Last year was a pretty fantastic one for movie music. Directors like David O. Russell, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Ben Affleck made not only fantastic films, but also beautifully crafted soundtracks that blended perfectly with the story and visuals on screen. As a result, 2013 had a lot to live up to, but looking back on the last twelve months reveals that this yearís crop of filmmakers were more than up for the task.
We're almost halfway through July-- I know, right?-- and just past the midway point of the year, which means that we're also almost done with summer movie season. The blockbusters are petering out, the dregs of summer are appearing on the horizon (sorry, R.I.P.D.) and the really great movies of fall feel so far away. So why not take this moment to look back over the year so far, and pick out the movies that we actually did love?
With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias star as three teenage friends who can no longer take living with their parents. They decide to run away together and build a house in the middle of the woods where they can live off of the land and be rulers of their own lives.
Escaping the suffocating drudgeries of their home life, teens Joe (Nick Robinson), Biaggio (Moises Arias) and Patrick (Gabriel Basso) steal into the woods to build themselves a summer home, free from all other responsibilities. Itís to be assumed hiding away from their families with their best friends will be trying for the boys on many levels, and harsh words and apologies will definitely enter into it.
This teaser deliberately avoids detailing the movie's plot, and curiously avoids touting its most recognizable stars. Instead, it focuses on three nameless boys with an unmistakable chemistry goofing off in the woods. The rhythm they create is engaging. The build to the smallest's dance is weirdly satisfying. And the pull quotes from critics promise a movie that is hilarious and heartwarming, as well as reminiscent of Superbad and Stand by Me. What more could you want?