There are some movies that I don’t watch because they get terrible reviews, or they look pretty cheesy, or they’re too girlie, or whatever. Some time later for some reason I end up seeing some, and it’s like wow. Now there are probably 10,000 (relevant) movies I never seen, and I’m not gonna get around to 99% of them probably, so I’d like to know what you consider to be a poorly-rated or unnoticed movie - not unknown, not low-budget necessarily - semi-mainstream would be good so it’s easy to buy/download/whatever - that has turned out to be much better than good. I’m gonna limit myself to 3 for myself, but there’s probably 100.
Unbreakable - you really don’t realize until the last 10 minutes of the movie just what exactly you’re watching - like Shyamalan’s Sixth Sense - but the build-up is perfect and all the pieces fit together, just a stunning movie to me, I actually cackled at the end when Samuel L Jackson has his last lines. I actually think this is better than the Sixth Sense, hard to like a Republican but you gotta like Willis in this
The Thirteenth Warrior - you can make fun of Banderas all you want, just remember his character’s really just a point of entry for the plot and a nice counterpoint that makes the real men in the movie look like supermen - which they damn well are, watch the early scenes on the boat ride to the North, Banderas all cowering while the others stand up against the storm. Lots of chopping but it makes total sense (except for Banderas learning old Norse or whatever - clever but haha uh no).
Reign of Fire - ridiculed as a too dark, pointless dragon movie, but the story makes total sense to me, and you gotta love McConaughey, plus Bale and the hot chick from Goldeneye
OK and one girlie movie - The Devil Wears Prada. I hate Prada, I think Anne Hathaway is a useless bore except for her boobie scene in Brokeback - but Meryl Streep is the greatest living actress and Stanley Tucci as a bald fag - they make the movie watchable and sometimes funny. Bring It On is extremely girlie but good jerkoff material ahem I heard it was anyway - but if jerkoff material is a different list entirely