I'll just reiterate my recommendation from the original thread: The Search for One Eye-Jimmy. That cast + 1994 + indie film = hilariously awesome.
We had something going pretty well on MoreNetz with a similar topic. The idea: shine a light on movies you enjoyed that might not be known by you fellow posters! Old and new, foreign or domestic, comedy or drama, everything is welcomed as long as you feel it's worth encouraging people to discover a film they are likely to have missed.
Some quick examples from the previous thread:
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead: hillarious and brilliant meta film following two secondary characters from Hamlet.
Farewell, My Queen: French revolution from its boiling sideline, that dynamites the codes of period movies.
Safety Not Guaranteed
From the makers of Little Miss Sunshine. My parents got it on Netflix, and my gf and I watched it with them. I almost flipped a shit when I realized someone took that classic internet picture and turned it into a whole screenplay. It's an ok movie, not great but worth a watch. Has some super nerdy references, leading to me laughing out loud awkwardly while everyone else was dead silent.
Happiness - probably the darkest comedy I've ever seen.
Amelie. romantic, but very entertaining and well filmed.
Shine . From wiki : Shine is a 1996 Australian film based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions
Ruby Sparks (2012) - an author with writer's block pens a story about a girl, who then comes to life. A great story about how sometimes what we wish for isn't always what we really need or want. One of my favorite films for the year, a great portrayal of how people view relationships through pre-conceived notions of what we want out of a soul mate, but how any real relationship blows those stereotypes and ideals away.
Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) - an interesting portrayal of the difficulties of marriage between two non-equals - in this case, a woman with a promising career, married to a man with no goals, and how their relationship has drifted apart since getting married young to the point the woman wants a divorce....but is that what she really wants out of life? Stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, so it technically is a comedy, but it has a lot of good dramatic moments in it also.
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Recently saw Midnight in Paris by Woodie Allen. It has Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. It's not exactly 'indie', but it's not mainstream either. Really enjoyed it: in the movie, one sees the Fitzgeralds, Hemingway, Stein, Dali, among others and the feel of old, ex-pat Paris is done well. Definitely recommend this one with a good six pack.
"Taking place in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight. The movie explores themes of nostalgia and modernism."
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Jeff Who Lives At Home
Adaptation (big names attached, rarely meet anyone who has seen it)
I saw a movie last weekend on netflix streaming called the Tall Man. I was expecting from the description that it was a horror film but it isn't and is actually a very interesting movie and was way better than I was expecting. So if you are bored and you have netflix check it out.
said this on MN but i recommend battle royale for all that havent seen it, its what hunger games should and could have been imo.
Also someone mentioned the poughkeepsie tapes, fucking freaky.
All of Aronofsky's movies.
Bronson (already mentioned)
Bronson was great. It's even better when you realize that he real life was even more crazy then the movie. 26 years in solitary confinement for stealing $46lol
Dead man's shoes
City of lost children
Some random decent british & french films.
City of the lost children is some kind of obscure indie film?
I can understand that La haine is not know in USA but really City of the lost children is off the beaten path to someone watching movies?
I would say yes. It's almost 20 years old for one, it's french for two and both Caro and Jeunet fell off the movie enthusiast radar a while ago for three.
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Not necessarily "off the beaten path" but High Fidelity is a entertaining Romantic Comedy based on the book written by Nick Hornby
Most people i know havent seen this movie which is why i felt the need to mention it here
I loved the book and i feel the movie does it justice
This is a relatively recent movie and I'm not sure how mainstream it is, but nobody I've ever mentioned it to has seen it. Its one of the 5 best movies I've seen in the last 2 years.
It is somewhat cliche' but still very well done. Tom Hardy got ripped for this movie before playing Bane in TDKR. While there is MMA in the movie, it is not an MMA movie. The MMA is used as a backdrop to tell a story.
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always impressed with how few people know about this one
if you are cable of watcing movies with subtitles;
Last edited by Bellicose; 12-13-2012 at 04:33 PM. Reason: i cant spell subtitles right -_-
wow the only movie i recognized was Black Snake Moan, I must be out of the loop.
Thank you guys for this, I found it on Netflix and would have never watched it had it not been posted here.
Damn good movie!
ílení is a nice one.
As is Gadjo Dilo.
Also, Sayat Nova.
and Bijitâ Q also spring to mind.
As does Waking Life.
I'll stop now.
Sayat Nova really is a UFO, but's interesting to see how its powerful imagery contaminated the work of many current directors. Mark Romanek and Tarsem come to mind.
Gadjo Dilo is as energetic and full of life as her main actress Rona Hartner. It was a breakthrough performance, but as far as I know, it remains her best part to this day. I have never been a huge fan of Romain Duris though as he a tendency to come off as a jackass even when the script does not call for it, but another good film with him is The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté) because he actually is playing the part of a jackass who tries to become a better man.
not sure of the average age of the peeps here, but if you haven't seen "life is beautiful" (1997) check it out. amazing movie.
also, "wrestling with shadows" is a documentary on bret "the hit man" hart's life in the WWF. really pulls back the curtain on vince mcmahon and how much of an asshole he is and how seedy the professional wrestling industry is as a whole.
