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(Den Of Geek)   The top 50 underrated films of the 1990s. Well, 49, if you knock out Batman & Robin   (denofgeek.com) divider line 270
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2012-08-17 08:41:18 AM  
Batman & Robin is, whisper it, fun.

No amount of liquor, sex, cash, favors, drugs, and food will ever convince me that Batman & Robin was fun, let alone underrated.
 
2012-08-17 08:42:22 AM  
That's a pretty damn good list. I've probably seen 1/2 of them, will check out some of the others.
 
2012-08-17 08:43:52 AM  
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2012-08-17 08:44:05 AM  
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2012-08-17 08:46:52 AM  
Every time there's a list like this on Fark my Netflix queue doubles in size.
 
2012-08-17 08:49:50 AM  
Some of those films are not "underrated", they just did not achieve mainstream success.

So, yea.

And a lot of the others really did suck.
 
2012-08-17 08:51:09 AM  
lots of pure crap on that list... not to mention missing

Kalifornia
Red/White/Blue Trilogy
the Double Life of Veronique
The Grifters
Heavenly Creatures
la Haine
Breaking the Waves
Crash
Life is Beautiful
Happiness
the Thin Red Line
Elizabeth
Nobody's Fool
... and many more...
 
2012-08-17 08:51:59 AM  
Not a terrible list. Some definitely should not be on there, but still alright
 
2012-08-17 08:53:00 AM  
44. Idle Hands

"That's 12:00 AM, Druid time."

I about died laughing when she said that line.
 
2012-08-17 08:54:33 AM  
Forgot about Dark City. That flick was awesome. Although I loved the Matrix, I remember I kept thinking how it was ripping off Dark City just a bit.
 
2012-08-17 08:58:30 AM  
I'm heartened to see Alien3 on it, and Tremors. While Tremors usually gets a nod as a decent film, Alien3 is often unfairly reviled. Oh, and I actually kinda liked "Waterworld". Sue me.
 
2012-08-17 08:59:54 AM  
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2012-08-17 09:00:22 AM  

dittybopper: I'm heartened to see Alien3 on it, and Tremors. While Tremors usually gets a nod as a decent film, Alien3 is often unfairly reviled. Oh, and I actually kinda liked "Waterworld". Sue me.


I didn't think Waterworld was as terrible as everyone makes it out to be. And I thought Alien3 was a good ending to the franchise, or at least should have been the ending (shakes fist at thought of Aliens 4).
 
2012-08-17 09:01:25 AM  
Chaplin is still my favorite RDJ film.
 
2012-08-17 09:02:33 AM  
Not a horrible list, but author seems confused about the meaning of "underrated." Red Rock West, for instance, is considered pretty seminal in the neo-noir genre.
 
2012-08-17 09:03:56 AM  
A few I disagree with (Toy Soldiers, Jingle All The Way for example). Some are very good.

But on what planet is Miller's Crossing Underrated? It's pretty universally recognized as great by film buffs.
 
2012-08-17 09:05:43 AM  
Ghost Dog is a good movie. I would also offer up eXistenZ as being a bit underrated, though it's not on this Heath Ledger-loving idiot's list.
 
2012-08-17 09:05:56 AM  
Awful list.

Few things:

/Grosspointe Blank, for the love of everything holy.
/That Thing You Do was EVERYWHERE when it came out.
/Can't Hardly Wait is perhaps the most enjoyable 2 hours of cinema history for anyone who was in high school at the exact time that movie came out.
/#1 and #2 should be Shawshank and Office Space, respectively. Both of them bearely made it out of the box office alive.
 
2012-08-17 09:05:58 AM  
Ah, Joe Vs. the Volcano, so weird, so wonderful. I still want that luggage.
 
2012-08-17 09:06:03 AM  
Ah Ghost Dog, I love that movie and I'm happy to see some appreciate it.

if my head was to be removed from my body, I would be able to post one last comment with certainty
 
2012-08-17 09:06:42 AM  
FTA: What follows is extreme act after extreme act, featuring highlights such as a fight at a medieval banquet, Carrey serenading a party with Queen's Somebody To Love, and an awkward family game of porno password. Also providing some of the funniest scenes is Ben Stiller in dual roles as a child star on trial.

I think someone needs to go listen Queen's "somebody to love" and then maybe google Jefferson Airplane.
 
2012-08-17 09:09:03 AM  

MonkeyAngst: Not a horrible list, but author seems confused about the meaning of "underrated." Red Rock West, for instance, is considered pretty seminal in the neo-noir genre.


I was thinking the same thing. Election, A Simple Plan and That Thing You Do were all critically praised and IIRC box office successes.
 
2012-08-17 09:10:59 AM  
While critically and commercially derided, there's an argument that Batman & Robin is actually a much purer Batman film than the lamentable Batman Forever, or even the previous Tim Burton efforts

I hope you get aids.
 
