Movies that Aren't Too Shabby


So, you're at the movie rental store and you know that you're going to rent something.  You're just not sure if it'll be good enough to spend a couple of hours with.  Then you come across a title that makes you think, "Ol' Joe Curwen wrote about it and said that it doesn't suck too badly.  In fact, he said that he enjoyed it.  His taste isn't that weird.  I think I'll give it a shot."  That's this category.  If I'm stuck for something to watch, I'll consider the movies on this list.  There's something in each one that keeps you entertained long enough to prevent you from pulling the plug.

When you watch a movie, you usually have to suspend your concept of reality.  That is unless the film pretends to be "based on true events" or present a "historical" retelling of actual events.  When it's pure fiction, my standard is that it can't violate its own rules.  When the rules are new, I've gone so far in my opinions as to list the rules as I understand them.

As for the movies themselves, they're not necessarily top prize winners.  But they each have something about them that elevates them out of the trash bin.


Here are the movies that are not too shabby.  Not all have accompanying notes at this time, but they will.

The Addams Family
16 Blocks
Balls of Fury
Bell, Book, and Candle
Betsy's Wedding
Beyond Re-Animator
The Big Sleep (1946) - Moldy Oldie
Boot Hill
Bride of Re-Animator
Crossroads
Cure
Dagon
Dark Shadows
Duck, You Sucker
The Dunwich Horror
Fear
The Fearless Vampire Killers
Or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck
Fellini Satyricon
Forbidden Planet
From Beyond
From Paris with Love
Hard Times
Hellraiser
High Sierra - Moldy Oldie
The Hit
Hot Fuzz
Igby Goes Down
Infernal Affairs
In the Mouth of Madness
John Wick
The Kennel Murder Case - Moldy Oldie
King of New York
Lady Vengeance
The Last Boy Scout
The Last Man on Earth
The Mechanic (1972)
The Naked Kiss
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
No Country for Old Men
North By Northwest
Oldboy
Pan's Labyrinth
Phantasm IV: Oblivion
Phase IV
Pitch Black
Plastic Bag
The Prestige
Prince of Darkness
The Raven
Re-Animator
Return to Oz
RockNRolla
Run, Fatboy, Run
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
Serenity
Sixteen Candles
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Space Truckers
Spider
Suck
Taken
Tales of Terror
There Will Be Blood
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
They Drive by Night - Moldy Oldie
The Thing
To Have and Have Not
Trance
Ultraviolet
We're No Angels (1955) - Moldy Oldie
The Whole Nine Yards
Witchfinder General
Wolfen
The Woods
The World's End