It is these imaginative leaps which take The Fall into spectacular territory and rival any fantasy world ever put on screen, especially when you realize most of it was shot in real-world locations. Proving herself once again a skilled adapter of a novel, Morvern Callar is further evidence of Lynne Ramsay’s status as one of the UK’s leading directors. Shot entirely on digital with a brilliant minimalist aesthetic, the film details the chilling simplicity with which the error is made, and how, by not engaging with other people, it’s fatally compounded. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz bring towering central performances to this meditation on losing someone you love, and the peace and acceptance you can find in the aftermath. While some movies were simply underrated, others weren’t that great, to begin with. Taking the film to another level, though, is the relationship between Pace and six-year-old Cantinca Untaru, whose conversations are largely improvised, lending the film a naturalistic air which perfectly complements the amazing flights of fancy. Thora Birch and a young Scarlett Johansson star in this funny, biting coming of age story based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. It’s a delightful film, and truthfully like nothing else the director has ever made. Let The Fountain wash over you, and you will be swept away. This is the progression of Bond from rookie agent to cold-blooded super spy, and Craig sells it perfectly. Initially panned on release, and a subsequent box office bomb, Speed Racer is finally being recognised as a game-changing film which redefined and reconceptualised the film form as we know it. It literally couldn’t have had a bigger cultural and commercial impact. Flawed? He sets the mood of unhinged paranoia which the movie lives and breathes, portraying stillness, regret, and violent anger in one of the most notorious outlaws in American history. Bored misfits in a small town the two girls play a prank on lonely single man Seymour (Steve Buscemi) pretending to be a woman he met and inviting him on a date to be stood up. I really don’t think so, and for all its faults, Watchmen is a work of dizzying spectacle and craftsmanship, and proved that director Zack Snyder deserved his place at the top table in Hollywood. Less heralded, but still intriguing and worth seeking out, is his first attempt at a thriller, playing a man who becomes obsessed with a very personal conspiracy regarding the number 23 and past crimes coming back to haunt him. No matter what the case, these are the top 25 most underrated/underseen movies this century. It is this combination of the epic and the personal that makes Master & Commander a film to treasure and re-watch, rather than write off as just another empty spectacle. His turn as Jesse James is at once central and removed from the action. Some are loved or hated, some make money, some make none. The remaining 200+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page. A technically brilliant piece of filmmaking, it laments the “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” days of filmmaking. Penned by Charlie Kaufman, the film is based on ’60s and ’70s game show host and producer Chuck Barris’ amazing claims that he was, in fact, a CIA assassin throughout these decades. Shot entirely on digital with a well chosen minimalist aesthetic, the film details the chilling simplicity with which the error is made, and how, by not engaging with other people, it’s fatally compounded. RELATED: 5 Overrated Christmas Movies (& 5 Underrated Ones) While it's true that the decades prior to the 2000s saw the release of a lot of iconic Christmas movies that became instant classics, the 2000s had several big hits of its own that shouldn't be overlooked. Based on Brett Easton Ellis’ novel, The Rules of Attraction is wickedly funny, as well as expertly directed by Roger Avary. The key to this is Garner and Ruffalo’s pairing, whose easy chemistry makes the film a pleasure to watch. Proving that he knows how to adapt King’s work, no matter what the genre, Darabont gave us this fantastic sci-fi horror about a group of townsfolk trapped in a supermarket by an otherworldly mist and attacked by fearsome creatures. A dark, dark neo-noir shot in black and white, The Man Who Wasn’t There has the type of multifaceted dense plotting that Coen fans will love, as well as the black humour and unhappy yet perfect resolutions that the Coens themselves seem to prefer. A stunning looking, but ultimately slight, paean to relationships. While the TV series of the same name has rightly gone on to be regarded as one of the most acclaimed shows of the last ten years, it is easy to forget that its journey to the small screen started here, with Peter Berg’s superb adaptation of HG Bissinger’s