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After I’ve seen Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and thought that the only thing I liked about it was Rodarte’s sisters costumes, I decided not to not trust IMDB’s rating ever again – this movie had 8/10 points!
It is maybe a question of personal taste, but I felt caught in a male fantasy with all the possible and predictable clichées about women which gave little room to a truly inspired scenario.
About the same time, I had a chat while dining at friends. And of course, talking about recent movies in theater, we discussed about what makes a good or a bad movie from our point of view.  How much does a professional site rating counts while you makes a choice and which are the sites you really trust? What is a good movies and why the real good ones aren’t always showing  great rating on IMDB ?

I started trusting Rotten Tomatoes lately. So  I realized that there are a lot of underrated movies and that I’m not the only one thinking this way. How do you find a worth watching film? Probably you learn first about it if you’re lucky enough to have friends sharing a very simillar taste with yours. And you start making all kind of lists (I do have one with classics I haven’t seen yet). Well, this is one of the reasons I decided today to focus on the “ugly ducklings” – or movies I really loved and think are great and must be seen but somehow they aren’t in the spotlight. Of course, I included as well a special French selection that might help discover French cinema in a new way and find out that it isn’t reserved only to few connaisseurs.

I really hope you’ll enjoy it my tiny list – and do not hesitate to let me know if I was right to recommend all them 😉

1. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Directed by John McTiernan, with Rene Russo, Pierce Brosnan, Faye Dunaway

2. Inside man (2006)
Directed by Spike Lee, with Clive Owen, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster

3. 9 Months Stretch (2013)
Directed by Albert Dupontel, with Albert Dupontel, Sandrine Kiberlain

4. Layer Cake (2004)
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, with Daniel Craig (before the James Bond era), Sienna Miller

5. Stranger than fiction (2006)
Directed by Marc Forster, with Emma Thompson, Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman

6. Heartbreaker (2010)
Directed by Pascal Chaumeil, with Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis

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