I am the Senior Editor and Film Critic for my school paper– or, I was... My last article is due in Monday. As such, I have been working on my farewell, and there is a section where I discuss the importance of Roger Ebert, not only to me, but to the craft. Writing that, even after having written a tribute to him back in April, was difficult, and it bummed me out big time. So, to cheer myself up, I read his Dark City review –one of my favorites by him, and one of my favorite films.
Doing so got me thinking about the film; more exactly, how it seems no one I know has ever even heard of it. That of course lead to a whole train of thought about underappreciated films. Of which there are so very many.
And that, naturally, lead to this little idea. I have made a couple of TV show (re)watch threads, (including that generic TV Club, which I haven't forgotten about and will eventually get back around to if I ever have a free day again) so I thought, why not do the same for movies? More specifically, under-appreciated movies; films that the majority of members here aren't likely to have seen.
They can be anything: failed blockbusters, indie flicks, foreign films, cheesy b-movies, documentaries. Just so long as it's a film, and it ain't too broadly known, it fits.
I was thinking we could do a weekly (or biweekly, as that might be easier) film club type deal, where everyone watches the movie, and then we discuss its merits and faults, and we ponder why it is so underappreciated.
Everyone who is interested can nominate 1 movie, and then we'll make a list. Once we get through that initial list, we can start the process over. Hopefully, this will expand all of our horizons, as well as help create some new cinephiles.
As it is only appropriate, I nominate Dark City, The Director's Cut, of course. (To be serious: avoid the theatrical cut: it includes opening narration which kind of gives the whole movie away. The studio wanted it, so it was done. The Director's cut gets rid of that, as well as a few other things, and is so much better for it.)
–Dark City is a sci-fi film noir, created and directed by Alex Proyas. Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer also helped write the screenplay. For all involved, I consider this to be their best work. It stars Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Keifer Sutherland, and Richard O'Brien.
So, is anyone up for giving this whole thing a try?
Dark City (Director's Cut)
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Man From Earth