With all the talk about “Over Rated” films and whether anything can be over rated, I wanted to start a conversation about what we each feel is under appreciated. I figured I would avoid the term “Under Rated.” So, here’s the deal. I would like to hear about some films others think just aren’t generally appreciated the way they maybe should be and, more importantly, why. Where I can, I’m going to post an image or two for mine. If you want to also, go ahead, but don’t hesitate to post if you can’t use images. I know everyone will talk about whatever movies they want, but I’m really asking for mainstream ones that folks just generally don’t seem to get. Flatliners [c] [/c] [c][/c] The basic theme of Flatliners has been touched on in other movies. Some of them are probably regarded even lower (Event Horizon) and some are much more highly regarded (Solaris) but I don’t think any of them gets the point across as well as Flatliners does. Once you get past the seemingly absurd sets, the main point of Flatliners is that we can’t escape from our mistakes and regrets simply with the passage of time or by pretending they never happened. In fact, the characters are all in a sort of “Hell on Earth” as a result of their past actions, intentional or not. Looking at it from that perspective, the sets suddenly don’t seem absurd at all, since their Gothic theme is distinctly hellish. For me, the theme is quite powerful. Don’t try to turn your back on the unpleasant parts of life, and don’t for a minute think you “got away” with cruel or selfish behavior. Eventually, it all catches up with you. Pleasantville [c] [/c] On the surface, it might seem like Pleasantville is ridiculing traditional values or the fear of change. What it is really about to me, is accepting that things should not always be the way you think you want them to be. Too much structure, as in the case of the town, is stifling, but “freedom” taken to the extreme, as in Jennifer/Mary Sue (Reese Witherspoon) is just as stifling. Of course, it also taught us that self gratification can be a fire hazard. [c][/c] Falling Down That’s right. Two Joel Schumacher movies. I can’t help thinking if Falling Down hadn’t been marketed as so much of a comedy, it might be thought better of. It is a comedy, a rather dark one, but what it really is about to me is how we so quickly dispose of others when they no longer fulfill our own, often selfish needs. The phrase, “Yeah, but what have you done for me lately” comes to mind. The final scene has some particularly powerful statements. “I’m the bad guy? How did that happen? I did everything they told me to.” The Man in the Moon [c] [/c] I know, I’ve talked about it before. I just have such a passion for this one. Anyone who might have missed it, can read about it here.