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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
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Jean Claude Van Damme is gleefully deranged in Peter Hyams' no-frills Friday night beat-em up, in which a park ranger and vengeful ex-con form an uneasy alliance against a gang of marauding mercenaries on the Canadian border.The last decade has been a barren period for director Peter Hyams, who was responsible for the likes of Outland, 2010 and Schwarzenengger's End Of Days, as well as the superior Van Damme vehicles Time Cop and Sudden Death. Recent years have seen Hyams' son John take up the baton and score impressive hits in the Dtv action market, most notably helming Van Damme in the two most recent Universal Soldier sequels. Here John serves as editor for his father, while Van Damme delivers his best performance since Mabrouk El Mechri's...
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The North American distributor has picked the first two seasons of the erotic drama series. Set in the 19th century in Paris, “Maison Close” toplines Jemima West, star of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” as an innocent young woman who gets trapped into an exclusive bordello and meets other women who struggle to regain their independence.
Series was produced by Jacques Ouaniche at Noe Productions International and was a ratings hit on Canal Plus, which commissioned and co-produced it.
The series is not a traditional period drama as El Mechri attempted to give it a modern edge with an eclectic and contempo musical score and a stylized mise-en-scene.
“The perfect mix of style and substance, ‘Maison Close’ offers up »
- Elsa Keslassy
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