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U need 2 watch this! Rec a film that people should see that isn’t given enough credit

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  • U need 2 watch this! Rec a film that people should see that isn’t given enough credit

    So I stole the general thread idea from Dante's Game Recommendation thread and was wondering what sort of films you think are grossly underrated and deserve a watch from the other members of the board? Would be a cool way to stop our frequent slumps in movie viewing and put a film on the watch-list for when you feel indecisive.

    I'll start by recommending Jackie Chan's Little Big Soldier - although it was certainly received well in China and critically globally, when it comes from one of the biggest Martial Arts action stars there ever has been in Hollywood/Chinese action movies and Hollywood/Chinese Martial Arts comedy too, people often overlook this film and instantly jump to Police Story and Rumble in the Bronx. That's cool, but it's seriously a great shame this isn't seen by more people - it deserves it.

  • #2
    I'm not even sure where to begin

    I guess the first thing that pops into my head is Brick

    Give that a go if you're so inclined, I'll have more later


    • #3
      Cabin in the Woods, and, Scream if you've not seen them. Both are pretty meta when it comes to horror tropes and overused clichés but done in a way thats entertaining with the movies still working as horror movies.

      Memento. A Guy Pearce starring movie about a guy who due to an injury can't form any new long-term memories and so his memory gets 'reset' every day or two. Really awesome mindfuck movie told in an interesting way. Won't say more about it due to spoilers (also don't watch any trailers).

      Battlestar Galatica (2004). TV series rather than a movie but its such an amazingly well done show with fantastic actors, acting, story and characters. The very ending of the show is a bit... hit or miss, but overall the whole show is a must watch even if you don't have any particular fondness for sci-fi. If you have seen any of the recent sci-fi show The Expanse, BSG is much like that in terms of believability and a grounded sense to it (no laser beams but ballistic ammo, etc).

      The Expanse, TV series - see BSG above lol. Fantastic show. Still ongoing too so if you like getting into communities to talk, theorize and so on about ongoing shows nows the time.

      Dragonheart. Fuck anyone who disagrees but this film is amazing haha. Dragon hunting knights, immortal boy-kings, talking dragons and some of the most iconic/nostalgic music/dialogue combo that comes to mind. Look to the stars, Bowen, look to the stars... Apparently there are several sequels. Don't watch those. Its like the Home Alone series, first two were great and third was terrible but did you know theres actually FIVE of them? Thats how bad they were, you didn't even know they existed levels of bad.

      Ninja Assassin. I've suggested this before back on MGSF, but I honestly think its a very underrated movie. Its name is terrible yes, the movie is fairly stupid yes, but its incrediably well made with fantastic martial arts choreography alot of which is insanely violent, story is a nonsensical mess but the characters themselves are quite interesting actually. At least for the type of film it is. I still maintain it has one of the nicest romances in an age where romance is violently shoved down your throat in practically every movie, show, game, podcast, street flyers and ads. It also however has a really stupid suggested romance between the hero and the female lead which is nonsense.

      Hulk (2003). Back before Ruffalo starred as the jolly green rage monster, back even before Edward Norton checked comic book movie off his bucket list, we had Eric Bana playing the titular character. Rewatched this on Netflix recently and honestly its actually quite decent. The ending, in particular the big enemy and how its defeated (and especially how it looks jfc) is bad, but otherwise its quite an enjoyable movie. Whereas Ruffalo's version of the character is experienced and world-weary having been the Hulk for years, the 2003 movie actually deals with Banner becoming the Hulk initially and how that somewhat messes with him. I say somewhat because its a very light movie the same way the original Spiderman movie is light. Doesn't linger on character moments, etc. Still, regardless as to ones stance on the movie, I reckon it honestly has one of the coolest superhero theme music. I'd actually say its the best music in any of the MCU movies, most is so generic its forgetable even if in the moment its cool. This is the only music I actually remember (even before my recent rewatch).
      A shade of true intent.


      • #4
        Hell yeah Ev. I'm thinking we're soul-mates (by that I mean we're the only two people on earth who think Hulk (2003) is worth a watch.)


        • #5
          Watched Dragonheart at the cinema as a kid. I cried at the end, haven't watched it since.