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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.
 
2012-08-17 09:38:13 AM
Overrated: That Thing You Do

Underrated: The Commitments
 
2012-08-17 09:38:42 AM
Batman fans need to get off their high horse. Batman & Robin is high camp and a lot of fun to watch. It's not a Great Movie and never tries to be. Schumacher wanted to make a colorful, live action comic that would sell toys - he wasn't making Batman Begins.

And of all the 1989-1997 Batman films, it's the most successful in terms of what it sets out to try and do. The Burton films suffer from awful, meandering scripts (especially Batman Returns) that are just hodgepodges of drafts by several different writers. And I like how people claim the Burton films are less campy than Schumacher's offerings. Just because Batman '89 and Returns are dark, ugly, violent films doesn't mean they aren't campy - the stupid shiat you see in both films is no worse than anything Schumacher did. Batman '89 and Returns are campy, silly movies. And at least Schumacher embraced the campiness in Batman & Robin instead of pretending it was something it was not, like Burton did in both his films. It's not a great film, but at least you know what you're getting.

Finally, you Farkers who think you're so above 60s Batman need to lighten up. It was a smart, well-written show that appealed to multiple audiences on different levels. The writing was often brilliant and the casting was outstanding. Frank Gorshin is still amazing all these years later, and really should have played the Joker instead of the Riddler. Whether or not you like your Batman campy, the 60s show is a totally legit take on the character. For my money, the 60s Batman show and Batman: TAS are my favorite takes on the Batman universe. Not every incarnation of Batman has to be unbearably dark and brooding. I love what Nolan's done, but that doesn't make the 60s show any less legit - both can coexist as different takes on the same character and Batman fans should embrace both.
 
2012-08-17 09:39:30 AM

dittybopper: thecpt: Everyone owns a DVD of Office Space.

Actually, I have it on VHS.


I think I'm one of the 23 people that actually saw it in the theater.

/That make me cooler than all of you.
 
2012-08-17 09:39:31 AM

Ro_thunder: The 13th Floor - much better than The Matrix. You'll enjoy it.


makes you want to just pick a direction and drive
 
2012-08-17 09:39:42 AM
Out of Sight has been on cable a lot lately. Anyone remember how it fared critically or commercially? It seems like such an overlooked film, given its big-name cast. Fun flick.

And speaking of Albert Brooks, Defending Your Life and Mother are two awesome 90s comedies that are not as popular as they should be. The Muse, however, is rightfully overlooked.
 
2012-08-17 09:41:11 AM
#44: Idle Hands Starring Jessica Alba's behind

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2012-08-17 09:41:50 AM

Mugato: Fails without

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I love Free Enterprise so much I want to take it behind the gym and get it pregnant!
 
2012-08-17 09:42:17 AM

Mugato


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.


That is an awful thing to say and you should feel bad.

AIDS is an acronym so it should be capitalized.
 
2012-08-17 09:45:02 AM
Happy to see on the list:

The Spanish Prisoner

Ghost Dog

Jackie Brown

Swimming with Sharks


Definately going to check out a few of them.
 
2012-08-17 09:46:28 AM
How is Office Space underrated? Everyone who has seen it thinks it is one of the best films ever made. Same with Idiocracy.
 
2012-08-17 09:47:50 AM

Wellon Dowd: #44: Idle Hands Starring Jessica Alba's behind

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1. I was literally actually just about to post that, thanks for sparing me the effort.
2. I went to see that dumbass movie when I was 13*, and gazing upon the physical perfection of Jessica Alba for the first time, I finally entered puberty. Too bad she's the farking worst actress I've ever seen.

*Kids, it's not hard to get into R films. And Hollywood, please stop watering down movies so they're PG-13 to get the teen demo. You think an R rating is gonna stop a 13-year-old from seeing a movie, a movie that likely has violence and tits in it? Get farking real.
 
2012-08-17 09:49:51 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.


Fun fact about Waterworld - a lot of it was filmed in a parking lot, with barriers to keep the water in and a giant wall painted to look like the sky. The artists did such a good job of painting the wall that birds kept crashing in to it and getting killed, so they were constantly fishing dead birds out of the water.
 
2012-08-17 09:50:52 AM
Also missing:


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2012-08-17 09:53:53 AM

Wellon Dowd: #44: Idle Hands Starring Jessica Alba's behind

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Dat ass was a thing of beauty...then she went super skinny on us, then preggers, then skinny, then preggers.
 
2012-08-17 09:54:00 AM
I'm a huge fan of Ghost Dog, but The Cable Guy? Seriously? Ughhhhhh... Now I'm remembering bits and pieces of that movie and getting really depressed/stabby.
 
2012-08-17 09:54:16 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.

Also, FTFA:

Queen's Somebody To Love

FAIL


I would think 'underrated' would have to be how it was viewed when it was released. The critics gave both of those films a collective 'meh' when they came out and it reflected in the BO. Any jackhole can opine on the quality of a film after a couple of decades of the general public openly praising it.
 
2012-08-17 09:54:27 AM
Tom Hanks needs to do more comedy. He used to be great at it until he turned serious with Philadelphia. Aside from The Ladykillers it's been quite a drought since then.
 
2012-08-17 09:54:43 AM
Glad to see:
Gattaca
The Spanish Prisoner
Six Degrees of Separation
Dark City


Bul is missing two I know of:
Lone Star --- You have got see see this: Chris Cooper is excellent before everyone knew he was. Matthew McCoughany is better than just about anything he has ever been in. Kris Kristofferson is fantastic, and Joe Morton is excellant. Elisabeth Pena is pretty good too. Plot is well done and explores race relations along the Texas border, wrapped in a murder mystery.
Pi -- Darren Aronofsky first feature film. A little rough at times, but really shows his particular genius. The soundtrack is fantastic, if you like electronic. Plot is as twisted as can be, with MiB type folk pursuing a genius who has found the "magic number". An interesting companion piece to The Spanish Prisoner
 
2012-08-17 10:00:15 AM

NonSequiturl:
The Interview (great Australian film with Hugo Weaving)


Lots of really great films on the linked list, and also cited in this thread, but THIS is probably the least seen yet really deserves a bigger audience.

So yeah...queue that one up.
 
2012-08-17 10:00:49 AM

soopey: Where is Days of Thunder?


I'm pretty sure you're kidding, however! I really enjoy this movie. I hate racing but something about this film. It has chemistry everywhere like Nicole Kidman and Cruise and then Cruise and Devall.
 
2012-08-17 10:01:51 AM
I would like to throw in They. Good dark horror movie. Watch it alone in a dark room. Good for some depressing chills.

RyansPrivates: Pi


Forgot that was 90s. Way ahead of its time.
 
2012-08-17 10:06:51 AM
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2012-08-17 10:08:48 AM
Toy Soldiers was great.

Waterworld, i watch that every time it pops up on cable.

Dark City was good as well.

Office Space is legend.

Ghost Dog was just OK.

Darkman... i think i rented the video game for that at one point.

Election was kinda hot.
 
2012-08-17 10:11:45 AM
As your attorney, I advise you to correct the list so that it includes this film, which is indeed flawed, but amazing.

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2012-08-17 10:14:45 AM
No love for SLC Punk?
 
2012-08-17 10:16:21 AM

Drexl's Eye: 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.


Yeah, it's a weird one. It took me a couple viewings before I really saw that it's a dark comedy in some ways. The juxtaposition of the music and the plot is one example. And the music itself is very unique. It's one of my favorites.
 
2012-08-17 10:16:44 AM
Where the fark is Three to Tango?
 
2012-08-17 10:18:40 AM
Came for Joe Versus the Volcano, leaving happy.

deeperintomovies.net
"I know he can get the job, but can he do the job?"
 
2012-08-17 10:19:57 AM
"15 years on, Batman & Robin deserves some of your love. Not too much, mind"

So I've been seeing this "mind" stuff used in sentences online instead of "mind you" and it's been driving me crazy. Does anyone else notice it too?
 
2012-08-17 10:21:24 AM

Snatch Bandergrip: As your attorney, I advise you to correct the list so that it includes this film, which is indeed flawed, but amazing.

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shiat, where's my head? That should be near the top.
 
2012-08-17 10:22:59 AM
I have to go rent Zero Effect now.
 
2012-08-17 10:25:17 AM
Late to the party, but I don't see how Office Space is underrated. Sure, it bombed at the box office, but it's pretty well received by just about everyone.

Also, SLC Punk.

/.02
 
2012-08-17 10:26:40 AM
The soundtrack from Ravenous is pretty amazing. It was co-written by Damon Albarn and he and his partner mixes Americana with 20th century composition fairly skillfully and this is coming from someone who can't stand Blur.
 
2012-08-17 10:27:27 AM
I really enjoyed LA Story. SJP was actually hot in that movie. Plus, the dialogue in that movie was hilarious. " I'll have a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon. " Staying at a hotel called the "Pollo del Mar", etc.
 
2012-08-17 10:29:24 AM
Batman and Robin? No.

I saw this movie when it came out. Even as a not very picky 12 year old I could barely get through the movie. The only remotely appealing thing to me then was that Robin was kind of hot, and now that I'm not an overly horny adolescent that doesn't even redeem the movie enough for me to ever want to subject myself to it again. I'm an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, I can tolerate some of his pretty terrible movies, and his part made me want to leave the theater.

