I haven’t had a list for a while, so I’d thought I’d pick 6 movies I find highly underrated. What I mean by underrated is that they haven’t received the praise or acclaim they deserve. These are six great films that audiences have ignored and unfairly maligned.
6. To The Wonder
The most recent of the films I mentioned, To The Wonder has divided audiences like no other movie this year. Even the biggest Terrence Malick fans were uneasy about the film. But I loved To The Wonder and found it to be a rather personal film. While To The Wonder has a repetitive structure, it’s an absolute stunner.
5. The Godfather Part III
The first two Godfather movies are two of the finest films ever made and established director Francis Ford Coppola as cinema’s greatest artist of the 70s. But when New Hollywood crashed down in the early 80s, Coppola has never quite fully recovered. The Godfather Part III might have been an attempt for the director to regain his fame and as well pay his debts, but the film as a whole still has a level of intensity missing in a majority of movies. That’s not to say The Godfather Part III is flawless (with all due respect to Sofia Coppola, she’s not the world’s greatest actress), nor does it match the first two. But the montage near the end of the film reminded me why I fell in love with the original in the first place.
4. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is the bleakest film director David Lynch has made, which is saying something. It received incredibly harsh reviews and even the most devoted Twin Peaks fans turned on Lynch. I, however, think it is a great movie and while not achieving the perfection of Lynch’s best work or the series is a great, suspenseful story. Perhaps Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is an unnecessary prequel, but it’s a great piece of artistry.
3. Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick is in my eyes the greatest filmmaker in cinema history. Eyes Wide Shut, his final movie, remains one of the most polarizing movies of the 20th Century, not just for its content (Warner Bros. infamously released a censored version in theaters to secure an R rating) but for its moodiness and surrealism. But Eyes Wide Shut is a masterpiece and one of the best films of the 90s. Kubrick’s visual perfection has never been so acute and he offers perhaps his darkest portrayal of humankind.
2. The King of Comedy
Martin Scorsese has made plenty of cinema’s most acclaimed movies, but there’s a great number of films he made that were ignored. The director struggled commercially in the 80s as consumerism took over Hollywood but the director achieved one of his finest films with The King of Comedy, which could perhaps be described as a late-night show version of Taxi Driver. Robert De Niro gives one of his performances as Rubert Pupkin and Jerry Lewis devotes himself to his role as a talk show host. Funny and frightening, The King of Comedy is one of Scorsese’s greatest movies.
1. A. I. Artificial Intelligence
Stanley Kubrick originally envisioned the story of A. I. and Steven Spielberg fulfilled the dream. The result gave way to a movie that mixed the darkness that stirs behind Kubrick’s films like A Clockwork Orange and The Shining and the childhood innocence in Spielberg’s pictures such as E. T. and Empire of the Sun. Critics of A. I. declared that this combination destroys the film, but I find A. I. to be the best film the director has crafted. It’s a movie that’s emotional and yet terrifying at the same time, a beautiful yet repulsive masterpiece. One of the greatest movies in cinema history.