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Saturday, December 20, 2008 2:17 PM

WHOZIT


That would "White Dog" staring Paul Winfield, made in 1982, one of the great surprise endings ever.

I'm going to microwave a bagel and have sex with it - Peter Griffin

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Saturday, December 20, 2008 2:57 PM

PIZMOBEACH

... fully loaded, safety off...


All 26 films from the Zatoichi film series. Transcendent. An amazing find, wikipedia description:

"Zatoichi (座頭市 Zatōichi) is a fictional character featured in one of Japan's longest running series of films and a television series set in the Edo period. The character, a blind masseur and swordmaster, was created by novelist Kan Shimozawa (子母澤寛, Shimozawa Kan). This originally minor character was developed for the screen by Daiei Studios and actor Shintaro Katsu, who created the screen version. A total of 26 films were made from 1962 to 1989. From 1972 to 1974, a television series of the same name was made. One hundred twelve episodes were aired before the "Zatoichi" tv series was cancelled.
Film number 17 of the original series was remade in America in 1990 (by TriStar Pictures) as Blind Fury, an action movie starring Rutger Hauer.
More recently, Takeshi Kitano directed and starred in a 2003 Zatoichi movie. Sho Aikawa also starred in a stage version of Zatoichi, directed by Takashi Miike."

The film released in 2003 was a big disappointment (oh the horror) to fans of the first 26... whaddya gonna do, we got 26. If you have an ounce of interest in Asian cinema, you should check out the first few.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008 3:06 PM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Americana - With David Caradine.

Supernova

Bottle Rocket.





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Saturday, December 20, 2008 8:42 PM

COLE23


Downfall-German film about the fall of Hitler.The best acting job of portraying Hitler ever.It's on netflix.Sub-titled.
Blood Simple-early Cohen brothers film that no one ever watches but should.
I also really agree with Bottle Rocket,that movie is a favorite of mine.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:17 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Freaked - laughed til my gut hurt for days.

A Little Princess - 1990'2 version, starring Liesel Matthews.

Suspect Zero - not gret production, but amazing this subject matter made it to mainstream wide release. Very good treatment of the subject, for those into it. Plus cast of Ben Kingsley, Carrie Anne-Moss, Arron Eckhart and more. Some of the material may be of interest to browncoats focusing on River abilities. (yeah, I'm not telling what the topic is.)

Hero (early 90's) - had assumed more had seen it, but keep finding out that's not the case. Favorite Chevy Chase film (he's not credited) and Susie Cusack film, and one of my fave Dustin Hoffman films, Geena Davis films, Tom Arnold films, kevin O'Connor films, Andy Garcia films, and nice turn by Fisher Stevens. Very sarcastic and cynical type humor.

City of Lost Children - that year I was doing "best of" movie polling, and every single person who did not have it on their list I asked if they saw it, and none of them had. Everybody who had seen it had it on their top 10.




