So many movies, so little time. Thankfully, BuzzSugar is here to help you sort through them all! Every Thursday, we'll choose a theme for a weekend Movie Night and feature three must-see movies in keeping with the topic. This week's Movie Night: deep-freeze films. So if the weather outside is frightful this time of year, make a protective pillow fort and turn on these icy-themed films.
The Ice Storm
Tobey Maguire stars as teenager Paul Hood, who returns from boarding school to a deteriorating world. His family is struggling to stay together, the Watergate scandal is threatening to unravel Washington, and a fierce ice storm is gearing up to freeze over his suburban Connecticut town. With a strong cast which includes Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Christina Ricci, The Ice Storm depicts how the atmosphere of free experimentation and liberalism prevalent in 1973 caused a freezing of one family's morals. The literal freezing of the physical world outside as a figurative device is heavy-handed at times, but also effective, and visually startling.
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In Fargo, the only thing thicker than the Minnesota accents is the snow cover. An iced-over Upper Midwest landscape serves as the perfect setting for this noir thriller, which is one of the best examples of the Cohen brothers' ability to combine the bleak with the bitingly funny. Fargo tells the story of hapless used-car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) who gets embroiled in a botched murder, while Frances McDormand pulls off a near-flawless performance as Marge Gunderson, the very pregnant detective investigating the case. Other highlights include Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare reimagining Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as incompetent criminals.
The Cutting Edge
I know so many people who like the movie The Cutting Edge but won't admit to it. True, it's not a complex, socially important film, but it is very fun and satisfying to watch. Moira Kelly is charming as the beautiful but spoiled figure skater Kate Moseley, who, in order to remain in the 1988 Olympics, must team up with a new skating partner. Her coach brings in hockey player Doug Dorsey, and the two make beautiful figure eights together. Their personalities, however, do not harmonize. Competition movies are so much fun because of how predictable they are, especially when they feature a relationship that is feisty and argumentative but which you know is only masking passionate attraction. Guilty pleasure, much?