This comic, which begins a new mini story arc, is 100% true (except for all the parts that didn’t happen). I did find the three movies listed in panel 1 in the Walmart bargin bin for less than $8 apiece, and I did feel a pang of bitter sweet irony upon being happy that I was able to acquire three films I consider to be essential classics for 24ish dollars and sad that they were crammed into a sadness tub with Scary Movie 2, Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer. Oddly enough, most of the non-essential movies in the bargain bathtub were squeakquels… er, sequels. Interesting. Maybe the lesson is to make one impossibly shitty movie, then stop. Just resist the urge to explore the heretofore unknown avenues of shit the first film left open. Hmm, something to think abou… Oh, wait. What’s that, Hollywood? “No,” you say? Just a flat out, “NO?” Oh, and a, “Hey kid why don’tcha go fuck yerself while yer at it?” as well? Fair enough. I appreciate you taking the time to hear me ou… oh, just get right on to fucking myself then? Got it. Can do.
COMMENTERS: What’s your favorite seemingly underrated movie? I’m not saying Stand By Me or Willy Wonka are underrated. I assumed they are perfect rated. But I bet dollars to Death Blossoms that The Last Starfighter doesn’t always get its due.
Adam D.· 103 weeks agoHudson Hawk, to me was an underrated film. Bruce Willis (with hair… some of it, anyways.) and Danny Aiello, ripping off one liners and comebacks like they never go out of style.
“Oh Bunny! Ball Ball!”
“I think Bunny’s got today’s ball-balls….”
I still get razzed whenever I suggest it, but… I’m glad I got my $5.00 blu ray copy, to treasure forever.
“How’s my commenting? 1-800-I’m Gonna Fuckin Die!’House of the Long Shadows . . . a very wink-wink riff on Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” from the early 80’s, with a bunch of horror greats: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and an ancient John Carradine (father of Wild Bill, Kung Fu, and Nerd Revenge Carradine)
leeapeea· 103 weeks agoThe Sandlot (though this may be one everyone loves enough that they don’t need to talk about how much they love it?). The Cutting Edge. Stigmata. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. That one I quite literally wore the tape out on the VHS. Nothing like cute optimistic teens and goofy optimistic dictators and historical figures to make a 12-year-old’s day.
Царь· 103 weeks agoThe gold and silver for underrated films has to go to “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.” Granted, they were not groundbreaking, iconic cinematic masterpieces like “The Matrix.” But, lets be fair, little could have matched what the original accomplished. They are good in their own right.
The bronze goes to “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.” Again, people compare it to the deep and intricate story lines from the games. An unjust comparison, to say the least. Please, lets give it its due. And, for the love of all things good and holy, please stop trying to convince me that “Final Fantasy VII – Advent Children” is anything but flashy fan service with a nothing of a plot. It is excruciatingly overrated, and in that category earns the gold.
HeyZeusKreesto· 103 weeks agoI always feel like Watchmen gets rated poorly, but I thought it was one of the best comic book movies of all time. Snyder captured the world of Watchmen as best you can. You could see specific panels from the comic come to life. I also thought the ending worked much better than the comic ending when translating it into a movie. Not to say the ending of the comic was bad. Just different mediums.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Though I can appreciate “Willy Wonka,” (that word used to be “tolerate”), and I can admit that Gene Wilder is the better Wonka, I feel like “Charlie” is just a better adaptation of the book overall, and it’s one of only two films (the other being Little Shop of Horrors) that I can just watch to feel joy.
And then there’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Oh god, what an awesome way to spend an hour and a half. It was everything I ever wanted out of a film titled “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
Kirby· 103 weeks agoI like Scary Movie 2… at least compared to every other possible piece of crap that has the word ‘movie’ in it that’s been out in the last few.years. I’ve never cared for Willy Wonka… for the same reason the author tried to.violently wrest the rights away from them after it was made.
As for a favorite under-appreciated movie… I’ve really got nothing, mostly because I’ve never really disliked a movie. Except Jarhead for reasons. I can find something to like in just about everything.The Rock, despite Michael Bay’s penchant for explosions where there need not be any and despite Nic Cage it is a very watchable film helped largely by Sean Connery and Ed Harris with a stellar supporting cast. Just not sure how under appreciated it is, most of which would be down to Bay & his Transformer efforts. And Nic Cage.
Lynne· 103 weeks agoI tend to get made fun of for how much I love Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman). It’s ridiculous and over-the-top and the source of one of the worst Mary Sues I’ve seen (quite an accomplishment), but it’s pretty clear that everyone involved knew all of that and decided to have fun anyway. It’s my go-to film for when I just want to enjoy myself and not have to think too much.“Undercover Blues” is a constant joy to my wife and me (and now our daughter, too). There are horrible plot holes and just a lot of silliness — but there’s some great bantering super-spy romance between Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner.I liked “The Last Starfighter” myself, though I had to wonder about the long term viability of a civilization that essentially walls itself IN.
I’d have to suggest Weird Al Yankovic’s “UHF”. Assuming one likes his rather bonkers form of humor, it’s a really fun movie.
