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Parapunter
24th Aug 2008, 00:50
Ok, (nearly) Everyone loves Casa blanca, Star Wars, The Godfather, Withnail, The Shining, 4 weddings etc. etc. but what about the fillums that didn't do big numbers at the box office, or those that never hit the critical radar, yet are still a great way of wasting 90 minutes?

I pig out with two; Clerks & Run, Lola, Run!

Clerks was made for about 20 bucks is a great, great movie, all about the worst day in a convenience store clerk's life.

Lola is a German rip off of Tarantino's time shifting thing with alternative stories bunged in for good measure,where Lola's boyfriend gets himself into serious trouble & she has twenty minutes to bail him out - the scene repeats itself over & over as different strategies are attempted & all at breakneck pace.

Plus it has Franka Potente & she's lush...

eastern wiseguy
24th Aug 2008, 00:58
Dark Star....now thats how to make a science fiction movie....all together now....Benson Arizona...blew warm wind through your hair.....:ok::ok:

ZFT
24th Aug 2008, 00:59
Foolproof. A Canadian film starring David Suchet. No one seems to have heard of it.

Strelnikov
24th Aug 2008, 01:06
I love Dark Star eastern wiseguy. At the end of the film you don't know whether to laugh or cry.

It goes hand in hand with "silent running" (which I hope qualifies for this thread). Broke my heart when I was a kid.

YouTube - Silent running (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-evrxXEfAzo)

And all together now.....

YouTube - Benson Arizona - Let's have some music in here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5Og_YsaXt4)

Benson Arizona...etc

Parapunter
24th Aug 2008, 01:12
Dark Star's the one where the three guys build interstellar highways by bulowing up planets in the way right? Running joke about the chair in the middle that keeps exploding??

Heard of it. Disqualified:p

bulolobob
24th Aug 2008, 01:20
Great family movie starring Michael Caine & Robert Duvall.

Tripped over it in a Video Shop a couple of years ago and have now added it to my small collection of good movies.
Cheers
BB

fitliker
24th Aug 2008, 01:57
The man who would be King
Another Michael Caine classic with Sean Connery

Strelnikov
24th Aug 2008, 02:03
"Danny! We got to brass it out Danny!"

Good call fitliker.

con-pilot
24th Aug 2008, 03:02
"The God's Must be Crazy". Bombed in the box office, but one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.

Oh, and "1941" staring a host stars, John Candy, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd and Robert Stack to mention just a few.

x213a
24th Aug 2008, 03:12
Withnail & I :ok:

Withnail and I - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withnail_and_I)

tinpis
24th Aug 2008, 05:05
The one Hardy Kruger and me made...you know...umm...whats its name? :rolleyes:

Howard Hughes
24th Aug 2008, 05:32
The Professional with Jean Reno, not a blockbuster but a classic!:ok:

vapilot2004
24th Aug 2008, 05:49
Secondhand Lions was a great movie I shared with family recently. Was on the Encore Westerns channel.

Robert Duval, Michael Caine are perfect for the roles while Kyra Sedgwick shows up now and again. Young actor also does very nicely. Might be best not to read a synopsis but just rent or watch when it comes on, you decide.

Mostly Harmless
24th Aug 2008, 07:05
Suicide kings. Suicide Kings - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_Kings)

Shattered. Shattered (1991 film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shattered_(1991_film))

So I married an axe murderer. So I Married an Axe Murderer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_I_Married_An_Axe_Murderer)

Arm out the window
24th Aug 2008, 07:26
Dark Star, for sure. I think Ron Cobb, the artist who did a lot of the design ideas for Alien, was involved in that one.

Also stumbled across some animations by Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese moviemaker who has had some success with films like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle - they screen them late at night sometimes on SBS and I started taping them because there's a lot of flying things in some. Anyway, Porco Rosso is a good one (between wars, seaplanes), and Laputa - Castle in the Sky. Definitely weird and wonderful, but good if you like that kind of thing. Wonderful animation and you can't accuse him of being short of an idea!

BombayDuck
24th Aug 2008, 07:35
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosencrantz_&_Guildenstern_Are_Dead_(film))

Haven't read the play myself, but the movie is light, funny and superb acting. :ok:

Ralph the Bong
24th Aug 2008, 08:10
Dark Star...What a pisser!! An explosion destroyed theships entire supply of toilet paper 6 months into the 20 year mission. HA!

And the 'Alien' was made out of a Beach Ball and a pair of Slippers!!

Great flick.:ok:

How about.. Mephisto (German, Sub-Titles 1982 ish). A powerful performance by some obscure German actor who plays an Actor(!) who is used as a propagand tool by the Third Reich.

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Aug 2008, 08:14
Ghost In The Noonday Sun

Peter Sellers is sublime as ship's cook Dick Scratcher.:ok:

ORAC
24th Aug 2008, 08:59
Dark City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_City_(1998_film))

Primer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primer_(film))

The Cube (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cube_(film))

Wag the Dog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag_the_Dog)

Once (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_(film))

Proof (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_(2005_film))

Dea Certe
24th Aug 2008, 09:08
Lone Star. A great movie with a shocking twist at the end.

Memento. Very strange but you have to see it twice. I recommend seeing it with someone as you have to talk about it once it's over.

