The Unsung Cinematics podcast reviews some of the best kept secrets in TV and Film. Every week your hosts Stewart and Rasto provide insight to a misunderstood movie to see if it deserves the title of being “unsung”. We dust off and discuss films and television shows that are considered underrated, forgotten, and even neglected.
Secrets are revealed as Grant and Christine visit an old friend for the weekend at a sea-side house. Luna is art film from 2014 directed and written by Dave McKean. Using dream sequences in the same way as his previous film Mirrormask; Dave KcKean has really come of age with this film. Ben Daniels, Dervla Kirwan, Stephanie Leonidas and Michael Maloney star in this delightful movie that explores what it means to lose your innocence and what's it like to keep secrets all bottled up. This movie is not suitable for younger viewers as it explores adult themes.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Based in the Scottish Hilands, this 2002 UK film mixes horror, with werewolves and a bit of military based action. Directed and edited by Neil Marshall, in his directorial debut, and starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby and Liam Cunningham. A British-Luxembourgian co-production, set in the highlands of Scotland, it was filmed almost entirely in Luxembourg. In the U.S., it premiered as a Sci Fi Pictures telefilm on the Sci Fi Channel. The movie is rated R for those considering it. Even though this film isn't considered a comedy there are some comedic elements to it because of it's low budget as you will discover.
Wiener Dog (2016)
Wiener Dog is a 2016 Comedy Drama by Todd Solondz who also directed Welcome to the Dollhouse. Wiener Dog is a spin-off from Welcome to the Dollhouse and also features Dawn Wiener. The story follows a dachshund dog that is passed off from owner to owner and inspires the lives of the dysfunctional people whom it comes in contact with. The film is basically 4 short stories and each segment can be watched independently. Directed by Todd Solondz and starring Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts, and Zosia Mamet, The film is also inspired by the 1966 drama Au Hasard Balthazar, directed by Robert Bresson.
Never Grow Old (2019)
Never Grow Old is a 2019 dark western that puts a small frontier Irish undertaker (Patrick Tate) played by Emile Hirsch and his family to the test when a bounty hunter played by John Cusack moves in to terrorize the small christian community just outside of California. Patrick develops a taste for the money he makes as the body count climbs and this in turn endangers his family. The film receives an R rating and was totally released under the radar. It bombed at the box office. I was particularly enthralled with this western as it puts a new spin on the western genre. Directed by Ivan Kavanagh, starring Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, and Déborah François.
Never Grow Old Trailer: https://youtu.be/wX7ygRPG10M
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Wish I Was Here was supposed to be a heartwarming tale of a struggling Los Angeles family but ends up being a R rated family film; if that is even possible? Zach Braff is the writer and director and even actor of this film and believe it or not this film was funded by a kickstarter (crowdfunding project). A 35-year-old father (Aidan) of two played by Zach Braff is struggling to be an actor in L.A. while his wife, Sarah works a tedious data job. Aidan relies on his father in-laws monetary assistance so that the kids Tucker and Grace can attend an Orthodox Jewish day school. Money is tight, and life becomes hard as Gabe (father-in-law) reveals he has cancer and the kids are then forced to be home-schooled. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find. Staring Zach Braff, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson, Joey King and Josh Gad.
The Road (2009)
The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic survival film by John Hillcoat and based on the book of the same name written by Cormac McCarthy. A man and his boy decide to leave their secluded home because of the impending harsh winter and the recent death of his wife. Resources and food were scarce so they decide to travel south. They make their way through many treacherous situations in the hopes of finding greener pastures. On their journey they encounter cannibals, and others who are out to steal, cheat and otherwise harm. This film has a slow methodical pace, with real locations mimicking abandoned and dead locations through the entire movie. Starring Viggo Mortensen as the 'father', Kodi Smit-McPhee as the 'son', and Charlize Theron as the 'wife'. The film is Rated R for adult situations. A truly inspiring journey that chronicles the struggle between survival and human kindness.
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I love the idea of this show, its a cool niche for cinema buffs