Two of my favorite films of the 90s are playing on XFINITY On Demand this month—and they’re as good as anything I’ve seen this year. In fact, they’re better.
Jeff Bridges stars in “Fearless” and gives an Oscar-worthy performance as an ordinary guy who survives a catastrophic plane crash, and doesn’t understand why. He begins to wonder if he’s invincible. His curious behavior alienates him from his wife, beautifully played by Isabella Rossellini, and draws him close to another survivor, movingly played by Rosie Perez, who lost her baby in the accident. John Turturro and Benicio Del Toro also star in this compelling drama about the mysteries of life and death, with a provocative screenplay by novelist Rafael Yglesisas, sensitively directed by Peter Weir.
There are no big stars in Steven Soderbergh’s “King of the Hill,” but it’s one of my favorite films of the 90s. It beautifully evokes the life of a 12-year-old boy, played by Jesse Bradford, who’s forced to fend for himself while growing up in St. Louis during the great Depression of the 1930s. His mother is ill and his father is away trying to make a living, so our young hero uses his wits to survive. Everything rings true in this adaptation of A.E. Hotchner’s memoir, brought to life by a perfectly-chosen cast, including a young Adrien Brody and an even younger Katherine Heigl.
Each week veteran film critic Leonard Maltin looks into the vast selection of movies available on XFINITY On Demand and recommends two favorites. Watch him on the On Demand barker.