Hollywood or Foreign films never fail to impress us with its fine charm and impressive story-telling. Even if a lot of movies release after they get nominated for the Oscars, (for example, Whiplash) and we end up catching up with most of these films in India, there are some which never make it to the big theater screens.
Here are 20 movies from different genres that we didn’t get to watch on the big screen, but we REALLY wish they could make it.
1. The Dreamers (2003)
Set in Paris in 1968, the movie revolves around a young American student who bonds with a French brother and sister.
A movie stamped with controversy all over it, The Dreamers, set in Paris in 1968 against the background of the student riots, it explores the radicalism at that time through three characters – a young American student who bonds with a French brother and sister and find a bizarre interior world of their own. It is best to leave it to the French to explore l’amour in all its myriad possibilities!
(On second thought, the Indian censor board would have gone batshit removing scenes from that movie in India)
2. Dope (2015)
It revolves around Malcolm, a geek who holds big dreams and is carefully surviving in a neighbourhood filled with gangsters and drug dealers.
Unique, refreshing, and respectful of its characters and their cultures, Dope is pure entertainment with three of its main characters in a band making some amazing music. The movie talks about Malcolm, a geek, who is carefully surviving a tough neighbourhood filled with gangsters and drug dealers. An invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a gritty adventure filled with bad choices. Dope is a surprisingly optimistic film- something we really needed on the big screen.
3. The Book of Life (2014)
The movie is about a man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.
A beautiful animated film which will make you laugh and cry in parts, The Book of Life is about a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. He ends up embarking on a thrilling adventure making it an excellent movie for kids and an even better one for adults.
4. Frank (2014)
This movie revolves around a young man who joins a pop band led by the mysterious Frank.
Michael Fassbender sports a huge paper mache type head in this movie and totally nails it. Frank, with its effortless comedy, non-pretentious dialogues and elegant performances is a weird but extremely honest movie.
5. Obvious Child (2014)
It is difficult to offer honest comedy these days given movies have to take into account what sells and what does not. The story follows Donna, a stand-up comedian, who has a drunken one-night stand with a guy after breaking up with her boyfriend, subsequently finds out she is pregnant and decides to have an abortion. Obvious Child is funny, careless, honest, and an incredibly effective real film which attempts at removing the stigma around abortion.
6. Under the Skin (2013)
Scarlett Johansson packs some beautiful performance in this sci-fi as an alien seductress.
This 2013 science-fiction-horror-art film starring Scarlett Johansson, where she plays the role of an alien seductress, had some kickass performance we missed on the big screen. She sure kicked some serious super villain ass in Lucy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and seeing her hit the big screen in another sci-fi would have been a pleasure.
7. In The Loop (2009)
This movie is a political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent war between the two countries.
Starring the kickass Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, this movie is a gripping and fine political satire about a group of skeptical American and a British operatives, who are group trying to prevent war between the two countries. Funny and true, it sure gets you in the loop!
8. Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Starring Ryan Gosling, this is a touching story of a boy who gets attached to a doll he finds on the internet.
With Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider starring in the movie, it already makes for a worthy watch. A young delusional boy warms up to a doll he finds on the internet and builds an unconventional relationship with her – watch it for the humour or the humanity!
9. Anomalisa (2015)
It talks about a man who is crippled by life’s mundanity and experiences something out of the box.
Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion romance, Anomalisa, talks about a man who is crippled by life’s mundanity and experiences something out of the box. Kaufman, with movies like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche New York to his name, successfully came up with another work of genius.
10. Garden State (2004)
It revolves around a man who returns home after a decade for his mother’s funeral, meets the love of his life, and takes some decisions to make his life better.
Starring Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard and Natalie Portman, Garden State is a movie that talks about a troubled young man, who returns home for his mother’s funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade, meets his love, decides to forgive his past and make his life better – through this plot, the movie defines a generation. It is only shameful that it did not release in India.
11. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
This movie starts with a man who puts a classified ad in the newspaper asking for a companion to time-travel.
Safety Not Guaranteed guarantees sci-fi + fantasy + comedy + real-life relationships. The movie revolves around a man who puts a classified ad in the newspaper asking for a companion to time-travel with when a magazine writer and two interns go and find him to find out his story. An absolutely joyful watch, wish it released in India.
12. Enough Said (2013)
Revolving around the story of a woman torn between two people, this movie takes us through her dilemma.
Considering James Gandolfini is dead now and we’ll never get any more movies from him, this movie by him is one that we really regret did not release in India. Revolving around the story of a woman torn between two people, it deals with a dilemma and feels like a story so real that anyone could connect to it. We can never really get enough of it.
13. Calvary (2014)
This Brandon Gleeson starrer is about a priest who must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
A very powerful and touching movie + absolutely great script + funny comebacks + terrifyingly beautiful and sharp monologs + complex questions + Brendan Gleeson. Need I say more?
14. Blue Ruin (2013)
It is a thriller crime drama that deals with an outsider whose life turns upside down for vengeance’s sake.
What this thriller crime drama gives you isn’t actually plot twists, instead, it is merely plot developments presented in a story that is told in a fashion that is non-linear. This Indie drama is a slow burner – a quiet film with a pretty loud impact.
15. Juno (2007)
This movie talks about a young girl getting pregnant and how she chose to deal with it.
Starring Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, this movie is about an offbeat young girl who gets pregnant but does not let societal pressure decide what to do with her baby. Lightweight, cutesy and offbeat, we wish it released in India.
16. Submarine (2010)
It deals with the story of a teenager and explores his life with interesting insights.
A wonderfully engaging film, it deals with the problems of teenage anxiety, communication problems and mentality with sharp insights. Displaying immense versatility and courage, filmmaker Richard Ayoage takes us through a powerfully gripping journey in the movie.
17. Cloverfield (2008)
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a found-footage. The movie starts with the monster of an unknown origin destroying a building. But when they go to investigate, parts of the building and the head of the Statue of Liberty come raining down. The movie follows their adventure trying to escape and save a friend. Cloverfield happened when J.J. Abrams thought America needs a “new monster.”
Well, turns out there’s a secret sequel coming out this March. *fingers crossed* And we really hope it releases in India.