Melissa Kaercher

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This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

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


Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Eega (aka Makkhi, aka Naan Ee)

Eega is a Bollywood movie about a murder victim who is reincarnated as a fly… with a vendetta. Yes, there are dance numbers, explosions, pretty people, and a Rocky-style training sequence starring a fly. It’s madness. It’s hilarious. It’s awesome. It’s on Netflix Streaming under the title Makkhi. Why aren’t you watching it already?


Windy’s Pick of the Week: Jeepers Creepers

A horror film that keeps it small and very creepy, establishes the premise and doesn’t waste a lot of time trying to justify it:  I like that in a film!  Starring the very personable Justin Long, this is essentially a 3-person (plus creepy critter) film.  As in any B-movie horror, stupid things are done, but there are some nice switchups in the tropes.  A great little popcorn flick that delivers some nice popcorn-flying scares.

Episode 4: Oscars Pajama Party

, with special guest:

Xanadu Sq LogoIn this week’s episode, we keep special guest Tim Wick awake past his bedtime by keeping him talking about the Oscars after the show!

If you would like to drink along with Windy and Melissa, the drink of the evening was Angry Orchard hard cider. If you want to drink along with Teetotaler Tim, we suggest a 5-Hour Energy shot.

You can follow the further adventures of Tim Wick at:


Idina Menzel Renamed Adele Dazeem for Broadway Show

If you were watching the Oscars with us / near us / within the same state as us, you probably heard indignant wails from Windy when she momentarily thought she was going to be deprived of Idina Menzel during the show. “We were promised Idina! I WAS PROMISED IDINA! WHO IS ADELE DAZ… oh hey, it’s Idina!”

John Travolta’s gaffe lives on in real life. Hitflix and Twitter user Janet Krupin (@janetkrupin) report that Idina Menzel has been renamed “Adele Dazeem” in the official Playbill for the Broadway show If/Then. The joke is carried even further in her show bio, where she played “Ephraima in Wicked-ly” and appeared in the Disney musical “Farfignugen“.

In the universe where Idina Menzel exists instead of Adele Dazeem, Ms. Menzel perhaps most famous for her portrayal as Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked and for singing the meme-tastic “Let It Go” in Disney’s Frozen.

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

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


Windy’s Pick of the Week: Cover Girl

Everybody’s seen Singin’ in the Rain, but this gem with Rita Hayworth gets overlooked. If all you know of Hayworth is her stop-a-bus sexuality, you might not know she was a helluva hoofer. Also, Gene showcases his inventiveness doing a dance number with his own reflection. Bonus points for the Xanadu connection: Gene Kelly’s character name in this is Danny McGuire.


Melissa’s Pick of the Week: The Bus 174 Trilogy (Bus 174, Elite Squad, and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within)

Okay, I’m not trying to cheat by bringing up an entire trilogy of films. I’m doing this because Jose Padilha directed these three amazing movies, and I feel like I need to clear his name in the wake of the fanboy grousing about the Robocop remake (which he also directed).

The Bus 174 trilogy is the only trilogy I know of that consists of both documentary and fictional films. Together, the three take a microscopic and kaleidoscopic look at systemic corruption in Rio de Janeiro. The three movies are also highly engrossing, packed with action, intrigue, and fascinating people.

Bus 174 is a documentary about an incident in Rio de Janeiro where a man took a city bus hostage; it investigates both what makes a person do such a thing, as well as how the city botched the response. Elite Squad takes the narrative into a fictionalized (but highly researched) study into how and why the cops in Rio de Janeiro behave as they do. The final film, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, plunges into the political machine that keeps the whole corrupt system in place.

The L.A. Times likens the three films to Dog Day Afternoon, Dirty Harry, and Serpico, respectively. I can think of no better endorsement than that.

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