Highly Underrated/Unknown Movies - Page 28
Well known but perhaps overlooked today... happened to catch Saturday Night Fever last night... I had never noticed how it is a scathing portrait of the late 60s generation in NY, the "nowhere" generation who started going to clubs and creating a different lifestyle from the traditions of the 50s... they have shitty jobs and "no future"... yes its another 70s movie about how dancing solves everything but still... Travolta is absolutely brilliant as the dumb Italian kid who just wants to get laid. When his brother quits the priesthood, he starts to experience cognitive dissonance... I was glued the whole time visually... it almost seems like a period piece today...
For your consideration: Powder - the reason I bring this up is because it's a "mutant superhero" movie long before the X-Men movies came out (I know the comics long preceded Powder) and is definitely more of a drama genre than action and conveys the feeling of alienation very well.
This was filmed in Houston, and many of my theater club friends from HS were in it as extras / bullies at the school.
edit: It was still a friggin stupid ass movie.
Wait...what? The way the film ended was the best, most honest way to end it. It was perfect start to finish.
The film was a big ass metaphor for American middle class financial anxiety after all.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Jeff Nichols has quite a career in front of him.
edit 2: It was also refreshing to see mental illness portrayed in a non-exploitative...even compassionate, way. Kudos to Nichols for that.
Edited by javyn - 6/23/14 at 1:16pm