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simonitro at 11:22PM, June 24, 2008
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What movies in your opinion that are awesome but people don't talk to much about them?

I find Dark City and Boodnock Saints are criminally underrated. There are so many great Asian movies people rarely talk about.

So, what's your opinion?


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phantasmagraph at 12:36PM, June 25, 2008
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I find Dark City and Boodnock Saints are criminally underrated. There are so many great Asian movies people rarely talk about.

Dark City definately is. Happily the Boondock Saints aren't so much underrated as it used to be. Now it's almost impossible to run into someone who doesn't looovvvvve that movie.

The Devil's Backbone.

Wizards.

I'm sure there's a lot more. I'll have to think about this one.
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phantasmagraph at 12:58PM, June 25, 2008
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Oh, i did think of a couple more:

Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter

and

Surf Nazis Must Die (Well, let's face it Troma is one of the most awesomely underrated film companies out there).
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SpANG at 6:33PM, June 25, 2008
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Mystery Men
Man on the Moon
Hellboy
Leaving Las Vegas
Chasing Amy
Higher Learning
Road To Perdition
The Ref
Sling Blade
PCU
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isukun at 7:23PM, June 25, 2008
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I find it hard to see Oscar nominees and movies that had the popularity to warrant a sequel and two animated movies as “underrated.”
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SpANG at 7:29PM, June 25, 2008
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I find it hard to see Oscar nominees and movies that had the popularity to warrant a sequel and two animated movies as “underrated.”
How about “underrated” as literally “rated lower than they should have been”.

Oh, I forgot about the Transformers movie. Oscar Nominees too!

“To a rational mind, nothing is inexplicable. Only unexplained.”
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mlai at 8:59PM, June 25, 2008
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Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

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Maxw3ll at 10:12PM, June 25, 2008
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Ghost World
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isukun at 12:54AM, June 26, 2008
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“rated lower than they should have been”.

No movie is going to get perfect scores across the board and quite frankly, no movie should.

Oh, I forgot about the Transformers movie. Oscar Nominees too!

Yeah, sounded great. Too bad the rest of the movie sucked ass. At least in the case of movies like Road to Perdition, Leaving Las Vegas, and Sling Blade the nominations were for real awards like “best screenplay” or “best direction”.
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DAJB at 2:35AM, June 26, 2008
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Daredevil.

Like most super hero movies, it had a few weak moments but I think the real reason it was so poorly received was mainly because it had the misfortune to be released right at the height of the Affleck/J-Lo hunting season.

Viewed now, away from all the negative hype and especially in the Director's Cut version, it works well. The origin backstory is well integrated, the radar sense effects are beautiful, Affleck is convincing as a blind Matt Murdock and Jon Favreau is a perfect Foggy. Definitely due for a reappraisal!
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SpANG at 9:41AM, June 26, 2008
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Daredevil.

Like most super hero movies, it had a few weak moments but I think the real reason it was so poorly received was mainly because it had the misfortune to be released right at the height of the Affleck/J-Lo hunting season.

Viewed now, away from all the negative hype and especially in the Director's Cut version, it works well. The origin backstory is well integrated, the radar sense effects are beautiful, Affleck is convincing as a blind Matt Murdock and Jon Favreau is a perfect Foggy. Definitely due for a reappraisal!
I totally agree!

isukun
“rated lower than they should have been”.

No movie is going to get perfect scores across the board and quite frankly, no movie should.
Who said “perfect”? Don't twist words. I was answering the question posed.
simonitro
What movies in your opinion that are awesome but people don't talk to much about them?
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lefarce at 9:55AM, June 26, 2008
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Good Burger

 
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SarahN at 3:58PM, June 26, 2008
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The Prophecy (actually just the angels are cool, the humans are the suck)
Lady in White
Legend (sort of)
Demons
Exorcist III

Maybe I'll name more as I think of them.

Also…
SpANG
Sling Blade

YES.
I reckon.
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kyupol at 4:22PM, June 26, 2008
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Gang Tapes
- Very low budget. You and your friends buy a camcorder, act stuff out, and you can have a movie. This one's good because it shows gangsta life. And its interesting to watch.
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TheMidge28 at 5:13PM, June 27, 2008
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Something Wicked This Way Comes… it was a disney film and based on a Ray Bradbury story.

Frailty… girls usually hate it. Bill Paxton directed it.

Waking Life… Ive mention this one plenty of times and it is under-rated. Its a visual and metaphysical masterpiece. Richard Linklater directed of Dazed and Confused and Before Sunrise.

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shaneronzio at 10:29AM, June 28, 2008
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Idiocracy.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/

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mfc at 3:05AM, June 29, 2008
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Ghost World .. Knocked Up .. Little Miss Sunshine ..
Johnny Err0r'd!
A comic by J. Robbins!
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Crazy Dutchman at 11:53AM, June 29, 2008
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Totally underrated:
-Mars Attacks!
-Microcosmos
-Deep Blue
-L'Ours
-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
-Romeo + Juliet
-The Beach
-Artificial Intelligence: AI
-Mean Creek
-Girl, Interrupted
-The Fountain
-What Dreams May Come
-Batman Returns
-Broken Flowers
-eXistenZ
-Calvaire
-Solaris (2002)
-Go

More people should see:
-Tenshi no Tamago
-46-Okunen no Koi
-Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus
-Umi ga Kikoeru
-Any Way the Wind Blows

I agree on Boondock Saints, Road to Perdition, Legend and Frailty man! Great flicks!

