Why Aren't These Gems More Fondly Remembered?
I love this movie. I really, truly do. Just watch that clip, I defy you to not laugh once. It ain't possible. Every time I watch that clip alone, by the end I'm sobbing with laughter. It bewilders me that this movie is so overlooked and underrated.
I actually remember seeing this as a kid on VHS, and finding it fun. Watching it as an educated, cultured adult, though, was a hell of an experience. The satire shone through much more for me, more jokes landed, and I could appreciate the genius of the movie. It has a little cult following now, but it's nowhere near as revered as it should be.
I hadn't heard of this movie until recently, when I saw a discussion on Die Hard clones and this film came up. I thought they were talking about that shitty Small Soldiers, but I looked into it and was intrigued by Toy Soldiers, especially since it's R-rated. I'm glad I gave it a watch, because it's a fantastic movie.
Toy Soldiers is fun all the way through to its core. It's a well-made, funny, exciting action film that demands to be viewed multiple times.
Whenever I hear that somebody hasn't seen this movie, I recommend they pick up a copy at the earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, it's still very obscure, so video stores don't stock it and there aren't many good torrents around. DVDs are scarce, and a proper Blu-ray hasn't been released yet. It shocks me.
Extreme Prejudice is a pure, awesome '80s action flick, with colourful dialogue and insane action sequences. Taking its cues from The Wild Bunch, it's a very violent movie, and it's all the better for it. Plus the cast is a veritable who's who of the era. It's such a shame that this movie is underrated and overlooked. I've shown this movie to a few friends, and they loved it. It's one of Walter Hill's crowning achievements.
Like many titles in this list, I had barely heard of this movie, and only watched it due to a recommendation. Plus, it's a Russell Mulcahy movie, and he's great with action. To my surprise, this is a rock-solid motion picture, and it's wonderful to see that it's having something of a cult resurgence. Indeed, I know several people who've seen and loved the movie, and the recent restored Blu-ray from Shout! was a well-received release.
I will definitely make sure that my kids grow up with this one.
Another little cult movie that I watched due to a random recommendation, and I'm very glad that I got the chance to view it. Here's a wonderful Spielberg-produced adventure movie with an Indiana Jones vibe that's extremely entertaining and good-natured.
Just look at the clip above. Despite being young, Sherlock's dialogue is intelligent, and that really goes for the whole movie: it's smart and well-written.
It's hard to find anything but contempt for The Phantom, and I still don't get it. I watched it quite a lot as a kid and found it good fun back then. Revisiting it again as an adult, I still enjoy it.
The clip I've embedded is a wonderful demonstration of how much fun the movie is. It's just a rip-snorting action-adventure yarn which never takes itself too seriously. Give me this fun time over Chris Nolan's Batman movies.
I'm probably bending the rules a little bit by including this one since it's a pretty well-remembered cult item by now, but it's still far too overlooked.
I wish I could find YouTube clips of the action scenes, which show you just how fun this movie is. But it's probably for the best, as the film is best watched on a big HD TV with sound cranked up for maximum effect. I wish I grew up with this movie, and my kids will definitely watch it.
This is probably the most underrated and overlooked movie in history. It's a very niche title, and though it has a minor fan-base, it doesn't seem to have the following that it should.
Falling Down is a masterpiece, pure and simple. It's director Joel Schumacher's finest hour, showing an astute directorial sleight of hand that he forgot about for the Batman films. This is an intelligent, well-made, very well-acted (Michael Douglas is a stunner) thriller with relevant messages to impart. In fact, it's even more relevant now than it was 20 years ago.
I avoided Space Cowboys for a long time, as it wasn't held in high esteem and the critical response was so mixed. But my Clint Eastwood admiration eventually pressured me to watch it when it was on television. I'm very glad that I gave it a shot.
This movie needs more credit. The script is spot-on, full of witty bantering and great characters. The actors do their jobs extremely well, and it's a hell of a cast. This movie is very funny, at times exciting, and very entertaining. It's one I happily watch again and again.
I was blown away by this movie. Seriously. I'd seen it on the shelf at the video store for so long but didn't bother to pick it up, as I hadn't heard much about it. But eventually, I did rent it. I wasn't disappointed. My mind was blown and my expectations were exceeded.
This is a great R-rated adult thriller. The on-screen pairing of Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey is a win all-round. The two light up the screen with their bantering. And it's a smart movie, full of great suspense. It's not a dumbed-down action offering. I had a great time with it, and I bought it on Blu-ray at the earliest opportunity.
This film is definitely recognised since it's a Jack Ryan film, but it's surprising that this movie gets such a small amount of love. I saw this as a kid, LOVED it. And it holds up all these years later, despite my fussier critical eyes.
Harrison Ford IS Jack Ryan, he gives the character a gruff side but also a tender, believable family man side. He's a convincing man of action, but you buy him as an analyst and as a loving father and husband. He's immersed in the film, and the results are spectacular. Add to this some stunning filmmaking and Sean Bean as a bloody amazing villain, not to mention Samuel L. Jackson and its R-rated action scenes... How can anyone not love this movie?!
This movie came out at the height of the Tom Cruise hate period. He'd just done his couch-jumping stunt, he wouldn't shut the fuck up about Scientology, and people were fed up with him. So people didn't really want to go see MI3, resulting in mediocre box office and a middling reception. Most critics just took easy potshots at Cruise.
Fuck the haters, because this is an extraordinary movie. The action is heart-stopping and exciting, Cruise's acting is excellent, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a brilliantly chilling villain, Simon Pegg's presence is genius, it's an interesting story, and the film is eminently watchable. It's a fun, slick action movie. I loved it.
This is another film I watched when I was a kid. I think I was 9 or 10 when I watched it on VHS, though my parents were weary due to the violence. But I loved it, and I got it on DVD and watched it over and over again. Now I'm the proud owner of the Blu-ray.
It's a good old-fashioned, well-made and flat-out fun action movie, with Harrison Ford in top form. It's staggering that the critical response was so middling, and that people don't seem to like it much. I'll love this movie until the day I die.
Audiences seemed to stay away from this movie when it came out, due to its three-hour runtime. It was a box office disappointment, and critics trashed it. And I admit that when I first watched it, I didn't like it much.
When I watched it a few more times, I fell in love. It's a brilliant, brilliant movie. I don't care that it's so long, because it doesn't feel bloated. It's an enthralling production with beautiful characters, driven by one of the best musical scores I've ever heard.
My brother and I love this movie. We watched it when we were kids, and I found it pretty scary. Few years later, I was watching the VHS as much as possible. Couldn't get enough of it.
Admittedly, this has become something of a cult item, but it seriously deserves more credit. It's a B-movie blockbuster with money and skill behind it, and I have fun every time I put the Blu-ray on.