September 18 2021
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Over/Under Movies Episode 28: Safety Not Guaranteed/Slaughterhouse-Five
Kozak rating: 5 stars

"It's time to go back... To the future!"... Or, to the past, or, to randomly jump back and forth through moments in a WWII vet's life as an allegory on the absurdities of evil.

In this new episode of Over/Under Movies, where we discuss one overrated and one underrated film, our panel of critics dig into two time travel flicks, both of which were picked by Oktay, with help from Ryan and Erik, who were fueled by their disdain for our underrated pick, which is...

Jurassic World helmer Colin Treworrow's indie time travel "masterpiece" (It's currently sitting at 91% on the Tomatometer) Safety Not Guaranteed. Our critics understand that the first 70 minutes or so of the film is decent enough, although definitely not worth 91%. But that ending, boy, that ending! The discussion eventually turns into a dissection of halfway decent films that are ruined by horrible third acts.

Then, it's time to take a walk on the absurd side as the team talks about the only good Kurt Vonnegut Jr. adaptation to date, Slaughterhouse-Five. Will everyone rally around this unsung masterpiece, or will Oktay continue in his feeble quest to sell this 1972 flop to modern audiences?

As usual, thank you for listening, please send us your comments so we can improve the show and look forward to new episodes when our kick-ass Pacific Northwest-based film critics will discuss one overrated and one underrated film that share the same genre, style, or plot.

You can also find us on iTunes if you search for Over/Under Movies and on Twitter @overundermovies.

Erik McClanahan is the lead film critic at Oregon Arts Watch, co-host of the Adjust Your Tracking podcast (Also available on iTunes) and a contributor at The Playlist.

Ryan Oliver is back on after a short absence. He writes reviews and articles for them when he's not busy co-hosting their podcast.

Oktay Ege Kozak is a film critic for The Oregon Herald, Beyazperde, DVD Talk and is also a contributor and film critic at The Playlist.