Compilation of films in this thread:
White Dog (1982)
26 Zatoichi films
Americana
Supernova
Bottle Rocket (2)
Downfall
Blood Simple
Freaked
A Little Princess
Suspect Zero
Hero
City of Lost Children (2)
Bedazzled (1967 with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore)
Days of Heaven (2)
The Duellists (2)
The Fisher King
Four Friends
Hammett
Heavenly Creatures
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (2)
Waking Life
Walkabout
My Dinner with Andre
Twilight Samurai
After Life
Miracle Mile
Miller's Crossing
Start The Revolution Without Me
Fandango (2)
Le Bossu (2)
Nobody's Fool
The Fastest Gun Alive
Talk of the Town
Stealing Home
We Of The Never Never
Brainstorm--Natalie Wood's last movie , a sci-fi with Chris Walken
Until The End Of The World--with William Hurt
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Slipstream
Map Of The Human Heart (2)
Never Cry Wolf
The Dish
The Earthling--William Holden's last film , Ricky Schroder
Last Of The Dogmen--Barbara Hershey , Tom Berenger.
Ghost Dog (2)
The Minus Man
Going Places
Fate is the Hunter
Dr. Stranglove
Liquid Sky
Modern Romance
Local Hero
Millenium
Black Robe
Mountains of the Moon
Neighbors
Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
Smoke Signals (2)
The Rain Came
The Hard Way
The Sorcerer
The General
Creator
Somewhere In Time
In Bruges (4)
Skins
Savior
Dance Me Outside
Barton Fink
Audition
Cashback (2)
OSS 117 - Cairo, Nest of Spies
Redbelt
Lady In The Box (2001)
Q&A
Murphy's War
Empire of the Wolves
Dangerous Beauty
L'Appat (The Bait)
Lawn Dogs
Rosencrantz and Guildenstein Are Dead
Mean Creek
Captains Courageous
Man of the West
Ponette (2)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Bring Up Baby
Twelve O'Clock High
Cannery Row
The Misfits
The Hanging Tree
Dead men Don't Wear Plaid
The Man Who Knew Too Little
Oscar (1991)
The History of Violence
The Cooler
Spy Game
Fido
Wristcutters - A Love Story
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2)
Little Children
The Ice Harvest (film debut for Katie Holmes, she stole the scenes, I thought)
Lucky Number Slevin (2)
Payback (Mel Gibson version)
Heist
Thief 6-hour miniseries
Southie
If Only
Poolhall Junkies
Once Around (Feb 1991) - was Holly stuck with Dreyfuss for a year? This and Always (Dec 1989)
The Name of The Rose
Arthur - Clive Owen, Kiera Knightly
The Tenth Legion
UHF


Kite Runner
Paris, je t'aime
The Snapper (and The Commitments, The Van round out the Doylestown Trilogy)
The Matador
Run Lola Run
Blow Dry (2)
The Power
The Life Aquatic
Passport to Pimlico
Captain Paradise
The Lavender Hill Mob
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
The Water is Wide
A Prayer For Owen Meany - TV film
Awful Big Adventure
The Last Mimzy
Zathura
Bad Company
The Twelve Chairs
On Borrowed Time (1939)
Harald and Maude
Death Trance
Into the Mirror
Conrack
The Frisco Kid
Wisdom
MOMO
Catholic Boys
Bubba Ho-tep
Indian Runner
Clay Pigeons
Outing Riley (2007) (2)
Shakespeare Retold (2007)
The Guardian
Blood of Heroes
Gegen Die Wand
The Gumball Rally
Mark of the Devil
Le Mans [1971]
Buckaroo Banzai [1984]
Manhunter [1986]
Grand Canyon [1991]
The Hunted [1995]
Crossworlds [1997]
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [2005]
Appaloosa [2008]
Grabbers
Boy in Blue
Tim
Mute Witness
Harvey
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Mr. Church
Arsenic and Old Lace
Belle (2013)
Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
When Every Day Was the 4th of July (1978 TV Movie)
The Entity (1982)
Meet the Feebles
A Boy and His Dog
The Negotiator
The Interview (1998)
Exotica
Harrison Bergeron
Ruthless People
Canadian Bacon
Brazil (1985)
L.A. Confidential
The Debt
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai...
Rocket Gibraltor (1988)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:01 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Originally posted by jewelstaitefan:
Quote:

City of Lost Children - that year I was doing "best of" movie polling, and every single person who did not have it on their list I asked if they saw it, and none of them had. Everybody who had seen it had it on their top 10.


After SERENITY - this is my next favourite film. I have it on DVD. Great looking film. Good call JewelStaiteFan


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Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:20 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Bedazzled - the original from 1967 with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, not the crappy Brendan Fraser remake.

Days of Heaven - Terrence Malick's second film, with Richard Gere, Brooke Adams and Sam Shepard.

The Duellists - directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine.

The Fisher King - Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in a Terry Gilliam film.

Four Friends - Directed by Arthur Penn. No stars anyone would recognize, but great acting and great story. If you came of age in the '60s (or are interested in that era) this one should speak to you.

Hammett - Frederic Forrest plays Dashiell Hammett and Peter Boyle is Jimmy Ryan, the "Continental Op" who inspired several of his stories. Directed by Wim Wenders.

