slew of different options when it comes to streaming services. It is time to turn our attention to Paramount Plus, for our ongoing effort to narrow down your movie choices to the finest possible ones.
Paramount Plus has something that few of its streaming competitors possess: a rich back catalog from one of Hollywood's most well-known producers, featuring classics from almost every period of filmmaking.
Weve selected our favorites from their vast collection of films, including a wide range of all-time classics and new favorites from a variety of periods. Take a look at a history of outstanding films, in chronological order of release.
Zodiac, a mystery thriller by David Fincher, may be the celebrated directors greatest achievement. The film follows the manhunt surrounding the notorious Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer known for terrorizing the San Francisco Bay Area with a string of horrific killings throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, all while taunting the cops with a string of esoteric ciphers and newspaper letters.
There Will be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson's mesmerizing account of an oil baron's rise and fall was best known for a ludicrous milkshake meme. But its been fourteen years since its release, so perhaps we can let go of that particular gag and get back to enjoying Daniel Day-Lewis' usual brutal performance with its particularly brutal intensity. The clash between Day-Lewis' viciously competitive oilman (Paul Dano) is equally as severe, although the journey to the end is quite difficult.
Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero's original zombie film in the United States was shot, directed, photographed, and edited on a shoestring budget, adding to the creepy atmosphere and grounded terror. The group of survivors is forced to deal with both the overwhelming threat of zombies and internal disagreements.
Night of the Living Dead is the first example of Romeros' typical blend of jaw-dropping, stomach-pushing practicalities and thoughtful social commentary. This entails a great deal of controversy when children were permitted to see it in theaters due to an error by the original theatrical distributor, who accidentally deleted the copyright notice from the official copy of the film, which later became public domain.
The Mission: Impossible movies
The Mission: Impossible series, led by Tom Cruise, started with a bang, with the first film directed by the legendary Brian de Palma. That first film was instantly iconic, with memorable moments still hanging forever in popular culture (who can forget the scene when Cruises Ethan Hunt jumps from a ceiling and has to keep his head up to avoid an alarm going off?)
The series has continued to grow, bringing in John Woo for the unfairly defeated second entry, and returning to form in the two most recent entries, Rogue Nation and Fallout, both directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who previously worked with Cruise on Jack Reacher). All except the third film, directed by J.J. Abrams, and the third one, is available to Paramount Plus subscribers who have Showtime.
Clueless is simply that: iconic: with iconic quotes (Do you prefer fashion victim or assembly challenged?), iconic lead performances (Paul Rudds smile!) and iconic looks, the film was directed by Amy Heckerling. The story centers on Cher Horowitz, a rich and popular student who takes the tragically unhip new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy).
To be honest, I'm certain there are many individuals reading this who haven't seen Clueless. This entry is more of a reminder that you should watch Clueless again. Youre welcome.
The Godfather (also available on Paramount Plus!), The Conversation, The Godfather Part 2, and Apocalypse Now are some of the most remarkable films directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The least well-known of these four films might even be the best. It's certainly the most disciplined and chilling.
The Conversation, a paranoid conspiracy thriller based in 1974, is more concerned with the form the protagonist's paranoia takes, and the effects it has, than the machinations of the conspiracy he uncovers. Caul obsesses over the ambiguous, fragmentary recording he creates, fearing that he is putting the couple or someones lives in jeopardy.
The film has a powerful narrative pull, and it revels in the strangely mundane world of professional surveillance. What stays with you is the film's ambivalent, detached, brooding atmosphere, evoked in Hackmans fierce internalized performance, David Shires delicate piano theme (recently heavily quoted by Apple TVs Severance), and the haunting, incessant loops of the taped recording itself.
Charlie Chaplin's first feature film as a director was a smash hit, making his co-star Jackie Coogan (later known as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family) one of the first child actors in Hollywood.
The Tramp, a Chaplin-powered character, finds an abandoned child and cares for him as bad luck and bad circumstances threaten to strike. It's one of the best films from one of the best filmmakers to ever grace our planet.
The first of John Woos' American films to resemble John Woo is Face/Off, a delightfully over-the-top 90s action film that thrives on Woos' direction and the two leading performances.
Sean Archer, an FBI agent, was murdered by Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), a terrorist who planned to kill the younger Archer. In his quest for vengeance, Archer undergoes an experimental face transplant, becoming Troy. Of course, Troy does the same in return, becoming Archer.
