A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
It’s sort of hard to remember now how difficult it used to be to watch movies. You, like I, may have foggy memories of a bygone era when you had to go to movies, or work around their timetables on TV, or cruise through seedy rental houses. But the bad old days are over and I for one have no nostalgia. We’re blessed. Hell, I have a hard drive that just a few years ago would’ve probably been one of the most impressive rare film archives in the state. Our access to previously unavailable or underavailable films is dizzying.
Ubu, The Internet Archive, Dailymotion, The Warner Archive. Use ’em all, love ’em all. But the king of the mountain is still YouTube. There are untold thousands of rare film on YouTube. Let’s check a few out:
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It’s not hard for comedies to slip under the radar. Like any ‘genre film’, so many are pumped out each year that it’s almost impossible to keep track of which ones are good. Unless something gets an alarmingly high rating on Rotten Tomatoes, or was made by people you trust no matter what the Tomatometer says, you probably aren’t going to see it. And then you’re going to forget it even existed. Here’s ten great ones that probably passed you by.
Dan in Real Life (2007) | Dir. Peter Hedges | 98 min.
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You know how when you start trying to think of stuff, days later more stuff keep popping into your head? It’s the cousin phenomena to thinking of a clever comeback the day after the party when it’s way too late to use it.
The first few movie I thought of after the fact were added as ‘honorable mentions’ to my first list of The 10 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, but in the weeks that followed, I was able to come up with ten more, some equally as good as on the first list. Which I guess makes the first list bunk. But I don’t know how official these rankings really are.
Again, I know it’s audacious of me to suggest you haven’t seen these. I hope you have. And if you haven’t, I hope these become some of your new favorite movies!
10. The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) | Dir. John G. Avildsen | 112 min.
Okay, this is on here because you all think you’ve seen this, but you haven’t. The Karate Kid Part III is NOT the one with Hillary Swank. That’s the fourth one. That one is called The Next Karate Kid, and it isn’t good.