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Twenty Unsung Great Movies of the Past Twenty Years 
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The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) - always goes under the radar where the Coens are concerned. It's perhaps almost "the film that wasn't there" :roll: .

Really dark, sad but humerous stuff. The Coens at their best.

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The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) - always goes under the radar where the Coens are concerned. It's perhaps almost "the film that wasn't there" :roll: .

Really dark, sad but humerous stuff. The Coens at their best.


Ehhhhh too artificial for me. It's them playing in their sandbox, and I never felt the film had a beating heart at its center

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The usual damned suspect is Showgirls and, really, the time has come to retire this movie as my go-to film when it comes to virtually anything.

So this:

The Man Who Wasn't There is at the very least overlooked if not out-and-out great. It edges up to greatness as a direct existentialist genre piece, small by Coen standards and about as a good as a combination of Albert Camus: Greatest Hits and B-List Noir could be.

Others, too.

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20 years. Darn. One of the first movies to pop into my head was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1990. I was about 8 when it came out on VHS, and I wore that tape out. One of my all-time favorite movies of my childhood. What surprised me was when a group of us rewatched it in college and realized--holy crap, it actually is a really good movie! I firmly believe that the lukewarm critical reaction was due to the subject matter, not the movie itself. One of my pet theories is that if you release the movie, exactly as it is, one year after Hellboy (a movie with a similar aesthetic and good reviews that I consider inferior to Turtles) it gets far stronger reviews.


I wasn't in the target demographic for TMNT--I was 28 when the movie came out and had never watched the TV show or read the comic. But I happened to watch it on TV a few years later one night when there wasn't anything else on that looked attractive to me, and my reaction was, "dang, this is actually a good movie".


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Bones wrote:
20 years. Darn. One of the first movies to pop into my head was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1990. I was about 8 when it came out on VHS, and I wore that tape out. One of my all-time favorite movies of my childhood. What surprised me was when a group of us rewatched it in college and realized--holy crap, it actually is a really good movie! I firmly believe that the lukewarm critical reaction was due to the subject matter, not the movie itself. One of my pet theories is that if you release the movie, exactly as it is, one year after Hellboy (a movie with a similar aesthetic and good reviews that I consider inferior to Turtles) it gets far stronger reviews.


I wasn't in the target demographic for TMNT--I was 28 when the movie came out and had never watched the TV show or read the comic. But I happened to watch it on TV a few years later one night when there wasn't anything else on that looked attractive to me, and my reaction was, "dang, this is actually a good movie".

My 12-year-old self still can't forgive the filmmakers of the original TMNT trilogy for totally changing Raphael's (probably my favorite in the cartoon series) character from the group wiseass to a brooding loner whom the others didn't care for all that much (and making Donatello into the wiseass instead). :|


Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:53 am
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The movie didn't change anything. Raphael was adapted more or less faithfully from his depiction in the original comics. The cartoon changed Raph into a wiseass, I guess because they figured kids would be confused by his angst and not buy his action figure.

That's not to say that the movie was an unimpeachable masterwork, but this is one issue for which it can't really be blamed.


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Let the Right One In and the remake Let Me In


Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:38 pm
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James,

Great list and great topic. You hit on some of my favorites. Here are some nominees from me that you didn't mention:

Kisses: A sweet tale of young love
Into the Wild: Not totally unsung but not given enough credit.
The Brothers Bloom: A fun heist flick that I seem to be in the minority in liking
Mary & Max: A must see animated film
Monsters: A great debut sci-fi flick
Moon: see above. Sam Rockwell is awesome as always
Still Walking: A gripping film from Japan
Adventureland: I loved this, many thought it was just ok
High Fidelity: Great novel. Great film.
Beginners: One of the finest films of the past two years
Blue Valentine: Painful, emotional and excellent
Take this Waltz: Sarah Polley is making great films that not enough people see
Me, and You and Everyone we Know: Miranda July just killed this
We Don't Live here Anymore: Solid Couples drama
Closer: I can watch this over and over and feel the pain each time
You Can Count on Me: Linney and Ruffalo are great
Blueberry Nights: Overlooked English language Wong Kar Wei
The Damned United: Really good football film
Definitely, Maybe: Sweet film
Please Give: Catherine Keener always hooks me
Hunger: Has one of the best long continuous shots I've ever seen
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: The rebirth of RDJ
Layer Cake: Daniel Craig became Bond thanks to this
Brick: If you haven't seen this, do so now before Looper comes out
Mysterious Skin: Wait, that's the kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun???!!!
Michael Clayton: Solid tense drama
Out of Sight: Clooney flashes what he would become and Lopez can act???
The Prestige: A really good Nolan film that no one talks about enough
Scott Pilgrim vs the World: For that special kind of nerd...like me
Stranger than Fiction: A really good Will Ferrell film
Two Lovers: Phoenix is great in this
The Visitor: Jenkins shines in a leading role


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bob harris wrote:
Kisses: A sweet tale of young love


Got this one from your recommendation and it's lovely.

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Moon: see above. Sam Rockwell is awesome as always


Great call. Best SciFi film in years.
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Definitely, Maybe: Sweet film


Would we call this a "great movie?" I liked it well enough, and more than I was expecting to, but c'mon

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Hunger: Has one of the best long continuous shots I've ever seen


And is much more than just that scene

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JamesKunz wrote:
bob harris wrote:
Kisses: A sweet tale of young love


Got this one from your recommendation and it's lovely.

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Moon: see above. Sam Rockwell is awesome as always


Great call. Best SciFi film in years.
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Definitely, Maybe: Sweet film


Would we call this a "great movie?" I liked it well enough, and more than I was expecting to, but c'mon

bob harris wrote:
Hunger: Has one of the best long continuous shots I've ever seen


And is much more than just that scene



Fair enough--Definitely, Maybe isn't great, but I just watched it again and it was fresh on my mind


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