Dea

tony draper
24th Aug 2008, 09:16
One has Catholic tastes,agree.
Dark City
Rosencrantz and Guildenthingy.
The Man Who Would Be King
One would add.
Sin City.
Cross of Iron
The Wild Bunch
In fact anything by Peckinpaw
:rolleyes:

Goffee
24th Aug 2008, 10:55
Below (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0276816/) (submarine ghost story) is something I watch on a regular basis (with missus)

Battle Royale (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/) is cracking Japanese twisted action (Think Lord of the Flies with guns)

Flying Binghi
24th Aug 2008, 11:00
Japanese action... it would have to be Porco Rosso - Be good to see it made 'real life' with real actors ... Russell Crowe as Porco perhaps :ok:

henry crun
24th Aug 2008, 11:08
"The Lonely Are The Brave".

I was never a particular fan of Kirk Douglas but he gave an very good performance in this film.

mustpost
24th Aug 2008, 11:14
TwoOneFour - excellent, going to suggest myself. How about Big Fish , Cinema Paradiso, La gloire de mon pere.

Flying Binghi
24th Aug 2008, 11:21
Cinema Paradiso ... in my collection, not bad :ok:

tinpis
24th Aug 2008, 11:27
I know,I know....:hmm:

Yer all dyin' to know what film Hardy Kruger and me made int yer? :rolleyes:

ORAC
24th Aug 2008, 11:40
Right, he says, spitting on his hands, if you want really obscure good movies, how about Bubba Ho-Tep (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubba_Ho-tep)?

tinpis
24th Aug 2008, 11:47
Yes Bubba Ho :ok:
This was a ball tearer,DO NOT bother with the sequels
The Toxic Avenger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Toxic_Avenger)

Jetex Jim
24th Aug 2008, 11:47
Dark City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_City_(1998_film))

Primer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primer_(film))

The Cube (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cube_(film))

Wag the Dog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag_the_Dog)

Once (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_(film))

Proof (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_(2005_film))
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Irony mode: OFF

Jolly impressive selection of movies there ORAC.
How about Doctor Sleep (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Sleep)

Binoculars
24th Aug 2008, 11:51
Will somebody please explain to me (yet again) how to add your own text to a hyperlink as Orac has done above.

I asked this a while ago and got the answer, but do you think this bloody useless search engine will let me find it? :uhoh:

No Further Requirements
24th Aug 2008, 12:00
Kiwi flick - In My Father's Den.

In My Father's Den (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_My_Father%27s_Den_(film))

Great flick, Mrs NFR and I really enjoyed it.

Cheers,

NFR.

ORAC
24th Aug 2008, 12:07
Sigh...

When you paste a link using the "insert link" button it puts in two sections, the link itself, and a repeat as text. The following is an example with URL replaced with URX so it shows and the text part in red. Just replace the text with your own words. The final line is line 2 with the X changed back to an L.

http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/340264-best-movies-no-one-ever-heard-2.html

Your text here...

Your text here... (http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/340264-best-movies-no-one-ever-heard-2.html)

Farrell
24th Aug 2008, 12:20
Munich

Leningrad Cowboys Go America

Arlington Road

Flatliners

Dazed And Confused

ORAC
24th Aug 2008, 12:25
Before I go down the pub to watch the Grand prix I will add the following:

The Lathe of Heaven (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lathe_of_Heaven)

The Hunger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger)

The Thirteenth Floor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirteenth_Floor)

Existenz (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120907/)

And, in anime, just about anything by Hayao Miyazaki. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayao_Miyazaki)

frostbite
24th Aug 2008, 12:46
Brassed Off

Lawn Dogs

Binoculars
24th Aug 2008, 12:50
Thank you for your patience, Orac. I know how difficult is dealing with incompetents. :ooh: Perhaps the mods could add that explanation to their FAQ sticky on the Computer forum?

I think the thread starter had movies a little more obscure than Withnail and I, Ice Age and Finding Nemo and Munich in mind. But there is little point looking for movies that nobody at all has heard of so as I leap into my new found grasp of technological wizardry, I present you with:

1. A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120835/)

2. High Tide (http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19880415/REVIEWS/804150302/1023)

3. Love Serenade (http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19970808/REVIEWS/708080306/1023)

4. Punch Drunk Love (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0272338/) (Don't let Adam Sandler's presence put you off)

5. Priest (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110889/)

Just for starters.

Agree with Brassed Off too.

airship
24th Aug 2008, 14:28
I'd like to second con-pilot's "The Gods Must Be Crazy" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080801/)...?! :ok:

I must have been about 24 years old when I first saw that movie back in the mid '80s. If I remember correctly, the movie was produced in South Africa at a time when as a young, informed but impressionable adult, I assumed that all matters connected with that country were invariably linked to racism or oppression of some kind. So the movie was an eye-opener in many ways for me. Firstly, because I have never laughed so continuously whilst watching a movie as much as I did seeing it for the 1st time (and probably never will again), whilst watching any other movie, before or since. :sad: The humour is very basic (sort of like Benny Hill without the sex) which should appeal to anyone with basic instincts and an imagination. Secondly, I realised that at least some (white) South Africans had talent and a well-developed sense of humour.

