Rabbit Hole Staff Picks For February 2022

February is the time for love! What movies or shows do we love here at Rabbit Hole? Check below and find out!

Jason Soto (Host Whatever with Jason Soto, That’s Da Bomb, Yo!, Co-Host Between The Scares, Top 5 A Thru Z, CineGamer, From Inner Time, & Navigating The Multiverse):

Peacemaker (2022)

Technically a sequel/follow up to 2021’s The Suicide Squad, this show follows Peacemaker (John Cena) as he is hired by a secret agency to kill anyone they need killed. Peacemaker gets teamed up with a random group of people including the super hot Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), the computer hacker Economos (Steve Agee), the leader Murn (Chukwudi Iwuji), the newb Leota (Danielle Brooks), a young guy who’s taken a shine to Peacemaker and goes out and kills bad guys (maybe) Vigilante (Freddie Stroma)and his own father (Robert Patrick, who need to win some award for this show.) OH! and his pet sidekick Eagly! This show is hilarious and touching all at the same time and it makes you feel weird about sympathizing with a killer. And instead of a trailer, I’m showing you the opening to the show because it’s hands down the best opening ever.

Lisa Leaheey (Co-host Between The Scares, Whatever with Jason Soto, & The SibList):

Saw (2004)

Yes. Yes, I’m giving you another horror film. Saw is the only film I’ve watched in a theater twice in the SAME DAY. I loved the ending so much, I had to see it again immediately. Well, the original film was in theaters in October 2004, and the DVD released right around Feb. 14. Well, at the time, I was single and aggravated about that, so I decided I would spend my Valentine’s Day with Chinese take-out and Saw on DVD. For the next few years, the holiday was celebrated this way — each new Saw film released in February, and I got my takeout and watched a fun horror film. So maybe this can be the start of a new tradition for you! Saw is far better than those mushy Hallmark flicks anyway.

Bill Szany (Co-host Top Five A Thru Z):

The Room (2003)

A man named Johnny is engaged to a woman named Lisa. Johnny spends most of his free time playing catch with his buddies, randomly asking extremely personal off topic questions in mid conversation, talking to dogs, and making love to Lisa. Problems arise in Johnny and Lisa’s life as their underage buddy Denny (that likes to watch them make love) develops a drug problem, Lisa’s mother develops cancer, and Lisa has an affair with one of Johnny’s best friends.

Currently not streaming anywhere but you can buy it from Amazon here.

Pete Rangel, Jr (Co-host Top Five A Thru Z):

Last Night in Soho (2021)

If you like a good trippy sort of noir like film check out Last Night In Soho. Mix of modern and 60s style mysterious acid trip sort of film that’s way better than I expected.

Rob Branch (Co-host CineGamer, Top 5 A Thru Z, Whatever with Jason Soto, InfoBlast & Lyrical Innuendo):

Nobody (2021)

What happens when you rob a Nobody?  Well one of two things.  You either get what you want, or you unleash a dormant beast, a very hungry beast.  Even a middle aged man who works a boring job can still hold inside him a beast not to be fucked with. Bob Odenkirk plays “Hutch Mansell”, this underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s scrapes on the chin and never pushing back.  Good reason those, he knows how to audit without recourse.  One night his house is robbed and well let’s just say, there’s old saying goes “Let sleeping dogs lie”.  At 1 hour and 32 minutes, this movie is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of revenge and no forgiveness.  With a cast of Bob Odenkirk, Michael Ironside, RZA & Christopher Lloyd how can you go wrong?  Did I mention Christopher Lloyd and shotguns?  Enough said!

Remember, never underestimate a nobody.

Lackey (Co-Host From Inner Time):

Embrace of the Vampire (1995)

Looking for something to warm you up this cold, dark winter? Why not try the 1995 skin flick Embrace of the Vampire? Sure, it’s not very good by the admittedly lowered standards of softcore supernatural romance. But it does have an oddly classy cast, including Alyssa Milano, Rachel True, Jordan Ladd, Charlotte Lewis, Jennifer Tilly and of course Martin Kemp of 80s pop band Spandau Ballet. The scene where Kemp spends a full minute licking a bloody door is alone worth the price of admission. Directed by Anne Goursaud (who edited Bram Stoker’s Dracula), it’s actually even kind of pretty in places.

Nick Jobe (Co-host Navigating the Multiverse, InfoBlast):

Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

While there are a bunch of good romances out there (I’m looking at you Princess Bride), I wanted to offer this semi-forgotten gem: Crazy, Stupid, Love. With a fantastic cast including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon (and written by the guy that did Tangled and lost TV gem Galavant), that’s a good enough reason to check it out. But what really turns this from a typical RomCom to something special is about halfway through, the “backyard scene,” that really provides a great and hilarious twist just this side of the 22 Jump Street “office” reveal scene (you know which one). If you haven’t checked this one out yet, do so. It’s charming and really funny and worth your time.

Marc Pasonelli (Co-host The SibList):

My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009)

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to hold the one you love – wine & dine them, and then commit cold blooded murder with a pick axe (wait what..?). Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) is returning home after his father passes, coincidently on the 10th anniversary of his hometown’s most horrific event, the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. You will never guess what happens. Yes, people start getting massacred again. At least the town has their home grown boy back to help. Yes, they absolutely blame him for it. It’s too bad that Tom doesn’t have anyone on his side. Oh he has an old girlfriend (Jaime King) who knows him better than anyone and KNOWS there is no possibility he would kill anyone? Okay cool. What you may NOT expect is the amazing acting in this movie. I will NEVER forget when my sister (Lisa Leaheey) and I went and saw this movie in theaters. There is a scene that was made out to be SO INTENSE, but the acting of said scene made us laugh way too hard – we missed the next 5-7 minutes of this movie. For that fact alone, this cult classic-esque film will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart (unintentional pun). This movie will make you second guess a few things when someone gives you a valentine – like asking “What are we even doing?” and laughing uncontrollably for far too long… #sorrynotsorry. Don’t expect anything less than a stupidly bad/good time here. It’s not an Oscar winner – but man it’s fun.

Bubbawheat (Co-host Lyrical Innuendo):

Next Level Chef (2022)

My first staff pick is probably the last thing you would expect it you follow my blog or podcasts but I’m having a lot of fun with the latest cooking competition show Next Level Chef. It has a weird hook by having three teams led by a different famous chef, although I only recognize Gordon Ramsay. Each round they are randomly assigned the fancy top kitchen, the bare bones basement, or the middle. They have to fight for the ingredients with the top level getting first pick. And the bottom two go head to head in blind taste test. It’s total trash level marketing but making the judges be team captains gives it a more positive spin than something like Hell’s Kitchen since they want their team to win. Plus there’s always the drama with the time factor that causes simple mistakes that the chefs have to overcome. It’s a pretty entertaining competition.

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