Jeffrey Wells, the film journalist whose Hollywood Interrupted blog is one of my consistent stops during the day, has started a great thread regarding films that flopped (critically and/or financially) upon their release yet still have passionate individual fans. Off the top of my head, I threw out Gattaca (above, with Ethan Hawke pictured), 8 Million Ways to Die, He Got Game, and Gerry.
After thinking about it a bit longer, I've added some other titles that I believe are fantastic, yet never received the attention they intially deserved.
The Weather Man -- How Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski can segue from this gentle comedy/drama into those loud and bloated Disney products is beyond me.
Prime Cut -- Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman -- enough said. But when you throw in gangsters making hot dogs out of their enemies and the fact that Gene Hackman's character's name is Mary Ann, then you have genius ladies and gentlemen.
The Girl in the Cafe -- Technically, it's not a theatrical film, and it did recently win an Emmy for the best made for television movie, but still, not many people know about this British gem. Bill Nighy rules. And it should have landed in theatres, instead of HBO.
People I Know -- This Al Pacino film sat on Miramax's shelf for years, then it was dumped. Worth a reappraisal.
Scarecrow -- Pacino and Hackman -- again, enough said.
Spartan -- David Mamet's political thriller is one of the most underrated films of the past five years. Fantastic stuff.
It's around kiddie bedtime at the house, so I'll add some more in the next few days...