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EW Lists '50 Greatest Movies You've Never Seen'... Made After 1991

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by Beth Hanna
June 28, 2012 12:58 PM
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Gaspar Noe's "Enter the Void"

Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the "50 Greatest Movies You've Never Seen." The list only spans the past two decades, which is unfortunate because, chances are, many of the 50 greatest films you haven't seen were made before 1992.

The list isn't ranked because "ranking movies that are already underrated just seems cruel." Because it's EW, a number of the films on the list are selected by stars, like Kate Winslet and Ryan Gosling; we can only hope the complete list (available in the print issue on stands June 29) features more diversity.

However, the celebs' taste in films "you've never seen" is worth a look:

Jack Black's Pick: 'Idiocracy,' 2006
In Mike Judge's satiric vision of a dumbed-down future, Luke Wilson plays an average Joe who wakes up after a 500-year cryogenic slumber to find he's the world's smartest man. Twentieth Century Fox dumped this mash-up of Sleeper and Beavis and Butt-head in a handful of theaters with zero fanfare, resulting in less than $500,000 in grosses. Now, that was dumb. "It was underrated, which [is] a running thing with Mike Judge. Everything he does flops, and then 10 years later everyone goes, 'Wait, that is hilarious!'"

Kate Winslet's Pick: 'I've Loved You So Long,' 2008
French director Philippe Claudel's drama has an abhorrent subject: a mother's killing of her own child. But
you'll be drawn in by the haunting power of the movie's slowly unraveling mystery and Kristin Scott Thomas' magnificent turn as a woman struggling to reintegrate into society after 15 years in prison. "It's worth seeing for Kristin Scott Thomas' performance alone. How she [makes] us love a woman who has just been released from prison having committed murder... is extraordinary to me."

Ben Stiller's Pick: 'Safe Men,' 1998
Two incompetent singers (Steve Zahn and Sam Rockwell) are mistaken for expert safecrackers in Providence. The supporting cast of lunatics-including a disconsolate Mark Ruffalo and Paul Giamatti as a Jewish gangster-keep the madcap story spinning, but it's Zahn and Rockwell who make it hugely entertaining. "It's hilarious. It's about two amateur criminals [who] get wrapped up with these real criminals. Really, really funny movie."

Ryan Gosling's Pick: 'Enter the Void,' 2009
A psychotropic cinematic trip that draws heavily from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Gaspar Noé's dreamlike melodrama follows the disembodied spirit of a drug dealer as he drifts over and through a candy-colored Tokyo. It's like seeing the world held under a black light: This is a film that's meant to be experienced, not watched. "It's so good, but so weird that I don't think people really gave it a shot."

8 Comments

  • Jette Kernion | June 29, 2012 11:04 AMReply

    Is there a link to the whole list? I can't find it on ew.com.

  • Anthony | July 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    You can see the entire list here:
    http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20483133_20609091,00.html

    Enjoy!

  • Sean Axmaker | June 28, 2012 6:13 PMReply

    This list is ostensibly a sequel to the "50 Greatest Movies You've Never Seen" list EW ran back in the nineties. I can't say for certain it was 1991, but that would makes sense given the parameters of this list. So it's not excluding those films, it's adding to them. I just hope they EW thinks to put that original list on the website. If not, maybe I still have a copy from back then. The video store I managed way back then (long out of business) printed it up for customers, along with notes on where to find them in the story.

  • Beth Hanna | June 28, 2012 7:28 PM

    @Sean Axmaker -- Thanks for the info. Do you remember if the previous list of 50 allowed films from any year? Or was it, like this list, films from the past 2 decades? (Which I guess would reach back to the early-to-mid '70s?)

  • Brian | June 28, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    (The REAL Brian) Have there even BEEN 50 great movies made since 1991? If so, you're right, I haven't seen them.

  • Brian | June 29, 2012 6:14 PM

    Well, why haven't you seen them?

  • Brian | June 28, 2012 1:39 PMReply

    I understand people who visit sites like this probably think what qualifies as "never seen" isn't the same as the ordinary person. That said, Idiocracy has been on a loop on Comedy Central since about 2008. I'm pretty sure a ton of people have seen it.

  • Neil | June 29, 2012 10:52 PM

    I was able to watch 20 excruciating minutes of it till finally I cried, "no mas!"

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