So that when I eventually met my first ever (white) South African client (never had a black one yet) in person, back in about 1992, I endeavoured to keep an open mind...! I'm someone who possesses a 'naturally-sourced Mediterranean-complexion' that 'stays put' over the winter-time and hopefully put matters in context. Well, my first contact with 'the devils' went very well. Today, I'd say somewhere between 5-10% of my business dealings are with South Africans. Never once, have I been treated with anything other than courtesy or suspected that my interlocutors harboured any 'racist' tendencies. Having said all that, I cannot guarantee that they behave another way back home or in private, yet, that would surprise me...?!

Unfortunetly, I cannot at this time think of any other movies that might warrant inclusion. As an informal rule, I don't tend to go out to watch the latest movies, blockbusters or not. Sooner or later, they'll be shown on a 'free-to-air' channel. And if I miss them all, there'll always be a repeat at some stage. Also, when I eventually retire at the age of 74 in 2034 (when I'll have acquired entitlement to a full state pension whatever that'll be worth then), I'm pretty sure that I'll have all the time in the world in order to catch up on all the movies and reruns I missed. What else will I do with my remaining time here - I don't have any grand-children to put on my knees or look after. :{

troff
24th Aug 2008, 15:06
Gattaca, or "What It's Like At The New Emirates Headquarters"

flash8
24th Aug 2008, 15:10
Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin.

This movie about a bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) escorting Jonathan "the Duke" Mardukas across the US is so hilarious that I cry with laughter every time I see it Yaphet Kotto as FBI Agent Alonzo Mosely and John Ashton as Marvin Dorfler make a fine cast.

Wait to you see "The Dukes" fear of flying act... contrasted to what happens later in the movie. Its priceless.

Flash2001
24th Aug 2008, 16:07
Wind Across the Everglades.

Agree also to "The Gods Must be Crazy"

After an excellent landing you can use the airplane again!

guff
24th Aug 2008, 17:46
fargo
my cousin vinny

two of my collection, whilst on the subject does anyone know the name of a film based in Canada where robbers are unable to leave the town of their deed due to weather (snow) I believe it was a comedy starring Nicholas Cage.

Abusing_the_sky
24th Aug 2008, 18:15
Black Cat White Cat, Emir Kusturica 1998:ok:

Overdrive
24th Aug 2008, 18:22
If you're into cars and simple road movies from the "good days"... Two Lane Blacktop.

Parapunter
24th Aug 2008, 18:26
Anyone seen that Hungarian movie set on the Budapest Metro with the guy who gets narcolepsy every time he loses his temper? No?

Good.

gibbs
24th Aug 2008, 18:30
Rosanna's Grave

Faraway, So Close

A Town called Bastard

The Big Blue

Duck you Sucker (Fistful of Dynamite

:D

CityofFlight
24th Aug 2008, 19:01
Love Song For Bobby Long

Set in New Orleans...low budget movie, first time screen writer/director, managed to get some A list actors for the film.

mr fish
24th Aug 2008, 20:48
THE WILD GEESE, granger to burton, "i suppose you'd better kill me then", burton to granger, " yes , i suppose i had ". button puts ' a cap in grangers ass' , magic acting:O
p.s., i just ruined the ending:}

shedhead
24th Aug 2008, 21:43
Dark star (again) John Carpenters first film and script by Dan O'Bannon who allegedly slips a chicken joke into every script he writes.Still trying to find where it is in alien!

ORAC
24th Aug 2008, 21:49
When John Hurt is being scanned, the image on the scanner monitor is a chicken membrane...

Eagle402
24th Aug 2008, 22:00
Some corkers in these suggestions. Allow me to offer 'Things to do in Denver when you're dead'. A most scary Chistopher Walken, Andy Garcia, Christopher Lloyd, Treat Williams and the divine Gabrielle Anwar (Scent of a Woman).

A crippled Walken calls in one last favour from Garcia (ex-con trying to play it straight). Garcia calls in the old gang and, quelle surprise, it all goes thripennies.

'True Romance' is rather well known but is also a great film. 'Outland' (Sean Connery in outer-space version of 'High Noon' another little known gem (in my humble of course!)

Eagle402

Parapunter
24th Aug 2008, 22:04
John Carpenter adds the line: "See you next Tuesday" to every movie he directs.

And that, friends, is a film fact.

Strelnikov
24th Aug 2008, 22:10
Outland had great style but the plot was weak. Sean Connery turned up to solve a crime and met stiff resistance, got involved with a tawdry bint, and, then the heavies turned up, he kicked them to crap......and WON! Hmm........heard that plot anywhere before? (Thats 95% of Hollywood tosh output).

Staying Stateside though on the Sci-Fi theme - how about "Forbidden Planet"?

As US film re-make of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with a delightfully youthful Leslie Nielson in the lead.

It seems another "shoot up" to begin with but the denouement is a surprise and it provides (for me) a classic movie line:

"Monsters from the Id".

Yanks do make good fillms!

CATIII-NDB
24th Aug 2008, 22:30
How about "The day the Earth stood Still", "Failsafe" Henry Fonda as US Pres. and even older "Attack of the killer Tomatoes" & "The Midwich Cooko's - any of the Quatermass Movies. - Ancient but still worh a look

For the strange -THX 1138

CAT III

Loki
24th Aug 2008, 22:31
There are some great world cinema offerings out there.

