This year, very successful productions complete the 10 years since their release. Some have already become iconic, others have even lived to become new film classics. After all, who will soon forget movies like The Origin, The Social Network, The King’s Speech, Black Swan, Despicable Me, among many others. There are also those who had high aspirations and created a huge expectation among fans, but who, despite the resounding failure, still manage to stay in the “mouths of the people” in the typical pattern of speaking badly, but speak. from me: among them some notorious cases are The Last Airbender, Demon, Big People, Percy Jackson, Tangled and Fury of the Titans, for example.
However, in this case, we will address a third subject of film which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020. An element even sadder than the famous failures. The case of films that have become so pristine that, even with a certain prestige from renowned directors and actors involved, you didn’t even know they had come out. Let’s get to know below and let us know if you’ve actually heard of them or even had a chance to watch them.
Between secrets and lies
Nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actor, Ryan Gosling has become one of the favorite performers of moviegoers because of his interesting project choices, most of them out of the box and owners of a lot of creativity. Even when you get involved in a big studio production, your choice is for something on the level of Two Cool Guys (2016) or The First Man (2018). And even when they weren’t 100 percent functioning, see Hunt for Gangsters (2013), the intent of what could have been is still more commendable. When you think of the actor, works like La La Land (2016), Drive (2011), Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and even the cult Valentine Forever (2010) are the works that come to mind first.
In the same year of the astonishing romantic drama cited, however, Between Secrets and Lies came out, a thriller drama based on the true story of Robert Durst, a man with a severe personality disorder suspected of his wife’s disappearance. in 1982. This dark and hard-hitting beyond film is unknown to many, despite the excellent performances from protagonists Gosling and Kirsten Dunst – who thinks it is his best performance of his career.
Opportunity makes the thief
Keanu Reeves has felt a revitalization in his career after becoming a crush on the internet and the success of his latest franchise: John Wick. The actor even gave Bill & Ted a thumbs up and comes with a new Matrix. But really telling if you’ve heard of this occasion is doing the thief. Mixed criminal drama with comedy, in the film Reeves sees a guy released from prison after serving time for a crime he did not commit. It was then that he decided to rob the bank for which he was accused. The film reunites Reeves for the first time on screen with Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga and James Caan, and also includes Judy Greer, Bill Duke and Fisher Stevens in the cast. The screenplay is written by Sacha Gervasi, from O Terminal (2004) and Hitchcock (2012).
It’s for those who enjoy Indiana Jones-style morning adventures and, of course, their most successful “clone”, The Mummy (1999), starring Brendan Fraser. And maybe one of the reasons you might never have heard of this Luc Besson production is precisely because it’s a French blockbuster. Besson has a unique visual and narrative style, which brings all of his films closer to “comic book adaptations”, even when they are not.
After all, one could say among films like The Fifth Element (1997), Nikita (1990), The Professional (1994), Arthur and the Minimoys (2006), Lucy (2014) and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ( 2017) which are based on comics and what are your original ideas. Well, with As Mummies of the Pharaoh the filmmaker is really adapting for the big screen the stories created by Jacques Tardi about the writer and adventurer Adèle Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin) and his real and supernatural problems (as the original title says) of the work) at the beginning of the 20th century. The atmosphere for the whole family reigns, and the cast also includes renowned French actors such as Mathieu Amalric and Gilles Lellouche.
The seventh soul
First horror film on the list and here we count on the direction of none other than the late master of the genre Wes Craven. For those who have lived under a rock for the past 40 years, Craven is responsible for some of the most notable horror franchises, see The Hour of Nightmare and Panic. But even geniuses make their mistakes. In addition to Cursed (which I comment on at this link) – an attempted modern werewolf franchise that the director started in 2005 – Craven has been out for 10 years with this “My Soul to Take.”
In this slasher released a year before Panic 4, the filmmaker creates a story about a serial killer (with the aim of creating an iconic new character in the footsteps of Freddy Krueger and Ghostface) who, theoretically, returns from the dead for drive out seven young girls from a small town, all born on the same day he was slain. In the cast, Danai Gurira, Frank Grillo, Max Thieriot, John Magaro and Emily Meade are the most famous faces.
Twelve – Lives without class
Following the universe of films with young characters and prestigious directors, we arrived at this Twelve, which was also the penultimate work of Joel Schumacher, responsible for works praised as Os Garotos Perdidos (1987), O Cliente (1994) and Tempo de Matar (1996)), and others… well, do you remember Batman with nipples? In this production, Schumacher returned to it early in his career, from films like The First Year of the Rest of Our Lives (1985), to reconnect with youth.