2012-08-17 09:16:47 AM  

Cythraul: dittybopper: I'm heartened to see Alien3 on it, and Tremors. While Tremors usually gets a nod as a decent film, Alien3 is often unfairly reviled. Oh, and I actually kinda liked "Waterworld". Sue me.

I didn't think Waterworld was as terrible as everyone makes it out to be. And I thought Alien3 was a good ending to the franchise, or at least should have been the ending (shakes fist at thought of Aliens 4).


Exactly my point: It's the perfect capstone to the Ripley vs. Xenomorph story arc.
 
2012-08-17 09:16:52 AM  
Yeah, he needs to rework his idea of underrated. Jingle all the way is recognized as a good movie that achieved commercial success. Gattaca was also regarded as awesome at the time, and shown in schools. Every girl ever raves about the Joker and Robin in Ten things I hate about you. Everyone owns a DVD of Office Space.

I do agree with Election and Stir of Echoes.The Game however is one of the worst movies that I have ever seen despite a great director and great actors.

A lot of movies I'm going to try now.

/...GHOST DOG!
 
2012-08-17 09:17:54 AM  
Most of those aren't overrated at all. They just didn't make a shiatton of money but most of those were critically praised. Fails without

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2012-08-17 09:23:08 AM  
Here's a few more I personally feel are rather underrated:

Ed Wood
Cube
The Quick and the Dead
Barton Fink
The Frighteners
The Interview (great Australian film with Hugo Weaving)
Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight
In the Mouth of Madness
John Carpenter's Vampires
Bad Lieutenant
Freaked
Breakdown
 
2012-08-17 09:23:19 AM  
Ah, good. Six Degrees of Seperation is on there. I thought I was the only person on the planet who really liked that movie.

And Beautufal Girls, too. Rarely has a movie made me want to take a seat over there like this one did. And it wasn't even in a sexual way. It was a in a "that's the kind of girlfriend I would love to have" way.
 
2012-08-17 09:24:19 AM  

thecpt: Everyone owns a DVD of Office Space.


Actually, I have it on VHS.
 
2012-08-17 09:24:21 AM  
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2012-08-17 09:24:37 AM  
Johnny Savage
/#1 and #2 should be Shawshank and Office Space, respectively. Both of them bearely made it out of the box office alive.

Would Shawshank and Office Space really count as underrated, though? They underperformed at the box office, yes, but they're both fairly popular, and Shawshank is pretty acclaimed while Office Space has a large following.

Also, FTFA:

Queen's Somebody To Love

FAIL
 
2012-08-17 09:24:49 AM  
Ravenous, Election, and A Simple Plan are great movies. My choice for most underrated film of the 90s:

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2012-08-17 09:25:06 AM  
Good to see Ravenous getting some props. Great movie.
 
2012-08-17 09:25:18 AM  

gunga galunga: And Beautufal Girls Gurls, too.


Fixed that.
 
2012-08-17 09:26:20 AM  

El Brujo: Good to see Ravenous getting some props. Great movie.


Run.
 
2012-08-17 09:26:56 AM  

El Brujo: Good to see Ravenous getting some props. Great movie.


You know, I've recommended that movie to a lot of people, and less than half of them really liked it. Most can't figure out if it's supposed to be funny or not.
 
2012-08-17 09:28:34 AM  

Leader O'Cola: lots of pure crap on that list... not to mention missing

Kalifornia
Red/White/Blue Trilogy
the Double Life of Veronique
The Grifters
Heavenly Creatures
la Haine
Breaking the Waves
Crash
Life is Beautiful
Happiness
the Thin Red Line
Elizabeth
Nobody's Fool
... and many more...


Those films were very highly rated wining a good number of oscars.
 
2012-08-17 09:29:33 AM  

Snatch Bandergrip: Johnny Savage
/#1 and #2 should be Shawshank and Office Space, respectively. Both of them bearely made it out of the box office alive.

Would Shawshank and Office Space really count as underrated, though? They underperformed at the box office, yes, but they're both fairly popular, and Shawshank is pretty acclaimed while Office Space has a large following.


Yeah, I would put True Romance in the same boat. Crappy box office, massive cult following. I don't think The Big Lebowski made a ton of dough, either, and we all know how that turned out.
 
2012-08-17 09:30:34 AM  
Glad to see Dark City listed! Seriously an underrated film. I always kind of wonder what the main character, John, will do now that he knows the truth. Does he keep everyone in the dark about what is really going on or does he tell the truth and if he does then what's next? I really liked the sets and time era, 1940ish?

