I said I would work on a Top 7 list a month, so I thought I would bust out one on a day where I actually had some kind of free time going on. It gets really rough with multiple jobs especially since one of them just got reinstated despite it being in an online format given the CV pandemic. Thanks for understanding.
I have made over 300 posts over the past 3 years. It’s certainly been crazy that I’ve pushed out this many reviews and other articles since then. However, I feel as though not all those reviews got much attention. While there have certainly been posts of various scores, I would focus on the ones with the highest scores. I wonder why people don’t check out certain reviews. Do they look boring? Are they not flashy enough for readers? Are people tired of me talking about obscure works? For this list, I’m focusing on some of the lowest viewed posts with great scores. Here are my guidelines:
-Must involve a movie or series I gave an 8/10 or higher.
-On the lowest echelon of my all-time views as of 4/23/20
Let’s get things started.
Let me get this straight. I review an indie movie featuring one of the most well-known English actors currently in a major role and it barely got any attention? I don’t believe it. This wasn’t a masterpiece, but I certainly enjoyed watching Second Coming. I would even go as far as to say that it’s my favorite movie involving Idris Elba. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the only film on the list that involves a popular British actor. Definitely check this one out.
This was the first review I’ve done involving Nigerian animation. Plaything should’ve got more attention and this was a breakout piece for Anthill Studios in Lagos. I’ve referenced this short before in one of my other Top 7 lists for subjects I want to see in a documentary. Seriously, check this one out.
This review got overshadowed by one of my collab posts, but this was something totally worth seeing. U-Carmen was a recent review, but I didn’t see anyone read, like, or comment on it. That’s a shame because I thought it was a lovely adaptation of the Carmen opera and I couldn’t believe how good the singing was in addition to giving the songs a Xhosa take.
I reviewed this last year, but this didn’t get any eyeballs on it. Shame on those who didn’t read this review or watch this film because they’re missing out. Alamar was one of the most calming movies I’ve seen and I watched it at a time where I really needed tranquility. The lines of documentary and story are blurred, but it’s done in such a fascinating way. I also have to give major props showing a healthy relationship between a father and a son. If you want some easy viewing, then you can do far worse than this overlooked Mexican film.
This is certainly one of my more obscure reviews, but I was proud of this one. Maybe I’m a bit biased because this involves a city I’m very familiar with and I used to live there, but this was very fascinating. I thought Project 2-3-1 offered amazing insight in microcosm of Black America in Illinois’s 8th largest city. Definitely one of the most underrated documentaries I’ve watched and reviewed.
Here’s another example of something I reviewed with a big-name actor, but never got that much traffic. Trashed was easily one of the better environmental documentaries I’ve seen as it shows everything in a non-preachy way and the celebrity involved clearly wasn’t doing it for a paycheck. If you don’t recognize who that guy is on the left of the screenshot, it’s none other than Jeremy Irons. I’m not making this up at all. Yes, there’s an obvious hilarious in hindsight moment when you consider some old-school anime I reviewed, so all I can say is this…CONSIDER THIS THE CLOSEST THING TO A TRUCE, DISNEY FANS! YOU’RE VERY FREAKING WELCOME!
I gave this a 10/10 and no one noticed it. [Sigh] What am I to do with some of you? This was a phenomenal film and a brilliant exposure of African cinema as I checked out the first full-length film from the continent. Why aren’t film professors talking about Black Girl or Ousmane Sembene? There’s something wrong in higher education, right?
So what did you think? Which movies do you want to see? Do you have any posts that you think people should check out that didn’t get many views?
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Second Coming is property of Film Movement. The screenshot is from YouTube.
Plaything is property of Anthill Studios. The screenshot is from YouTube.
U-Carmen is property of Kino Lorber films. The screenshot is from YouTube.
Alamar is property of Film Movement. The screenshot is from YouTube.
Project 2-3-1 is property of Grindstone Productions.
Trashed is property of Blendheim Films and First Pond Entertainment. The screenshot is from YouTube.
Black Girl is property of The Criterion Collection. The screenshot is from YouTube.
The picture of the treasure is property of Search Engine Watch.