Fred’s Top 10: Underrated Films (2/2)

The conclusion to my top 10 list of the most under appreciated, underrated movies. Hit the jump for 5-1…


#5: Babel

While The Departed is a great film, this gem should have taken home the Best Picture award for which it was nominated for at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. Like my number four pick, I feel this film wasn’t met with as much critical acceptance due to 2/3 of the film being subtitled. Just like they did last year with Inglourious Basterds, they advertised this film as being all about Brad Pitt, when in fact, it wasn’t.

#4: Pan’s Labyrinth

Not only was it robbed of the Best Foreign Film award at the Academy Awards it was also robbed of being seen by the majority. What do the people of America have against foreign films? Is it the fact that no one wants to read nowadays? This was a beautiful, magical film that is hands down the best fairy tale in recent memory.

#3: The Road

I had to wait almost 5 months after it’s initial release for this to even open in one theater in my entire state. Released almost simultaneously with another post apocalyptic film, The Book of Eli, it was overlooked. Which is a damn shame, because The Road is 10x a better movie than Eli ever could have been imagined to be. This was also in my top 10 films of 2009.

#2: The Fountain

This is one film that I can understand being unappreciated. It’s a dialogue and character driven story with only one or two scenes of action and lets face it, all anybody wants to watch now are things blow up. One of my favorite films of all time, this emotional roller coaster is a modern day classic.

#1: Children of Men

This. Is. A. Masterpiece. I have not seen a film released in years that can even come close to this film. Neither stunning acting and direction, nor a brilliant satire on humanity, nor the powerful insight in a world we’re soon heading into could make this film be appreciated the way it should, which is insane. If you haven’t seen this film yet, I demand you put this high up on your Netflix list. Now.


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