'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' deftly grasps the pains and joys of high school.
Drama Phil Bacharach
John Hughes, for all the love people heap on his ’80s teen movies, was far too easy on high school. Maybe your high school experience was different than mine — and, if so, congrats. For many of us, however, those years were a marathon of self-pity, heartache, passion and anything else you’d find on an album by The Smiths.
Horror Rod Lott
Perhaps best known for being the bad guy of the early '90s blockbusters Patriot Games and Sleeping with the Enemy,
Patrick Bergin must be the king of literary adaptation also-rans. He
played Robin Hood in 1991 film that was denied a theatrical release
because Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves sewed that all up. He's played Dracula … but in a made-for-TV movie, not a Francis Ford Coppola spectacle.
Comedy Rod Lott
Hate not Identity Thief,
as so many have for its ridiculous, unbelievable, utterly preposterous
plot. Accept that it's a big-budget screwball comedy and you may find
yourself — gasp! — enjoying it.
Sci-Fi Rod Lott
Tobe Hooper got a raw deal. The director of horror hits The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist didn't deserve to be sent to movie jail for 1985's Lifeforce.
It's a well-crafted, well-intentioned work that was mismarketed and
misunderstood, losing a bundle of money and soon sending Hooper into the
lands of episodic television and direct-to-video features.
Western Rod Lott
One of the most fun movies of the summers isn’t even in theaters. It’s Gallowwalkers,
a weird, wild Western starring Wesley Snipes, freshly sprung from
prison after serving three years for failure to file income tax returns.
The lesson: Even Blade can’t mess with the IRS!