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3rd January 2006 23:13  #1

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
The Most Underrated Film List
The announcement that Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun" will be treated to a two-disc special edition made me think about other films that have been overlooked because they received little marketing support or were just overwhelmed by other films released during the same period of time. This type of post may have been done before but I think its a great way to discover some new films to add to your collection or rent on a Friday night. Pick a film and give it a description and brief review. Here's my picks:

Below (2002)
This one may have slipped underneath the radar, but don't let its obscurity keep you from picking it up. "Below" is a well-crafted horror film brought to the screen by director David Twohy ("Pitch Black") and writer Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream.") The story is highly suspenseful and at times quite frightening. This DVD offers a striking transfer that handles all the dark scenes competently and the Dolby 5.1 track will fill the room with ambient sounds that will truly make you shudder. Keep the room darkened and watch it late on a Friday night...alone.

4th January 2006 19:06  #2

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
We did a forum on this a long time ago (I think I started it), but I can't seem to find it now.

I'll just say what I always do: Ravenous.

I'd written a most overlooked movies article a while back, but never really finished it or submitted it.

5th January 2006 0:12  #3

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
I hope "Ravenous" gets re-released properly. It is currently only available as a non-anamorphic bare-bones disc. Yes, its a good flick.

5th January 2006 0:25  #4

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
No, it's anamorphic, isn't it? I guess I'll have to check it tonight. regaurdless, you're correct about the need for a rerelease.

5th January 2006 15:15  #5

MrFlix Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 36 Send a message via AIM to MrFlix
I agree with both Below and Ravenous (I have them both), but for my money the most underrated film is The Insider.  Amazing performances by both Pacino and especially Crowe who should've won the Oscar for this role.  Great film from Michael Mann.

5th January 2006 16:37  #6

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
I'm still waiting for an underrated movie that I don't own.  Very Happy

For me, Beyond the Sea was highly underrated.  I loved the movie.

6th January 2006 0:36  #7

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Give us a link to your huge collection and we will try to dig one up.

6th January 2006 17:10  #8

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
My Collection

It hasn't been updated in awhile, but close enough.  I was just joking, but I am always looking for new movies to watch.

9th January 2006 1:07  #9

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
A lot of people thought this was a kid's movie and that's where it hurt it. Plus, most Kubrick fanatics thought it blasphemous that Spielberg direct it. This is not a happy tale, in fact, it may be the saddest movie I've seen (aside from "The Notebook" ). David is a robot who is adopted by a couple whose son is in a coma. When the son comes out of it, he dislikes David and events occur that force them to "return" David...

9th January 2006 2:10  #10

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
I want to add a film that nearly everyone I know simply hated, "Eyes Wide Shut." I have watched this film a number of times and it gets better after every viewing. Stanley Kubrick really was a genius. Another great film is "Obsession," one of Brian De Palma's many rip-offs or tributes (whatever your point-of-view) of Alfred Hitchcock.  Its an incredibly enjoyable thriller that stars Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold and John Lithgow. The cinematography is by the legendary Vilmos Zsigmond, screenplay by Paul Schrader and music by Mr. Hitchcock's music collaborator, Bernard Herrmann.  If you liked films like "Rear Window," "Vertigo" or "The Man Who Knew Too Much," this one will keep you on the edge of your seat.

9th January 2006 7:26  #11

Edgeworth Member Join Date: July 2004 Location: United States Posts: 256 Send a message via AIM to Edgeworth Send a message via MSN to Edgeworth
Glad to see someone's mentioned Beyond the Sea. Despite the Oscar win, I still don't think it's getting as much attention as it should. I can only think of one person I know who has actually even heard of it.

9th January 2006 11:36  #12

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Sneakers.

9th January 2006 18:23  #13

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Aaron, I'll agree with you again.  I really did like Eyes Wide Shut.  I'm not quite sure why.  I've been waiting for the "unedited" version to surface in the states before adding it to my collection.

I'll have to check out Obsession.  I like Brian De Palma, most of the time.  If nothing else, it's interesting to note all the styles he "borrows".

I'm not sure what DivineWaters is referring to in "Despite the Oscar win".  Beyond the Sea was not even nominated for an Oscar that I can tell.  Spacey was nominated for a Golden Globe, though.

9th January 2006 19:31  #14

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Nice picks guys, I am an avid fan of AI and wish the people I know liked it more.

9th January 2006 21:05  #15

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Mindhunters was extremely underrated.

10th January 2006 0:05  #16

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Well, I read that in May, Warner Brothers is releasing "Full Metal Jacket" on HD-DVD which to me makes me feel no hope of getting nice 2 disc sets (a la "Dr. Strangelove) of the Kubrick collection on the "Standard DVD". It's a shame because the current releases are pretty sad (extra wise, and I'm pretty sure the picture is not up to par with current standards) and as mentioned above for the "Unedited" version of "EWS", we may never see an official release.

