10 Best Underrated Movies Recommended By Guillermo Del Toro
mexican director Guillermo del Toro is known for his wonderful, poetic films, usually in the fantasy and horror genres. His films range from cult classics (Pan’s Labyrinth) to Hollywood blockbusters (Hellboy) and Oscar darlings (The shape of water).
Like many great directors, Del Toro is also a movie buff. Online and in interviews, he frequently shares movie recommendations. Many of his favorites feature the dark and surreal elements common to his own work, while others may be surprising. Del Toro fans are sure to find some gems among his picks.
Sainte Maud (2019)
Maud’s twenties (Morfydd Clark) recently converted to Catholicism and took care of Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), an elderly former dancer. Soon, Maud becomes convinced that God wants her to save Amanda’s soul. As her religious fervor increases, Maud becomes increasingly isolated and unstable.
Sainte Maud is a confident debut from the director pink glass, with a stellar performance from Clark, who is set to play Galadriel in the new the Lord of the Rings series. The film reuses gothic religious imagery from The Exorcist and Carrie to produce gripping psychological horror. It’s a strange study in madness.
Another Round (2020)
Most American audiences will know Mads Mikkelsen of his roles as iconic villains like The Number in Casino Royale and Grindelwald in fantastic beasts, but he has also acted in several great Danish films which show his range as an actor. One of the best is another rounda black comedy-drama from the director Thomas Vintenbergwho also directed the drama starring Mikkelsen The hunt.
another round revolves around a group of teachers, all dealing with a midlife crisis of one form or another. They try an experiment to get them out of their funk: they go and have a few drinks every day during their work in order to reduce stress. At first it seems to work. They are definitely happier and more engaged with their students. But as we all know, every night of heavy drinking comes with a hangover.
Pig tells the story of the hermit Rob (Nicholas Cage) who spends his days hunting truffles with his only companion, a pig named Cochon. But things take a John Wick-esque spin when Pig is kidnapped. Rob travels to Portland, Oregon to find the animal, where he must also confront his past.
Pig is a slow-paced drama that has a lot to say about nature and humans’ relationship with it. In particular, director Michael SarnoskI give Cage a lot of freedom to experiment with his character. The film once again proves that there are no Hollywood actors like Cage.
Train to Busan (2016)
“At a time like this, only pay attention to yourself.” Train to Busan is a South Korean zombie apocalypse film. Passengers on a high-speed train try to get to safety, while staggering, near-blind ghouls search for their brains. But aboard the train, the people are just as menacing as the undead. While a few brave passengers want to save everyone, others will not hesitate to sacrifice their compatriots to survive.
It’s a smart and stylish movie for fans of 28 days later and World War Zwith some social commentary mixed in. British director Edgar Wright was also a huge fan.
The Lobster (2015)
One of the strangest entries on this list, Lobster depicts a world where singles have 45 days to find a partner. If they don’t, they are transformed into animals. It’s a surreal tale from the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimoswho recently directed the period comedy The favourite. Colin Farrel and Rachel Weisz have great chemistry in the lead roles. Farrell, in particular, delivers his funniest performance since In Brugge.
Beneath the strange sci-fi exterior, Lobster is really a commentary on our own societies and how they value couples more than singles. But its second half suggests breaking free from the culture’s rules can be just as dangerous as playing by them.
Leave No Trace (2018)
Ben Foster and Thomasin Mackenzie star in this drama about an Iraq War veteran and his daughter who live in a forest. The couple are close and enjoying their off-grid life. But when a jogger reports them to the authorities, the girl is taken to a facility for teenage girls and the father is brought in for questioning. It is revealed that he is battling PTSD.
Leave no trace is moving and realistic, held together by understated performances by the protagonists. Director Debra Granic also treats the subject with nuance. Rather than being didactic, the film lets the viewer form their own opinion.
20th Century Women (2016)
20th century women is a touching comedy-drama from the director Mike Millsset in Southern California in the 1970s. The ensemble cast includes Annette Benning, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and Billy Crudup. Mills’ excellent screenplay gives them all plenty to work with. Their characters navigate family drama and relationships against a backdrop of punk music, skateboarding, and political upheaval.
The film is an insightful snapshot of a particular moment in American history. This seems especially relevant now, as the United States seems to be challenging many issues of the 70s. Inflation, proxy war and Roe v Wade are back in the news. 20th century women treats these questions with sharp humour. There is a large scene, in particular, where the characters look Jimmy Carterfamous speech of the “crisis of confidence”. When the president has finished, Annette Benning exclaims: “I thought it was magnificent!” while another character simply says, “He’s screwed.” The more the policy changes, the more it stays the same.
The vastness of the night (2019)
In 1950s New Mexico, Fay Crocker (Sierra McCormick), a teenage switchboard operator, and Everett Sloan (Jake Horowitz), a radio DJ, discover an audio signal which they believe could be a message from outer space. As they search for more, the kids stumble upon a government plot that threatens to turn their lives upside down.
The immensity of the night is a very enjoyable sci-fi mystery. It’s smart and well-written, with great performances from its young stars. Much of the charm also comes from its historic setting, which the filmmakers lovingly recreate. The sound design is also well done. First Time Director Andrew Patterson takes a well-worn premise – UFO over small town – and reinvigorates it for modern audiences. This is essential viewing for fans of The twilight zone Where Dating of the Third Kind.
The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
Noah Baumbach has made several great dialogue-driven films, including Marriage story. This dramedy isn’t as well known, but it’s just as good. Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Wonder star as the children of volatile sculptor Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman).
The Meyerowitz stories is similar to HBO Succession in that it focuses on the dysfunctional adult children of a charismatic but abusive father. He also shares a similar brand of acerbic humor. Sandler is particularly funny. He strikes a delicate balance between hilarious and tragic as younger brother Danny. This is his best performance since love stuffed with punch. The Meyerowitz children bicker and undermine each other as they simultaneously seek to break free from their father and win his love. But underneath the family feuds, this movie has a lot of heart. Like much of Baumbach’s work, it is ultimately life-affirming.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
Last year, peter jackson had a hit with The Beatles: Come Backrecounting the creation of the band’s album So be it. But the best documentary about any of the Fab Four might be George Harrison: Living in the Material Worldrealized by Martin Scorsese. Harrisson was the band’s lead guitarist and author of songs like While my guitar is softly crying and Something.
Scorsese’s directing skills are on full display here, from the engaging visuals to the soundtrack. He has made several major musical documentaries, including his Bob Dylan project No direction at homebut Living in the material world could be the most emotional. The film is an intimate portrait of the complicated and witty musician, who died of cancer in 2001.
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