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Most under-rated movie of all time... 
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one of my most underrated movies ever is, for me, The Fifth Element. many people - including James, for example - just don't seem to like it, but I LOVE it. visually stunning, smart, exciting and occasionally funny, definitely one of my favorite films ever.


I'm with you, Sebastian. Love The Fifth Element.


Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:49 pm
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Amores Perros

By far Inarritu's best film (and one of my favorite movies of all-time), I actually haven't met anyone who's seen this movie. We watched it in one of my intro film classes a couple years ago, and I was the only one who had seen it prior. By far everyone's favorite movie of the semester :)


Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:26 pm
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ehopkins wrote:
Amores Perros

By far Inarritu's best film (and one of my favorite movies of all-time), I actually haven't met anyone who's seen this movie. We watched it in one of my intro film classes a couple years ago, and I was the only one who had seen it prior. By far everyone's favorite movie of the semester :)


That was pretty much the same scenario with my senior year of high school film class, except I don't think anyone had seen it (except the teacher, of course). It's definitely superior to Babel, which I think was more widely seen due to its existence at the Oscars. This isn't me saying Babel's bad, though; it just tries too hard.


Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:33 pm
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Pedro wrote:
ehopkins wrote:
Amores Perros

By far Inarritu's best film (and one of my favorite movies of all-time), I actually haven't met anyone who's seen this movie. We watched it in one of my intro film classes a couple years ago, and I was the only one who had seen it prior. By far everyone's favorite movie of the semester :)


That was pretty much the same scenario with my senior year of high school film class, except I don't think anyone had seen it (except the teacher, of course). It's definitely superior to Babel, which I think was more widely seen due to its existence at the Oscars. This isn't me saying Babel's bad, though; it just tries too hard.


Amores Perros is amazing, and I know only ONE person who has seen it beside me. I liked Babel, it's neither overrated not underrated, but Amores Perros definitely should be more widely seen.


Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:01 am
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I'll throw Southland Tales onto the pile. It isn't misunderstood, exactly; it may be the messiest, uneasiest, and most frustrating piece of pop culture vomiting in the last five years. Any idea that Richard Kelly has about the media, the war in Iraq, celebrity, quantum mechanics, and pop culture is uneasily stitched together and called a finished product. The first cut was booed at Cannes and its been all downhill ever since. Justin Timberlake lip syncs a part of The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" in a terribly conceived music video/drug trip sequence and that's one of the many, many highlights.

Still, kinda cool that Herr Donnie Darko would think to himself "With this $17 million I'm going to make something that most people will despise." It isn't good but, oh man, what a spectacularly ambitious failure it is.


Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:58 am
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Another one that comes to mind is Murder by Death (1976). It's a really funny film with lots of great lines. I encourage everyone to at least have a look at the all star cast and a few of the quotes.

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Sam Diamond: I don't get it. First they steal the body and leave the clothes, then they take the clothes and bring the body back. Who would do a thing like that?
Dick Charleston: Possibly some deranged dry cleaner.

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He was arrested in 1932 in Chicago for selling pornographic Bibles. The D.A. couldn't make the charge stick when the church refused to turn over the Bibles.


Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:24 am
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I always liked Murder By Death. Amazing cast, fun movie.

Along those lines, I think Clue (with another great cast) is very underrated.


Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:00 am
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I'm not sure if I mentioned this one on the thread before but I consider L.A. Confidential to a somewhat underrated film. Just bear with me on this one, okay? Now I'll concede that its stock has risen since 1997, when it was unjustly trampled underfoot by the Big Boat (much as I have respect for James Cameron, you will never convince me that Titanic was a better film than L.A. Confidential) but it still seems like a film that's under most people's radars. And I mean, what's not to love about this film? If you enjoy thinking during a movie, this one boasts one of the most brilliantly dense narratives of any film I've ever seen. If you enjoy pumping your adrenaline, there are some nicely-done action set pieces and plenty of suspense. There's is even a tender little romance thrown in. And none of it is superfluous or unnecessary to the story. It also has arguably one of the best ensembles of any film in the last twenty years. This movie manages to accomplish the task of even outdoing the book on which it was based. I can't say enough great things about it!!!!


