[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]here is a ridiculous amount of movies that are released every year around the world. Out of them, many gems go unnoticed. Crizic selects a few of those greatest movies not many have seen. Here are the eight greatest movies you have never seen:
8. The Grey:
The Grey is usually described as the movie about Liam Neeson fighting wolves, which is misleading, because it implies that The Grey is a wilderness survival yarn, which it isn’t. Set in the snowy wilds of Alaska, Joe Carnahan’s uniquely morose thriller is unequivocally about death and dying, and about characters struggling and ultimately failing to stave off the inevitable; which, in this case, happens to be getting torn apart by hungry wolves.
Steve Soderbergh did a 180 degree turnaround from his debut film sex, lies, and videotape with Kafka, a stark art-film fable for literature majors. The result? No mainstream audience. Kafka finds its place on number seven.
6. The Fall:
How this film is not a classic is a mystery. Not only is it one of the most ravishingly gorgeous films ever made, it has a story and characters that aren’t particularly lacking in any category. The Fall doesn’t contain any profound insight into human behaviour or have any brilliantly witty dialogue but if you accept that cinema is an inherently visual medium, that is that images are by nature more important to a film than words, then The Fall is one of the most inherently cinematic of all films.
5. In Bruges:
Arguably the best crime film since Pulp Fiction, In Bruges bears some resemblance to that film in that it deftly combines humor and drama and it also stars two hitman who spend the majority of their time in inconsequential dialogue. The film now has a substantial following although it is still underseen and under-appreciated.
4. Y Tu Mama Tambien:
Alfonso Cuaranis one of the greatest directors in the world and somehow he is constantly overlooked as the visionary that he is. He has given so much to modern cinema yet he is never as regarded as highly as he should be. Y Tu Mama Tambien is a perfect example of this because, despite being one of the best films of the ’00s, it is never given the recognition it deserves.
3. About Schmidt:
About Schmidt contains what some might argue is the definitive performance of Nicholson’s career. As Schmidt, Nicholson nails the role in such a way that you can’t imagine the movie existing without him. Displaying fine comic chops and triumphant in moments of genuine emotion, Nicholson makes up for the film’s otherwise slow pace. Really, the movie plays as a tribute to his talents.
2. Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams:
One of the stand-out film from Akira Kurosawa’s underrated later period, 1990’s Dreams is one of the director’s most autobiographical film as well as his most fantastical. Culled from Kurosawa’s actual dreams, from childhood through oldhood, these eight highly-varied vignettes form a vivid memoir of the sleep life of one of last century’s most fertile and disciplined imaginations.
Some might argue that Eraserhead is a mainstream flick, or at least it is now after being voted the second greatest directorial debut next to Citizen Kane by reputed institutions. But the truth is, not many have seen this Lynchian masterpiece.