Well, since we've got a couple threads devoted to telling everyone else how much their taste in movies sucks, why don't we try and harness the fact we're better than other people for good.
So, here we can talk about the movies that seemed to have slipped under everyone else's radar, but which we know are actually fantastic.
Brick completely passed me by this year, until I saw one tiny mention of it on someone's best of the year list and decided to check it out. I can't say how glad I am that I did. It's got style by the ton, the dialogue is sharp and fast, and the premise is a great hook of exactly the kind I'm a sucker for (transplanting a genre into an unusual setting). This sentence is going to scare a lot of you off, but trust me when I say it works; the movie is a film noire story set in a high school. On the face of it, the concept sounds retarded, but in execution it's amazing. One of the best modern noire films I've seen, the other being:
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
The fact this movie only made $4 million at the box office is a goddam crime. The dialogue is hilarious, the characters are great, and the humor is dry with just enough edge to keep you grinning. It's the story of two bit crook and former amateur magician Harry (Robert Downey Jr), who stumbles his way into Hollywood where he mets the private detective Big Gay Perry (Val Kilmer) and the former girl of his dreams and proceeds to have the worst couple days of his life.
And finally, from the way back machine:
Take a realistic sci-fi film in the style of Aliens, add in a believable cast of people all with believable personalities and willing to do what it takes to stay alive, and set it on a unique planet that lets you play with light and space, and you've got one of my favorite movies of all time. I've never quite been able to put my finger on exactly what drew me to the movie in the first place, or why it's stuck with me, but something about how real it all looks, how each character can at some point in the movie be willing to dick the others over without being stereotypical, unlikeable, or unable to grow, and how the movie never hits a wrong note from start to finish; it all makes me love the movie.
So, that's the list off the top of my head (notable mentions would include 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead, but I think those are a bit too big to be underrated). So D&D, how about you share your extensive film knowledge with the rest of the class?