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10 underrated movies you probably missed in 2014

The funnest and maybe even best movie of 2014 that nobody saw when it came out but when they finally watched it all agreed was the funnest and maybe even best movie of 2014: Edge of Tomorrow. Seriously, even if you don't like Tom Cruise, you'll enjoy the movie. Here are 9 other movies that were overlooked in 2014.

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The list:

  • Obvious Child
  • Enemy
  • Jodorowsky's Dune
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Joe
  • Locke
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • The Rover
  • Edge of Tomorrow (or Live Die Repeat)
  • Starred Up

How many have you seen?


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DISCUSSION

The list is predictably negligent of non-English speaking films. Only Lovers Left Alive, for example, isn't the only notable vampire film of the year — there's the Iranian flick, A Girl Walks Home Along At Night. There's a Russian film, Leviathan, that is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. An animated film from Studio Ghibli that's been overlooked — no, not Miyazaki's final work, but from the guy who directed Grave of the Fireflies and My Neibhors the Yamadas, his first film in ten years: The Tale of Princess Kaguya.. Oscar winner Mario Cottilard starred in a Belgian film, Two Days, One Night.

The truth is, when you watch the Oscars and see the Best Picture nominees, the list is almost always a lie, as 90% of those films are inferior to films that simply aren't English-speaking. Despite the quality of Princess Kaguya or Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, for example, the Best Animated Picture award will almost certainly go to the same nearly generic CGI fare we keep seeing again and again in American cinemas — something like Big Hero 6 Or How To Train Your Dragon 2. Not that those films aren't pleasant to watch, but they're popcorn films, not the bar by which films should be measured. Ghibli was forunate to receive the award over ad ecade ago for Spirited Away, which, incidentally, is the only traditionally animated film to ever win the award.

The truth is, there are too many films that fall by the wayside for simply not being in English, always being some of the best films of the year. A damn shame, that.