Matrix was similar in plot and was an okay movie but Neo was kind of a 'tard. I always felt that there was a second matrix program that Neo and everyone were really living in. The post-apocalpytic world that the survivors and the people who were able to be unplugged were living in that would later be revealed in the last movie to be just another matrix/fake reality construction. 1% of the population wouldn't accept the 'real world' and of that 1%, Neo, would maybe realize that the post-apocalyptic world was another matrix/fake reality. If you think about it, who built Zion? Why wouldn't the machines build solar arrays in space, utilize geothermal, wind power, space exploration, etc.,. rather than use humans as an energy source? It would make more sense for Neo to again question his reality than to accept the post-apocalyptic one. Again, at the end when he and Trinity meet with the master computer Neo was able to use his super powers that he could only use in the matrix in the 'real world.'
 
2012-08-17 09:30:43 AM  
What follows is extreme act after extreme act, featuring highlights such as a fight at a medieval banquet, Carrey serenading a party with Queen's Somebody To Love, and an awkward family game of porno password. Also providing some of the funniest scenes is Ben Stiller in dual roles as a child star on trial.

Yeah, I don't think so Tim.
 
2012-08-17 09:30:45 AM  

Carth: Leader O'Cola: lots of pure crap on that list... not to mention missing

Kalifornia
Red/White/Blue Trilogy
the Double Life of Veronique
The Grifters
Heavenly Creatures
la Haine
Breaking the Waves
Crash
Life is Beautiful
Happiness
the Thin Red Line
Elizabeth
Nobody's Fool
... and many more...

Those films were very highly rated wining a good number of oscars.


I don't view over/under rated based on critical appeal

I view it from how often are they discussed by people in 2012 on forums such as this.

How many of those has the average farker seen ?
 
2012-08-17 09:31:25 AM  
Where is Days of Thunder?
 
2012-08-17 09:32:10 AM  
I've seen 80% of the films on that list -- most of them you really can't call underrated. For example, Miller's Crossing. One of my favorites, but it's hardly underrated.
 
2012-08-17 09:33:04 AM  
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Drexl's Eye: Yeah, I would put True Romance in the same boat.


With a handle like that, I couldn't imagine why ;)

/HE MUSTA THOUGHT IT WAS WHITE BOY DAY
 
2012-08-17 09:34:37 AM  

I am Wee Todd Ed: I always felt that there was a second matrix program that Neo and everyone were really living in. The post-apocalpytic world that the survivors and the people who were able to be unplugged were living in that would later be revealed in the last movie to be just another matrix/fake reality construction


That's the ending that fans wanted, and that reloaded alluded to. Would have also given the title Reloaded a lot of meaning when others assumed it was simply an action movie sequel tag.
 
2012-08-17 09:34:44 AM  

reverend maynard: Forgot about Dark City. That flick was awesome. Although I loved the Matrix, I remember I kept thinking how it was ripping off Dark City just a bit.


The 13th Floor - much better than The Matrix. You'll enjoy it.
 
2012-08-17 09:35:47 AM  
The Spanish Prisoner was under-rated for a reason. And the reason is that it sucked. That film goes beyond "I want that hour and a half of my life back." That film rates an "I want that hour and a half of my life back- and I want them to be at a carnival, with pony rides and free cotton candy." Because there out to be some kind of punitive damages awarded, not just compensatory.

I like Steve Martin mainly because he's willing to take on these types of roles. He takes risks, goes in directions that other actors might not have the balls to go. So it shouldn't be any surprise that he's on a LOT of films in that list. Still, when you weigh the few clinkers in his catalog against all the great things he's done (both in front of and behind the camera, plus his vast list of creative endeavors outside of the film world), he comes out way ahead in the balance.
 
2012-08-17 09:36:10 AM  

LeafyGreens: Miller's Crossing


It is a great movie. I think they were going for movies that either got poor reviews and didn't deserve it or movies that didn't get the attention at the time they should have. Miller's Crossing was an awesome movie that never expanded to more than 300 theaters and only grossed around 5 million dollars. Considering what the Coen Brother's went on to do that is pretty underrated.
 
2012-08-17 09:37:31 AM  
What follows is extreme act after extreme act, featuring highlights such as a fight at a medieval banquet, Carrey serenading a party with Queen's Jefferson Airplane's Somebody To Love, and an awkward family game of porno password. Also providing some of the funniest scenes is Ben Stiller in dual roles as a child star on trial.

Fixed.
 
2012-08-17 09:37:36 AM  

Leader O'Cola: Carth: Leader O'Cola: lots of pure crap on that list... not to mention missing

Kalifornia
Red/White/Blue Trilogy
the Double Life of Veronique
The Grifters
Heavenly Creatures
la Haine
Breaking the Waves
Crash
Life is Beautiful
Happiness
the Thin Red Line
Elizabeth
Nobody's Fool
... and many more...

Those films were very highly rated wining a good number of oscars.

I don't view over/under rated based on critical appeal

I view it from how often are they discussed by people in 2012 on forums such as this.

How many of those has the average farker seen ?


That is just a definitional difference . If a movie gets great reviews, does good at the box office, wins an academy award but isn't talked about 22 years later I wouldn't consider it under rated but it is fine if you do.
 
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