The Most Underseen Films of 2014
Yesterday, I talked about what I feel are the most underrated movies of 2014. Because of that, I feel like I don’t need to repeat myself and list those again. There will be a few repeats, but generally I’m not gonna go over them again, because I feel like me saying they’re underrated is an inherent recommendation to see the movie. This is just another way of doing the same thing.
The difference between the two is, when I say something is underrated, I’m saying it’s better than you think it’s going to be, and in most cases, a really good movie. In this case, I just think that people ought to see these movies, whatever they think about them. Some of these are going to be very divisive. Some people won’t like some of these movies. I’m not telling you you’re going to like them. I’m saying you need to see them. These movies deserve an audience.
So here are the most underseen films of 2014:
For better or worse, everyone should see this. Everyone should have an opinion on it. Because it’s one of the most bold, original films of 2014. And I don’t care if you love it, like it, don’t care one way or the other, or flat out hate it — it should be seen. The actors put in great work, the director directed the hell out of it, and it’s one of those movies that’s so well-made that it deserves to be seen by the widest possible audience.
Another one. This is one of the most unique films ever made. It’s one of those movies that will be in history books for years to come. It deserves to be seen. You need to see this just to say you’ve seen it. This is absolute requisite viewing from here on out. That’s how it works. And until we’re sure enough people saw this one (I don’t know if we’ll ever get to that point), it’s going to be considered an underseen film.
Because people have very strong reactions to this. A lot of people hated it. A lot of people. And I loved it. And I expected to hate it. It’s not an easy movie. It’s a very weird movie. And I think people should see it and have an opinion on it. It’s too interesting to skip. It’s about a dude who wears a fucking cartoon head all the time. Except it’s not about that. Give this one a try. It’s too much of an oddity to leave in the pile of stuff nobody remembers.
4. Mood Indigo
I feel like Michel Gondry’s movies ought to have audiences. I can’t say if it’s a good movie or not. My reaction completely changed over the course of the year. I just think he’s so wildly inventive visually, and this is such a strange and beautiful story, that people should just give it a try. You saw The Science of Sleep. This is very much in the vein of that. This barely got any notice stateside, and this needs to have some sort of audience, even if it’s a cult audience.
5. A Most Wanted Man
Many reasons for this. It’s one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last performances. Technically, if we’re talking leading roles, it’s his last. If we’re talking completed performances, it’s his last. It should be seen for that alone. Second, it’s based on John le Carré. He’s responsible for the works that were adapted into the following movies: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Deadly Affair, The Constant Gardener, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The man knows political thrillers. It’s got a cast on it: Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl. It doesn’t take easy routes, and it’s more about diplomacy than it is about action. And I’m grateful for that. And it’s got that 70s ending to it, which I always like. Really, though — no one saw this. It came out at the end of July, and no one paid attention to it. And it just went away. And it’s too good to have just gone away. It’s a solid movie. People should see it.
Because I think we need to decide how we feel about this one. Is it a great movie? Is it a terrible movie? Is it a swing and a miss? Is it an interesting take on a story that everyone knows? What is it? I feel like people saw this, but no one really saw it. I’m not even sure that I “saw” it. I don’t know my opinion on this. I had one when I saw it, I had a different one when I thought about it months later. I think more people should see this, so we can decide just what this movie is. Too many people wrote it off to either extreme. I need a discussion on this one, because it’s more than just something we saw and dismissed.
Just because. There are a lot of reasons for people to see this, and I’ll leave it at that. Just… more people should see this. It’s there. And, it exists. Have fun.
8. Obvious Child
I know people have heard about this, which is why it won’t be featured on tomorrow’s list. I really can’t call this either underrated or overrated. Which is why I’m telling people to just see it. Just see what you think about it. Is it just another indie movie that’s decent but not great? Is it an amazing, groundbreaking movie? I don’t know. I enjoyed it. My opinion wasn’t strong enough on either side to throw my hat in the ring. So I think more people should see this so we can decide. And so this movie can get an audience. Because stop watching the same movies over and over again.
I think people should see this. A lot of people are gonna love it, and a lot of people are gonna probably not like it. Or there are people that already don’t like it who should see it again. I think this is one that is worth the discussion. It came out, people saw it, but I think this needs a wider audience. It’s a unique movie, and this, to me, is what The Raid 2 should have been. (In the sense that — remember when we were all talking about The Raid and how awesome it was? This is that version of this movie for 2014. And you’d think the natural sequel to that movie would have been the one.)
10. St. Vincent
Because Bill fucking Murray, that’s why. This is looking to be left out of the awards race, for the most part. Outside of a Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy nomination, this is gonna be forgotten. And it shouldn’t. Bill Murray is awesome, and it’s actually a good movie. Naomi Watts is awesome as the Russian prostitute. But either way, people ought to see this. It doesn’t deserve to be another one of those movies people forget about.
11. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Because people should see what animation truly is about. Disney and Pixar and all these companies — it’s all done by computers. And it’s boring. This movie is beautiful. And the story is actually really good. I always forget how amazing Studio Ghibli is. And I’m glad they exist. People should see everything they make. Forget Big Hero 6. Forget How to Train Your Dragon. Watch this movie. The animation is gorgeous, and it’s actually a real story. And anything hand drawn now deserves any audience it can get.
Because it’s a movie about a dude that gets turned into a fucking walrus. This is so fucking bizarre that people should see it no matter what they think of it. He gets turned into a fucking walrus!
13. Under the Skin
This one had to be featured somewhere. It’s certainly not overrated, and I don’t think it’s underrated either. It’s right where it should be. A lot of people love it, some people don’t like it, most people respect it and think it’s a really well-done movie. And a movie like that, all you can do is tell more people to see it. I don’t care what you think about this movie. You might think it’s brilliant, you might hate it and think it’s boring and only want to see it to see Scarlett Johansson naked. I don’t care. Just see this movie. It’s one of the more unique experiences of the year, and I guarantee you the images in this movie will stick with you a lot more than most other movies you see this year.
It’s a great movie. It’s the token indie of the year. (True indie.) People need to see this movie. It’s an experience you won’t forget. You’ll feel something. And if you don’t, fine. Just see the movie. This movie deserves an audience. Watch this before you watch Gone Girl again. Or whatever bigger, more mainstream movie you’re going to watch. Everyone who’s seen this movie will agree — whether you end up loving it or not, you should see it. It warrants an opinion.
15. White Bird in a Blizzard
I surprised myself with this one. I didn’t think I’d go here. But honestly, the more I think about this movie, the more I think people should see it. I didn’t feel one way or another about this one, particularly, but I do feel like people should see it. It’s just — an interesting movie. There’s a lot going on here, and I think, given the subject matter, and where Shailene Woodley is at now in her career, this one is going to be quietly swept under the rug for a few years. And that’s unfair. It’s an adult movie. It’s difficult subject matter. And since Shailene Woodley is in the middle of YA movie hits, no one’s gonna watch this one. But that’s not fair. Eva Green gives a really good performance, Shailene Woodley gives a better performance than in The Fault in Our Stars. It’s worth seeing. You should see it.
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I’m feeling pretty good about this one. There might be alternates, but as a list, this one works.
Tomorrow, I’m gonna go over the films of 2014 that you haven’t heard of that you should be watching.