And it’s not really a “movie” and more overlooked now than underrated – but it’s stunning to me how many people these days are completely unaware of how important “Michael Nesmith’s Elephant Parts” was to the development of music video – and thus to TV and movies.I feel like am one of the few fans of Quantum of Solace. Two other favs of mine that I don’t think are much watched are James Franco/Sophia Myles’ Tristan and Isolde and Ewan McGregor/Renee Zellwegger’s Down With Love. I also don’t understand why the Jason Momoa Conan wasn’t better received – it’s everything I could imagine wanting from a Conan movie!
skoby· 103 weeks agoI actually quite like wild wild west and waterworld even tho they were total flops I really ebjoyed them and have seen both several times. When a mate came round recently he laughed at my dvd collection… not at my girlfriends disney films and johnny Depp collection but wild wild west and waterworldI have soft spots for a number of poorly rated films. I still like to watch “Antitrust” which managed to capture some of the spirit behind Open Source software. Die Hard 2 isn’t as bad as many people make it out to be (granted, it’s the weakest of the bunch)
Other firm favourites for a lazy evening’s viewing: TimeCop (best JCvD sci-fi evaar), Fire Down Below (not sure why I like this film so much, but it’s definitely one of my favourite Seagal films).
Robert· 103 weeks ago“Toy Soldiers” A drug cartel takes over a boys’ boarding school full of pranksters and boys that have a problem with authority. Great phone sex scene and nice recipe for hidden booze.
Just mention the title to the uninitiated and they as if it’s the one with the army guy toys that go crazy.Flight of the Navigator. It’s dated now, but I still have a squishy spot in my heart for it. And it was the first use of that ‘liquid metal’ CGI that looked absolutely AWESOME! Possibly responsible for my being a massive sci-fi geek.
Also David Lynch’s Dune. Again, dated but still LOVE it as an adaptation.As odd as it may sound, considering its critical acclaim at the time it came out, but I think people have begun sleeping on The Untouchables. I don’t know if it’s because The Sopranos hijacked the mob genre or what, but damn that movie is good.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the original movie) was a victim of terrible marketing as someone decided to sell the campiest of camp B-movies as an action flick. Paul Reubens’ death scene is worth the $5 all by itself.
I’m also a huge fan of Blood of Heroes, a Rutger Hauer post-apocalyptic flick that features a couple of “before they were stars” appearances and some awesome action. The story is simple and the execution is great.
Lastly, Grandma’s Boy is the funniest Happy Madison production I’ve seen (probably because Adam Sandler isn’t in it). The cast is brilliant and it’s constantly hilarious.
Honorable mentions – Repo: The Genetic Opera; The Pretender (TV series), Blind Fury, Beastmaster, Darkman, Cloak and Dagger, Gotcha!, Blitz and The Rocketeer.
Eric· 103 weeks agoWell one of mine was mentioned but all of Ernest movies are a guitly pleasure for me and some of my friends…Just classic humor that’s create to make you laugh and not worry about anything else…Also another one…The 3Ninja’s…i’m 28 and i still enjoy the bad sound effects and how they try to make you believe that a 80 year old guy could fight like that. I can’t wait until my son is a bit older and watch all those movies with him!I still think Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days is one of the best distopic sci fi films of all time. And yet no one I recommend it to has ever heard of it, much less seen it. Plus you can’t tell me that with the advent of Google Glass we aren’t one small step away from the “playback” experience. Memories sold underground like street drugs! A murderer that makes his victims watch from his POV as he kills them! Angela Bassett as a total badass who saves the day and gets the boy!
90percentgeek· 103 weeks agoThere’s an awesome Mel Brooks movie called “To be or not to be” which isn’t very well known but I love. It’s not as zany as his other stuff but it has Christopher Lloyd as a batty german colonel, and Mel Brooks dressed up as Hitler.
Also Murdered by Death which features Peter Falk as himself and Peter Sellers as a mad chinese detective. Its a massively underrated film but I think it’s comedy gold!
Lurkie· 102 weeks agoI know I’m among geeks here, but the rest of the world doesn’t seem to appreciate The Fifth Element. Yes yes, Milla boobies are good, but aside from that, it’s just a goofy fun time. Bruce Willis playing a sullen tough guy, what a novel idea! I’ve even taught my 9yo daughter to say “Corbin, I have no fire”
KingMeIV· 102 weeks agoSunshine. I don’t know how it’s rated, but surprisingly few people seem to have actually seen it considering how amazing of a sci-fi flick it is. Lots of similarities to Event Horizon, but with what I consider to be a much tighter story with superior characters (and actors playing them).
FSilvermane· 102 weeks ago“The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen” was, from what I can tell, relegated to the dustbin of failure after it came out because I can find almost no one who has heard of it. That movie to me was amazing,..I mean Robin Williams as the King of the Moon [“you must refer to me by my full title,.. King of Everything. Rei di Tutto. But you may call me Ray.”] ,….. John Neville as the Baron,…. Uma Thurman as Venus,…its just a good all around movie ,..its funny and actually has a moral to it which is something most movies these days lack,….
Cherie· 102 weeks agoStrictly Ballroom (the least known of Baz Luhrman’s films)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (a MUST, MUST, MUST See! Seriously! Go watch it now if you haven’t seen it yet!)
And the one’s everyone thinks I should be ashamed of but I am not:
Tango and Cash
Big Trouble in Little China
Chaucer59· 99 weeks agoI really enjoyed Ahhnold’s “Last Action Hero.” The jokes were mostly well-timed and brilliantly executed. The kid on bike is riding down hill, leading a high-speed chase after convincing himself he can’t get hurt in a movie and suddenly realizes he’s the comic relief–that was priceless. And the villain, transferred out of the movie, shooting an innocent bystander only to realize that he doesn’t hear sirens. He shouts out “I’ve just shot this man in cold blood!” The only response is a disgruntled neighbor shouting at him to shut up so people can sleep. It had its clunky moments, but overall it was a lot of fun. I later saw that the New Yorker gave it a positive review. Everyone else panned it.