While not really 'off the beaten path' (it won the oscar in 1989 for foreign film), I'm willing to bet many here have never seen Cinema Paradiso. It's about a filmmaker remembering his childhood and how he grew to love movies. The score is done by Ennio Morricone. Hard to go wrong there. It's been said that this movie is responsible for reviving the Italian film industry, which later produced another awesome film mentioned above called Life is Beautiful.
Let's make a little selection of (semi) recent italian movies.
We could start with some Nanni Moretti... a kind of political version of Woody Allen in a way. He made two very funny auto-fictions in the '90s Dear Diary and Aprile and followed that by a drama about a family of analysts ravaged by the death of their son: The Son's Room. More recently he also made a vitriolic biopic on Berlusconi titled The Caiman.
To go on in this political vein, there is biopic by Paolo Sorrentino on Giulio Andreotti, Il Divo, a cunning politician who somehow managed to be the prime minister of Italy seven times and remain a political force through decades of scandals. Very inspired and stylish film making in this one.
Italian scandals? Sounds like a good time to mention Mateo Garrone's Gomorrah. A totally de-romanticized portrait of the mafia through a broad array of characters. Chilling.
Let's escape the gutter and conclude on a solar movie: I Am Love. Tilda Swinton is the alien body in a super wealthy family of industry owners in Milan, but as her children grow adults and heirs to the throne quarrel, she finds unexpected solace (and torment) in love and memories. Sublime cinematography and a magnificent score (of pre existing music) by John Adams for a movie that goes from cold haute-bourgeoisie to warm lyricism.
This has to be watched by YOU. Plain and Simple.
Primer is, for my money, the best movie about time travel there is, not only because of its amazing narrative structure (a number of key events are talked about, not seen), but because it chooses to go at the theme the hard sf way.
That said, I am both happy and pissed off because I just saw the writer and director of Primer (Shane Carruth) has a new movie set for release in 2013, Upstream Color, that seems to be built around an idea I had in the back of my mind for a while. Bah... for all I know there were already 7543 sf novels and short stories using this "original" idea.
I will strongly agree with Bronson, great movie. Just watched Super with Rainn Wilson. Strange but fun, wouldn't say you have to watch it but worth checking out, much better than KickAss.
All the Real Girls - David Gordon Green's second movie, starring Paul Schneider (early Parks and Rec), Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Nucky's Brother/The Sheriff. Recommended if you liked Blue Valentine.
does anyone like time travel flicks? heres a little known one called Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel. its has a very Douglas Adams's Hitchhikers Guide feel to it.
that link will ONLY work if you register for free on the site. dont bitch at me if you click the play link and your dumb ass gets some kind of spam message about installing a player
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I am not a Hipster if you like indie singer/songwriter music i think you're gonna dig this. If not, i still recommend this. i thought the main character and his sisters were awesome.
Celeste and Jesse forever though starring rashida jones and andy samberg it's not a comedy, so dont expect any SNL funny. probably more mainstream than most of the movies recommended here.
The Perks of being a wallflowerComing-of-Age story starring Emma Watson. This movie is interesting even if you're long out of high school
Search for Sugarman
A true story. Great movie.
I really loved Perfume, based on the Patrick Suskind book. It has Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman in it and I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Also, I don't know how indie it is, but Clooney and Wilkinson were both really amazing in Michael Clayton.
A few more suggestions:
Richard Lester's The Bed Sitting Room
Ken Loach's Family Life
Alain Tanner's Requiem (try also Dans La Ville Blanche)
Ozu's Tôkyô Monogatari
Edgar Pero's Manual de Evasão
Lady Vengeance is actually part of the Vengeance Triology (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,Oldboy and Lady Vengeance).
the 1st,imo, is the worst.the 2nd i think everyone knows but my oh my,i love the 3rd and still can't decide which one is better.
PS:i'm now on a spree of Asian cinema (Japanese,Korean,Hong-Kong,......) and i'm really enjoying it.
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A war is coming, I've seen it in my dreams. Fires sweeping over the Earth, bodies in the streets, cities turned to dust... retaliation.
Hollywood is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until everything you love is dead.
FU for tricking me into checking this out.
How does this even get made? why are these actors in this? why did you call it a comedy at all? Dark comedy finds satire and irony in its dark jokes. there were no jokes. Its not a comedy. The only joke is the irony of the title.
I really like Tarkovsky movies. Its not for everyone, since there is no action and and long drawnout sequences with hardly any dialouge.
Both are SciFi-movies with philosophical themes and classics of the soviet cinema.
Another director I really like is Takeshi Kitano. Some probalby know him from Takeshis Castle, but he really makes good movies. His most famous probably is Hana-Bi.
