Under-the-radar films to see

Erika Escueta

Sure, as Villanovans we’ve all laughed at recent comedies “Knocked Up” and “Superbad.”

Countless boys have subjected themselves to watching “The Notebook,” and I don’t think I can name one girl – Villanovan or not – who has not seen “Mean Girls.”

The following list doesn’t name our favorite movies, whether they are guilty pleasures or the classics we’ve all grown up to.

These are the films you know you should watch but haven’t gotten around to seeing.

Maybe they’re movies you’ve never heard of.

Without a doubt, these films should be on your to-do list.

Regardless of your reason, next time you have that Wingers-and-a-movie craving, head over to Reel Divine and rent one of these gems.

“The Big Lebowski”


This is the kind of movie you will quote for the rest of your life. Lebowski is met by two thugs wanting repayment for a loan he knows absolutely nothing about. This case of confused identities leaves Lebowski in a messy kidnapping plot.

It must be noted that this film includes the following: nihilists, bowling competitions, Tara Reid losing a toe and Jesus.

“The Squid and the Whale”


In Brooklyn, two boys deal with their eccentric parents breaking up.

We watch as the siblings side with a different parent, develop eccentric habits themselves and attempt to find a role in their dysfunctional family.

The casting of this movie is superb, as the actors turn the movie into a worthwhile drama.

“Harold and Maude”


Wealthy 20-year-old Harold does what he wants. He goes to funerals of people he doesn’t know, enjoys watching the demolition of buildings, drives a Hearst and befriends 79-year-old Maude.

The relationship may seem creepy, but at the very least, it’s interesting. Not to mention that the soundtrack by Cat Stevens is just as fun as the movie itself.



“Manhattan” is Woody Allen’s other romantic comedy. Two years after the must-watch “Annie Hall,” Diane Keaton and Allen are again in a tumultuous relationship.

“Manhattan” is different because here we add another girl to the mix. Typical of Allen films, “Manhattan” includes his great monologues and beautiful cinematography of New York.