Underrated Movies That Are Great for a Watch… or Ten
We all have them – movies that we know aren’t “great” but we unabashedly enjoyed and watch over and over. This is my list. I may even own most of them. Go ahead, judge me. Don’t care.
- •Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2011) a bored slacker living in Toronto, who meets a girl. To get her, he must defeat her seven deadly exes. With great music, video game references, some of the supernatural, and a fun cast this movie is basically one of my favorites. Constantly heard in my house – “Is that Scott Pilgrim again??” – annoyed wife.
- •The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Global warming gone crazy – massive storms, crazy visual effects, and enough stupid plot lines (escaped wolves!) makes this a bit of a kitchen sink movie. They just threw all sorts of shit in here, but it works. I irrationally love this movie and will probably watch it this weekend.
- •The Darjeeling Limited (2007) - Wes Anderson gets love for his creative, beautifully shot, and down-right weird movies (Royal Tenenbaums, Grand Budapest Hotel), but this is one is my favorites. Funny, clever, and trains. I'm in.
- •Burn After Reading (2008)- star studded and directed by the Coen brothers, this movie is fun, silly, annoying, and at times fairly poignant. The scene were Chad and Linda (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) call Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) is classic. Plus anything with J.K. Simmons in it gets my attention.
- •True Romance (1993) - Written by Tarantino, this movie is one of my all-time favorites. It has the classic dialogue of a Tarantino flick (just watch Dennis Hopper explain Italian heritage to Christopher Walken) with great characters, excellent imagery, and fast-paced action. If you don’t like this one, we can’t be friends.
- •Go (1999) - story device is fun (bad drug deal told from three perspectives) Go is fun, fast-paced, has lots of recognizable actors who perform well, along with a great soundtrack. Also helps if you dabbled in the world of sex, drugs and roll 'n roll. And haven’t we all (just kidding Mom. I’m at church right now!)
- •Toy Soldiers (1991)- A movie with some classic b-level movie issues: plot holes, stereotyped characters, 80’s special effects. This is Die Hard in prep school. Columbian terrorists take over a school and demand the release of a captive. Some of the boys fight back, Louis Gosset Jr does Louis Gosset Jr things, bing-bang-boom there’s your movie.
- •Demolition Man (1993) - this has some of the worst acting and dialogue ever put on screen. The actors would greatly appreciate you forgetting this movie was made. Why do I like it? It's so bad it’s good. With cryogenic freezing, a future time set, terrible one liners, and lots of gun play it is just plain fun. If you accept it just kinda sucks.
- •The Way, Way Back (2013) - A coming of age story for a 14 year old boy on summer vacation with his mother, her boyfriend, and his daughter. A great cast, great writing, and a beautiful way of following the lead as he comes to grips with himself through friendships he develops over the summer. Just watch this one.
- •Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000) - Yeah. It’s an utterly ridiculous stoner comedy. Again... sorry mom!
- •I’m Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988) - Just a classic movie of my childhood starring Keenan Ivory Wayans in his In Living Color heyday. I absolutely love everything about this movie and its take on Blaxploitation movies. “How much for one rib?”
- •Cedar Rapids (2011) All the makings of a snoozefest. Set in Iowa? Check. Everyone works in insurance? Check. Revolves around work conference, about insurance? Check. Even with all that to overcome, this movie lives by its outstanding acting from Ed Helms, Anne Heche, John C. Reilly, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
- •Waitress (2008) Starring Keri Russell and Keri Russell’s curly hair, this small independent film is well written, well-acted, and both funny and touching at the same time. Did I mention Keri Russell’s hair?
- •Thank You for Smoking (2005) Honestly, this is one of my favorite movies. A first-person narrative steeped in satire had me hooked from the beginning. Aaron Eckhart as Nick Nailor, tobacco lobbyist, is just perfect, along with the right amount of J.K. Simmons to keep me satisfied. Great cast, great writing, and lots of sarcasm makes Matt happy.