Movies you feel deserved more love

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When this movie came out, a lot of people overlooked it because it came out just a few months after the infamous Despicable Me movie. As a matter of fact, most people didn't even bother giving it a chance and just paired it up with Shark Tale and Monsters vs Aliens in terms of being rejections to animation.

Luckily, the internet eventually picked up on how amazing this movie is, and is now a grand success, to the internet. Love this movie.
Seriously, this is one of my top five favorite movies of all time. Every character is memorable, the plot is engaging, the comedy clicks a lot here, it has deep moments, and really has a unique twist I really appreciated in a movie with a theme on villains vs heroes.

What about you guys? What movie do you feel needs or needed more love back in the day?

Fire in the Sky. The 1993 alien abduction movie is one of me favorites but I rarely see it mentioned.

The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet, Atlantis: the Lost Empire, and The Emperor's New Groove are all underrated Disney movies and I will not back down on that.

Is Despicable Me really infamous?

Oh god, where to start? Jupiter Ascending, Batman v Superman, Southland Tales, Sucker Punch, Tomorrowland, The Lone Ranger, Speed Racer.. and these are just the ones I think are unfairly maligned, rather than obscure.

Blade Runner 2049 was appreciated by the critics, but the audiences kinda sandbagged it. On the other hand, that might be for the better, otherwise Hollywood would ruin it with a cashcow sequel with some hacks at the helm.

Dredd (2012) comes first to mind.

I can't really think of many movies that did hugely worse than they probably should - like that bombed when they should have been smashes. I think some famous flops were nowhere near as bad as their box office suggests: John Carter, for instance, is by no means terrible. Mind you, it made nearly $300 million which is actually pretty good in terms of movies as a whole - it's contextually as a blockbuster it was a disaster as it needed to make twice that at least.

I think there are quite a few direct-to-video films that were good enough to deserve theatrical release - some scuppered by scheduling problems or other technical wrangles more than low quality.

I think The Fall deserves to have more people watch it, for being an acid trip cross between Alice in Wonderland, Princess Bride and Wizard of Oz

Baffle2:
Is Despicable Me really infamous?

Not sure how to even begin, with what the movie accomplished. It made more than half a billion dollars during the first few days of release ... which was almost unheard of for animated movies. It didn't stop there either, apparently everyone couldn't get enough of the minions within the movie (my own father included).

Universal Studios got so into the hype of minions, their own theme park was decorated with minions, merchandise in every story had minions. It was crazy ...... and just to tell you how bad it got at one point:

The movie is infamous for how it got the minions to be shoved down everyone's throats for a long period of time, otherwise the movie on it's own is quite good, even great really. But yea.

Caramel Frappe:
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I think that just means it's famous. Slobodan Milo?ević is infamous.

Seconding Atlantis: the Lost Empire. For years I had what I thought was generic epic music that would play in my head when imagining something awesome, and it was only when I watched Atlantis again recently that I realised that the epic music originally came from the film. The tune had been stuck in my head for all those years, long after I had forgotten where I had heard it.

Megamind was great. I don't know if I should be thankful it bombed because Despicable Me would have happened to it. 3 sequel that gradually turn an idea into trash.

I liked Penguins of Madagascar way more than the mainline movies.

Frailty was clearly a movie people didn't see, otherwise they wouldn't have been suprised by Matthew McConaughey in True Detective. I also always liked Powers Boothe.

If your willing to put up with a very low budget, Series 7 is a look at Survivor-esque shows taken to extremes.

Reign of Fire Post-dragon-apocalypse with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey. Excellent special effects and bad ass action.

Rush Hour... 3!

PsychedelicDiamond:
Jupiter Ascending, Batman v Superman, Southland Tales, Sucker Punch, Tomorrowland, The Lone Ranger, Speed Racer... and these are just the ones I think are unfairly maligned, rather than obscure.

From the ones I've seen I can somewhat understand BvS and Sucker Punch while Southland Tales could only be divisive at best but Tomorrowland?

Also Megamind's trash. :-) Though maybe I don't watch the actual trash movies against which it would compare favorably.

