Posts tagged with "gems"

Overlooked Gems: He Knew He Was Right (2004)

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 15, 2013 0 Comment 3591 views

I have a collection of friends who admit to have a genuine love of masterpiece theater films and miniseries – Upstairs Downstairs (love it), Downton Abbey (love it), Little Dorrit (love it), Pride and Prejudice (I’ve owned three copies).  But even among devotees, a two part series flies under the radar for reasons I don’t know.  […]

Overlooked Gems: Smile (1975)

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 14, 2013 0 Comment 4146 views

This week, one of my favorite films of the year so far, Nebraska, begins to roll out in theaters.  Bruce Dern deserves all the praise he’s receiving for his role in the film as an old man with a history of alcoholism who convinces himself that he’s won a million dollars and goes to Nebraska […]

Overlooked Gems: The Landlord (1970)

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 11, 2013 1 Comment 5592 views

I am a relatively new resident of New York City.  I have lived in the city for 8 years, but compared to lifetime residents, I’m a newbie.  Sometimes New York films can make that fact especially noticeable when you see just how much things can change in a few years.  One of the most popular […]

Overlooked Gems: Summer of Sam (1999)

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 8, 2013 0 Comment 5970 views

After giving some focus to Halloween centric films in October and before the Christmas season rush, I’ve decided to break tradition slightly with this recommendation.  Usually, I try to select films which are easy to find on digital or tangible forms of the media.  However, a recent conversation made me realize that an opportunity like […]

Overlooked Gems: John Dies At the End (2013)

Posted by Lesley Coffin October 31, 2013 0 Comment 3098 views

In my last Halloween themed pick, I’ve selected one of the more recent films to come out which not only appeals to horror/sci-fi/fantasy fans, but is funny and weird enough to interest even some who don’t count themselves as loyal fans of these genre films.  Directed by Don Coscarelli, whose filmography includes Beast Master, Bubba […]

Overlooked Gems: House (1986)

Posted by Lesley Coffin October 29, 2013 2 Comments 7583 views

For about a decade and half, I thought I didn’t like horror movies.  Two viewing experiences in my childhood played a major role in determining this opinion about myself…watching Carrie when I was 6 (thanks Uncle Billy) and watching Scream on a camping trip.  I was convinced that horror just wasn’t my thing.  But then […]

Overlooked Gems: The Stranger (1946)

Posted by Lesley Coffin October 26, 2013 1 Comment 3738 views

As respected as Orson Welles is as an auteur and massive icon of Hollywood (or anti-Hollywood perhaps), as an actor he has rarely been given the respect he deserves.  Which is unfortunate considering the power of the performances he was capable of giving. Not only in the iconic films he directed such as Touch of […]

Overlooked Gems: That Thing You Do: The Extended Director’s Cut (1990)

Posted by Lesley Coffin October 13, 2013 0 Comment 8557 views

Tom Hank’s debut as a theatrical writer/director, That Thing You Do, was a moderately successful, minor lark of a film. The movie is fun and fast, and captures a certain cinematic nostalgia which exists somewhere between Grease and American Graffiti. If there is a fundamental problem with the movie, it’s the fact that the movie […]

Overlooked Gems: Seconds (1966)

Posted by Lesley Coffin October 10, 2013 1 Comment 6930 views

John Frankenheimer cut his teeth as a director in TV, working in plenty of live TV and anthology series. Yet, one program he never worked on is perhaps the benchmark example of the great anthologies, The Twilight Zone.  It’s a shame he never had an opportunity, because the morality questions mixed with sci-fi, fantasy, and […]

Overlooked Gems: Goodbye Columbus (1969)

Posted by Lesley Coffin September 29, 2013 0 Comment 6578 views

Earlier this week, Jack Klugman’s name appeared in the news a great deal in relation to how the Emmy memorial was handled.  I won’t engage in that debate, however, the debate reminded me of a film I had been wanting to mention as an Overlooked Gem for some time because of the incredible performance given […]

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