Movies/TV

The Most Underrated Films You Need To Watch (part 4)

And here’s the last batch (I hope, my fingers are getting tired of this), so hopefully I’ve had made you want to watch all the movies on my list(s). As per usual, trailers are linked in the titles.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

Based on the AWESOME novels by Douglas Adams, this movies had a lot of publicity, but then people didn’t like it so much. Which is fair, it’s nowhere near as great as the books. BUT, if you’ve never read them, or if you just think about it as a movie ‘inspired’ by the books, then it’s good. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is trying to save his house from being demolished to build a bypass, but just as they’re about to run him over, his friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) appears out of nowhere. Distraught, he ends up saving Arthur seconds before the Earth is being destroyed by hitching a ride with aliens. As Ford explains everything to his friend, Arthur starts to understand that life is a lot more complicated than he thought…

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Inspired by the eponymous song by The Rolling Stones, this film is so 80s it’ll make you laugh. Terri Dolittle (Whoopy Goldberg) lives in a bank where she spends her day on her computer supervising transactions. When she gets a coded message from “Jack”, her life starts becoming a lot more interesting. A British Intelligence Agent, Jack is stuck somewhere, unable to leave and needs Terri to sneak into the British Embassy and get him exit codes. Will she be able to do it?

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Return To Me

One of my favourite movies, and no one has ever heard of it. It kills me. Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) is happily married to his wife Elizabeth (Joely Richardson). When she unexpectedly dies in a car accident, he finds himself at a loss. Somewhere else, young Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver) is waiting for a new heart. Raised by her grandfather and with the help of her best friend Megan (Bonnie Hunt), Grace is hoping to survive each day. Skip a year forward and Grace has a new heart, but hasn’t quite managed to escape the family cocoon. On the other hand, Bob is still grieving for his wife and pouring all his energy in his work, which was something she cared a lot about. When Bob meets Grace on a blind date, something magical happens… But can they let go of their fears and give their love a chance?

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Corrina Corrina

Manny SInger (Ray Liotta) has just lost his wife. His young daughter Molly (Tina Majorino) locks herself in her grief, refusing to speak and go to school. Desperate for help around the house, Manny needs to hire a nanny/housekeeper, but the only one capable of coaxing a reaction out of Molly is mouthy Corrina Washington (Whoopy Goldberg). As Corrina starts working in the Singer household, both Molly and Manny become very attached to this woman who appears to belong to their family, but not to their world…

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How To Make An American Quilt

Based on the best-selling novel by Whitney Otto. Finn Dodd (Wynona Ryder) is an indecisive PhD student trying to finish yet another thesis. Desperate to get away from the rebuilding her fiancé Sam (Dermot Mulroney) is doing on their house, she decides to spend the summer at her grandmother’s. Surrounded by Glady Joe (Anne Bancroft) and her quilting friends, Finn will hear a lot of compelling life stories from these women prepared to make her a wedding quilt in the hope that it will bring happiness…

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The Boat That Rocked

This movie is great for big and small, based on a real story and the soundtrack is pretty EPIC. Radio Rock is an illegal pirate station based on a boat in the North Sea during the 1960s. Playing rock’n’roll and pop all day and all night, the radio is fighting against the UK laws prohibiting that kind of music on their own stations. With a crazy owner (Bill Nighy), a larger than life American DJ (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and a collection of cooky characters, will Radio Rock survive the onslaught of the UK government?

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Suburban Girl

This movie may have been responsible for me choosing a Publishing Masters. I blame it anyway. Brett Eisenberg (Sarah Michelle Gellar) wants to be a great editor in Manhattan. When she meets editing hero Archie Knox (Alex Baldwin) at an event, things get a little more interesting. Much older, Archie seduces Brett by showing her the ropes in the workplace, as well as charming her into his world. But can a relationship between student and teacher, young and old really work out?

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Coming To America

Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is used to complete luxury. But when his parents want to find him a bride, he insists on finding her by himself, and seeks his luck in Queens, New York. With the help of his trusted friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall), he gets a job at fast food restaurant McDowell’s, and prowls the streets of the neighbourhood in search of a wife.

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Fools Rush In

Come to Las Vegas in order to build a hot new club, Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) happens to have a one night stand with hot photographer Isabel Fuentes (Salma Hayek). When she shows up at his door 3 months later claiming she’s having his child, Alex’s life gets a little crazy. Convinced that love will triumph over everything, the couple decide to get married. But along with the usual concessions comes the need to understand each other’s culture and differences. Can they learn to accept each other in order to grow closer, or will their differences drive them apart?

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The Money Pit

Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks) and Anna Crowley (Shelley Long) are a young couple seeking to move in together. When they find a house at a very low price, they jump on it and buy it straight away. But the minute they move in, the house starts falling apart, crumbling and rotting right under their feet. As they struggle to find the funds to refurbish the whole thing, and try to strike a balance between work life, private life and the house, will their relationship hold?

