What are some movies that appear dumb or have a reputation/expectation of idiot shenanigans, but when you really pay attention, there's some genuine intelligence going on there?
Michael Bay brings out the best in his editors, straight up. Sound and visual, the way Bay films are cut is remarkable and perhaps more remarkable for not drawing attention to how unnaturalistic and preplanned the cuts and sequencing are.
Assault on Precinct 13 should just be a shoot-em-up about a police station under siege. And it is. But it's also massively about social constraints, racism, sexism, individualism, collectivism, common decency and not flinching. The remake, of course, loses track of that, because who wants to see a movie about a strong, upstanding, good natured black cop on the LAPD taking shit and never letting it weigh him down? Or, when the cop who's been shoved in the typist pool finally gets her day and can open up on some criminals with a rifle?
Ed Wood gets a ton of flack, but how progressive are the social politics of his films compared to his contemporaries? The idea that someone did Glen or Glenda in the 50s, you know? Or, heck, Plan 9's response to the accusation humans just act with unthinking violence even when we know it won't work: the human punches the alien. Sure, now, that's just funny and glib, but at that time, suggesting the military industrial complex and shouting America wouldn't save us was tantamount to being a dirty commie fink traitor to God.
So, what else? Whatcha got?