I had some trouble coming up with this one. Because someone like me is the worst one to judge what is or isn’t underseen. I drop titles all the time and other people are like, “What the fuck is that?” And I’m like, “What are you talking about? You haven’t heard of Necessary Roughness?” (Note: I fucking love that movie.) My standpoint is skewed. This is my life. For someone who barely watches movies, they might not know some of this stuff. So I wasn’t sure what really counts as underseen.
However, I can be reasonably sure that the ones I chose are very much underseen. For the majority of people, I can pick any film on the list I’m about to present to you, and know, almost for certain, that you haven’t seen it. And it’s either because it’s hard to find, is forgotten, or is just plain undervalued by history. And that’s not to say you haven’t seen any or all of the films on the list I’m about to provide, it’s just that these films need to be seen more.
So the way this is gonna work is — the first list will be of 50 films that I am almost certain nobody (meaning, the vast majority of people) has seen. And the second list will be of 25 films that I can’t quite gauge how underseen they are, but even so, I consider them underseen and think they need to be seen more regardless of how well-known they are. (more…)