This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Welcome to our first Underappreciated Movies post! Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.


Windy’s Pick of the Week: The River Wild (1994)

I feel like nobody’s heard of it, and it’s really fun and awesome.  Meryl Streep doing her streepy best, joined by Kevin Bacon just sleezing all over the joint.  At the center of the movie is the estranged relationship between Meryl and her husband David Strathairn who feels like he’s always competing and losing to his successful and amazing wife. And the setting is white water rafting!


Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Blancanieves (2012)

This film hit the art-house theaters for about 12 miliseconds last year and vanished, but now it’s on Netflix Streaming and you can feed it to your eyeballs right now. I wrote about Blancanieves at length last year on my other blog, but, really, all you need to know is that it’s a Spanish love letter to the silent era of filmmaking that turns the story of Snow White into a tale about bullfighters. Yes, that means there are dwarves. It also means that Maribel Veridu (from Pan’s Labyrinth and Y Tu Mama Tambien) gets to play an evil stepmother, and that is something you want to see.

Episode 1: WTFW?

Xanadu Sq LogoWelcome to our inaugural podcast! Please join us in our love of movies.

If you care to drink along with us, this week’s wine is a Malbec from Barefoot Wines.

Please excuse our audio problems. The static was only discovered after we recorded the podcast. (Apparently, Snowball microphones do not agree with Audacity.) We did what we could to rescue the audio. We promise that we’ve fixed this entirely for future recording sessions.

And no, we never do manage to explain in the episode why we named the podcast Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome. How about you posit a theory and e-mail it to us?

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