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They're right about Gattaca

I'm busy tweaking and adding to the new photo gallery. Plus, I'm in one of those "I don't have anything nice to say, so I'm not going to say it" moods. Trust me, you're better off. So, I'm sure you've all seen this link already - it's been in my link dump file for about a week. I just haven't had time to blog it what with my spending every waking moment being a "hateful, slimy warmnonger" and "an ingnorant bitch who probably fucks clowns." Really, no idea what that insult means, but I found it rather amusing. Anyhow, the linked article is about movies that don't get the love they deserve. You know, those movies that you watch 100 times and everybody thinks you must be retarded to hold Toxic Avenger is such high regard. Not for nothing, but there's some real shit on that list. But whoever compiled that list more than makes up for it with the inclusion of one of the greatest movies ever made, The Last Boy Scout. Don't even argue with me on that one - I won't listen. I'm actually going to review the entire list later on, because it's Sunday and I'm a lazy shit and I'm tired of packing. Right now, I'm going back to the photo sorting and whatnot. Come visit if you get a chance. And it wouldn't hurt you to leave a comment. But your job (because I just love to hand out jobs) is to stay right here and list the movies that you believe are underappreciated. Feel free to elaborate on your choices.


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One of my favourite movies, that I found on a movie critics underappreciated list, is "Dangerous Beauty". It looks wonderful (16th century Venice) , it's based on the life of a remarkable woman, Veronica Franco, it's well acted, and I can watch it again and again and still enjoy it.

Return to Oz.
At the time it came out it was trashed for daring to follow the original. It's starting to get some respect recently, but I loved it at the time. A far better movie than the Wizard of Oz, in my opinion, much truer to Baum's vision, with wonderful casting and FX, and an intelligent script.
One of the best fantasy movies ever and one of the first to treat the genre with real respect.

Good call on Return to Oz. I loved that movie as a kid. My pick is Radio Flyer. It's heart-wrenching, and features two of the best child performances ever put on film.

Well, I've already elaborated on the substantive interpersonal relationship issues addressed in "The Flintstones" (which are straight from The Brothers Karamazov I'm tellin ya), so I will nominate instead:

Breaker Morant

The end of the Boer war, the end of the 19th century, and the end of European imperialism. It started here folks.

And it heralded a string of successes from the Australian Film Company that includes "Gallopoli".

I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me.

"Warlock" with Julian Sands and Richard E. Grant. I rented it because I like to watch cheesy sci fi/horror movies. I was totally surprised by this one because it turned out to be very good. The sequels were crap.

Hobson's Choice. Pro strong woman and what a good team a husband and wife could be. Plus, shows why class structure isn't the way to go and what the individual can do.

And The Little Foxes and Now Voyager.

13th Warrior: the movie you wanted to see when you rented Hearts and Armor, Krull, and The Norseman.

Weird Science and 12 Monkeys and Tin Men

I definitely agree about Gattaca. That was one of the best movies I have seen in years.

There's a lot of great stuff on that list. I agree, they are truly underappreciated films.

"Why did Mr. Milo cross the road?"

I'm glad someone else thinks of The Last Boyscout as highly as I do.

"Used Cars" with Kurt Russell and Jack Warden (playing twins) still rocks my world.Can't believe it didn't get the nod.

I think Pluto Nash was pretty entertaining -- I don't know why so many dumped on it.

"HIGHLANDER", although the sequels were garbage, this movie had such a cult following that it spun off a syndicated TV series...

Henry Fool - a typically weird Hal Hartley movie. Perfect performances and script and moving too.
The Daytrippers.
Next Stop Wonderland.
Yes I'm a Hope Davis fan. And a Parker Posey fan.

Once Upon a Time in America (long version - not the cut for cable piece of shit). The one that ends fading out on DeNiro as he drifts off into an opium haze.

Sixth Sense. One from a good string of under recognized Willis movies. Fifth Element was another.

In Harm's Way. Classic Duke.

Of course, Blade Runner, the original cut, with the Harrison Ford narrative, and Rutger Hauer actually pushing the nail through his hand, can never be recognized enough.

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Life As A House - Kevin Kline's performance as a dying father struggling to reconnect with his son, played by Hayden Christiansen in (I believe) his first film role. If only he'd been as good in Star Wars.

Parenthood - an ensemble film featuring Steve Martin as a man desperate to avoid the mistakes his father made, and to raise anxiety-free children, this story makes me long for my own dysfunctional family to live closer to each other so that we could overcome our differences and celebrate our connections. Tom Hulse is excellent as the black sheep son.

