Overlooked Movie Monday

Anniversaries are hit and miss in the Godzilla universe, but this overlooked entry (obscured by remakes and awkward chronological positioning) is one of the best.

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A Plea for Consideration: TV’s ‘Freaks and Geeks’

by Dan Lybarger on February 10, 2013

in Columns,Overlooked Movie Monday

As someone who felt sentenced to high school, the series reminds me of why I hated it and how my decision making wasn’t that great back then. I won’t say that you’ll see yourself in Freaks and Geeks because everyone’s high school experience is different. Instead, I’ll say the world in the series is consistently dynamic and believable as 1980 Detroit.

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A movie this complicated, this layered, and this far-out absolutely deserves a full-on DVD/Blu-ray package chock full of informative extras that illuminate the themes from the film.

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Seeing The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew, one of the most criminally underrated and overlooked comedies of all time, with a sold-out crowd of true hoseheads and beer lovers is like heaven, eh!

Thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse and Boulevard Brewing Co. for having me co-host the ‘Strange Brew’ Boulevard Beer Dinner last night at the Mainstreet Theater! It was so much fun. Here’s why:

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Near Dark’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, would go on to become the first female recipient of the Academy Award for Best Director in motion picture history for The Hurt Locker.

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¡Alambrista! was broadcast by PBS in 1977, and in 1978, ¡Alambrista! won the inaugural Camera d’Or Award (for Best First Feature Film) at the Cannes Film Festival, but it never received a theatrical release in the U.S.

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‘Goon’ is the best sports movie no one’s seen

by Trevan McGee on April 30, 2012

in Columns,Overlooked Movie Monday

Maybe it’s a little early to call ‘Goon’ overlooked, but considering the movie came out in January and has been available on-demand for even longer grants it early access to this column.

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Kicking and Screaming wasn’t really a big hit when it came out in 2005. Maybe its because its number-one goal was to showcase its star verbally and physically abusing kids. Kicking and Screaming may be overlooked, but it deserves a fair shake — at least partially because it’s the kind of movie aimed at kids that adults [...]

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The film itself is presented as a kind of living comic book, with panels spanning the screen at all times and different angles simultaneously exhibiting single conversations.

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Overlooked Movie ‘Notes on a Scandal’ a Dark Treat

by Eric Melin on April 9, 2012

in Columns,Overlooked Movie Monday

Judi Dench received her sixth Oscar nomination for the darkly funny oddball drama Notes on a Scandal in 2007, just as Fox Searchlight hoped she would when they released it during awards season. As an extra bonus, Cate Blanchett also received a supporting actress nomination as well — her third. The movie went on to [...]

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Rather than portray Christ (Willem Dafoe) as a person with a benevolent perma-smile whose divine light shines 24/7 , Martin Scorsese (raised a Roman Catholic) and co-screenwriter Paul Schrader (raised as a Calvinist) dare to capture his humanity.

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A movie with that same savage view and a more pointed, precognitive satire of reality TV than ‘The Hunger Games’ is ‘Series 7: The Contenders.’

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It’s a good thing Criterion has restored ‘Letter Never Sent,’ and I have no doubt that its place in history as a visual wonder will be certified after more people see it.

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Film Noir Classics III, from Turner Classic Movies and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, is an impressive DVD box set of forgotten and overlooked film noirs.

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With the commercial Blu-ray release of ‘La Jetée’ and Chris Marker’s philosophical documentary ‘Sans Soleil’ by The Criterion Collection, appreciation of this intriguing and mysterious artist may reach a new level.

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