8 of the best films you've never seen
4th February 2013
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Nowadays, cinema goers expect to have their socks knocked off and the overpriced popcorn blown out their hands by the latest big Box Office hit and it’s overabundance of special effects and non-stop action. But this can mean that films that make a smaller splash in the ever-changing pond that is the movie market can be overlooked. Don’t get me wrong; everyone enjoys the newest comic book adaption starring an impressive list of Hollywood A-listers, or the new budget-busting thriller, but some great films just don’t get the attention they deserve when coming up against the giants of the cinema world. So, for a journey off the beaten path and onto roads less travelled, I composed a (short) list of movie must-sees. Of course, opinions may differ, so I’ve also tried to span as many genres as possible, and there are obviously many, many more films that deserve to be recognised. However, these are as good a place to start as any! So kick back, get in the snacks, and enjoy. 1. Flipped (2010) – Based on Wendelin Van Draanen’s novel of the same name, Flipped is a touching story set in the early sixties, centering around the unusual love story between eighth graders Bryce and Juli, a smart, eccentric girl who lives across the road. The film is cleverly told through both character’s perspectives, ‘flipping’ the narration between the two, and deals with issues such as first love and family drama with a poignant and optimistic take. I hesitate to pigeonhole this as a rom-com, and it may be a bit too sugary sweet for some, but the script is well written and, although slightly clichéd, still leaves you feeling heart-warmed. 2. Beneath Hill 60 (2010) – Slight change of pace here as we dip into a completely different genre. Beneath Hill 60 is a little known war film set during World War I, and although recently we’ve been inundated with films of the same type, this one is still well worth watching. It tells the true story of 1st Australian Tunneling Company’s plan to mine beneath an important German Bunker in order to detonate it from below. The film centres on Oliver Woodward and his personal experience in the trenches, with flashbacks to his life in Australia. Although it focuses more on the human side of warfare, the film still contains hair-raising tension and action, enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. But make sure there’s a box of tissues handy, you’re going to need them. 3. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) – This is a Japanese animated film, but whatever your feelings may be towards ‘cartoons,’ give this one a chance, as its really an emotive and eye-opening film about a young boy and his sister struggling to survive after the firebombing of the city of Kobe during World War II. I like this film because not only is it beautifully told and drawn, but it also covers a part of the war that isn’t often considered, from a different perspective to many of the more well known World War II films. If you do watch it, I guarantee there wont be a dry eye in the room afterwards. Consider yourself warned.
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