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Not underrated, just plain underseen. Roger Ebert has a weekly feature that highlights overlooked DVDs and, given we're a forum of film enthusiasts, we should be able to come up with a respectable list of films that people maybe haven't heard of -- but should rent ASAP!

Start it off with Mel Smith's 1990 sleeper The Tall Guy starring Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson. It's a sweet British comedy about a good-natured fellow working alongside a jerk comedian. While getting allergy shots, he falls in love with Emma Thompson's nurse Kate Lemmon. There's a musical version of The Elephant Man, a love story, and Rowan Atkinson as a man nobody wants in the same room as them. A nice movie, this one.


Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:41 am
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The only one I've seen that I can think of is The Cake Eaters. I thought it was great and recommend it.


Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:12 am
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Had to think about this one for a while, but I came up with Arizona Dream (1993)

My brother talked me into giving this film a shot several years ago, and I loved it. The cast is a motley crew to say the least: Jerry Lewis, Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway. It's not going to be a life altering, earth shattering cinematic experience but I think for all in this forum it will be appreciated and well enjoyed on some level. Good luck finding a VHS copy, though. :lol:


Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:31 am
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This probably doesn't fit the bill, but I just saw Kiss Me Deadly (1955) which is easily one of the best film-noirs I've ever seen. A few weeks ago I'd never even heard of the movie. A search on these forums shows that it was only mentioned here by the incomparable Unke, so I'll argue that it's overlooked on Reelviews.

It's impossible to figure out where this movie goes...unless you're clairvoyant. There's a little treat for Pulp Fiction fans too.


Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:42 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:
This probably doesn't fit the bill, but I just saw Kiss Me Deadly (1955) which is easily one of the best film-noirs I've ever seen. A few weeks ago I'd never even heard of the movie. A search on these forums shows that it was only mentioned here by the incomparable Unke, so I'll argue that it's overlooked on Reelviews.

It's impossible to figure out where this movie goes...unless you're clairvoyant. There's a little treat for Pulp Fiction fans too.


Kiss Me Deadly is right, without giving away too much, I thought the ending was more supernatural, but I looked it up online and it wasn't that way.


Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:40 pm
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California Split (1974) - Can a Robert Altman movie be overlooked? Probably not, but I don't hear much about this one and there aren't many votes for it on imdb, so I'll throw it out here. One of the better movies about gambling that I've seen. Nice performance from the underrated Elliott Gould.

Kabluey (2007) - This is one of the several dozen quirky indie comedies that come out each year, but it's good enough to be more widely seen.


Sat Sep 26, 2009 11:07 am
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The usual suspects:

Out Of Sight
Cyclo
Los Olvidados
Time Out
Clean, Shaven




None of these films have the clout they should have. Individually, they all stand as great works of art by singular filmmakers.


Sat Sep 26, 2009 11:35 am
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This thread... my poor thread! It just didn't stand a chance. Poor, poor thread... sleep now, my child, sleep. *buries thread*

*unburies thread*

I'll throw out White Dog, an excellent racial parable (with a very Moby Dick kind of flavor) that is now available on DVD. Samuel Fuller brings his kind of melodramatic awkwardness into a tale (hilarious pun not intended) of a beautiful, loving German Shepherd that has been trained to attack/kill only those of non-lily white persuasion. Think Cujo Becomes a Racist.

The film is a little cynical but it's earned cynicism. And controversial? Oh my, yes. The movie was virtually banned in America upon release and didn't get a proper screening until 10 years after the last balloon at the wrap party had deflated. A shame! It's got an important and timely message and, get this, one of Ennio Morricone's greatest scores. Tell Netflix you want your copy today.


Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:54 am
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I saw White Dog recently, its worth seeing. Though some plot points were a bit hard to swallow(& Kristy McNichol was a bit out of her element)

Here are some more 'overlooked' titles(in my opinion at least)

Dodsworth(Walter Huston was great in films other than Sierra Madre)
Lonely Are The Brave(Kirk Douglas said this was his favorite of all the films he made)
The Hill(Sean Connery war fiilm)
Kansas City Confidential(great heist flick/film noir)
The Naked Truth(early Peter Sellers)
Best Seller(pulpy 80s action flick with James Woods as a hitman who wants to write a book dishing dirt on high profile employers)
The Naked Jungle(Charlton Heston battles ants that threaten his South American plantation)
Don't Look Now(Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland in a very strange thriller - almost Lynch like)


Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:07 pm
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This is a great thread. I've only heard of and seen Time Out out of all these picks but I'll try to check out the rest sometime.
Here's a few that come to mind:
Nobody Knows-Nobody seems to know about this movie(excuse the bad joke) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408664/

After Life-from the director of Nobody Knows http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165078/

Turtles Can Fly- one of my favorite and best War films I've ever seen(not a traditional war movie. It's not about soldiers fighting.)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424227/


Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:36 pm
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calvero wrote:
Don't Look Now(Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland in a very strange thriller - almost Lynch like)


# The British Film Institute ranked Don't Look Now #8 on their list of the top 100 British Films. The Times also ranked the film #18 on their list of 100 greatest films.