Wed May 06, 2009 1:03 pm
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irerancincpkc wrote:
The Fountain
The Jacket
Lady In The Water
The Illusionist
The Village
Big Fish
Requiem For A Dream


YES! :D


Wed May 06, 2009 1:59 pm
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oafolay wrote:
I'm not sure if I mentioned this one on the thread before but I consider L.A. Confidential to a somewhat underrated film. Just bear with me on this one, okay? Now I'll concede that its stock has risen since 1997, when it was unjustly trampled underfoot by the Big Boat (much as I have respect for James Cameron, you will never convince me that Titanic was a better film than L.A. Confidential) but it still seems like a film that's under most people's radars. And I mean, what's not to love about this film? If you enjoy thinking during a movie, this one boasts one of the most brilliantly dense narratives of any film I've ever seen. If you enjoy pumping your adrenaline, there are some nicely-done action set pieces and plenty of suspense. There's is even a tender little romance thrown in. And none of it is superfluous or unnecessary to the story. It also has arguably one of the best ensembles of any film in the last twenty years. This movie manages to accomplish the task of even outdoing the book on which it was based. I can't say enough great things about it!!!!


I don't think LA Confidential is underrated. I don't know a single person who dislikes it. Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and Saving Private Ryan, to name a few great films who also got robbed at the oscars.


Wed May 06, 2009 6:56 pm
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Zedferret wrote:
oafolay wrote:
I'm not sure if I mentioned this one on the thread before but I consider L.A. Confidential to a somewhat underrated film. Just bear with me on this one, okay? Now I'll concede that its stock has risen since 1997, when it was unjustly trampled underfoot by the Big Boat (much as I have respect for James Cameron, you will never convince me that Titanic was a better film than L.A. Confidential) but it still seems like a film that's under most people's radars. And I mean, what's not to love about this film? If you enjoy thinking during a movie, this one boasts one of the most brilliantly dense narratives of any film I've ever seen. If you enjoy pumping your adrenaline, there are some nicely-done action set pieces and plenty of suspense. There's is even a tender little romance thrown in. And none of it is superfluous or unnecessary to the story. It also has arguably one of the best ensembles of any film in the last twenty years. This movie manages to accomplish the task of even outdoing the book on which it was based. I can't say enough great things about it!!!!


I don't think LA Confidential is underrated. I don't know a single person who dislikes it. Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and Saving Private Ryan, to name a few great films who also got robbed at the oscars.


True, I don't know of anybody who doesn't like it amongst those that actually know about the film but at least amongst my circle of friends, there are people who've never heard of it and that's why I consider it to be underrated.


Thu May 07, 2009 1:46 am
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Sebastian wrote:

Amores Perros is amazing, and I know only ONE person who has seen it beside me. I liked Babel, it's neither overrated not underrated, but Amores Perros definitely should be more widely seen.


Now you know two people who have seen it besides you; Amores Perros is one of my favorite films.

As previously mentioned, Last Action Hero is also underrated. It may not work totally as an action film, but it's just hilarious. A ton of great dialogue and movie references (can anyone spot the Lethal Weapon one?), and a great soundtrack to boot.

Others I'd like to add:

Summer of Sam. This flick kinda reminds me of Zodiac, and I consider it to be one of Spike Lee's best films, yet no one mentions it when discussing his filmography. A great portrait of the 1970s, tense atmosphere, paranoia, black humour, and a great storyline.

The Frighteners is a Peter Jackson film that tends to be overlooked. It balances cheesy horror, comedy, and thriller quite well. A bizarre ghost story mixed with a serial killer opus, the film's tone varies wildly and it's not for all tastes, but if you get into it, it's awesome. Great effects work as well. And Jeffrey Combs steals the whole movie as a disgusting, yet hilarious insane FBI agent. It's one of my favorite films and in no way do I consider it a lesser film from Jackson.


Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:22 am
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I agree with Last Action Hero being underrated, it was enjoyable although it was a bit too long for it's own good, another film I found highly underrated was Adventures of Pluto Nash, Eddie Murphy gave a more restrained performance and was complimented nicely by Rosario Dawson, it's a shame the film didn't do better as I had way more fun with it thne I expected to. Other films I found highly underrated were Hostel Part II, Hills have Eyes Part II, Alien Vs. Predator Reqiuem, House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, Underclassmen, In The Mix, Pokemon The First Movie, Yu-gi-oh THe Movie, Knock Off, Double Team, Universal Soldier The Return ALL Steven Seagal films, Dukes Of Hazzard, Bad Boys II, Ballistic:Ecks Vs. Sever, Reindeer Games, Jason X, Ghost In The Machine, Children Of The Corn 2, Captivity, Aces:Iron Eagle III, Excessive Force, Fair Game, Mortal Kombal Annihilation, 300 Miles To Graceland, Judgment Night, Barb Wire, Doom, Wing Commander, Rollerball(2002), Soldier, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Cursed, Bad Company, The Punisher, Shadow Conspiracy, and Speed 2. i know my list will definitely raise more thne a few eyebrows.


Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:49 am
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Vexer wrote:
I agree with Last Action Hero being underrated, it was enjoyable although it was a bit too long for it's own good, another film I found highly underrated was Adventures of Pluto Nash, Eddie Murphy gave a more restrained performance and was complimented nicely by Rosario Dawson, it's a shame the film didn't do better as I had way more fun with it thne I expected to. Other films I found highly underrated were Hostel Part II, Hills have Eyes Part II, Alien Vs. Predator Reqiuem, House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, Underclassmen, In The Mix, Pokemon The First Movie, Yu-gi-oh THe Movie, Knock Off, Double Team, Universal Soldier The Return ALL Steven Seagal films, Dukes Of Hazzard, Bad Boys II, Ballistic:Ecks Vs. Sever, Reindeer Games, Jason X, Ghost In The Machine, Children Of The Corn 2, Captivity, Aces:Iron Eagle III, Excessive Force, Fair Game, Mortal Kombal Annihilation, 300 Miles To Graceland, Judgment Night, Barb Wire, Doom, Wing Commander, Rollerball(2002), Soldier, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Cursed, Bad Company, The Punisher, Shadow Conspiracy, and Speed 2. i know my list will definitely raise more than a few eyebrows.


This seems like a list that belongs more on the thread of guilty pleasure flicks than on the list of underrated movies. Anyway, I just saw a film that I think deserves mention alongside the list of underrated movies and that would be The Basketball Diaries. It's not very original - basically, it just chronicles the one and and his group of friends' downward spirals into drug addiction - but the consistently strong acting - particularly from Leo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg - as well as the writing and direction, makes up for that. After seeing this film, I couldn't help but wonder how it took so long for Wahlberg and DiCaprio to finally get some real recognition for their acting abilities. Even Juliette Lewis and Michael Rappaport are convincing in their brief roles.


Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:00 am
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oafolay wrote:
Vexer wrote:
I agree with Last Action Hero being underrated, it was enjoyable although it was a bit too long for it's own good, another film I found highly underrated was Adventures of Pluto Nash, Eddie Murphy gave a more restrained performance and was complimented nicely by Rosario Dawson, it's a shame the film didn't do better as I had way more fun with it thne I expected to. Other films I found highly underrated were Hostel Part II, Hills have Eyes Part II, Alien Vs. Predator Reqiuem, House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, Underclassmen, In The Mix, Pokemon The First Movie, Yu-gi-oh THe Movie, Knock Off, Double Team, Universal Soldier The Return ALL Steven Seagal films, Dukes Of Hazzard, Bad Boys II, Ballistic:Ecks Vs. Sever, Reindeer Games, Jason X, Ghost In The Machine, Children Of The Corn 2, Captivity, Aces:Iron Eagle III, Excessive Force, Fair Game, Mortal Kombal Annihilation, 300 Miles To Graceland, Judgment Night, Barb Wire, Doom, Wing Commander, Rollerball(2002), Soldier, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Cursed, Bad Company, The Punisher, Shadow Conspiracy, and Speed 2. i know my list will definitely raise more than a few eyebrows.


This seems like a list that belongs more on the thread of guilty pleasure flicks than on the list of underrated movies. Anyway, I just saw a film that I think deserves mention alongside the list of underrated movies and that would be The Basketball Diaries. It's not very original - basically, it just chronicles the one and and his group of friends' downward spirals into drug addiction - but the consistently strong acting - particularly from Leo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg - as well as the writing and direction, makes up for that. After seeing this film, I couldn't help but wonder how it took so long for Wahlberg and DiCaprio to finally get some real recognition for their acting abilities. Even Juliette Lewis and Michael Rappaport are convincing in their brief roles.

Well I wouldn't call them guilty pleasures, cause I don't feel the least bit guilty about liking any of them, and a few more i'd like to add:Judge Dredd, Virtuosity, Freejack, and Johnny Mnemonic.


Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:12 pm
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Vexer wrote:
I agree with Last Action Hero being underrated, it was enjoyable although it was a bit too long for it's own good, another film I found highly underrated was Adventures of Pluto Nash, Eddie Murphy gave a more restrained performance and was complimented nicely by Rosario Dawson, it's a shame the film didn't do better as I had way more fun with it thne I expected to. Other films I found highly underrated were Hostel Part II, Hills have Eyes Part II, Alien Vs. Predator Reqiuem, House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, Underclassmen, In The Mix, Pokemon The First Movie, Yu-gi-oh THe Movie, Knock Off, Double Team, Universal Soldier The Return ALL Steven Seagal films, Dukes Of Hazzard, Bad Boys II, Ballistic:Ecks Vs. Sever, Reindeer Games, Jason X, Ghost In The Machine, Children Of The Corn 2, Captivity, Aces:Iron Eagle III, Excessive Force, Fair Game, Mortal Kombal Annihilation, 300 Miles To Graceland, Judgment Night, Barb Wire, Doom, Wing Commander, Rollerball(2002), Soldier, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Cursed, Bad Company, The Punisher, Shadow Conspiracy, and Speed 2. i know my list will definitely raise more thne a few eyebrows.


Raise a few eyebrows? Mine are through the roof! I get the impression that you've been copying a list of worst-reviewed movies to make the list (with a totally appropriate addition of all of Steven Seagal's films).


Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:19 pm
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Unke wrote:
Vexer wrote:
I agree with Last Action Hero being underrated, it was enjoyable although it was a bit too long for it's own good, another film I found highly underrated was Adventures of Pluto Nash, Eddie Murphy gave a more restrained performance and was complimented nicely by Rosario Dawson, it's a shame the film didn't do better as I had way more fun with it thne I expected to. Other films I found highly underrated were Hostel Part II, Hills have Eyes Part II, Alien Vs. Predator Reqiuem, House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, Underclassmen, In The Mix, Pokemon The First Movie, Yu-gi-oh THe Movie, Knock Off, Double Team, Universal Soldier The Return ALL Steven Seagal films, Dukes Of Hazzard, Bad Boys II, Ballistic:Ecks Vs. Sever, Reindeer Games, Jason X, Ghost In The Machine, Children Of The Corn 2, Captivity, Aces:Iron Eagle III, Excessive Force, Fair Game, Mortal Kombal Annihilation, 300 Miles To Graceland, Judgment Night, Barb Wire, Doom, Wing Commander, Rollerball(2002), Soldier, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Cursed, Bad Company, The Punisher, Shadow Conspiracy, and Speed 2. i know my list will definitely raise more thne a few eyebrows.


Raise a few eyebrows? Mine are through the roof! I get the impression that you've been copying a list of worst-reviewed movies to make the list (with a totally appropriate addition of all of Steven Seagal's films).

Well i'm not just copying, as hard as it might be for alot of people to believe, I really DO enjoy all of those movies, I tend to enjoy films that most people hate rather then ones most people love.


Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:46 pm
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Vexer, I'm sure you didn't see ALL of Steven Seagals movies can no person, sane or insane, can ever like, love or tolerate The Patriot(no, not the Mel Gibson one) or Attack Force


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A couple of underrated films have already been mentioned; those being "City of God" and "Dark City". I would also add "Everything is Illuminated". I really like Liev Schrieber's direction and the performances of Eugene Hutz and the grandfather. Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. isn't bad either.


Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:33 pm
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Patrick wrote:
Vexer, I'm sure you didn't see ALL of Steven Seagals movies can no person, sane or insane, can ever like, love or tolerate The Patriot(no, not the Mel Gibson one) or Attack Force

UGh!!! :evil: I REALLy hate it when poeple call me insane just cause I like his films! :roll: :roll: :roll: Yes I liked all of Segal's films in some ways, and my dad enjoyes watching them with me, and my enjoyment of all these films might have something to do with me being autistic if you will so i guess i'm not really "sane" in your perfect sense of the wrod now am I? :roll: but I still don't see why I should be insulted for enjoying those films jsut cause most poeple on here don't like them, I think people including James just take them too seriously to really enjoy them, I mean with action films you don't usually expect much in the way of acting, yeah Seagal can't act worth a damn but is that REALLY surprising, most people don't watch sEagal's films for acting, they watch them to see Seagal kick ass! And as long as he does that, I couldn't care less whether he can act or not!


Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:36 pm
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