The Iron Giant has gotten the love it deserved over time, but back in the day it might as well have been a speck of dust.

Master and Commander: The Far side of the World was a movie that didn't flop hard enough to become famous for it, nor did really make much of an impact on audiences. Likely didn't help that it came out during The Lord of the Rings craze. Meanwhile it's probably the best naval/seafaring movie there is. It feels authetic yet never boring or too dragged down by old timey rhetoric. It also has one of the best bromances ever put on film.

Krampus is similarly forgotten. It's not in any way hated, but it's too fucking good to not be talked about anymore.

Isn't this just a repeat of the "underrated movies" thread?

Oh well. I'll nominate some:

-Avatar: Honestly, at this point, I think this film is underrated.

-Man of Steel: This sort of fits in. It's less underrated and more extremely divisive. Certainly not perfect, but it's my #3 DCEU film, and honestly, I thought it was pretty solid.

-Ender's Game: Is it as good as the book? No. But this film was released without any hype, and what hype it did get was more tied up with the Card controversy. But I really like this film. It certainly captures the spirit of the book, and by God, the OST. Beautiful.

-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2: I can't call this underrated per se, but I consider it the best Hunger Games movie that I've seen. Which is pretty much the opposite for most people in my experience.

-James Bond: SPECTRE: I really don't get the hate for this film. It's my #6 Bond film.

-The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Does this count as being underrated anymore? I dunno. Everyone is hating on Fallen Kingdom, and as far as I'm concerned, they're right to do so. Still, I've always thought that JP2 was pretty good. As good as the original? No. But still good, and better than all of the films that came after it.

-The Hobbit Trilogy: Seriously guys, calm down. No, it's not as good as Lord of the Rings. No, it's not trying to be a 1:1 adaptation of the book, but rather a combination of adaptations (the book and the appendicies), plus tying into Jackson's own trilogy. So as that, as its own thing, I think it's pretty good. It's a good action-adventure film trilogy.

-Spider-Man 3: Okay, this film isn't good by any means, but I've always felt it was unfairly maligned. There's a lot of good stuff in here.

-Iron Man 3: One of the top tier MCU films...and I'm one of the few people who believes that.

-Doctor Strange: Ditto.

-Ant-Man and the Wasp: And ditto again.

-The Matrix Reloaded: Is it as good as the first? No. Is it as bad as the third? No (not that the third is "bad" per se, but certainly the weakest of the bunch). Honestly think this film is underrated.

-Mission: Impossible II: One of my favourite M: I films. I'd take it over drek like Fallout, thank you very much.

-Mortal Engines: WHY? I loved it. :(

-Oblivion: "Tom Cruise in the future fighting aliens." Did you think of Edge of Tomorrow? Well screw you, I'm thinking of Oblivion. Which is a film that deserves far more love.

-Pan: One of the worst films I saw in its year...and yet, I think it also deserves far more love. There's a lot more going on in this film than people give it credit for.

-Prince of Persia: The #2 VG adaptation ever made, least in live action. Needs more love.

-Starship Troopers 3: Marauder: It's not controversial to say that the Starship Troopers sequels never lived up to the original. But while ST2 is rightly maligned, I feel ST3 gets unfairly lumped in. It certainly got what worked about the original, and tried to imitate it. Not as well, mind you, but it's far truer to the original than ST2.

-2010: Odyssey Two: Okay, I can admit that 2001 is one of the most influential movies of all time, even if I really don't like it. But 2010 is all but forgotten, which is a shame, because it's actually quite good. Not nearly as influential mind you, but still, good. Like it far more than 2001.

-Star Trek: The Final Frontier, Into Darkness, and arguably 09 are all underrated.

Yes, I said it.

-Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Or, maybe not more love, but less hate. I dunno. This is one of those "love it or hate it" films. I'm more in the camp of "really like, even though it's got noticable flaws."

-Solo: It's such a shame this film bombed. It isn't the best Disney Star Wars film, but it's certainly the most enjoyable. I really enjoyed it. Shame not enough people saw it.

-Terminator: Salvation & Terminator: Genisys: Good as T1/T2? No. Better than T3? Fuck yes. Good films in their own right? Well, yes, actually.