Tarkovsky`s 1972 version of Solaris....not the insipid Soderbergh version of 2002, is a favourite.

short&shapeless
24th Aug 2008, 22:35
Don't often post here but one for me is "Once Were Warriors" - amazing piece of work.

New Zealand film, keeping up the world wide view mentioned by Loki!!!

Parapunter
24th Aug 2008, 22:47
I was so excited about Solaris (Clooney version) Jeez! that's two and a half hours I can't sue anyone for.:mad:

Gattaca was RUBBISH! Two hours of anti genetic engineering polemic...

However, Midnight Run - quality movie - Charles Grodin & De Niro, what a double act they were in that film, magic!

Diva is another French winner, Unlikely opera fan postman records a recalcitrant opera singers performance against her wishes - hilarity ensues.

Also, no mentions yet for Delicatessen. That's one of my all time top five movies. Random line: "I may be a butcher, but I don't mince my words".

tony draper
24th Aug 2008, 23:11
Always loves Westerns but I think High Noon as just daft, any Sheriff with a pick of sense would have got up onto a roof with a Sharps and blew them baddies out of their saddles when they were still a quarter mile from town,that's what I wudda done anyway.:E

CATIII-NDB
24th Aug 2008, 23:17
Great ending as the Sheriff - rides out of town stating that the townsfolk were not worth their weight in ...t

PS GC did most of this own stunt work.

CATIII

tony draper
24th Aug 2008, 23:19
Jean de Florette was good,for a French filum.:rolleyes:
and the sequel who's title escapes me at the mo,also the one about the Time Traveling French Medieval Knight, the title of which also escapes me at the mo.
:uhoh:

gupta
24th Aug 2008, 23:22
I offer you Barbarosa with Willie Nelson in the lead role

tony draper
24th Aug 2008, 23:32
Yer Barbarosa was good Mr G,one is sad that they no longer make westerns,possible the reason why one has not been to the cinema for thirty years.
Strange, I think Kubricks best movie was Barry Lyndon yet few people seem to have seen it,I had never even heard of it until discovering it by accident on telly in the wee small hours due to the somnia striking,certainly I though a lot more of it than bloody Doctor Strangelove ect ect which for some reason baffling to me everybody raves about.
Another of a similar ilk to Lydon,The Dualist.
:)

Parapunter
24th Aug 2008, 23:34
Manon des sources & Les Visiteurs, I reckon.

Course the classic Cinema flop yet massive success is The Shawshank Redempton.

One read the original story, it was Rita Hayworth & The Shawshank Redemption. One suspects a lot of people know this.

tony draper
24th Aug 2008, 23:45
Hmmm then there is the Western that supposedly put a end to Westerns because it was a disasterous flop,Heavens Gate,I thought it quite a good oat opera.
:)

'Chuffer' Dandridge
25th Aug 2008, 00:23
1941 definitely, absolute classic!

And a film called "Goodbye Pork Pie", shot in new Zealand and from what I recall, very funny. Haven't seen it for years but would love to get a copy on DVD if there is one.

notmyC150v2
25th Aug 2008, 00:42
I quite enjoyed "With Honours" starring Joe Pesci although it was very predictable. My Cousin Vinnie was much better.

Spotswood (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102969/) starring Anthony Hopkins and Russell Crowe was fantastic as was Death In Brunswick (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101692/) starring Sam Neil and John Clarke.

But if you want strange beyond belief you cannot go past Beyond Therapy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092646/) starring Jeff Goldblum. Just weird with some very funny set pieces.

For kids you can't go past Flight Of The Navigator (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091059/). Heaps of fun even 20 years on.

Ogre
25th Aug 2008, 04:15
Two for the jury to consider:

"Water" - an 80's British comedy about a small carribean island (Cascara) that is a British colony, only the British want to close it. Michael Caine is the governor, Leanard Rossiter the MP sent out to shut him down, Billy Connoly as "the singing rebel" who is the local equivalent of a terrorist organisation and Fulton Mackay as the Church of Scotlands representative to the island. It was produced by Handmade films, so you have to keep a look out for George Harrison (actually it's not hard, he pops up as ....well I don't want to spoil it). Written by Perry and Croft I think, so loads of familiar humour. "The singing rebel has vowed not to speeak until he can say Cascara is free!" "Is that a political statement or a speech impediment?"

"Hawks" - Timothy Dalton as a patient in a cancer ward, who takes an American patient under his wing as they both break out of the hospital and go on a jaunt around Europe. Dark humour, and highlights the sort of desperation that people must feel when confronted by what is more often than not a medical death sentance. Not a roll about in stitches film (no pun intended) but Dalton hatches some classical moments of sheer bravado. Personally I think he was better in this than the Bond movies.

FlyingOfficerKite
25th Aug 2008, 04:32
'Island in the sky', based on a true story starring John Wayne and other notables.

I had never heard of it until my partner bought it out of the blue.

Story written by Ernest K Gann of 'Fate is the hunter' fame.

FOK :ok:

Richo77
25th Aug 2008, 04:37
Where does one start?

