Check It Out! The New, The Classic, The Obscure – The Wonderful World of Rentals

Alex Barker

Hey! My name is Alex and here are the world-traveling rental picks for the week! Arkansas swamps, Australian farmlands, and ancient Chinese landscapes!

Mud – 2012, USA

One of this year’s best, Matthew McConaughey leads in a film stacked with powerful acting performances. Following the story of two boys in the swampland of Arkansas who befriend Mud (played by McConaughey), a man on the run from bounty hunters and trying to reunite with Juniper, the love of his life (played by Reese Witherspoon). A convicting look into friendship, love and adventure, keep an eye out for Mud come Academy Award season. This film packs a wallop.

iTunes – $4.99

Google Play – $3.99

Babe – 1995, USA

“That’ll do pig. That’ll do.” Babe was a film that endeared many to the world-renowned talking pig. The screenplay by George Miller and Chris Noonan is brilliant and the lovable acting by James Cromwell and Magda Szubanksi (along with the many animal voice actors) gives Babe a distinct classic blend of an old Disney film mixed with the snappy feel to a Billy Wilder comedy. The story of how a pig becomes the world’s greatest sheep-pig is one that continues to get better with age.

iTunes – $2.99

Hero – 2002, China

Set in the majestic landscapes of China, Hero tells the story of Nameless (Jet Li), a man who comes before the Emperor of Qin claiming success of defeating three assassins who have hunted the Emperor for years. As the story progresses, Nameless is not the man you presume to be, leading to an epic and moving conclusion. Nominated for Best Foreign Film in 2002, Hero transcends it’s cultural bounds and achieves a story that is both timeless and highly engaging. The fight choreography rivals that of its more well-known Chinese companion, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, giving Hero a fan base that continues to grow over the decade. This is a film to be seen in all its visual splendor. Just make sure to watch it with subtitles. Much more enjoyable hearing the original language of the film.

iTunes – $2.99

Google Play – $1.99

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