I do agree with Water World. But this seems to be a love it or hate it movie, and I really like it.

Ten Things I hate About You is a decent teen movie, but I'm not aware it was ever underrated. It was a well liked movie when it came out and still is, and it doesn't deserve any more acclaim than it already had IMO. There's nothing unbelievably special about it.

Dark City definitely should be on there IMO. As should a couple of other movies that came out pre matrix. I saw Matrix afterward and was not as impressed with it as everyone else.

Election is definitely underrated. I loved it when it came out, I've liked it every time I've seen it since. It's just a quirky enjoyable movie. I never understood why it wasn't that successful. It's one of those movies I can watch every few years and still enjoy.

A Very Brady Sequel? All I can say is no....just no....
Same goes for Eyes Wide Shut. Can't stand it. Understand the premise, don't care, not interesting. The girl with the nice tits is the only up side.

I've watched Joe vs the Volcano several times because they used to play it incessantly in the middle of the night when nothing else is on and it bores me. It's just meh.

Jingle All the Way is a fun movie, but I'm not sure I'd call it underrated. Much like 10 Things I hate About you, it's not inherently special. As far as what the article mentions regarding the commercialism of christmas, this is not the first or last movie, tv show, etc. that ever covered the subject in a humorous manner, nor does it cover it in a way that makes you view things different or realize anything you didn't already know.

The Cable Guy is a tedious movie. It's not the dark tone that kills it. It's too repetitive, and Jim Carreys character is simply annoying rather than funny or interesting. Kind of like a mosquito that keeps buzzing around your ear.
I'll admit I haven't seen this movie in quite a few years. So perhaps I should give it another viewing and see if my opinion has changed. On the other hand I never realized until now that the movie is Directed by Ben Stiller, partially written by him; and I hate most of his stuff. Looking at the list of movies he's directed the only ones I remotely cared for were Tropic Thunder (which I would have liked better without him in it), and Megamind. So I'm doubtful on another viewing I'll suddenly like it.

I guess you could call Office Space underrated due to its initial reception, but at this point I think it has a pretty good following, and people tend to rave about it, so I dunno if it really belongs there or not.

LA Story was a box office success, and has a 95% critic rating on RT. How is it underrated?
 
2012-08-17 10:29:36 AM

Snatch Bandergrip: As your attorney, I advise you to correct the list so that it includes this film, which is indeed flawed, but amazing.

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Holy f*ck, how did I forget that?!

Should have been #1.
 
2012-08-17 10:29:46 AM

Msol: "15 years on, Batman & Robin deserves some of your love. Not too much, mind"

So I've been seeing this "mind" stuff used in sentences online instead of "mind you" and it's been driving me crazy. Does anyone else notice it too?


Not as much as I notice people answering questions that start with, "Would your mind..." incorrectly.
 
2012-08-17 10:30:43 AM
Batman and Robin was truly awful, but that picture of alicia silverstone's ass in that batgirl costume will be burned into my mind forever.
 
2012-08-17 10:31:14 AM
I'd add Mind Walk to the list. Worth hunting down on VHS.
 
2012-08-17 10:31:55 AM

EdVenture: Msol: "15 years on, Batman & Robin deserves some of your love. Not too much, mind"

So I've been seeing this "mind" stuff used in sentences online instead of "mind you" and it's been driving me crazy. Does anyone else notice it too?

Not as much as I notice people answering questions that start with, "Would your mind..." incorrectly.


"Would you mind..." rather.
 
2012-08-17 10:37:41 AM
That list sure brings back a lot of memories.
 
2012-08-17 10:37:47 AM
In what universe is Election "underrated"? It's pretty highly critically rated.

And Miller's Crossing? Pick The Hudsucker Proxy (which I'm quite a fan of), but Miller's Crossing is universally appreciated.

My top underrated movie of the 90s? Godfather III. It's only bad if you compare it to the first 2, but it's still quite enjoyable.
 
2012-08-17 10:38:29 AM
Oh, and Ghost Dog sucks. I do not understand the love for that movie. It's straight-up shiat.
 
2012-08-17 10:38:59 AM
Who the hell thought Election was underrated? It was a critical darling for many years.
 
2012-08-17 10:39:06 AM

Rev.K: Snatch Bandergrip: As your attorney, I advise you to correct the list so that it includes this film, which is indeed flawed, but amazing.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x264]

Holy f*ck, how did I forget that?!

Should have been #1.


Bonus, it's on Max right now!
 
2012-08-17 10:41:26 AM
A lot of people forget that Fight Club was a box office failure and remains critically reviled.
 
2012-08-17 10:41:38 AM

wiwille: Who the hell thought Election was underrated? It was a critical darling for many years.


I don't think he is talking about critical reception, but rather the amount of people who have watched the movie. I know too many people who haven't seen that movie.
 
2012-08-17 10:42:15 AM

IrateShadow: Oh, and Ghost Dog sucks. I do not understand the love for that movie. It's straight-up shiat.


There are 2 good things about Ghost Dog
1) The Music
2) The little old guy singing along to Flavor Flav

and that's about it. It's horribly overrated.
 
2012-08-17 10:42:17 AM

Snatch Bandergrip: A lot of people forget that Fight Club was a box office failure and remains critically reviled.


Wasn't fight club only a failure because it was pulled from theaters after a week or two?
 
2012-08-17 10:43:01 AM

velvet_fog: Batman fans need to get off their high horse. Batman & Robin is high camp and a lot of fun to watch. It's not a Great Movie and never tries to be. Schumacher wanted to make a colorful, live action comic that would sell toys - he wasn't making Batman Begins.


It has nothing to do with it not being dark or edgy enough. It was a truly terribly written, horribly acted mess. It even made George Clooney uncool. There's no reason why he couldn't have been a decent Batman but Schumacker even farked that up. At least the old TV show was self aware. And it probably ruined Alicia Silverstone's career. She could have been another Lindsey Lohan, without the train wreak-ness. Clueless was a much better film than Mean Girls. And no, there wasn't anything in the Burton films that was more stupid than B&R.
 
2012-08-17 10:46:42 AM

Ihaveanevilparrot: Ten Things I hate About You is a decent teen movie, but I'm not aware it was ever underrated. It was a well liked movie when it came out and still is, and it doesn't deserve any more acclaim than it already had IMO. There's nothing unbelievably special about it.


The first half was promising, but then it forgot its own premise (updated version of Taming of the Shrew) settled into being and average cookie cutter teen movie. There a few tropes I like less than "when is she going to find out about the bet?" What should have happened is after Heath Ledger first meets Julia Stiles, he finds out he really does like her, he gives back the money, and then the movie could have focused on the verbal sparring between the two which was what made the Shakespeare play, and also the Moonlighting version, so fun.

Haven't seen Can't Hardly Wait. I should, because I loves me some Lauren Ambrose and I hear she is adorable in that movie.

Loathes She's All That with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns.
 
2012-08-17 10:47:37 AM

badLogic: I'd add Mind Walk to the list. Worth hunting down on VHS.


YES! And I'd add Vanya On 42nd Street and Metropolitan.
 
2012-08-17 10:49:34 AM

Mugato: It has nothing to do with it not being dark or edgy enough. It was a truly terribly written, horribly acted mess. It even made George Clooney uncool. There's no reason why he couldn't have been a decent Batman but Schumacker even farked that up.


THIS

Schumacher and Clooney both admit they made a bad movie. Considering Schumacher made the brilliant Falling Down (which should be on this list), I forgive him.
 
2012-08-17 10:50:45 AM

Mugato: velvet_fog: Batman fans need to get off their high horse. Batman & Robin is high camp and a lot of fun to watch. It's not a Great Movie and never tries to be. Schumacher wanted to make a colorful, live action comic that would sell toys - he wasn't making Batman Begins.

It has nothing to do with it not being dark or edgy enough. It was a truly terribly written, horribly acted mess. It even made George Clooney uncool. There's no reason why he couldn't have been a decent Batman but Schumacker even farked that up. At least the old TV show was self aware. And it probably ruined Alicia Silverstone's career. She could have been another Lindsey Lohan, without the train wreak-ness. Clueless was a much better film than Mean Girls. And no, there wasn't anything in the Burton films that was more stupid than B&R.


When I saw Batman and Robin in the theater, there were some kids behind me that were so bored , they were pelting me in the back of my head with ice. I didn't even mind because I was far more outraged at what was happening in front of me than what was happening behind me.

I hear that Joel Schumacher practically spends the entire audio commentary apologizing for the movie. As well he should.
 
2012-08-17 10:51:49 AM
There's some decent movies on there, the list went to crap when I saw Eyes Wide Shut on it, the Brady sequel just killed it all together.
 
2012-08-17 10:56:57 AM

IrateShadow: Snatch Bandergrip: A lot of people forget that Fight Club was a box office failure and remains critically reviled.

Wasn't fight club only a failure because it was pulled from theaters after a week or two?


I think critics still hated it and a studio suit got fired over it. Definitely underrated and it's a miracle it got made at all. You won't see many movies like that anymore, not with the same budget.
 