non-fiction book of the same name. It’s a film that makes you earn its beats and payoffs, while also getting you to reflect on just how violence makes you feel – both exhilarated and appalled at the same time. It’s not all cringy cheesiness, though. Piecing together the ludicrous mystery is half the fun and working out just how it all fits in is a melodramatic delight. The film is known for its raw and... Master & … That reason is this incredible documentary charting the rivalry between the Canadian and the US squads in the lead-up to the 2004 Paralympics. From legendary director Don Coscarelli, this is a film that is both a comedy horror classic and a surprisingly moving rumination on growing old and the perils of fame. Certainly. Instead, like the rest of the film and its characters, it’s unvarnished, and all the better for it. For me, it’s hard to choose between his Dylan rip-off and the irreverent Beatles sequence (with an uncredited Paul Rudd, Jason Schwartzman, Jack Black, and Justin Long as the Fab Four). 15 Celebrity YouTube Channels That Are Actually Worth Watching. Providing comedic back-up of the dark kind is Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and the brilliant Rory Cochrane. A great, great ensemble cast elevates this film above merely accomplished to verging on brilliant. Seemingly forgotten about in the 10 years since its release, 25th Hour is not only one of the best performances of Edward Norton’s career, but one of the best films of Spike Lee’s. He’s always willing to broaden his comedic roles and take dramatic risks, and sometimes they pay off in spectacular fashion, such as his turns in The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Norah Jones is a revelation in her debut acting role, and the rest of the cast serves up beautiful treats along the way, especially Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman. What follows is the type of film that really gets under your skin, as the two’s relationship grows and encompasses Dr Squires’ failing marriage, Luke falling in love with Squires’ daughter, and his troubled home life. The Most Underrated Movies of the Decade include Crimson Peak, A Cure for Wellness, Annihilation, A Most Violent Year, and more. Hopes were certainly high for Hong Kong-based auteur Wong Kar Wai’s English language debut, but for many, it fell somewhat short of what they were expecting – a lesser retread of his earlier Chungking Express but filtered through the lens of a strange Americana. Proving to the world what his fans had long held to be undoubted (and were probably shocked to discover they were right about), PTA unleashed Adam Sandler’s acting talent, and in a dramatic role too. Following the true story of the Permian Panthers’ 1988 season and their run to the state championship, the themes prevalent in the later series are magnified here in theatrical form: the pressures of being the stars in a small town, the dreams of making it to the big time, and the ever-present fear of injury bringing it all crashing down to Earth. And there’s a lot of puzzle-solving to be done here, involving Polish fairy-tales, people trafficking, infidelity, and narrative deconstruction. I’ve never been able to quite understand why A Series of Unfortunate Events didn’t explode in the way it should have. Charlie Kaufman certainly influenced cinema in the 00s – his brand of metaphysical fantasy seeped through into several films, of which Stranger Than Fiction is probably the best. Whether it’s robots or aliens, Zathura creates a believable fantasy world for its young actors (including Josh Hutcherson and Kristen Stewart) and correspondingly the audience at home. Locked Down Review: Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor Pioneer the COVID Rom-Com, Outside the Wire Review: Anthony Mackie Takes on Military Sci-Fi, Netflix Style, 13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s, How 2012 is shaping up to be a golden year for animated movies, 41 Video Game Movies Currently in Development, Introducing A Brand New FREE Quarterly Magazine From Den of Geek, How EVE Online Is Changing Players' Lives for the Better. Taking the best bits of Tim Burton and filtering them through a child’s point of view, A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the tale of the Baudelaire orphans and their attempts to escape the villainous clutches of their uncle, Count Olaf. Go into Australia with an open mind and let yourself be transported back to an idealised time when Hollywood produced towering spectacle. We’re here to show you the best and worst of the 2000s Disney films you probably forgot about. ), it’s easy to forget just how masterful (excuse the pun) this film is. Far more than just a silly parody trying to cash in on the musical biopic, Walk Hard skewers every sanctimonious