Grumpy Old Men

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The Series: Grumpy Old Men

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) are two curmudgeonly neighbors who have been at each other’s throats for years. The feud between the former friends intensifies when Ariel (Ann-Margret) comes along and provides a love interest for both of them that threatens to push their rivalry new heights.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau starred in a handful of comedies together throughout their long careers on the big screen. The Odd Couple is undoubtedly their best work as a duo, but only one other movie came close to matching the comedy magic that these two created, and it took 25 years for it to happen. The movie is Grumpy Old Men, and it takes the playful rivalry that the two real-life best friends often portrayed in movies and gave it a crotchety but entertaining new spin that has a big holiday heart. Read More »

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Now on Hulu

If you’re looking for a safe bet, or if you simply loathe modern orange actors like Matthew McConaughey, is now streaming The Taking of Pelham One Two Three in its entirety. Judging from the above poster, the film looks like a pulpfest, and to a degree it is, but it’s also an overlooked, hardboiled thriller with two no-bullshit performances from the late greats, Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Arguably a third star in the film is New York City; the metropolis’s daily grind and ’70s grime is so well captured by director Joseph Sargent viewers practically suffer the screeches and the subway smells. And then there’s the perfect ending. We don’t mean to nag, but with a remake starring Denzel and Travolta due in 2009, you might want to check it out while the plotting and twists remain fresh.

Click here to watch The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Discuss: Anyone a fan? Anticipating Tony Scott’s remake? Feel free to recommend other films starring Shaw and Matthau below.