2012-08-17 11:03:30 AM

farkeruk: Falling Down


Good call. Fun fact: filmed during the Rodney King riots.

Mugato: I think critics still hated [Fight Club] and a studio suit got fired over it. Definitely underrated and it's a miracle it got made at all. You won't see many movies like that anymore, not with the same budget.


True. Important messages on identity, masculinity, and violence, but hampered by two fundamental hypocrisies at its core: Brad Pitt denouncing celebrity, and an anticapitalist fable brought to you by the good people at Fox.
 
2012-08-17 11:05:00 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.


Tremors is great for sure. There are also a bunch of sequels that are fun as hell. I liked the wild west one. 4th I think?
 
2012-08-17 11:07:03 AM

Snatch Bandergrip: Mugato: I think critics still hated [Fight Club] and a studio suit got fired over it. Definitely underrated and it's a miracle it got made at all. You won't see many movies like that anymore, not with the same budget.

True. Important messages on identity, masculinity, and violence, but hampered by two fundamental hypocrisies at its core: Brad Pitt denouncing celebrity, and an anticapitalist fable brought to you by the good people at Fox.


You do realize that the characters in a movie are separate entities from the real people and studios that make them, right?
 
2012-08-17 11:08:34 AM
FTFA on Darkman...

Leave it to Sam Raimi to create an original super-hero for his Hollywood debut.

WHAT MOTHERfarkING PLANET WAS THIS WASTE OF OXYGEN BORN ON!!!!!

And add me to the "Ghost Dog is overrated" crowd...

Great idea, great actors, great acting...

Just does not come together.
 
2012-08-17 11:08:50 AM
I haven't seen most of these, but quite pleased to see on of my favorite films, Swimming With Sharks on there. Very memorable dialog.
 
2012-08-17 11:09:30 AM
Some good ones. I might also recommend:

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2012-08-17 11:12:26 AM

baka-san: And add me to the "Ghost Dog is overrated" crowd...


I can think of two things that are wring with that title.
 
2012-08-17 11:12:34 AM
Strong Agree with Waterworld,, The Game and Dark City

I dunno if I can agree with Gattaca or Office Space as I've not met one person who didn't like them and hell almost all of them seem to have seen them or at least heard of them
 
2012-08-17 11:13:14 AM

Mugato: Snatch Bandergrip: Mugato: I think critics still hated [Fight Club] and a studio suit got fired over it. Definitely underrated and it's a miracle it got made at all. You won't see many movies like that anymore, not with the same budget.

True. Important messages on identity, masculinity, and violence, but hampered by two fundamental hypocrisies at its core: Brad Pitt denouncing celebrity, and an anticapitalist fable brought to you by the good people at Fox.

You do realize that the characters in a movie are separate entities from the real people and studios that make them, right?


I was being fatuous, Jeffrey. ;)
 
2012-08-17 11:13:20 AM

Snatch Bandergrip: hampered by two fundamental hypocrisies at its core: Brad Pitt denouncing celebrity, and an anticapitalist fable brought to you by the good people at Fox.


I don't think I could come up with better casting for that part than Pitt. That character really needs to be played by someone famous and good looking otherwise they just look bitter.
 
2012-08-17 11:16:14 AM
There are some good movies on that list, now I have something to watch this weekend.

My vote goes to Happy Texas. I had forgotten how funny it was and just caught it on cable the other night.
 
2012-08-17 11:17:15 AM

baka-san: And add me to the "Ghost Dog is overrated" crowd...

Great idea, great actors, great acting...

Just does not come together.



The problem is that the writing and direction are awful. It's plagued by telling instead of showing and rather than trying to integrate bushido into the world of the film, Whittaker's character comes across as a guy that's suffered one too many head injuries and doesn't realize he's not in a Kurosawa film.
 
2012-08-17 11:25:38 AM
That list is a complete joke.

For example:

35. Jingle All The Way (1996)


F*ck that movie....I had to suffer through it on an America West flight back in 2004.
 
2012-08-17 11:25:47 AM
i406.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-17 11:32:24 AM
stickersanddonuts.com

upload.wikimedia.org


www.papermag.com
close enough 1989
 
2012-08-17 11:33:15 AM

Leader O'Cola: Red/White/Blue Trilogy


Krzysztof Kieślowski was f--king awesome. More not known (DEFINITELY not underrated though) is The Decalogue (technically 89 but English subtitles weren't til later, being *available* in the US much much later).

Ebert's review of it


NashMcNash: Also, SLC Punk


Agreed. I still can't not cry at the end, man, it gets to me. Loss of youth moving on whatever, damn.

But there it was. Competition, fighting, capitalism, government, THE SYSTEM. That's what we did. It's what we always did. Rednecks kicked the shiat out of punks, punks kicked the shiat out of mods, mods kicked the shiat out of skinheads, skinheads took out the heavy metal guys, and the heavy metal guys beat the living shiat out of new wavers and the new wavers did nothing. They were the new hippies. What was the point? Final summation? None.
 
2012-08-17 11:33:19 AM
robotanime.com

Should be on the list...
 
2012-08-17 11:35:24 AM

Drexl's Eye: Ravenous, Election, and A Simple Plan are great movies. My choice for most underrated film of the 90s:

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Very cool movie. Would make an excellent double-feature with Heavenly Creatures.
 
2012-08-17 11:41:29 AM

under a mountain: close enough 1989


Steve Buscemi driving an ice cream truck = awesome.
 
2012-08-17 11:42:04 AM
I miss the nihilism and slacker-tude in 1990s movies.
 
2012-08-17 11:44:40 AM
under a mountain:

I love Tree's Lounge. Great flick.
 
2012-08-17 11:46:42 AM

braedan: You must enable the PECL memcached or memcache extension to use memcache.inc.


good to know.
 
2012-08-17 11:47:30 AM

ruetheday69: 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.

Tremors is great for sure. There are also a bunch of sequels that are fun as hell. I liked the wild west one. 4th I think?


Yep. I have all 4 films, and all of them are fun. Though the third one has one of the best endings: "...and I *HATE* that hat!".
 
2012-08-17 11:47:50 AM

strangeguitar: Jackie Brown


Forgot to mention that along with the others. I seriously love this movie. Who would have thought one of the best movies about a love story between a middle aged white man and a middle aged black woman would have been directed by Quentin Tarantino.
 
2012-08-17 11:49:13 AM
Miami Blues (1990) - By far my all-time favorite Alec Baldwin film performance. Plus, he's more-than-capably backed up by Jennifer Jason Leigh and the woefully unsung Fred Ward.

Funny Bones (1995) - Along with The King of Comedy (which would be my go-to pick for a similar list covering the 1980s) the only time I've enjoyed Jerry Lewis on screen. Oliver Platt is genius. Bitterly funny (with stress on both.).

The Reflecting Skin (1990) - The best David Lynch film he had nothing to do with.

Lawn Dogs (1997) - The first time I ever saw Sam Rockwell ply his trade. He's never given me reason to stop.

About a million others...
 
2012-08-17 11:51:42 AM
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-08-17 11:52:50 AM

dittybopper: ruetheday69: 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.

Tremors is great for sure. There are also a bunch of sequels that are fun as hell. I liked the wild west one. 4th I think?

Yep. I have all 4 films, and all of them are fun. Though the third one has one of the best endings: "...and I *HATE* that hat!".


Of the sequels, I find 2 to be the most amusing, mostly because Fred Ward and Michael Gross are awesome and none of the subsequent films feature both. Bacon was never the draw for the movies. As far as the first, also great, but mostly because of the ensemble, particularly Reba and Victor Wong
 
2012-08-17 11:53:10 AM
Bah, Alien 3 was crap. And is still crap.

Props for Dark City, Cable Guy, Go, Stir of Echoes, and Strange Days though. Strange Days was a bit wonky, but the ideas were fun. And Cable Guy is my favorite Jim Carrey film.

Also, Office Space is not "underrated". It's been a pop-culture staple ever since it hit DVD. C'mon.

I really need to see Devil in a Blue Dress.
 
2012-08-17 11:54:03 AM

Mugato: I miss the nihilism and slacker-tude in 1990s movies.


farm1.static.flickr.com 

thedroidyourelookingfor.files.wordpress.com

I wonder if that is why that movie has endured so much. It was an era personified.
 
2012-08-17 11:55:09 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).


Kevin Costner was the victim of hipster hate in the 90s. Much like Nic Cage today.
 
2012-08-17 11:55:36 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Bah, Alien 3 was crap. And is still crap.


i.ytimg.com
 
2012-08-17 11:56:53 AM
I'd add Brainstorm to this list. A great sci-fi movie about a device that records one's experiences and can play them back in someone else's head, it has a good story and cast. It was Natalie Wood's last movie and almost didn't get completed and released because of her death.
 
2012-08-17 11:59:32 AM
Really loved Strange Days but I think they really missed an opportunity by not having the ending be the countdown to midnight and then just the screen going to black when it ends.
 
2012-08-17 12:03:27 PM
Kubrick's last film or not, Eyes Wide Shut sucked ass. It's impossible to underrate it. There are also several other films on that list that no amount of nostalgia can make better.

/The Brady Sequel: are you farking kidding me?
 
