Entertainment

The Most Underrated Movies on Amazon Prime

You don't want to miss these.

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Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios

Tired of watching what everyone else is watching? Intrigued by hidden gems? Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber? If so, good news: We’ve curated this list of the best, most underrated movies available to stream on Amazon Prime right now, and we’ve got something for everyone-well, except maybe that one person who will literally only watch Bloodline. How are we definining “underrated” here? In the very scientific fashion of “we know it when we see it.” But seriously, these are all underrated. Happy streaming!

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Blow the Man Down (2020)

In a remote fishing village on the coast of Maine, two sisters (Morgan Saylor and Sophie Lowe) cover up an accidental murder, the mystery of which begins to take over the rest of the town as local law enforcement works to solve it. This dark comedy, written and directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, was secretly one of the best reviewed movies of 2020 and largely overlooked, with all-around great performances and character actors June Squibb and Margo Martindale going head to head.

Coherence (2014)

Eight longtime friends gather for a dinner party in a neighborhood in Northern California on the night a comet is predicted to pass visibly overhead. When the power on the street goes out, they find themselves in the middle of a coherence of parallel universes, with strange and unsettling things happening all around them. If you’re a fan of The Invitation or Primer, you won’t want to miss this.

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Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios

The Lost City of Z (2016)

Director James Gray’s account of explorer Percy Fawcett’s lush and perilous journey through the Amazon is the rare film to capture and channel nature’s bewitching power. Charlie Hunnam, rousing and physical, stars as Percy, a turn-of-the-20th-century military man who embarks to South America to map Bolivia and cleanse his family name of scandal. Months of starvation, illness, piranha-infested waters, and encounters with natives end with the near-discovery of a hidden, advanced civilization.

The Neon Demon (2016)

Nicholas Winding Refn is crazy for this one, a psychological horror movie set in the literally cutthroat fashion world of Los Angeles, focusing on a young up and coming model whose intense beauty and youth make everyone around her seethe with jealousy. Its violent delights and opaque storyline ultimately polarized audiences, but if you’re down to watch something truly wild that looks absolutely amazing, you can’t get much weirder than this.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Jim Jarmusch directs this languid, beautiful tale of two centuries-old vampires played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston who reconnect after years apart after one suffers from artistic depression that makes him mildly suicidal. The two feast on blood popsicles and delight in the bohemian nightlife on the streets before the precarious world they’ve built comes crashing down around them.

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Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios

Paterson (2016)

Adam Driver plays a bus driver named Paterson who lives in Paterson, New Jersey, in this twisting film directed by Jim Jarmusch. But he’s also a poet! And a lover! And a human being trying to make it in the world. You’ve seen Driver as Jedi Kylo Ren and a divorced dad in Marriage Story, but his delicate, soulful performance in this movie proves he has the range.

Phantasm (1979)

A mortician known as the Tall Man works in a cemetery and secretly murders people, transforming their corpses into horrifying dwarf creatures he sends to work as slaves on his home planet. Don Coscarelli’s independent horror-fantasy film wasn’t a big hit in theaters, but has since become a cult classic, the Tall Man’s stature and his floating spherical weapons now considered nothing short of iconic in the realm of horror cinema.

Selah and the Spades (2019)

A Heathers for the modern era, Tayarisha Poe’s debut feature is set at a private boarding school managed by factions of students. The Spades, led by the beautiful and powerful senior Selah, will be leaderless after Selah graduates, and as Selah grooms her possible successors, the rest of the operation teeters on the precipice of a backstabbing mess.

Suspiria (2018)

It takes a lot of bravery to remake what is arguably the finest horror film of Dario Argento’s career-and fans of his 1977 film should be deeply grateful that a new rendition was handed to director Luca Guadagnino, who clearly knows and loves the original. What we have here is an epic horror film that follows the quiet but very ominous activities of an elite Berlin dance school faculty, and the unfortunate young women who begin to suspect the truth about the school. Even given the original movie’s place in the horror film hall of fame, there’s something truly, wildly, indelibly ambitious about this beautifully scary film. And that score by Thom Yorke!

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Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics

Take Shelter (2011)

Michael Shannon stars as a father and husband plagued by apocalyptic visions of a great oncoming storm that are impossible to prove, which cause him to question his own beliefs and whether he ought to save his family from the storm, or from himself. The movie, written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special) and co-starring Jessica Chastain, is beautifully shot, with long, lingering takes of bird murmurations and wind blowing over grass, and a final shot that will stay with you for a long time.

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The Vast of Night (2019)

Equal parts would-be Twilight Zone episode and old-fashioned sci-fi radio drama, Andrew Patterson’s debut feature takes us back in time to Cayuga, New Mexico, in the late 1950s, where two high school youngsters, switchboard operator Fay and late-night radio host Everett, stumble upon a strange interference one night that doesn’t seem to be coming from any known source. When Everett asks his listeners to call in if they recognize the sound, the two uncover a global conspiracy involving the military, disappearances, and alien abduction.

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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

One of the best and most overlooked movies in recent years features a powerful Joaquin Phoenix as a troubled hitman sent on a mission to retrieve a kidnapped teenage girl. The film from Scottish director Lynne Ramsay takes a turn when the job turns into a political conspiracy built around human trafficking and high-level politics. It’s not your typical hitman film, though, with Phoenix giving an almost-tender performance as a traumatized veteran, and Ramsay’s intimate direction highlighting the isolation and disillusion of a modern urban landscape.

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Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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