Heavenly Creatures - Peter Jackson's best film (and yes, I also love LotR).

The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Daniel Day Lewis, Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche in one of the most thoughtful, romantic films ever. The type of film you think it is going to be will change several times throughout the movie, but it is basically about love, honor, courage and loyalty. Directed by Philip Kaufman.

Waking Life - directed by Richard Linklater, in the rotoscopic-animation technique he also used for A Scanner Darkly. This one's all about the dream state...or is it?

Walkabout - directed by Nicholas Roeg, starring Jenny Agutter. She and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback, and are "rescued" by an aborigine boy on his coming-of-age walkabout ritual.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 11:23 AM

OPPYH


Quote:

Originally posted by Cole23:

Blood Simple-early Cohen brothers film that no one ever watches but should.



Unfortunately, the dvd version is a nightmare. Called a "directors cut" it has many scenes(fragments) missing from the VHS version. So in that way it's certainly "cut".

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 11:25 AM

OPPYH


-My Dinner with Andre

-Twilight Samurai

-After Life

-Miracle Mile

-Miller's Crossing. The best Coen Brothers film in my opinion. Well paced, and layered. Great acting. It's a film that may take a few viewings to fully grasp, but it's quite rewarding when you do.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 11:43 AM

CALIFORNIAKAYLEE


Start The Revolution Without Me, 1970. Very young Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland. The movie holds up surprisingly well for being nearly 40 years old, and the humor is timeless.

~CK

You can't take the sky from me...

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 12:58 PM

PIZMOBEACH

... fully loaded, safety off...


In case anyone wants the movies mentioned so far...

White Dog
Zatoichi (film series, not the 2003 movie)
Americana (With David Caradine)
Supernova
Bottle Rocket
Downfall
Blood Simple
Freaked
A Little Princess
Suspect Zero
Hero
City of Lost Children
Bedazzled (1967 with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore)
The Duellists
The Fisher King
Four Friends
Hammett
Heavenly Creatures
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Waking Life
Walkabout
My Dinner with Andre
Twilight Samurai
After Life
Miracle Mile
Miller's Crossing
Start The Revolution Without Me

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 2:55 PM

SINGATE


Fandango. I always refer to this one as chick flick for dudes. It's not a comedy nor is it a buddy picture but it has elements of both. The only recognizable cast members are Judd Nelson and Kevin Costner.

The story centers on five friends who have just graduated college and are facing the reality of adult responsibilities. Set in the Vietnam era, two of the "groovers" receive notice that they have been drafted into the military. This becomes the catalyst for a last hurrah road trip. There is some great scenery, outstanding dialogue and more than a few misadventures. I cannot recommend this film highly enough.

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We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:11 PM

OPPYH


Quote:

Originally posted by singate:
Fandango. I always refer to this one as chick flick for dudes. It's not a comedy nor is it a buddy picture but it has elements of both. The only recognizable cast memebers are Judd Nelson and Kevin Costner.

The story centers on four friends who have just graduated college and are facing the reality of adult responsibilities. Set in the Vietnam era, two of the "grifters" receive notice that they have been drafted into the military. This becomes the catalyst for a last hurrah road trip. There is some great scenery, outstanding dialogue and more than a few misadventures. I cannot recommend this film highly enough.



Nice pick Singate. Great film, a bit sad near the end though.
I think there is a strong message buried in Fandango. You only live once. Make each moment count.
Like I said, great film.


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Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:27 PM

GADFIUM


Le Bossu - a French swashbuckling delight, beautifully paced and impeccably put together.

Nobody's Fool - subtle and touching, Jessica Tandy and Paul Newman show their class.

The Fastest Gun Alive - 'small' western that hits the mark; Glenn Ford's performance near sublime perfection.

Talk of the Town - Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman have a ball with a sparkling script, under the deft direction of George Stevens.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:42 PM

PENGUIN


Stealing Home





King of the Mythical Land that is Iowa

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:51 PM

OUT2THEBLACK


Great Lists , everyone...

Good thread , Whozit ? What the hey ?

