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Highly Underrated/Unknown Movies

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

  1. freshcutgrass

    freshcutgrass Well-Known Member

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    While I realize it's a bit of an iconic 80's film, I get the feeling it is not taken seriously. I think it is still highly under rated...some of the best cinematography I've seen on this kind of film. And I had the impression it was kind of forgotten? Ok...how about Rourke's prior film... Cimino's Year of the Dragon? I really liked that one too. The female lead sucked, but she did have that cool loft apartment.


    couple for the sci fi fans....

    Cherry 2000 good fun.

    Zardoz strange. No...make that really strange.
     
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  2. Lionheart Biker

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    Paris, Texas. A true hidden gem.
     
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  3. Lord-Barrington

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    Some of these are more obscure than others, but all fantastic films:

    Sans Soleil (France, 1983)
    The Face of Another (Japan, 1966)
    Claire's Knee (France, 1970)
    Love in the Afternoon (France, 1972)
    Perfect Blue (Japan, 1997)
    Tell No One (France, 2006)
    Voices of a Distant Star (Japan, 2003)
    The Girl Who Leaps Through Time (Japan, 2006)
    Suicide Club (Japan, 2002)
    La Sierra (Documentary, Colombia, 2005)
    Memories of Murder (South Korea, 2003)
    The Ballad fo Narayama (Japan, 1983)
    Summer Hours (France, 2008)
    The Secret of the Grain (France, 2008)
     
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    Splendor In The Grass
     
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    Wild Strawberries. Not underrated, but not well known enough.
     
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  6. freshcutgrass

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    By whom? Woody Allen and perhaps 47 other Americans have ever seen a Bergman film. I think it's safe to say that any "foreign" film is unknown to your garden variety "American". Wild Strawberries usually doesn't even make most people's top ten list of Bergman films.
     
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  7. lefty

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    Cherry 2000 is a good call. Along those lines...

    A Boy and His Dog

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  8. freshcutgrass

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    Never seen that one. Watched a little of it...you're right, it is along those lines.

    Another post apocalyptical "Mad max-ish film is....

    Before Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald starred in Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983). I thought this one was a lot of fun. I'm not really sure how unknown this film is though.

    I hope I'm wrong about it's obscurity, but just in case I'm not, I happen to be watching one of the best road movies ever tonight...Two-Lane Blacktop (1971). Two guys racing their 55 chevy across the US. It stars Brian Wilson (yea, that Brian Wilson) as the mechanic and James Taylor (yea, that James Taylor) as the driver.
     
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    Both excellent choices.

    Electra Glide in Blue for Robert Blake when he was vital.

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    Bless the Beasts and the Children

    Some say Stanley Kramer was slumming, but it worked for me when I was a kid and hit an early '70s anti-hunting sweet spot.

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    lefty
     
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    Wake in Fright is great. If you feel like expounding, I'd be interested to hear why you feel Eyes Wide Shut should be more highly rated.

    To add to the thread, people have different ideas about what is unknown, but off the top of my head, some favorite late 60s/early 70s satires/black comedies are the Loved One, the Telephone Book, and Putney Swope.
     
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    I really liked this. V.V. should incorporate more "serious" roles like this in his career....
     
  12. OliverGauffe

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    A coupla supposed chick flicks that I feel are not only well done low budget films, but I also find them poignant for our times, and I get a distinctly guilty pleasure for some reason watching them: Hysterical Blindness (Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis), and Be Happy. Both loaded with metaphor that admittedly guys might not pick up on right away.

    On TV last night, absolute and total shite: 4 weddings and a funeral. Even shittier than the first time I saw it several years ago. Sheesh. That storyline would never work today.
     
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    there were a number of "DONT GET CAUGHT WITH 0.01oz OF Drugs IN THAILAND" movies in the late 90's. I visited thailand in the late 90's in college and well lets just say all my friends and I did a lot of drugs despite the warnings of being shot by local drug lords, thrown in jail and hung, or basic life in jail in 3rd world scenarios.

    90's movie themes pushed by studios:

    1. end of world by aliens/or huge asteroid
    2. raunchy high school comedy remix
    3. volcanos
    4. DON'T GET CAUGHT WITH 0.01oz of DRUGS IN THAILAND



    I wouldn't say Eyes wide shut is underrated - but I remember the DVD extras to be even more creepy and cryptic than the actual movie. first off the commentaries focused on kidman/cruise's relationship with Kubric - he almost comes off like a cult leader (he was already dead by that time), then they start asking some seriously intrusive questions about the storyline and their own marriage. Kidman gave some really raw answers and its super interesting in light of how their marriage was crumbling at the same time.
     
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    One of the best Canuxploitation films ever....The Silent Partner 1978

    Staring: Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Celine Lomez and a small role by a young John Candy. The only ever dramatic theatrical feature film to be scored by Oscar Peterson.
     
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    The movie was about don't get caught with drugs in Malaysia......
    :eh:
     
  16. lefty

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    I saw the inside of a Pudu Prison in KL. Not a nice place.

    lefty
     
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    Divorce Italian Style - maybe forgotten a little, one of the best movies I have ever seen

    As good as it gets - also great, one of my favorites

    Buying the cow - silly little movie but I enjoyed it a lot, just seen it's good 5,9 on imdb :S so I'd say underrated

    The Hunger (1983) - great movie in its genre,underrated for sure
     
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    Watch Eyes Wide Shut with the close captioning on. Holy shit!
     
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