-Titan A.E.: Most people acknowledge this is underrated already, still, shame it didn't make more of a splash.

-Tron: Legacy: Tron 2 is better than the original, even if both of them are still average at best. Deal with it.

-War of the Worlds: Seriously, why the hate for this film? Does the third act fall apart a bit? Yes. Does that mean acts 1/2 are bad? Fuck no.

-Alien 3/Alien: Covenant/Predators/The Predator: Yeah, there's a lot of films in this franchise that I think are much better than their detractors say. Least we can all agree Requiem is bollocks though, so there's that I guess.

CrazyGirl17:
The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet, Atlantis: the Lost Empire, and The Emperor's New Groove are all underrated Disney movies and I will not back down on that.

I thought PatF and ENG were pretty well regarded.

What Dreams May Come
Tremors
Tremors II: Aftershocks
John Carter of Mars
Mortal Kombat (just the original)
Resident Evil (just the original)

Some of these are maligned, but some have just been relegated to "cult classic" and I honestly think they're better than that.

Baffle2:
I think that just means it's famous. Slobodan Milo?ević is infamous.

Bah! Slobodan Milosevic gets all the love. What about Ratko Mladic? Severely underrated.

Casual Shinji:
The Iron Giant has gotten the love it deserved over time, but back in the day it might as well have been a speck of dust.

You can thank Cartoon Network for keeping the movie alive with all of the marathons they used to on or around Thanksgiving holiday.

Speaking of Warner Bros. Animated movies: Cats Don't Dance. This animated movie I find better than most of Disney animated output from the 90s.

El Dorado is another underrated animated film too!

CrazyGirl17:
The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet, Atlantis: the Lost Empire, and The Emperor's New Groove are all underrated Disney movies and I will not back down on that.

Agreed!

Ninja Assassin - Any movie that deserved at least one sequel was this! How this failed at box office was beyond me. The action and choreography is good, and while most of the gore is CGI (but stylized), it fits the anime influence they were going for. At least the film ended on not having a sequel hook.

TMNT: Out of the Shadows - I would have loved to see a 3rd movie, but due to hateful critics, a hesitant audience, and Nickelodeon's overly high expectations, we won't see a three. This movie I found better than Secret of the Ooze, III, TMNT (2007), and TMNT (2014, I enjoyed this too). Hell, it is almost on par with the 1990 movie.

Any action movie starring Scott Adkins. His action movies on DVD are better than 85% of the crap that comes out on theaters. See The Accident Man or Ninja: Shadow of a Tear to know what I'm talking about.

Man of Steel - This more so from the snobby, know-nothing-know-it-all, nostalgia blind for Christopher Reeve film critics. Audiences mostly love the film, but I still feel MoS does not get enough credit or certain people undermined the films accomplishments.

The A-Team move deserved a sequel too.

Dredd 2012 was amazing but it flopped. It's a shame, I heard the sequels were going to do Judge Death.

Fieldy409:
Dredd 2012 was amazing but it flopped. It's a shame, I heard the sequels were going to do Judge Death.

Could probably have done without Judge Death in a sequel - keep it more cleaner SF. The good news is that, I think, there's a Megacity One TV series in development - although at what stage, I'm not so sure.

But Dredd 2012 caught the feeling of the comics really well - except perhaps that Judge Dredd is usually filled with black humour and satire, which the movie mostly missed. I suspect a reason for the flop is partly that Judge Dredd is pretty niche outside the UK, and that it was a tight but relatively unflashy ride. It was never going to be a blockbuster, but it could and deserved to be a solid middle performer - perhaps about $200M global box office. God help us but Resident Evil: Retribution released in the same year was over $200M, and I defy anyone to say that was a better film than Dredd.

Prince of Persia

It was just a fun summer adventure movie, too bad it never got any sequels.

So I'm going to use this time to show off one of my favorite movies.

Do you remember those lists "You better Catch This Before it Leaves Netflix"? It pointed me to this.

It's called Ink.

After I watched it, I immediate bought it on Amazon. Watching it, I remembered instantly what it was like to feel magic in storytelling as a child.

Or maybe just magic in general.

