So kudos to the Wachowskis for following their beliefs and making a sequel that was not just more of the same, but a film which went as deep into rabbit-hole as they could and expanded the first movie’s philosophical concepts to extraordinary levels. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! Set across three different time periods, the film tells the interconnected stories of a conquistador trying to find the Tree of Life and save the Queen of Spain from the Inquisition, a modern-day scientist trying to find a cure for cancer, and a space-traveler dreaming of his lost love as he hurtles toward a nebula. No matter what the case, these are the top 25 most underrated/underseen movies this century. A modern-day Princess Bride,Stardust has the potential to be a fantasy classic for the ages, and to be talked about fondly by future generations of movie fans, much like the classic Rob Reiner ’80s film. Yep, it may be another Disney sci-fi animation (they really went hard on those in the early 00s…), but once again it’s a criminally overlooked flick from the House of Mouse, who at this time was under attack not just from Pixar, but from DreamWorks and Blue Sky Studios, too. The 2000s ushered in a new era of filmmaking. Perfectly soundtracked in the form of a mix-tape her boyfriend left behind, Morvern Callar engages the viewer not just through the words spoken but by the music, the unspoken actions, and the visuals, creating a lasting impression of a seemingly inarticulate woman given full voice to her grief but not able to express it. If ever a film was released at the wrong time, then it was this. Suffering due to the long shadow cast by Casino Royale, and now likely to be dismissed even more after Skyfall, Quantum is actually a rarity to be treasured – Bond as serialised storytelling. Between 2002’s 28 Days Later and 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, he slipped off the mainstream radar a bit, but happened to release arguably two of his best films – Millions and Sunshine. Hugh Jackman proves himself a movie star with his turn as the rough and ready Drover, while Nicole Kidman complements him perfectly as Lady Ashley. The Fountain is simply astonishing, an epic romance across the ages which takes in elements of sci-fi, fantasy, historical swashbuckler, and religion, and blends them with acceptance of death as a part of life, while all the time pushing an incredible and moving love story.The Fountain feels like director Darren Aronofsky’s most personal film, and that passion shows on screen. Like that film, Stardust was adapted from a book, in this case, Neil Gaiman’s dark fairytale. He also benefits from his collaborators, the always magnificent Roger Deakins providing a defining take on the modern Western, and Nick Cave’s and Warren Ellis’ score being a high point for modern film soundtracks. by Andrew Adams Apr 04, 2014. Far from a cute romance this is an off beat look at outsiders growing up and a friendship growing apart. Every character is despicable in their behaviour, but special credit must go to James Van Der Beek’s sociopathic portrayal of Sean Bateman (brother of Patrick), and Shannyn Sossamon’s blankness as lust-object and serial fantasist Lauren Hynde (although listening to the commentaries, I’m not sure how much of that blankness was Sossamon acting…). Sometimes a movie comes along which is so beautiful it takes your breath away, and makes you realise that first and foremost, film is a visual medium. The films on this list, in my opinion, either deserved more Oscar nomination love, a better showing at the box office, or a better rating from fans and critics. Providing comedic back-up of the dark kind is Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and the brilliant Rory Cochrane. Watching the townsfolk tear each other apart lays bare just how far our “humanity” stretches, and the incredible bleakness right through the film is a refreshing change from the majority of films that tell you everything is going to be all right in the end. All of which combine to produce a smart and violent film which sticks with you long after, and makes you think twice about driving off into the unknown. Except it turns out that the star is an actual living being, named Yvaine and played by the incredible Claire Danes. A visual piece of dramatic journalism, Zodiac traces the unsolved case of the Zodiac killer, who murdered several people in the San Francisco Bay area in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Will Ferrell and Jon Heder (in his best non-Napoleon Dynamite role) are rival male figure skaters forced to partner up in order to be allowed to skate again. I defy anyone to name a more intense war scene than the Japanese bombing of Darwin that Luhrmann recreates. While having fun with this set-up, the film instead takes the smarter route of focusing on the characters, and in particular Crick’s burgeoning love of life and relationship with Ana (a perfect and quirky Maggie Gyllenhaal), as well as novelist Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson) struggle to balance her art with the fact she may have written many people’s deaths. As most of you know I grew up in the 1980s and consider that decade to be the golden age of horror. 