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5 Most Underrated Movies of all Time

Let’s face it, with television, it is not possible for a person to watch every movie that hits theatres. But what television does ring in is a lot of cultural noise for the most hardcore movie-buff. It’s easy for a great movie to get lost in the mix. So, we’ve decided to redress the balance and applaud some celluloid creations that never got close to troubling the Academy judges.
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The King of Comedy (1982)
Largely misunderstood on its release, The King of Comedy is an engaging movie that boasts of memorable performances, a great story, and brilliant direction. With Martin Scorsese donning the director’s hat, the film features Robert DeNiro, who delivers one of his defining performances as Rupert Pupkin–a major-league dweeb who dreams of becoming as successful a comedian as his hero, talk-show host Jerry Langford. In fact today, the movie looks eerily prescient, and features a fine performance by Robert DeNiro as the sympathetic psychopath. To some, it’s Martin Scorsese’s finest film. Having been disregarded for years, perhaps Pupkin is finally on the brink of finding love– A terrific mix of Scorsese/DeNiro/Lewis comedy and art.
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
The title was adopted from the Irish toast, ‘May you be in Heaven half an hour before the Devil knows you’re dead’; the movie was granted a nervy theatrical release–perhaps in anticipation of awards that never followed. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the movie stars late Philip Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei, the movie narrates the story of two brothers who hatch a plan to rob their parent’s jewellery store. Despite its intriguing plot, the movie didn’t succeed at the BO. According to few critics, the film was a melodrama running a marathon. All things said and done, this magnificent thriller gave the heist movie genre a contemporary twist.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to vow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing. A respectable sequel to two of the greatest films in cinematic history; the Godfather-Part III didn’t quite achieve the epic grandeur of its two predecessors. This1990 movie was the final slice of the Corleone story that was panned for the casting of director’s daughter Sofia Coppola over famous pants thief Winona Ryder. That criticism has snowballed to the point that this is cited as ruining the trilogy. But, we find the criticism to be hard and harsh–the film was remarkable on several levels, particularly how it leads Michael Corleone to a logical, yet tragic end. Other than that, the beautiful, complex, wonderful performance by Andy Garcia was simply incredible. We think he’s never bettered it.
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Office Space (1999)
Directed by Mike Judge, Office Space was a satirical American comedy, portraying work life in a typical mid-to-late-1990s software company. It focuses on a handful of individuals fed up with their jobs and stars the likes of Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, and Diedrich Bader. But despite an interesting star cast and interesting plot, Office Space was heavily criticised for its loose-jointed characters and slow narrative which according to some critics never gathered momentum, to others it was cramped and under imagined. But what this movie manages to do showcase is Jennifer Aniston’s performance, which was probably her best work — considering the movie came out at a time when it was hard to imagine America’s ideal girl-next-door acing in another role apart from ‘Rachel’. Today, Office Space has become a cult classic, selling well on home video and DVD. In fact, it was in the top 20 best-selling Fox DVDs along with There’s Something About Mary.
Rush (1991)
Based on Kim Wozencraft’s novel, Rush was directed by producer Richard Zanuck’s wife Lili Fini Zanuck. The film stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric, playing the role of two cops from the 70s; a narcotics detective (Jason Patric) and his inexperienced partner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who together go after an elusive drug dealer. In the bargain, they themselves become drug addicts and as a result fail to gather any evidence. When the film released, it was criticized for its false notes and grinding bleakness. Having said, Rush deserves a mention for its gritty, no-holds-barred take on drugs. The intelligent performances are the icing on the cake, especially by Jennifer Jason Leigh who’s one of the most understated method actresses of her generation.


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