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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:59 pm
  • pehawk wrote:Darko count as underrated?


    Hard to say. It didn't get much praise on initial release, but has become a cult classic. It would be like saying The Big Lebowski is underrated.

    Now, I will say this about Darko - if you don't have the director's cut, you haven't really seen the movie yet. I like the mystique of the theatrical cut, but the director's cut makes for a much richer experience.


    I'm gonna throw one out there - Chronicles of Riddick. Was hated by pretty much everyone, but purely as a sci-fi romp, I think it's very well done.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:00 pm
  • I didn't mind Riddick at all. And I went in wanting to hate it.

    Tremors
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:02 pm
  • And some of us followed the Coen's way before Lebowski...so that's not underrated.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:08 pm
  • Right, Lebowski's not underrated, but neither is Darko by that measure.

    Tremors is a great film, as is Death proof. Not sure you could call any of Tarantino's films underrated, though.

    I just watched a film called "The Trip" starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves. I'm calling it underrated.


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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:22 pm
  • The Adjustment Bureau and State Of Play are 2 mainstream flicks with some big name talent that don't seem to get talked about much that I enjoyed quite a bit.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:25 pm
  • Cloud Atlas - Seriously, if you guys haven't seen it you should.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:28 pm
  • SacHawk2.0 wrote:Cloud Atlas - Seriously, if you guys haven't seen it you should.


    Haven't seen it. Heard less than flattering things from people I normally trust with movie opinions. If you burn me on this I will find you and I will destroy you.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:29 pm
  • Tarantino was so "ashamed" by Death Proof, he took off to Europe to write Inglorious to "show Hollywood he still had the biggest dick around". Death Proof's never brought up, even by Tarantino fans.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:30 pm
  • pehawk wrote:Tarantino was so "ashamed" by Death Proof, he took off to Europe to write Inglorious to "show Hollywood he still had the biggest dick around". Death Proof's never brought up, even by Tarantino fans.


    I enjoyed it. Never saw the other one... what was it called.....?
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:53 pm
  • The Big Lebowski is underrated simply for the fact that it doesn't not garner the praise of the greatest movie ever made, which it clearly is.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:37 pm
  • Zebulon Dak wrote:
    SacHawk2.0 wrote:Cloud Atlas - Seriously, if you guys haven't seen it you should.


    Haven't seen it. Heard less than flattering things from people I normally trust with movie opinions. If you burn me on this I will find you and I will destroy you.


    Kind of harsh there Zeb. It's a good movie, but one you definitely have to pay attention to. Don't think you can cook dinner while it's on and follow what's happening.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:03 pm
  • Mallrats

    She's Out of My League

    A Time To Kill

    Crazy Stupid Love

    And the biggest of all: Safety Not Guaranteed
    You want to enjoy an indie movie with great acting, a cool plot and some very funny scenes then check this one out. Total box office take was a whopping $4.0 million, which was huge because the production cost was a measly $750K. Seriously check it out.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:12 pm
  • SacHawk2.0 wrote:
    Zebulon Dak wrote:
    SacHawk2.0 wrote:Cloud Atlas - Seriously, if you guys haven't seen it you should.


    Haven't seen it. Heard less than flattering things from people I normally trust with movie opinions. If you burn me on this I will find you and I will destroy you.


    Kind of harsh there Zeb. It's a good movie, but one you definitely have to pay attention to. Don't think you can cook dinner while it's on and follow what's happening.


    Hahaha I won't really destroy you. I've promised to only use my powers for good. Plus, if I watch it and end up liking it, then I can bring back this thread and give you kudos and call out anybody who may disagree like Wenhawk.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:30 am
  • Bernie. Watch this if you haven't yet.

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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:42 pm
  • Be kind, rewind is another.

    The most recent Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy with Martin Freeman was fantastic and underrated, too.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:33 pm
  • Prince of Tides. Nolte was great in that.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:25 pm
  • Inside Job - Spike Lee's middle-finger to Hollywood..showing he can make a $100M box office hit. I loved it.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:10 pm
  • pehawk wrote:Inside Job - Spike Lee's middle-finger to Hollywood..showing he can make a $100M box office hit. I loved it.


    I think you mean "Inside Man", and it wasn't underrated, it performed very well at the box office and was fairly highly rated by critics.

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Re: Underrated Movies
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:20 pm
  • This thread has demonstrated to me that most people don't know the dictionary definition of "underrated".
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:24 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:This thread has demonstrated to me that most people don't know the dictionary definition of "underrated".


    Yep. Sometimes I think there's just you and me left, Jim.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:38 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    RolandDeschain wrote:This thread has demonstrated to me that most people don't know the dictionary definition of "underrated".