cliché with impeccable aim and delivers on the laughs in a big way. The way he so easily killed them attracts the attention of Ed Harris’ gangster Carl Fogarty, who alleges that Tom is really Joey Cusack, a mobster hitman. Falling in love over their epic trip, and faced with impossible odds, it’s melodrama in the best tradition, coupled with some stand-out sequences. From legendary director Don Coscarelli, this is a film that is both a comedy horror classic and a surprisingly moving rumination on growing old and the perils of fame. The word underrated is a broad church in this context – it encompasses small films which not many people may have seen, big budget studio pictures that have been judged more kindly with time, and critically well-regarded movies which you and I may love, but sadly remain unknown for the most part to a mainstream audience. Both brilliant in their roles (Williams in particular), the film excels at not always trying to make the two leads likeable, or selling the over-arching love story as something written in the stars. A mind-bending and woozy trip into both the mind and alternate realities, Inland Empire plays with chronology, dramatic tone and style, mixing anything up it sees fit. Despite showcasing some of the most spectacular sci-fi visuals ever put on screen, at its heart, Solaris is a film about loss, regret, and what you would do with a second chance, but presented in a robustly cerebral manner. A modern-day Princess Bride, Stardust has the potential to be a fantasy classic for the ages, and to be talked about fondly by future generations of movie fans, much like the classic Rob Reiner 80s film. He sets the mood of unhinged paranoia which the movie lives and breathes, portraying stillness, regret and violent anger in one of the most notorious outlaws in American history. As long as you don’t take the film seriously as a dark thriller in the same vein as something like Seven, then I guarantee you’ll have a blast with it – piecing together the ludicrous mystery is half the fun, and working out just how it all fits in is a melodramatic delight. The word “underrated” is a broad church in this context – it encompasses small films which not many people may have seen, big-budget studio pictures that have been judged more kindly with time, and critically well-regarded movies which you and I may love, but sadly remain unknown to most of the mainstream audience. Wish granted, she sets about finding her life has become everything she didn’t want it to be. Both director and lead are clearly revelling working with each other, and if this is anything to go by, Iron Man 3 should be a joy – as witnessed by the Super Bowl ‘extended look’ for the film, which had more than a touch of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang about it. While Death Proof may be a little slow, it still has some vintage Tarantino dialogue and action in it, while Planet Terror is all kinds of crazy. 11 2000s Movies That Are Way Better Than Their Rotten Tomatoes Score ... Anna Faris is very funny -- so funny that, at least in the '00s, she was underrated and underused in movies. Definitely non-cerebral is this post-apocalyptic man versus dragon adventure film, which consistently manages to be equally awesome and awful throughout its run-time. The Fountain feels like director Darren Aronofsky’s most personal film, and that passion shows on screen. Action scenes are few, but the film is all about the compulsion to solve a puzzle rather than solving the puzzle itself, all told through its three powerhouse leads, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. A modern-day Princess Bride,Stardust has the potential to be a fantasy classic for the ages, and to be talked about fondly by future generations of movie fans, much like the classic Rob Reiner ’80s film. The dragon-fighting action is actually pretty well done and it rises above other B-movies through a great concept matched by its great cast. Based on true events, Open Water is a supremely effective horror film about a couple accidentally left behind on a deep water scuba diving trip. Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas Day to find her boyfriend has committed suicide. After the success of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, it seemed that The New Frat Pack just got together and decided to make comedies about any sport they drew out of a hat – resulting in some good (Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) and some never to be spoken of again (Semi-Pro). Jennifer Garner plays Jenna, who at the beginning of the film is an unpopular teenager with a geeky friend Matty, who after being humiliated at her birthday party, wishes she could wake up in the future as a 30-year-old. Not always pretty, but often painfully truthful, Me Without You is the type of film which touches a nerve and remains with you for the rest of your life. The Matrix was a genre redefining classic that took on the first new Star Wars film in 15 years and won. Absolutely splendid stuff and a cracking performance from Robert Duvall, too. Charting the year of wealthy Americans at college, we see the parties, the drugs, the hook-ups, and the desperation. Director Andrew Dominik draws brilliant performances from his talented cast, with Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, and Mary Louise Parker in particular standing out. Instead, like the rest of the film and its characters, it’s unvarnished, and all the better for it. Returning to Jarrod’s hometown in order to watch him get even with a school bully from decades past, it’s an at times painfully honest (and funny) look at small-town life, as well as love in all its different forms. The Fall is one such movie. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is an amazing, underrated action movie The last decade has been good to Vin Diesel fans, at least as far as the Fast and Furious movies have been concerned. This one’s a fun, fast, and funny piece of crime comedy that uses a Rashomon style of intercutting stories from different perspectives to create several versions of meeting and being fooled by Liv Tyler’s femme fatale. So, how exactly do you explain Bubba Ho-Tep to the uninitiated? Overlooked/Underrated Horror Films (2000-2016) Menu. George Clooney plays Dr Chris Kelvin, sent to a space station orbiting the living planet Solaris to investigate strange disturbances plaguing the crew. Which is a shame, as Inland Empire deserves far more than to be a curiosity in Lynch’s filmography. I’m going to cheat a bit here and put Kingdom in based on its director’s cut. The Wackness touches so many emotions you’ve felt yourself, but filtered through the lens of film, it makes everything so much more heightened and well, cool. Me Without You is essentially an anti chick-flick. Let The Fountain wash over you and you will be swept away. Directed by Conchords alumni Taika Waititi and starring Jemaine Clement, it was sold on that basis. Overlooked unfairly because of it’s relatively small scale, set mostly in tunnels underneath London, it also boasts a terrific supporting cast including Dominic Cooper, Damien Lewis, and Joseph Fiennes. Loosely following the same plot of a board game which magically comes to life, but this time setting the action in space, it’s the wonderful practical effects which truly mark Zathura out as something special. Home invasions, gothic spine-tinglers, and found-footage galore! Except it turns out that the star is an actual living being, named Yvaine and played by the incredible Claire Danes. Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas Day to find her boyfriend has committed suicide. Directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Lee Pace, the plot of The Fall is very simple. After being humiliated at her birthday party, Jenna wishes she could wake up in the future as a 30-year-old. Penned by Charlie Kaufman, the film is based on 60s and 70s game show host and producer Chuck Barris’ amazing claims that he was in fact a CIA assassin throughout these decades. It was the decade where many thought Hollywood finally abandoned originality altogether. Doing away with the usual conventions of the genre, and making sci-fi seem warm and family friendly, the film was brought to life by voice talents such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jim, and Brian Murray as Jon Silver. It might take more time, but Quantum will be better regarded in years to come. From a mischievous and witty family film to Dawson’s sweaty, grunting sex face. It turns out the planet is reading their minds and trying to communicate with them by reconstructing the most powerful images in their head. While it doesn’t always work (it’s at times a bit too earnest and unfocused, perhaps, and the reduced budget from the original version limits Arofonsky’s ability to truly fulfil his ambitions) The Fountain is at times a truly transcendental triumph which speaks to us all, helped by the stunning camera work and macro-effects, as well as Clint Mansell’s finest score (yep, even better than Moon). Well worth spending the time with. Criminally ignored upon its release, The Assassination of Jesse James is an almost perfect film. The film takes in a whole range of themes, the nature of friendship, trust and mistakes, New York in the post 9/11 landscape, as well as condensing a difficult father-son relationship into what matters most, regret at missed chances, and an ultimate love for one another. George Clooney plays Dr. Chris Kelvin, sent to a space station orbiting the living planet Solaris to investigate strange disturbances