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Robyn:
The IMDB ratings for these films are surprisingly low imo:
Spring Breakers (5.3)
Cosmopolis (5.0)
Haywire (5.8)
Blackhat (5.4)

The first two lured in the wrong audience by staring Robert Pattinson/disney stars/whatnot, which could explain their ratings, but has still a low average rating on other less mainstream sites (Letterboxd, RYM, etc). I don't think that I have actually met or talked to anyone who didn't love Spring Breakers though, so I wonder where all this hate is coming from. Haywire and Blackhat also has a ridiculous low average considering they are entertaining action films that should appeal to an mainstream audience.

What are your favorite underrated films?

Jeremy Blackman:
Most of the movies I think are underrated tend to be divisive or not everyone's cup of tea. So I can't get too mad. Still, I don't understand why Dogville isn't widely considered one of the best films ever made. It's basically just pitch-perfect, staggering brilliance from beginning to end, and it has so much to say.

My pick for 2018 would be Bad Times At The El Royale.

Robyn:

--- Quote from: Jeremy Blackman on January 20, 2019, 03:00:15 PM ---Most of the movies I think are underrated tend to be divisive or not everyone's cup of tea. So I can't get too mad. Still, I don't understand why Dogville isn't widely considered one of the best films ever made. It's basically just pitch-perfect, staggering brilliance from beginning to end, and it has so much to say.

--- End quote ---

I have convinced a lot of people to watch Dogville with me (including all of my ex-girlfriends lol), and they have all loved it. It's not my favorite Trier film, but it's the one I would recommend to basically anyone. Trier even joked that he put it on a stage because he realized that it was too accessible  - that's just him being stupid, but I do believe that it would have found a wider audience if it was made differently.

polkablues:
It's got a pretty solid IMDb score, but I've never met another person in real life who's seen Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead, and none of the online reaction I've seen suggests that other people reacted to it the way I did.

Something Spanish:
we've never met in real life, but here's proof that I've seen this little Keith Gordon gem: https://web.archive.org/web/20000818025115/http://movienavigator.homepage.com:80/wakingdead.htm

WTD was either the first or second press junket I attended, and is particularly memorable because I used the miniature alarm clock, customized with the film's title printed on the inside, given to me by the publicist all through junior & senior year of high school. even read the book, which was given handed out to us as well. remember seeing it again on cable a few years late, haunting little love story.

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