Great Movies Of The Last Ten Years You May Never Have Seen

By:   Movie Critic-guest contributor

Serenity Movie PosterWhenever somebody tells me about a movie I’ve never heard of that I absolutely must see, I’m ceptical.  Most of the time the movie turns out to be some artistic piece that doesn’t interest me at all (Willem Defoe’s latest Anti-Christ is a perfect example of this), but sometimes they’re right.  There are usually a few word of mouth movies that do incredible at the box office each year as well, such as Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, and District 9, but the following movies are the ones that didn’t get the word out well enough, and in some cases have fallen into obscurity.

The Jacket – This movie from 2005 stars Keira Knightley and Adrien Brody.  It’s about a Gulf War veteran wrongly sent to a mental institution where he is experimented on.  I think the description of the movie is what turned some people away, but don’t let it.  This movie keeps your attention from start to finish, and has a lot more to it than meets the eye.

The Machinist – Christian Bale stars as Trevor Reznik in this 2004 movie about an industrial worker who begins to doubt his own sanity.  Be prepared to watch this movie a second time shortly after your first viewing because the hints to the truth are subtle, and you’ll want to make sure they’re there.

The Orphanage – This Spanish ghost story from 2007 is one of the scariest of its kind.  It has no gore, but has plenty of suspense, and you will find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat throughout a lot of it.  Paranormal Activity may have gotten more attention, but this movie is the better of the two.

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Children of Men – What would happen to the world if we were no longer able to have children?  That’s the question this 2006 movie starring Clive Owen asks.  The plot is simple, Theo Faron (played by Clive Owen) must escort a pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where the birth of her child may help scientists’ discovery a way to save humanity.

Serenity – Serenity is based on the cancelled Joss Whedon TV show Firefly.  To be honest I never watched the TV show before seeing this movie, and after watching it I went out and bought the show on DVD.  It’s a great action-packed, well-written, science fiction series, and the 2005 movie is even better.  It’s a shame the series, or the movies, didn’t get the attention they deserved.

Zodiac – I’ve liked almost every movie David Fincher has directed (the only exception is Benjamin Button which I thought was given much more attention than it deserved), and 2007’s Zodiac is one of the best.  It tells the true story of three individuals tracking the notorious Zodiac killer in San Francisco during the 1970’s, and it stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr..

Sex Drive – People loved Superbad, Knocked Up, and even last year’s The Hangover, so why didn’t they flock to see 2008’s Sex Drive?  It’s about a group of best friends driving across the country so one of them can meet up with a babe he met online and lose his virginity.  At the very least it’s worth it to see Seth Green’s sarcastic Amish character Ezekiel.

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