2012-08-17 12:06:00 PM

bhcompy: dittybopper: ruetheday69: 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.

Tremors is great for sure. There are also a bunch of sequels that are fun as hell. I liked the wild west one. 4th I think?

Yep. I have all 4 films, and all of them are fun. Though the third one has one of the best endings: "...and I *HATE* that hat!".

Of the sequels, I find 2 to be the most amusing, mostly because Fred Ward and Michael Gross are awesome and none of the subsequent films feature both. Bacon was never the draw for the movies. As far as the first, also great, but mostly because of the ensemble, particularly Reba and Victor Wong


That's true, but 3 has some really great moments also, and they bring back the surviving cast of Perfectionites (minus Ward, Bacon, and McEntyre). I will say, though, that Gross does carry that film, but he carries it well.

Perhaps the best thing about the Tremors series is the character of Burt Gummer. He's a caricature of the survivalist mentality, to be sure, but a *GOOD* caricature.
 
2012-08-17 12:06:05 PM

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 ?


Hahaha. GTFO
 
2012-08-17 12:09:21 PM

dittybopper: Perhaps the best thing about the Tremors series is the character of Burt Gummer. He's a caricature of the survivalist mentality, to be sure, but a *GOOD* caricature.


Gummer is the star, for sure, but that's part of why I miss Reba, since she was just as over the top
 
2012-08-17 12:10:59 PM
Eyes Wide Shut is a strange choice. Kubrick made some of my favorite movies, but Eyes Wide Shut isn't among them. It's like Ang Lee's Hulk-interesting, ambitious, and clearly made by people who were sincerely trying to make beautiful movies. But, everyone sometimes misses the mark.
 
2012-08-17 12:11:43 PM
Pandora's Litterbox
The Reflecting Skin

Thank Christ someone else knows this psychotic little movie.
 
2012-08-17 12:12:05 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Kevin Costner was the victim of hipster hate in the 90s. Much like Nic Cage today.


LOL, I think I blew out something trying to wrap my head around that statement.
 
2012-08-17 12:12:59 PM
A couple more:

Peter Weir's Fearless (1993) - IMO, contained Jeff Bridges' best performance of the decade. Also features the most haunting depiction of an airplane crash I have ever seen in a film. Absolutely guaranteed NEVER to be offered as the in-flight movie.

Deep Cover (1992) - IM(lonely)O, the best American Crime picture of the decade (yes, that Tarantino flick is second)

Romeo Is Bleeding (1995) - The best British crime picture of the decade. Lena Olin and Gary Oldman. Yowza!

Last Night (1998) - The second-saddest Canadian film of the decade (bested to the title only by):

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
 
2012-08-17 12:14:35 PM

dittybopper: Perhaps the best thing about the Tremors series is the character of Burt Gummer. He's a caricature of the survivalist mentality, to be sure, but a *GOOD* caricature.


"Broke into the wrong God damn rec room, didn't ya you bastard!"
 
2012-08-17 12:16:52 PM

Mugato: baka-san: And add me to the "Ghost Dog is overrated" crowd...

I can think of two things that are wring with that title.


Naked Lunch?
 
2012-08-17 12:20:31 PM

Mugato: dittybopper: Perhaps the best thing about the Tremors series is the character of Burt Gummer. He's a caricature of the survivalist mentality, to be sure, but a *GOOD* caricature.

"Broke into the wrong God damn rec room, didn't ya you bastard!"


Also, who DOESN'T know somebody like Earl? :)
 
2012-08-17 12:28:22 PM

Subdue their bellies: Overrated: That Thing You Do

Underrated: The Commitments


Really? In America? Because that film was MASSIVE in the colonies. I didn't know a single person who hadn't seen it and didn't own the soundtrack.

Nowhereman: No love for SLC Punk?


This. I watched it again a few months ago. I don't know if it's aged that well, which is funny given that it was a 90s movie about the 80s. There's still a very Gen-X 90s sensibility/voice about it with all the fast witty talking to camera.

I don't know how popular it was, but Shallow Grave may have needed to be on that list. If you love black humour you have to see it. And despite having seen it dozens of times, until I looked at IMDB just now I did not realise that was Christopher Eccleston. Maybe because he was a no one when it came out so I never had reason to notice.

Also props to the person upthread who showed Virtuosity. All movies should have a car chase set to Lords of Acid. Yep.

/Soon you'll rue the day you dared to cross Russell Crowe!
 
2012-08-17 12:31:38 PM
Paul Metzler? You Betzler!
 
2012-08-17 12:32:57 PM

Ro_thunder: 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.


NO.jpg
 
2012-08-17 12:33:37 PM

lepton68: I'd add Brainstorm to this list. A great sci-fi movie about a device that records one's experiences and can play them back in someone else's head, it has a good story and cast. It was Natalie Wood's last movie and almost didn't get completed and released because of her death.


Good movie, but since when is 1983 in "the 1990s"?
 
2012-08-17 12:34:42 PM

if_i_really_have_to: Also props to the person upthread who showed Virtuosity. All movies should have a car chase set to Lords of Acid. Yep.

/Soon you'll rue the day you dared to cross Russell Crowe!


Crowe overacting and chewing scenery like a modern day Jeremy Irons while being a Hollywood rookie is completely worth the price of admission.

/Hey buddy! How's the wife and kid? Still dead, eh?
 
2012-08-17 12:37:03 PM

Snatch Bandergrip: Pandora's Litterbox
The Reflecting Skin

Thank Christ someone else knows this psychotic little movie.


Too bad Philip Ridley didn't create many more films than the two others he has written and directed in the 23 years since ...Skin/. He definitely displayed talent for it. Both were just as intentionally off-the-beaten-path [read: weird as f*ck] and neither were unwatchable, yet neither were they as ultimately successful, IMO, as ...Skin.

Of his two subsequent features, The Passion of Darkly Moon (1995) is the most worthwhile.
 
2012-08-17 12:39:02 PM

flaminio: lepton68: I'd add Brainstorm to this list. A great sci-fi movie about a device that records one's experiences and can play them back in someone else's head, it has a good story and cast. It was Natalie Wood's last movie and almost didn't get completed and released because of her death.

Good movie, but since when is 1983 in "the 1990s"?


I thought he meant to type Brainscan, but then that synopsis would be WAY off.
/Guilty pleasure movie
 
2012-08-17 12:44:18 PM
The following should be mentioned:
Gas, Food, Lodging
Leap of Faith
Cold Comfort Farm
Bringing Out the Dead
Sniper
Dogfight
The Scent of Green Papaya
Mrs. Dalloway
An Ideal Husband
Dangerous Beauty
When the Cat's Away

Might not count due to accolades:
Searching for Bobby Fischer
A Shock to the System
The Brothers McMullen
To Die For
Narrow Margin
Big Night
 
2012-08-17 12:48:43 PM

Snatch Bandergrip: Mugato: Snatch Bandergrip: Mugato: I think critics still hated [Fight Club] and a studio suit got fired over it. Definitely underrated and it's a miracle it got made at all. You won't see many movies like that anymore, not with the same budget.

True. Important messages on identity, masculinity, and violence, but hampered by two fundamental hypocrisies at its core: Brad Pitt denouncing celebrity, and an anticapitalist fable brought to you by the good people at Fox.

You do realize that the characters in a movie are separate entities from the real people and studios that make them, right?

I was being fatuous, Jeffrey. ;)


But you gotta admit the irony of an actor with a physique like Brad Pitt's saying the line "self-improvement is masturbation".
 
2012-08-17 12:49:18 PM
c3.cduniverse.ws
Rented this on a whim and loved it.
 
2012-08-17 12:49:55 PM
What I liked and why
48. Very Bad Things (1998) - Peter Berg is a sick F''*#k
45. The Spanish Prisoner (1997) - David mamet dialogue, almost like it's not being read off a page
34. That Thing You Do! (1996) - quietly kicks ass
28. Q&A (1990) - Anything Sidney Lumet does should be seen
27. Joe Vs The Volcano - because I have a brain cloud
19. Ten Things I Hate About You (1999) - an interesting experiment
14. Strange Days (1995) - because Juliette Lewis looks like the piece of sh#t she is
12. The Game (1997) - anything David Fincher does should be seen
11. Tremors (1990) - it's fun
10. Stir Of Echoes (1999) - don't usually go in for this genre but very watchable
9. Office Space (1999) - no sh#t
8. LA Story (1991) - clever
7. Miller's Crossing (1990) a Coen brothers work of art
5. Zero Effect (1998) - Two words: Bill Pullman
3. A Simple Plan (1998) - never really considered it underrated, everyone said it was good
 
2012-08-17 12:50:44 PM

consider this: I have no idea why Waterworld was such a flop. I loved it the first time I saw it and it's still something that I'll watch when I find it on cable.


It was a flop in the US, its european grosses more than paid for it.
 
2012-08-17 12:51:16 PM
I loved Pump Up The Volume so much as a teenager, and the soundtrack still holds up as one of my all time favorites.
 
2012-08-17 12:51:24 PM
Netflix? Bookmark?
 