Boondock Saints - absolute cracker of an action film, and very funny.
Meet the Feebles - one of Peter Jackson's early films, wrong on sooo many levels but in the right way.
Juggernaut - just a film i really enjoy, bit dated, but still good.
Richochet - Denzel Washington and an absolutely evil John Lithgow, great thriller.

All i can think of for now...

Ralph the Bong
25th Aug 2008, 04:56
Meet the Feebles- Yeah, Baby! Classic!

Another of PJ'sflicks is "Bad Taste" (Not the Warhol one). Here, 4 members that comprise a crack branch of the SAS guarding the world from Aliens are confronted by Intergalactic Invaders who are intent on turning Humans into the main protein component of the outerspace version of a Big Mac.

QF DRIVE
25th Aug 2008, 05:22
They Shoot Horses Don't They

Set in the depression and the most depressing movie I have seen. Turned it off 3 times but had to turn back on to see how it finished. If he didnt do it to her at the end of the movie then I would have.

Bushfiva
25th Aug 2008, 05:31
The Duellists, 1977, after Conrad's short novel, 1908. Ridley Scott's first movie made on a minute budget. No sets, all location shots. Lots of damp, wet days add to the atmosphere -- they didn't have the budget to wait for sun. An allegory for the Napoleonic empire, distilled into the battle between two people. Acting and attention to detail is impeccable.

Titus (Julie Taymor) with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange: grim version of Shakespears's grimmest play; Anthony Hopkins said at one point it was so stressful he considered retirement. Hard to start watching, then gets hard to stop.

Mostly Harmless
25th Aug 2008, 05:58
Kentucky Fried Movie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Fried_Movie)

Strange Brew (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Brew)

I hear that Orgazmo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgazmo) is very funny but I cannot confirm this as I have not seen it myself... yet.

Spitoon
25th Aug 2008, 06:15
Dunno whether they qualify as never heard of but...

Shooting Fish

Eight Heads in a Duffle Bag

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

galvonager
25th Aug 2008, 06:22
Very good moves listed so far, but hardly "nobody's ever heard of". Most of them are on DVD, or shown on TV from time to time. To qualify, I think they should not be available on DVD (yet). Here are two such films:

Rafferty and the gold dust twins (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0073601/) (1975) with Alan Arkin, very sweet romantic comedy.
Whiffs (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0073891/) (1975) with Eliott Gould, a satirical comedy.

And some other personal favorites, that were not on DVD until recently:
1900 (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0074084/) (1976)
O Lucky Man! (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0070464/) (1973)
Zabriskie Point (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0066601/) (1970)
Blowup (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0060176/) (1966)
The Passenger (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0073580/) (1975)
Ballad of Narayama (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0084390/) (1983)
Samurai Reincarnation (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0082699/) (1981)

Richo77
25th Aug 2008, 06:50
Orgazmo is a fantastic film, but one should warn it takes the pi$$ out of both the mormons and the porno industry. Its the boys from South Park, but it is funny.

"Put your tongue in her mouth, for Christ's sake! "

"How would Christ benefit from me putting my tongue in someone's mouth? "

ihoharv
25th Aug 2008, 07:28
Well Barbarosa has been mentioned a few times so I should at least acknowledge it if only for the seminal (pardon pun) reason I had my first wet dream that night. Curioser still since I turned out to be a big ol' poof...

"Babette's Feast" is one I throw back into the DVD more often, and for a special treat, though hardly not in the unfamiliar sector, "Lawrence of Arabia" for the cinematography - Thank You David Lean.

Rather be Gardening
25th Aug 2008, 09:52
Not unheard of, but out of the mainstream:

Seven Samurai - flawless, beautiful filming
Yellowbeard - the Python gang and Madeleine Kahn being very silly
Under Milk Wood - Richard Burton at his best

gibbs
25th Aug 2008, 10:04
And of course you get to see Farah Fawcett-Majors topless:D

dazpoo23
25th Aug 2008, 10:24
Matchstick Men

Mr Brookes

He was a quiet man


i don't know why, but, i thought these were all great. At the time i watched matchstick men i was still in school, and i swear, i couldn't concentrate for a week after seeing that movie. A bit sad really.

40years
25th Aug 2008, 11:16
Surprised that nobody has mentioned 'Evil Roy Slade'; I haven't seen it for many years - perhaps if I see it again it may not be so funny, but at the time it had me in stitches.

More recently, 'Tais-toi' with Jean Reno and Gerard Depard.. Deprae... - the one with the big nose.

M.Mouse
25th Aug 2008, 11:33
Delicatessen. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delicatessen_(film)) Brilliant French black comedy.

Indochine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indochine_(film))

Water (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_(2005_film))

The first two are French and the last Hindi all with sub-titles but all three are excellent films.

Warbo
25th Aug 2008, 11:36
Paperback Hero - only because one of the main characters is an ag pilot
Rosalie Goes Shopping - see reasoning above

Mini fan
25th Aug 2008, 12:21
Not enough people have seen AKIRA

ORAC
25th Aug 2008, 12:45
What about By Dawn's Early Light? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/By_Dawn's_Early_Light) Not the crappy coming of age one, but the one based on Trinity's Child.....

