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Highly Underrated/Unknown Movies

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by L.R., Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Fang66

    Fang66 Well-Known Member

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    I see your Fat Albert and raise you one THE JACKSON 5IVE CARTOON and The Groovey Goolies.. [VIDEO][/VIDEO] [VIDEO][/VIDEO]
     
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  2. wojt

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    underrated:
    The Ninth Gate (Amazing movie tbh)
    The Fountain (same as above, a masterpiece)

    great movies that lack recognition:
    Kalifornia
    The Shipping News
    Conan the Barbarian(used to mock Arnold, but this a great fantasy movie with outstanding OST)

    rather uknown
    En ganske snill mann
     
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  3. epb

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    I'm with you on The Ninth Gate - imo, a good example of a movie that improves on the book (Club Dumas). The Fountain I didn't care for, which was a surprise - Jackman, Weisz, directed by Aronofsky, how'd they make a dud?

    I think Kalifornia is admired, just on the fade as years have passed. For under-rated, I'd go with Dark City, which got buried by the release of The Matrix, iirc. And Bill Murray's Quick Change.
     
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    One of my all-time favorite movies...Citizen X. The story of the Soviet Union's first confirmed serial killer and the hunt to capture him in a Communist state that refused to admit that serial killers were not just a Western phenomena.

    It was the first great HBO movie.
     
  5. freshcutgrass

    freshcutgrass Well-Known Member

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    Here's a few recommendations from my personal dvd collection:

    Vamp

    A very bad (good?) 1986 horror comedy. But scenes like Grace Jones as Katrina...the Keith Haring body painted stripper/Queen of the vampires make it fun. An albino Billy Drago character is always welcome too.

    Happiness

    If there's a darker comedy, I haven't seen it (and yes, that includes Blood Simple) The casting, acting & directing is so good, you almost forget how taboo the stuff is you are smirking about.


    To Live and Die in LA

    You guys will like this one...quite stylish...possibly flash over substance. Miami Vice as a good movie with better actors and action scenes.


    Metropolitan

    Whit Stillman's debut is a coming of age film most would not likely relate to. It's also totally dialogue driven, uneventful and obviously low budget. None of this matters...it's a great film.


    9 1/2 Weeks

    Unabashedly 80's. Total style over substance, but like Thomas Crown Affair...done right!! Nakamichi cassette porn...smokey Comme Des Garçons shop scenes. The sex scenes are actually the most forgettable parts of the film.


    Black Christmas

    The 1974 low budget Canadian horror film that predates all the other slasher films that copy its plot/style. Creepiest villain you never saw.
    Don't bother with the 2006 remake


    Love! Valour! Compassion!

    Film adaptation of the Terrence McNally play. Excellent performances...especially Jason Alexander. One of those films with a rather depressing story line, yet turns out surprisingly uplifting.


    Maurice

    Another gay-themed film. Only this time it is the Edwardian world as only Merchant Ivory can portray.


    Danger: Diabolik

    This 1968 stylishly campy B movie from Mario Bava is so fracking good, and it has the Morricone soundtrack to prove it. What's cooler than a villain with a dozen black E-Type coupes in his underground "lair"? A villain that has a dozen white ones to match!!


    Liquid Sky

    No point in trying to explain this low budget (500k) cult film. If a glimpse of the crazy world of early 80's New York punk/new wave subculture mixed with an absurd alien subplot doesn't make you want to see this film, then the soundtrack entirely performed on the Fairlight CMI should.
     
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  6. imatlas

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    Nice list, although it's hard to call 9 1/2 Weeks or Metropolitan "highly underrated" or unknown.

    Have you seen "Split"? Sounds like it would be right up your alley.
     
  7. oxfordamerican

    oxfordamerican Well-Known Member

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    Spike Of Bensonhurst. I wouldn't put it in the underrated category since it is hilariously dated and frankly not very good, but, excluding people on the internet, I have yet to encounter a single living being who is aware of its existence.

    On the higher quality side, Bullet, starring Mickey Rourke. Also a bit dated, but top shelf performances from Rourke, Adrien Brody, John Enos, Tupac Shakur, and most notably, Ted Levine. There is a scene where Bullet (Rourke) informs his friend (Enos) that the music he is listening to sounds like a chipmunk with diarrhea. I am reminded of this every time I hear Adam Levine sing.
     
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    Bullet belongs in The Terrible Movies You Hate to Admit You Enjoy thread.

    ridiculous movie, horrible writing, expect much more from Julien Temple. On the lighter side, I did date the latin girl Rourke couldn't get it up for for a minute in the 90's. She's very nice, btw.
     
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    The Brink's Job
    w/Peter Falk
     
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    The In-Laws (1979) with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. Hilarious, quotable movie.

    Don't bother with the 2003 remake with Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks.
     
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    I really liked this. Helps that Alice Eve was nekked in it!
     
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    oxfordamerican Well-Known Member

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    You sound like a chipmunk with diarrhea.
     
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    Don't know if there are any Cassavetes fans here, but I never thought Opening Night got the credit or attention it deserved. It's not quite as good as Shadows or Chinese Bookie, but it's at least as good as Faces and much better than Husbands. Also Spike Lee's Girl 6. I'm not sure what the general consensus is on this one, but I've noticed that interviewers rarely mention it when they do the quick rundown of Spike's oeuvre before they start asking him questions. It's no Do The Right Thing, but it deserves some love. Here's to phone bone.
     
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    Good call on Opening Night.

    While Do the Right Thing has some historical interest, it is amateurish and almost unwatchable today.

    lefty
     
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  15. oxfordamerican

    oxfordamerican Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't disagree more. I recently watched it for the first time in years and I think it holds up quite well. Of course the clothes and music are dated, but that's a given with any movie where a good number of the characters are young people. I don't see what is amateurish about it at all.
     
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    lefty Well-Known Member

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    I also rewatched it a few months ago and was astounded how shitty the direction, plotting, cinematography and acting were.

    lefty
     
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    oxfordamerican Well-Known Member

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    When I watched it, I was astounded by how good all those things were. Perhaps if we watched it together it would be just okay.
     
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    lefty Well-Known Member

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    Two things that are never going to happen: you and me watching a movie together and me watching that movie again.

    lefty
     
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    That movie is awful
     
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