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.
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I will not lie, this is not very much in my genres. I barely watch documentaries or very “cultural” related stuff.
When it comes to foreign films I would rather watch, Who Killed Captain Alex or Ambala than I watch something “Classy”. This goes for most regular western media as well. I prefer Scott Pillgrim 10.000 times over “Kings Speech”
I watch movies with an intention to escape reality a bit, so I find John Wick better than the Godfather and Jaws better than Titanic. I wouldn’t call it apathy but I am much more interested in the psycho emotional parts of people as the socia-cultural aspect. I
am not big on music myself.. but on the memories music can invoke, I do not really care about history, because I do not fully care how a person has become the way he has. I care about a person how they are now. If a tragedy turned a friend into an asshole.. regardless of how hard that tragedy was.. it could make me incompatible with a person. I am happy these things exist, but from the odd angle I look at life these do not fully work for me.
Though Plaything reminds me a bit of Reboot. That might be something I see myself checking out.
Sorry to be such a simpleton though ! I do hope these find their way to people who appreciate them, but I for one would have no idea on where to find them and they are fairly far away from my preferred content (regardless of message)
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That’s fine if most of these films aren’t in your wheelhouse of genres. I can respect that. I think it’s hilarious that you mentioned those movies because I have a review scheduled for one of them. Stay tuned about that. To be fair, I haven’t seen King’s Speech, but I have seen Scott Pilgrim. Hahaha!
I see. Although, I’m not a fan of the Godfather series or Titanic, so we’re in the same boat there (no pun intended).
I don’t think I was aware of that about your opinions on those matters in regards to history. Looks like we’ll have to respectfully agree to disagree there.
Plaything might be up your alley. It’s a very short watch at just over 3 minutes and change and has some fun action scenes with the toys there. I know it’s not some deep or meaningful animated short, but it was dang fun and a solid entry into the Nigerian animation scene. It’s also free to watch on YouTube.
There’s no need to call yourself a simpleton, Pinkie. I get that your tastes are different than mine when it comes to certain movies. I do hope people still appreciate my reviews regardless of what I watch.
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I always appreciate your reviews, they are fun and always show you care. I do really like that about you.
It’s not like I do not respect history but I am very much about my own path, while history can be a part of who you are, I will never like someone or dislike someone for what they were.. on a personal level of course. I am drawn to people by their mindset
That is also why I still like your reviews, you have a strong mindset that to an extend I can resonate with, though more selfish in my plights there is a sense of staying true to your heart and beliefs I really see strongly in you and I deeply appreciate.
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Aww! Thanks, Pinkie. I’m glad you see that in my reviews.
Okay. I was wondering about that. Thank you for clarifying that for me. That’s good to know.
Sure thing and I’m happy that you care about that, too. I do my best to stay true and even bring up different topics when necessary in my reviews or even with my other blogs. It’s a miracle that my passion is able to shine through despite being discouraged for years for sharing my beliefs or various facts to others.
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