One of my favorite things to do is to find a great movie that nobody has heard of before. Being able to find an obscure movie that hasn't been over-hyped or talked about too much is the perfect way to end a long day in my book. I don't know if I have come across enough of these types of films to make this regular topic on my blog, but I will keep it up as long as I can, and in the mean time I will be searching Netflix like mad.
One gem that I stumbled upon a few months ago was a flick called Unicorn City. I remember seeing a couple of brief previews several months before, but chances are that you haven't heard of this movie. I think the fact that I only lived a few hours away from where the movie was made may be the only reason I even knew what it was, which is surprising considering the number of awards this film received. Directed by Bryan Lefler (involved in movies such as Napoleon Dynamite and Baptists at Our Barbeque) and a relatively unknown cast, Unicorn City is a family friendly comedy that has a very "Napoleon Dynamite" feel to it (don't judge if you hated that movie, I think the story line in Unicorn City is quite a bit more funnier).
The story follows Voss, an unemployed gamer who lives with his brother. Under the threat of working at this brother's taco shack, he finds an opportunity to work in the gaming industry, providing he can demonstrate some leadership ability. After finally getting fed up with his role playing "guild leader", he decides to create a utopia for gamers, and Unicorn City is born in an attempt to prove his leadership qualities.
To be straight forward, I think this movie great. It is a one of those movies that gets more funny each time you watch it. If you were like me, you hated Napoleon Dynamite the first time you watched it, but found it more and more enjoyable with subsequent viewings. I would definitely suggest watching this movie with a bunch of friends that have a great sense of humor at about 1:00 in the morning when you see it for the first time. The story does get a little slow during the middle of the film, but there are enough funny moments to keep you entertained throughout. If you know anybody who is into RPG's or LARPing (or are into these things yourself...we won't judge), this movie will have no problem keeping you laughing till you hurt.