Nightbreed & Lord Of Illusion (Clive Barker, 1990 and 1995, respectively) Shout Factory’s offshoot Scream Factory got into the horror movie business in a big bad way, not just hoping to become a new player in genre movie home entertainment, but intending to become the biggest game in town. Thus far, there’s no denying that […]
Dolls (Stuart Gordon, 1987) – There’s a case to be made that Stuart Gordon is the most underrated horror movie director. He permanently carved his name into horror history with his debut Re-Animator, which transformed an old H.P. Lovecraft tale into a deadpan camp comedy drenched in buckets of blood. Yet, that sadly remains his […]
It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934) – As anyone who knows the ropes of a movie trivia pub night can tell you, there are only three movies that won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress at the Oscars. Of those three movies, the least substantial by far is It Happened One […]
F For Fake (Orson Welles, 1975) – Orson Welles might have spent most of his life struggling to make films after forever changing the medium with Citizen Kane, but he also never made a bad movie amidst those endless struggles. After tiring of his constant battles with the studio system in the 40s, Welles essentially […]
The best movie to be released this week actually debuted on HBO, and it was the conclusion of an underrated TV series that gets a feature length send off.
Maleficent (Robert Stomberg, 2014) – There’s undoubtedly something inspired about casting Angelina Jolie as the classic Disney villain Maleficent, and certainly in the few scenes in which the actress revels in evil the film works as promised. Unfortunately, most of the movie is wasted as yet another Disney fantasy adventure reboot a la Alice in […]
The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988) – Every October, Criterion likes to celebrate Halloween by serving up a few horror movie releases. However, it’s not like Criterion serves up new editions of Dawn of the Dead or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre during this period. Nope, they continue to focus on obscure and underappreciated examples of world […]
Somewhere between a charming comedy and an unsettling psychodrama, the documentary Kung Fu Elliot needs to be seen to be believed.
There's not enough story, character, or originality to sustain Jake Paltrow's great looking and well acting apocalyptic western The Young Ones.
A waste of a fresh concept, a good director, and a talented cast, Before I Go to Sleep only succeeds at being a dully predictable slog.
Dull, tedious, and preachy, The Best of Me is the worst Nicholas Sparks adaptation yet.
Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi, 1959) – Sleeping Beauty slipped out of the magic kingdom animation in the midst of a strange period for Disney. The company had started spreading its resources into television and live action feature production, while much of uncle Walt’s attention was focused on launching a certain theme park that would go […]
Live, Die, Repeat (or, Edge Of Tomorrow) (Doug Liman, 2014) - It’s been a while since there’s been reason to get excited about a Tom Cruise movie. Though his last decade included the underrated War of the Worlds and the wonderfully goofy Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, good Tom Cruise movies have become the exception and not […]
A Million Ways to Die in the West (Seth MacFarlane, 2014) – The weird thing about Seth MacFarlane is that even though he’s been at the center of pop culture comedy for about a decade, the guy has really old fashion tastes. If it were somehow possible to bring back vaudeville, I’m sure he would […]
Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014) – When Roland Emmerich’s god-awful Godzilla hit screens in 1998, it was preceded by an ad campaign hinged entirely around size and scale. The movie itself featured a silly square faced cartoon that seemed to have no weight beyond that of failed expectations (zing!). Gareth Edwards’ drastically better Godzilla hit screens […]
Neighbors (Nick Stoller, 2014) - If nothing else, you’ve gotta give Seth Rogen credit for acknowledging his age. Sure, in his latest movie he plays a stoner with a heart of gold who feuds with frat kids, but at least this time he’s playing a thirty-something stoner with a heart of gold feuding with frat kids. […]
Million Dollar Arm (Craig Gillespie, 2014) – Million Dollar Arm is one of those gently racist inspirational Hollywood stories that pop up every few years. One that mines laughter out of how ridiculous, silly, and different other cultures are before proving that folks from those fantastical foreign lands can get on just fine in America […]
All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979) – It’s seems ridiculous to use the word “underrated” to describe a groundbreaking, show business legend like Bob Fosse, yet as a filmmaker that’s sadly true. As a choreographer and Broadway director, Fosse’s name is practically a brand. Yet, a filmmaker he never quite gets the respect he deserves. […]