Modern Day Movies You May Have Never Seen

Posted on 4 Apr 00:00


Everyday Hollywood produces new movies. This invariably means that audiences must use their own discretion to pick which movies to watch. Perhaps this would have been easier if the best movies have a label on them that screams "I'm the best movie, watch me". However, critic reviews can be helpful, but ultimately, it is up to us go decide.

In light of this fact, some serious movie buffs have cherry-picked some of the best out of print movies that you may have never seen before. These movies have everything; suspense, action, romance, thriller, emotion, and comedy. 

1) Her (2013)

This is an American Sci-Fi romantic drama.  It stars Joaquin Phoenix (Theodore Twombly), Scarlett Johansson (Samantha), and Amy Adams (Amy). This movie is about Theodore, a living man, who develops feelings for a Virtual Assistant, who speaks with a personified female voice. It takes place futuristic Los Angeles, where people can purchase Artificial Intelligent (AI) personal assistants capable of evolving. While discussing his personal life, love, and why he has refused to sign the divorce papers that would end his marriage with Catherine (Rooney Mara), the man and the personal assistant fall in love. It is written, produced, and directed, by Spike Jonze.

The movie portrays the true strength of love; how two people (in this case, a man and a computer) can share real emotions and feelings between them, and help each other achieve their dreams.

2) The Thing (1982)

The Thing is directed by John Carpenter. It stars David Clennon, Kurt Russell, Keith David, T. K. Carter, A. Wilford Brimley, and Richard Dysart. The movie takes place somewhere in Antarctica. The Thing is an extraterrestrial life-form that can assume the identity of anyone it comes in contact with. Frightened by The Thing's shape-shifting ability, the team of researchers begin to be suspicious of each other. Fans of Sci-Fi should not miss this movies.

3) They Live (1988)

'They Live' is another John Carpenter Movie that got negative reviews when it was released, but later got the positive attention it deserves. The movie was written to mimic Ray Nelson's short story, "Eight O'clock in the Morning" released in 1988. The is about a drifter (Roddy Piper), who discovers that aliens are living among the human race, and are highly placed in the society, and that scientists have discovered signals that have enslaved the population and keeps them in a dream-like state, and that the only way to stop it is to shut off the signal at its source. Those watching the broadcast complain of headaches. He learns of the aliens and their plans by wearing a pair of sunglasses, which he retrieved from the walls of a raided church in shantytown, which allows him to see the world and the aliens as they really are. After insulting an alien woman in a store, he reveals to her that due to his sunglasses, he can see her as she really is.  She 'outs' him and he goes on a shooting spree, killing a lot of "bad guy" aliens. Nada (the drifter), recruits his friend Frank (Keith David,) and they joined forces with an alien activist group to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens. This movie is thought provoking and action packed. 

4) The Grey (2011)

'The Grey' is about survival in harsh atmospheric conditions directed by Joe Carnahan. The movie based on Ian MacKenzie Jeffers' story, "Ghost Walker", and the screenplay is written by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers and Joe Carnahan. A group of oil-men get stranded after their plane crashs in Alaska. They are stalked day and night by a pack of timber wolves, as they suffer their injuries and struggle to survive in the wild and harsh Alaskan terrain. With the help of John Ottway (Liam Neeson), a marksman on the verge of committing suicide, the group unknowingly wander into the den of the wolves. This movie is intense, unnerving, and like the men in the movie, the audience never knows when and who will be the next victim of the wolves.

5) Appaloosa (2008)

This movie was adapted from crime writer Robert B. Parker's book, Appaloosa. The screenplay was directed by Ed Harris, who also co-wrote the movie. The movie is about events that unfold in Appaloosa, a small town in New Mexico. Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons), a small-town rancher and the main villain of the movie, murders the town's sheriff and two deputies when they went to make an arrest on his property. The leaders of Appaloosa employs law enforcement officer, Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his assistant Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), to help them the resolve the case. Cole falls in love with a beautiful widow, Allie French (Renée Zellweger). While Cole and Hitch try  to bring Bragg to justice, Allie fraternizes with the enemy. This film is love, honor, loyalty, goodness, badness and the power of friendship. A great watch for western fans.

6) Shattered Glass (2003)

'Shattered Glass' is a biographical crime movie and the screenplay was adapted from a Vanity Fair article, published in September 1998. The movie stars, Hayden Christensen, Chloë Sevigny and Peter Sarsgaard, and was directed by Billy Ray. The movie is about a The New Republic reporter, Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), who gets fired from his job after standing up to his boss Marty Peretz. Glass, in order to cover his insecurities about his talent, later publishes a daring article, titled Hack Heaven. This gets the attention of Adam Penenberg, a Forbes reporter looking to corroborate Glass' story. Later, the leadership and staff at The New Republic discovers that over half of Glass' articles were falsified. 

7) Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

This is a West German-Mexican-Peruvian epic historical drama directed by Werner Herzog. It stars Helena Rojo (Inés de Atienza), Klaus Kinski (Lope de Aguirre) and Ruy Guerra (Don Pedro de Ursúa). This movie is about Gonzalo Pizarro (Alejandro Repullés), a commander of a group Spanish conquistadors, exploring the remarkable country of El Dorado. When his many conquistadors and indigenous slaves begin to run low on food and other provisions Pizarro sends a team, to scout the area with Don Pedro de Ursúa (Guerra) leading the team, and (Klaus Kinski) Lope de Aguirre as his deputy. eventually, Aguirre leads a rebellion against Ursúa. He takes the leadership mantle and leads the men to slaughter. The plot of this movie gets worse as the movie progresses. It is about religion, blasphemy, love, and rebellion. 

The movies listed here, have unique plots that have kept audiences on the edge of their seats.

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