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post #361 of 601
A couple of Canadian films from years ago that I really like:

The Sweet Hereafter (brilliant but depressing story about the impact of a horrific accident on a small town)

Black Robe (a fascinating tale of an early missionary to Canada and his dealings with the natives). This movie has been described as the 'Anti Dances With Wolves' it is brutal and realistic and unflinchingly examines what life was like in North America before the Europeans arrived.

The Red Violin (follows a 200 year old instrument through it's players- Samuel L. Jackson is even in this to my surprise). Great score for this movie is worth it alone.

You probably haven't heard of these but trust me you will like them. It's good to go outside of Hollywood sometimes.
post #362 of 601
Wasabi with Jean Renot, it was a hoot, especially if you have a teenage daughter.

http://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Jean-Re...8455631&sr=8-2

Mike
post #363 of 601
Carmen. Director Carlos Saura. Antonio Gedes, Laura del Sol, other notables.
It stays with you.
post #364 of 601
As does the rest of the trilogy.
post #365 of 601
I watch a lot of british films and frequently check out amazon.co.uk for releases before we get them. Someone else already mentioned Revolver which I thought was great back then too, another movie some might not have heard of which I think is amazing is Sexy Beast thought it's actually picked up some notoriety and was referenced in a movie not too long ago so there is definitely some cult/underground hype for it.

One of the more recent movies that really struck a chord with me that hasn't picked up any popularity is called Boy A. Troubled teen taken to the next level, amazing film.

I'll have to think on this and be back with more, oh, one more, if you ever get the chance watch Human Traffic - seriously can't call yourself a british film buff if you've missed it.
post #366 of 601
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Carmen. Director Carlos Saura. Antonio Gedes, Laura del Sol, other notables.
It stays with you.

I saw Saura's Carmen first run in a New York City theater in the '80s when I was there on business. It was, indeed, a fine film, unusual but very well done. I don't know whether it was ever widely released in the US. Apparently, according to the IMDb anyway, it's only US release may have been limited to New York City.
post #367 of 601
Since british movies have come up and since I can't remember what has and hasn't already been mentioned in this thread...

I'll go ahead and mention one of Peter Greenaway's lesser know films A Zed and Two Naughts. The Cook, et. al. probably doesn't qualify for this thread since it's too well know.

And I'll go ahead and mention The Limey even though it was probably already mentioned somewhere in the thirteen previous pages of this thread.
post #368 of 601
The Edge of Heaven

Netflix summary - When his father accidentally kills a prostitute, Nejat Aksu (Baki Davrak) seeks out her 27-year-old daughter, Ayten (Nurgül Yesilcay), to make amends. Nejat focuses his search in Turkey, but Ayten, who's part of a closely watched activist group, has fled to Germany. The lives of four Turks and two Germans are soon entwined as a result of circumstances beyond their control in this compelling drama, which earned Best Screenplay honors at Cannes.
post #369 of 601
the devils rejects.
post #370 of 601
Also the boondock saints
post #371 of 601
Picnic at Hanging Rock.
post #372 of 601
I'm sure most of you sci-fi post-apocalyptic fans have seen:

A Boy and His Dog

You haven't lived until you've seen Sean Connery run around in a diaper in Zardoz

In Night of the Comet it's a perfect example of what happens when zombies take over L.A. (you mean they haven't already?)

And of course, last but not least, my favorite, Damnation Alley, which apparently is tied up in contract disputes for years, still hasn't made its way to DVD. ARGH!!!!!!

That's all I can think of for now...
post #373 of 601
My favorite movie NO ONE has ever seen apparently is called, "Death and Loving in Long Island," staring John Hurt and Jason Priestly. It's very well filmed and a interesting story. It's a bit sad too. I highly recommend it. I would really really love to see it on Blu-ray, but doubt it'll ever happen.

I also recommend Liquid Sky and Vanilla Sky (and the original Spanish version "Abre Los Ojos"), two great trippy sci-fi movies very few have seen.

I wouldn't read the whole descriptions on the site other than these or it'll ruin the movies.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085852/ (Liquid Sky)

"Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259711/ (Vanilla Sky)

"A successful publisher finds his life taking a turn for the surreal after a car accident with a jaded lover."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0125659/ (Abre Los Ojos)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119574/ (Love and Death on Long Island)

"Giles De'Ath is a widower who doesn't like anything modern"
post #374 of 601
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I'm sure most of you sci-fi post-apocalyptic fans have seen:

A Boy and His Dog

And of course, last but not least, my favorite, Damnation Alley, which apparently is tied up in contract disputes for years, still hasn't made its way to DVD. ARGH!!!!!!

I just watched A Boy And His Dog a couple weeks ago (available on Netflix's Watch Instantly service). I was pretty impressed with it, even if it was a bit on the cheese side.

And I too have been awaiting Damnation Alley on DVD. I haven't seen it since I was a kid, so my memories of it are probably "good" and the movie is probably "bad"

I would like to re-iterate my love for Last Night: It's not the end of the world....there's still 6 hours left. Been known for quite awhile the world is ending, and the film focuses on several people and how they are going to spend those 6 hours. There's no big budget special effects, there's no last minute heroics by Bruce Willis. Just the end of the world and how normal people decide to spend their last moments. Very good movie, if you haven't seen it.
post #375 of 601
Don't know if anyone has mentioned this one, but Cinema Paradiso is a great film. Off the top of my head I believe it was nominated for best foreign film back in the early 90's. It really is a good story about a young man's love for the cinema. It should be in anyone's library who truly loves movies.
post #376 of 601
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My favorite movie NO ONE has ever seen apparently is called, "Death and Loving in Long Island," ...