Columbiana.

It's essentially a Punisher movie with a Latinx woman instead of Frank Castle. It's not much more than a solid action movie, but I do think it's routinely overlooked.

The Mechanic is also a good movie (with a slightly disappointing follow-up).

xXx: State of the Union was cheesy bordering on blackspoiltation, but it was a lot of fun for how absurd it was.

Killer Elite was another Statham action movie (which could be classified as a genre in an of itself) that got overlooked despite a real sense of the time period that few other movies are able to achieve.

Oops, I screwed up the dates. Sorry.

Still, Flushed Away is underrated (even despite the slugs).

Flight of Dragons. I know people like to rag on Rankin Bass but I loved this movie as a kid because of how creative it was and aspects like how the final battle is won were things I always remember.

The 80's The Blob movie. Holy crap I'm glad I didn't see this as a kid because that melting scene in the hospital is amazing from a special effects perspective and completely terrifying. I would have been scarred for life.

Another great one is Killer Klowns From Outer Space. It is utterly ridiculous but the movie works (Not as a horror movie so much except for the scene in the police station) as a fun movie because, as the creators say in the commentary for the DVD, it is played with a completely straight face.

CrazyGirl17:
Treasure Planet, Atlantis: the Lost Empire

I'm all for that! It's such a shame almost no one remembers those movies.

davidmc1158:

Tremors
Tremors II: Aftershocks

Yes! Give me a high five! Love the Tremors series, even if they did make me terrified of open ground when I was a little kid.

I feel like 2008's Speed Racer got a bit of a crap run, especially on RT. It cut some corners on the CGI in a number of places, but it went full throttle in the parts of the show that mattered most, the races. It was good, silly, light hearted fun that had the spirit of the original show along with plenty of new age feel to it that I think went really well together. Re-watched it some time early this year and it got me all emotional.

And someone would have to be flat out lying to my face if they told me that the soundtrack wasn't jammin' as fuck. Thunderhead and the Casa Cristo had wonderfully done music, as did the rest of the movie. One of my favourite movie scores, and one of my favorite movies in general. But then again, maybe I'm just fascinated by flashy things like that

Oscar. It's a relatively simple screwball comedy starring Sylvester Stallone as a gangster who promises his father - a scene stealing Kirk Douglas - he'll go legit. Character actors all around doing their thing including Tim Curry not as a villain but a nebbish but otherwise decent elocution teacher.

Tireseas:

Killer Elite was another Statham action movie (which could be classified as a genre in an of itself) that got overlooked despite a real sense of the time period that few other movies are able to achieve.

Talking of Statham, I thought Parker was pretty decent, too. Although quite a few of Statham's movies around that period were distinctly towards the mediocre level.

Edit - and topically enough, look what just popped up;
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/25/every-jason-statham-film-ranked

Van Helsing. That movie is just great fun. It's high camp and pulp, but that's on purpose.

Dredd 2012, like others have mentioned.

The Fountain. Probably my personal favorite movie of all time, on an emotional level.

Gods of Egypt. It's a mythological film, about mythological beings, doing mythologically epic stuff. Yeah the whitewashing was unfortunate, but I mean, the stuff they are doing, it's not really made up. It's right out of most modern mythologies. The shit is weird yes, but that's mythology for you. I dunno, maybe as someone who spent years playing and running the roleplaying game Scion (where you play the literal children of the Gods, think God of War, and you are Atreies.) Maybe because of that, I'm more accepting of the overly dramatic, and high fantasy stuff that happened in that film.

Im sure there are others, but that's all I can think of right now while at work.

Tireseas:
Columbiana.

It's essentially a Punisher movie with a Latinx woman instead of Frank Castle. It's not much more than a solid action movie, but I do think it's routinely overlooked.

The Mechanic is also a good movie (with a slightly disappointing follow-up).

xXx: State of the Union was cheesy bordering on blackspoiltation, but it was a lot of fun for how absurd it was.

Killer Elite was another Statham action movie (which could be classified as a genre in an of itself) that got overlooked despite a real sense of the time period that few other movies are able to achieve.

