BY KILEY BELL
You’ve seen her serious, you’ve seen her romantic, and you’ve definitely seen her funny. To celebrate Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s new buddy cop film The Heat, coming out this Friday, let’s count down the top five underrated Sandra Bullock films.
5) Practical Magic
A childhood favourite of many, this 1998 film stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters. After their parents’ death the two girls are raised in a magical household by their aunts where they learn how to deal with their own special talents. The two sisters eventually grow up and separate to begin lives of their own, although it comes at the price of a curse placed on them that will kill any man that falls in love with them. It might not be Sandra’s greatest acting achievement (let’s face it, that came from The Blind Side), but it’s still not a film to miss.
4) The Lake House
Yes, at times Keanu Reeves has some questionable acting ability (awkwardly monotoned voice and semi-frozen facial expressions included), but that doesn’t mean you should write off this film starring Reeves and Bullock right away. A romance taking place through a mysterious lake house between a doctor and architect, there is a clock put on the two lovers as they exchange letters and try to solve how they can communicate across time. If the time-warp romance doesn’t do it for you, then the awesome soundtrack just might.
3) 28 Days
Not to be confused with 28 Days Later (sorry, there are no zombies in this one), 28 Days stars Bullock as a journalist forced to enter rehab after ruining her sister’s wedding. There are some incredible standout scenes that show just how great Sandra is at becoming her alcohol-dependent character.
2) Murder by Numbers
Young Ryan Gosling. Now that I have your attention, can we discuss how fantastic this movie is? Although there are some slightly cheesy graphics towards the end, this is a movie you can easily watch again and again. There is something about Sandra Bullock playing law enforcement that just feels so right (Miss Congeniality, anyone?). With Michael Pitt and Ryan Gosling as the egotistical geniuses behind a murder, it’s up to Sandy to solve the case while dealing with unresolved issues of her own.
1) A Time to Kill
This film is nothing short of amazing. While Matthew McConaughey might be the standout star for most, Bullock definitely holds her own alongside a stellar cast of Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper and both Donald and Kiefer Sutherland. Adapted from a John Grisham novel, this film explores the racism in the South and the rebirth of the KKK after two white men rape and attempt to kill a 10-year-old black girl.
A student of Centennial’s post-graduate Book and Magazine publishing program, Kiley enjoys spending most of her time crying over Tom Hanks romcoms, watching Downton Abbey and hoping that Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen continue making movies with only each other.