After a week off doing some extensive (and thus far fruitful) college basketball research, I am back to open your eyes to the world of movies that may have passed you by. Think of these movies as the Florida Gulf Coast of the cinematic universe. Unfairly looked over by the masses but when people actually sit down and watch them they perform with highly entertaining results. Alright, enough of the momentarily relevant comparisons, lets do it:
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Based on the true story of Elle Magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, the movie follows the months after Bauby suffers a stroke. He wakes in a hospital and learns that he has locked-in syndrome, he is able to hear and understand just fine but can only react by moving his left eye. Using the physical confines of the protagonist to its advantage, the narration and cinematography excel at conveying the sense of claustrophobic existence Bauby lives with. You also get to see a lot of beautiful French faces close up for extended periods of time, so it’s got that going for it too.
The 39 Steps (1935)
This isn’t the first Hitchcock entry and it certainly won’t be the last. Much like The Lady Vanishes, he gives us another thoroughly enjoyable crime mystery with loads of comic wit and entertaining performances. This time we follow a man wrongly convicted of the murder of a secret agent he unknowingly helped. It is up to him to deliver her message to stop a terrorist spy operation. The perfect concoction of action, adventure, mystery and a romance.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Slevin is taking a trip to see a friend of his but when he is mistaken for his friend, who just so happens to be in deep shit with the two most powerful badasses in town, Slevin’s trip takes an interesting turn. I was shocked when I heard that there are people who don’t like this movie. It’s smart, funny and visually appealing. If it were a woman I would buy it a drink or two. Rocking a great cast (Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci) and a fantastic ending, it certainly deserves a bigger fan base.
The Intouchables (2011)
While interviewing candidates to become his new caretaker, quadriplegic millionaire Philippe encounters the thuggish Driss. Not wanting the job, Driss is challenged by Philippe that he won’t last a week. Being the proud man he is, Driss accepts. Through a string of hilarious events, Driss comes to realize that there is more to life than just scraping by. Though things seem to play out in a Disney like fashion, this odd couple story works on both emotionally touching and laugh out loud hilarious levels.
Before Christopher Nolan became the Midas of Hollywood, he made this tiny powerful movie. Bill is a writer and likes to follow people around to help his thoughts. One day he is confronted by one of his ‘victims’ who he discovers is a burglar. He soon joins the man in his activities, not knowing the future consequences of this decision. The style and narrative are foretelling of Nolan’s genius we would see a few years later in Memento.
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