For folk who like Walkabout , there's an obscure film , also from Oz , called We Of The Never Never , that is definitely a classic...Much of what I consider quintessentially Australian is in this film...

Oddly , since seeing Australia a few days ago , I've been thinking of old and lovable films...

Brainstorm--Natalie Wood's last movie , a sci-fi with Chris Walken

Until The End Of The World--with William Hurt , it's a sci-fi with Max Von Sydow , and a U2 song of the same name in the soundtrack...Very cerebral , very interesting film...

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind--Speaking in a strictly technical sense , it IS brain damage...Plus , it was apparently a bit of inspiration for Joss and Eliza's DOLLHOUSE. Kirsten Dunst jumping on the bed in her undies...What's not to like ?

Slipstream--Probably one of the few films ever made in Cappadocia...Plus , Mark Hamill , lots of weirdness , and odd flying machines...

Map Of The Human Heart--Unusual film about an Inuk who goes to WW2 England , and his adventures in love...

Never Cry Wolf--From a Farley Mowat story , an epic tale of a naturalist taken into the Canadian Arctic and abandoned to a project to study the wolves...Plus , his interactions with the native peoples and their environment...

The Dish--About the folk who manned the Australian dish antenna that received downlinked video from the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 flight...

The Earthling--William Holden's last film , about an old man who has gone to the Australian outback to die , but an orphaned kid (Ricky Schroder) kind of gets in the way of his plan...

Last Of The Dogmen--Barbara Hershey , Tom Berenger...Seems that Hershey is some kind of cultural anthropologist , and she and Berenger discover a remote mountain valley where a Native American group live as they always did...

There'll be more...

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:02 PM

COLE23


Quote:

Originally posted by OPPYH:
Quote:

Originally posted by Cole23:

Blood Simple-early Cohen brothers film that no one ever watches but should.



Unfortunately, the dvd version is a nightmare. Called a "directors cut" it has many scenes(fragments) missing from the VHS version. So in that way it's certainly "cut".



I had no idea of that,I need to track down a vhs copy now,because I'm a fan of that film.You also mentioned Miller's Crossing in another post and that is my favorite Cohen brothers film.You will find no better dialogue in film.
I'd also like to add Ghost Dog with Forrest Whitaker to the list.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:07 PM

OUT2THEBLACK


Quote:

Originally posted by Penguin:
Stealing Home




Should've been on my list...Excellent choice ; it's a really sweet and sentimental film with Jodie Foster...

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 9:46 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


Great post - good lists all around guys.

I would like to submit the following in no particular order....

The Minus Man - a very good Owen Wilson as a serial killer with Cheryl Crow, Janene Garofalo, Dwight Yoakom. etc.

Going Places (I might have mentioned it in another thread) - a French film with Gerard Depardieu. Very poignant film that is part comedy part drama and all good. Deals with 2 drifters in south France (1972) and their misadventures with women.

Days of Heaven - someone had this movie on their list and I thought that was a good choice so I'm including it on my list. A very good story.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

(ECGordon mentioned Days of Heaven, thanks EC)

....more later

SGG

Tawabawho?

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Monday, December 22, 2008 12:39 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I forgot to mention Fate is the Hunter (1964). Maybe it was known at the time, but not so much now. Glenn Ford, Rod Taylor, Jane Russell, Nancy Kwan, Wally Cox and introducing Suzanne Pleshette.
Love to watch it when it's on.

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Monday, December 22, 2008 1:37 AM

ZZETTA13


Great list everybody!!

Here’s one of my all time favorites. I don’t know if it qualifies as an unknown though. I think maybe quite a few people have seen it years ago.

The old black and white movie “ Dr. Strangelove”

Peter Sellers owned that movie. Incredibly acted by him. Plus we got a great performance by George C. Scott and I really enjoyed Slim Pickens as Maj. Kong. I still laugh my a** off every time I watch it.

Z

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Monday, December 22, 2008 3:46 AM

RIVERLOVE


Liquid Sky - a movie about a punk girl model/actress heroine addict in NYC that attracts an alien being who feeds off her sexual energy. Very stylish and strange.

