A few movies that are sneakily good to great.

  1. Don Jon (2013)
    Jospeh Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut smartly eschews satirizing or mocking the subject of vain, young urbanites looking for sex & love. I've only watched it once but it stays with me.
  2. The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
    The underwhelming first installment of this series failed to capitalize on a solid concept. This sequel proves to be a much more thrilling and subversive tale. Looking forward to the next film that will also feature star Frank Grillo.
  3. The Hammer (2007)
    Did not expect to love this shaggy dog comedy with a big heart that stars Adam Corolla as an over the hill wannabe boxer that finds sudden success in the sport. A tale of a loser that makes good and how unprepared we can be for that.
  4. Speed Racer (2008)
    Panned by critics and a box office bomb, I find this deliriously intoxicatingly visual masterpiece from the Wachowskis to be a fun ride.