Great Movie Scenes ~ Harold Ramis Comedies

Analyze This

National Lampoon’s Vacation

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Ghostbusters

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Underrated Movie #290 ~ Blackfish

Blackfish
This documentary examines the life of performing killer whales and specifically of the whale “Tilikum” — who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity — and questions the safety and humaneness of confining these intelligent creatures. (Netflix) Warning: Gut-wrenching and sometimes difficult to watch. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars. And do your own research. Don’t just listen to this one side and think you’ve heard it all. Hear the other side as well in the YouTube video below. Note that BOTH sides of this issue are probably good at making propaganda.
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Underrated Movie #289 ~ 8MM

8MM
When a widow hires private eye Tom Welles to determine whether an incriminating eight-millimeter film in her late husband’s possession was faked or real, Welles descends into an abyss of evil he can’t shake — and what he finds could cost him his sanity and his soul. (Netflix) I have hesitated on this one because of the difficult subject matter, and I don’t usually care for Nicolas Cage all that much, but this is a quite a thrilling thriller, so here it is. Only 23% from critics overall on Rotten Tomatoes = “underrated.” My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Underrated Movie #288 ~ The Hoax

The Hoax
After billing his authorized “autobiography” of eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes as the 20th century’s most important book, writer Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) begins to believe his own hype. But his shameless scam soon catches up with him. Also starring Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Stanley Tucci, and Julie Delpy. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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Great Movie Scenes ~ Quiz Show

Underrated Movie #287 ~ Fandango

Fandango
Playing silver-tongued Gardner Barnes, Kevin Costner heads a first-rate ensemble cast in this lovable road-trip comedy — set in 1971 — about five newly minted college graduates who pile into a vintage Cadillac for their final weekend fling together. The quintet’s comical escapades include pit stops in Podunk towns, a fireworks fight in a cemetery and spur-of-the-moment skydiving… but adulthood and real life await them at the end of the line. (Netflix) My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
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5 Documentaries Worth Watching

These documentaries were close, but didn’t quite make it to my own personal underrated/overlooked movies list. But I give them a thumbs-up, and you may find them worth your time. Click on the title to read more about the movie on IMDB.com

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay — Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) — and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from audiences. If you like magic, you can also watch Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants instantly on Youtube.

Trekkies — A film about the obsessed fans of the various versions of “Star Trek”.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me — Feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star. Listen right now to their phenomenal debut album #1 Record on YouTube.

Jesus Camp — A documentary about kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 — On November 23, 1968, Yale and Harvard’s undefeated football teams met in Cambridge, with Yale heavily favored. Contemporary interviews with 30 men who played that day (including Tommy Lee Jones) mixed with game footage.

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