(find all the past lists here: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007).Featured below is a hand-picked, double-checked line-up of the best independent and/or mainstream films that were either quietly dumped, ignored by audiences, or not marketed well enough.Knowing that year after year readers are waiting for this list just to catch up with all of these films is exciting, it gives me hope that there – were contenders for this list, but once they started getting more attention (Viggo was nominated for an Oscar!!), I felt like they passed the point where enough people had seen them that I couldn't say "you didn't see" these. That said, the 19 films I've listed below are my favorites and I still had trouble convincing people to see them.The performances from these three – Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann and Greta Gerwig – are extraordinary, some of the best you'll see in any movie on this list.It also has a killer soundtrack, and excellent cinematography.
It's a groan-worthy moment in a sea of uneasiness." A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced priests and nuns, suspected of crimes ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching from unwed mothers, live secluded, after an incident occurs., because it's much more unsettling and unforgettable.This is a film that would never be made in America, and I admire it greatly, as it must've been challenging to make and the result is something special." makes this list next year). Not too much, mind you, just enough to give the whole thing a patina of seriousness." This film is such a charming, refreshing indie relationship drama instilled with so much honesty and love. The lead performances from Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson are key to it working so well, but beyond that, it's worth watching for the story itself (about two high school sweethearts reconnecting many years later) and for the filmmaking behind it.This is a quirky, funky, fun film worth diving into even if it doesn't seem interesting at first. I love that it's a black & white film (featuring cinematography by director Alex Lehmann), and there's a lovely score by Julian Wass that helps enhance the mood.Nowadays there are 30 different versions of the "best movies you didn't see last year" lists.My goal the first time was to convince a few of you to finally watch some of these films that I'd seen and loved, but felt like they'd been lost in the mix.