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Underrated Classics: ‘Viy’

Underrated Classics: ‘Viy’

A remake of “Viy” was released in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Mosfilm) Hannah Manning Connector Editor It took 45 years for the Soviet Union to produce and release its first horror film, but the wait paid off. “Viy,” directed by Konstantin Ershov and Georgiy Kropachyov, is a film that dazzles with its practical effects and

Underrated Classics: There are millions of reasons to catch up on Showtime’s ‘Billions’

“Billions” is considered the first American TV show to feature a non-binary character. (Photo courtesy of Showtime Networks) Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor “The Sopranos,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Wire” and “Lost:” from broadcast television to the newly established streaming service marketplace, episodic storytelling is in its Golden Age. Big-budget box office filmmaking is not going

Underrated Classics: ‘The Naked Gun’ is comedic mastery

“The Naked Gun” is based off of the short-lived television series “Police Squad!” (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor Before the dredge of comedic-spoof movies like “Scary Movie” and “Epic Movie” were being pumped out as the laziest, most cynical cash grabs in the history of Hollywood, spoof comedy actually had a

Underrated Classics: ‘The Staircase’ is an amazing journey

“The Staircase” editor Sophie Brunet had a 15-year relationship with Michael Peterson, which lasted from 2002 until 2017. (Photo courtesy of Canal+ and Netflix) Owen Johnson Connector Editor In the past few years, Netflix has been bringing the genre of true crime documentaries such as “Making a Murderer” and “The Keepers” to the forefront of

Underrated Classic: ‘The Thing’ is a thing of perfection

“The Thing” initially received negative critical reception upon its release. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor Of course the term of perfect is not something that can actually be applied to a film. Every film has at least a few details, whether major or minor, that go wrong. That being said, it is

Underrated classics: ‘Blade Runner’ is a science fiction must-see

‘Blade Runner’ is based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.’ (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.) Mikey Gergely Connector Contributor Billowing flames plume over Los Angeles’ towering skyline. Glowing neon lights dimly outline futuristic skyscrapers whose strange forms rise from darkness below and a hovering car flies onto the scene

Underrated Classics: ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’

While ‘Nausicaa’ is normally considered the first film produced by Studio Ghibli, the film was actually released a year before the studio was officially founded. (Photo courtesy of Toei Company) Jason Ounpraseuth Connector Staff Studio Ghibli has touched the lives of many film fans over the past 30 years with its breathtaking animation, wonderful characters,