I figured I'd post this, since the thread is resurrected.
I have no idea if this falls into a "BEST" category, but here's two of my favorite movies most people haven't heard of:Six String Samurai
: In a post-apocalyptic world where the Russians have taken over a nuked USA and Elvis is king of Lost Vegas, "Six-String Samurai" chronicles the tale of Buddy, a hero who's a '50s rocker and wandering warrior rolled into one, too-cool package. Armed with his six-string in one hand and his sword in the other, Buddy is on his way to Vegas to succeed Elvis as King. Along the way, he saves an orphan who decides to play tag-along to his rescuer. What follows is the road trip from hell.MY TAKE:
This is kindof like a strange "Wizard of Oz" trip to Lost Vegas and there are many similarities. It is funny, has tons of great lines and great characters, and some great ideas. The only downside for me is the kid is a bit whiny/annnoying, but other than that, it is really a hidden gem.Last Night
:At the turn of the century, the end of the world is known to be coming to an end. This modest comedy-drama examines how the impending doom affects its cast. McKellar plays an architect who plans to meet the end alone at dinner. Others (Sandra Oh, David Cronenberg) make a suicide pact, but are caught apart and struggle to get together before the end. Another man (Callum Keith Rennie) pursues final sexual conquests and a milquetoast woman (Tracy Wright) strives to gain courage.MY TAKE:
One of my favorite genres is "end of the world" type plots. This movie is unique in there really is no big budget special effects, nor does it say why the world is ending....just that it has been known for awhile that the world is ending, most people have accepted their fate, and the day is finally here and the world is going to end at midnight. The movie focuses on several groups of people and how they have chosen to spend their final moments. I really enjoyed it, as it's all character focused on normal everyday people, and there is no last minute heroics by Bruce Willis or anything.