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Ten on Tuesday
And this week we have Ten Underrated Movies as our Ten on Tuesday theme. This might be tricky but I’ll give it a shot.
1. Gettysburg. Dale will love me for including this as it’s his favorite movie. And I do think it’s underrated, probably because it’s so friggin’ long. But if you have an interest in the Civil War, I’d really recommend this one.
2. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Cary Grant in 1948. It’s truly the original Money Pit except way way better.
3. Big Night. It’s all about food. Italian food. Need I say more?
4. Starman. It’s corny but I love it. A kinder, gentler alien.
5. That Thing You Do. Maybe it’s because Tom Scott is from our hometown but my family loves this movie.
6. Big Fish. I think this might have been fairly popular when it came out but then it just went away. A seriously great – but genuinely weird – movie.
7. Frequency. Time travel and a heart-warming father and son reunion.
8. Frozen River. Sure, Melissa Leo got an Oscar nomination but beyond that this movie was really overlooked. And it shouldn’t be because it’s really really good.
9. The Great Debaters. I thought for sure this one would get a bunch of Oscar nods but it was completely ignored. I don’t know why because it’s fantastic.
10. Neighbors. Talk about weird! But with Dan Akroyd and John Belushi you just know it has to be good.
You know what? This was hard! I hope you found some movies on this list that you haven’t seen yet and I hope you’ll check them out.
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I can’t comment. Do you know I have seen one of the movies on your list? That’s not so strange as I haven’t seen many movies any way.
I have to say I’m in Margene’s camp – I’m not a huge movie person. I did like Starman, though – and I have the cook book based on Big Night. It is fabulous!!
We used to watch Gettysburg evevry year around the fourth of July, the director’s cut. 🙂 It is good movie and quite long. I think I have actually seen bits of that Neighbors movie if it’s the one I am thinking of and yes it is very weird! 🙂
I really like Gettysburg … they did a good job with “Killer Angels”. And it turned my kids into Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain fans.
“Red means stop, green means go, yellow means go very fast!” One of my favorite ever movie lines – from Starman! I also agree with Big Fish – I just loved it!
I liked Frequency a lot. I don’t think I have seen anything else on your list or maybe I just don’t remember them. We watch a lot of movies!
I think I may have seen Starman but that’s about it. I think I’ll start with the Cary Grant movie.
Playing By Heart is my favorite under rated movie. If you take a look at the cast, you’ll be shocked that you’ve never seen it.
What Margene and Beth said.
When I was a teenager, right after my folks got cable there was a movie called So Fine that had apparently totally bombed at the box office, but for a while it was shown on cable about six times a day. It starred Ryan O’Neal and lampooned grand opera, the fashion industry, and the Mafia. (No, not that Mafia, the organized-crime one.) We loved it.
I’ve never tried to watch Gettysburg and I probably should since I’ve seen the battle reenacted. (while sweating er, glistening in a hoopskirt. ugh.) ;op
I love Starman and haven’t watched it in ages though I totally agree that it’s full of corny goodness.
Great list, Carole!
Starman! Loved it a million years ago. Should watch again. I can’t watch war movies. War sucks enough in real life, I don’t need it in my entertainment. (Same reason I don’t watch dramas with bad endings (yes, I check) or torture porn.)
I loved Big Fish, but it made me cry so much that I’m hesitant to watch it again! We own it, and I keep looking at it and thinking that I’d like to watch it…then I remember the crying, and put something else in. 🙂
Thanks for a few new suggestions. I have seen a couple on the list…including Mr. Blandings, which I loved, loved, loved. But then I am partial to those good old movies anyway.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is one of my favorite movies. I love the scene with Myrna Loy and the painters, and the one where the men end up locked in the closet.
They don’t make them like that anymore.
Big Fish is a family favorite of ours.
I’ve only seen Starman, which I loved. I’m a Karen Allen fan.
The only movie on your list I’ve seen is Gettysburg. I really like the Civil War, so at least I’ve seen that one!
I am definitely with you on numbers 1-4! The others I am either not familiar with, or haven’t seen. But that’s what Netflix is for, right??
Well, that gave me ten new movies to see. Thanks for the recommendations!
I adored Big Fish!
Big Fish fans here. Love that movie. I can rewatch it anytime, I love the art direction . (it is seriously odd but not in a scifi way)
I loved Big Night and That Thing You Do. I’ll have to check out the others. I also think The Winslow Boy was excellent and underrated.
i saw both Big Night (great!) and That Thing You Do in the theatre. and i just watched that thing you do this past weekend. that thomas scott is the most adorable thing ever.
If Husband saw this he would just laugh…I actually like Gods and Generals better. This is an interesting list. I think if I made my own, it would be more in the main stream, except for Harold and Maude~LOVED that movie!!
Oh, underrated. Amazing Grace from about two years ago. Absolutely fab, came out in February and forgotten come awards time.
Big Night and Frequency are two of my favorites. It is always a good evening with them. Gettysburg is also a fave. I resisted watching it for years (fear of Hollywoodism, I guess) but it really is awesome.
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