The Rapture (1991) I and Roger Ebert loved this movie. I thought it worked both intellectually and emotionally. Made only $1.3 million; not too popular with the few that saw it, but many of the IMDb use reviews point out its good qualities.
My favorite film that I don’t see getting much attention is Werner Herzog’s Stroszek. I’d never even heard of it until I picked up the big Herzog blu-ray collection, and just absolutely fell in love with it.
This thread is timely, as Cop Out just popped up on Netflix, and even Kevin Smith gives this (his own) movie a lot of shit. But honestly as I’m watching it (about an hour in) I’m super into it! Everyone is really fun/funny, the story is dumb but perfect (and it converges well), and there is some fun action to boot. Given all the backstory with Bruce Willis vs. Kevin Smith on set, Willis is turning in a great performance here that I’m digging. Same with everyone (the scene with Sean William Scott in the back of the car was fucking slaying me).
I often find movies that didn’t make a splash at the box office through off-the-cuff mentions on the Quarter to Three Movie podcast, sometimes in the over/under. And also, I’d notice if xtien quoted a move a lot and make a note to watch it.
Which is why my upcoming Netflix DVD shipment includes Brick and London, the latter of which is apparently mostly Chris Evans and Jason Statham philosophizing over cocaine. The 2.4 stars on Netflix wouldn’t have triggered a rental, but it sounds like it at least amused some of the movie gang.
Offhand, I’d start with John Carter. It got royally slammed, but watching it on the big screen with my son, we both enjoyed the action.
I vote John Carter as well. Very enjoyable movie. But to go totally against the grain I’d say Beastmaster. Which is far more enjoyable than Conan. Beastmaster has action. Conan has violence. Give me Beastmaster.
I liked John Carter too, but can’t agree with your dislike of Conan. The action choreography may not be tops, but it’s the scenes like ‘what gods do you pray to?’ or Conan stumbling on the ancient tomb that make me love it. Fuck, they had me at Mako saying “let me tell you of the days of high adventure!”
I confess I have not seen Beastmaster in over 30 years. It seemed… okay.
“Most underrated” is such a hard conversation, because to be underrated it would have to be widely seen and not be correctly appreciated. Like most cinema buffs would go “oh of course, Lone Star, one of John Sayles’ best”. And I would never call Session 9 underrated for instance, because mostly everyone who’s seen it agrees that it is great, and that’s why it’s a perennial on “top 10 horror movies you’ve missed” listicles.
So I’m going to go for “most underseen” instead
Like for instance, Save The Green Planet:
which is a dope, genre bending 2003 Korean movie digging into class disparity that is not Oldboy or Memories of Murder.
Or Asura: The City of Madness:
Which is more or less the noiriest thing that has ever noired.
Ot The Truth Beneath:
Which if nothing else has the most excellent noise rock band in cinema history.
Or Blues Harp:
Which is on my constant comfort viewing queue, but on its surface is hard to distinguish from the rest of the stuff Takashi Miike churns out on any given day.