Gabriel - What Andy Whitfield did before Spartacus, decent flick about Arc Angels battling the Fallen for the souls in Purgatory.
Equilibrium (for the few who haven't seen it)
Cargo - Foreign Sci-Fi flick, subtitled but still watchable. ( I usually can't stand subtitled movies)
Exam - Psychological thriller about a handful of people applying for a very prestigious job, locked (edit: not locked in,if they leave they automatically fail)in a room for an hour to take a test.
Unknown - Some guys suffering from temporary amnesia wake up locked in a warehouse and have to figure out which of them are the good/bad guys. Well known cast.
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Director: Guillermo del Toro
In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again
If you haven't seen this film then watch it now. It is in Spanish but it is seriously excellent
*edit* ^ almost all of del Toro's Spanish language movies are incredibly good. Really weird horror movies that always have some kind of fairy tale aspect mixed in. Another good Spanish Civil war movie is The Last Circus. Somehow Spain and Mexico got really good at making incredibly viscerally intense movies without having to cross over the torture-porn line. Really bizarre films with amazing imagery.
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Night Watch and Day Watch. Russian, subtitled but definitely worth watching.
Instead of creating a new thread, I'll post the winner list of the Cannes Film Festival here (Spielberg was president of the jury):
Best Actor: american legend Bruce 'the man who killed John Wayne' Dern for his part in Alexander Payne's road movie Nebraska (borderline senile father and going through life crisis son go on a road trip to Nebraska).
Best Actress: Berenice 'was also in The Artist' Bejo for her part in Le Passé (The Past), french production written and directed by iranian director Asghar 'A Separation' Farhadi (a women must finalize the divorce with her estranged husband to be able to settle wholly in her new life, but with him come the ghosts of her past). PS: I recommend you watch A Separation, it's a very solid family drama that almost turn into a thriller set in modern day Iran (also check Crimson Gold and Offside for more on Iran in brilliant and easily enjoyable movies).
Best Screenplay: Jia 'major chinese observator' Zhang-Ke for his film A Touch of Sin (four stories of violence in today's China).
Jury's Prize: Like Father, Like Son the latest film from Hirokazu 'japanese shapeshifter' Kore-eda (imdb says: a delicate drama about two families who discover their sons were swapped at birth).
Best Director: Amat 'Los Bastardos' Escalante for Heli (a familly thorn apart by, what else, drug cartels in mexico).
Grand Prix: Inside Llewyn Davis by the Coen brothers (pseudo-biopic set in the folk music scene during the '60s).
Palme d'Or: Blue is the Warmest Color (english title might change as it was a direct translation of what used to be the french title - and the title of the graphic novel that is the basis of the script - current french title is La vie d'Adèle: chapitre 1 et 2, The Life of Adèle: Chapter 1 and 2) by Abdellatif 'Games of Love and Chance' Kechiche. Note that the the jury decided to award the price not only to the director, but also the two lead actresses of the movie, Léa 'is in everything' Seydoux and Adèle 'very much unkown' Exarchopoulos. It's a long movie in two chapters following a teenage girl who discovers her homosexuality, struggle with it and then has a relationship with an art student.
For what I have read, the movie is a miracle at just about every level. A production miracle first, because funding the movie was difficult and working with Kechiche is known to be a head splitting nightmare. Not only is he intransigent in his artistic vision (which tends to piss off everyone around him in the production and technical staff), but his movies shape shape themselves over time (so you don't know what will be the movie and when he will be finished). The guy shoots many variations of each scenes, accumulates a ton of material (a tendency made even worse with digital video), and a film materializes (very slowly) in the editing room. A miracle because the film just managed to be finished in time to be shown in the festival. A miracle because the inexperienced actress cast in the part of Adèle, whom, from her own account, was terrorized by the complexity that Kechiche wanted to put in the character, not feeling up to the difficult task, not feeling experienced enough in life to make believable the life of the character, delivered with the help of Kechiche and Seydoux a striking performance. A miracle finally because Kechiche managed to make a film both sensitive and sensible, mixing coming of age story, eroticism and socio-political discourse in a raw diamond of a movie.
Unlike the Academy Awards or similar ceremonies, it is always difficult to comment on the prices in Cannes only a few movies are released at the same time as the festival and the bulk of them are released in September or October (if at all if you are not in a movie loving major city).
Two of the twenty movies in the competition are currently being shown in nearby theaters (Le Passé and italian movie La grande bellezza) with a third, Only God Forgives being released soonish....
Last edited by Szlia; 05-26-2013 at 08:10 PM.
I see my Cannes post and now I have seen some of the films that were in the competition, so I can vouch for Le Passé and Blue is the Warmest Color. I saw another film that was in the competition and oddly did not win anything: Michael Kohlhaas where Mads 'Valhalla Rising' Mikkelsen plays a 16th century horse breeder who starts a rebellion for justice. Brilliantly solemn and at time it feels like Mount & Blade: The Movie.
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