12 Underrated Horror Movie Gems From The 2000s. Completely redefining and blowing apart people’s preconceptions about disability and its limitations, Murderball is as furious as its title suggests, with the action as intense off the pitch as it is on it. Except it turns out that the star is an actual living being, named Yvaine and played by the incredible Claire Danes. While the plaudits may have gone to Casey Affleck in the role of Robert Ford – and he is incredible – it’s Brad Pitt who really deserved the acclaim. If every praised director has an underrated classic, then this is most certainly Paul Thomas Anderson’s. Not always pretty, but often painfully truthful, Me Without You is the type of film which touches a nerve and remains with you for the rest of your life. Before  I would have said this was the best procedural film of the 21st century. Elevating it further than the also-rans is the incredible supporting cast, of whom Will Arnett and Amy Poehler stand out as evil brother and sister skaters who are a little too close for comfort. Worth it for the computer party and fight scenes alone. But none of that gets in the way of a rousing story of two open range cattle herders going up against a powerful and corrupt businessman, rescuing a town in the process. The top 30 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Underrated 2000s” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. As most of you know I grew up in the 1980s and consider that decade to be the golden age of horror. Whether it’s robots or aliens, Zathura creates a believable fantasy world for its young actors (including Josh Hutcherson and Kristen Stewart) and correspondingly the audience at home. The film takes in a whole range of themes, the nature of friendship, trust and mistakes, New York in the post 9/11 landscape, as well as condensing a difficult father-son relationship into what matters most, regret at missed chances, and an ultimate love for one another. The Wackness touches so many emotions you’ve felt yourself, but filtered through the lens of film. While the themes here would be explored at length in the series, and to obviously greater effect, there’s no denying the condensed power of the movie, which stands head and shoulders above pretty much any other high school sports film. I don’t think so (although some here at Den Of Geek really can’t stand it). Considering the production problems that beset it (namely the writer’s strike), it’s a miracle that we even got a film, let alone something as enjoyable as Quantum. Insightful, funny, and cool – but sort of sad, too. It’s a sublime experience watching all these actors at the very top of their game, with a not a bad performance to be found. Watching the townsfolk tear each other apart lays bare just how far our ‘humanity’ stretches, and the incredible bleakness right through the film is a refreshing change from the majority of films that tell you everything is going to be all right in the end. Taking its cues from Daniel Handler’s brilliant books, the film version is a subversive treat which doesn’t talk down to kids and makes no concessions to adults either – this is a film which proclaims that it’s us versus them. The Fall is one such movie. With the initial story written by Joss Whedon, Atlantis is the tale of a 1914 expedition to find the lost continent, and features no songs and a more adult-orientated direction. New millennium, new technology. Not just a thrilling boy’s own adventure of chasing a French ship across the world during the Napoleonic Wars, but a brilliant character study and look into human nature and the depths of true friendship. Vastly unknown and underrated film starring Michael Douglas as an aging womanizer who … The key to this is Garner and Ruffalo’s pairing. The Nolan brothers made significant changes to the book, all for the better in my mind, resulting in a clever and lean piece of filmmaking with a neat trick ending. Taking on the rotoscoped animation process he first used in Waking Life, Richard Linklater applied it to Philip K Dick’s most personal novel, A Scanner Darkly, and made the most faithful and arguably successful adaptation yet of one of Dick’s books. An old-fashioned epic that would have been a jewel of the 1940s, instead Australia was lambasted as unoriginal and overwrought. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Lyle, who’s sent to a teenage mental institution after beating a kid who made fun of him with a baseball bat. Horror is a genre which constantly reinvents itself, but can often do so by going right back to basics – and Wolf Creek certainly does that. 11 2000s Movies That Are Way Better Than Their Rotten Tomatoes Score ... Anna Faris is very funny -- so funny that, at least in the '00s, she was underrated and underused in movies. With frank discussions about their injuries, sex lives, families and personal lives, this was a documentary that proved the form was every bit as compelling as fictional narratives, and many times more enlightening and rewarding. He also benefits from his collaborators. The movie is directed by Mike Judge of “King of the Hill” and “Silicon Valley” fame … The most underrated film of the last decade and certainly among the most criminally under … While Billy Bob Thornton puts in a powerhouse performance as Coach Gaines, it’s Garrett Hedlund who proves the real star as fullback Don Billingsley, a boy struggling with his abusive father, a former high school star himself. 7 Underrated Movies of the 2010s That Will Change Your Life The Way Way Back (2013) Short Term 12 (2013) The World's End (2013) Ruby Sparks (2012) Sing Street (2015) A Monster Calls (2016) Smoke Signals (1998) The Most Underrated Movies Of The 2000s. Horror is a genre which constantly reinvents itself, but can often do so by going right back to basics – and Wolf Creek certainly does that. Following the true story of the Permian Panthers’ 1988 season and their run to the state championship, the themes prevalent in the later series are magnified here in theatrical form. Movies; Top 53 underrated films of the 2000s; Features Top 53 underrated films of the 2000s. The 2000s was a unique era in the action film genre. As long as you don’t take the film seriously as a dark thriller in the same vein as something like Se7en, I guarantee you’ll have a blast with it. Without digital cameras, zombies would’ve stayed dead; 28 Days Later was only possible with how quick and easy it is to set up with them. Completely redefining and blowing apart people’s preconceptions about disability and its limitations, Murderball was as furious as its title suggests, with the action as intense off the pitch as it is on it. He sets the mood of unhinged paranoia which the movie lives and breathes, portraying stillness, regret and violent anger in one of the most notorious outlaws in American history. Inspirational? Answered April 28, 2018. See also: The top 10 underappreciated kids’ films of the past 20 years. Much more than just another rom-com, 13 Going On 30 is that rarest of films – a sentimental love story which is full of smarts, and genuinely funny too. Science advice on this film came from the marvelous Professor Brian Cox, while Mark Strong’s insane Pinbacker is a reference to Dark Star’s Sgt Pinback. And be our Facebook chum here. Atom Egoyan doesn't get half the attention fellow Canadian director David Cronenberg does, but his films are just as icy and inquiring. A dark, dark neo-noir shot in black and white, The Man Who Wasn’t There has the type of multifaceted dense plotting that Coen fans will love, as well as the black humor and unhappy yet perfect resolutions that the Coens themselves seem to prefer. October 01, 2019 in Collections. And why wouldn’t they? It’s not just a thrilling boy’s own adventure of chasing a French ship across the world during the Napoleonic Wars, but a brilliant character study and look into human nature and the depths of true friendship. Tense Brit prison-set thriller that was the breakout feature of Rupert Wyatt who went on to make Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Hello Rules Of Attraction. 9. While the theatrical cut was a beautiful looking mess of a film, the director’s cut adds in another 45 minutes of material and transforms the entire experience. Set in Los Angeles, 1915, Pace is a movie stuntman crippled while trying to impress a woman with an audacious horse jump from a bridge. A vicious little horror film from 2008, Wolf Creek gained a fearsome and deserved reputation, and provided a nice antidote to somewhat stale franchise offerings. Thora Birch and a young Scarlett Johansson star in this funny, biting coming of age story based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. Here are 5 underrated movies from the decade, and 5 overrated films. Painstakingly researched and written, the film is all about little details, the patience, persistence, and perseverance required to see an investigation through, and the knowledge that no matter how close you may get, you still might never sate your obsession. No matter what the case, these are the top 25 most underrated/underseen movies this century. Action scenes are few, but the film is all about the compulsion to solve a puzzle rather than solving the puzzle itself, all told through its three powerhouse leads, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. A mind-bending and woozy trip into both the mind and alternate realities, Inland Empire plays with chronology, dramatic tone and style, mixing anything up it sees fit. Set in Los Angeles, 1915, Pace is a movie stuntman crippled while trying to impress a woman with an audacious horse jump from a bridge. Every character is despicable in his or her behavior, but special credit must go to James Van Der Beek’s sociopathic portrayal of Sean Bateman (brother of Patrick) and Shannyn Sossamon’s blankness as lust-object and serial fantasist Lauren Hynde. Danielle Solzman (@DanielleSATM), Solzy at the Movies/Freelance. Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas Day to find her boyfriend has committed suicide. The Nolan brothers made significant changes to the book, all for the better in my mind, resulting in a clever and lean piece of filmmaking with a neat trick ending. It’s a film that makes you earn its beats and payoffs, while also getting you to reflect on just how violence makes you feel – both exhilarated and appalled at the same time. From legendary director Don Coscarelli, this is a film that is both a comedy horror classic and a surprisingly moving rumination on growing old and the perils of fame. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! A technically brilliant piece of filmmaking, it puts paid to the repeated lament that ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to’. An amazingly odd claim like that is matched by this equally odd movie, which marries pop sensibilities of the 60s and 70s with brooding Cold War era spy-scapes, and makes them both work to enhance an already gorgeously shot film. The 2000s was the era of found footage and great independent horror filmmaking. Drew Barrymore’s debut feature is exactly the kind of film you’d expect her to make – a stylish character piece with a killer soundtrack. Set in 2057, the sun is dying and Earth has launched one last mission to reignite it. Not my favourite, or his most enjoyable, but in execution definitely his most accomplished. The casting is pitch perfect, and while it may be a little unfair to say Keanu Reeves is great as an undercover cop so strung out he’s lost his personality, Reeves sells the desperation and heartbreak well. Five Years on, J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” remains one of the most underrated films of the decade. So kudos to the Wachowskis for following their beliefs and making a sequel that was not just more of the same, but a film which went as deep into rabbit-hole as they could and expanded the first movie’s philosophical concepts to extraordinary levels. Charting the pair’s quirky relationship, the film takes in a beautifully shot trip to Hawaii, and a sub-plot about a sex-line exhortation racket run by Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s often silly, but always laugh out loud funny, and like the best of the Frat Pack comedies, it works best when ignoring any semblance of plot and just letting the leads bounce off each other (often literally). Developed at the tail end of the Disney renaissance (the period between The Little Mermaid and Tarzan, where Disney’s hand drawn animation was both a critical and commercial success) Atlantis was harshly judged due both to a post ‘fall of the empire’ malaise and the film-going public’s thirst for CG animation. The flaws apparent in his post-Prestige work (woolly plotting, the visuals not quite matching the ideas) are all dealt with here. From Disney Channel original movies to feature animations, we’re ready to cover it all. An old Elvis (played by Bruce Campbell), who faked his own death, now lives in an old people’s home, where he must team up with a black JFK to fight an ancient Egyptian Mummy. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) From one of the major players in New Taiwanese Cinema (next to Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang), Tsai Ming-liang details urban alienation with the deft eye of a master. The 2000s was the era of found footage and great independent horror filmmaking. While the monsters provide the narrative thrust, and some great horror scares and thrills, the film’s greatest strength is in its examination of human interactions, and how people react to pressure, tension and terror. Based on Brett Easton Ellis’ novel, The Rules of Attraction is wickedly funny, as well as expertly directed by Roger Avary. New millennium, new technology. Far more than just a silly parody trying to cash in on the musical biopic, Walk Hard skewers every sanctimonious cliché with impeccable aim and delivers on the laughs in a big way. The simple distinction between real and not-real presented in the first film is revealed to have been an illusion, as the Wachowskis get down to exploring ideas about freedom of choice, as well as the power of belief, and enabling us to define the difference (if any) between fate and causality. Insightful, funny, cool but sort of sad, too. That reason is this incredible documentary charting the rivalry between the Canadian and the US squads in the lead-up to the 2004 Paralympics. Something much more subtle, weird, and others were lost in the case, these are ones. Wishes she could wake up in the 2000s adapted from a cute romance, this Garner... Sandler is a film was released at the beginning of the 2000s, adventurous, funny underrated movies of the 2000s. 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