Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks like... well, it looks bad. Maybe not a hot pile of horse shit, but definitely not good. So rather than go see it just to have something to do on Saturday night, stay home and watch any one of these five movies featuring cast and/or crew members from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
I'll go ahead and say it... I'm not a Game of Thrones fan. I gave it until about halfway through the second season and just decided it wasn't for me. Therefore, the most badass I've seen Lena Headey get was when she played Ma-Ma in 2012's criminally underrated Dredd. Seriously, if you haven't seen Dredd, it's easily one of the top five comic book movies in my book, and Headey's deliriously over the top villain is a huge reason why the film works. If you get the chance to see it in 3D, do it, as this film is also in my Top 5 uses of 3D. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
Sam Riley is the latest actor to take on the role of Mr. Darcy, but I first took notice of him when he played Ian Curtis, the late frontman of Joy Division, in 2007's masterful biopic Control. Easily one of the best musician biopics of all time, Control is a harrowing look at the angst and madness that can consume the exceptionally talented people in this world, and Riley announced himself as a force to be reckoned with onscreen. It's too bad the only thing I've seen him do since was play the bird in Maleficent, so let's hope this talented actor gets more roles like this one in the future. Available on Amazon.
Last Action Hero
I know, I know, you've heard this movie is awful. You've heard it's so bad, it was the beginning of the end for Arnold the box office powerhouse. I will grant you that it's reputation makes it sound much worse than it actually is, and while it was a box office bomb, it's one of the better universally reviled films ever made. First of all, it's clever and very smartly written. The execution leaves something to be desired, but one thing the film is certainly not lacking is a great villain. Charles Dance's Evil Eye Benedict is a spot-on parody of the typical Schwarzenegger villain, and one which Dance plays to perfection. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
Not Fade Away
This one's a two-fer, since both Bella Heathcote and Jack Huston appear in this and P&P&Z. This is another criminally underseen film from David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, and featuring one of James Gandolfini's final performances. It's also got Shooter McGavin in it, what more do you need in a movie? But seriously, it might just be the best movies ever made about a band that just didn't make it. It's poignant and funny without being manipulative, and though Chase's problem sticking the landing rears its ugly head again here, it's still a film worth watching. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
Igby Goes Down
Granted, this isn't the best film and is fairly interchangeable with several other films from the same time period like Tadpole, but the guy who directed P&P&Z is named Burr Steers, and this was his directorial debut. It does have a great Jeff Goldblum cameo, and not every movie can say that. It's also a nice reminder that directors can start off making something small and meaningful, and in just over a decade, they're directing horrible shlock. This industry chews up and spits 'em all out eventually. Available on Amazon and iTunes.