Overlooked Movie

Directed by Neil Jordan and released in 1986, Mona Lisa tells the story of a small time hood who has just been released from prison. It’s a tribute to the late Bob Hoskins, and the only film that earned him an Academy Award nomination.

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Anniversaries are hit and miss in the Godzilla universe, but this overlooked entry (obscured by remakes and awkward chronological positioning) is one of the best.

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A movie this complicated, this layered, and this far-out absolutely deserves a full-on DVD/Blu-ray package chock full of informative extras that illuminate the themes from the film.

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Kicking and Screaming wasn’t really a big hit when it came out in 2005. Maybe its because its number-one goal was to showcase its star verbally and physically abusing kids. Kicking and Screaming may be overlooked, but it deserves a fair shake — at least partially because it’s the kind of movie aimed at kids that adults [...]

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Judi Dench received her sixth Oscar nomination for the darkly funny oddball drama Notes on a Scandal in 2007, just as Fox Searchlight hoped she would when they released it during awards season. As an extra bonus, Cate Blanchett also received a supporting actress nomination as well — her third. The movie went on to [...]

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Ben Wheatley’s overlooked movie ‘Down Terrace’ is basically a surprisingly funny mumblecore movie with a focus on guns and murders instead of self-indulgent whining and indie-pop music. The film feels real without ever feeling boring, or sacrificing the hardness of the story for mushy feelings.

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‘Good Bye Lenin!’ is an overlooked comedy that starts like a Twilight Zone episode and moves on to something deeper.

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Today’s Overlooked Movie Monday looks at an underappreciated film by Tarsem Singh, the visual stylist behind ‘Immortals.’ This is the one film where the director puts all the elements together.

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“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” Providing both a riveting portrait of Noam Chomsky as a figure in the American political and academic landscapes as well as a thorough exploration of its titular thesis, “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media” is as fluid and richly cinematic a [...]

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“Black Death” is one of those movies that just kind of came and went, with very little hype or marketing, stretched out over a long period of time. Those people who noticed it at all probably (like me) confused it with “Season of the Witch,” since the plots are very similar, and both trailers started [...]

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What other film offers as much in the way of visual detail and intrigue with such static, humdrum visuals actually presented?

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Why Richard Lester’s “Superman II” is an overlooked movie classic that is reflective of its era.

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Darren Aronofsky might see a second wave of consideration and approbation wash over his grossly misunderstood romantic sci-fi epic from 2006, “The Fountain.”

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“How do you get a concussion when you don’t got any fucking brains?” Paul Aufiero doesn’t go through the motions of a surface-level functioning social life; he begrudges them. He’s 36 years old, unmarried, and uninterested in the prospect, lives at home with his mother with whom he’s in constant bickering conflict, and the entirety [...]

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That “Titan A.E.” is likely to go down as one of the most under-seen and under-appreciated films of all time is genuinely heartbreaking. At the time of its release in 2000, it was sidelined by a grossly mishandled marketing campaign that obscured its originality, concealed its greatness, and gave no real indication of its intended audience. [...]

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