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October Sky - I absolutely adore this movie. I'm still stumped as to how this didn't receive any attention at the awards season. Brilliant uplifting film. Please do yourself a favour and see this movie.
I agree.  I thought it was an excellent film.

I'd like to add Deep Rising to the list. Guilty pleasure. Pure fun.  
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story: One of my favorite movies of 2006. It got great reviews from critics, but it made barely any money and most people haven't even heard of it. Steve Coogan is the best comedian alive and this film proves it.
having read this thread I went and bought Ravenous which I enjoyed. Now I'm gonna go order Malcolm X cos it seems I missed that one.

my suggestion for an underrated film would be 'Very Bad Things'
I was going to mention it, but I haven't seen it yet. I can't find the DVD anywhere, so that doesn't help matters...
Even better than After Hours is Scorsese's other 'comedy' King of Comedy. Kind of like Taxi Driver lite.
Thought I'd revive this for a spot of fun.

After Hours (1985)
Scorsese's forgotten masterpiece. As he himself puts it, it is an independent picture, backed by the studio. Just funny. A nightmare as you feel for the protagonist and just can't imagine what else could go wrong for him.
Paul Hacket (Griffin Dunne) is a word processor. One evening after work, he goes to a coffee shop with his favourite book. There he meets Marcy (Rosanna Arquette), she lives in SoHo. He goes home, calls her right away and she invites him over. The nightmare-ish odyssey begins... Eccentric roomates to crazed mob chasing him in an ice cream truck, this is the worst night of Paul's life.
Adrian wrote: Gabe Powers wrote: I finally got around to seeing Domino, and I thought it was pretty dreadful. It started off very well, but fell apart big time in the end.

Domino was pretty bad.  I don't know many people that really liked it, but it does seem to be the younger people on this board that enjoyed it.  I'm glad I didn't see it in theaters.  The trailer, though, was pretty enjoyable when it came out.
I thought Domino was great, I was dosing off a little though in the middle though, so I probably missed the bad parts.
Gabe Powers wrote: I finally got around to seeing Domino, and I thought it was pretty dreadful. It started off very well, but fell apart big time in the end.

Domino was pretty bad.  I don't know many people that really liked it, but it does seem to be the younger people on this board that enjoyed it.  I'm glad I didn't see it in theaters.  The trailer, though, was pretty enjoyable when it came out.
Both Richard Donner films. (Only just thought of that after I'd posted the above). Coincidence?
Maverick. A hugely entertaining, pitch perfect, comedy western. I don't think anyone in it puts a foot wrong.

Also Assassins. The Stallone film. Never seems to get a mention anywhere. Always overlooked. 'Chit chat'.
I finally got around to seeing Domino, and I thought it was pretty dreadful. It started off very well, but fell apart big time in the end. Does every Tony Scott have to end with the Altman equivalent to a shoot-out (other than Top Gun and Man on Fire I guess)?
Singing Detective (Downey Jr.)
Domino
Natural Born Killers
I always thought the much-maligned Six Days, Seven Nights was a decent comedy.

Eh..Guess I should've thought that one through before posting it..
DivineWaters wrote:
I got round to watching "Ravenous" finally. That's one I'll need to hunt and buy. Kind of reminded me of those old Troma movies.


WHAT?!? Troma?!? Troma makes artless s**t and is proud of it, Ravenous was a well crafted, well acted, well written peice of art. Just because the cannibalistic theme is presented in a humorous ways doesn't mean it compares with Troma flicks.

Sorry man, you can't help what it reminds you of I suppose, but that blew my mind. Last time I checked a Best Buy out they had Ravenous available for $5.99.
Ravenous was really good.  I rented in on a whim without any expectations and was surprised at how good the actual movie was in spite of the outlandish storyline.
Adrian wrote: 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.
Eh, know that was a while ago, but not really sure what I was thinking of then.
I got round to watching "Ravenous" finally. That's one I'll need to hunt and buy. Kind of reminded me of those old Troma movies.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Come on, I enjoyed that JUST as much as I did the first one.
Donnie_Darko wrote: Malcolm X is underrated cause more people need to see that masterpiece


thats one of my favorite films of all time.

How about the speilberg made for TV movie "Duel"
I just picked up Empire of the Sun at Best Buy for 5 bucks today. Deal.

And Aaron, just break down and get a region free player, it's worth it, really, you could have that uncut Eyes Wide Shut in your hands right now.
Malcolm X is underrated cause more people need to see that masterpiece
Roadracers is really fun T.V movie directed by Rodriguez which nobody has seen except for the few to get the french did with forced subs!!!!!

and I really like the wackyness of Monkeybone

and now I gonna get sh!t but I reallly really really like Wild Wild West
McVain wrote: Both The Insider and Punch-Drunk Love are underrated but in my opinion the most underrated film of all is Eyes Wide Shut. I really think that in 30 years people will say that it was a masterpiece.

