In my early 20’s I worked at a video store. I’m hesitant to reveal which particular company, but let’s just say that it rhymed with “blockbuster." The pay sucked, the hours weren't great, and trying to manage a team of people who only took the job as a last resort – half of them fresh out of high school – was a constant headache. It was also by far my favorite job I've ever had.
One of the reasons I loved it so much was because of the interaction with customers. That’s not to say I enjoy customer service. Most customers were rude, annoying, and worst of all had absolutely horrible taste in movies. But once or twice a day, some trusting soul would enter our DVD domicile and ask me for a suggestion. These were the moments that made it all worthwhile: getting the chance to share great films with people who may have otherwise never given them a second glance since they weren't given a full section on the wall with hundreds of copies the way classics like “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” did.
So today I would like to share that same experience with my readers. This article will detail some hidden gems that you may not have seen or even heard of before. It’s worth noting that many of these films are foreign because most Americans don’t realize that they make films outside of Hollywood.
Hell, half the films coming out of Hollywood are just remakes of foreign films.
That’s a subject that we’ll get into another time, but for now we’ll focus on some under-appreciated films that I'd love to recommend. So, in no particular order, here are some wonderful movies you all should check out.