Throughout 2020, we have seen the mega-budget blockbusters and the tentpole films that dig deep with the Academy Award voters. Films like “Da 5 Bloods,” “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” and “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” among others, have been receiving multiple accolades, and many are taking guesses on who will be nominated for the Oscars in 2021. However, there are some films that have not received the attention of moviegoers in the way they should. These two movies are among some of the best of the year, and it is a shame they have not been talked about at all.
- “Bill and Ted: Face the Music”
Director: Dean Parisot
This third installment in the, as the characters would say, “most excellent” trilogy, follows older versions of Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) as they must save the universe by creating the one song that will unite the world. The film also stars Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine, as the two Wyld Stallyn’s daughters. This film was delightful! This is a comedy that we never see nowadays; one full of charm, heart and an upbeat attitude. The humor feels reminiscent of the previous two films, and the pacing does not allow the film to overstay its welcome. Reeves and Winter are still fantastic as Bill and Ted, along with Weaving and Lundy-Paine who really understand the mannerisms of these characters. One issue I have with the film is the VFX. For a sci-fi related film, the special effects feel very bland at times. Another issue I have is with the introduction of the character Dennis, who acts as the film’s antagonist. This is the type of film that does not necessarily need any villain because it is a simple race against time story.
“Bill and Ted: Face the Music” is one of the “most righteous” trilogy cappers. It is the comedy we need right now, and does not feel like a cash cow of a franchise. It is upbeat, a ton of fun and deserves a watch. If you are a fan of the original two films, you will be very satisfied with this one. Please check it out!
Director: Eugene Kotlyarenko
Following the formula used by horror movies such as “Unfriended” and “Searching and Host,” “Spree” tells the story of Kurt (Joe Keery), a Spree driver who does ridiculous things for views. He goes deeper down the rabbit hole and will do anything to gain a cult following. The film stars “Stranger Things” star, Joe Keery, and Saturday Night Live stars, Kyle Mooney and Sasheer Zamata. This film is a combination of “Joker” meets “Ingrid Goes West,” and it makes for one of the most exhilarating rides of the year. This formula of filmmaking shows no sign of slowing down and continues to create new and innovative ways of tackling internet culture. Speaking of which, this film depicts the modern age of technology perfectly, without sounding too cringey. Keery brings an amazing performance, surprisingly showing his range as an actor. I don’t think this film would have been as effective without his devilish performance. The editing is great and feels fluid. The script, while feeling familiar at times, is very creative. You want to take the ride with Kurt, and you understand his motives.
“Spree” is a one-of-a-kind film! No film tackles the modern age of computers and consumerism much like this film. While it will not gather Academy Awards buzz, I sure hope it gathers a cult following!
There are many other films not talked about in the year 2020, but these two films have proven that underappreciated films can be better than mainstream films. Give these films a try and form your own opinion!