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My Life In Ruins

Nia Vardalos once again plays with her Greek heritage, this time as a disgruntled History teacher who has to work as a tour guide in Greece. Georgia hates her job, and according to her boss, has lost her “kefi”, her mojo. Unhappy with the tour groups she gets, and the equipment she’s given, Georgia decides that this tour will be her last. But with the help of bus driver Poupi (Alexis Georgoulis) and some annoying tourists like Irv (Richard Dreyfus), Georgia might just be able to turn her life around and get her “kefi” back.

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The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

An odd mix of characters unite to fight evil in an alternative version of Victorian London. Led by famous adventurer Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery), the group comprises of Dr Jekyll/Mister Hyde (Jason Flemyng), Vampire Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), the infamous Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend) and the invisible man Rodney Skinner (Tony Curran) amongst others. Will their different characters be able to work together in order to fight evil?

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Wimbledon

Once a good Tennis player, Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) has slipped from 11th to 119th in the world since hitting his thirties. Decided to retire from the pro game, Peter is planning on one more Wimbledon tournament before becoming a teacher. Along with training partner and German opposition Dieter Prohl (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau), Peter is convinced that he won’t get very far in the competition. When a chance meeting with Tennis heroine Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst) makes him not only fall in love, but also play his best, Peter realises that he has a chance to accomplish a lifelong dream: winning Wimbledon. But while Peter’s performance gets better, Lizzie’s start lacking, and her father Dennis (Sam Neill) doesn’t appreciate this development one bit…

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Stepmom

An interesting drama about modern families and the issues they have. Jackie Harrison (Susan Sarandon) is a mother of two. Divorced from their father Luke (Ed Harris), she resents the new woman in his life, as well as her children’s, Isabel Kelly (Julia Roberts). A stay-at-home mother, Jackie can’t understand why Isabel is unwilling to leave her work as a photographer in order to make the children feel better. But when Jackie is diagnosed with cancer that might be fatal, everyone has to start working together in case Isabel ends up being the only Mum in the picture…

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The Core

Another one of those “so bad it’s good” movies, this plot takes us not out in space, but down in Earth. Called in to explain a series of odd events, Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) discovers that the Earth’s core has stalled, driving the planet into self-destruct mode. In order to restart the “motor”, the US Government puts together a team of scientists and astronauts in order to send a ship down to the core. Along with Major Rebecca Childs (Hilary Swank), Dr. Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci) and his friend Serge (Tchecky Karyo), will Josh be able to save humanity?

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Miss Potter

In early 20th Century London, Beatrix Potter (Renee Zellweger) is an oddball. A spinster, she seeks refuge from her boring life in her delightful drawings and stories. Desperate to do something with her life, Beatrix decides to have her stories published. Young editor Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor) appears to be the only one who believes in her talent, along with his equally spinster sister Millie (Emily Watson). Becoming a success, Beatrix shakes off her Bourgeois parents’ hold and starts living the way she wants to, even if things don’t go the way she planned.

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Six Days Seven Nights

While on her engagement trip near Tahiti, magazine editor Robin Monroe (Anne Heche) accepts to cover a photo-shoot on a neighbouring island. With the reluctant help of the only pilot and plane of the island, Quinn Harris (Harrison Ford), Robin flies out, only for them to get caught in a storm and end up stranded on an inhabited island. Desperate to survive and get back to civilisation, the couple must put their mutual dislike aside to work together in order to get out of this situation. But when you’re all alone, away from all you know, can your heart still make the right decisions?

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Jack and Sarah

Happily married and about to have a baby, Jack (Richard E. Grant) loses it all when his wife dies during childbirth. Incapable of dealing with his grief, he leaves the child with her grandparents and spends his days at home or in pubs with homeless William (Ian McKellen). The grandparents decide it’s time for him to move on and face his responsibilities, so they sneak into his house and leave the baby with him. Ill-prepared, Jack finds himself embracing fatherhood completely as he bonds with little Sarah. When he needs to return to work, he hires Amy (Samantha Mathis), an American waitress, to be a nanny. Along with William as a cleaner/butler, the strange combination of people creates a happy household, but for how long?

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Space Cowboys

Trained to be the first men in space, four pilots found themselves sidelined for a monkey. 40 years later, a Russian satellite dating back to their time finds itself in trouble, and it appears the only men capable of fixing it are Frank (Clint Eastwood) and his friends Hawk (Tommy Lee Jones), Jerry (Donald Sutherland) and Tank (James Garner). Insisting they all go up together, the group finds itself forced to submit to astronaut training despite their old age. But once in space, it turns out the mission isn’t quite what they expected…

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