On August 5, 2022, saw the release of They they on Peacock, adding another to an impressive list of movies to hit the streaming service, including The villains and halloween kills. Unlike Netflix or even Amazon Prime, Peacock doesn’t have a ton of original movies but their catalog of movies from the past is pretty deep.
They offer some 2000s classics like the Harry Potter franchise, Pride and Prejudice, Shrekand Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. However, if you’ve seen all of that and are looking for something different, there are some great hidden gems available that have flown under the radar.
Interstate 60 (2002)
A film starring James Marsden, Gary Oldman, and Amy Smart feels like it may be something of a snapshot of the 2000s as a whole. Despite some notable names from the decade, Interstate 60 is a little-seen movie that most people don’t even know exists.
The story follows a painter and the various characters he meets as he embarks on a road trip on a highway that is not on any map. There aren’t even many reviews available online, but most are solid. There are even appearances from Amy Jo Johnson, Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox for fans of Power Rangers and Back to the future.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
These days, Robert Downey Jr. is a household name who played one of the most iconic cinematic characters in history for over a decade. However, before landing the role of Iron Man, Downey Jr. was rebuilding his career through a handful of independent films.
One of them was A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints which sees him teaming up with Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and other talented actors. Based on a memoir of the same name, the film focuses on the life of musician Dito Montiel who also wrote the book and directed the film.
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
For the most part, DreamWorks Animation will be associated with franchises like Shrek and How to train your dragon, while other quality films are forgotten. Among them is 2D animation The road to El Doradothat preceded the studio’s greatest hits.
This movie actually bombed at the box office, grossing about $20 million under its budget. The story centers on two crooks who obtain a map of a city filled with gold and their subsequent adventures. Although early reviews were mixed and few people went to see it, the film has since become a cult film.
State of play (2009)
Based on a television series of the same name, State of play is one of the most intense movies released in the 2000s. It’s surprising it didn’t do better commercially given the big names attached like Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Helen Mirren, and Ben Affleck.
State of play tells the story of a journalist’s investigation into the death of a congressman’s mistress. It features the kind of intrigue and twists and turns you’d expect from a thriller and almost every aspect has been praised. Worth checking out for almost any movie buff.
The Illusionist (2006)
the illusionist ultimately falls victim to bad timing. Around the same time that it was released, another similar film was released in theaters at Prestige. Directed by Christopher Nolan, Prestige is an era favorite and has held up extremely well even more than a decade later.
This has caused most people to overlook the illusionist, which follows a magician who uses his abilities to obtain love and a better social position. Starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel, there’s a lot to love about this movie, and the reviews were strong. fans of Prestige will probably enjoy this too.
When a movie costs over $10 million to make and doesn’t even make $2 million at the box office, it can be considered a flop. This is unfortunately the case with the British psychological horror film, Trianglewith Melissa George and Michael Dorman.
Triangle centers on a single mother who takes a failed boat trip with her friends only to find themselves on an ocean liner where someone is stalking them. Reviews have been positive, with critics believing the weird nature of it all creates an unsettling atmosphere and the solid acting gives it a boost.
Devil’s House (2009)
Although it was released in 2009 and few people have seen it, The Devil’s House is a fantastic watch to see some of the talent that helped shape the 2010s and early 2020s. For starters, it’s directed by Ti West, who recently helmed the acclaimed slasher X and its prequel, pearl.
The cast also includes Greta Gerwig, a very accomplished actress, writer and director. The Devil’s House has the simple premise of a young woman stuck keeping an isolated house when strange things start to happen, but it all works out well thanks to West’s direction and the cast.
The end of the decade was a strong time for overlooked films because few people know Aquarium but they should. The British drama is relatively unknown despite winning the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and Best British Film at the 2010 BAFTAs.
Aquarium stars Katie Jarvis as Mia Williams, a socially isolated teenager whose life changes dramatically when her mother brings home a new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) who gets involved with her. The story is intense and uncomfortable but it is a must.
But I’m a Cheerleader (2000)
Technically, But I’m a cheerleader debuted in 1999, but that wasn’t until the Toronto International Film Festival. It received a wider release in the summer of 2000 and has since become a cult classic that few have yet given a chance.
The comedy centers on a high school cheerleader who is sent to a conversion camp when her friends and family think she is a lesbian. The film is heavily written, often hilarious, and has a cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, and the legendary RuPaul. It also has one of the best LGBTQ+ couples in movie history.
Smokin’ Ace (2006)
Smokin’ Aces is a pretty busy action flick that features a ton of big names. Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Andy Garcia, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Bateman, Ray Liotta and so many more are part of the cast and have exciting scenes to work with.
The movie is about a Las Vegas magician who is also a mob informant who gets a million dollar bounty on his head. All characters try to kill or protect the informant, which leads to a wild set piece.
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