Archive for underrated


Posted in The Popular with tags , , , on October 14, 2008 by Adam Sapiro


Overrated: J.J. Abrams Underrated: Jimmie “JJ” Walker

Overrated: the Dow Underrated: the now

Overrated: “Tropic Thunder” Underrated: the Lightning Seeds

Overrated: gravitas Underrated: gravy fries

Overrated: “House” Underrated: “Hoss”

Overrated: “unrated extended” Underrated: 90-minute runtime

Overrated: “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead” Underrated: the devil you don’t know

Overrated: Robert Downey Jr. Underrated: Junior Brown



Posted in The Popular with tags , on August 18, 2008 by Adam Sapiro


Overrated: “Generation Kill” Underrated: Generation X

Overrated: Scrabulous Underrated: scrapple

Overrated: “A History Of Violence” Underrated: a moment of silence

Overrated: Katy Perry Underrated: Perry Como

Overrated: Johnny Depp Underrated: “Who’s Johnny”

Overrated: “Heroes” Underrated: gyros

Overrated: M.I.A. Underrated: OMD

Overrated: Electability Underrated: Erectibility

Overrated: Sugarland Underrated: Candy Land

The Over/Under

Posted in The Popular with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2008 by Adam Sapiro

Overrated: Jimmy Buffett Underrated: Jimmy Eat World

Overrated: The new “Doctor Who” Underrated: “The New Zoo Revue”

Overrated: “Batman Begins” Underrated: Split Enz

Overrated: Gus Van Sant Underrated: Van Damme

Overrated: polls Underrated: Poles

Overrated: Rihanna Underrated: “Syriana”

Overrated: “Devils and Dust” Underrated: Angels & Airwaves

Overrated: “Mystic River” Underrated: Mr. Misty

The Over/Under

Posted in The Popular with tags , on June 20, 2008 by Adam Sapiro
  • Overrated: “24.” Underrated: “Eight Is Enough”
  • Overrated: Ne-Yo. Underrated: Yanni
  • Overrated: Tim Burton. Underrated: Bert and Ernie
  • Overrated: “Robot Chicken.” Underrated: robot dance.
  • Overrated: “Clerks.” Underrated: “Clerks II”
  • Overrated: “The Amazing Race.” Underrated: The Amazing Kreskin
  • Overrated: “Ghost World.” Underrated: Boo Berry
  • Overrated: “Deadwood.” Underrated: morning wood
  • Overrated: “Little Miss Sunshine.” Underrated: “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”

Still goin’ wherever it leads

Posted in The Popular with tags , on June 12, 2008 by Adam Sapiro

There’s only one thing to write about the morning after seeing a Tom Petty show.

I’ve grown to love the guy over the years, but I’ve always felt he’s never quite gotten the respect he deserves (Rolling Stone even included him on a list of 25 underappreciated artists last year.) I was planning to write something in defense of “the poor man’s Dylan,” but I have to face some truths, too.

I was going to tout his perfect track record albumwise, and write about how he and the Heartbreakers never strained to fit in with whatever was popular at the time. But Southern Accents does kinda suck (working with a Eurythmic might have been a bad idea), some of those early-days-of-MTV videos are silly, and The Last DJ is the kind of self-important rock opera I thought was beneath him. And then there’s the Jeff Lynne thing — hey, I liked ELO back in the day, but Lynne’s sometimes sterile production could drain the life out of a song.

But it doesn’t matter. I’m in love with Old Man Petty. Watch “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” the four-hour(!), 2007 career-spanning documentary directed by Peter Bogdanovich and tell me you don’t love him too. Or watch him when his friend Garry Shandling(!) stops by the house for a funny, intimate chat in a bonus feature included on the “Larry Sanders Show” DVD set. (A highlight: The two talk about getting older and how important it is to tell people that you love them.)

In his late 50s now, Old Man Petty is a guy who seems to love his life, his bandmates, his family, his friends, his job, his place in music history. That he’s funny, charming and reflective only helps.

And last year Old Man Petty did something few if any aging rock stars do. He reunited his first group, Mudcrutch, to give the boys in the band a taste of the success that eluded them over 30 years ago, to share the dream that he’s been living ever since.

Petty isn’t just classic rock. He’s class rock.

The Over/Under

Posted in The Popular with tags , , on June 3, 2008 by Adam Sapiro

  • Overrated: Tilda Swinton. Underrated: The tilde
  • Overrated: Amy Winehouse. Underrated: Icehouse
  • Overrated: “How I Met Your Mother.” Underrated: Mother
  • Overrated: The incredible, edible egg. Underrated: Sperm
  • Overrated: Morgan Freeman, Morgan Spurlock and Tracy Morgan. Underrated: Jaye P. Morgan, Morgan Fairchild and Captain Morgan
  • Overrated: “Veronica Mars.” Underrated: Pluto
  • Overrated: Sarah Silverman. Underrated: “Oscar Goldman”
  • Overrated: Judd Apatow. Underrated: Wynonna

The Over/Under

Posted in The Popular with tags , , on May 27, 2008 by Adam Sapiro
  • Overrated: “30 Rock.” Underrated: “Cop Rock”
  • Overrated: “Borat.” Underrated: Kazakhstan
  • Overrated: Heaven. Underrated: Limbo
  • Overrated: Santogold. Underrated: Joe Santos
  • Overrated: “Weeds.” Underrated: weed
  • Overrated: Superdelegates. Underrated: Supercuts
  • Overrated: My Morning Jacket. Underrated: “No Jacket Required”
  • Overrated: Grand Theft Auto IV. Underrated: Grand Funk Railroad
  • Overrated: Things that are underrated. Underrated: Raters