Underseen Movies of the Decade Part 1
This idea started with a tweet. Someone shared a photo from Maps to the Stars and I thought to myself. "I love that movie, why does no one, including me talk about it anymore?" I decided to take a deep dive into my Indie Gems collection and find some films from the past decade that deserve a bit more conversation. As I selected nearly forty, this post is going up in four parts. I'll also link my old reviews in case you want more information.
Be nice to me, it took me a while to find my writing voice.
1) Maps to the Stars
This film is apparently meant to be a satire of the fake Hollywood life but I never felt like it was. To me, it felt more like a window into how fucked up some lives can be. The actors were extraordinary and I loved the story. Review
2) I Used To Be Darker
I mean, you know me and my dysfunctional stories. There was a time in my life I could relate very easily to our main character. Depressed, confused, and drifting through life quietly about it. Review
3) The Stanford Prison Experiment
This film about a real life study of men in a mock prison situation felt like it was a hot topic for about a week. Then it disappeared. It was one of my favorites of that year. I found it incredibly fascinating. Review
Yes, there are a few 2019 picks on this list. But seriously how is this movie not being talked about more? The topic of conversation alone should've gotten it more attention. Review
I started writing about this film for an upcoming TMP post and even I forgot how much I liked this. The concept is so interesting - people in a chatroom but it's set up like a play. Highly recommend. Review
6) For A Good Time Call...
This movie is so funny, I just adore it. It's about two friends that start a phone sex line. It's very raunchy and I still think about it from time to time. Review
7) Night Moves
Kelly Reichardt is a director I struggle to connect with even though I try, but this one is the exception. I adore this film. Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg play a pair of environmentalists and they were wonderful together. Review
8) Charlie Countryman
I could go on a separate rant about how Shia LaBeouf is in another movie out now not getting talked about enough - Honey Boy, but we're talking about Charlie here. This one is pretty batshit but it has Shia, Evan Rachel Wood, Rupert Grint and Mads Mikkelson. Why wouldn't you watch this? Review
9) The Sound of my Voice
I read an article recently where Quentin Tarantino described a movie as "frustrating in a bad way" and I thought to myself "Are you ever frustrated in a good way?" Then I remember this film. Brit Marling has a decent following but Sound of my Voice didn't seem to catch on as much. Review
10) Wish You Were Here
I haven't thought about this film in a long time, but when I saw my review (which I admit is comically vague) I instantly remembered why I liked this so much. It's a great little film, and yes, the less you know the better. Review