Absolutely true. I just sold my theatrical version of "Eyes Wide Shut" on Ebay in anticipation of the new Unrated version finally making its way to DVD this year in region 1.
I have to go with Tears of the sun. Everyone that I know are split between liking it and hating it. Bruce Willis actually played the role perfectly and Cole Hauser was just amazing as Red. The action was also great especially the huge firefight at the end. I know there are a couple of flaws in the film but I think the good outweighs the bad in this case.
Both The Insider and Punch-Drunk Love are underrated but in my opinion the most underrated film of all is Eyes Wide Shut. I really think that in 30 years people will say that it was a masterpiece.
H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
stanton heck wrote: Johnny Got HIs Gun

I've never seen this except for the clips shown during Metallica's video for "One".  Will this movie ever get a DVD release?
Johnny Got HIs Gun
"priesT"
Domino
"Muriel's Wedding", "Once Around", "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", "Clockwatchers", "Citizen Ruth", "Freeway", "Election", "Bronco Billy", "The Hiding Place", "Evita", "Up the Sandbox", "Mask", "The Cheap Detective"
There's a nice 1981 picture that was slipped out on dvd in August with very little notice.  It's Arthur Penn's Four Friends and was one of Siskel and Ebert's two thumbs up picks back in '81.  Then there are a pair of somewhat noirish pictures, Anthony LaPaglia and Mimi Rogers in Bulletproof Heart, which hasn't been released on dvd yet, and Nicholas Cage and Dennis Hopper in Red Rock West.  These are both good films.
Without Limits. Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland.

Not only underated but un-produced on DVD in the UK. I think there's a VHS out but it's a great film sadly unseen over here.
Monkeybone... god, where to begin with that film that hasn't been said?

Not Another Teen Movie is underrated now-a-days.
John Oaks wrote: Amores Perros comes to mind. Great movie.

That's the first good movie to be listed in awhile.  Since we are going Spanish language, how about the Devil's Backbone?  I really like that more than I thought I would.
Amores Perros comes to mind. Great movie.
Ian Schultz wrote: The United States of Leland

Insulting to Disabled people.
It is NOT ok to kill some kid to put him out of "His Misery" notice " "


I didn't see it as insulting to disabled people. . .I saw it as the story of a character who sympathized for a particular diabled person and impulsively committed an act.  As he soon tells his mother, he knows it was wrong.
I just watched that film. Why, when there are dozens of other films I could have watched, did I sit through that mess of a movie?  I had read somewhere that it had its moments but I kept looking for them as I groaned my way through the inept script, acting and direction...yikes! I hope you were kidding.  Brendan Fraser is a true money hound.
Monkeybone?

**waits for backlash**
MrStayPuft wrote: I really loved Hellboy. Ron Pearlman was born to play Hellboy, and the action was great. I am really hoping del Toro does the sequal first before the rumored Halo movie. I hate to say it, but Hellboy is in my top 20, and is one of my favorite dvds I have.


it's in my top 5. and it's Perlman not Pearlman
I really loved Hellboy. Ron Pearlman was born to play Hellboy, and the action was great. I am really hoping del Toro does the sequal first before the rumored Halo movie. I hate to say it, but Hellboy is in my top 20, and is one of my favorite dvds I have.
The United States of Leland

Insulting to Disabled people.
It is NOT ok to kill some kid to put him out of "His Misery" notice " "
Adrian wrote: Since Robert Altman will receive an honory Oscar, I'll mention Short Cuts here.  Not many people seem to have ever seen this movie.  

I saw this film theatrically, and to this day, there is a certain scene I cannot talk about without choking up.  It is one of the most heartbreaking, unforgettable scenes I've seen.  Strangely enough, I saw this with my sister who absolutely hated it and still brings it up to this day as the sort of film she doesn't like.

Several films that I feel are not well known or appreciated:

Das Experiment - Starring Moritz Bleibtreu of "Run Lola Run" and "In July", this German film just kicks ass!

Late Marriage - Wonderful Israeli film starring Lior Ashkenaza of "Walk on Water".

The United States of Leland

And Now. . .Ladies & Gentlemen. . . - Beautiful film by Claude Lelouche starring Jeremy Irons and Patricia Kaas.

The Duellists - My favorite Ridley Scott film.

The Last of Sheila - Brilliant (classic, in my eyes) whodunit.

The Man From Elysian Fields - Excellent film, including a fine performance from Mick Jagger.

Open Hearts - My #1 film from several years ago, this emotionally harrowing film stars the now ubiquitous Nikolaj Lie Kaas.

Seducing Dr. Lewis - A charming Canadian film.



Sohan wrote: contender
arlington road

gattaca....i wish they release a special edition of this film.....

Andrew Niccoli said in a press junket for Lord Of War they are working on one.

Underrated films then...
Monkeybone
Alexander
From Dusk till Dawn
Once Upon A Time In Mexico
Roadracers
Desperado
Brothers Grimm
Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
Hellboy
the siege.....
contender
arlington road

gattaca....i wish they release a special edition of this film.....
Also, this does have a high rating on IMDb, but other websites I visited said that the Chumscrubber was pretty bad (like Hollywoodvideo.com, for example), but I think that so far Chumscrubber is my favorite film of 2006 on DVD right now.
Tony DeFrancisco wrote: Mindhunters was extremely underrated.

I would definitely have to agree with you on that one!
I love the last name Winterbottom.
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,
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.
Do you readers think DVdActive should do an undderated film write up? I could try to instigate one if y'all would read it.
I really liked The Island and I thought it was underrated! && Fever Pitch!
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 .
Since Robert Altman will receive an honory Oscar, I'll mention Short Cuts here.  Not many people seem to have ever seen this movie.  
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
Mindhunters was extremely underrated.
Nice picks guys, I am an avid fan of AI and wish the people I know liked it more.
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.
Sneakers.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Give us a link to your huge collection and we will try to dig one up.
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.
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.
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.
I hope "Ravenous" gets re-released properly. It is currently only available as a non-anamorphic bare-bones disc. Yes, its a good flick.
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.
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.