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    On the flip side, what movies do you feel have never received the attention they so richly deserved? I'm not talking about *bad* movies that are still fun, but truly good films (in your opinion) that were either panned by critics or ignored at the Box Office?

    For me, Empire Records leads the pack in this area. It actually went straight-to-video if I'm not mistaken. I've always adored this movie, and while I don't think it should be winning any Oscars, I've never understood how it never made it to theatres when so many other truly horrendous films did. At the time, its cast was largely unknowns, many of whom have gone on to have big careers - Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Robin Tunney, Anthony LaPaglia. Surely if the same movie were released tomorrow, the result would be a little different.

    Anyhoo, what are your picks?
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    The movie Dogfight (1991) starring Lili Taylor and River Phoenix. It was only given a theatrical release in two cinemas in the USA, it went straight to video in the UK.

    THE PLOT:
    1963, the night before the 18 years old "Birdlace" Eddie and his friends are shipped to Vietnam. They play a dirty game called 'Dogfight': all of them seek a woman for a party, and who finds the most ugly one, wins a prize. Eddie finds the lonesome pacifist Rose working in a coffee shop. She's happy to accompany him - but then she sees through the game. However by this time he already learned to like her, so he follows her home. Will he manage to win her heart despite their differences?

    This is one of my favourite movies of all time and i don't think it ever got the recognition that it deserves. Everyone was perfect in it and the story is awesome.

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    I liked that movie too!

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    Ishtar (Beatty/Hoffman/Adjani)
    The Fortune (Beatty/Nicholson/Channing)

    Both hilarious, intelligently written, comedies.

    Bulworth (Beatty/Berry/Platt/Warden/Sorvino)

    A tragic farce or a farsical (sp) tragedy. Either way, a sublime political satire. Got snowed under because it premiered together with Godzilla. Neo-cons hated its subject matter, even though the Democrats were criticized in it, too.

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    ^^^
    totally agree about bulworth

    i also loved the movie 'human nature', directed by michel gondry, and i liked it more than 'eternal sunshine of the spotless mind' which received a lot more acclaim and was more successful at the box office.
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    This is actually tough.

    I don't think Risky Business has gotten enough credit as a
    thinking-person's teen movie, even though they apparently
    teach it in film school in Europe.

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    Got to agree with Empire Records. I lent the movie and soundtrack to nearly everyone I know - they all love it.

    Hudson Hawk - I LOVE that film, sad I may be. Sandra Bernhard and Richard E Grant camp it up and are appalling, but I loved Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello in that fillm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    Gimme The Thin Red Line over that shallow tripe anyday.
    saw this in the overrated films thread re: saving private ryan.
    the thin red line was wonderful and it got mixed reviews and was sort of ignored at the box office
    jim caviezel was so good in this and then he had to go ruin it by making the passion of the christ (speaking of overrated...)
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    'Fearless' with Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez. Like no one has seen it.

    Gosh, cannot think of any others. Theres a TON of movies that I love that I think every single person should love too, but thats a different thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuth View Post
    The movie Dogfight (1991) starring Lili Taylor and River Phoenix. It was only given a theatrical release in two cinemas in the USA, it went straight to video in the UK.

    THE PLOT:
    1963, the night before the 18 years old "Birdlace" Eddie and his friends are shipped to Vietnam. They play a dirty game called 'Dogfight': all of them seek a woman for a party, and who finds the most ugly one, wins a prize. Eddie finds the lonesome pacifist Rose working in a coffee shop. She's happy to accompany him - but then she sees through the game. However by this time he already learned to like her, so he follows her home. Will he manage to win her heart despite their differences?

    This is one of my favourite movies of all time and i don't think it ever got the recognition that it deserves. Everyone was perfect in it and the story is awesome.
    I completely agree.

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    Last Night, a little Canadian movie...

    It's a sort of dark comedy/drama, about what people would do with the last 6 hours they had on the planet earth (some unexplained catastrophe was going to destroy the world).. 5 or 6 interconnected stories all woven into one movie. Sadly funny and really quite beautiful. The ending had me in tears.

    it has Sandra Oh, David Cronenberg, Viviene Bujold.. she in particular is so understated and classy that it defies description.

    it might be hard to find (and for some reason, on DVD it isn't in widescreen.. perhaps not shot that way) but it's worth it. It's uniquely Canadian (obviously set in Toronto) but it doesn't ram that down your throat.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156729/
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    There are so many underrated movies...Last Night is one of them. Sandra Oh is excellent in it, as usual.

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    I swear to god, i bawled like a baby at the end of that movie.. in the theatre too, it was mortifying
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    It was a very moving film, and incredibly well acted. Quirky, too.

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