Even for those who love and live for the movies, it is often difficult to keep up with everything that comes out. And that fact is becoming more and more true with the flurry of offers we are now receiving beyond theaters, also on streaming platforms – which are starting to bottle up and make the lives of fans more and more alive. complicated. We have to filter out what we really want to see – it is already becoming impossible to check everything as before. What is really curious is the phenomenon which quite simply makes certain films disappear from the face of the Earth. Turns out there are those movies that start so far off the radar, that many don’t even know they’re out already, noticing it a few years later – or maybe a long time ago. The strangest thing, however, is when a movie even generates a buzz before its premiere, we get excited, we check it out, we love it, but for some reason soon after it stops. be relevant and disappear from the map, fading into oblivion. This is the resonance factor.
This evil does not only affect reviews, box office failures or small independent productions. We even see it with very popular feature films, critical hits and the involvement of big names. To show how this phenomenon mentioned above works, in our last article we selected productions that have only aged 5 years since their release, but most of which have forgotten or even become aware of. All with well-known stars, stars and directors. Check it out below and comment.
We started the list with a real Oscar promise from five years ago. Indeed, when the historical drama debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, everyone was screaming to the winds that this would be the radical work of the Oscars. Based on the true story of a slave rebellion, the most interesting thing about The Birth of a Nation was that it overturned the 1915 classic – a technical step, however, considered a racist film in praising the Ku Klux Klan. Although very dignified, the new version ended up being swept under the skin thanks to the controversy involving the protagonist, director, screenwriter and producer Nate Parker, accused of rape in college. To make matters worse, in the cast is Armie Hammer, who has his own damning scandals these days. In other words, it has become, for lack of a better word, a damn movie.
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How about a movie starring Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and Adèle Exarchopoulos (then released from the hit Blue is the Warmest Color), and directed by Sean Penn? To see absolutely no ? Presented in preview at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, it is another feature film that had all the pomp of an Oscar. The case here, it was the overwhelmingly negative reviews that slaughtered the film, causing its theatrical debut to be canceled in many countries, such as Brazil, where it received a direct VOD release. The film was a favorite project of actress Robin Wright, who brought Bardem and Penn on board. When Wright and Penn broke up in real life, the actor took over the management and brought in his then-girlfriend Charlize Theron to take on the role of ex. The plot shows a group of doctors and volunteers helping in inhospitable and needy places in Africa, however, it has absurd values such as “the romance of giving someone AIDS”. WTF!
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Another one who “screamed” Oscar before his release. Indeed, this romantic film about the eccentric and reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes would mark the triumphant return of veteran Warren Beatty, himself distant from Hollywood and then for nearly twenty years since the fiasco of his last comedy Rich, Pretty, and Infidel ( 2001). Written, directed, produced and performed by Beatty, as he loved to do, before the trailer for the film started, they were introduced to the iconic artist’s references and his work in Oscar-winning productions such as Reds, O Céu Can Wait, Shampoo, Dick Tracy, Bonnie & Clyde, Bugsy and Politically Incorrect. Yes, it should be the triumphant return of the actor and filmmaker to the graces of the Academy. But the story of a young aspiring actress (Lily Collins) in the midst of a love triangle between Hughes (Beatty) and her driver (Alden Ehrenreich) has been solemnly ignored by voters, with most people not even not aware of its existence.
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All of the films on the list had enormous potential, which unfortunately was not realized. This is because in all these features presented there is no lack of talent. As we know, the comedy show Saturday Night Live is one of the biggest exporters of comedy stars to the big screen. That’s where Eddie Murphy and Bill Murray come from, for example. But not everyone manages to make this passage to the cinema. This is the case of the ubiquitous star Tina Fey. Absolute success on the show, talented screenwriter for other TV shows, but in the movies we just can’t name a great movie of yours. Here she tried it again, led by the duo who delivered beloved Amor a Toda Prova (2011) and with the participation of none other than muse Margot Robbie the same year she would live in Arlequina for the first time. Despite all these attractions, this film about a group of war reporters covering the conflict in Afghanistan has remained blank, with Brazil being released directly on video. Have you ever heard of it?
Another very authoritarian director, filmmaker Jeff Nichols marked his career with famous works such as Amor Bandido (2012), reaching the Oscars with the underrated Loving: A Love Story (2016). The same year as his most prestigious film, Nichols decided to bet on something, say, more focused on escape entertainment, with the sci-fi Special Destination. It’s curious because this movie was released the same year as the first season of Stranger Things and carries some of its themes; like a child with supernatural gifts attracting the attention of government officials, forcing his father and friends to do everything to protect him. However, here everything is taken in a more serious, dramatic tone, and without any recourse to humor. The boy, played by Jaeden Martell, went on to star in It – A Coisa (2017) and Between Knives and Secrets (2019). Other than that, the feature has a true Hollywood constellation, seeing Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, and Joel Edgerton. Stranger Things became a sensation, while Special Destiny was completely ostracized.
Speaking of Stranger Things, here we have one of the “veteran” members of the series, young Charlie Heaton, who plays Jonathan Byers, brother of the boy who disappeared at the start of the series. Oscar nominee Naomi Watts stars in this horror drama. In the film, she plays a psychologist who works from home and lives in isolation taking care of her vegetative child. Until she decides to take care of another boy looking for a temporary home. When this new boy disappears from her care in the middle of a blizzard, strange events leave the woman in doubt about her own sanity. Heaton plays the vegetative son and boy sensation Jacob Tremblay (then fresh off the hit Jack’s Room) plays the missing boy. Fear’s Hostage was intended as Watts’ triumphant return to the genre that put her on the map with The Call in 2002. One curiosity is that the film’s script was on the 2013 so-called “blacklist” of the most interesting that hadn’t been filmed in Hollywood yet. Despite all of these attractions, for some reason the movie just didn’t take off and disappeared from the map.
How about a movie starring actors like Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Jason Momoa? A curious mix, to say the least, isn’t it? And what would you tell me if I told you that this movie already exists, but hardly anyone has seen it or even knows about it? Amores Canibais is a post-apocalyptic drama on a devastated planet, in the best Mad Max style, where we will see new concepts of “eye for an eye and tooth for tooth” society emerge. The feature film is written and directed by Englishwoman Ana Lily Amirpour, who gained attention with her feature debut, the conceptual horror Dark Girl Caminha Pela Noite (2014), about an Iranian vampire in a burqa. In Amores Cannibals, the protagonist is Suki Waterhouse, which ends with the limbs devoured by a sect of cannibals, led by Momoa. On her way, she meets exotic characters like Keanu Reeves’ gangster and Jim Carrey’s dumb vagabond.
Many actors have decided to take the big step in their careers and jump behind the camera to become directors as well. This was the case for the talented Ewan McGregor, who made this transition five years ago. Too bad many haven’t seen him and so many others aren’t even aware of his efforts as a director. For his directorial debut, McGregor chose to adapt Philip Roth’s book on a family’s generational conflict and its different political and social visions for film. McGregor also plays the role of a married family man with Oscar-winning character Jennifer Connelly. Conservative clerics, they were introduced to high school – he a sports star and she a beauty queen. In the 1960s, the two would have quite a headache with their daughter, the role of Dakota Fanning, who had become a staunch activist, turning increasingly towards violent extremism in her acts of protest and insurgency. Fervent work, which could have happened at the Oscars, that is, if more people had paid attention.
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