What films do you think are the most underrated?
“A HIgh Wind In Jamaica” directed by Alexander Mackendrick and starring Anthony Quinn in his best performance.
“Bhowani Junction” directed by George Cukor and starring Ava Gardner in one of her best performances.
“Carrie” directed by William Wyler and starring Laurence Olivier in his best film performance.
THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
No other film has done a better job of asking the big questions. It’s doesn’t cheat in discussing deep subject matters. Existentialism without any artifice pandering to emotions. It’s not a film experience. I just view it as a philosophical debate. It has some really powerful ideas that I feel got lost in the hype surrounding its release.
Play Misty For Me is always the one film that comes immediately to mind when asked this question. Ranks, for me, just behind Dirty Harry as the best thing Clint Eastwood ever acted in or directed. Absolutely brillaint thriller- yes, it’s dated, but I love the era, so that’s ok.
Better than UNFORGIVEN? Blasphemous!
“Seven Servants” with Anthony Quinn
Haven’t heard a single person say anything about it ever, aside from the friend that showed it to me.
@scottie: Clint Eastwood is underrated himself.
A King in New York (Chaplin)
Fallen Angel (Preminger)
Europa ’51 (Rossellini)
Unforgiven does feature one of Eastwood’s best performances, and it is brilliantly shot, but it’s one of those films that I respect more than love. That being said, it has one of the best endings EVER.
//@scottie: Clint Eastwood is underrated himself.//
How so? He’s a well respected, Oscar winning director. He’s a well respected actor. He’s considered an icon by the Hollywood elite and the fans. That doesn’t sound very underrated to me. If anything, he’s slightly overrated as a director.
The Ice Storm – a great quiet film about the things we don’t say, but we all know
A Face In The Crowd
The New World, Valhalla Rising, Cul-de-sac, eXistenZ, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Young One, Siberiade, Wolf Creek, Medea (VT) to name a few.
Did you see the Valhalla Rising thread? Another person and I tried to make sense of that film, but I don’t think we go very far.
No I haven’t, I’ll look for it now.
@ Jazz, I just read the thread (though I had to skim over some of the last posts as I am going out in a moment) and I actually do think you had a pretty good grasp on the film. I (like to) think that the film was made open enough so that lots of interpretations can be valid, and I can’t remember the exact wording, but you said something about paganism and Christianity which I believe was one of the main themes of the film. I’m not so sure on the theories about North America and mythology. I think it is a very difficult film to try and figure out a specific meaning for, but this is one of the reasons I like it so much. It gives you space to think.
Otto Preminger’s “Bunny Lake is Missing”
Sidney Lumet’s “The Hill”
William Friedkin’s “Sorcerer”
Joseph Losey’s “Figures in a Landscape”
Richard Lester’s “Juggernaut”
John Frankenheimer’s “The Gypsy Moths”
I’ll go The Hospital and The Day of the Dolphin for some George C. Scott action, criminal how underrated those films are!
In my opinion a few of the movies i think of are Scanners, To live and die in L.A. and Excalibur.
Edna’s Most Underrated Films list.
1. The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Saverio Costanzo)
2. Jarhead (Sam Mendes)
3. Hoffa (Danny DeVito)
4. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (George Clooney)
5. Spy Game (Tony Scott)
6. Hearts in Atlantis (Scott Hicks)
Like Edna, I made a list but took number of fans as a measure of its ratedness.
Also: The Horse Whisperer by Robert Redford.
I feel ‘Shutter Island’ is quite underrated to be honest. Also ‘Zodiac’ .
I agree Zodiac is underrated i liked it more than se7en.
Wonderful and criminally underrated.
Spider (David Cronenberg)
Bound (Larry and Andy Wachowski)
Lost Highway (David Lynch)
The Mist (Frank Darabont)
The Devils (Ken Russell)
Gummo (Harmony Korine)
Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
Of recent years, Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant and Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control I really liked but don’t get talked about much.
All time you’d have to go Bunuel’s The Young One, Fellini Satyricon, all 3 Lynch films from the 90s outside of Straight Story. My 2 favourite American films of the 60s, Brooks’ In Cold Blood and Perry’s The Swimmer are waaaay underrated, and Brook’s Elmer Gantry and Frankenheimer’s Birdman of Alcatraz are similar too.