Modern Romance - a comedy with Albert Brooks, about romance & relationships. I think it's his funniest work.

Local Hero - Moving & funny story of a cocky Texas oilman who goes to Scotland and ends up learning what's important in life.

Millenium- Time travellers from the future on a mission to rescue people from airplanes about to crash. Interesting story, and the time travel aspect is well done.




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Monday, December 22, 2008 7:26 AM

PIZMOBEACH

... fully loaded, safety off...


Thx - I needed some xmas gifts - bought Downfall, City of Lost Children, Supernova, but I'll probably obsess about the other ones I don't have until I get them!

"What's the rumpus?" Miller's Crossing, agree best Cohen Bros. film so far.

Added 2 adventure films, Black Robe: In the 17th century a Jesuit priest and a young companion are escorted through the wilderness of Quebec... very real feeling.

and Mountains of the Moon: The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile. Lighter than BR.

A Little Princess
After Life
Americana (With David Caradine)
Bedazzled (1967 with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore)
Black Robe
Blood Simple
Bottle Rocket
Brainstorm
City of Lost Children
Days of Heaven
Downfall
Dr. Strangelove
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (see also Spanish version)
Fandango
Fate is the Hunter
Four Friends
Freaked
Going Places
Hammett
Heavenly Creatures
Hero
Last Of The Dogmen
Le Bossu
Liquid Sky
Local Hero
Map Of The Human Heart
Miller's Crossing
Miracle Mile
Modern Romance
Mountains of the Moon
My Dinner with Andre
Never Cry Wolf
Nobody's Fool
Slipstream
Start The Revolution Without Me
Stealing Home
Supernova
Suspect Zero
Talk of the Town
The Dish
The Duellists
The Earthling
The Fastest Gun Alive
The Fisher King
The Minus Man
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Twilight Samurai
Until The End Of The World
Waking Life
Walkabout
We Of The Never Never
White Dog
Zatoichi (film series, not the 2003 movie)

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Monday, December 22, 2008 7:30 AM

WASHNWEAR


Neighbors (1981) John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cathy Moriarty, Kathryn Walker, dir. John Avildsen - widely misunderstood...panned by critics and at the box office...possibly one of the Top 5 (certainly Top 10) funniest movies I've ever seen.

Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989) Jacqueline Bisset, Ed Begley Jr., Ray Sharkey, Robert Beltran, dir. Paul Bartel - don't know how it did with the critics or the box office, but it did REAL WELL with me.



It was like that when we got here!

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Monday, December 22, 2008 7:37 AM

KC5F


Smoke Signals. Combines comedic moments with a very powerful drama in the manner to which we Browncoats have become accustomed. Might be a bit too much if you recently lost your father, especially if you thought you could have been closer, but then again it can be be very uplifting in the same circumstances.

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Monday, December 22, 2008 8:29 AM

SICKDUDE


Only a few people know about, huh?

Try "The Rains Came" starring Myrna Loy. A black and white movie with a strong message, a realistic ending, and some AMAZING stunt work (for the day).

Or, "The Hard Way" starring Lee Van Cleef and Patrick McGoohan. He's not a super assassin, but just a good sniper who wants to quit his line of work. Simple, and counter-genre.

It's been mentioned here before, but "The Sorcerer". A story about a truck taking a trip through South America. Good stuff!

Lastly, although it's not nearly as obscure, "The General" starring Buster Keaton. His best movie.

"Your gratuitous jello awaits." - Dr. Helen Magnus, Sanctuary

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Monday, December 22, 2008 8:53 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


I'll add a couple...

"Creator" - Peter O'Toole, Vincent Spano, Virginia Madsen, Mariel Hemingway (don't let her scare you off - she's actually utilized very well in this one!), the guy who played Charles Emerson Winchester in MASH... It's funny, it's science, it's romantic, it's happy, it's sad, it's O'Toole possibly at his best ever. It's one of my very favorite films.

"Somewhere In Time" - Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour. Amazingly touching story of love and time travel.

