The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen About Lost Treasures

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(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we go looking for gold and maybe a little iron pyrite in the search for some underseen gems about people looking for lost, hidden, or legendary treasures.)

There’s something endlessly appealing about a search for hidden treasure, and movies have captured the feeling time and time again. From the Indiana Jones trilogy to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, from The Rundown to Three Kings, there’s a thrill to the pursuit of something lost or legendary. Some films focus exclusively on the journey and the puzzles along the way while others frame it as a race against time and the enemy, but the goal remains the same: find “it.”

Despite the subgenre’s popularity, though, there are more than a few out there that never quite caught on or maybe just deserve all the eyeballs, and that’s where I come in. Rather than hand you a map filled with clues and challenges designed to ultimately point you towards some fun movies you probably haven’t seen yet, I’ve decided to eliminate the middle man and just name them. So keep reading for a look at six highly entertaining movies about people in pursuit of lost treasure you’ve probably never seen.

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(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)

Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about their favorite car chases in movie history. We then opened the floor to our readers: what is your favorite movie car chase? And you let us know!

We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: what is your favorite TV episode of all time? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com!

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD
For those that have been disappointed with the recent summer action blockbuster slate, consider The Good, The Bad, The Weird the antidote. The film is a Korean tribute to spaghetti westerns, set into motion by a classic MacGuffin: a treasure map. Three strange dudes go after the treasure, and chaos ensues. It’s a simple, unchallenging format—but holy hell is it a load of fun. The film offers just the right blend of old school style and off-the-wall Korean humor, and the action set pieces are as creative as they are brilliantly choreographed. So often we’re forced to endure an incomprehensible flurry of trashing limbs and nightmarish editing, but The Good, The Bad, The Weird keeps its action grounded by setting the stage early, and always letting you know where the characters are as they violently pummel through it.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Cannes highlights and a making-of featurette.

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robinhood_posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley ring in their 100th episode by discussing piracy, movie adaptations of plotless games and toys, and the plot/casting of Rian Johnson’s upcoming film, Looper. Rian Johnson joins us for this episode, with his unique banjo stylings and photoshop skills. Rian’s episode of Breaking Bad airs this Sunday on AMC at 10 PM EST.

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