LXG - I think the CGI characters drove people away from this, and the fact that they were all older fantasy novel characters. I for one loved it, and the premise of a group of historic superheroes banding together was unique and entertaining.
Underworld - Another one that got too much unfair prejudice because everyone thought it "ripped off the Matrix and Blade." It was original, fun, dark, gothic, sexy, and action packed. People claim it to be predictable, but there was unforeseen backstabbing and alliances at every turn.
Scream Trilogy - What can I say? It single handedly brought Craven back to the horror forefront. A smart horror series that poked fun at it's own genre, exploiting it's weaknesses and campiness. While it wasn't always conventional, the killer was always unpredictable, which is rare in this age of "Scooby Doo" like predictable murder movies.
Fast and the Furious 1 + 2 - The first one was just a guilty pleasure, and the first of it's kind. It's not that great of a movie, but I am just drawn to it. The second was like a really hip 2002 Miami Vice. It was funny, a hell of alot more structured than the last, and the acting improved by yards.
Spiderman - Too many people, my fiance included, saw this is more of a romantic chick flick. People that didn't grow up on Spiderman don't understand that Peter Parker was always conflicted between Mary Jane and crime fighting. Besides, the first movie was to establish Spiderman's character, familiarize you with all his attributes, his surroundings, and supporting characters. The new one is going to be straight up comic book "Vs.," where all the real action is. I loved the original and while it did well at the theaters, I still think it is underrated by most.
The Gate - One of the best low budget horror movies out of Canada, and Stephen Dorff's premiere! Some guys on the Horror boards just think it's too 80's for their tastes. I guarantee it's more original and just as fun to watch as any of the big franchise sequels.
We Were Soldiers - By far one of the most underrated war movies of the past 2 decades. It's real, it's amazing authentic, and it's actually pretty gory. It's action packed, and like "SVP," although there are a handful of featured characters, they all develop, and you feel for them. Beautiful war movie.
Final Destination 1 + 2 - Yep. A lot of people dismiss the first installment because of Devon Sawa. Actually, it's more so the 2nd one, just because it's a sequel, and it's a new horror movie, it gets lumped in there unfairly with all that other crap like "House of the Dead," "Cabin Fever" and "Urban Legends." "F. D" is one of the most creative, unique, and entertaining horror franchises in a long, long time. I am not too excited for "F.D. 3" just because the premise is wearing a little thin, and the rules are getting a little too far bent. The last one should have wrapped up the franchise.
Rock Star - It's "Rock Star"! The story of a guy living out his rock and roll dreams, joining his favorite band, living the life, then suddenly realizing it's time for someone else to live their dream! It's a great, fun movie, with which a lot of 80's kid could relate.
Last edited by Cory Chaos on Apr 18th, 2004 at 04:33 PM
I bet everybody read that spoiler even though nobody has seen it.
I thought of one:
Daredevil - Everybody loved Spider-man but hated this but I liked it more. Don't get me wrong, I don't love Daredevil but I do like it more than Spider-man. Reason: It was darker and gave a better feel to it than the Power-Ranger-esque Spider-man (plus he had no problem killing people). I loved the whole radar vision thing, especially during fights. Bullseye was a pretty kick ass bad guy. I also liked how simple of a move Daredevil used to take down Kingpin [SPOILER - highlight to read]: the kick to the knees.
Greg Oden: The future of the Blazers. The future of the NBA.
LXG- It was a marvelous story marred by less-than-perfect special effects. Too many people are focused on superficial aspects nowadays.
Underworld- Same reason as Cine: Too many people said it ripped off Matrix and Blade, they never gave it a chance. Also, people say that there wasn't enough action. I say in reply, it's a movie where the action takes a backseat to a masterfully crafted story. The acting was perfect if you take the characters' situations into context. The special effects (there was NO CGI) were great....I loved it