Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: Empire of the Sun

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Apr 212015
 

(This post originally appeared on May 11, 2010.)

We hadn’t seen a big, epic historical drama for a while, and this is one from the Eighties that we never watched. My fondness for war films is well-documented, too, so we gave EMPIRE OF THE SUN a try and I’m glad we did.

Based on an autobiographical novel by British SF author J.G. Ballard, the story centers around his childhood in Shanghai

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: I’ll Believe You

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Apr 072015
 

(This post originally appeared on September 13, 2010.)

This little indie comedy is another Movie I’d Never Heard Of, but as it often seems to turn out, it’s also a pretty good film. The protagonist is Dale Sweeney (David Allen Basche), a young man who hosts a middle-of-the-night call-in radio show on a small AM station in Florida. Dale’s callers are UFO nuts, conspiracy theorists, and all

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: Desk Set

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Mar 312015
 

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Spencer Tracy and
Katherine Hepburn. I like Hepburn in BRINGING UP BABY and THE PHILADELPHIA
STORY, but that’s about it. I enjoy Tracy’s work a little more, especially in
movies like BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK and INHERIT THE WIND. And I have to admit,
they work well together in the movies where they teamed up.

DESK SET is one of those I hadn’t seen until now.

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: Three O’Clock High

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Mar 242015
 

(This post originally appeared on February 7, 2010.)

I would have sworn that we watched every high school comedy movie made in the Eighties, but somehow we never got around to this one. It’s what I call a “bad day” movie, where things start out wrong for our decent, everyman hero Jerry Mitchell and keep getting worse as the day goes on. The low point, though, is when a new student who

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: All About Steve

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Mar 172015
 

Like many of you reading this, I’d heard what a dreadful movie ALL ABOUT STEVE is and what a terrible misfire it was for Sandra Bullock, so we never watched it until now. And as happens many times, I’m left scratching my head in puzzlement. ALL ABOUT STEVE isn’t a great movie by any means, but I thought it was a pretty decent one.

Bullock plays a very intelligent but very eccentric crossword

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: Dark City

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Mar 102015
 

(This post originally appeared on March 28, 2010.)

Somehow this movie came and went a dozen years ago without me ever hearing of it. It starts out like a Forties film noir: a guy (British actor Rufus Sewell) wakes up in a sleazy hotel room with no memory and a dead hooker. Even not knowing who he is or what happened, he’s smart enough to figure that he needs to get out of there, so he escapes

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: Australia

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Mar 032015
 

(This post originally appeared on March 14, 2009)

This movie is a good example of how out of sync I am with the critical establishment (and most of the viewing public, too, for that matter). It was roundly panned, and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Yes, it’s hokey. Yes, it’s extremely predictable. I don’t care. It worked for me. That’s probably because it’s the sort of big, historical soap

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movie: I’m Reed Fish

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Feb 242015
 

(This series is going to be in rerun mode most of the time for a while, but I’ll try to get a new post in whenever I can. This post originally appeared on March 14, 2010.)

This is another of those movies I’d never even heard of. It’s an indie romantic comedy, and as such, you’d expect it to be quirky. But this movie takes quirky to a whole other level.

Speaking of quirky, the title character

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: The Cheyenne Social Club

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Feb 172015
 

It’s been well over forty years since I saw THE CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB, and I’d forgotten what a pleasant little movie it is. Of course, with James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Jones heading the cast, it’s no real surprise that this is a very enjoyable movie.

Stewart and Fonda play Texas cowboys who are pretty content with their lives, but then Stewart gets a letter from a lawyer and

Tuesday’s Overlooked Movies: Enemy at the Gates

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Feb 102015
 

(This post originally appeared on January 26, 2009.)

I try to catch most of the World War II movies but missed this one when it came out. A young Russian soldier (Jude Law) becomes a sniper during the siege of Stalingrad and demoralizes the Germans so much that they bring in a sharpshooter of their own, an aristocrat played by Ed Harris. Most of the movie is a tense duel between the two as