Because I end up with so many obscure honorable mentions that I'd love for people to know about, last year I came up with the idea for THIS list. This list is an oddball collection of movies that for some reason or another, didn't really find their way to audiences (see last year's post about the underrated, underappreciated and undiscovered of 2014.) Last year I classified underrated as films critics gave a bad wrap. This year, these ones got more mixed reviews than down right terrible...but these also failed to catch fire at the box office. Last year I described the underappreciated films as ones that audiences failed to connect with, but generally knew about and the undiscovered were ones they hadn't heard of at all. This year, the line will probably blur between all three categories honestly. You might find that you haven't heard of any of them, or that you have but forgot about it. No matter. These are the films that I think deserved better last year....whether they got a bad wrap somehow or you just never heard of their existence to begin with. CAUTION: LONG POST AHEAD.
THE MAN FROM UNCLE
I hadn't heard much about Woody Allen's latest, except that it seemed to focus on a relationship with an older man and a younger gal, as well as the fact it got incredibly mixed to poor reviews. Allen can occasionally be pretty hit (Midnight in Paris) or miss (To Rome with Love) but perhaps there was a chance that this was unfairly hated similar to last year's other Emma Stone starrer Magic in the Moonlight. Turns out that's exactly what happened...except in this case I can understand why not everyone loved it. This is definitely an acquired taste, as it's a dark comedy...but somehow a light, breezy flippant one. It's Crime & Punishment accompanied by nice cinematography, a jazzy soundtrack and likable actors. The subject matter surely put some off, and while it certainly is a strange concoction, I really enjoyed the surprises it had for me.
Krampus eventually settled on a positive score at Rotten Tomatoes, but it was pretty close there for awhile that it would be rotten. Not everyone loved Krampus as much as I did, because the movie played it pretty straight. To me, that made it all the more goofy and lovable. Original review HERE.
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
THE FINAL GIRLS
QUEEN OF EARTH
So that's all for now, but trust me... I have about a dozen more I need to watch and even more that could have made this list. Feel free to share yours below. And be sure to come back next week when I finally reveal my Top Ten AND give you a preview of what's in store at Sundance.