So the weekend’s almost here, and all you wanna do is stay in and spoil yourself silly with plenty of ‘me-time’ – and what better way to chill and de-stress than by catching up on some good flicks, right? And since the last time you caught a movie was when that little blond boy kept whispering “I see dead people”, let us help you zero in on a few underrated gems that you may have easily missed.
TOP 5 MUST-SEE (UNDERRATED) FLICKS
The Gift (2015)
A slow yet unnerving psychological thriller, The Gift tells the story of Simon and Robyn whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school, Gordo (played by Joel Edgerton, who also wrote, co-produced and directed this flick). Simon doesn’t recognise Gordo at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years.
Director: Joel Edgerton ● Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Fans of Woody Allen would agree that the man’s work never fails to amuse and provoke, with just the right mix of humour and ‘signature Woody’ quirkiness. Midnight in Paris follows Gil Pender, a nostalgic screenwriter who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he mysteriously travels back to the 1920s each night at midnight.
Director & Writer: Woody Allen ● Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
You’re Next (2011)
It may fall under the category of ‘slasher film’, but the US$1-million-budget You’re Next re-invents the genre, adding a much-needed fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, axe-wielding psycho-killers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the victims seem trapped and doomed for death – until an unlikely guest (in the form of an Australian houseguest) proves to be the most talented killer of all, having grown up on a survivalist compound.
Director: Adam Wingard ● Starring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Directed and co-produced by Ben Stiller (yes, THE Stiller of Tropic Thunder and Zoolander fame), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is easily one of the most underrated films of 2013. This James Thurber classic tells the story of Walter (Stiller), a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by escaping into a world of fantasies. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Director: Ben Stiller ● Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn
Written, co-produced and directed by Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man and The Jungle Book), Chef is a dramedy that warms the heart and speaks to the foodie in all of us. Favreau plays Carl Casper, a professional chef who, after a raucous viral-videoed public altercation with a food critic, quits his job and refits an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. Together with his young son and an old colleague, Casper takes a working trip across the States with the food truck to rediscover his gastronomic passion.
Director: Jon Favreau ● Starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson