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The title says it all.

There are so many cool films out there still waiting to be discovered.

Some that I found recently include Snowpiercer by Bong Joon-Ho and The Beaver by Jodie Foster.Some that I consider absolute gems are......

Moon-Featuring a strong central performance from Sam Rockwell as well as good supporting work from Kevin Spacey,Moon was a movie that made me a fan of Duncan Jones.I can't wait for Mute.

Deep Rising- A great fun B movie with heart and humor.Shame we won't see the sequel.

Explorers-One of Joe Dante's best.River Phoenix and Ethan Hawk are great as two young boys who decide to build a spaceship.

Flight of the Navigator-Who wouldn't want to have Pee-Wee Herman as a friend in spaceship form.
 
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Here's a recommendation.It's for the Steve Wang directed movie Drive from 1997.Starring Mark Dacascos,Kadeem Hardison and Brittany Murphy (R.I.P)

The plot involves a bionic man pursued by thugs from Hong Kong who enlists the help of a hostage and a crazy woman.It features some expertly choreographed fight scenes by Koichi Sakamoto who is famous for his work on Power Rangers and Kamen Rider.If possible,seek out the director's cut of the movie which is longer by 16 minutes.
 
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Here's a recommendation.It's for the Steve Wang directed movie Drive from 1997.Starring Mark Dacascos,Kadeem Hardison and Brittany Murphy (R.I.P)

The plot involves a bionic man pursued by thugs from Hong Kong who enlists the help of a hostage and a crazy woman.It features some expertly choreographed fight scenes by Koichi Sakamoto who is famous for his work on Power Rangers and Kamen Rider.If possible,seek out the director's cut of the movie which is longer by 16 minutes.
Awesome movie. Good choice, and yes, director's cut is the only version of the movie that should be seen.

I could include some movies which i think are underrated, but it would be very long list and i'm sure that not everybody would agree with my choices. But then again, any movie can have both fans and haters, and any movie can be considered to be underrated or overrated. It just depends on what each person likes.
 
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Awesome movie. Good choice, and yes, director's cut is the only version of the movie that should be seen.

I could include some movies which i think are underrated, but it would be very long list and i'm sure that not everybody would agree with my choices. But then again, any movie can have both fans and haters, and any movie can be considered to be underrated or overrated. It just depends on what each person likes.
I'd love to know your thoughts @Mike80. You're absolutely right,it all depends on what you take away from the movies you watch.To me, that is what real artistry is.Whether it's video games,novels,paintings,film or music,for me there is nothing more important than how something can make you feel,how something can change your perceptions of a subject matter.How something can help spark creativity in a person.How something can hold a place in someone's memory for years.

Art isn't a fancy trophy that you put on a shelf. Life is artistry in itself and it's what we make of it that matters.
 
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The Wailing by Hong-jin Na

Like seriously why is no one talking as much about this. Comes from the same director of Chaser. The Wailing has unexpected twists, funny, thrilling, scary, intense just great gem. People should see it now. It's on VOD right now. People if you need a good thriller in your film or one of the top movies of 2016 to feast on, watch The Wailing.

 
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The Good ,The Bad ,The Weird by Kim Jee-Woon is amazingly good. Kim should take over Indy Jones when Spielberg retires.

Can't wait to see Age Of Shadows, his new spy movie.
 
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Blue Ruin (2013) by Jeremy Saulnier
Great revenge film. Great cast mostly unknowns, absolutely dug this film! (Note: look for his recent film Green Room.)

Joe (2013) by David Gordon Green
With the right story like this one Nic Cage can bring it. He proves to me he still got it.

99 Homes (2014) by Ramin Bahrani
Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield need I say more.

Mr. Nobody (2009) by Jacob Van Dormael
Jared Leto at his best in my opinion. Talk about underrated.
 
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Blue Ruin (2013) by Jeremy Saulnier
Great revenge film. Great cast mostly unknowns, absolutely dug this film! (Note: look for his recent film Green Room.)

Green Room was a little more creative and suspense being it was a contained thriller. Green Room is in my top ten at the moment. I dig Saulnier at the moment.
 
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Thursday by Skip Woods. Very underrated movie. Twisted, funny, with great characters and brilliant dialogues. Intro scene in the store is a little masterpiece. What the hell happened to Skip Woods nowadays?!
 
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The Departed gets a lot of praise but I managed to catch the original HK version 'Infernal Affairs'. I might have to watch Departed again but right now I feel like the original was even better.
 
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Speaking of remakes, I didn't care for Cameron Crowe's redo Vanilla Sky, but the original on which it's based, Alejandro Amenábar's Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes) is terrific.
 
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The Negotiator (1998) -- Kind of like a reverse Die Hard if John McClane had to take hostages and hold up in a skyscraper to clear his name. A very enjoyable film that seems to have slipped through the cracks for some reason, even though the film starred Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey.
The General's Daughter (1999) -- Can't understand the hate on this one. I thought William Goldman's dialogue was superb, and he did a fantastic job adapting Nelson DeMille's novel. The murder mystery at the heart of the story was sad and compelling--and unfortunately still very relevant in today's military.
The Cooler (2003) -- Contains one of the most shocking scenes I've ever seen in a movie, specifically involving Alec Baldwin's character and a pregnant woman. That alone makes it worth a watch.
 
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Me, I love 70's American cinema. Here's just a few of some of these must-sees:

Panic in Needle Park (1971) - Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.

Pat Garret and Billy the Kid (1973) - An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) - World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet.

Rolling Thunder (1977) - Major Charles Rane comes back from the war a hero, and is given a number of gifts from his hometown for his service. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver dollars gifted to him. In the process, they also manage to kill his wife and son, and destroy his hand…

Blue Collar (1978) - When Detroit autoworkers decide to rob their own union, they are initially disappointed by the relatively small haul. However, upon closer inspection, the three amateur thieves discover that they have made off with something potentially much more valuable than money: the union's ledger, filled with bogus figures and links to organized crime. Should they blackmail the union or go to the authorities?
 
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