2012-08-17 12:55:42 PM

Crewmannumber6: 12. The Game (1997) - anything David Fincher does should be seen


That film was so long, boring, and had about zero payoff on top of the fact that it made zero sense. Was there something that people actually liked about it? Douglas and Penn are great, and I love Fincher but I want those 2 and a half hours back.
 
2012-08-17 01:00:40 PM
I've always been fond of Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, but I'm pretty much alone in that.
 
2012-08-17 01:04:32 PM

thecpt: That film was so long, boring, and had about zero payoff on top of the fact that it made zero sense. Was there something that people actually liked about it? Douglas and Penn are great, and I love Fincher but I want those 2 and a half hours back.


It's a popcorn thriller. If you can get past the fridge logic, it's a fun movie.
 
2012-08-17 01:13:56 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: 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).

Kevin Costner was the victim of hipster hate in the 90s. Much like Nic Cage today.


The hispters never forgave him for beating Martin Scorsese for best director and best film with Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas.
 
2012-08-17 01:16:05 PM
#1 abso-farking-lutely

"Office Space," "Gattaca," and others - underrated by whom, exactly? "Didn't do big box office at the time" is not the same as under-rated years down the road.

"Batman & Robin"
"Idle Hands"
"Can't Hardly Wait"
"Very Brady"
Hello, I was a teenager in the '90s and have fond memories of shiatty movies because I didn't know any better at the time and am now nostalgic. There isn't one nanosecond of "Can't Hardly Wait" that isn't saturated in unoriginal cliché. That movie has exactly, and only, two things going for it, if you know what I mean.
 
2012-08-17 01:17:05 PM
Came in to add True Romance and Dancer, Texas but got beat on both, so I'll just second

I didn't realize Fight Club wasn't a hit or that it left the theaters so quickly. My husband took me to see it on our first date (he's a romantic) so it's a big movie in our minds.
 
2012-08-17 01:18:00 PM

100 Watt Walrus: There isn't one nanosecond of "Can't Hardly Wait" that isn't saturated in unoriginal cliché. That movie has exactly, and only, two things going for it, if you know what I mean.


Sorry, three things. Forgot about Lauren Ambrose, who somehow manages to get through that movie without getting any of its stink on her.
 
2012-08-17 01:23:02 PM

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 ?


You're right. There's no such thing as a great obscure movie.

Leader O'Cola, many of these may be under-seen, but I don't think any of them are under-rated, and "Life Is Beautiful" is one of the most overrated movies of the '90s.
 
2012-08-17 01:34:17 PM

100 Watt Walrus: Leader O'Cola, many of these may be under-seen, but I don't think any of them are under-rated, and "Life Is Beautiful" is one of the most overrated movies of the '90s.


Add The Thin Red Line to that list of overrated movies of the 90s, or at least overrated by people that can tolerate Terrence Malick
 
2012-08-17 01:39:59 PM

gunga galunga: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: 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).

Kevin Costner was the victim of hipster hate in the 90s. Much like Nic Cage today.

The hispters never forgave him for beating Martin Scorsese for best director and best film with Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas.


Never knew I was a hipster, but that was a travesty. Part of the reason is that Scorsese's Raging Bull lost out to first time director Robert Redford's Ordinary People for best film and director. But they made it up to him with The Departed, which really wasn't that great.
 
2012-08-17 01:42:07 PM
i.imgur.com

Bullet in the Head might be underrated.
 
2012-08-17 01:52:41 PM

thecpt: The Game however is one of the worst movies that I have ever seen despite a great director and great actors.


May your viscera fall out and combust with the stench of pig's anuses. And may your penis fall off.
 
2012-08-17 01:53:24 PM

Snatch Bandergrip: As your attorney, I advise you to correct the list so that it includes this film, which is indeed flawed, but amazing.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x264]


does not compute

that film is farking perfect.
 
2012-08-17 01:54:47 PM

Mad_Radhu:
[farm1.static.flickr.com image 500x282] 

[thedroidyourelookingfor.files.wordpress.com image 607x342]

I wonder if that is why that movie has endured so much. It was an era personified.


As a child of the 80's and 90's, I just want to say well that's... just... like your opinion, man
 
2012-08-17 01:58:15 PM

under a mountain: The hispters never forgave him for beating Martin Scorsese for best director and best film with Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas.

Never knew I was a hipster, but that was a travesty. Part of the reason is that Scorsese's Raging Bull lost out to first time director Robert Redford's Ordinary People for best film and director. But they made it up to him with The Departed, which really wasn't that great.


I thought The Departed was best for its year though (at least of the nominees). Just watched Goodfellas last night. Its one of those films that clearly better and will be know as greater over the course of time, but just didn't win it's year.
 
2012-08-17 01:58:53 PM

Pandora's Litterbox: The Sweet Hereafter (1997)


O dear sweet God, THIS! If this film doesn't break your heart, you have no soul.
 
2012-08-17 01:59:02 PM

gunga galunga: Mugato: velvet_fog: Batman fans need to get off their high horse. Batman & Robin is high camp and a lot of fun to watch. It's not a Great Movie and never tries to be. Schumacher wanted to make a colorful, live action comic that would sell toys - he wasn't making Batman Begins.

It has nothing to do with it not being dark or edgy enough. It was a truly terribly written, horribly acted mess. It even made George Clooney uncool. There's no reason why he couldn't have been a decent Batman but Schumacker even farked that up. At least the old TV show was self aware. And it probably ruined Alicia Silverstone's career. She could have been another Lindsey Lohan, without the train wreak-ness. Clueless was a much better film than Mean Girls. And no, there wasn't anything in the Burton films that was more stupid than B&R.

When I saw Batman and Robin in the theater, there were some kids behind me that were so bored , they were pelting me in the back of my head with ice. I didn't even mind because I was far more outraged at what was happening in front of me than what was happening behind me.

I hear that Joel Schumacher practically spends the entire audio commentary apologizing for the movie. As well he should.


That movie is not fun. Joel Schumacher should be cockpunched every day for allowing a Bat-CREDIT CARD be immortalized on film. Bad writing that every performer recognized and phoned in, in a bad plot with bad cinematography.

Waterworld wasn't bad as a movie honestly IMO it was the bad press about the bloated budget that killed that movie.
 
2012-08-17 02:06:28 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: 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?


It's got a very Art-Deco style, and borrows heavily from Metropolis. It's a beautiful little film. The noir elements are clear, with contrasting shadows and characters of unclear morals and motives.

A sequel would be hard to do well enough.

Also, fark you Alex Proyas. Your recent movies suck ass.
 
2012-08-17 02:07:14 PM

gunga galunga: The hispters never forgave him for beating Martin Scorsese for best director and best film with Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas.


People who liked Goodfellas are hipsters now? WTF? If anything it would be the other way around.
 
2012-08-17 02:07:46 PM

under a mountain: [stickersanddonuts.com image 360x504]

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[www.papermag.com image 500x355]
close enough 1989


Bottle Rocket was terrible.

Okay, not terrible... I'd rather watch it a thousand times in a row than most movies these days...

...but it wasn't developed enough.
 
2012-08-17 02:11:07 PM

Mugato: 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.


I hope he gets AIDS too. Then I hope he gets cured of AIDS, gets all excited about his new lease on life, and then comes down with a case of super-AIDS.

I'd be willing to risk a super-AIDS epidemic if it rid us of anyone who defends B&R.
 
2012-08-17 02:11:45 PM

consider this: Crewmannumber6: Pandora's Litterbox: The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

O dear sweet God, THIS! If this film doesn't break your heart, you have no soul.

That movie was such bullshiat. They base it on a real life incident and then completely change the story.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-17 02:12:23 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

This movie was underrated. You know, by kids.
 
2012-08-17 02:13:26 PM

Mugato: gunga galunga: The hispters never forgave him for beating Martin Scorsese for best director and best film with Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas.

People who liked Goodfellas are hipsters now? WTF? If anything it would be the other way around.


No. I'm referring to people who blamed Kevin Costner personally for DWW beating Goodfellas at the Oscars. And yes, I've heard people say "I've never forgiven Kevin Costner for that".
 
2012-08-17 02:14:48 PM
Upon seeing Jennifer Jason Leigh, I also suggest Existenz

/not a penis pill
 
2012-08-17 02:17:22 PM

gunga galunga: Mugato: gunga galunga: The hispters never forgave him for beating Martin Scorsese for best director and best film with Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas.

People who liked Goodfellas are hipsters now? WTF? If anything it would be the other way around.

No. I'm referring to people who blamed Kevin Costner personally for DWW beating Goodfellas at the Oscars. And yes, I've heard people say "I've never forgiven Kevin Costner for that".


So "hipster" is just a generic term meaning any random asshole. Well in any case, Goodfellas was a shiatton better movie than Return of a Man Called Horse Dances with Wolves but it's not Costner's fault he won the award.
 
2012-08-17 02:20:20 PM

thecpt: Upon seeing Jennifer Jason Leigh, I also suggest Existenz


She doesn't get naked in this one too, does she? That tramp can't keep her clothes on in anything.

fap
 
2012-08-17 02:20:42 PM

consider this: Crewmannumber6: Pandora's Litterbox: The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

O dear sweet God, THIS! If this film doesn't break your heart, you have no soul.

That movie was such bullshiat. They base it on a real life incident and then completely change the story.


