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My Favourite Underrated Movies

We all have them…films that we love, but that other people barely even known about. Films that are our absolute favourite, but friends have never heard of.

So, with some sharing, how about we lessen that gap? I’ll share mine with you and you can share yours with me.


Gleaming the Cube (1989)

Brian’s adopted brother is killed when he discovers that the shop he works in sends weapons to Vietnam instead of medications. To the police it looks like suicide, but Brian knows better so he skates off to investigate the murder himself.

Written by Lars J. Aas <>

Reason I love it: An incredible performance by a young Christian Slater.

The 13th Warrior (1999)

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.
Reason I love it: Not only is it Antonio Banderas, but it shows a great insight into Viking/Norse culture and has a great mystery, with some dark themes.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Le scaphandre et le papillon (original title)
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn’t paralyzed.
Reason I love it: This incredible story is so real, touching and a true story. Very inspiring.

District 9 (2009)

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
Reason I love it: I really love this one. Sci-fi with a little heart. The segregation and treatment of the aliens is the most realistic I’ve seen.

Reign of Fire (2002)

A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting everything ablaze, establishing dominance over the planet.
Reason I love it: Dragons. That’s pretty much all I have to say. Oh, and Gerard Butler, Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey, in that order.

Murder by Death (1976)

Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.
Reason I love it: Where to start? The characters: Jessica Marbles, Sam Diamond. The actors: David Niven, Peter Falk, Maggie Smith, Truman Capote, Alec Guinness. Too many reasons not to include it on this list.

Murder by Numbers (2002)

Two gifted high school students execute a “perfect” murder – then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.
Reason I love it: Sandra Bullock isn’t one of my most favourite actresses ever, but this is a stellar performance. From her characters back history, to the way the crime is solved, it’s a great edge of your seat thriller.

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