Kerosine
25th Aug 2008, 13:08
The Rachel Papers (1989) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rachel_Papers). Seem to remember this being on late one night and really enjoyed it.

Loki
25th Aug 2008, 13:14
Bagdad Cafe

Paris, Texas

The Whale Rider

Walkabout

tony draper
25th Aug 2008, 13:39
Little gangster movie caught on telly a while back "Bound" starring Joe Pantoliano and the lady with the sexiest voice walking the Earth at the mo, and with a body to match, Jeniffer Tilly,although she played a todger dodger in this movie.
:rolleyes:

Kerosine
25th Aug 2008, 13:43
todger dodgerrofl, never heard that one before drapes :}

Eagle402
25th Aug 2008, 13:49
Mr Draper,

Allow me to join in Kerosine's homage to your 'todger dodger'. Outstanding !

A great new alternative to the rather worn 'carpet muncher' , 'sups from the furry chalice'....

tony draper
25th Aug 2008, 13:51
I believe it hails from that great cultural reference work
Rogers Profanisaurus.
:rolleyes:

Binoculars
25th Aug 2008, 14:04
Well done, Loki. Paris, Texas is one of those moody masterpieces so easy to get lost in. And your mention of Walkabout reminds me of an Aussie movie from a similar vintage called Wake in Fright. (http://www.infilm.com.au/?p=354)

Walkabout gets all the critical plaudits but Wake in Fright, which has never been released on video or DVD apparently is an unforgettable experience directing a brutally honest eye on the dinkum Aussie country bloke and his attitude to everything, especially women. It's hard to watch, but irresistible and utterly unforgettable.

If you ever chance upon a copy somehow, watch it. It was made on a budget of about $25.50; don't expect Hollywood production values. Just watch and be appalled.


Also on my list of favourite indie movies about coming of age:

Dancer, Texas, Pop 81 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118925/)

Dreamland (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417614/)
(I like it when Imdb has overall ratings of between 6 & 7, there's an awful lot of interesting movies there that the special effects crowd find too slow going.)

Breakfast Club (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088847/)

and finally, by Cameron Crowe, so hardly unnoticed, but I think the best of the 80's teen movies Say Anything (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098258/)

woollcott
25th Aug 2008, 14:39
LA Story.

OK, OK, I knows its American, and Americans cant write comedy, but it has some classic lines............

Two couples walking to breakfast in their hotel after an "romantic" night:

Male 1: "Whats that clanging sound?"

Male 2: "Thats my testicles........................................."

I should also mention Duck Soup. The Marx brothers at their irreverent
best.

And by the way, Walkabout is a great Aussie film for many reasons, but first and foremost because it features a young Jenny Agutter naked........

CATIII-NDB
25th Aug 2008, 16:03
Seven Samurai - flawless, beautiful filming - yep got this on video - all of it - seminal film.

PS - on forgotten master pic's -" Powel & Pressburger's - A matter of life and Death" and also from that era - "Went the day well" one of the most violent films ever made - featured Dame Thora Hurd and Patrica Hayes. I'm not kidding.

CAT III.

CarltonBrowne the FO
25th Aug 2008, 16:49
CatIII, you're right about Went the Day Well, even today the level of violence in that film is intense.
Damn, two of you beat me to The Duellists- one of my favourite films. It is visually stunning (as you would expect from Ridley Scott), and as a depiction of obsession it has few equals. Its outcome (how to defeat an obsessive enemy without losing your soul) is elegant and entirely fitting while still surprising.
Inside Man is a good heist movie with a surprising ending- also worth a look.

Loki
25th Aug 2008, 16:52
Binoculars

How about "We of the Never Never"?

That one really stays in my memory.

CWL2YOW
25th Aug 2008, 19:01
Taxi (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0152930/)- the original French version of the film, before Queen Latifah got her big paws on it.

Parapunter
25th Aug 2008, 19:09
Romper Stomper made an impression.:bored:

Beer_n_Tabs
25th Aug 2008, 19:34
Don't often post here but one for me is "Once Were Warriors" - amazing piece of work.


Violent, sad, funny, and very thought provoking.....actually VERY violent in parts.

Anyone heard of..... 'Im gonna get you Sucker'?..

Total opposite.......bloody hilarious

Parapunter
25th Aug 2008, 19:38
Although I suppose it was a hit at the time, but White men can't jump is still one of my favourite movies - the dialogue is fantastic - Screw this, I'm gonna get my other gun!

PaperTiger
25th Aug 2008, 20:04
Paris, Texas is one of those moody masterpieces so easy to get lost in.And one of the great opening sequences of all time (see also Bad Day At Black Rock).

Speaking of Harry Dean Stanton, the missus might like One Magic Christmas, although since it won 2 Genies it's hardly unheard-of.

Another award-winner which got/gets little play is Sexy Beast. Ben Kingsley outrageously OTT.

Since this is a movie thread, I can't go without mentioning Vanishing Point.

asiaseen
25th Aug 2008, 20:17
Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, very violent but extremely funny with it

CWL2YOW
25th Aug 2008, 20:51
Anyone heard of..... 'Im gonna get you Sucker'?..