As somebody who lived close to Sharyland when it happened, and has relatives that attended the same school as those kids on that bus, I would love to see a movie based on the real story.

In a nutshell, everybody even somewhat associated with that terrible accident had about a dozen Lionel Hutz's swarming in telling them "you can ching-ching on this tragedy", Even the driver of the delivery truck that hit the bus, and he was negligent, tried to get his piece of the pie. It would be a dark story of grief turned to greed. Probably even more depressing that The Sweet Hereafter.
 
2012-08-17 02:21:05 PM
Any non-American films in there?
 
2012-08-17 02:23:02 PM

Mugato: She doesn't get naked in this one too, does she? That tramp can't keep her clothes on in anything.


hrmmf. no. That would have made that movie better.
 
2012-08-17 02:24:08 PM

Mugato: So "hipster" is just a generic term meaning any random asshole.


I was in Austin, Texas at the time. The people I heard going on and on about their hatred for Kevin Costner afterthe Oscars were people I would very much classify as hipsters.
 
2012-08-17 02:26:17 PM

Lord Summerisle: Any non-American films in there?


According to Breitbart, they're all non-American.
 
2012-08-17 02:26:20 PM
s3.amazonaws.com

One of my favorite movies as a child 

/and Bon Jovi's best song
 
2012-08-17 02:30:14 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: [upload.wikimedia.org image 215x309]

This movie was underrated. You know, by kids.


Sure, sure.
 
2012-08-17 02:33:22 PM

bhcompy: /and Bon Jovi's best song


thenormalmachine.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-08-17 02:38:18 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I am Wee Todd Ed: 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?

It's got a very Art-Deco style, and borrows heavily from Metropolis. It's a beautiful little film. The noir elements are clear, with contrasting shadows and characters of unclear morals and motives.

A sequel would be hard to do well enough.



A prequel would be amazing in the right hands.
 
2012-08-17 02:41:57 PM

baka-san: FTFA on Darkman...

Leave it to Sam Raimi to create an original super-hero for his Hollywood debut.

WHAT MOTHERfarkING PLANET WAS THIS WASTE OF OXYGEN BORN ON!!!!!

And add me to the "Ghost Dog is overrated" crowd...

Great idea, great actors, great acting...

Just does not come together.


Remember being disappointed by Ghost Dog when I saw it. Shocked to see it at number 1.
 
2012-08-17 02:42:54 PM

Vash's Apprentice: The All-Powerful Atheismo: I am Wee Todd Ed: 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?

It's got a very Art-Deco style, and borrows heavily from Metropolis. It's a beautiful little film. The noir elements are clear, with contrasting shadows and characters of unclear morals and motives.

A sequel would be hard to do well enough.



A prequel would be amazing in the right hands.


Yeah. It could be about how they capture the humans. Maybe they could appear as a bunch of alien angels and kidnap the children. They could have the same guy direct it. It would be awesome!

/fark you, Proyas.
 
2012-08-17 02:44:11 PM

consider this: Crewmannumber6: Pandora's Litterbox: The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

O dear sweet God, THIS! If this film doesn't break your heart, you have no soul.

That movie was such bullshiat. They base it on a real life incident and then completely change the story.


Not being too familiar with the 'True story', I thought the movie was hauntingly well done. It made me an Atom Egoyan fan.
 
2012-08-17 02:44:49 PM
While I could do this all day (and all of the night), I'll just leave with one more that I've had great success in introducing to people:

Neil Jordan's 1997 adaptation of author Patrick McCabe's 1992 novel The Butcher Boy.

It proves yet again just how goddamned wonderful Stephen Rea is when paired with a sympathetic director and an awesome script.

It makes for a damned good double-feature when paired with the aforementioned The Young Poisoner's Handbook.
 
2012-08-17 02:48:20 PM
Nix that first "with" for coherence's sake.


Crewmannumber6: Not being too familiar with the 'True story', I thought the movie was hauntingly well done. It made me an Atom Egoyan fan.


The same with me all around.
 
2012-08-17 02:58:39 PM
That was more of a 50 must see.
 
2012-08-17 03:02:29 PM
My biggest problem with Jingle All The Way was the toy.
I've seen more impressive action figures at the dollar store.
No way in hell was a cheap as sh*t, 5 jointed, foot tall hunk of plastic THE TOY of the season.
 
2012-08-17 03:08:44 PM
www.ratewall.com
 
2012-08-17 03:12:46 PM

velvet_fog: Batman fans need to get off their high horse. Batman & Robin is high camp and a lot of fun to watch. It's not a Great Movie and never tries to be. Schumacher wanted to make a colorful, live action comic that would sell toys - he wasn't making Batman Begins.

And of all the 1989-1997 Batman films, it's the most successful in terms of what it sets out to try and do. The Burton films suffer from awful, meandering scripts (especially Batman Returns) that are just hodgepodges of drafts by several different writers. And I like how people claim the Burton films are less campy than Schumacher's offerings. Just because Batman '89 and Returns are dark, ugly, violent films doesn't mean they aren't campy - the stupid shiat you see in both films is no worse than anything Schumacher did. Batman '89 and Returns are campy, silly movies. And at least Schumacher embraced the campiness in Batman & Robin instead of pretending it was something it was not, like Burton did in both his films. It's not a great film, but at least you know what you're getting.

Finally, you Farkers who think you're so above 60s Batman need to lighten up. It was a smart, well-written show that appealed to multiple audiences on different levels. The writing was often brilliant and the casting was outstanding. Frank Gorshin is still amazing all these years later, and really should have played the Joker instead of the Riddler. Whether or not you like your Batman campy, the 60s show is a totally legit take on the character. For my money, the 60s Batman show and Batman: TAS are my favorite takes on the Batman universe. Not every incarnation of Batman has to be unbearably dark and brooding. I love what Nolan's done, but that doesn't make the 60s show any less legit - both can coexist as different takes on the same character and Batman fans should embrace both.


Nice try, Joel Schumacher's publicist.
 
2012-08-17 03:14:47 PM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: My biggest problem with Jingle All The Way was the toy.
I've seen more impressive action figures at the dollar store.
No way in hell was a cheap as sh*t, 5 jointed, foot tall hunk of plastic THE TOY of the season.


Yeah just like the toy of the season in 1998 wasn't a stupid, cheap-looking stuff Elmo doll that talked. And the one after that wasn't a mound of fur that talked. And the one after that a pack of Pokemon playing cards.

/Worked at Target during those years. In the toy dept.
 
2012-08-17 03:15:50 PM

therecksays: gunga galunga: Mugato: velvet_fog: Batman fans need to get off their high horse. Batman & Robin is high camp and a lot of fun to watch. It's not a Great Movie and never tries to be. Schumacher wanted to make a colorful, live action comic that would sell toys - he wasn't making Batman Begins.

It has nothing to do with it not being dark or edgy enough. It was a truly terribly written, horribly acted mess. It even made George Clooney uncool. There's no reason why he couldn't have been a decent Batman but Schumacker even farked that up. At least the old TV show was self aware. And it probably ruined Alicia Silverstone's career. She could have been another Lindsey Lohan, without the train wreak-ness. Clueless was a much better film than Mean Girls. And no, there wasn't anything in the Burton films that was more stupid than B&R.

When I saw Batman and Robin in the theater, there were some kids behind me that were so bored , they were pelting me in the back of my head with ice. I didn't even mind because I was far more outraged at what was happening in front of me than what was happening behind me.

I hear that Joel Schumacher practically spends the entire audio commentary apologizing for the movie. As well he should.

That movie is not fun. Joel Schumacher should be cockpunched every day for allowing a Bat-CREDIT CARD be immortalized on film. Bad writing that every performer recognized and phoned in, in a bad plot with bad cinematography.

Waterworld wasn't bad as a movie honestly IMO it was the bad press about the bloated budget that killed that movie.


ALL OF THIS except for that first paragraph!

When I saw waterworld I was chomping at the bit to hate on that movie because of the press. Then I watched and couldn't figure out why there was so much scorn piled on that movie. It wasn't awesome, but certainly didn't suck as bad as the press was panning it.

Can anyone confirm that Schumacher spends a chunk of time on the DVD commentary apologizing? If that's true then I could begrudge him just a little forgiveness for admitting his wrongs. I think a single cock punch would be fair and merciful for atonement.
 
2012-08-17 03:18:56 PM
All the irrational, frothy, fanboy hate for Batman and Robin makes me love it even more than I already do (which is a lot). You people have no appreciation for kitsch.
 
2012-08-17 03:19:35 PM

stewmadness: That was more of a 50 must see.


Batman and Robin is a "must see"?
 
2012-08-17 03:24:28 PM

LiQuid!: All the irrational, frothy, fanboy hate for Batman and Robin makes me love it even more than I already do (which is a lot). You people have no appreciation for kitsch.


You misspelled that word, and there's no 'c' or 'k' in it.
 
2012-08-17 03:30:20 PM
Just re-watched Ravenous, liked it as much as I did before. It was in theaters for about two weeks. The score is awesomely creepy.
 
2012-08-17 03:31:00 PM
I'm sorry but all of these movies PALE in comparison to the best movie evar


I of course refer to 'Manos, Hands of FATE'

Saw if for the first time last night in a theater.