plaguing the crew. An underrated film from an underrated director. Falling in love over their epic trip, and faced with impossible odds, it’s melodrama in the best tradition, coupled with some stand-out sequences – I defy anyone to name a more intense war scene than the Japanese bombing of Darwin that Luhrmann recreates. by Andrew Adams Apr 04, 2014. An adaptation of the 1960s anime, Speed Racer is pure and simple at its heart – Speed Racer loves to race and must keep winning in order to keep racing. The top 10 underappreciated kids’ films of the past 20 years, Why A Scanner Darkly deserves a second look, Locked Down Review: Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor Pioneer the COVID Rom-Com, Outside the Wire Review: Anthony Mackie Takes on Military Sci-Fi, Netflix Style, Twitter feed for faster news and bad jokes right here, 13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s, 10 great blockbusters that never got sequels, 41 Video Game Movies Currently in Development, Introducing A Brand New FREE Quarterly Magazine From Den of Geek, How EVE Online Is Changing Players' Lives for the Better. On top of all that, Reloaded is also full of incredible action sequences and effects which set the tone for the whole decade – with the freeway chase and the burly brawl being stand-out efforts. Inspirational? Thinking he doesn’t belong among the other inmates, who include Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bacall, it is only through sessions with Don Cheadle’s Dr. Monroe that he learns he may be as dysfunctional as everyone suggests. The flaws apparent in his post-Prestige work (woolly plotting, the visuals not quite matching the ideas) are all dealt with here. Todd Martin 11/01/2020 Feature Lists. Atom Egoyan doesn't get half the attention fellow Canadian director David Cronenberg does, but his films are just as icy and inquiring. Based on the underground but definitely hipsterish female sport of Roller Derby, Whip It is at once a charming coming of age tale, and an unconventional underdog sports movie. Based around true events, Open Water is a supremely effective horror film about a couple accidentally left behind on a deep water scuba diving trip. Directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Lee Pace, the plot of The Fall is very simple. Notable for allowing method actor Christian Bale the chance to use his actual accent (which sounds a bit silly) it pairs him up with beefcake Matthew McConaughey to destroy the reawakened dragons once and for all. Taking the film to another level, though, is the relationship between Pace and six-year-old Cantinca Untaru, whose conversations are largely improvised, lending the film a naturalistic air which perfectly complements the amazing flights of fancy. Best of the bunch, though, was Blades of Glory, a film which I will end up watching whenever it’s on TV despite owning it on disc – a sure sign of a comedy classic. Painstakingly researched and written, the film is all about little details, the patience, persistence, and perseverance required to see an investigation through, and the knowledge that no matter how close you may get, you still might never sate your obsession. The casting is pitch perfect, and while it may be a little unfair to say Keanu Reeves is great as an undercover cop so strung out he’s lost his personality, the actor sells the desperation and heartbreak well. It is this combination of the epic and the personal that makes Master & Commander a film to treasure and re-watch, rather than write off as just another empty spectacle. It’s often silly, but always laugh out loud funny, and like the best of the Frat Pack comedies, it works best when ignoring any semblance of plot and just letting the leads bounce off each other (often literally). Sometimes a movie comes along which is so beautiful it takes your breath away, and makes you realise that first and foremost, film is a visual medium. The main characters’ anxiety, mounting dread, and doubt of rescue is reflected in the audience, who are all silently thinking, “That could be me…”. Taking its cues from Daniel Handler’s brilliant books, the film version is a subversive treat which doesn’t talk down to kids and makes no concessions to adults either. Developed at the tail end of the Disney renaissance (the period between The Little Mermaid and Tarzan, when Disney’s hand-drawn animation had reached critical and commercial success), Atlantis was harshly judged due to a post “fall of the empire” malaise and the filmgoing public’s thirst for CG animation. The Nolan brothers made significant changes to the book, all for the better in my mind, resulting in a clever and lean piece of filmmaking with a neat trick ending. See also: Why A Scanner Darkly deserves a second look. Based on the underground but definitely