Fight the Chill with These Hot Movies
Okay, enough with the false starts and Game of Thrones memes—winter is here, and going outside is officially off the table. To prepare your loins, try finding the roommate that’s down to cuddle (DTC, for short), brew as much tea as humanly possible, and throw on these heart-, mind-, and body-warming movies.
Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers hates you. During its promotional run, the movie was billed as your typical “spring break” flick, made for anyone that watched those MTV-approved wet t-shirt contests in Cancun. It drew you in with promises of sexy shots of Vanessa Hudgens, hyper-saturated vistas, and the allure of James Franco sporting cornrows. The movie quashed those expectations, red hot in its super-stylized appearance, and in its condemnation of a culture so vapid that it would buy into Spring Breakers’ empty promises.
Lilo & Stitch
This movie is joy concentrate. To this day, the animation astounds, with incredible hand drawn panels that recall Disney’s heyday, merged with a moving story about aliens in the literal, cultural, and human sense. The characters, the story, the visuals, the sounds—warmth is all around you.
Enter the Void
Enter the Void is Gaspar Noé at his most mind-bending (read Milk’s interview with the director on his latest movie, Love). The story, told straight through, is relatively simplistic: a drug dealer lives and dies. What happens beyond those beats, though, is what gives this movie its strength. The story is a vicarious, DMT-laced walk through death’s long, dizzying corridors. The warm glow of Tokyo’s neon lights stabs the world with a rich palette, like some sort of Lisa Frank nightmare. The movie is slow, solemn, but also full of warmth—an awestruck, detached look at human death and rebirth. Oh, also, there are glowing dicks. Don’t forget the glowing dicks.
Sunshine is one of director Danny Boyle’s lesser-known efforts. After the great success of Boyle’s 28 Days Later, a movie that reinvigorated the zombie genre, Sunshine took the thriller into outer space. The movie isn’t without its hitches—the pacing and plot twists aren’t nearly as well choreographed as, say, Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. But the visuals, including the now-dated CGI, are cornea bleaching. That is to say, the sun isn’t a safe haven here—it’s a pivotal character, creating and destroying in equal measure. If you’re looking to OD on vitamin D, this is the movie for you.
Syriana, a political thriller starring everyman George Clooney, might make you hot with rage. The story jumps from location to location, from Texas and Spain to Lebanon and Iran, before reaching its devastating conclusion. It is hot in the way that any good thriller is—you’ll finish the movie with your claws dug into the arms of your chair, sweating from the stress of it all.
Stay tuned to Milk for more ways to battle the winter blues.
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