Shallow Grave

Money is the root of all evil.

That’s rarely truer than in movies, where the lure of illicit cash often wrecks lives.

One of the best “big bucks equals big headaches” films is this thriller, which launched Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor, right before the duo went big-time with Trainspotting.

The future Obi-Wan is a brash journalist, one of three flat-mates facing hard choices after another lodger overdoses, leaving a suitcase crammed with cash.

A simple call to the cops would bring this to a close, but then we have no movie, do we?

Buckle in, and trust no one.

Moulin Rouge!

Here we are now, entertain us.

There is no middle ground when it comes to the most berserk musical of the 2000’s.

You either love it, or you’re completely devoid of joy and you need to go far, far away and contemplate where your life first went so wrong.

I’m pretty sure director Baz Luhrmann’s middle name is Wild Excess, and he’s operating in his sweet spot here, mixing swirling colors, high-kicking showgirl legs, and a never-cooler Ewan McGregor.

It all adds up to a 100-proof hit of sweet, candy-coated movie nirvana, which he injects straight into your veins.