I’ve read this website for some time, mostly through articles linked from Slashfilm and the like. However, I stumbled upon today (via surfing, not via StumbleUpon) a section of the site called Overrated/Underpraised. These features do a very good job of setting up arguments about films that have been lauded for years without much to back it up and films that fell under the radar for whatever reason. For instance, here are a few of the topics:

Why ‘The Last Boy Scout’ Deserves a Spot in the Buddy Cop Pantheon Right Next to ’48 Hrs.’

Did ‘Speed’ Steal the Thunder From ‘Die Hard With a Vengeance’ By Getting Released a Year Earlier?

Would ‘Hook’ Be a Classic On Par With ‘The Wizard of Oz’ If It Were Released in 1939?


What I enjoy most from these articles, even if I disagree with some of them (very, very few) is that the reporting is fair. The writer(s) take the time to set up both arguments and show them in a balanced light. Each piece starts with a brief description of the problem at hand and their common bonds. Then we find out why X is overrated, why Y is underpraised and finally conclude with a section called “Evening the Odds.”

FSR has long been been one of the better movie blogs out there, and discovering this feature has further cemented that notion. Next time we’ll tackle the good, the bad and the ugly of Ain’t It Cool News