"In Bruges" - this one is actually from this year, but no one seems to have noticed it at all. Simply FANTASTIC. Any movie that features live reenactments of Heironymous Bosch's tryptichs can't be a bad thing... Colin Ferrell (whom I have HATED ever since he didn't do anything decent after "Phone Booth") is bloody great. Ralph Feinnes is a right bastard, too.

Mike

"It is complete now; the hands of time are neatly tied."

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Monday, December 22, 2008 9:48 AM

NVGHOSTRIDER


Quote:

Originally posted by KC5F:
Smoke Signals. Combines comedic moments with a very powerful drama in the manner to which we Browncoats have become accustomed. Might be a bit too much if you recently lost your father, especially if you thought you could have been closer, but then again it can be be very uplifting in the same circumstances.



Then watch Skins. Awesome movie by the same director.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284494/

I also try to get more people to watch this flick: Savior
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120070/

Dance Me Outside
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109529/

Ghost Dog: The Way Of THe Samurai
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165798/



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Monday, December 22, 2008 10:44 AM

OPPYH


Quote:

Originally posted by Cole23:
Quote:

Originally posted by OPPYH:
Quote:

Originally posted by Cole23:

Blood Simple-early Cohen brothers film that no one ever watches but should.



Unfortunately, the dvd version is a nightmare. Called a "directors cut" it has many scenes(fragments) missing from the VHS version. So in that way it's certainly "cut".



I had no idea of that,I need to track down a vhs copy now,because I'm a fan of that film.You also mentioned Miller's Crossing in another post and that is my favorite Cohen brothers film.You will find no better dialogue in film.
I'd also like to add Ghost Dog with Forrest Whitaker to the list.



Yeah, the Coen Brothers pulled a George Lucas with Blood Simple. The dvd version is their preferred version. So the theatrical(VHS) version will never see the light of day on disc.
They may have felt some of the scenes take too long to get going so they condensed many of them.
Unfortunately, It's much more atmospheric, and mood inducing with the longer cut.






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Monday, December 22, 2008 1:41 PM

STAPLES


I believe Blood Simple is phenomenal...but Miller's Crossing left me a little disappointed. If you're looking for unknown Coen Brothers films, check out "Barton Fink." It's incredible, and the ending made me laugh histarically.

Other somewhat unknown films -

"Audition" - An incredible Takashi Miike film about a man looking for a new wife, so he sets up a fake film audition, and chooses from the actresses whom he interviews. Sprinkle in some creepiness, and end it off with some fantastic gore, and you have one of the scariest films I've seen in a while.

"Cashback" - a fairly recent independent film that started as a short film, but the director decided to extend it to a feature - highly underrated, it is an extraordinary film, the cinematography is astounding, and the acting is great.

"OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" - A french film that makes fun of Bond films. Much funnier than Austin Powers, but along the same lines.

"Redbelt" - A fairly new film by David Mamet. Honestly, probably the best film I've seen all year. A jiu-jitsu instructor is going broke, until he saves a movie star's life at a bar. Then things start looking up...then they start looking down - and just when you think it can't possibly get any worse, it does. Fantastically written and directed. And the acting blew me away - PLUS it has Chiwetel Ejiofor! The Operative is the main character (oh joy!)

I know I've seen many, many others, but I can't remember them offhand...

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 12:43 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I should have mentioned In Bruges - thanks for the reminder.

Also Lady in the Box (2001) Not wide release, but really surprisingly good film, and story.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 4:42 AM

PIRATECAT


Q&A with Nick Nolte bad ass, Murphy's War with Peter O'Toole serving as machinist mate of the royal irish merchant marine, and Empire of the Wolves frenchy but good. Not bad flicks.


"Battle of Serenity, Mal. Besides Zoe here, how many-" "I'm talkin at you! How many men in your platoon came out of their alive".

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:27 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Another is Dangerous Beauty (Moira Kelly, Catherine McCormack), about French equivalent of Registered Companions (in Venice?) at a time of French collapse/decline. I found it viusally stunning cinematography.

