In my first blog post, I wrote about some of the finest movies that were released last year, while in the second post I reflected upon some of the upcoming films that are to hit the screen in 2017. Now, I want to take a moment to shine light on some of the marvelous movies of 2016 that flew under the radar or were underappreciated by the critics and viewers.
2016 was a busy year for film lovers. The gigantic clash between DC and Marvel at the box office, Fox finally having the heart to bring up two R-rated Superhero movies and the Academy Award nominated films that made us cry, think and follow our dreams. As we wait for the most anticipated films of 2017, let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the underrated movies from the previous year.
Live By Night
Ben Affleck is one of the finest directors in Hollywood even though he has only directed just a handful of movies. “The Town”, “Gone Baby Gone”, and “Argo” were highly received by viewers and everyone praised Ben for his skills as a director. There is no denying the fact Live By Night is not as good as “The Town” or “Gone Baby Gone” but it is one of finest films ever made on liquor prohibition. The film tells the story of a Boston-bred gangster, Joe Coughlin who built his liquor empire during the prohibition era.
The Autopsy Of Jane Doe
A father and son, who are working as coroners find themselves in a state of complex mystery when the dead body of a mysterious woman reaches their table. If you like to watch horror films with slight twists and turns, then “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” will be an absolute treat for you. The main characters of this film are Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, and Brian Cox. The sinister vibe offered by “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” makes it one of the best horror movies of 2016.
20th Century Women
“20th Century Women” depicts the tale of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who are helping her to raise him in the early 1970’s. The struggles a mother endures in bringing up her son is told in a thought provoking way by the director, Mike Mills. One of the major highlights of the film is the performance of Greta Gerwig as Abbie, a young woman who is recovering from Cancer. The other cast members of the film are Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Billy Crudup.
Oren Loni feels that the most underrated film from the previous year was “Mine”. Hollywood has always greeted survival stories with open hands. Tom Hanks’s Cast Away, Matt Damon’s The Martian, and Ryan Reynolds starrer Buried are only a few examples. Mine is not an action movie but is an incredible adventurous story of US soldier, Mike who finds himself stranded in the middle of a dessert. Can Mike survive the dangers of the desert and will he make it back to home? Oren Loni highly recommends you to watch “Mine”.
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
The third installment of Marvel’s Thor directed by Taika Waititi will hit screen by the end of the year. If you have not yet watched a Taika Waititi movie, Oren Loni suggests you to do so. Taika Waititi has an incredibly funny and adorable style of storytelling. We did get a glimpse of what he is capable of in the 2014 fantasy comedy movie, “What We Do in the Shadows”. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is an adventurous comedy ride, which features Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, and Rima Te Wiata. The film depicts the story of a rebellious kid and his uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.