Monday, September 22, 2014

Underrated Treasures Blogfest

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book that you simply loved, but no one else has ever heard of? Well, today Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a the Underrated Treasures Bloghop to help get the word out! So if you haven't already, sign up and tell us about your favorite book, movie, TV show or band that no one has ever heard of.

Gosford Park
With all the fans of Downton Abbey out there, I would assume that Gosford Park would have reached greater notoriety. After all, it shares a similar premise, time period, and even the phenomenal Maggie Smith. But for all my love of this spectacular movie, few of my friends and acquaintances have ever heard of it, let alone seen it. If you like whodunnit films starring British all-star casts, this is a must not miss.

The Man in the High Castle
My second book entrant (I couldn't limit myself to just one) is by a similarly well known author, Philip K. Dick. Most often associated with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (aka. Blade Runner), Minority Report and Total Recall, people rarely read the lesser known The Man in the High Castle. However, it's definitely a work worth reading. In fact, it was recently optioned by Amazon Studios and a TV series is currently in the works. If your a sci fi or alternative history fan, check this read out. 

Taken
This may not count as a TV show, but I've been a big fan of the Sci-Fi Channel mini series Taken since it first aired in 2002. It takes place over the span of five decades with interwoven plots all surrounding alien encounters. It's phenomenally well written and features a terrific cast, including a very young Dakota Fanning and Anton Yelchin. 

Well, those are just a few of my underrated treasures. What about you? Any books, movies, or TV shows I've never heard of that you'd recommend? 

47 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading Man in the High Castle, and its take on alternative history, so much so that I decided to work some alternative history into my WIP.

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  2. Hello! Thanks for sharing your picks for the Underrated Treasures Blogfest.

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  3. Of read many of his books, but not that one. Will add to my list.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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  4. I've been wanting to read Taken. The other two sound really good as well.

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  5. Can't say I've heard of any of these- I'm generally not a sci-fi fan but do on occasion enjoy some of the sci-fi channels mini8 series as well.

    My blog post

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  6. I have heard of Gosford Park but have not seen it yet and plan to and I watched "Taken" the mini series. It was quite well done and Dakota Fanning impressed me in that series. So I have my picks as well but unsure if you have seen or heard of them

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  7. I've heard of both Gosford Park and Taken, but haven't seen either. Ack - there's so much good stuff out there!

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  8. I haven't seen Gosford Park but it sounds interesting. I meant to watch Taken. I wonder if it's on Netflix?

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  9. I loved Godsford Park. Great choice!

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  10. Oh, yes. I watched TAKEN when it came out. Great recommendation! :)

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  11. I have the scores to both Godsford Park and Taken... Taken was interesting and the other was charming...

    Jeremy [Retro]
    Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

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  12. Oh my! I have to see taken. Very interesting.

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  13. I've heard good things about Gosford Park, but I've never seen it. Thanks for the reminder!

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  14. I haven't seen the other two but I love Gosford Park! Great choice.

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  15. I enjoyed Gosford Park. Thanks for sharing your picks!

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  16. Oh yes, Gosford Park and Taken... both excellent! I'm going to have to read Phillip K. Dick's book, his stuff is so good.

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  17. I've heard of Gosford Park, but haven't seen it. I'll have to pick it up one of these times. :)

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  18. I'm enjoying this HOP as I'm coming across some great finds - yours are no exception… thanks!

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  19. I haven't heard of any of these, but they all sound very interesting. Especially your book choice. I'll have to give these a look :)

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  20. Taken was great indeed. Heard of Gosford Park but never watched that one.

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  21. All of these are new to me, but they look good, so thanks for sharing!

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  22. Was Taken that long ago? Where did the years go?

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  23. I would definitely be interested in Taken. I also enjoy finding early works of now-famous actors. Like Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

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  24. I've heard of Gosford Park but haven't seen. Hadn't heard of the other two. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I loved The Man in the High Castle. I didn't know it had been optioned. Very excited!

    For some reason I didn't take to Taken (excuse the pun). Maybe I should re-watch it and give it another go?

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  26. I think I've seen some episodes of Taken. I've heard of Gosford Park but not seen it. Never heard of that particular book by Philip K Dick either, but this sounds like a book that might interest me.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out


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  27. I am a Downton Abbey fan so as you say, would probably enjoy Gosford Park. Not heard of your other nominations though.

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  28. Taken was always one of those shows I thought I'd like, but I haven't seen yet. Have to fix that!

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  29. The Man in the High Castle would appeal to me, as I'm familiar with Philip K. Dyck but not that novel. Thanks for the info. I generally like the British productions, too.

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  30. Taken sounds like a sci fi show worth sinking my teeth into, I must look this one up. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. I definitely think that The Man in the High Castle sounds interesting, and same with Gosford Park. :)

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  32. I love Gosford Park. It was such a great movie and loved the way it was shot.

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  33. These sound like great treasures! I'm going to have to look into Gosford Park because I love Downton Abbey.

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  34. I've never heard of those, but they all get my attention! This is such a fun blogfest - I'm finding so many new things!

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  35. I've actually heard of these but that's about all. Taken has the most appeal to me as I've seen bits and pieces of it.

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  36. Gosford Park and Taken...both great.

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  37. Good picks. The Man in the High Castle sounds like a good one.

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  38. I've watched Taken. That's a great pick!

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  39. Ooh, methinks this is perfecgt timing for a rewatch of Gosford Park. Has been long enough that all I remember about it is that I enjoyed it.

    (sorry if this is a double - something looked funky before)

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  40. I love your list. I saw Godsfor Park the movie, but haven't read the book. I remember Taken, it was pretty cool. I'm adding The Man in the High Castle to my TBR list. Also, thanks for stopping by my list.

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  41. Excellent picks, none of which I've read or seen. :) I haven't seen Downton Abbey either, but I do love shows like Pride & Prejudice, North & South, etc.

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  42. "Taken" was great! That film was very engaging and made you question how you think about life. Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes although you enjoy a movie, your mind gets washed over by new ones. That's the magic of this blogger's challenge. I'll try to re-watch it this weekend. Glad I stopped by from the Underrated Treasures Blog Hop, this morning!

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  43. The man in the high castle sounds like my kind of book. I will have to add it to my TBR list.

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  44. Gosford Park and Taken sound quite interesting...thanks for sharing! =D

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  45. I remember Taken. It was really good.

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