I did not provide a summary of some I mentioned. Suspect zero might sound like a serial killer deal, but the subject matter is really a topic I won't reveal, but of interest to River-ability fans.
Lady in the Box is mystery, or thriller, an ending I couldn't predict. Normally I can see the ending miles away, this one had me guessing til the end.
Fate is the Hunter is the story of an investigation after an aircraft crash.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008 1:13 AM

LWAVES


Some great picks here folks.
Most notable to me are:
Fandango - one of Costners best films IMO.
In Bruges - Tragic, funny and perfectly delivered.
The Duellists - fantastic film.
Le Bossu - a great French film with the superb Marie Gillain.

On that note I would like to add:
L'Appat (The Bait) - another French film with Marie Gillain (yes I'm a fan). Brilliantly played piece about young adults pulling a scam that gradually gets out of hand.
Lawn Dogs Sam Rockwell and Mischa Barton form a true friendship as the 'outcasts' in a community. Very touching with an excellent ending.
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead Tim Roth and Gary Oldman in a superb and slyly funny take on Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Mean Creek Great little tale (featuring the Culkin kid that can act) about a boat trip to get revenge on a bully that reveals some other truths.

There's probably more but that'll do for now...



"I don't believe in suicide, but if you'd like to try it it might cheer me up to watch."

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Saturday, December 27, 2008 7:16 AM

COLE23


I have to thank everyone for In Bruges.I bought and watched this film last night,and loved it.How did this film fly so low under the radar?I was getting ready to write Colin Farrel off too.He was great in this.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008 10:33 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Rarely am I disappointed with Brendan Gleason flicks. Braveheart, Lake Placid, bunch others.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008 4:46 PM

TRAVELER


Captains Courageous

Man of the West

Ponette

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Bring Up Baby

Twelve O'Clock High

Cannery Row

The Misfits

The Hanging Tree



Just a few
Traveler

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Saturday, December 27, 2008 7:03 PM

PEULSAR5

We sniff the air, we don't kiss the dirt.


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Originally posted by TheSomnambulist:
Originally posted by jewelstaitefan:
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City of Lost Children - that year I was doing "best of" movie polling, and every single person who did not have it on their list I asked if they saw it, and none of them had. Everybody who had seen it had it on their top 10.


After SERENITY - this is my next favourite film. I have it on DVD. Great looking film. Good call JewelStaiteFan




I'll give it a shot--now on my Netflix QE

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Saturday, December 27, 2008 7:26 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


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Originally posted by Cole23:
I have to thank everyone for In Bruges.I bought and watched this film last night,and loved it.How did this film fly so low under the radar?I was getting ready to write Colin Farrel off too.He was great in this.



Glad you liked it! I was in the same boat as you, prepared to avoid anything Colin Farrel was ever associated with. This movie may have changed that.

Mike

"It is complete now; the hands of time are neatly tied."

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Sunday, December 28, 2008 12:00 PM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Originally posted by Peulsar5:

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I'll give it a shot--now on my Netflix QE


I forgot one of my favourite 'films that only a few people know about' that is...

DEAD MEN DON"T WEAR PLAID!

It's a film that rewards the 'Film Noir' fan as it splices clips from old black and white film noir into it's own narrative. I can't believe I forgot this. Anyone else seen it? Steve Martin's best!


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Sunday, December 28, 2008 8:29 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


The Man Who Knew Too Little.
Hilarious. Likely my favorite Bill Murray film. Amazed at now few have seen it.

Regarding Ponette, from th same year as The Little Princess, I thought it amazing to have 2 such performances from 2 actresses so young. I don't think many have seen Ponette, but I thought the story lacking to achieve "best" acclaim, but it was well suited for the age of Ponette - was she 4 at the time?

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Sunday, December 28, 2008 10:10 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


I heard some good things about in Bruges, count me in on the list of people who will rent this film soon.

I really enjoy the Brit sense of humor, eh wot!
______________________________________________

I'm adding a couple of unknowns:

Oscar (with Sly Stallone and Chazz Palmenteri)
from 1991. Stallone's first attempt at straight comedy role. Funny stuff that didn't quite catch on for some strange reason. It's not a blockbuster, but it grows on you with great comic timing and a solid supporting cast including a young Marisa Tomei. Any movie that has a character called Johnny Elbows can't be all bad.

