Last week, Entertainment Weekly published a list of the 50 Greatest Movies You’ve Never Seen from the past two decades. Stars like Ryan Gosling, Kate Winslet, and Emily Blunt chose several of the selections. EW hasn’t ranked the list, because “ranking movies that are already underrated just seems cruel.” We can’t say we agree with all of their choices — and we wonder if the least-seen films actually predate the past 20 years — but we’ve scoured the massive listing for the essentials so you don’t have to. These are some of our favorites. Tell us what movies inspired you to update your Netflix queue, or which of the 50 films you’d have chosen instead.
Seven-years worth of footage focusing on the rise of two 1990’s alt neo-psych groups alone does not a documentary make. However, when that footage reveals the uneasy friendship and famous rivalry between Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols and Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre something fascinating happens. You don’t have to know a damn thing about either band to appreciate Oni Timoner’s 2004 film Dig!, since the movie’s “characters” — particularly the proudly divisive Newcombe and his crew — are completely captivating. There’s also something great about seeing a story unfold in real-time. Timoner was there for all the highs and lows as they happened — and there are many.