    Yep. Sometimes I think there's just you and me left, Jim.


    Agreed--Hey, wait, I see what you did there.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:40 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:This thread has demonstrated to me that most people don't know the dictionary definition of "underrated".


    Doesnt underrated have a different value to each and every one of us? If I think Gigli is the greatest movie in the history of movies, but you think its only the 2nd best movie in the history of movies, then in my eye you have underrated Gigli.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:41 pm
  • JSeahawks wrote:Doesnt underrated have a different value to each and every one of us? If I think Gigli is the greatest movie in the history of movies, but you think its only the 2nd best movie in the history of movies, then in my eye you have underrated Gigli.


    No, it doesn't. Being underrated has a specific meaning that one can demonstrate with box office sales figures, DVD/Blu-ray sales data, number of awards won (and the importance of them), etc.

    How good or bad these movies are, on the other hand, is completely subjective, and I agree with you wholeheartedly in regards to that; but not whether they're underrated or not, in my opinion.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:07 am
  • omg gigli is totes the g.o.a.t. by far.

    Roland's correct though. I would also submit the word of mouth evidence; we all know that many people think Usual Suspects, Big Lebowski, Memento & Donnie Darko are the greatest movies ever made, hence they are not underrated.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:10 am
  • I'm coloring within the lines here, guys. Honest!? Please!
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Re: Underrated Movies
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:18 am
  • Quantum of Solace.

    I think I'm the only one who likes that Bond film.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:42 am
  • pehawk wrote:Quantum of Solace.

    I think I'm the only one who likes that Bond film.


    I really liked it. I've liked all three of the Daniel Craig Bonds.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:52 am
  • I like them too. Casino Royale its favorite. They are all a bit long and drawn out though. Quantum is probably my least favorite.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:11 pm
  • Romeo is Bleeding...Gary Oldman Gets used up by Lena Olin.

    A River Runs Through It...Brad Pitt, before he was a star, and acted well with others.

    Gettysburg...Star studded cast, an accurate recreation.

    The Border...Jack Nicholson branching out in a more reflective role.

    Carnal Knowledge...Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkle, and a naked Ann Margret.

    A History of Violence...Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris

    Hidalgo...Viggo Mortensen, and an awesome horse.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:37 am
  • Speaking of Viggo - Eastern Promises? That was a great film, and I'd say quite underrated.

    Also, Cronenberg's adaptation of "The Naked Lunch".
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:52 am
  • Clifford is an underrated one. And, I HATE Martin Short, but, I giggle at that flick. Change Up count as a underrated comedy?
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:35 am
  • pehawk wrote:Clifford is an underrated one. And, I HATE Martin Short, but, I giggle at that flick. Change Up count as a underrated comedy?


    Martin Short is underrated. Jiminy Glick is hilarious.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:38 am
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:00 am
  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    JSeahawks wrote:Doesnt underrated have a different value to each and every one of us? If I think Gigli is the greatest movie in the history of movies, but you think its only the 2nd best movie in the history of movies, then in my eye you have underrated Gigli.


    No, it doesn't. Being underrated has a specific meaning that one can demonstrate with box office sales figures, DVD/Blu-ray sales data, number of awards won (and the importance of them), etc.

    How good or bad these movies are, on the other hand, is completely subjective, and I agree with you wholeheartedly in regards to that; but not whether they're underrated or not, in my opinion.


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    tr.v. un·der·rat·ed, un·der·rat·ing, un·der·rates
    To rate too low; underestimate.

    Actually, J's example fits the definition, not yours. Trying to apply some sort of linear or concrete system to this discussion is impractical and impossible.

    Sales figures = concrete but requires funding to advertise so more people know about it, which means it can be influenced by forces not related to the quality of the film. I'm surprised to see that you think that sales are a reflection of quality and/or importance.

    And, Awards = arbitrary. And how do you determine the importance of a given award?
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:18 am
  • Absolut, by the dictionary definition of "underrated", every single movie in the history of man is underrated, because you can find at least a handful of people that will consider any movie you can think of to be underrated. That's not the practical meaning of the word.

    If that's your argument, then let's just post the IMDB top 250 movies list in here.

    I also never indicated that sales are a reflection of quality or importance, both of which are not directly related to whether a film is underrated or overrated. (I actually said they were subjective, so basically, the opposite of your assertion.) A horrible film can be underrated, or overrated.

    I agree that awards are arbitrary, but what other criteria do you insist should be used, then; or is your argument that anything/everything can be underrated and/or overrated, and therefore, anything can make the list?