I was glad to see Gods and Monsters on the site's list; it's definitely worth seeing.

I'll probably think of more.

Gallipoli is one of the greatest war films EVER!
Is Time Bandits underappreciated?
Oh, and Reefer Madness

Trish, I absolutely loved Life as a House. Glad to find someone else who liked it as much.

The most underrated movie of 2003 was Dirty Pretty Things, which deserved a lot of more recognition than the single oscar nomination it got (and didn't win).

Lonely are the Brave Kirk Douglas as a cowboy trying to function in the modern world. Strange to see Walter Matthau as the Sheriff, but it works.

Big Lebowski Slackers, bowling, White Russians, and Nihilists. And lines like, “You don’t f*** with The Jesus!”

Mrs. Miniver Life in Britain, early in the war. Oh, and Greer Garson was hot.

Open Range Since most people were still trying to get the taste of wolf out of their mouth, Costner’s latest didn’t do well. But it’s a good traditional western, and you actually care if Costner’s character dies. Hard to look at the Duvall character and not see Augustus McCrae.

(So glad nobody mentioned “Donnie Darko”, which is underrated for a reason.)

I'd already blogged my list on the 26th (wow, am I getting psychic or what?...)

Wow I don't what is scarier, that I've seen most of these movies or that I think they're pretty good. One I would have to add though is Love Stinks. I'm just like a moth to a flame, everytime its on, I gotta watch it.

I love Gattaca. The DVD has an alternate/added ending that is very powerful.

And I gotta agree on Galipoli. Amazing war movie.

And Highlander of course.

For some reason I've always loved Pushing Tin. And I realize I'm in the minority, but I actually liked Waterworld. (you may start mocking me now)

The Big Lebowski ROCKS ! One of the funniest movies ever. John Goodman is priceless in it.

What about:

The Princess Bride

I haven't seen it, but one of my friends loves "Lonesome Dove".

those mentioned since I posted that I love:

In Harm's Way

Time Bandits

Lonely Are the Brave


The Big Lebowski

you guys are such film afficianados.

How about Robert Mitchum in "The Night of the Hunter"? Peter Graves and Shelley Winters in a couple of brief roles. Fabulous.

One of my all time favorites is Ravenous.

I'll agree that both Gattaca and 12 Monkeys are great movies.

Ravenous was great.

As for Big Lebowski, that goes in my top ten of greatest films ever.

Empire Records.

So, so totally Gattaca. That was one of the first DVDs I bought (probably like number 2 or 3). A movie with more heart and soul in its little pinky than we see on screen in a whole year. Awesome movie.


Contact (I always cry when Ellie keeps saying she's good to go. In a manly way, of course.)

Unbreakable (Better than the Sixth Sense I'd say, but kinda harder to get into for most people, I guess. Shamalyan manages to make one loaded gun that's never fired more dramatic and a cause of more on screen tension than the thousands of spent bullets in most movies.)

Willow (In a class by itself as a rare fantasy adventure movie done awesomely right, until very recently at least, it's a shame this movie hasn't been rediscovered and rereleased in theaters, I think it would do better now.)

Edward Scissor Hands (Tim Burton at his best, which says a lot.)

And I second the nominations on The Big Lebowski, Return to Oz, Radio Flyer, and The Fifth Element. And the original theater-release version of Blade Runner, with monologue and all.

I loved The Last Boyscout. In my family, however, I am the only one. I also really like Hudson Hawk. I know, it is on everyone's worst movies ever list, but I enjoyed it. Lots of good people, some really funny lines (the whole "sister" gag) and it even tossed in a little musical bit.

I'm down with Last Boy Scout, Tremors, Breaker Morant, and Life as a House (though I don't know that you're considered weird for watching the last two a hundred times). I'd add The Alamo (the scene in which the blind wife commands her husband to stay and defend gets me everytime) and Tombstone (I watch it just to see Val Kilmer as a coughing, dying Doc).

Thanks for reminding me about Miracle Mile and Edward Scissorhands.

I also loved The Fisher King.

"Is Time Bandits underappreciated?"

Yes. But I think The Big Lebowski is good but thoroughly appreciated - it had a cult following at this point.

early Altman:
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
3 Women

I'm partial to The Last Starfighter, The Last Dragon, and Mindwalk, myself.

The first one's a good one: A Simple Plan, very Hitchcockian.

