Movies You May Have Missed

If you’re like me, then the summer is a time to slow down. My husband and I are movie and TV buffs and take the summer to catch up on films that slipped past us during the previous year, or catch up on older, classic films. Since I have chosen a career in the film industry, I have found it important to go back through the history of film and fill in my holes — be they in a certain genre or from a certain director. Last summer consisted of finishing every movie that ever won the Academy Award for Best Picture followed by brushing up on my Alfred Hitchcock and Mel Brooks movies. (It was sort of an inadvertent study of directors with big cheeks.)

Today I present to you three films that I have discovered throughout my cinematic journeys. They are three films of varying degrees of fame, but are rarely thrown into the pile of suggestions for a movie night. They are all so good I can almost guarantee you will be delighted by them.

1. The Sting  (1973)

The Sting Poster

The most famous of the bunch, The Sting packs a punch in the classic gangster heist genre. It set the stage for later films such as the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy and The Italian Job. I also consider Robert Redford to be the original Brad Pitt, so if you’re a fan of Pitt, you need to check out some Redford films. This was in an era where CGI and giant special effects could not play a huge role in films. The dialogue, acting, and impeccable script make this one of the most charismatic and dynamic films I’ve ever seen.


2. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Ok, so we have another buddy/mystery/crime/comedy movie, but this has some modern flair. First of all, I will literally see any movie with Robert Downey Jr. in it. You may not share my affinity for him, but Val Kilmer is in this too, so chances are you’ll like one of them. This is an incredibly underrated film. When I ask people if they have seen it they usually answer no. I attribute its lack of acclaim with bad timing.

The best part about this film is the great script delivered by the fast talking Downey Jr., and the incredibly sarcastic Val Kilmer. Michelle Monaghan is a bit forgettable as the female lead, but the two guys more than carry it.

This film is a keeper if you’re looking for a laugh and a story.


3. Return to Me (2000)

Return to Me

This completely embodies the classic chick-flick. It also is a film people tell me they haven’t seen. The story starts tragically when he loses his wife in a car accident, but doesn’t give the audience a large time to grieve with him as it quickly jumps into the other hilarious and endearing characters. I was in 7th grade when I saw this movie, and have seen it several times since. The film, written and directed by Bonnie Hunt, isn’t afraid to look like a true comedy with some romance instead of the other way around.

This is the ultimate girls night in movie. It is always refreshing to see a romantic movie that hasn’t been recently marketed to us to death.


Wherever your summer cinematic adventures take you, I hope that it is to places you’ve never been before. Getting out of your media comfort zone can take some planning and patience, but you will probably discover genres, actors, directors, and truths that you didn’t know before.

Have you seen these films before?

What is your take?

Photo Credits:

The Sting, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Return to Me

About Jessica Rae Huber

Jessica Rae Huber is a film and video game composer from Ft. Lauderdale, FL but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Ryan. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, History, and Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University and also earned a Bachelor of Music in Film and Video Game Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Jessica loves to watch films, travel, taste snobby beers and white wines. She is the co-founder and Deputy Editor of Culturemaker(s) and her music and personal writing can be found at You will probably see Jessica blog about: music – especially how it relates to visual mediums, and social media – how it shapes the society and relationships. Jessica is a deeply honest and thoughtful friend. “Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above.” – Robert Robinson “Ah, music! A magic far beyond all we do here!” -Albus Dumbledore
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6 Responses to Movies You May Have Missed

  1. Return to Me is one of my favorites!!! and the Sting reminds me of my Granny…great flick! I’ll have to check out Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 🙂

  2. Stuart Balcomb says:

    About “Kiss Kiss…” you say, “I attribute its lack of acclaim with bad timing.” Intriguing statement, but you never say why. Please illuminate.

  3. Stephanie Krier says:

    I have seen Return to Me… and I love that movie! Minnie Driver is a classic beauty…
    I have not seen the other two movies. I definitely want to see The Sting… two great actors!

  4. Jessica Rae Huber says:

    To elaborate further I would say I attribute it’s lack of success to a lack of promotion, and when it was released during the year. It came out on May 14, 2005 and that is not a huge time for movies usually. It’s not the summer, and it’s not the Holidays.
    When we think of Robert Downey Jr. now it’s easy to forget that he wasn’t the golden man he is now. He was still coming back from heavy drug use and rehab and even though, at the time, he was better as a person, he was still building his career back. Now if he’s the leading man in a movie, it will make 100 million dollars minimum, but back in 2005 he didn’t command those numbers.
    He’s still just as funny and quick-witted in Kiss Kiss though!

  5. Lyndsay Wilkin says:

    Love Return to Me, and The Sting is such a great classic! I’ve never seen or even heard of Kiss Kiss, but you’ve definitely made me want to check it out! Thanks! =)

    • Lyndsay Wilkin says:

      By the way – I totally agree with Brad Pitt being Robert Redford’s contemporary. When I saw them together in Spy Game I first noticed it. Made me appreciate Robert Redford all the more!

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