Stars reveal their criminally underrated entertainment picks

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Everyone — stars included — has that one show or movie they believe hasn’t received the attention it deserves. EW asked some celebrities, ranging from director John Waters to actress Allison Janney, what shows or movies they think are criminally underrated. Here’s what they said:

John Waters, director Hairspray, Serial Mom
Bruno Dumont’s movies, which are all long, depressing, French art movies about farmers and the earth and misery [such as Humanité]. I love a feel-bad movie. I hate to feel good at a theater. There is such honesty in the pain he puts on screen.”

John Lasseter, director Toy Story, Cars
“The entire library of Hayao Miyazaki. [Pictured, above.] These films are amazing: My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, Nausicca, and The Wind Rises. He’s been such an inspiration to me and most animators around the world.”

Zack Snyder, director 300, Man of Steel
Splice. “There’s this whole ethical debate about cloning tucked into a genre film. I really liked it a lot. I loved the scene when [Adrian Brody] is making love to the creature they created and then Sarah Polley busts in. That was an awesome scene I did not see coming.”

Michelle Rodriguez, star of Fast & Furious, Avatar
Rumble Fish is beautiful, sexy and cool, in a classic-never-dies kind of way. Coppola’s amazing aesthetic choices and use of color are the most innovative I’ve seen for its time. It’s simple storytelling with a poetic fresh style.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of Veep 
Smack the Pony. It’s a bunch of women doing comedy sketches and it was drop-dead funny. Darren Boyd, who’s a friend of mine, who is on Veep this year, who coincidentally was on Watching Ellie with me many years ago. Sally Phillips is in it and I’m a massive fan of hers. She played the prime minister of Finland when we did the Finland episode. It had a Monty Python-esque edge to it. It was a bunch of ballsy women who knew how to be funny.”

Gilles Marini, star of Sex and the City: The Movie, Brothers & Sisters
“Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James did a TV show called Terriers and it was incredible. Go figure what went wrong. I think it was the poster. You think it is a dog show based on that, but it never was about dogs. It was a grainy, down and dirty cop private investigator show. I loved it. I know Donal very well and I think he is so talented. I think it was one of the best shows that never got a second season. I don’t even know that many people that watched the first season. If people go on Netflix and watch it, they will be hooked on it. It is one of those shows you can’t stop watching.”

Dominic Cooper, star of Need for Speed, Captain America
“The series 7 UP. They are these documentaries about a group of children from the ‘50s. They started when they were 7 years old and have gone back and filmed them every seven years to see where they are in life and how they have changed and now they are in their 50s. It is a brilliant series. It is fascinating to see where life takes these people and I also admire the follow-through on the filmmakers’ side. People don’t see nearly enough documentaries these days.”

Allison Janney, star of The Way Way, Back, Masters of Sex
“I loved the Lisa Kudrow show The Comeback. Loved. I thought it was hysterical and as an actress, I related. It was just delicious to watch her go through auditioning and being narcissistic and dealing with aging in this business that is not very kind to that process. The husband character was great. I just think she’s a comic genius and I loved that show and I wish it was still on and that it got 100 seasons. That was cancelled way too soon.”

Mads Mikkelsen, star of Hannibal, The Hunt
“Lars von Trier did a [Danish] TV show, that was 8 episodes, called The Kingdom. It is hysterically funny, and it’s brilliant, and it’s probably the best TV show I’ve ever seen come out of Denmark.”

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