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This list has no order or linear structure it's just one big jumble of movies I feel are underrated.
The Wackness (2008)
Fresh and Touching
This film is very underrated and is a personal favourite of mine. This Movie perfectly portrays the 90s with a cool soundtrack and nostalgic dialogue. The film has a plethora of characters each unique and quirky in their own way. Josh peck delivers a great performance as an awkward drug dealing teen completely shrugging of his drake and Josh persona and showing us how talented he is with his pure likability and emotional anger, this is even better than his performance in the underrated "Mean Creek". What's even better is the chemistry he has with Ben Kingsley who delivers one of his best performances to date as a older man trying to live young and wild again, both characters are flawed and emotionally engaging.I also liked the anti-romance between Peck and Kingsely's daughter it was real and original. This film is both funny, touching and entertaining, its subtly dark and occasionally uplifting. Its a fresh take on the coming of age tale and deals with Growing up no matter how old you are. WATCH IT
The Hunger Games (2012)
Mediocre in every sense of the word
Before I went too see this film I had these rave reviews calling it the "film for our generation" and "best of the decade" and the huge amount of buzz circulating the film led me to think I was going to see something special.How wrong I was this film is your average blockbuster that seems to be borrowing elements from lots of different films so I really don't see the striking bold originality everyone's being raving about. First off the acting is monotone, there's no character development, Jennifer Lawrence is the epitome of un-engaging and the film has nothing special about it everything is average, the directing- average,the dialogue-average, the sets-average and the soundtrack-.... you guessed it AVERAGE. Imagine this a dumbed down blockbuster version of BATTLE ROYALE with a Truman show undertone, then sprinkle a bit of harry potter and the goblet of fire on top then steal the fith element wardrobe and bang you have the hunger games. Now don't get me wrong I'm not just jumping on the anti hunger games band wagon I wanted to like this film its directed by Gary Ross who brought us "sea biscuit" and "pleasentville" two great movies (a younger Toby.M would have made a good peter right?)but this film is recycling a point we've seen done better in battle royale. The editing is okay at first it worked in the action since the shaky cam made it seem fast and frantic and it coincided with the brutality but too keep it a lower age rating they had to take this too an extreme to a point the action is impossible to follow and hence forth boring.Did I mention all the meaningless and unanswered back story's and sub plots that never get answered. The film has neither style nor substance.And I haven't even mentioned the lame ending,the half baked romance and the laughable special effects and fx (THE Fire).However I did like the character of Peter he was interesting and Josh.h played him well I wanted to see more of him, I also felt the film was paced well.
So in conclusion The Hunger Games is decent and you will be entertained but after the initial thrill you will realise it was just a mediocre film.
p.s. I have read the book and it is better than the film, it also solves some of my gripes but its still not amazing its a good book but it is pretty over hyped.
Citizen Kane (1941)
This film truly deserves all it acclaim this is by far the best film ever made and I couldn't agree more. Here is a list chronicling just some of the reasons this film is undoubtedly a cinematic phenomenon.
Kane- One of the most complex and intriguing protagonists in cinematic history. He is a egomaniac living in his own fantasy he created, he is distant and focused he was a child taken from innocence and normality and thrust into a corrupt world. He clings on to this innocence and what his life could have been to his death with the infamous "Rosebud". No one but Welles could have pulled this role off with his charisma, physical presence and the tone of mystery he engulfs Kane in, the scene where Kane looses it and destroys a room is haunting and Welles nails it subsequently creating one of cinemas greatest scenes in this spontaneous release of emotion from this typically distant and unemotional character.
The cinematography- Greg Toland who had previously done the cinematography for the vast and beautiful grapes of wrath. He teamed up with Welles and together they crafted some of the most beautiful and innovative cinematography ever to hit cinema. The direction will leave you astounded.
The script- No one expected much from the script since it was primarily written by a drunk out of work screenwriter (Herman J) and then edited and re wrote by a first time Theatre man (Orson Welles) to many's surprise the script utilised a new puzzle like narrative format loitered with character depth and subtle connections. The story is complex well developed and magnificent. The story also utilised the poetic device of "rosebud" a verbal representation of childhood loss and innocence. It not only deserved the Oscar it won for best script but it deserved many more.
Those are the 3 main points on why citizen Kane is a cinematic masterpiece. I did not touch on the other things that are great about it the universal focus, the score and the editing and excluding why its a technical revolution in the medium of film.