But Man on the Moon, Ghost World, KU and Little Miss aren't that underrated are they? I tought they were all recieved very well AND very well known to a wide audience.
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Fenn at 11:37PM, June 29, 2008
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Something Wicked This Way Comes… it was a disney film and based on a Ray Bradbury story.

Frailty… girls usually hate it. Bill Paxton directed it.

Waking Life… Ive mention this one plenty of times and it is under-rated. Its a visual and metaphysical masterpiece. Richard Linklater directed of Dazed and Confused and Before Sunrise.


Well I loved the first two you list (especially SWTWC), so now I'm interested in seeing the third.

I'll add:
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
Big Trouble in Little China
Brazil
Bubba Ho-Tep
Caveman
Dark City
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Feast
The Frighteners
The Ice Pirates
In the Mouth of Madness
Lord of Illusions
Mirrormask
Ravenous
They Live
Time Bandits

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Crazy Dutchman at 5:02AM, June 30, 2008
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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Big Trouble in Little China
Bubba Ho-Tep
Ravenous
Time Bandits

Hell yeah! Those are some great movies.
Slight disagree with Feast, that one was a big disapointment for me. In the horror/comdedy category I'd have to say Slither. Not badly recieved by critics at all, but I really have a hard time finding other people who actually loved it as much as I did.
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ozoneocean at 5:21AM, June 30, 2008
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A lot of those are great ^_^
But A lot of them aren't that underrated either… I mean, they just weren't super popular, but still considered pretty good. But it depends on the movie.

Two underrated ones I can think of:
-The original Batman movie. The TV one. That thing was pretty funky :)
-Plan 9 from Outerspace. Known as "the worst movie ever, or something idiotic like that. Truthfully, ED wood was competent enough for the films he made with his resources, all of them were fine considering. Plan 9 is no exception, it's even got an intelligent anti-war anti-nuclear message. Very good for an extreme low budget film.

-the complaints that are made usually concern some sections of dialogue, costumes, scenes, props. All accusations that would demolish the entire run of the original Star Trek TV series if they were levelled at it instead. People are f**king idiots -_-
 
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DAJB at 6:09AM, June 30, 2008
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-The original Batman movie. The TV one. That thing was pretty funky :)
Agreed! It's a hilarious movie. And, as one or two people have finally started to acknowledge, not so very far removed from the spirit of the 1960s comics as some would like to believe!

Fenn
Brazil
Absolutely! One of my all time favourite movies!
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Hawk at 9:10AM, June 30, 2008
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That original Batman movie, is over-the-top hilarious, if nothing else. People who refuse to think the movie is good should at least recognize its excellent comedic value.
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SpANG at 10:23AM, June 30, 2008
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I can't believe I forgot TRON. It is one of my all-time favs and was VERY underrated for its time.

Tron was the first true CGI movie, the effects were nothing that had ever been attempted or even conceived. The back-lighting was one of the most original and painstaking processes any studio had ever performed. The story was rich with deep religious undertones that were/are genius. Jeff Bridges was awesome. The movie still holds up too.

It had a dismal release because a lot of people just couldn't grasp the whole computer “concept” at the time, let alone the “electronic world”. Even the actors reviewed a number of years later said things like “I didn't even know what I was talking about”. Had it been released a year or two later, it may have made all the difference.

The other reason for the poor turn out was it couldn't compete with Universal's release of a nauseatingly simple story with a cutesy character - the over-hyped, overrated, schmaltzy film called ET.
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jgib99 at 11:00AM, June 30, 2008
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Exorcist III


Agreed. This sequel didn't get much love when it came out. I thought it was very well done.

I have to add Memento to this. This is an amazing story that was only being shown mainly in art theaters when it came out.
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nossus at 12:50PM, June 30, 2008
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The Orphanage. I had a hard time getting anyone to watch it with me because of the subtitles.
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TheMidge28 at 1:00PM, June 30, 2008
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I have to add Memento to this. This is an amazing story that was only being shown mainly in art theaters when it came out.

One of my favorite movies, but I think it was critically acclaimed.
I wouldn't say it was under-rated, but more like unknown to the majority.
But still a fantastic movie.
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phantasmagraph at 2:06PM, June 30, 2008
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The Orphanage. I had a hard time getting anyone to watch it with me because of the subtitles.

I generally just stop associating with people who won`t watch a movie because it has subtitles. Yeah i get it, i don`t really like “reading my movies” either, but it certianly didn`t make the afore mentioned “The Orphanage” any less fantastic.
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blntmaker at 11:10AM, July 1, 2008
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ANYTHING by Todd Solondz:
Happiness
Welcome To The Dollhouse
Pallindromes

Now the others:
Son Of Rambow
The Squid And The Whale
Thumbsucker
The Red Violin
Caveman's Valentine
Fear Of A Black Hat
Harry Un Ami Qui Vous Veut Du Bien (With A Friend Like Harry)
Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
Dark City
He Was A Quiet Man
Civic Duty
Eve's Bayou
The Machinist
The Relic
Narc
Hot Fuzz
The Phantom

EDIT: Three more
Children Of Men
Fast Food Nation
La Misma Luna (Under The Same Moon)
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SarahN at 1:28PM, July 1, 2008
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Oh, Life is Beautiful is a good foreign one.
And Night of the Hunter.
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