No spoilers, no hype; just recommendations.

If a film can justify the resources spent to make it, the writer’s worldview, the producer’s morals and the lead actor’s politics will be secondary to enjoyment. Numerous reasons aside, it’s difficult to sift through all the media darlings to find movies that can make you appreciate the craft of filmmaking all over again. Please help yourself to my growing catalog of favorite underrated/ forgotten/ obscure films that—despite overshadowing controversy, accumulated dust, or lack of marketing budget—still deserve an audience.