hipsterish female sport of Roller Derby, Whip It is at once a charming coming of age tale and an unconventional underdog sports movie. But Birch’s awkward Enid feels sorry for him and tries to help his love life. Thora Birch and a young Scarlett Johannsen star in this funny, biting coming of age story based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. But then again, you’re not here for the in-depth characterization. Returning to his Western roots, Costner served up a classic slice of gunslinging that not only remained true to the best conventions of the genre (the vistas, the shoot-out finale, the taciturn hero) but recognized the post-Unforgiven changes, too. Properly heartwarming, it’s a love/hate letter to the stresses of being a kid in Thatcher’s Britain, with overbearing families and schoolyard bullying overcome by friendship. Worth it for the computer party and fight scenes alone. Who doesn’t want to see dragons fighting apache helicopters? By Haleigh Foutch Oct 25, 2019. Frank Darabont and Stephen King – it’s been a pretty successful partnership. Loosely following the same plot of a board game which magically comes to life, but this time setting the action in space, it’s the wonderful practical effects which truly mark Zathura as something special. While a near note-perfect adaptation of the seminal comic, Watchmen falls down when it veers away from the source material – the ending is muddled and nowhere near as iconic as the trans-dimensional squid, while Matthew Goode, as much as I love him, is totally off in his portrayal of Adrian Veidt. He’s always willing to broaden his comedic roles and take dramatic risks, and sometimes they pay off in spectacular fashion, such as his turns in The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Providing comedic back-up of the dark kind is Robert Downey Jr. (who probably knows a thing or two about addiction), Woody Harrelson and the brilliant Rory Cochrane. Here's some of the best underrated movies of the decade. An adaptation of the 1960s anime, Speed Racer is pure and simple at its heart – Speed Racer loves to race, and must keep winning in order to race. Definitely non-cerebral is this post-apocalyptic man versus dragon adventure film, which consistently manages to be equally awesome and awful throughout its runtime. An amazingly odd claim like that is matched by this equally odd movie, which marries pop sensibilities of the ’60s and ’70s with brooding Cold War era spy-scapes, and makes them both work to enhance an already gorgeously shot film. by Andrew Adams Apr 04, 2014. Diamonds in the grimmest of roughs. Possibly. Science advice on this film came from the marvelous Professor Brian Cox, while Mark Strong’s insane Pinbacker is a reference to Dark Star’s Sgt Pinback. Director Andrew Dominik draws brilliant performances from his talented cast, with Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, and Mary Louise Parker, in particular, standing out. Like the best of modern animation, Treasure Planet excels in both heart and edge-of-the-seat action sequences, while also telling the heart-warming story of a young boy without a father bonding with a murderous space pirate cyborg. Yep, it may be another Disney sci-fi animation (they really went hard on those in the early 00s…) but once again it’s another criminally overlooked flick from the House of Mouse, who at this time were under attack not just from Pixar, but from DreamWorks and Blue Sky Studios too. Whatever you expected of George Clooney’s directorial debut, it probably wasn’t this. Made considerably lighter, the film charts the progress of Tristan (Charlie Cox), who must cross over to the magical kingdom of Stormhold to find and bring back a fallen star in order to prove his love for the spoiled Victoria (Sienna Miller). Goodbye, Dragon Inn, set inside a doomed movie temple on the eve of its closure, demonstrates Tsai’s signature slow cinema approach of long fixed shots and abrupt eruptions of surreal humor –– … The plan is ingenious but the arrival of a new cellmate for Perry causes problems and complications which threaten to turn violent. But the rest of the cast absolutely nails it (especially Jackie Earle Haley and Jeffrey Dean Morgan). 7 Underrated Movies of the 2010s That Will Change Your Life The Way Way Back (2013) Short Term 12 (2013) The World's End (2013) Ruby Sparks (2012) Sing Street (2015) A Monster Calls (2016) Smoke Signals (1998) Jim Carrey puts in a great performance as Olaf, turning the book’s more restrained villain into a pantomime threat, but one that is totally right for the film – his job is not to fade into the background, even as he tries to hide, but instead be the focus of dastardly behaviour and a flashpoint for kids to rally against. 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