FirstShowing.net has a list of The 19 Best Movies That You Didn’t See in 2008. It’s a mixture of indie films and big budget films that never found an audience.
I saw three films on the list: Hamlet 2, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Speed Racer. Hamlet 2 was funny as cringe comedy. Unfortunately some of the funniest bits are in the trailer. Nick and Nora was pretty good. Speed Racer was pretty awful.
Of the rest, Man on Wire and Let the Right One In are in my Netflix queue. The trailers for Choke, City of Ember, Son of Rambow, Baghead, and The Wackness all looked promising but had mostly negative reviews. I may give them a second look. I hadn’t heard of The Promotion and Ping Pong Playa. They both look interesting.
Timecrimes is a low budget Spanish film. It’s a time travel story line that’s supposed to be a real mind-bender. Timothy J. Sexton, the screenwriter of Children of Men is supposed to be adapting Timecrimes for a big budget remake. I’d still like to see the original first.
Synecdoche, New York is Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut. He was the screenwriter of several terrific films including Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Reviews of Synecdoche have mostly been negative but I want to see it anyway.