An underrated, admittedly uneven film which boasts a powerful performance by lead, Juno Temple. She carries this film, and while it never feels sure on its feet, Dirty Girl has a lot more to offer than the title or opening act suggest. Once Danielle opens up to Clarke, we are treated to an unconventional friendship that grows strong as the two chase their respective dreams. And just try not to cry at the end when Danielle meets her father, or when she performs her vocal solo. You know you want to.
A fantastic little film that was better the second time I saw it. Perfect ending, terrific performances and some excellent, offbeat moments make this a surprise hit and one of those under-the-radar gems that put many big-budget films to shame. A real treasure.
An utterly stupid film that is as enjoyable as it is weird if only you accept it for what it is. Obviously, Citizen Kane this is not. This movie had no chance at any sort of success having sat on the shelf for three years while Orion Pictures was in bankruptcy. When they emerged, they released a number of oddball films that were barely straight to video quality. But Clifford has some charm and some virtues to it, namely, the ridiculous and absurd lead role played by Martin Short with as much energy and good intentions as possible. Ultimately, I cannot call this a "good" movie. It's a bad movie that has a special place in my heart which even caused me to name my cat after Clifford's dinosaur, Stephan.
Tourist Trap is campy, it's weird, and it's better than it's reputation because it uses eerie music, dark lightening and creepy sets rather than violent, bloody gore. There is very little violence or gore in Tourist Trap. Instead, four friends find themselves off the highway and stumble upon a closed tourist attraction, which appears to be some kind of museum of oddities. One look and you'll no doubt understand why it went out of business. This film is very offbeat, and Chuck Connors keeps you off balance with his creepy charm throughout. The plot is confusing at times, but you never quite know whether Connors is acting alone or not until late in the film. This is an underrated 70's horror gem, flawed and fun at the same time. The best way to describe this film is part Texas Chainsaw (rural, hot, dusty 70's locations) and the remake of House of Wax (closed tourist attraction with spooky mannequins who may or may not be fake). This isn't a great piece of cinema, but horror films rarely are. But this is better than most and is certainly a worthy entry into the genre.
One of the more underrated films in recent years, this was perhaps difficult for some people to embrace because of its homosexual themes. I was deeply moved by both leads and felt this was the third (at least) showcase of Jim Carrey's talent that was worthy of an Oscar nomination. This is an imperfect film with some very poignant moments, especially the last half hour. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it that much more compelling. This film was made in 2009 and sat on the shelf for more than a year due in part to the dilemma of how to market it. Unfortunate, and says something sad about how far we have yet to go with awareness and acceptance.