Wasn't it "I'm gonna git you, Sucker"? Was this the film where the 70s pimp leaves prison in his 70s gear, including platform shoes with goldfish in the heels?

CarltonBrowne the FO
25th Aug 2008, 21:05
On a recent paxing flight I saw a film called Eastern Promise, about Russian mafiosi in London. Gripping stuff.

brickhistory
25th Aug 2008, 21:46
'Thirding' the call for "The Gods Must be Crazy."

'Seconding' both "Clerks," wickedly funny dialogue, if pretty blue, and "Love Song for Bobby Long," absolute first rate movie.

May I bring back a couple of classics:

"A Man for All Seasons," Robert Shaw as a great Henry VIII and Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More. Great writing in that one as well.


"Used Cars," with Kurt Russell and Jack Warden: "Estimated Laugh Count: 287 City, 410 Highway. Use these numbers only for comparison. Your actual laughs may vary depending on how you feel about used car salesmen, nude women, spectacular car stunts, and the President of the United States," released in 1980, Robert Zemeckis directed.

tony draper
25th Aug 2008, 21:54
Paris Texas,Ry Cooder's Guitar,great stuff.:ok:

Parapunter
25th Aug 2008, 22:01
Jesus Brick, we agreed on something! Don't tell Fox or whoever, but I have Clerks on my hard drive.

Try this on then: Kevin Smith never made a better movie, not to date anyhow. Dogma, Mallrats, chasing Amy, Silent Bob & Jay strike back - none of them measure up to Clerks I think.

PaperTiger
25th Aug 2008, 22:02
...laughs may vary depending on how you feel about used car salesmen...For real estate salesmen, check out Glengarry, Glen Ross. Not a single laugh in the whole thing :uhoh:, but what a cast !.

ORAC
25th Aug 2008, 22:53
Paris Texas,Ry Cooder's Guitar,great stuff.

What the hell happened to the idea of movies that few have heard of?

However, if you wish to bring Ry Cooder into it, oner of my bestest ever movies (that blows my grammar cred) is "Streets of Fire' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streets_of_Fire), an absolutely brilliant sound track. What can I say, it's one of my personal top 10 movies...

Glamgirl
26th Aug 2008, 00:03
Ford Fairlaine - for the humour and filth

The Princess Bride - for the cute factor

Sunday Angels - for the morale story

....

And the film I made a few years ago.............enough said

Gg

Whiskey Oscar Golf
26th Aug 2008, 00:38
Straight To Hell, a spaghetti western spoof starring Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, The Pogues, Courtney Love and some others I can't remember. Very funny movie.

Chopper, Eric Bana Plays Chopper Read to a tee and "hullo uncle chop chop"

Ferris Buellers Day Off, "Bueller......? Bueller....?

wiggy
26th Aug 2008, 01:03
I'm shocked no one has mentioned "Zoltan, Hound of Dracula" :}

Tarq57
26th Aug 2008, 03:12
A Scanner Darkly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Scanner_Darkly_(film))
Weird. Intense. Funny. Sobering.
Some brilliant and totally off-the-wall acting by most of the cast, particularly Woody Harrelson.

Some brilliant movies popping up in this thread. Got a bit of movie watching to look forward to.

CityofFlight
26th Aug 2008, 03:31
Raising Arizona.... Nicholas Cage & Holly Hunter :ok::ok:

Foss
26th Aug 2008, 04:06
CoF
Raising Arizona. Brilliant.
Para
Clerks, also brilliant.

ZEEBEE
26th Aug 2008, 04:31
Here's one I'll bet no-one has seen

"The Hook" with Kirk Douglas.

Unusual insofar as it is a very thought provoking American Movie

Richo77
26th Aug 2008, 04:39
Gibbs,

You mentioned Farrah Fawcett topless in Outland. Wrong movie, think youre thinking of Saturn 3 also good fillum.

Westworld is another good one.

tony draper
26th Aug 2008, 08:19
Very good wee Brit movie on ITV last night,"Pierrepoint",class acting by Timothy Spall.have seen it before as I have it on DVD about the place somewhere,twere about Albert and his magic rope of course.
:)

PLovett
26th Aug 2008, 09:18
Mr d, read an interview with Mr Spall about the movie which I don't think has been released in Oz, but there again it may have been because where I am you wouldn't know what is currently showing....no bleedin cinema.:uhoh:

Have to agree with you about Peckinpah movies and am slowly getting what DVDs are available but especially love "The Wild Bunch". Can watch it time and time again. Still can't find "Cross of Iron" in the right format yet.:ugh:

On lesser known films, there have already been mentioned some brilliant Japanese ones, especially by Kurosawa but a special favourite is "Ran". Basically King Leah set in medieval Japan. Just brilliant. Another Japanese film but much more recent is "The Twilight Samurai". It looks at the end of the samurai era preceding the Meiji Restoration. Stars Hiroyuki Sanada who most filmgowers will better recognise as the sword master from "The Last Samurai". However, you could not get a more different character from that if you tried. Well worth a look.

Beer_n_Tabs
26th Aug 2008, 09:20
Wasn't it "I'm gonna git you, Sucker"? Was this the film where the 70s pimp leaves prison in his 70s gear, including platform shoes with goldfish in the heels?

