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Mar 17 2014

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.

game

Windy’s Pick of the Week: The Game

Michael Douglas and Sean Penn star in this mind-fuck film.  Sean Penn is the younger brother of a wealthy family with a tragic history.  Sean has been a mess his entire life, but suddenly shows up on Michael Douglas birthday a new man – almost evangelical in his desire to help his brother change his life for the better.  So Sean gives his brother a birthday present – and Michael’s life starts to go rapidly out of control.

antiviral

Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Antiviral

David Cronenberg’s son, Brandon Cronenberg, helmed this 2012 near-future biohorror sci-fi film that features a world where people willingly infect themselves with “designer” viruses: viruses that have previously inhabited celebrities, which are then harvested and copyrighted and sold. This amazing premise drives a D.O.A.-style plot wherein a virus salesman is infected with a deadly celebrity disease, and must unravel a mystery before he dies. While the film has its flaws (the biggest one being languid pacing), Brandon Cronenberg delivers a creepy, brainy, stylish film that is quite worthy of the Cronenberg name.

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