Some films don’t quite fly under the radar, but equally don’t take the spotlight. We’ve listed ten films you may (or may not) have missed that we think are well worth a watch.
David Robert Mitchell’s directorial debut It Follows is a tense, paranoia inducing horror with a phenomenal score to back it up. The film is set around Maika Monroe’s character Jay, who is forced into dealing with a supernatural stalker.
It Follows will have you looking over your shoulder for the rest of the day after you watch it, but it’s well worth the sacrifice.
Released in 2014, I, Origins is a story steeped in magical realism. Michael Pitt’s Ian embarks on a scientific and cathartic odyssey to prove a discovery himself and his colleague (Steven Yeun’s first of two appearances in this list) believe they have found.
The story is moving & gripping in equal measure, with stunning performances throughout. Hopefully you’ll agree on the mesmeric beauty of I, Origins.
For fans who still mourn the end of Key & Peele like we do, Keanu is the perfect fix. Written by oscar-winning screenwriter Jordan Peele (who also stars alongside Keegan Michael-Key), Keanu is a wonderfully ridiculous comedy about a man desperate to rescue his charismatic kitten from the hands of some very dangerous characters.
If the picture above isn’t enough to make you watch, we don’t know what is.
If you’re looking for a movie that won’t leave you checking your phone or drifting off, Mayhem is the perfect fix. Joe Lynch’s madness-infused thriller is a non-stop clusterfuck of violence and insanity which may even act as a vessel of catharsis for your frustration if you work in an office.
Steven Yeun leads the line as a virus infects his workplace, leaving the entirety of his building filled with an insatiable rage. What follows is a more than satisfying 1 hour and 26 minutes of bonkers cinema.
We spoke about Upgrade in our 2018 review and will happily keep plugging it as Leigh Whannell’s science fiction thriller is a wonderful piece of cinema.
Logan Marshall-Green plays a mechanic whose life is quite literally flipped upside down as he becomes part man, part machine, all violence.
Whannell’s take on a near future which is scattered with aspects of technological development whilst still looking like the world we live in is a wonderful achievement, and the action alone is worth the price of admission.
The Night Before
The second comedy on our list, and the first Chrsitmas movie, is The Night Before which stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Anthony Mackie.
The film follows three friends trying to hang on to their tradition (and their friendship) in the form of a drug & alcohol filled night out on Christmas eve. The film has a number of great moments (including a magical appearance from Michael Shannon) and is definitely a unique festive viewing.
Dan Stevens has had a somewhat meteoric rise in recent years, but his role as David in Adam Wingard’s The Guest is still one of our favourites.
The thing The Guest does magnificently for the first 30/40 minutes is leave you with no idea what kind of movie it is, and after it lets you in on the secret, it doesn’t disappoint.
There are hints of Drive but The Guest stands on its own two feet, delivering a thoroughly enjoyable and un-predictable story.
Wish I Was Here
Wish I Was Here is an interesting story even before you consider the content, the fact it exists is down to a Kickstarter campaign led by writer/director/star Zach Braff.
The passion Braff’s following had for his film-making directly influenced the films creation, meaning that it was able to be made the way he intended without studio interference.
The story follows a father dealing with his own flaws as well as those he cares about, its a journey of growth and one in which falling is just as important as getting back up.
Wish I Was Here is made with a lot of heart, and if you’re looking for a movie that will make you smile and cry in equal measure, this is the one.
Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope is a tale of self-discovery for Shameik Moore’s character Malcolm, he finds himself embroiled in something he has tried desperately to avoid.
The film has a wonderful pace & soundtrack to match, Famuyiwa guides Dope into an offbeat, enjoyable adventure planted in its characters and the city they inhabit.
Free Fire boasts an impressive cast led by Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy & Armie Hammer. Ben Wheatley’s shoot-out flick feels reminiscent of a Tarantino film in the way it unfolds, and it follows suit in volume of characters biting the bullet.
Aside from the spectacular set of actors involved, the story is explosive, the dialogue is as sharp as the Armie Hammer’s sense of style & at just over an hour and a half, Free Fire flies by.
We would love to hear any movies you would recommend!