Based on the novel by Nick McDonell, it is also a crime drama that addresses the world of drugs, their users and their dealers. The protagonist, as Chace Crawford, is a petty drug dealer going through one of the worst times of his life, having to face the murder of his cousin and the arrest of his best friend. The cast includes names like Emma Roberts, Zoë Kravitz, Rory Culkin, Billy Magnussen, rapper 50 Cent and Emily Meade (again), as well as veterans like Elle Barkin and regular Schumacher collaborator Kieffer Sutherland.
The big lie
Do you remember that movie in which Jessica Chastain played the young Helen Mirren? Well, the real question would be, do any of them remember that? The political thriller has filmmakers behind it, but it hasn’t even been released in Brazilian cinemas. Written by Peter Straughan (The Spy Who Knew Too Much), Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class), the film is actually an adaptation of Israeli ‘Ha-Hov’ ( 2007).
Directed by John Madden (Oscar nominee for Shakespeare in Love), the story is about the mission of three Mossad agents to stop a Nazi in West Germany in 1965. In this phase, protagonist Rachel Singer is played by an early fame Jessica Chastain. Thirty years later, now in the form of Lady Helen Mirren, the past returns to haunt the same agents. The cast also includes Sam Worthington and veterans Tom Wilkinson and Ciarán Hinds.
The angel of desire
What are Bill Murray, Mickey Rourke, and a winged Megan Fox doing in a movie? It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s actually a very real production, launched ten years ago. At the time, Fox was at the peak of her popularity, releasing films like Transformers 2 and Infernal Girl, and was arguably the most desired woman on the planet. Because of this, she ended up stumbling upon this role in an independent, low-budget film.
Written and directed by Mitch Glazer (producer of Meetings and Incompatibilities), the filmmaker evolves his colleague Bill Murray to live a gangster who has a preciousness in his personal collection: one of his strippers has wings, which could to be the personification of an angel on Earth. The mythological being is experienced by none other than Megan Fox herself, further increasing, even in the cult universe this time, her status as a muse. To complete the trio, the Flying Girl is grateful for a broken trumpeter, played by Mickey Rourke. Did you know?
Burke & Hare
Returning to renowned directors, John Landis was certainly one of the great icons of the 1980s. This is because the filmmaker was in charge of some of the gems of the time, such as The Brothers Cara de Pau (1980) , An American Werewolf in London (1981), Changing the Balls (1983) and A Prince in New York (1988), as well as the making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video – possibly the most famous of his career.
However, a controversy involving the deaths of three actors (two of whom were children) on the set of No Limit of Reality (1983) would come back to haunt Landis, and his career would begin to lose steam in the following decade. Today, semi-retired, Landis only makes a few episodes of sporadic series and has not signed a film since 1998. It is then that he decides to invest in this British production of black humor on the true story of two infamous grave robbers and murderers, whose legend is part of folklore. English. Burke and Hare are played by Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis respectively. The main cast also includes Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry.
Mystery of 7th Street
Getting back to a topic we love here at CinePOP, here’s another example of terror on the list. For some actors, the overexposure of a role can backfire. This was the case for young Hayden Christensen, who envisioned his entry into the Star Wars franchise (one of the biggest in cinema) as a gateway to stardom. Harsh criticisms of both his performance and the quality of the prequel trilogy itself, made Christensen a figure of “little prestige” in Hollywood.
Here the young man has the chance to play again under the direction of a talented filmmaker: Brad Anderson (from O Operário, 2004). With the actor, Thandie Newton supports the plot, which touches on supernatural elements in an apocalyptic premise. In Mystery of 7th Street, the population of Detroit has largely disappeared, only a few people remain. However, the night begins to arrive again, bringing a bad omen. John Leguizamo closes the main trio.
When it comes to James Gunn, which superhero movie do you immediately remember? It was just who said Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and its sequel (2017). Those in a rush may mention the upcoming Suicide Squad (2021) and the differences may mention their participation in productions such as Scooby Doo – The Movie and Brightburn – Son of Darkness, which they wrote and produced respectively. But how many really know Super, a very violent attack from Gunn in the subgenre.
The same year fans saw the launch of Kick-Ass: Breaking Everything (already embroiled in controversy due to high levels of violence), Gunn, as always, took it a step further in provoking it. In the film, his second feature film for the cinema, we have an unlucky guy (Rainn Wilson) who panics, loses his temper for good. After being left behind by his wife (Liv Tyler), he investigates his new partner (Kevin Bacon) and finds out that the guy is in fact a criminal. He therefore decides to adopt the identity of the hero Crimson Bolt. On the way to his madness, the “hero” even finds an assistant, the role of Oscar nominee Ellen Page.
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