Actually "Love and Death on Long Island" aka "Amour et mort Ã* Long Island", and it is a great movie!

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119574/ (Love and Death on Long Island)

Nevermind.
post #377 of 601
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Don't know if anyone has mentioned this one, but Cinema Paradiso is a great film. Off the top of my head I believe it was nominated for best foreign film back in the early 90's. It really is a good story about a young man's love for the cinema. It should be in anyone's library who truly loves movies.

I loved Cinema Paradiso, too. I am not sure, though, that it is as obscure as many if not most of the films that have been mentioned in this thread because it won the 1990 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Still, it was subtitled and no doubt low budget so it probably does belong on the list. It is a warm and moving film. Highly recommended.
post #378 of 601
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085852/[/url] (Liquid Sky)

"Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model."

This one I have to see with a friend of mine
We get together once in a while and look at really strange/funny/bad movies.
This seems to be a prime candidate.

I'll throw in another one.

Buffalo Soldiers http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0252299/

1989. The Berlin Wall is about to fall, and the world is about to be made safe for the new world order. But outside of Stuttgart, West Germany, at Theodore Roosevelt Army Base, Specialist Ray Elwood of the 317th Supply Battalion is about to find his own cold war turn white hot. Elwood's a lovable rogue, a conscript who's managed to turn his military servitude into a blossoming network of black market deals, more out of boredom than ambition.
post #379 of 601
Here's a fun one that hasn't been mentioned yet:

Suture

A black & white thriller that stars Dennis Haysbert and Michael Harris as long-lost identical twins, Clay and Vincent.



Yes, identical twins. No one can tell them apart!

When Vincent needs to stage his own death, he tricks Clay into getting in a car that then blows up. Clay survives but has amnesia. Surgeons have to reconstruct his face using only photos of Vincent. Clay spends the rest of the movie trying to piece together his real identity and Vincent's past.

It's a very weird, fun movie. The directors later went on to make 'The Deep End' with Tilda Swinton, which was pretty good, and 'Bee Season' with Richard Gere, which wasn't.

Sadly, the only DVD edition is a crappy non-anamorhpic letterbox transfer.
post #380 of 601
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We get together once in a while and look at really strange/funny/bad movies.
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In that case, you might want to check out XXY too (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0995829/).

EDIT: Dammit I meant to hit "preview" and hit "submit".... Anyway, XXY definately falls into the "strange" category and isn't funny at all. I don't think it qualifies as the "BEST" movie, but it qualifies as being unheard of and it's worth a viewing.
post #381 of 601
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In that case, you might want to check out XXY too (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0995829/).

EDIT: Dammit I meant to hit "preview" and hit "submit".... Anyway, XXY definately falls into the "strange" category and isn't funny at all. I don't think it qualifies as the "BEST" movie, but it qualifies as being unheard of and it's worth a viewing.


+1 on "XXY"
post #382 of 601
Interesting, haven't heard of that movie at all.
post #383 of 601
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Interesting, haven't heard of that movie at all.

Not many have (in the US at least), that's why it qualifies as "unheard of".
post #384 of 601
I haven't seen XXY, either. Its premise is intriguing and the critics mostly loved it but, boy, does it sound like a downer.
post #385 of 601
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I haven't seen XXY, either. Its premise is intriguing and the critics mostly loved it but, boy, does it sound like a downer.


Inés Efron is outstanding as Alex. It's a great movie check it out.
post #386 of 601
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What movies have you seen that were so good you couldn't believe that they were so unknown? They don't have to be Oscar worthy, just enjoyable and well made. Please no cheese that was so bad it was good, I am looking for quality relatively unknown films.

I'll start with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Although this was released in theaters I never heard of it until I (fortunately) rented it. Great story, great acting, completely unconventional.

Bitter Moon.

French version of TAXI.
post #387 of 601
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I haven't seen XXY, either. Its premise is intriguing and the critics mostly loved it but, boy, does it sound like a downer.

It's not as much of a downer as the plot synopsis implies. While most of the movie is down is does have a little uplift at the end so that it doesn't seem as bad.
post #388 of 601
The Dancer Upstairs- Directed by John Malkovich with Javier Bardem in the lead. He plays an anti terrorist police captain in Equador (my best guess as it really never says) with an attraction for his daughter's ballet teacher. And the plot doth thicken. See this and you'll know why the Coen Brothers were so intent on getting him for No Country. I mean this actor oozes cha-ris-ma. And Malkovich gets a really fine performance from him.
post #389 of 601
Too tired and too much wine to trawl the 13 pages but believe it or not I JUST saw "Pans Labyrinth" (no I haven't been in jail or in stasis).

What a dark and deeply disturbing movie.

BRILLIANT!
post #390 of 601
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The Dancer Upstairs- Directed by John Malkovich with Javier Bardem in the lead. He plays an anti terrorist police captain in Equador (my best guess as it really never says) with an attraction for his daughter's ballet teacher. And the plot doth thicken. See this and you'll know why the Coen Brothers were so intent on getting him for No Country. I mean this actor oozes cha-ris-ma. And Malkovich gets a really fine performance from him.

I agree that there is no more charismatic actor working than Javier Bardem. He has dominated every scene I have seen him in and richly deserved the Oscar he received for his performance as the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh, in No Country for Old Men . Brrr!

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Too tired and too much wine to trawl the 13 pages but believe it or not I JUST saw "Pans Labyrinth" (no I haven't been in jail or in stasis).

What a dark and deeply disturbing movie.

BRILLIANT!

I loved Pan's Labyrinth, too. It as an adult fairy tale, with a deeply harrowing core. It is the best thing Guillermo del Toro has yet done. Highly recommended!
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