You probably read this article title, and wondered: “What the hell is he getting at?”
No, I haven’t recently been abducted by aliens. I also didn’t have a stroke while writing this article. I did, however, notice that in most of my “Under the Radar” articles, I write about films that I absolutely love. I usually include a few that are “not perfect” but worth a watch.
Not everyone agrees with my choices, but that’s okay. People’s internet opinions aren’t going to make me cry in the shower, weeping openly over my bruised cyber-feelings. I have noticed that people chime in with comments, of some other movies that deserve attention. That’s the fun thing about these articles – Discovery.
So I decided to do something different, this time. Lets take a look at some films that I enjoyed, but didn’t love. There was, for me, a flaw in all of them that I couldn’t personally get past But this is the thing: YOU might LOVE them. That’s the fun part about our little community. We all have different taste.
Some people just want to see boobs and blood. Some people want to watch a 5 hour art house film. Some people (like myself) lie in between. But there are so many genres, and sub-genres, that there is literally something for everyone out there.
Just because I didn’t love these films, doesn’t mean I hate them. I didn’t finish the film and suddenly say:
- ” You know what, I really want to feed the director’s children to an alligator.”
- ” Take it out of the DVD player so I can call the cops and report a rape.”
- ” If I urinate on this, will REDBOX take it back?”
These are quality films. I just couldn’t love them. I wanted to make it work…but we were from two different worlds.
With all of that being said, here are 4 films from under the radar that I didn’t love:
1. Cassadaga (2011)
I saw the poster for this one, and I immediately wanted to see it. It was hand-drawn, oldschool style. There were two versions of the poster: an explicit one with nudity, and the edited one. “Cassadaga” is definitely the closest out of the four to a movie that I love. All of the elements were there, but for whatever reason, I thought it was just “OK”. There are some really creepy parts in this one, and I think it is worth checking out.
2. In Their Sleep (2010)
I’m not going to lie. I watched “In Their Sleep” simply because it was French horror. Really, I’m that big of a fanboy. I am not ashamed. It could have been made in Wisconsin by Australians, but everyone was speaking French. I was instantly engaged.
There is a good story, good acting, plot twists, blood, brutality…….and for whatever reason, I just couldn’t love it.
3. Trouble Every day (2001)
Once again….it’s French. And I am a sucker.
“Trouble Every Day” stars Vincent Gallo, which automatically tells you what kind of film it is. This one is extremely artsy, to the point of annoyance, with me. I literally spent 90 minutes feeling frustrated. But I have a pretty low tolerance for artsy movies that I don’t get. I’m not some uncultured, knuckle-dragging neanderthal or anything, but I also wouldn’t fit in at a cork-sniffing NYC film festival. I also don’t care for David Lynch. Go ahead, crucify me.
Not to say that I don’t appreciate this film, and I understand that other people will adore it. But I guess it just wasn’t for me. Give it a shot, if you dig this kind of stuff.
4. The Skin I live In (2011)
Talk about a twisted movie….geez. I loved the story in this one, and it took me a little while to figure out why I didn’t love it completely. But then I finally nailed it: It was too long.
It has a great blend of art-house, and modern styles, and the acting is superb. However, the story is told over such a long period of time, and never comes together until the final act. But beyond that flaw, this is one seriously messed up movie. There are a lot of themes here that will make many people so uncomfortable that they may turn the movie off, and these themes are presented masterfully. Banderas gives an A-list performance and seems to be really into the role of our psychologically bankrupt surgeon.
What are some films that you wanted to love, but just couldn’t? Post your suggestions in the comment boxes below!