stranger things actor Gaten Matarazzo plays in honor societythe latest original film to arrive on Paramount+ on July 29, and while not many people talk about it, it could make it a hidden gem of 2022. It feels like the kind of film some will now overlook to find this at a later date.
That would put the film in line with some of the best of the 2010s that flew under the radar. Some have been widely acclaimed but had low box office numbers while others are just having a good time but all are worth watching.
The Small Hours (2017)
Filmmaker Jeff Baena became known for his frequent collaborations with Alison Brie in horse girl and spin me aroundand with his wife Aubrey Plaza at Life after Beth. All three came together to The small hoursan absurd comedy set in medieval times.
Loosely based on a collection of short stories by Giovanni Boccaccio, the story follows a trio of nuns (Plaza, Brie and Kate Micucci) who all try to have sex with a gardener (Dave Franco) who goes into hiding after being accused of adultery. Forgotten by many, The small hours was well received and boasts a heavy cast.
Considering the names involved in Ally, it’s quite surprising that it became a box office flop. The legendary Robert Zemeckis directs it, while Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard serve as the main cast, making it look like you’ve just watched.
That said, few people have come out to see the story of a French resistance fighter and a Canadian intelligence officer who fall in love in Casablanca while posing as a married couple. Ally isn’t considered a great epic or all-time movie, but the actors give good performances and it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.
There are times when a movie does well because it features relatively unknown actors. This allows viewers to get swept up in the story rather than seeing a famous star onscreen. This concept is part of the reason why Suzerain succeeds as an action horror movie.
Combine that factor with the engaged performances and it’s easy for audiences to buy this movie about soldiers who get tricked into Nazi experiments on the eve of D-Day. Although it had a small box office entrance, reviews were positive for zombie scares, action, and gore.
She’s Out of My League (2010)
The romantic comedy genre is crowded, making it too crowded that ends up being ignored. Too beautiful falls into this category because it grossed less than $50 million worldwide, but those who saw it seemed to be having a lot of fun with it.
No one will mistake this for an Oscar nominee and the stereotypical look is obvious, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching. Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve have great chemistry as an average Joe and a beautiful woman who unexpectedly falls in love.
Already tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)
The simplicity of Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is the most appealing thing about it. The film tells the story of a man and woman who meet outside a bar in Hong Kong and quickly form a bond before it picks up a year later to see where they stand now.
It is done in the same vein as the classic Richard Linklater Before trilogy as it simply follows two people who fall in love with each other through conversations. The highlight is the electric chemistry between protagonists Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg, which makes sense considering they had been dating for years at the time of release and are married to this day.
The Feelings (2017)
Thanks to the main roles in Fresh off the boat and the big blow boobies rich asian, Constance Wu is a person that the public has adored for a few years. Despite this, even some of his biggest fans are unaware of this little LGBTQ+ indie film, Feelings.
The plot takes place during a bachelorette weekend before Andi (Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur’s) wedding, only to have things turned upside down when a drunk Lu admits she hasn’t. never had an orgasm. This sends the couple into a spiral that ruins their big day and leads to heavy emotional drama.
Dave Made a Maze (2017)
It’s often fun when a movie can mix together a handful of different genres and that’s exactly what Dave made a maze Is. The film contains elements of horror, comedy, fantasy, and adventure as it tells the story of a man-built cardboard fort that includes deadly creatures and traps.
Dave made a maze had a budget of less than $1 million, but failed to even earn $100,000 at the box office. That means few people have seen this intriguing and unique film which won the Audience Award for Best Storytelling at the Slamdance Film Festival.
Summer Days, Summer Nights (2018)
We don’t know much about Summer days, summer nights as it has only two reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and less than 1,000 assigned ratings on IMDb. However, one of the reviews came from legendary critic Roger Ebert, who praised the film.
Summer days, summer nights is set in 1982 and centers on a group of friends who work on summer jobs, fall in love, and plan for the future. Talented actors like Anthony Ramos (In the heights) and Lindsey Morgan (The 100) are part of a likeable cast.
It’s always harder to get through a heartbreaking movie when you know it’s based on a true story. Detroit does just that, telling the story of the Algiers motel incident during the 1967 12th Street riot, where people (mostly black women and men) were abused by police officers.
The film does not hold back in its depiction of this situation, forcing the viewer to sit in these horrific, unfair and uncomfortable situations. Although it bombed at the box office, it was well received. There’s also the boost of an excellent cast including John Boyega, Kaitlyn Dever, Anthony Mackie, and more.
Call Annihilation a hidden gem might seem a little odd as most moviegoers already enjoy it as a modern classic. Written and directed by Ex Machina Alex Garland and starring Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Isaac give it some serious appeal.
That said, Annihilation didn’t bring his budget back, so there’s still a lot of people who probably don’t know about it. The trippy sci-fi flick about explorers entering a mysterious area known as the Shimmer is the kind of thing you have to watch multiple times.
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