So you’re browsing Amazon for the latest DVD to buy. But you’ve watched all the blockbuster hits of 2015 already, and you don’t want to waste your money (especially with the strong USD now) on some dud film that you’ve never heard of before.

The Popping Post is here to the rescue! We’ve lined up six of our favourite underdog films of 2015 – movies that aren’t necessarily blockbuster hits, but are definitely worthy of a much larger audience. It’s time to give credit where credit’s due to some of the most underrated films of the year. So here’s six films you should consider catching before the year’s up!

1. Still Alice

Julianne Moore as Alice in Still Alice. Credit Penn Medicine

Julianne Moore as Alice in Still Alice. Credit: Penn Medicine

The synopsis sounds rather dry – it’s about a linguistics professor who succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease. But as boring and angsty as the plot might sound, the film draws you in with Alice’s helplessness and how her family struggles to cope with her condition. The relationship between Alice and her daughter Lydia is especially poignant, as their roles slowly evolve to cope Alice’s deteriorating memory. For such an emotional drama, the pacing is surprisingly good, and gives you a new perspective on sufferers of Alzheimer’s.

2. Black Sea

Jude Law as Robinson in Black Sea. Credit: The Film Stage

Jude Law as Robinson in Black Sea. Credit: The Film Stage

Black Sea is a thriller-horror movie about a submarine crew who goes in search of sunken treasure. Its strength comes from both the physical and moral horror that the film inflicts upon you. While its claustrophobically narrow environments give you the creeps, the real terror comes from seeing Jude Law’s character, Robinson, slide down the path of moral degradation. You see just how a noble, upright man can turn into a callous monster because of greed, and it’s this exploration of human nature that truly made this film unforgettable.

3. Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods. Credit:

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods. Credit:

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods showed us Asterix and Obelix’s efforts to drive away the Romans after they commercialise the lands near them. This animated film brought our favourite Gauls to life on the silver screen. But what was even more amazing was how this French-Belgian collaboration managed to retain Asterix’ trademark wordplay even in English. It should have been one of the top animated films of 2015.

4. Danny Collins

Al Pacino as Danny in Danny Collins. Credit: I'm With Geek

Al Pacino as Danny in Danny Collins. Credit: I’m With Geek

Danny is just a loveable old grandpa in Danny Collins, a story about an old singer who seeks redemption from his long-lost son. While he might seem like an overgrown child in the film (and honestly, which actor/singer isn’t?), it’s this very childlike quality in his character that makes him so endearing. We see that even though he has all the restraint and patience of a 4-year-old, he also has the sincerity and eagerness of a 4-year-old. Danny means well, and that’s what makes all his ridiculous shenanigans forgivable.

5. Unfriended

Unfriended. Credit: R.L. Terry's ReelViews

Unfriended. Credit: R.L. Terry’s ReelViews

Just watching a computer screen for an entire movie might not seem terribly interesting – but horror flick Unfriended made you dread the mysterious character who was haunting our heroes from the other side of the monitor. It used the irritating lags and inexplicable bugs that we encounter on a daily basis to good effect, and terrorised us for a good one-and-a-half hours.

6. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan. Credit: iDigitalTimes

Attack on Titan. Credit: iDigitalTimes

Attack on Titan was the adaptation of the hit anime where humans battled towering Titans in a post-apocalyptic world. Just because it’s an anime adaptation doesn’t mean it can’t be a good film though. While it may not have had a blockbuster budget, it still managed to convey that sense of horror and helplessness which made the anime and manga so popular. And the Titans? Pure uncanny valley material.

So now you know how to occupy yourself when you’ve seen every movie that’s been shown at the cinema!

Credit: Penn Medicine, The Film Stage, I’m With Geek, Moviexclusive.comR.L. Terry’s ReelViews, iDigitalTimes