The drama! The acting! The dialog!
The minute and a half scenes consisting of Torgo trying to stand up, the long pauses where it looks like no one could remember their lines.

If you've never seen this film , well, you've got that going for you at least

// The RiffTrax people (aka MSTK3000) people did it justice.
 
2012-08-17 03:31:06 PM

consider this: The Sweet Hereafter


Which town in British Columbia is 97% Hispanic?
 
2012-08-17 03:32:21 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Chaplin is still my favorite RDJ film.


I wasn't aware that this was an underrated film.
 
2012-08-17 03:34:24 PM

tillerman35: 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.


GET OUT OF MY HEAD

Such a boring piece of crap. Too smart for its own good, and I can't stand the female lead.
 
2012-08-17 03:34:52 PM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: No way in hell was a cheap as sh*t, 5 jointed, foot tall hunk of plastic THE TOY of the season.


Someone doesn't remember Tickle me Elmo.
 
2012-08-17 03:37:28 PM

El Brujo: Ravenous


Ravenous!

This is a great film. Truly entertaining front to back, great performances, great script, shot very well. Big fan.
 
2012-08-17 03:46:05 PM

monkybunney: Can anyone confirm that Schumacher spends a chunk of time on the DVD commentary apologizing? If that's true then I could begrudge him just a little forgiveness for admitting his wrongs.


Ask and you shall receive
 
2012-08-17 03:47:25 PM

Mugato: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: No way in hell was a cheap as sh*t, 5 jointed, foot tall hunk of plastic THE TOY of the season.

Someone doesn't remember Tickle me Elmo Cabbage Patch dolls.


Even worse
 
2012-08-17 03:47:50 PM

verbaltoxin: Yeah just like the toy of the season in 1998 wasn't a stupid, cheap-looking stuff Elmo doll that talked. And the one after that wasn't a mound of fur that talked. And the one after that a pack of Pokemon playing cards.

/Worked at Target during those years. In the toy dept.



Holy crap did I make a ton of money off of the Tickle Me Elmo's.

Got my hands on half a pallet of them and sold them all on Ebay for well over $100 each. I think they were under $30 each IIRC.

(That and the Time Life big Muppet DVD set for some reason)
 
2012-08-17 04:12:02 PM

Pandora's Litterbox: Romeo Is Bleeding (1995) - The best British crime picture of the decade. Lena Olin and Gary Oldman. Yowza


If you have not seen Romeo Is Bleeding, SEE IT NOW!!!!
 
2012-08-17 04:15:32 PM

Rev.K: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x324]


Good call. That movie was largely responsible for the explosion of poker popularity in the US.
 
2012-08-17 04:26:16 PM
www.movieposterdb.com
upload.wikimedia.org

No love at all people?

/hot links
 
2012-08-17 04:31:45 PM
Okay take 2 on first one I had.

www.moviemusic.com

Also

i2.listal.com
 
2012-08-17 04:34:42 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: bhcompy: /and Bon Jovi's best song

[thenormalmachine.files.wordpress.com image 480x480]


Please don't provide an example

/btw, it was Bon Jovi's only song that garnered any major awards or nominations, fwiw
 
2012-08-17 04:37:32 PM

mjones73: There's some decent movies on there, the list went to crap when I saw Eyes Wide Shut on it, the Brady sequel just killed it all together.


Actually, Eyes Wide Shut is pretty criminally underrated. Absolutely brillant film making.
 
2012-08-17 04:48:34 PM

CujoQuarrel: I'm sorry but all of these movies PALE in comparison to the best movie evar


I of course refer to 'Manos, Hands of FATE'

Saw if for the first time last night in a theater.

The drama! The acting! The dialog!
The minute and a half scenes consisting of Torgo trying to stand up, the long pauses where it looks like no one could remember their lines.

If you've never seen this film , well, you've got that going for you at least

// The RiffTrax people (aka MSTK3000) people did it justice.


Congrats on being the guy about 15 years late to the party.
 
2012-08-17 04:49:41 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: CujoQuarrel: I'm sorry but all of these movies PALE in comparison to the best movie evar


I of course refer to 'Manos, Hands of FATE'

Saw if for the first time last night in a theater.

The drama! The acting! The dialog!
The minute and a half scenes consisting of Torgo trying to stand up, the long pauses where it looks like no one could remember their lines.

If you've never seen this film , well, you've got that going for you at least

// The RiffTrax people (aka MSTK3000) people did it justice.

Congrats on being the guy about 15 years late to the party.


www.robsearles.com
 
2012-08-17 04:55:31 PM
Infinitely better than Jingle All The Way....



img17.imageshack.us

www.moviegoods.com

upload.wikimedia.org


www.elpais.com
 
2012-08-17 04:58:19 PM
I would like to add...

Smoke
Fearless
Johnny Stecchino
 
2012-08-17 05:01:53 PM

bhcompy: [s3.amazonaws.com image 448x252]

One of my favorite movies as a child 

/and Bon Jovi's best song


Speaking of Bon Jovi and underrated 90s movies, I thought he was surprisingly good in No Looking Back. I thought that was by far Edward Burns' best movie, but by that point his critic's darling status had started to ebb. If anyone grew up in a small podunk shiathole, it hits close to home.
 
2012-08-17 05:17:59 PM

Mugato: I miss the nihilism and slacker-tude in 1990s movies.


ie Kicking and Screaming...

2.bp.blogspot.com


Grover: Oh, I've been to Prague. Well, I haven't "been to Prague" been to Prague, but I know that thing, that, "Stop shaving your armpits, read the Unbearable Lightness of Being, date a sculptor, now I know how bad American coffee is thing... "
Jane: They have good beer there.
Grover: "... now I know how bad American beer is thing."
 
2012-08-17 05:52:19 PM
The Game and Ravenous are great movies. I like Jeffrey Jones, but I don't really have an interest in seeing any movies he's appeared in over the past 10 years.
 
2012-08-17 05:54:31 PM

gunga galunga: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: 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).

Kevin Costner was the victim of hipster hate in the 90s. Much like Nic Cage today.

The hispters never forgave him for beating Martin Scorsese for best director and best film with Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas.


1) Dances With Wolves is wildly overrated and needed an editor desperately.

2) He won an Oscar for directing yet had an actual director direct when he was on camera, which was almost the entire movie. The big buffalo scene? Wasn't directed by Costner.
 
2012-08-17 06:06:31 PM
They really need to explain what their criteria is for "underrated." Critically reviled blockbusters and critically beloved indie films don't really belong in the same list.

Anyway, my thoughts:

-The only way that Batman & Robin can be enjoyed is if you've made a drinking game out ofi t
-Can't Hardly Wait is probably the best post-John Hughes teen movie ever made
-Darkman, Gattaca and Red Rock West are overlooked for a reason. They take place in interesting and unique universes, but they're mediocre films
-Alien 3 is better than its reputation suggests, but far worse than its predecessors
-Stir of Echoes is a really good horror flick
-I don't know how anyone could think that Jackie Brown is Tarantino's best film
-Dark City is so close to being great Sci-fi, but the ending really lets the whole movie down
-Election and Office Space really don't belong on this list

What about Hard Eight?
 
2012-08-17 06:14:07 PM

wiredmaverick: -Can't Hardly Wait is probably the best post-John Hughes teen movie ever made


I would argue that Clueless is better, definitely more memorable. The Craft, Hackers, Superbad, etc are definitely up there, as well, but are a bit more, uh, specialized in their part of the genre.
 
2012-08-17 06:23:44 PM
I'm not even sure what the term "hipster" even means anymore, other than to describe someone who is a ubiquitous trendy, self important douche .... which pretty much covers anyone who overly throws around the term "hipster" to attempt to marginalize others.
 
2012-08-17 06:28:54 PM
SharkTrager: 1) Dances With Wolves is wildly overrated and needed an editor desperately.

Funny. These days I consider Dances With Wolves underrated. No, the movie is in no way better than Goodfellas, and yes, it is ultimately a tamed-down version of A Man Called Horse. But it's still a fine film with a very handsome production. And I love its running length. Finally got Hollywood to stop worrying about how many screenings they can squeeze into a single day and let a story take the time it needs to tell its story. But even over twenty years after it beat Goodfellas for Best Picture, people can't seem to hate this movie enough.

2) He won an Oscar for directing yet had an actual director direct when he was on camera, which was almost the entire movie. The big buffalo scene? Wasn't directed by Costner. [citation needed]

Kevin Reynolds was brought in to do some 2nd unit work on the buffalo scene. That's no secret.

If Steven Spielberg at the peak of his success couldn't get away with usurping directorial privileges from Tobe Hooper on the filming of Poltergeist, how the hell could Kevin Costner get away with shirking directorial duties to somebody else and taking all the credit. And how is it that when Costner kicked Reynolds out of the editing room on Robin Hood, and again on Waterworld, it made the news big time, and with what you described being far more egregious, everybody else in the industry protects him and shares this secret? Especially with all the aforementioned animus against Costner after beating Scorsese at the Oscars, if this truly was the case, how is it that nobody made it public? Bull Durham and Field of Dreams bought him a lot of good will but not nearly that much.
 
