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The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by dscott8   » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:40 am

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This is a thread where we can recommend good movies that got overlooked, usually because some snooty critics were too "artistic" to appreciate them.

I'll start with Undercover Blues. Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner play married secret agents whose maternity leave is interrupted by a crisis involving US weapons stolen by the renegade former head of the Czech Secret Police (Fiona Shaw). Their lighthearted bantering approach to the mission is not impeded by having their baby daughter along, much less by Stanley Tucci as a vengeful but incompetent mugger. The wife & I laughed our butts off all the way through.
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Re: The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by Imaginos1892   » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:40 pm

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Big Trouble: Rene Russo, Tim Allen, Stanley Tucci

It's a hoot! Divorced dad with rebellious son, estranged couple with rebellious daughter, two sarcastic hitmen, two idiot crooks and a bomb. Mayhem and insanity ensues.

"Is dat a goat?"

By Dawn's Early Light: Rebecca DeMornay, Powers Boothe, Martin Landau, James Earl Jones, Darren McGavin

Renegade Russian military launch a nuclear missile at Turkey to start World War 3. Some want to stop it, some want to turn it up to 11.

Small Soldiers: Gregory Smith, Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Frank Langella, Tommy Lee Jones

A toy company is 'acquired' by a tycoon who doesn't know or care what the companies he buys do. Two rival toy designers build competing lines of action figures driven by military A.I. computer chips that failed EMP testing. The rivalry gets literal when the soldier toys declare war on the 'Gorgonite' toys.

The scenes with the mutant Barbies are priceless.

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Re: The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by Michael Everett   » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:21 am

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A few oldies-but-goodies.

The Princess Bride
You mean you haven't seen it? "Inconceivable!"
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means..."

The Mouse That Roared (Peter Sellers in 3 different roles)
A great anti-war film where a tiny country with an army of twelve longbow-wielding soldiers accidentally wins a war with America, much to both countries dismay...

Some Like It Hot (Black-and-white with Marilyn Monroe)
"I'm a man!"
"Nobody's perfect."

Cactus Jack (tentative rec)
The Governator plays a Handsome Stranger.
A live-action Western with a distinct Looney-tunes aspect (including the classic Tunnel-painted-on-a-cliff-face gag).
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Re: The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by dscott8   » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:35 am

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I'd like to recommend "My Man Godfrey", a depression-era black & white madcap comedy with a moral lesson. The gorgeous but outrageously silly Carole Lombard picks up down-and-out William Powell and turns him into her butler. Her spiteful sister does everything she can to wreck Carole's plans, while the family blindly indulges itself despite impending doom. Strong supporting cast parodies class divides. You will laugh yourself silly.
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Re: The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by ZVar   » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:50 pm

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Of those listed, I would say Mouse the Roared is likely the best, most underrated movie. It was simply great.

Mu contribution would be...
AnitTrust: Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook.
A computer programmer's dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems.

Down Periscope: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider.
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days.
A good comedy of a out of the box captain test the US Navy's readiness to deal with old subs.

Sneakers: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier.
A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.
This movie is how hacking is really done. It's not ncis, or csi hacking, it's about real social engineering.

V for Vendetta: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves.
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
The comic was better, but a good evil government flick (bonus to the head of the government played by John Hurt, who also played Winston Smith in 1984)

There are probably a good 100 more I can recommend, but I limited myself to 4 so as not to be too overwhelming.
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Re: The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by Weird Harold   » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:57 pm

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ZVar wrote:Down Periscope: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider.
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days.
A good comedy of a out of the box captain test the US Navy's readiness to deal with old subs.


A better submarine comedy: Operation Petticoat (1959)
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Re: The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by Daryl   » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:14 am

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The Duchess and The Dirtwater Fox. Hillarious western spoof.
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Re: The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by Annachie   » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:50 am

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Re: The Best Movies You've Never Seen
Post by dscott8   » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:12 am

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Another favorite is Desk Set, in which Spencer Tracy attempts to replace Katherine Hepburn's TV network research staff with a computer. A hilarious look at early attitudes toward information tech.
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