Hudsucker Proxy: most underappreciated Coen Bros. film. Speaking of which...

The Ladykillers (original 1955 version): much as I love the Coen Bros. the original version was better. (Four words: Alec Guiness, Peter Sellers)

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T: live-action Dr. Suess musical, no kidding.

I'd like to include Glory (1989) for the list. Excellent story, performances by Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, beautiful soundtrack. How it wasn't nominated for Best Picture while Driving Miss Daisy was, I don't understand.

I also nominate Breaker Morant and yes, I liked the Last Starfighter and Hudson Hawk.

The Secret of NIMH: Don Bluth's first film after leaving Disney. Also his best. This movie deserves a "special edition" DVD. Sadly, the only DVD version is a "full screen" version. Probably my favorite animated movie.

The Dark Crystal: Jim Henson's entry in the fantasy/mythology genre. Ambitous in that every character (except for a few long shots) is a muppet creation. Labyrinth is one I also recommend, it's flawed but still enjoyable.

Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas: not a movie, a holiday special that I think aired only one year on HBO way back when. Basically, the gift of the magi retold. Henson again.

If "Wanted: Dead or Alive" came out today, it would be denounced as a despicable, racist piece of trash by a lot of familiar names in the media. It would also make about fifty gazillion dollars at the box office, and I'd bet that a bowlderized version of "F**k the bonus" would wind up in at least a few campaign ads.

"Road House" definitely should be on that list. A really good bad movie should be fun to watch, even as our brains tell us that the crappitude we are witnessing is truly epic. "Road House" definitely meets that test. I mean, Patrick Swayze as a wandering bar bouncer guru/philosopher: how can you hate this movie?

Grosse Point Blank...Classic with John Cusack as a hitman returning for his high school reunion..."they've all got lives and kids and what am I gonna say...I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork..."

Mystery Men - Superhero wannabes take on Casanova Frankenstein, the Disco Boys and others. Paul (Peewee Herman) Rubens as The Spleen is hilarious.

Boondock Saints - "Oooh, you look scaaary, man!"

Young Einstein - Yahoo Serious as the Tasmanian genius who splits the beer atom and saves Paris from nuclear devastation by draining the energy from a bomb using an electric guitar and 4/4 time.

Yay for Boondock Saints - absolutely one of the most unerrated movies ever.

"Bloodsucking Pharos in Pittsburg" is a cimematic masterpiece. I'm not kidding. It's probably the funniest cheesy comedy/horror movie I've ever seen.
Ahhh! Anubis! (snicker)

My list would only include 2 of this list's 100- "Shadow of the Vampire" and "Jackie Brown."

"Night Falls on Manhattan" in the Top 10? The one where Andy Garcia plays an Irish DA with a spanish accent? Please.

As for my list, "The Commitments" is right on top. Great story, great music. May not get its due because the Northside accents are too bleedin' hard for non Irish to understand. Tossers.

Starship Troopers-because i like the society it takes place in.

The Thin Red Line-If they had made the complete book into the movie people would be saying Saving Private Who?

I was glad to see that "Time After Time" made the list. Jack the Ripper would fit into today's society even easier than he did in the movie.

"She's The One" was the best work that Edward Burns has done yet.

If the list hadn't included "Top Secret" it'd have been a travesty.

"Hollywood Shuffle" was one of the best movies of the 1980's. Period.

And "A Christmas Story" isn't on the list. Has it finally moved from the under appreciated list? One of my favorite movies of all time.

Most of my nominations have already been mentiond:

Weird Science (forgot how freakin' funny this movie was until I caught a few minutes on TV last week)
Grosse Pointe Blank

Need to add Big Trouble in Little China ("This pisses me off to no end.")

The first half of Ravenous was great, but I thought it went downhill towards the end.

Suicide Kings
I'm not a big Jay Mohr guy, but he's great here. Christopher Walken is over the top, and brilliant.

The Man with One Red Shoe
I'm a sucker for the "unwitting courier/spy" genre. Narrowly beats out Bill Murray's The Man Who Knew Too Little.

Into the Night
Not a big Jeff Goldblum fan, either, but this one's a gem.

Lots of people hate this film, but I like the way Belushi and Aykroyd play against type. The 'Burbs is a better movie, but not nearly as unappreciated.

Lots of people hate this film too, not without cause, but Kurt Russell's performance is a marvel of economy.

Ooh, one more before I go.