I don't know whether this is overlooked or not, but it should definitely be seen. A year ago I had never even heard of Nicholas Roeg (although I did see The Witches on a double bill with Free Willy when I was little) or Don't Look Now. I finally ended up seeing the movie about a week ago and I've been trying to get a hold of The Man Who Fell to Earth ever since. Or any other movie from the director for that matter.

Don't Look Now has to be one of the better psychological horrors ever made. The plot isn't always the best, but the direction and editing are so assured. Loved the way Roeg used red (the colour) throughout the film as a reminder of events past (and those to come).

There's also a pretty steamy sex scene (with some fabulous editing), which never hurts.


Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:56 pm
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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm. As far as experimental documentaries go, this one's pretty good. It's about filmmaking, which is always interesting to observe. It's like Woodstock meets Day For Night.


Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:38 am
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Pedro wrote:
Day For Night.


Thanks Pedro, you just reminded me to remind everyone that Day Night Day Night (2006) is worth checking out. It's a story of a young woman who is preparing to suicide bomb Times Square. At times, such as the pre-suicide cleansing or the actual scene in Times Square, it's fascinating.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499455/

Edit: Inserted URL


Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:36 am
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How about Pier Paolo Pasolini's adaptation of Oedipus Rex, Edipo Re? It's a dreamy, slow wander through the Moroccan desert book ended by scenes in modern day (1960s that is) Italy. It's also got a phenomenally crazy performance by Franco Citti which is either brilliant or horrible and a gaggle load of crazy production design. Also of note is that this is Freudian an adaptation of Oedipus Rex as is possible.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
For example, way before Oedipus finds out Jocasta is his mother in the original play, there's a scene where the two are making love and Oedipus refers to her as "mother." Fun!


It should be noted that this is the kind of film which is often described by its supporters as "Visual Poetry," so if you're not up for a movie which goes 6 minutes before a single word of dialouge is spoken (Although there is an intertitle slightly before that) then stay away. If that's your thing though, this one comes highly recommended from me.


Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:18 pm
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got this from another board

Entertainment Weekly's '100 Best Films You've Never Heard Of' - July 19, 1991

1. Assault on Precinct 13 - Carpenter, 1976
2. Bad Day at Black Rock - Sturges, 1955
3. The Ballad of Cable Hogue - Peckinpah, 1970
4. Barbarosa - Schepisi, 1982
5. La Bete Humaine - Renoir, 1938
6. The Big Combo - 1955
7. Black Narcissus - Powell, 1947
8. Brain Damage - Henenlotter, 1988
9. The Brood - Cronenberg, 1979
10. Burn! - Pontecorvo, 1970
11. Candy Mountain - Frank/Wurlitzer, 1988
12. Carrie - Wyler, 1952
13. Caught - Ophuls, 1949
14. Chilly Scenes of Winter - 1979
15. Comfort and Joy - Forsyth, 1984
16. The Company of Wolves - 1984
17. Criss Cross - Siodmak, 1949
18. Dancing Lady - 1933
19. Dark Star - Carpenter, 1974
20. Death Race 2000 - Bartel, 1975
21. Deception - 1946
22. Le Dernier Combat - Besson, 1983
23. Detour - Ulmer, 1945
24. Dodsworth - Wyler, 1936
25. Dreamchild - 1985
26. A Fine Madness - Kershner, 1966
27. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T - 1953
28. Forbidden Zone - 1980
29. 49th Parallel - 1941
30. Foxes - Lyne, 1980
31. Get Crazy - 1983
32. Glen or Glenda? - Wood, 1953
33. Good News - 1947
34. Go Tell the Spartans - 1978
35. Gun Crazy - Lewis, 1949
36. Heartland - 1979
37. Hell in the Pacific - Boorman, 1969
38. The Hidden - 1987
39. High and Low - Kurosawa, 1963
40. High Tide - Armstrong, 1987
41. Hi, Mom! - De Palma, 1970
42. The Hit - Frears, 1984
43. Home of the Brave - 1949
44. Housekeeping - Forsyth, 1987
45. In a Lonely Place - Ray, 1950
46. I Walked with a Zombie - Tourneur, 1943
47. Jazz on a Summer's Day - Stern, 1959
48. The Killing - Kubrick, 1956
49. Kiss Me Deadly - Aldrich, 1955
50. Lonely are the Brave - 1962
51. Macao - von Sternberg, 1952
52. Marked Woman - 1937
53. Mikey and Nicky - May, 1976
54. Miracle Mile - DeJarnatt, 1989
55. Mixed Blood - Morrissey, 1985
56. Monkey Business - Hawks, 1952
57. The Naked Kiss - Fuller, 1964
58. The Naked Spur - Mann, 1953
59. Near Dark - Bigelow, 1987
60. 1918 - 1984
61. The Ninth Configuration - Blatty, 1980
62. On Dangerous Ground - Ray, 1951
63. One-Eyed Jacks - Brando, 1960
64. Over the Edge - Kaplan, 1979
65. Paris Blues - 1961
66. Payday - 1973
67. Peeping Tom - Powell, 1960
68. Personal Best - Towne, 1982
69. The Plague Dogs - 1982
70. Point Blank - Boorman, 1967
71. Q: The Winged Serpent - 1982
72. The Revolt of Job - 1983
73. Ride the High Country - Peckinpah, 1962
74. Riot in Cell Block 11 - Siegel, 1954
75. The Saga of Anatahan - von Sternberg, 1953
76. Saint Jack - Bogdanovich, 1979
77. Say Amen, Somebody - 1983
78. Secret Honor - Altman, 1984
79. The Sender - 1982
80. Shack out on 101 - 1955
81. The Shanghai Gesture - von Sternberg, 1941
82. Smile - Ritchie, 1975
83. Songwriter - Rudolph, 1984
84. The Stepfather - Ruben, 1987
85. Straight Time - 1978
86. Streamers - Altman, 1983
87. Streetwise - 1985
88. The Tenant - Polanski, 1976
89. They Live by Night - Ray, 1949
90. Ticket to Heaven - 1981
91. Track 29 - Roeg, 1988
92. Twice Upon a Time - 1983
93. Under Fire - 1983
94. Used Cars - Zemeckis, 1980
95. Vampire's Kiss - 1989
96. While the City Sleeps - Lang, 1956
97. Who'll Stop the Rain - Reisz, 1978
98. Withnail & I - 1987
99. Zardoz - Boorman, 1974
100. A Zed & Two Noughts - Greenaway, 1985


Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:37 pm
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'100 Best Films You've Never Heard Of'


No kidding. I've only seen four on this list...time to get to work!

But I'll second Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13. An overlooked suspense classic.

(Near Dark, Death Race 2000, and The Hidden are the other three. All worth seeing.)


Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:23 pm
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HomerJ wrote:
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'100 Best Films You've Never Heard Of'


No kidding. I've only seen four on this list...time to get to work!

But I'll second Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13. An overlooked suspense classic.

(Near Dark, Death Race 2000, and The Hidden are the other three. All worth seeing.)
Loved The Hidden but I absolutely HATED Near Dark with a passion as it was immensely stupid AND incredibly borng IMO, that little kid vampire irritated the hell out of me and the main character was far too whiny for me, but the dumbest part was that
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Despite having lived for hundreds of years, the vampires never thought to have tinted car windows or blinds to protect them from sunlight :roll:
It's Bigelow's worst film and one of the worst vampire films i've ever seen, I have no idea why people like that film, never saw Death Race 2000, though I did see the remake and enjoyed it.


Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:37 pm
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Vexer wrote:
Loved The Hidden but I absolutely HATED Near Dark with a passion as it was immensely stupid AND incredibly borng IMO, that little kid vampire irritated the hell out of me and the main character was far too whiny for me, but the dumbest part was that
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Despite having lived for hundreds of years, the vampires never thought to have tinted car windows or blinds to protect them from sunlight :roll:
It's Bigelow's worst film and one of the worst vampire films i've ever seen, I have no idea why people like that film, never saw Death Race 2000, though I did see the remake and enjoyed it.


Vexer -- good point on the spoiler. You'd think the vampires would have clued in.

I liked Statham's Death Race, but it's very different from Death Race 2000. The original brings more satire, with a tongue-in-cheek delivery. I liked the original better.

If you haven't seen Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, I highly recommend it. At a scant 91 minutes, it's fast paced and well worth your time.


Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:13 pm
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Thanks for sharing calvero. I'll add these to the already long list of things to see.

HomerJ wrote:
Quote:
'100 Best Films You've Never Heard Of'


No kidding. I've only seen four on this list...time to get to work!

But I'll second Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13. An overlooked suspense classic.

(Near Dark, Death Race 2000, and The Hidden are the other three. All worth seeing.)


I know man. This is humbling stuff. I've seen 5 out of a 100. That's 5%. Calvero has probably seen 95.

3. The Ballad of Cable Hogue - Peckinpah, 1970
39. High and Low - Kurosawa, 1963
49. Kiss Me Deadly - Aldrich, 1955
52. Marked Woman - 1937
73. Ride the High Country - Peckinpah, 1962

All of these are at worst decent. The Kurosawa is fantastic. It's one of his best non-samurai films.


Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:10 pm
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1. Assault on Precinct 13 - Carpenter, 1976
20. Death Race 2000 - Bartel, 1975
59. Near Dark - Bigelow, 1987
70. Point Blank - Boorman, 1967
92. Twice Upon a Time - 1983
98. Withnail & I - 1987
99. Zardoz - Boorman, 1974

I've seen all of these.

Let's see Death Race 2000 and Near Dark are awesome.
Point Blank is decent but not great
Zardoz is...well, Zardoz
The remake of Assault on Precinct 13 is much better and anyone who likes the original is a Cheese Eating Surrendering Monkey.
I ABHOR AND HATE Withnail & I
I saw Twice Upon a Time as a kid and I liked it mainly cause the voice of Garfield was in it but I need to rewatch it.


Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:23 pm
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