By Christian Klosz
This is the second part of a list published here before, with an emphasis on smaller independent productions that, because of smaller financial support, did not get the recognition they deserve. It also emphasizes lesser-known efforts by well-known directors.
10. Dave (1993, Ivan Reitman)
Ivan Reitman is one of the overlooked comedy directors of Hollywood. The Slovakia-born Canadian made his breakthrough with “Ghostbusters,” and went on to direct some fine and warm-hearted comedies in the 80s such as “Twins” and the second part of “Ghostbusters.” In the middle of the 90s he directed “Dave,” one of his most compact works.
It´s about a guy (Kevin Kline) who gets engaged by the White House to take the place of the president as his doppelgänger, while the real president is in a coma. Slowly, people close to him realize something about him has changed. Also, this unnatural situation understandably causes chaos and quite funny and awkward moments.
In addition to good gags and great acting, “Dave” brings us an inside view of the White House, the challenges an American president has to face, and how difficult it is for families to adapt to that lifestyle.
9. True Crime (1999, Clint Eastwood)
After mentioning “Absolute Power” in the first part of the list, “True Crime” is another solid, enjoyable film by master Clint, with a serious topic. Eastwood plays an elderly reporter who’s assigned to do an interview with a death row inmate who faces the death penalty.
For some reason, Eastwood’s character Steve Everett gets the feeling Frank Beechum is innocent, and starts to collect background information on the case. The deeper he gets into the case, the more his “nose” tells him that there is something wrong, and that the wrong guy is facing death…
From:: Taste Of Cinema