    I maintain that the commonplace meaning of the word is not strictly its dictionary definition. Hell, Merriam-Webster lists the first meaning of the word "gay" as "a : happily excited : merry <in a gay mood>", but let's be real; the vast majority of English-speaking people think of an entirely different definition when someone uses that word, don't they?
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:28 am
  • RolandDeschain wrote:This thread has demonstrated to me that most people don't know the dictionary definition of "underrated".


    RolandDeschain wrote:I maintain that the commonplace meaning of the word is not strictly its dictionary definition.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:29 am
  • For conversations sake, Im considering "underrated" to mean "underappreciated".. as a practical matter Im taking it to mean a movie not enough people have seen for what it is, or a movie that for whatever reason maybe people didnt appreciate on some level -- its over all quality, its message, its importance..
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:31 am
  • AbsolutNET wrote:
    RolandDeschain wrote:This thread has demonstrated to me that most people don't know the dictionary definition of "underrated".


    RolandDeschain wrote:I maintain that the commonplace meaning of the word is not strictly its dictionary definition.


    Alright, yes, that is amusing. I never bothered to look up the dictionary definition of it. However, the dictionaries seem to have a ridiculously ambiguous definition of it. Look at the synonyms they provide for it, and you'll see they fall much more in line with what I claimed. Unless you want to claim that synonyms don't count.

    Your argument is essentially that underrated cannot be quantified. I disagree about the real-world use of the word.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:42 am
  • I spent over 3 years sharing an office with a guy who disagreed and argued with everything just because he was good at it. He would get so tangled up in his argument that for all intents and purposes, he didn't even know what he was disagreeing with - just that he disagreed with it. It was fun to lead him down that path.

    1. No one knows the definition of the word.

    2. The word goes beyond simple definition.

    3. The definition is too ambiguous and shouldn't be considered.

    4. But, I can quantify the ambiguity.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:48 am
  • Ok, if you think that's me, that's fine. Everyone's entitled to their opinion.

    In all seriousness, I'd like to see you argue against every movie in existence not being able to be called "underrated" by the dictionary definition of the word, then.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:15 pm
  • Ok, give me a movie.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:16 pm
  • AbsolutNET wrote:Ok, give me a movie.


    What, for free? Can I have it back when you're done?
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:19 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    AbsolutNET wrote:Ok, give me a movie.


    What, for free? Can I have it back when you're done?


    DTex will be on this like white on rice.

    @Absolut: That's hardly an apt demonstration. We're discussing a method of evaluating whether any given movie is underrated. Turning the demonstration into one particular film's merits lets you find ways to pick one example apart, when we're not talking about a specific film, we are talking about an entire process of evaluating them. In other words, nice try at trying to narrow it down into a way you could "win" when it's beside the real topic at hand.

    So, no, I refuse to name a single movie for this. I want you to address the process of determining whether something is underrated or not, not discuss the finer points of *insert random film*.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:24 pm
  • Tokyo Drift. The most underrated of the fast and furious franchise.



    Seriously though, pitch black and lucky number sleven.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:28 pm
  • I think Pitch Black is too well-known and considered good by many to be underrated, IMO.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:30 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Speaking of Viggo - Eastern Promises? That was a great film, and I'd say quite underrated.


    Totally! Came across that one quite by accident and watched it never having heard a single thing about it. Excellent movie, and a poster case for the definition of "underrated" as it pertains to movies.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:40 pm
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    peachesenregalia wrote:Speaking of Viggo - Eastern Promises? That was a great film, and I'd say quite underrated.


    Totally! Came across that one quite by accident and watched it never having heard a single thing about it. Excellent movie, and a poster case for the definition of "underrated" as it pertains to movies.


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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:44 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
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    peachesenregalia wrote:Speaking of Viggo - Eastern Promises? That was a great film, and I'd say quite underrated.


    Totally! Came across that one quite by accident and watched it never having heard a single thing about it. Excellent movie, and a poster case for the definition of "underrated" as it pertains to movies.


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    No you didn't. Eastern Promises doesn't qualify for consideration for underratedness due to lack of required DVD/Blu-Ray sales and having not won any distinguished awards.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:54 pm
  • And, Eastern Promises is only underrated in terms of the "average", rube, no class movie going public. For people with tastes and appreciation for the artform, its a good film.
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Re: Underrated Movies
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:00 pm
  • pehawk wrote:And, Eastern Promises is only underrated in terms of the "average", rube, no class movie going public. For people with tastes and appreciation for the artform, its a good film.


    I will say this: I could have done with seeing more of Viggo's taint in the shower attack scene.
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