Catherine Stebbins asked on Twitter, "i need you to recommend me lesser known films from 1990". I went to MovieLens, which has stored 2,178 of my movie ratings, and asked it to sort those ratings by the difference between my rating and the average rating, where I liked it more than others.
Here are the top nine, with my rating and the average MovieLens user's rating, on a scale of 5:
Bullet in the Head (4.5, 3.52)
Arachnophobia (3.5, 2.76)
Pump Up the Volume (4.0, 3.5)
Close-Up (4.5, 4.07)
Total Recall (1990) (4.0, 3.6)
GoodFellas (4.5, 4.18)
An Angel at My Table (4.0, 3.74)
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (3.0, 2.78)
The Godfather: Part III (3.5, 3.45)
This "method" isn't perfect. I may have liked Roxy Carmichael more than the average person, but I didn't really like it anyway. Close-Up and GoodFellas are movies I liked more than the average person, but the average person liked them a lot, too. The first two movies on this list stand out, though, the first because while it is fairly popular, I am way ahead of everyone on it, the second because it's mostly junk but I liked it OK nonetheless. So what do we take from this? If you haven't seen them, watch Bullet in the Head and Arachnophobia.