Thursday, February 9, 2017

Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Review

In today's review, Alex gets nostalgic and looks back at an underappreciated Muppets classic.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Movie/Book Fieldtrip: Second Christmas

Holiday gift cards, prepare to die! Joel, Alex, and Y2K head out to some new spots and familiar haunts to look for books, movies, and... picture frames? Just roll with it. And, whatever you do, don't press the "Try Me" button.

Monday, February 6, 2017

How Movies Become Obscure

Here at The Cinemologists, we do our best to put the spotlight on obscure movies. We talk about which ones are worth watching, why they’ve been overlooked, and how to find them these days.
In going about this enterprise, I always find myself asking the question...
“What makes a movie obscure?”
Then, numerous images of box office flops (Raise the Titanic), underappreciated cult films (Danger: Diabolik), and badly misrepresented gems (Starcrash) dance before me like a line of unconventionally attractive chorus girls. My mind’s eye also displays, in equal or greater number, the films I don’t need to talk about: Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Shining, Ben Hur, Jaws, Casablanca...
But then something unsettling happens: I flash back to college (horrifying, I know). In this uncomfortable state of remembrance, I recall my fellow students (all 90s kids like me) sitting there in the dark watching the assigned movies our professors put on during class time. And, among foreign film staples and indie Americana, we would occasionally watch some of the popular classics I just mentioned.
No, not Raise the Titanic; I meant the other list!
Here’s where things get weird.