I agree, Kubrick was a genius, insane, but a genius.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
America, in the year 1991. Apes are domesticated pets and are used and treated as slaves. One ape, the son of Cornelius and Zira from the original "Planet of the Apes" knows that man has gone too far and rallies his fellow apes together to overthrow Mankind once and for all.
While the "Apes" series was wearing thin towards the end, this fourth entry is one of the better films. We see how apes started to revolt which leads to the future from the first film. A great Science Fiction film, and highly underrated.

10th January 2006 1:14  #17

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Gabe Powers wrote: Nice picks guys, I am an avid fan of AI and wish the people I know liked it more.

I liked AI up until the last 20 minutes which was pure Spielberg.  The rest seemed to be vintage Kubrick.  Still I enjoyed it.

Tony DeFrancisco wrote:  Mindhunters was extremely underrated.

At 6.3 on IMDB, Mindhunters is vastly overrated, by at least 2 stars.

10th January 2006 1:24  #18

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
It was actually always Kubricks intent to pruduce the film with Speiberg directing, and the final 20 minutes were always part of the script. It took me a few viewings to find the final 20 minutes satisfying, but I like them now.

10th January 2006 13:11  #19

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence is a classic. Few films have the emotional impact that A.I. produces. Its a beautifully renedered film on so many levels. Yes, it is highly underrated.

10th January 2006 13:25  #20

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
While I am drinking my coffee this morning I thought I would add couple of Richard Gere films to this list. I recently purchased the special edition of "The Mothman Prophecies." Not only is it a terrificly creepy thriller, but the supplement disc has an even more chilling documentary on the "true" events depicted in the film. Another underrated masterpiece that I am eagerly waiting to see Paramount revisit is "Days of Heaven." Wonderfully written and directed by Terrence Malick, this film is a moving canvass. If you are a fan of cinematographer, Néstor Almendros, you will not be dissapointed by the beautiful images he captured. The actors were top-notch as well with Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Linda Manz adding subtle performances to this film.

12th January 2006 2:47  #21

77MiKe77 Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United States Posts: 66 Send a message via AIM to 77MiKe77 Send a message via MSN to 77MiKe77 Send a message via Yahoo to 77MiKe77
an underated film that I love is death to smoochy. it was a great movie about greed and revenge. and it was histerical. another movie is probably rated nicely now but upon its release it was , donnie darko

12th January 2006 3:29  #22

AmyChaser Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 12
I am going to go with Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.

I don't care what anyone says.  I cracked up through that entire movie.  As someone once said, "Kung Pow is great for anyone who appreciates the slow burn of comedy."

And I don't want anyone to rag on my selection as I am refraining from saying anything negative about some of the picks already mentioned in this thread.

Very Happy

12th January 2006 4:31  #23

csloane Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 2
If you want to talk about underrated movies, I recommend looking anywhere outside the US. One of my top 10 films of all time is a movie from India called The Terrorist, directed by Santosh Sivan. As for recent films, there is an amazing film (made for TV) called Dirty War. Also, released at the same time as Hotel Rwanda is a film by Raoul Peck, produced by HBO, called Sometimes in April that covers the same subject.

Cliff

12th January 2006 16:20  #24

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Since Robert Altman will receive an honory Oscar, I'll mention Short Cuts here.  Not many people seem to have ever seen this movie.  

12th January 2006 17:45  #25

£ukasz D Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: Poland Posts: 859 Send a message via Skype to £ukasz D
i know you 're gona laugh...but I would say "Gone in 60 Seconds"-couse it is a great action-fun movie (and I love it Happy)....and def. Titanic..couse it is trully a great story .

13th January 2006 0:11  #26

simply-haley Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 163
I really liked The Island and I thought it was underrated! && Fever Pitch!

13th January 2006 0:31  #27

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Do you readers think DVdActive should do an undderated film write up? I could try to instigate one if y'all would read it.

13th January 2006 6:12  #28

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Of course Gabe, thats an excellent idea. I believe many of your readers are unaware of some truly great films. Hell if someone didn't know who Cary Grant was, I think it would be educational at the very least. Plus it might give some of us an excuse to spend more money on DVDs we have over-looked.

13th January 2006 6:44  #29

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Two more additions before I head for the mattress: Michael Winterbottom's tale of love, betrayal, loss and redemption against the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada gold rush,   "The Claim" starring Peter Mullan, Milla Jovovich, Wes Bentley, Nastassja Kinski and Sarah Polley. Nicholas Hynter's tale of the Salem witch trials, "The Crucible," starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield and Joan Allen,

13th January 2006 20:28  #30

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I love the last name Winterbottom.
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