9 Great Movies That Never Got the Attention They Deserve

6 Jul

Going the Distance

If you’ve done long distance, this is a must-see. It’s also got very real, very dirty humour. I think this is when Justin Long and Drew Barrymore were dating in real life, because the chemistry on screen is palpable.

In Bruges

In Bruges is a sort of Snatch-esque film—crude, full of quirky characters, a twisty plot, and some great accents. I’m generally not one for action/thriller type films, but the humour was rich enough to keep me interested long enough to get caught up in the story line.


This is such an endearing love story that I can watch it over and over again without tiring of the plot or characters. It’s sweet in a way that many other romantic comedies can’t achieve, in a way that makes you smile while you’re watching it, sigh with the protagonists, and root for love.

Grandma’s Boy

Stupid humour in all its glory. I’m befuddled as to why this isn’t a cult classic.

The Family Man

Best watched at Christmastime, The Family Man is touching—which is a feat, since one of the main characters is Nicholas Cage. There’s an inexplicable charm to this movie.


All you ever hear people talk about is Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and other similar ’80s flicks. Lucas features the same kind of up-and-coming cast (Charlie Sheen, Corey Haim, Courtney Thorne-Smith) but with a little more depth and a heart-breakingly sweet main character.

The Others

I hate scary movies, but for some reason I loved The Others. It’s hard not to appreciate a good plot twist, and the children in the movie are eerily enchanting.


This one might be a stretch, but I have evidence that suggests otherwise. When I went to school in Quebec in the summer of 2005, I brought one movie, my favourite movie: Amelie. None of my roommates—whom I consider intelligent, cultured, and worldly women—had seen the movie, and nor had anyone else I spoke to about it. It’s magical, romantic, has captivating characters and a brilliant soundtrack by Yann Tiersen. You can’t watch it without getting swept up into the world created by Amelie’s formidable director.


Fantasy movies for adults are generally directed at men—what with Star Trek and the like. Although there’s a romance at the forefront of this film, it doesn’t make it chick flicky. Stardust takes place in a magical kingdom with sky pirates, Kings, witches, and all matter of magical creatures. The plot follows multiple stories that all converge at the action-packed climax of the movie. And if there’s something I love in a movie, it’s interwoven story lines. Standout comedic cameo: Ricky Gervais. Standout cross-dressing performance: Robert DeNiro.


2 Responses to “9 Great Movies That Never Got the Attention They Deserve”

  1. lisa 07/07/2011 at 11:49 am #

    There are people who haven’t seen Amelie? Shocking. It’s such a charming film!

  2. kageblogs 07/07/2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Yeah, I think more people have seen it now—but I remember at the time being shocked!

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