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Five Films That May Have Slipped Through Your Radar

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The most anticipated film of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, makes its debut this week. While Guardians will undoubtedly enjoy the same success as this year’s previous blockbuster hits such as The Lego Movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the more recent Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, it is worth taking a look at some of this year’s lesser know cinematic entries.

The film industry currently churns out more big screen outings a year than ever before, which sadly means we have to trawl through mountains of sparkly vampire love stories and Michael Bay presents too-many-explosions-for-its-own-good movie fluff, to uncover the real diamonds in the rough. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because since the invention of the internet, others can do the trawling for you and tell you what’s hot and what’s not.

 

So with pleasure, we give you the Top 5 Films of 2014 (so far) that may have slipped through your radar…

 

5. In Your Eyes

You may be surprised you failed to hear about this Joss Whedon (yeah the guy responsible for Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly, most recently known for his success with The Avengers movie) penned a paranormal drama, but there’s probably good reason you didn’t hear about it – it was not released in theatres. After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20th, Whedon and director Brin Hill opted to release In Your Eyes independently online.

In Your Eyes, follows Dylan and Rebecca, who despite living at opposites sides of the United States, and having never crossed paths before in their lives, find themselves with the ability to communicate and see through each other’s eyes, which allows them to form a bond and a friendship stronger than anything either have experienced before.

At its heart, In Your Eyes is a typical love story, told in a way we have never seen before, and can be best described as a feature length episode of The Twilight Zone with a Joss Whedon spin. If you are looking for a big budget adventure in the vein of The Avengers, you may be sorely disappointed with this low budget outing, but this film is simply a must for any Whedon fans.

 

4. Inside Llewyn Davis

Although it was doing the rounds at Cannes since May of last year, the latest outing from Joel and Ethan Coen, did not reach cinemas this side of the pond until late January and despite the popularity of previous Coen brothers flicks such as No Country For Old Men and The Big Lebowski, Inside Llewyn Davis is another one of those films that may not have caught your attention on its release.

This comedy-drama film follows a week in the life of singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis played by the relatively unknown Oscar Isaac. Set in the 1960s, Davis is a struggling folk singer, living off the kindness of friends, in New York City’s infamous Greenwich Village. A mixture of funny and sad, Inside Llewyn Davis, is ultimately an experience we can all relate to on some level.

Supported by a cast of Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake, what really sets Inside Llewyn Davis apart from the rest of the pack, is its beautiful soundtrack, most notably the mesmerising Fare Thee Well, performed by Oscar Isaac himself, accompanied by Marcus Mumford, the leading man of Mumford And Sons.

3. Chef

Probably best known as Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director or Monica Gellar’s Ultimate Fighting Champion boyfriend Pete Becker in Friends, Jon Favreau writes, directs, produces and stars in the feel good film of the year, Chef, which premiered at South By Southwest on March 7th and hit cinemas this summer, although you may have regrettably overlooked it in favour of the cringe inducing Transformers: Age of Extinction (the less said about that monstrosity the better).

Chef’s premise is simple. Favreau’s character Carl Casper is a big time chef at prestigious Los Angeles restaurant, which comes under fire from a well known internet critic as being safe and unadventurous. With the restaurant owner unwilling to give him creative control of the kitchen, Casper throws in the towel and goes back to basics, picking up a food truck in his hometown of Miami.

Aside from a winning story and cracking soundtrack, Chef boasts an all-star cast with Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. appearing alongside Favreau in this sure to be classic.

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2. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Of all the films on the list, this Wes Anderson comedy is probably the best known of the bunch. You probably saw the trailer, heard it being discussed and made a mental note to go check it out, yet still managed to miss it because the RBS Six Nations were happening at the time (and Rugby is a sport we do well in, so it would be rude not to watch that) and then St. Patrick’s Day was upon us and Daylight Savings Time came and went – there was just no time to knock on down to the local cinema that month. We get it.

If you have seen a Wes Anderson feature before, you know exactly what to expect from The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wait, no… Let me rephrase that… If you have seen a Wes Anderson feature before, you have no idea what to expect from The Grand Budapest Hotel. Just like any Anderson films, it is crazy, insane and entirely unpredictable, but most importantly it remains a laugh out loud riot from start to finish.

Relative newcomer Tony Revolori proves to be the standout performance amidst this cracking cast, as Zero the Lobby Boy, sidekick to Ralph Fiennes’ Monsieur Gustave H. Adrien Brody, William Dafoe, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law and the one and only Bill Murray round out the rest of the acting crew.

 

1. Boyhood

Director and Writer Richard Linklater announced in May 2002 that he was to begin production on a coming of age story that would be a dozen years in the making, chronicling the story of a parent-child relationship. Shot over several weeks every year for the past 12 years, that film was finally released this summer under the title Boyhood.

Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play the roles of parents to brother and sister, Mason and Samantha, played flawlessly by Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater respectively. The story follows the highs and lows of the family from young Mason’s perspective as he grows from an elementary school boy to a college freshman over the course of the almost three hour masterpiece.

Despite winning several accolades on the film festival scene, receiving full marks on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as nothing but critical acclaim from the hardcore movie aficionados, this groundbreaking piece of cinematography does not seem to be making the waves in Irish cinemas that it should be, which seems more of a sin than a shame. The good weather may be to blame on this occasion, but with rain predicted over the bank holiday weekend, no better time than to catch Boyhood before it finishes its run on the big screen.

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