One of the strangest movies I have ever seen, but somehow I can't tear myself away. Jeff Goldblum, Peter Falk, and Cyndi Lauper (!) in a film that utterly defies categorization, logic, or sense.

AOL on Mystery Men. Ditto The Last Starfighter, Tombstone, and the Princess Bride (but the book was better).

I tend to love movies that don't take themselves too seriously. Hence...

Undercover Blues. Yeah, the plot's thinnish (a couple in espionage on maternity leave), but the casting was perfect. Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner were great as the young couple, Fiona Shaw was the perfect not-quite-as-evil-as-she-wishes-she-was archvillain, but Stanley Tucci stole the show as the overinflated street thug.

Also, Big Trouble. Dave Barry wrote it. Don't expect to get anything out of it, and you can really enjoy it.


If I'm not mistaken, the list stated that it wasn't done in any particular order.

Probably James Caan's best post-Rollerball movie. Fine cinematography and a haunting Tangerine Dream soundtrack.

Black Sunday
My favorite psycho, Bruce Dern, cranked up to 11 and driving the freaking Goodyear blimp into the Super Bowl? How come this thing didn't sweep the Oscars?

The Eiger Sanction
Clint Eastwood's only performance as an unambiguous villain. A hit man who wants out of the business, not because of any moral awareness, but simply because he's made enough money and doesn't want to be bothered any more. Only revenge can bring him back for one final hit. The movie has a terrific score, and contains some marvelous camera work from the age before special effects became ubiquitous.

Now that I've shown my age, a more recent entry:

Matchstick Men
If you don't like Nicholas Cage, stay away. If you do, this is a nifty little con game movie. Clever script, nicely executed.

The Mothman Prophecies - this is one of the few films that makes me feel uneasy if I'm watching it alone - even when I know what's coming.

The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen

Shirley Valentine

"All Dogs Go To Heaven" and a lot can be said for a bunch of other cartoons Don Bluth.

I think "The Postman" is far from being as bad as critics made it out to be.

A really scary thing about the list and the films mentioned here is that I have seen so many of the films.

Contact is not under-appreciated, just lame in comparison to the epic that Sagan's book was.

Comparing Aliens to Alien 3 is sort of like comparing riding in a car to jogging: Not neccesarily more fun, but better for you.

I'm glad they included "Antz" on the list. That film is Cheerios to "A Bug's Life" Cocoa Puffs. Guess which one did better in theaters. Guess which ne was by Disney. Guess whose marketing machine moved an inferior clone.

And "Long Kiss Goodnight": long before there was Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill," there was Geena Davis in "The Long Kiss Goodnight." That movie outclasses scores of more famous action movies.

"The Peacemaker": Nuclear devices wielded by terrorists is not the most original idea, and that film lasted forever. No.

Damn, how could I forget The Dark Crystal!? And The Hudsucker Proxy?! Thanks for reminding me.

"You know, for kids."

My hands-down bawdy choice is "The first all nudie musical." It will have you in stitces from start to finish.

I think clownfucking films get short shrift in general.

Just watched "Topkapi" this past weekend. I want to own it, it's so great. Great sixties Turkey locale. As of today Peter Ustinov has left us, but we have his role in this movie to blame for one of his Best Supporting Actor Oscars. His other was for his role in "Spartacus." I'm on a roll, visiting his "ouvre" via vhs/dvd. Many will miss him.

Death Wish
Charles Bronson is not represented on this list, so I'll stand up for him. Since I seem to be on a Jeff Goldblum roll, don't miss his take on Jughead in this film.

The Mechanic
Jan-Michael Vincent in his finest non-Airwolf role. A classic violent non-redeeming movie experience.

Breakheart Pass
As faithful an adaption of an Alistair Maclean novel this side of The Guns of Navarone.

Narrow Margin
Gene Hackman mails it in for a paycheck more often than any good actor I can think of. But I can't think of any movie that suffers for his presence; he always seems to raise the material.

True Romance
8 Men Out
Pool Hall Junkies
Streets of Fire

Buckaroo Bonzai - Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin and Christopher Lloyd. Alien Christopher Lloyd notes: "It's not my planet monkey boy." The original "Swept Away" with Giancarlo Giannini. Going South with Jack Nicholson and Mary Steenburgen. Brotherhood of the Wolf, great French film. George C. Scott in Petulia.

Being There - Peter Sellers at his understated best

Brazil - Living a surreal life while terrorism explodes all around. Seems somehow prophetic?