It never fails. You see a movie trailer and think, "Wow, that looks great. I have to see that."
Then you read the movie's glowing reviews and you text your spouse and kids, "We have to see this." Months pass, then awards season rolls around and you think, "Oh, wow, I meant to go see that." Yet you still never got around to it.
Here's the good news. It has never been easier to catch up on missed movies, if you have Netflix or another streaming TV network. The better news is Kim Komando loves movies and she sees a lot of them. Right now, she's recommending that you catch up on these three absolutely wonderful films.
1. The Big Short
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, more. (From $3.99).
Overview: Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling (photo above), Brad Bitt; from Paramount
If there were ever two phrases that didn't go together, it's "2008 financial crisis" and "award-winning comedy." But with the excellent "The Big Short," that's precisely what you get. If you're scratching your head thinking, "The Big Short" rings a bell, it's probably because it generated a lot of buzz when it came out. But then it quickly faded from movie screens.
That's too bad. But, good news, you can stream it right now.
"The Big Short" stars a who's-who list of Hollywood stars, including Steve Carell and Brad Pitt. Even more significant than its star power, though, is writer-director Adam McCay. He's best known for producing unspectacular movies like "Anchorman 2."
With "The Big Short," he brilliantly tackles one of the driest movie topics possible, specifically the economy. And, not only does he clearly explain what led up to the Great Recession, McCay turns it into one of the best movies in recent years.
Among the movie's many awards is the 2016 Academy Award for Best Writing for an Adapted Screenplay for McCay and Charles Randolph. The movie is based on the Michael Lewis book, "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine."
Mini-Review: "Scathing wit, joyous irreverence and brilliant boisterousness ... make 'The Big Short' an improbable triumph." (Wall Street Journal.)