Here at uncommon we have an appreciation for all types of art. Whether it be movies, photography or fashion we have a unique taste for extraordinary. Here is a collection of must see uncommon movies we know you’ll be able to appreciate because of each movie’s unique and artful nature.
- American Beauty
American Beauty, written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes tells the story of when Lester Burnham, a 42-year-old office worker decides to break free of the walls of his shitty cubicle and of his own broken life. This pursuit of happiness, however, was rooted in a gross infatuation with his daughter’s best friend, Angela. The movie is an invigorating look at spirituality, sexuality, and beauty in the context a redefined American dream: The belief that anything is possible is you work hard – but will that dream make you happy?
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a movie washed in mescaline and debauchery. It’s a movie about an insane journalist and his deranged lawyer. Fear and loathing tells the story of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo’s adventures in Las Vegas, in town to cover the Mint 400 Motorcycle race. Instead, they do nothing of the sort, using the opportunity to do copious amounts of drugs in pursuit of their own American dream. It is a movie with little resolution, more about the journey than the destination. Written and directed by Terry Gilliam and Hunter S. Thomson It is a move that features incredibly forward thinking cinematography. From the art direction to the unorthodox camera angles, Johnny Depp, playing Raoul Duke plays the charter incredibly authenticity pulling pieces of clothing directly from Duke’s wardrobe after living in his basement for a year.
- Enter the Void
Enter The Void is a fiercely psychedelic movie that explores ideas of death and reincarnation while using psychedelics as a medium and Tokyo as its backdrop. The movie features long escapes through sex hotels and over Tokyo slipping in and out of the lives of his former friend’s lives, occasionally dipping into his own dark memories. It is a deeply personal movie, and what you see is often ugly and twisted by the dark nightlife of Tokyo. The entire movie is filmed from a first-person perspective, however, most of the movie takes place in the posthumous journey of the main character, Oscar as he explores his own present past and future. The film is written and directed by the ever controversial Gaspar Noe. The film includes phenomenal direction and has even been the stimulus for certain niche film and music videos. One of the most recent examples of this is A$AP Rocky’s L$D video where Enter The Void is cited as a heavy influence
ASAP Rocky’s L$D
Akira takes place in Neo-Tokyo some years after the nuclear explosion that destroyed Tokyo and set off what would become world war three. The scene opens up in a high-speed chase through the city. This is the first example of the animation style that would change animation everywhere forever. The movie takes place amidst a political revolution, a resurgence of religion and rebellion. The plot focuses on Kaneda and Tetsuo both member of a biker gang. One night after a clash with a rival gang, known as the clowns, they end up at the ruins of the old city. Tetsuo spins out after almost hitting a strange child-like figure. The police apprehend the gang of kids. Tetsuo is taken is to the hospital. When he is released he realizes he has powerful psychokinetic powers. It is from this moment the story becomes a myriad of intense scenes of Tetsuo’s own power and its effect on not only the government trying to harness it but the rebellion and lastly, his own friend Kaneda. The movie written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo the motion picture has been extremely influential in animation, even gaining recognition from Kanye West, providing the impetus for his “Stronger” music video. (In order to preserve the absolute integrity of the original movie, as it is Japanese we recommend watching the subtitled version.
- Boyz In da Hood
Boyz in da Hood is a timeless classic, an incredible portrayal of the duality of lives of the ghetto youth, and the effect each side has on each other. Though set in ghettos of Compton John Singleton manages to paint the lives of Tre Styles, Doughboy, and Ricky in a way never sacrifices character for thin stereotypes. Instead, he paints vivid portrayals of life inside Compton, juxtaposing the structure and discipline Tre imposed upon by his father from a young age with the constant turmoil of Ricky and Doughboy’s broken household. Boyz in Da Hood in considered by many to be the most culturally significant movie of its time, even garnering a nomination from the Academy for best direction and best writing, making John Singleton the youngest person ever to receive a nod from the academy as well as the first African American.
- Dazed and confused
Dazed and confused is not great because of some superior, progressive cinematography or some incredibly mind twisting storyline. What it is, however, is a completely honest transparent portrayal of the youth. It truly is the defining movie of a generation full jocks of fuck ups and everything in between. Dazed and Confused is like a painting of a world long gone lost in the sands of time, one night captured in 1 hour and 43 min a lifestyle we’ll never be able to fully experience, but it’s okay because at least we have this movie.
- Apocalypse now
Apocalypse now is one of, if not the greatest film of all time. Loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse now is a deeply psychological drama a colorful look at the horror of war, Insanity and the presence of god. John Milius writes a harrowing tale of Captain Benjamin L’s last mission. A journey through the da nang to kill the presumed insane Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. When released in 1979 many of the movie effects we’ve grown accustomed too now didn’t exist. This movie set a precedent for many of the animated special effects we see today not to mention that all of the explosions in the movie are real because the technology to create them didn’t exist at the time. The movie features a very distinctive directions style, featuring a unique palate of deep greens next to gray skies, however as the movie progresses the same deep greens become juxtaposed more and more with pastel pinks and beautiful deep blues.