My Hidden Gems list is an in-depth look at all the films I feel are in some way, underseen, underappreciated, or just plain unknown, and they really shouldn’t be that way.
I have a lot of lists of films I really like on this blog. But there are a lot of films out there that I like, so it can be overwhelming for someone who just wants to find a few movies to watch. Plus, I assume that people reading this know enough about movies and have seen enough to where they know what big shit (Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, etc) they need to see. I don’t need to tell you that. Plus, everyone loves when you can find a movie that not a lot of people know about that’s really good that you can now show other people who don’t know about it.
So the idea was to write, in depth, about some movies that I love that I think people need to see. From each year. And what I’m gonna do is go very slowly go through all of them, and give them their time in the spotlight. And then you can read them and maybe find some to go, “All right, I should check that out,” and maybe add them to your Netflix queue.
The idea is to give you things to see (specifically ones I feel most people would ignore, have ignored, or would assume it wasn’t something they need to see, that I think are really good and worthwhile that not enough people know about), and to show some love to more stuff than the big things from each year. We get enough of that. The big stuff is always there, but it’s these ones that fill out a collection.
You can always buy a diamond, but isn’t it more fun to pan a gem from the rest of the dirt? Here are 1999′s gems. (more…)
Last week, in Box Office…
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 won the weekend, to no one’s surprise. It made $43.6 million over the weekend and $64.4 million Wednesday-Sunday. They’ve made $230 million after two weekends. Yawn.
Skyfall (fuck yeah, Skyfall!) finished second, making $35.5 million over the weekend and $50.5 million Wednesday-Sunday. They’ve made $220 million after three weekends. (Yes! I love when a Bond film makes a domestic profit.)
Lincoln finished third (I’m so proud of this film. This movie is so talky that I assumed America wouldn’t give a shit. I’m so happy they’re going to see it), making $25.7 million over the weekend and $34.8 million Wednesday-Sunday. They’ve almost made their $65 million budget back domestically and will probably end up in profit on this. Good for them.
Rise of the Guardians opened to fourth, which has to be considered a disappointment, and $23.8 million for the weekend and $32.3 million Wednesday-Sunday. Decent, but I bet they were expecting more. (more…)