"The word for today is atrium"

The History of Violence, The Cooler, Spy Game.

Tawabawho?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:05 PM

WHIMSICALNBRAINPAN


Fido; a charming horror film that is wrong on so many levels.

Cashback; a great film but not for everyone.

Wristcutters: A Love Story; also not for everyone.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; funny as hell.

Little Children

"Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle."
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:19 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; funny as hell.



Ooh - you're right. Forgot that one.

It brings to mind a few others...

The Ice Harvest - John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielson.
"As Wichita falls, so falls Wichita Falls..."

Lucky Number Slevin - Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci

Payback - Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Lucy Liu, Kris Kristoferson, James Coburn

Heist - Gene Hackman, Danny Devito, Sam Rockwell.
"He wouldn't tie his shoes without a backup plan."

What can I say? I love a good caper!

And if you can track it down, there was a 6-hour miniseries on FX called "Thief", with Andre Braugher, that was fantastic (and in no way related to the James Caan movie of the same name).




Mike

"It is complete now; the hands of time are neatly tied."

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:20 PM

RAREAIR23


I got 3 on the list of films many haven't seen before. Let's start:

1. Southie. This was an indie flick that was released in the mid-late 90's. It featured Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan and Amanda Peet in one of Amanda's very 1st roles if not her first. The story was about a man who returned home to South Boston when he discovered many of his family were in trouble with various issues, only to find the trouble was worse than he thought. It is extremely hard to find these days as it was a limited DVD release. Also has a great music soundtrack as well but that was also a limited release as well. Best chance: EBay.

2. If Only. A little known Jennifer Love Hewitt film that contains her greatest acting performance to date period. Its little known because when it was filmed American movie studios did not believe a Jennifer Love Hewitt led project (she and her own production company produced the film and she starred in it) would make any money or profit in the US. Therefore it did not get a US movie theater distribution deal. However all other foreign country movie theaters did show it in 2004.

Hewitt stars as a foreign exchange music student that has a serious quarrel with her man and dies in an auto accident, leaving the man so crestfallen he wakes up the next morning and discovers he has a 2nd chance to save her. But is it more than it seems? This one is easy to find. Just $8 at Amazon.com.

3. Poolhall Junkies. A Mars Callahan vehicle that starred and was directed by and written by Callahan. It is the greatest billiards movie ever made. This makes both The Hustler and The Color of Money look like garbage. It features Chazz Palminteri, Christopher Walken, Alison Eastwood, Anson Mount, Ernie Reyes, Jr., pool legend Mike Massey, Rick Schroeder and was the great Rod Steiger's last role before he passed on. Just a great overall classic. Again an easy one to find. Amazon.com has it again for $8. There you have it. Out!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:17 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


Thanks Kwicko, forgot about some of those.

Here's one:

Once Around: is a 1991 romantic comedy/drama film about a young woman who falls for and eventually marries an overbearing older man who proceeds to rub her close-knit family the wrong way. It doesn't sound like much but it grows on you. If you guys like the character development in FF then you'll like this.
Here's another reason you may want to see it, the cast. Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, The great Danny Aiello, Gena Rowlands, Laura San Giacomo and Griffin Dunne to name a few. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Cider House Rules, Chocolat and the Shipping News).


SGG

Tawabawho?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:26 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Yep, Lucky Number Slevin, I keep forgetting how many don't know about that one. Loved the Bruce Willis scene.
Have many really not known about Payback, the remake with Mel Gibson?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:34 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


Payback, great film. I still haven't seen Lucky Number Slevin though. What's wrong with me?

SGG

Not enough timeisall!

Tawabawho?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:41 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I should add The Name of the Rose with Sean Connery, and Arthur with Clive Owen, Keira Knightly, and The Tenth Legion, for those interested in that type of flik. Liked Arthur Better than Xth Legion, but enjoyed both.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009 9:39 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Also need to add UHF. Early Fran Drescher, and Michael Richards before Kramer. My gut hurt for days. Fell out of the cinema seat several times, also noticed others had done the same. Stanley Spudowski FTW.

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