Primal Fear (1996) Inside Richard Gere

It's been a while, all. Thanks for standing by. The Unappreciated crew had Mardi Gras and things got out of hand. That's right, half of us are based out of New Orleans: a city highly lauded and still under-appreciated. You wanna know what the French Revolution was like? Come check out the R-Bar on Lunigras. I … Continue reading Primal Fear (1996) Inside Richard Gere

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Cage Match: Drive Angry vs. Ghostrider -Spirit of Vengeance

The word mimesis is Greek meaning "to imitate". Plato wrote a lot about mimesis and its role within art, and so did Aristotle, who famously stated that "art imitates life" in his work Physics (322 BC). Much later in his work Intentions (1891), Oscar Wilde called bullshit on this idea and argued that more often … Continue reading Cage Match: Drive Angry vs. Ghostrider -Spirit of Vengeance

The Punisher (1989) – I bet you didn’t know there was a Punisher film made in the 80’s

Yes, Marvel’s original version of The Punisher was made in 1989 and it stars Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago from Rocky IV aka the best Rocky) as Frank Castle.  What’s more is this film blows away the other two Punisher films (2004 & 2008) by a grenade or two.  There are several problems with the big … Continue reading The Punisher (1989) – I bet you didn’t know there was a Punisher film made in the 80’s

Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) – All the actors you like in one movie

Slums of Beverly Hills defies all easy categorization.  That’s probably why it has gone largely unappreciated until this point.  It’s smarter than your typical teenage comedy, deals with female sexuality more honestly than most American films, and so darkly funny that you aren’t quite sure if the awkwardness, self-loathing, and general strangeness of the characters … Continue reading Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) – All the actors you like in one movie

Judgment Night (1993) is a 1990s Suburban Nightmare

Back in 1993, Emilio Estevez, Dennis Leary, Cuba Gooding Jr., Stephen Dorff, and Jeremy Piven starred in Judgment Night, one of the most poignant and telling movies about the fears of suburban America in the 1990s. Under the radar and from out of nowhere, this films casts a curious modern-day suspicion about the dangers of the … Continue reading Judgment Night (1993) is a 1990s Suburban Nightmare

Strange Days (1995) – Or what it would be like if hookers used GoPros

A lot of the films that we write about here at The Unappreciated are ahead of their time.  Only in hindsight can we reflect on the fact that the filmmakers were right about the way that things would end up.  Strange Days is one of those films.  Somewhat maligned and generally overlooked in 1995, this … Continue reading Strange Days (1995) – Or what it would be like if hookers used GoPros

Predator 2 (1990) – An Action Movie Off the Visible Spectrum

I’m not going to claim that Predator 2 is a better action movie than the original.  As far as straight up action goes, Predator is fairly hard to beat.  With Arnie as the prey, that movie pits an alien of superior strength, agility, and technology against an (Austrian) American with a gun in the jungles … Continue reading Predator 2 (1990) – An Action Movie Off the Visible Spectrum