Okay the last decade or so has been littered with oscar bait aimed at audiences who don't really exist any more - The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Incredible Loud And Extremely Close etc - so this thread is almost like shooting fish in a barrel. And by all means shoot those fish!
But there's something else I find interesting. Every now and then on my travels through imdb or wikipedia I'll poke through someone's filmography and find a film with a cast and/or crew full of legends and seemingly everything going for it, but that for whatever reason I'd never even heard of. A lot of these seem to happen in the 80's.
I assume most of them just aren't that great - I mean they can't all be winners. But even so I feel like with the names involved they have to be worth digging up, surely? A few examples that come to mind:
Scarecrow (1973) - starring Al Pacino and Gene Hackman slap bang in their golden eras! This inspired the thread because I only really learned the existence of this film about ten minutes ago.
The Verdict (1982) - Sydney Lumet directs Paul Newman from a David Mamet script! This one sounds legitimately worth seeking out, so it might just be pig bloody ignorance on my part that I didn't know about it.
Prizzi's Honor (1985) - John Huston directs Jack Nicholson in a gangster movie. Slam dunk, surely? Okay admittedly I had heard of this one, but it doesn't seem to be a film anyone actually watches.
Iron Weed (1987). Nicholson again, with Meryl Streep. And Tom Waits apparently! But again I'd never heard of it until stumbling on it looking for something else.. Like Scarecrow it appears to be about homeless people, so maybe people just don't like films about that. RDJ's failed oscar grab The Soloist also backs up that theory.
Tempted to add Reds (1981) as well, a pretty famous film with big stars that won oscars and much acclaim, but not one I'm convinced anyone but film students watch any more.
Anyone seen any of these? Are they any good?