Overlooked Greatness

'Layover', the Discovery of a Hidden Gem

'Layover', the Discovery of a Hidden Gem

Every once in a while I randomly stumble upon a great film, and last week that film was Layover, an impressive directorial debut in the vein of Richard Linklater's Before films that I think a lot of you will enjoy.

Overlooked Greatness: 'Brick' (2005)

Overlooked Greatness: 'Brick' (2005)

Photo: Focus Features This just in (not really, but it makes it sound important): Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience has underperformed. Expected to make in the area of $30 million, the 3D picture that thought it could has come in at just under $13 million. Now, since it has been heralded as a "concert... Read more »

Overlooked Greatness: 'American Outlaws' (2001)

Overlooked Greatness: 'American Outlaws' (2001)

Scott Caan and Colin Farrell in American Outlaws Photo: Warner Bros. I can guess what you must be thinking. A cowboy movie? With Colin Farrell? Yes, you're right. It was an unknown Irishman playing a classic American cowboy--and Jesse James, to boot. It's everything wrong, and perhaps that's why, seven years ago when I first... Read more »

Overlooked Greatness: 'Bottle Rocket' (1996)

Overlooked Greatness: 'Bottle Rocket' (1996)

"Bob's gone! He stole his car!" Photo: Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Have you ever been separated from your friends or family at the supermarket and had to be summoned via overhead speaker, because "your party" was waiting for you? You duck your head, pretending it isn't you, pretending you just wanted to saunter to the... Read more »

Overlooked Greatness: The Iron Giant (1999)

Overlooked Greatness: The Iron Giant (1999)

Photo: Warner Bros. I love movies with robots! From Batteries Not Included to Short Circuit -- I grew up on that stuff. Maybe that's part of why I'm so drawn to The Iron Giant, which feels like a throwback to an older style, both in animation and delivery. I feel that where WALL-E failed to... Read more »

Overlooked Greatness: Across the Universe (2007)

Overlooked Greatness: Across the Universe (2007)

Photo: Columbia Pictures You bring up Across the Universe in conversation with a few friends, and they all have an opinion. Either it was too "all over the place" or too "Moulin-Rouge-y," but ask your dear friends when they saw the movie -- Was it with you? Or with someone else? -- and they'll have... Read more »