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post #601 of 621 Old 06-12-2013, 05:50 AM
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For me a great movie that nobody has heard of is The Four Feathers starring Heath Ledger from 2002.

The Four Feathers (1939) was better

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Didn't know about until a friend pointed it out to me so here goes.

Marshland aka La Isla Mínima

A crime story set in the 80's in rural Spain.
Following two detectives trying to solve several murders of young women.

Semi-slow pace but IMO never boring, very good photo and a mood that fits the film very well.

21:st century Karate Kid......Logon, Logoff, Logon, Logoff..
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The Man from Earth
Have a soft spot for that one. Mostly TV actors/low budget but a great little play in one room.

The Name Of The Rose 1986 - Bet many members here are onto it. French/German co-production in English - makes it an outsider
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The Name Of The Rose 1986 - Bet many members here are onto it. French/German co-production in English - makes it an outsider
The Name of the Rose is indeed a terrific film and one of my favorites. I have the BD in my relatively small and highly selective BD collection.
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Valentina Vargas pretty much justifies buying the Bluray of that one I imagine.

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The Man from Earth was, and still is, very thought provoking, its the kind of film you want to discuss afterward for hours.
The Sunset Limited made me feel the same way too.
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2 more movies I recommend, both are very understated, maybe a little depressing but have good endings, no big stars or budgets, but coincidentally have the same actor who I happen to like very much. I found them both on Prime Video -

The Ride

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Valentina Vargas pretty much justifies buying the Bluray of that one I imagine.
The young and beautiful Valentina Vargas in The Name of the Rose was indeed appealing but the presence of the always reliable Sean Connery and 16 year old Christian Slater made it even better. I also enjoyed F. Murray Abraham's scenery eating performance. It's just a good film.
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Given that this is a thread of "never heard of" movies, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that "Runaway Train" hasn't been mentioned... ... but I am. It's an unusual and, IMHO, compelling blend of action and philosophical reflection. John Voight plays an escaped prison convict who makes his escape with a fellow inmate on a train that turns into a runway. He's relentlessly pursued by a ruthless prison warden played by John P. Ryan. Written (NOT directed!) by Akira Kurosawa, the final scenes are a haunting meditation on the nature of freedom, captivity, and what separates man from the beasts.


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Given that this is a thread of "never heard of" movies, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that "Runaway Train" hasn't been mentioned
I had a capsule review here: Runaway Train (1985).

Written by Kurosawa but not directed by him.



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Written by Kurosawa but not directed by him.
Right you are, of course. My bad! Thanks for catching it.
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I watched Runaway Train (1985) again recently when it showed up on TV. I thought it stood up remarkably well, despite Eric Roberts over the top performance.
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I watched Runaway Train (1985) again recently when it showed up on TV. I thought it stood up remarkably well, despite Eric Roberts over the top performance.
I saw it in the theaters. I am a Kurosawa fan. I liked it but it is a bit overdone -- especially Jon Voight -- but probably his audition tape for Ray Donovan.

Favorite Kurosawa film = Ran.

Speaking of Eric Roberts, The Pope of Greenwich Village is little known and has some great Roberts' hamming.

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And of course Daryl Hanna in her uber-prime as well.

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I don't think I mentioned this one before, but check out "Brothers of the Head". It's a somewhat disturbing movie with a strange but compelling vibe, about a pair of co-joined twins in the 70s who are picked up as a sort of novelty musical act by a promoter. They are kids caught up in the weird world that the 70s music scene was as punk came in, drugs, excess, ennui, cynicism, etc... and it follows their story though all of that. And of course there's the problem that all bands have, of not being able to get away from each other, but in this case compounded by the fact that they are literally attached at the hip.

There's some good original music in it as well. I think that the opening bit of this is very chill inducing, and even more so in the context of the movie.



It's definitely the kind of movie that Hollywood can't make, full of sex and despair and intensity.

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I caught 25th Hour on Cinemax last night and was pleasantly surprised. Spike Lee is far from my favorite director, his preachiness can get on my nerves. I thought this film, though, was terrific, Lee at his best. The video could be a little off-putting but the soundtrack was evocative and sometimes beautiful. The film had kind of an art house feel, which in this case at least, I thought worked. Its ensemble cast was out of this world. Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Brian Cox, and the then young and beautiful Rosario Dawson, were all wonderful. Highly recommended, 8 Stars but of 10.

Over the next week or so 25th Hour will be run several more times on one of another of the Cinemax channels.

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Yeh, it's a good movie with a lot of atmosphere.

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Yeh, it's a good movie with a lot of atmosphere.
I saw your post in one of the old 25th Hour threads but thought at this late date it would be better to post my thoughts here.
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Earlier someone mentioned City of God, and that's the movie I came here to recommend. Brazilian film, one of my all-time favorites, and everyone I've shown it to loves it.
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Sorry, forgot to mention another fairly obscure one: Dark Star. Not for everyone, but if a cheesy low-budget deadpan sci-fi parody is your thing, it's worth checking out.
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