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5 movies that deserve a second look

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Some damn good films have been drowned out by the explosions of blockbuster movies in recent times. We suggest a few here...

Cameron Diaz in 'The Box'

5. Timecrimes (2007)

Timecrimes (2007)

Nacho Vigalondo’s mini masterpiece is due for a Tom Cruise remake next year, so it’s well worth catching this Spanish treat before then. Attempting to deal with time travel in an intelligent fashion, what other film features a balding 45 year-old man going back in time an hour and discovering the consequences of his simple actions? An absolutely fantastic film and one you’ll be thrashing yourself over for not having caught three years ago.

4. Walk Hard (2008)

Walk Hard (2008)

Okay so it’s a general spoof of the Oscar-winning Walk the Line but this overlooked Judd Apatow effort (as writer) is far funnier than his bigger hits. Featuring a terrifically comic performance from the undervalued John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox, the rock n’ roll star forever haunted by cutting his brother in half, Walk Hard packs in some great cameos (Paul Rudd, Jack Black et al) a gag rate to rival Airplane and possibly the most sublime Temptations joke ever committed to film.

3. The Box (2009)

The Box (2009)

Never forgiven by Donnie Darko fans after the appalling Southland Tales, Richard Kelly appeased a few with this beguiling mystery from last year. Set in the 1970s with a great cast, it’s impossible not to walk away from the tale of a couple given $1million to push a button and end a stranger’s life without wondering what on earth was going on. Some might hate that and want answers rather than questions; for those that like something different, The Box delivers enough thrills to ensure that Darko wasn’t a fluke.

2. In Good Company (2004)

In Good Company (2004)

Managing to mix two genres in one (Rom-com and corporate drama) Paul Weitz wrote and directed this little gem with a cast including Scarlett Johansson, Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace in his best role. The love story actually takes a back seat to the positive life message emerging from an unconventional corporate tale. The fact that a film with this much heart should be ignored when much lesser fare (Mamma Mia, SATC) pulls in the crowds is a travesty. If nothing else you’ll discover the amazing talent of Iron and Wine’s contribution to the soundtrack and find a film that manages to pull off a fairly downbeat ending with a really uplifting tint.

1. Infernal Affairs (2002)

Infernal Affairs (2002)

You’ve probably seen Scorsese’s The Departed. If you haven’t seen the far superior original on which the remake is based then prepare for a real treat. Andy Lau and Tony Leung play the gang member and cop who switch places undercover while attempting to outwit their “bosses”. Stylishly shot with some terrific Hong Kong scenery and three stand out moments (the morse code police stakeout, a rooftop fall, the final twist) the fact it spawned two impressive sequels is testament to the power of a truly original story and a real chemistry on screen we haven’t seen in years. Watch it now and then pick up the other two on DVD straight away too.

See also:

Nine Non-Mainstream Movies Worth Seeing This Summer

5 DVD catch-ups for the summer content drought

8 films that aren't necessarily 'untouchable'

The phenomenology of revisiting movies

The movies that save our lives

In Praise of Perfect Blue

Auteur This: The Square (2008)

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#1 RE: 5 movies that deserve a second look JF 2011-03-09 17:21
I agree with you -- The Box is definitely worth a watch as is Infernal Affairs. I actually watched Infernal Affairs 2 first since it's a prequel and then Infernal Affairs and enjoyed it. Definitely going to check out Timecrimes at some point.
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#2 The Box sucked JoeTrain 2011-08-02 12:11
The Box was awful while The Departed was a master piece, hard to take you serious when you denigrate one of the best films in recent memory and push something as awful and formulaic and obvious as the Box.
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#3 The Departed is better Christian Trentadue 2012-03-04 09:29
Seen both films and The Departed is better, and it's not really close
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