2012-08-17 06:40:47 PM

Mole Man: [www.movieposterdb.com image 200x284]
[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x338]

No love at all people?

/hot links


Not from me, that's for damn sure. Singles pissed me off. I went to the movie expecting it to be about, ya know, single people, doing what they could to find that one connection. Instead, it gave me boring romances about boring couples, and the one person I did like, the actual single woman, was treated like a punchline because she had the temerity to take out a personal ad. The message I got from that movie is, if you're not cool enough so that the love of your life falls in your lap, you're just a pathetic joke and you should feel like a pathetic joke.

I'm a big admirer of Cameron Crowe. I chalk that one up to a colossal lack of judgement.
 
2012-08-17 06:46:18 PM

gunga galunga: monkybunney: Can anyone confirm that Schumacher spends a chunk of time on the DVD commentary apologizing? If that's true then I could begrudge him just a little forgiveness for admitting his wrongs.

Ask and you shall receive


Okay. Now that I'm back home and can finally watch the clip instead of just googling it, that wasn't the apology I thought it was.

But I'm sure I'll Netflix B&R one of these days (you know, for the Rifftrax) and I'll see if I can suffer through the audio commentary to see if that apology happens.
 
2012-08-17 06:46:47 PM
Tickle Me Elmo was revolutionary for the time, an interactive stuffed doll based on the most popular Sesame Street critter in forever.

Cabbage Patch Kids I still can't explain, and I lived through that fad.

But in the late 1990s, this was not going to be the toy of the year.
www.misfittoys.net

Just like in the movie Big, where the toy company was trying to produce Transformers that went from robot to building, Turbo Man wouldn't have captured kid's imaginations.
 
2012-08-17 07:07:10 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: CujoQuarrel: I'm sorry but all of these movies PALE in comparison to the best movie evar


I of course refer to 'Manos, Hands of FATE'

Saw if for the first time last night in a theater.

The drama! The acting! The dialog!
The minute and a half scenes consisting of Torgo trying to stand up, the long pauses where it looks like no one could remember their lines.

If you've never seen this film , well, you've got that going for you at least

// The RiffTrax people (aka MSTK3000) people did it justice.

Congrats on being the guy about 15 years late to the party.


New version . Done life before an audience. Yesterday
BTW. Not sure if they are serious but they mentioned someone is making a sequel.
 
2012-08-17 07:19:12 PM

NonSequiturl: 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


All pretty good selections, I remember The joke from the simpsonswith Barton Fink I always thought in the resolution Milhouse would cry in the back of the pick-up and say "Make it stop! Make it stop!" when the other boys would run out of the drive-in. Excellent movie but, it would suck being a 10 year old sneeking in to see it.
 
2012-08-17 07:20:46 PM

CujoQuarrel: SockMonkeyHolocaust: CujoQuarrel: I'm sorry but all of these movies PALE in comparison to the best movie evar


I of course refer to 'Manos, Hands of FATE'

Saw if for the first time last night in a theater.

The drama! The acting! The dialog!
The minute and a half scenes consisting of Torgo trying to stand up, the long pauses where it looks like no one could remember their lines.

If you've never seen this film , well, you've got that going for you at least

// The RiffTrax people (aka MSTK3000) people did it justice.

Congrats on being the guy about 15 years late to the party.

New version . Done life before an audience. Yesterday
BTW. Not sure if they are serious but they mentioned someone is making a sequel.


They are making a sequel. They showed a preview of it at the very end of last night's screening. It's actually being made. Tom Neyman (The Master) and Jackie Neymen (Debbie) are both in it.
 
2012-08-17 07:23:09 PM

Subdue their bellies: Overrated: That Thing You Do

Underrated: The Commitments Swing kids

 
2012-08-17 07:29:49 PM

emocomputerjock: I've always been fond of Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, but I'm pretty much alone in that.


I prefer the zevon song over the movie
 
2012-08-17 07:45:09 PM

invictus2: Subdue their bellies: Overrated: That Thing You Do

Underrated: The Commitments Swing kids


just don't scratch the vinyl
 
2012-08-17 08:22:53 PM

YonderScott: I would like to add...

Smoke
Fearless
Johnny Stecchino


I loved Smoke. It's the film that introduced me to Tom Waits.
 
2012-08-17 08:26:22 PM
Go you Huskies.

www.audio-ideas.com
 
2012-08-17 09:04:54 PM

Snatch Bandergrip: A lot of people forget that Fight Club was a box office failure and remains critically reviled.


http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fight_club/

Hrm... 81% Freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes means you don't understand the meaning on REVILED.
 
2012-08-17 10:05:13 PM

The_Time_Master: Hrm... 81% Freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes means you don't understand the meaning on REVILED.


most of those reviews are pretty recent. When it came out it didn't get many good reviews.
 
2012-08-17 10:31:39 PM

farkeruk: In what universe is Election "underrated"? It's pretty highly critically rated.

And Miller's Crossing? Pick The Hudsucker Proxy (which I'm quite a fan of), but Miller's Crossing is universally appreciated.

My top underrated movie of the 90s? Godfather III. It's only bad if you compare it to the first 2, but it's still quite enjoyable.


Goddam THIS
 
2012-08-17 11:04:47 PM

Mugato: The_Time_Master: Hrm... 81% Freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes means you don't understand the meaning on REVILED.

most of those reviews are pretty recent. When it came out it didn't get many good reviews.


To me, that's like calling Van Gogh paintings underrated. I can get that at the time, the movie was offhandedly put down, but if it has been worshiped for the past ten years or for a long time after it's premiere, I can't call it underrated.
 
2012-08-18 02:41:26 AM

MonkeyAngst: Not a horrible list, but author seems confused about the meaning of "underrated."


Yeah, at least half of the films listed saw some level of commercial success, and many saw critical success. It's essentially just "A list of 90's films that I, the author, happen to like.".
 
2012-08-18 04:41:28 AM
I was all set to be pissed by the omission of Zero Effect, and there it was, in the top 5! Great film, good list. I approve.
 
2012-08-18 07:20:09 AM

wiredmaverick: -Alien 3 is better than its reputation suggests, but far worse than its predecessors


this is pretty much my thoughts. Though I also think Alien 3 is ultimately a pointless film that doesn't really add anything to the series. If it's not a bad film, it's definitely a rather sharp decline from the 2 previous films.

I'm somewhat surprised resurrection didn't make the list. Granted, I think it's crap, but Whedon fanboys seems to like it. Personally, the cheeky Whedon dialogue make the film unbearable to me.

farkeruk: My top underrated movie of the 90s? Godfather III. It's only bad if you compare it to the first 2, but it's still quite enjoyable.



eh, kind of the same thing with Alien 3. It's been a while since I've seen Godfather 3, but I recall it being a decent movie with some really flawed parts. I think the frustration comes not just from comparing it to the first 2 movies as much as there's a germ of a good idea that's never fully realised.
 
2012-08-18 09:51:48 AM
Great list, some of the movies I didn't like all that much, but his explanations as to why they might deserve another look made sense. Even if I don't agree, I learned a lot from a different perspective.
 
2012-08-18 12:17:35 PM

Mugato: The_Time_Master: Hrm... 81% Freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes means you don't understand the meaning on REVILED.

most of those reviews are pretty recent. When it came out it didn't get many good reviews.


This, I'm pretty sure Roger Ebert called it a work of Fascist Propaganda or some such nonsense. It's one of those 'separates generations" movies. I think only people under 50 (or 35 when it came out) really appreciate it.
 
2012-08-18 12:20:41 PM
also, list fail:


www.rankopedia.com
 
2012-08-18 12:39:15 PM

Kangaroo_Ralph: Zero


You won't be disappointed. Guaranteed.
 
2012-08-18 12:40:40 PM
Oh dammit - you know what I meant.
 
2012-08-18 01:31:59 PM
www.ocscreenwriters.com
 
2012-08-18 01:32:28 PM

delfinparis: Go you Huskies.

[www.audio-ideas.com image 250x348]


One of the best movie about making movies ever.The cast was excellent top to bottom.

/You treat me like a child, that's why I can't cum
//Oh please we can all draw them from memory
 
2012-08-18 07:09:02 PM

gunga galunga: consider this: Crewmannumber6: Pandora's Litterbox: The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

O dear sweet God, THIS! If this film doesn't break your heart, you have no soul.

That movie was such bullshiat. They base it on a real life incident and then completely change the story.

As somebody who lived close to Sharyland when it happened, and has relatives that attended the same school as those kids on that bus, I would love to see a movie based on the real story.

In a nutshell, everybody even somewhat associated with that terrible accident had about a dozen Lionel Hutz's swarming in telling them "you can ching-ching on this tragedy", Even the driver of the delivery truck that hit the bus, and he was negligent, tried to get his piece of the pie. It would be a dark story of grief turned to greed. Probably even more depressing that The Sweet Hereafter.


Let's have the Coen Brothers do this.

/book it
//done
 
2012-08-18 07:59:33 PM

Subdue their bellies: Overrated: That Thing You Do

Underrated: The Commitments


I'm a huge fan of both, but I like anything having to do with Ireland
 
2012-08-19 10:01:34 AM
43, 22, 19, 12, 9. That's it. Everything else is garbage, not underrated.
 
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