Once again turning back to look at the past year with a forensic eye to uncover this strange list. 2013 wasn’t a great year for films, but sorting through the deluge of mediocrity, over-hyped, overrated and just plain average, you may find that if you know where to look, or for whom, you might discover a few hidden gems that went by unnoticed. Same procedure as last year then (for 2012), searching for a few titles that passed under the radar, whether because of bad advertising (or none at all), films not getting a local release date, or simply being overshadowed by other hyped up blockbusters, suffering through ill-timed release dates or just a couple of iffy reviews. Some of them you may have heard of but just didn’t bother to watch – there is a cinematic syndrome out there affecting some films that may be good,but for some reason audiences just don’t see them…
So, this is a pretty broad list; not all of them are brilliant, whilst others are genre specific, and then there are one or two that may be left up to personal taste.
Have a look:
Danny Boyle returning to the thriller genre with this divisive psychological caper about an art heist.
Green band trailer:
You have to decide which side of the fence you’re on with Jason Statham; more of the same, or something a little different, a little deeper. Although flawed, Redemption aims to deliver just that – if it can’t be altogether different, it’ll settle for something with substance.
The Best Offer (English/Italy)
Starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Stugess and Donald Sutherland. It’s an Italian production directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. A slightly off-beat (weird) mystery that tells the tale of a reclusive and obsessive art dealer who never really engages with other people, until he recieves a phone call from a woman asking him to handle the disposal of some of her families pieces of art.
Definitely one of the better offerings of 2013, but sadly it didn’t receive much love from audiences judging from how many people went to see it and the non-existent hype. It’s an alternate look at corporate espionage through the looking glass of a mole inside a terrorist-borderline-cult organization calling themselves ‘The East’. Here’s our Review.
Suffering from lackluster marketing and a limited release, this film passed by unnoticed despite its strong lead actors and overwhelming approval from critics. Starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough, and based on the novel by Tom Bradby. It’s about an active member of the IRA in the 1990′s who becomes an informant for MI5.
Another good drama (they’re usually the ones to suffer in the blockbuster craze) on the negative aspects of technology and social networking on modern society and the way its taken hold of our lives – it may not knock it out the park, but it builds a good innings. Here’s the links for the Film Review and the recent DVD Review
An off-center dramedy (sorry for that word) in the US about a Butter competition. It does boast a pretty big and talented cast. Our review HERE.
Genre: Action-Dark comedy
Also a victim of poor marketing, the staggered released schedule didn’t help either – the producers no doubt expecting the names in the ensemble cast to sell the film alone. It only grossed $19 mill at the boxoffice, worldwide, while costing $15 mill to make, and that despite general approval from critics and the small audience that saw it!
A thriller with a real-life horror scenario – its dark and beautifully shot… many (including us at ITK) were not expecting anything special from this one, but we’re glad to say we were pleasantly surprised – which is why it’s one of our ‘unexpectedly good films’ of 2013. Our Review
… Continue to Page 2 for a view from “The Lookout” – searching the globe for some interesting titles that failed to make it to SA–>