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My Favourite Underrated Movies #3

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.

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My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Bill Gambini and Stanley Rothenstein are two friends from New York University who just received scholarships to UCLA. They decide to drive through the South. Once they arrive in Alabama, they stop at a local convenience store to pick up a few snacks. But, no sooner than they leave the store, they are arrested. They had thought that they were arrested for shoplifting, but they were arrested for murder and robbery. Worse, they are facing execution for this crime. Bill and Stan do not have enough money for a lawyer, so the good news is that Bill has a lawyer in his family, his cousin, Vincent Laguardia Gambini. The bad news is that Vinny is an inexperienced lawyer who has not been at a trial. So, Vinny has to defend his clients and battle an uncompromising judge, some tough locals, and even his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito, who just does not know when to shut up, to prove his clients’ innocence. But he will soon realize that he is going to need help. Written by John Wiggins

Reason I love it: Ugh, what is not to love? First off, Marisa Tomei and Ralph Machio! Then you have the genius comedy of Joe Pesci. Enough said.
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Willow (1988)

In the dungeons of the castle of the evil Queen-sorceress Bavmorda, a prisoner gives birth to a child who, according to an ancient prophecy, will put an end to the reign of the Queen. A midwife saves the child from the wrath of Bavmorda, but is forced to throw her cradle in a river when reached by the Hounds of the Queen. The river brings the child near a village of nelwyns, and little Willow finds and adopts her. When the Hounds reach the village, Willow begins a difficult journey to bring the baby back to her people and to fulfill the prophecy.

Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

Reason I love it: Um…Val Kilmer? Total hottie in this movie. The chemistry that he and Sorsha have on screen is amazing. And, of course, Warwick Davis.
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Hobson’s Choice (1954)

In Salford it’s the time of revolution. The revolution is not industrial but feminine. The film shows how the strong females come to the fore in shaping their own world at a time when it was frowned on. Behind the boots and clogs are individuals who must also be determined and strong in a society that gives them little credence. Keeping the humour it also shows without fantasy the life of the Salford folk and the social connections and customs that gave their life order, untill they were challenged and eventually changed.

Written by jfp-mc. jim mcveney

Reason I love it: Hilarious but shockingly relatable story about a woman finding her independence. It has a real feminist movement thing about it, without being divisive or insulting to anyone.
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A League of Their Own (1992)

During World War II when all the men are fighting the war, most of the jobs that were left vacant because of their absence were filled in by women. The owners of the baseball teams, not wanting baseball to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. So scouts are sent all over the country to find women players. One of the scouts, passes through Oregon and finds a woman named Dottie Hinson, who is incredible. He approaches her and asks her to try out but she’s not interested. However, her sister, Kit who wants to get out of Oregon, offers to go. But he agrees only if she can get her sister to go. When they try out, they’re chosen and are on the same team. Jimmy Dugan, a former player, who’s now a drunk, is the team manager. But he doesn’t feel as if it’s a real job so he drinks and is not exactly doing his job. So Dottie steps up. After a few months when it appears the girls are not garnering any attention, the league is facing closure till Dottie does something that grabs attention. And it isn’t long Dottie is the star of the team and Kit feels like she’s living in her shadow.

Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Reason I love it: Tom Hanks as a drunk! Brilliant laughs, giggles and some great songs. I still consider this one of Madonna’s best movies, along with Evita.

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The Cave (2005)

Decades after a rock church in communist Romania’s Carpathians caved when an expedition caused a landslide and buried everyone, Dr. Nicolai’s scientific team exploring the associated Templar Knights monster fighting-legend discovers a deep, flooded cave system and hires the brothers Jack and Tyler’s brilliant divers team to explore it. Another explosion traps them, after finding a mysterious parasite turning all species carnivore, and later an independently evolved predator species. Jack may be infected and turning, but Tyler sticks with him, so the group splits, hunted by the monsters, which also fly.

Written by KGF Vissers

Reason I love it: Lena Headey before Game of Thrones is a must see! And a great paranormal, thriller story to boot. You’ll see a lot of big actors in it, too.

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Rose Red

Dr. Joyce Reardon, a psychology professor, leads a team of psychics into the decrepit mansion known as Rose Red. Her efforts unleash the spirit of former owner Ellen Rimbauer and uncover the horrifying secrets of those who lived and died there.

Written by Gizele

Reason I love it: If you’re looking for a psychological thriller, try this one for size. It’s a little like The Haunting, with the brilliant Liam Neeson – it will scare you witless but leave you with a fear of turning to check the shadows late at night. Because, sometimes, it’s just better not to know.
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Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancée Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters.

Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Reason I love it: 1, it’s John Carpenter. 2, it’s Kurt Russell. 3, it’s awesome kick-ass action/adventure with a magical twist and there is nothing wrong with that.
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