When Mike Werb and Michael Colleary composed the script, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger both mentioned them. I can see it, but I'm glad we got this one. PV
Jacobs Ladder, a 1990 psychological horror film that was inspired by Francis Bacon and H. R. Giger, is a haunting body horror thriller that will have you glued to your seat.
Addams Family Values
The Addams Family Values was once referred to as "The Borscht belt comedy version of Fatal Attraction," and it is a perfect and accurate description of Barry Sonnenfeld's 1993 sequel to his 1991 black comedy The Addams Family. Uncle Fester has been romantically ensnared in the machinations of the baby's new nanny (Joan Cusack), and its is a delightfully mischievous film.
The Wachowskis' dazzling feature debut stands out above everything else in their filmography. Bound is a sexy erotic thriller about two women who are irresistibly drawn to each other. Together, they devise a strategy to defy a mafioso boyfriend (frequent Wachowski collaborator Joe Pantoliano).
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The classic sci-fi film noir story of a California town slowly taken over by emotionless copies of themselves has been rewritten many times (including the equally superb 1978 adaptation with Donald Sutherland), but few have the same intensity and emotional depth as the bone-chilling original. A local doctor (Kevin McCarthy) and his ex-girlfriend (Dana Wynter) are among the first to suspect what is happening, but it's difficult to convince anyone else of the dangers.
When it was first released in 2002, Gore Verbinski's American remake of Hideo Nakata's supernatural horror film The Ring was a smash hit, launching Western audiences into the wonderful world of J-horror cinema and becoming a household name for everyone from Scary Movie 3 to Family Guy. Naomi Watts stars as Rachel Keller, a journalist who goes undercover to discover the strange connection between her niece's and three friends' deaths and a mysterious videotape she finds herself caught in
Planet of the Vampires
Mario Bava, an Italian horror filmmaker, directed many well-known low-budget genre films, including the legendary Black Sunday and the heist film Danger: Diabolik.
Planet of the Vampires follows a crew of space explorers who crash land on... well, you know. It strikes just about every conceivable aesthetic note you would want from a space exploration, which is simply remarkable when you consider how tangible the planet is. The image above gives you an idea of what the planet is like, but there's nothing like seeing it in action.
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With his 1976 thriller Marathon Man, which is adapted from William Goldman's 1974 novel of the same name and starring Dustin Hoffman, the film follows Thomas Babe Levy, a history Ph.D student at Columbia University who is studying McCarthyism and exonerating his disgraced father.
Marathon Man, a thriller about a government agent who acts as an oil executive, is enticed by Dr. Christian Szell, a Nazi war criminal willing to do anything to uncover a hidden cache of diamonds.
Philip Baker Hall stars in Paul Thomas Anderson's feature film adaptation of a professional gambler (Hall) who takes a down-on-his-luck drifter (John C. Reilly) under his wing. It's also a testament to Hall's singular talents as a performer.
Edgar G. Ulmer was a prolific filmmaker during the Classic Hollywood era, and directed The Black Cat with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. It was considered to be one of the first major Hollywood films to feature both horror legends, and it was widely praised as one of the first psychological horror films. Soon after, Ulmer was blacklisted from the studio (and the other major Hollywood studios) because of his marriage to the wife of Universal Studios president Carl Laemmles' nephew.
Detour is a collection of micro-budget movies produced by Ulmer for Producers Releasing Corporation, the tinyst of the Hollywood studios at the time. It's also a striking example of film noir aesthetics and low-budget filmmaking.
Detour is a story about a down-on-his-luck youngster who is hitchhiking from New York to Los Angeles in search of his new partner, who has moved to Hollywood in the hopes of making a fortune. Along the way, he meets a strange stranger who upends everything.
The 66-minute film has a strange feel, with limited sets and back projection that is inconsistent at best. But the thing definitely works, and Ulmers' striking images (and an unforgettable performance by Ann Savage) paint a stark picture of an uncaring world.
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Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen play a group of best friends who have been a part of a long-standing book club. Each of them, though successful in their careers, is dealing with life or love difficulties. When one of them chooses Fifty Shades of Grey as the next book theyll all read together, it opens the group up in a wonderful tale of personal acceptance and self-realization, no matter what stage of life you are in.
Wrath of Man
Wrath of Man is a two-hour thrill ride starring Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham. H (Statham) is a new security guard at a cash truck company in Los Angeles who surprises his co-workers with an efficient and skillful display of violence.
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