My main problem with Colombiana was that the action scenes are terrible. Too much over editing and shaky cam. I like the actress in the character though.

Happyninja42:

Gods of Egypt. It's a mythological film, about mythological beings, doing mythologically epic stuff. Yeah the whitewashing was unfortunate, but I mean, the stuff they are doing, it's not really made up. It's right out of most modern mythologies. The shit is weird yes, but that's mythology for you. I dunno, maybe as someone who spent years playing and running the roleplaying game Scion (where you play the literal children of the Gods, think God of War, and you are Atreies.) Maybe because of that, I'm more accepting of the overly dramatic, and high fantasy stuff that happened in that film.

I'd maintain that the "whitewashing" in GoE was, like most washing controversies, a non-issue. That aside, I liked the film. I mean, it was bad, but enjoyable. Greek mythology was more my jam as a kid, but the Egyptian gods duking it out in bad CGI, with a literal plot point being gathering parts of the other gods to go uber, cue the boss battle? Heh, awesome.

eXistenZ

A turn-of-the-millennium-sci-fi-thriller that asks deep questions about our own agency and sense of self-identity. It came out at the same time as The Matrix, dealt with similar subject matter in a much less optimistic (and in a far.....fleshier) way and therefore got crushed at the box office.

Great director, fantastic cast of actors (Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law) and a finale that is just so deliberately and hilariously convoluted that I stood up and cheered.

https://soundcloud.com/jimquisition/the-spin-off-doctors-existenz

Hm, I'd consider films that I never seen talked about before as not receiving enough (any?) love, as the high profile commercial failures are just not receiving financial love, which is the worst kind of love. Unless you're poor. Or an addict. Or both. Anyway, the point is it's still attention, which the law of averages dictates will come with a percentage of lovers regardless of quality.

Sexy Beast: the name and description might give this a bad impression for some, from the director of Under the Skin (also underappreciated, but have at least seen it mentioned by others before), is a fine example of a grounded antagonist of which I've seen varying examples of in reality, played by Ben Kingsley. Very tense to watch him on screen and how others hold themselves in his vicinity.

Predestination: a surprise time travel gem.

Dave Made a Maze: came out of nowhere, went back into nowhere, but never forgotten.

Sorry to Bother You: is lovely. Got Tessa Thompson in, for the MCU fans out there. And Terry Crews. AND Danny Glover.

The Infidel: a mildly humourous bonding of a Jewish and a Muslim human in some part of this country, written by David Baddiel, I only recently found out.

Possum: Eugh.

Sightseers: Dark Brit Comedy, somewhat tied to Prevenge, another hidden gem.

Alien Autopsy: didn't think a film with Ant and Dec could be a good time, but here we are. Contains a comedian from the above film also. Maybe low expectations did what they do best.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot: ...?

Chicken: indie play adaptation.

1 Day: hip hop street musical, not to be confused with 'One Day'

Eye of the Beholder: Ewan McGregor finds newfound serial killer fetish during secret agent employment.

Super: not sure if nobody...

Free Fire: all gunfights need to be this from now on.

Kill List: So. Atmosphere. Heavy.

CrazyGirl17:
The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet, Atlantis: the Lost Empire, and The Emperor's New Groove are all underrated Disney movies and I will not back down on that.

I definitely agree with Princess and the Frog and Treasure planet, haven't seen Atlantis and its been years since I saw Emperor's New Groove so I can't really speak for them.

I have to add Redline to the list.
Its an incredible anime movie.


And best of all, its available on youtube for free.

For an even lesser known animated film, I gotta give it to Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer


Its kind of offensive how good this movie ends up being, but good luck finding it.

Agema:
Dredd (2012) comes first to mind.

One of my favorites too and it did horribly.
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=dredd.htm

Yet it appears to have been reasonably well received.
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dredd

Fingers crossed for the best movie out now that so far isn't getting enough love? I just saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and loved it. Yet you have people like Gracie on youtube scandalized that they allowed a little girl to put her hand on Leo's knee, trying to comfort him as he weeps for his crashing career. Very few people at the screening I watched this opening weekend. Lot of controversy. But me and mine thought it fantastic. I'll buy it when available for home viewing.

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