Here are ten films that I like but aren’t so popular with the mainstream. These films tend not to get noticed, despite how wonderful they actually are. I could list many, but I selected a few which come to mind as of late.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below! Do you agree with my choices?
10. Like Sunday, Like Rain (2014) – An incredibly moving story about discovery and acceptance. Charming from start to finish, and will be certain to tug on your heartstrings.
9. Dope (2015) – Packed with witty dialogue, and a memorable soundtrack; Dope is stylish, heaps of fun and perhaps the most underrated film of the year so far. A very different take to the coming-of-age genre, and does so in a completely compelling and original format. A must-see!
8. Monster House (2006) – One of the most underrated animations. Containing elements of both horror and humour, the suspense is enthralling. The characters are lovable, the animation is simply unique – a film that is just as fun to watch on your own as it is with family!
7. Source Code (2011) – Gripping from start to finish. One of Gyllenhaal’s best and underrated performances. With only a 1 hour and 30 minute run time, Source Code is a must-see, and an unusual take on a sci-fi, with emotional depth.
6. Panic Room (2002) – Panic Room will have you glued to your seat. For a story about a single room to turn out as enthralling as this one, Fincher deserves a lot of praise. Add it to your watch list right away!
5. Frank (2014) – Not only does this film become memorable for its narrative, but also for its weirdness and distorted sounds. Frank is an uncommonly hard film to pin down. It’s quirky, ironic and heartfelt all at once, with an unexpectedly entertaining blend of humour. Though, I must emphasise, this is a very dark film.
4. Dial M for Murder (1954) – Though it’s not rated as high up on the list as some of Hitchcock’s masterpieces, this is still an excellent film. Comes to show that even his ‘lesser’ offerings are still highly watchable. Unfortunately, this was one of Hitchcock’s films that got the remake treatment…retitled “A Perfect Murder”, and it was utterly forgettable.
3. Pleasantville (1998) – A film that will truly open your mind. Excellent casting and performances, especially Tobey Maguire. You will not regret watching this.
2. Ex Machina (2015) – Ex Machina was my favourite film of 2015. It is such a shame when films like this that maintain a reasonably lower budget don’t receive the recognition they deserve. Filled with impeccable visuals, exceptional performances, and a narrative that has stuck with me months later, Garland’s debut is breathtaking. The sci-fi elements feel authentic despite the fact we’re still not even close to creating such technology. The film manages to cover some relevant themes without ever alienating the audience. Alex Garland is a director to keep an eye on; I very much look forward to see what he will bring to the table in the near future.
1. Mary and Max (2009) – The greatest stop-motion film I have ever seen. This film will forever hold a small place in my heart, and I highly recommend it. Not a film you want to watch when you’re in the mood for a ‘feel-good’ film…it’s quite the opposite. It’s deeply moving, humourous, and will most likely leave quite an impact on you. This is a wonderful, wonderful film.
Which of these films have/haven’t you seen? Any films I haven’t listed that you feel are very much underrated? I would love to hear them! Comment below!