The Best Summer Movies You Haven’t Heard Of Yet
We’re about done with the summer movie season and things are just starting to wind down. There have been super hero movies, sequels, fourquels, and even a fivequel. Summer blockbusters are one of the best things about the late-April to September months, especially when you don’t have air conditioning, but for every well-made and well-received big-budget popcorn flick, there are seemingly uncountable more tent-poles or money-grabs from former comedy icons that flop.
However, everyone knows that.
Not only is it too late for a summer movie preview, chances are—after all the trailers and marketing campaigns—you’ve already made your mind up about which movies you are and aren’t going to see. But what about the movies you haven’t known about for a year and a half? The ones whose trailers aren’t posted and reposted all over the internet?
What are the sleeper movies of the summer you should have seen? Without further delay, here are the best summer movies you should probably rent on DVD this winter.
Attack the Block
If you saw Super 8, but wanted it to have more edge, Attack the Block is for you. Tag-lined “It’s inner city versus outer space,” the film is a rollicking action-adventure where a London street gang must battle an alien invasion. It’s from the people who brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so if you’re a fan of referential comedy and fun action scenes, you won’t be disappointed. Check out the trailer.
The Devil’s Double
Uday Hussein—son of Saddam—was, by all accounts, an unchill bro. But the one genius thing he and his dad did was “employ” body doubles. The Devil’s Double takes a look at the roller-coaster ride—and true story—of Uday’s double who was given both the perks of living like a Hussein in pre-war Iraq and a first-class seat on the crazy train that family was driving. The movie got a lot of recognition from Cannes, but don’t let that put you off. Don’t believe us, check out this spectacular trailer.
John Sayles is one of the best directors alive. If you haven’t seen Lone Star, you haven’t seen one of the best American films of the last forty years. His look at the 1919 Black Sox scandal in Eight Men Out is the rare baseball movie that isn’t slathered in sepia tones and nostalgia. So if John Sayles is making a war movie, even one about the Phillipines during the Spanish-American War, it’s probably worth your time. Watch the trailer below.
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