Thats the one :ok:

Very early days performance from Chris Rock

Loki
26th Aug 2008, 11:16
Kurosawa`s "Ran" was certainly a good`un. I thought well of "Kagemusha" too (1980)

Wod
26th Aug 2008, 11:51
I'll buy in. If only because of my advancing years, and the dodgy memory that goes with it.

First off. Not all great films go 90 minutes. Short documentaries once preceded th feature film, and some cinemas did newsreels and short films exclusively.

The only doco I recall is rightly famous, so probably doesn't qualify. It is Waterloo about the London station, not the boggy Belgian field.

But for features

The Americanisation of Emily - Julie Andrews and James Garner

All Quiet on the Western front ( I know - a classic for many)

The Pawnbroker

The Collector - Compare the young Terence Stamp with the current one

Dark Blue World- WW2 and aviation

Over The Hedge - for my grandsons

That'll do.

ORAC
26th Aug 2008, 11:58
Deep Blue Sky - WW2 and aviation IIRC it reused much of the footage from the BoB.

Binoculars
26th Aug 2008, 11:58
Couldn't agree more with the Pawnbroker. Shattering.

With In the Heat of the Night it gave Rod Steiger a couple of the few opportunities he had to stretch without being hamstrung by crappy scripts.

Anybody else for IF? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063850/)

or Unman Wittering and Zigo? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067907/)

PLovett
26th Aug 2008, 11:59
Wod,

Have to agree with you on "The Pawnbroker" and "Dark Blue World".:ok:

On a frivolous note I believe "The Pawnbroker" was the first mainstream film to show female pubic hair.:eek: However, Rod Steiger's portrayal of an emotionally scarred man was classic.:ok:

For docos' one of the best I have seen was "Harlan County" detailing a very bitter strike at a coal mine in that county. Brilliant film making.:D

The late XV105
26th Aug 2008, 12:26
Deep Blue Sky

Deep Blue Sky or Dark Blue World (Tmavomodrý svět - "Tmavomodree svyet")? I'm not familiar with the former (though stand to be corrected) whereas the latter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Blue_World) is a moving WW2 Czech film that did indeed use some BoB (and Memphis Belle) footage.

Still on a Czech theme, Pelíšky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel%C3%AD%C5%A1ky) ("Pelishky") is one of my favourite films; some great dark humour set against coming of age in equally darkening Soviet times.

Another favourite is Báječná Léta pod psa ("Bahyechnar laytar pod psah" - literally and sarcastically "Great years under the dogs"). This is another film of dark humour, this time chronicalling three generations of life in a small Czech family after the Velvet Revolution.

I came across both of these films thanks to my Czech wife and before I understood the language anything even close to what I do today, but they were still easy to follow; superbly casted and well set, the images and atmosphere do most of the talking and subtitles for non Czech speakers convey the rest.

It was these films that taught me that the Czechs have film talent that runs far deeper than their God Awful fairytale "classics" that get screened every Christmas! Yawn!

Well worth a punt.

Wod
26th Aug 2008, 12:39
Absolutely Dark Blue World.:\

Fortunately I did acknowledge "dodgy memory"


( Hopefully nobody will notice that is the most recent of the films - short term what?)

frostbite
26th Aug 2008, 12:46
Yes, remember The Collector, also the lovely Samantha Eggar who we haven't seen much of in films.

Opsbeatch
26th Aug 2008, 12:52
Love, Honour and Obey
Class Brit Flick...

CarltonBrowne the FO
26th Aug 2008, 14:21
ORAC, in the extras on the DVD of Dark Blue World, the use of footage from Bob is acknowledged- AFAIK it is unused "spare" footage. Some of the other flying scenes were CGI, while a few were filmed for this production- only one Spitfire was required, and a 1/3 scale model for the "landing" in France.

shedhead
26th Aug 2008, 14:34
Night of the hunter,Charles Laughton in his only directorial role.
Robert Mitchum has never been so menacing.

MSF
26th Aug 2008, 17:55
Repo Man
Again with Primer , still have to watch it again.
They say that if you see it once and claim to get it , you are either a savant or a liar,

henry crun
26th Aug 2008, 23:03
Many of the films mentioned here are surprisingly popular considering no one has ever heard of them. :)

CATIII-NDB
26th Aug 2008, 23:19
I seem to remember a polish Film caled CANAL about the seige of WARSAW - lots of shots of the sewers where the resistance fled. any memories please.

CATIII.

con-pilot
27th Aug 2008, 00:02
Many of the films mentioned here are surprisingly popular considering no one has ever heard of them.

In case you haven't noticed, most of us here are a bit odd. :\

Richo77
27th Aug 2008, 00:39
Watched a fantastic movie last night called Black Book (Zwartboek) about the end of WWII in Nazi Occupied Netherlands. Highly recommend it.

smo-kin-hole
27th Aug 2008, 02:32
If you subscribe to amazon.com or netflix.com, they very often pull up a list with the title: "Viewers who watched this also liked......"

Take the time to check them out, its the best way to uncover gems nobody remembers.

I liked Solaris, it had a glacial pace, but that was part of the plot.

Personal fav.......Brazil, by Terry Gilliam.

ZEEBEE
27th Aug 2008, 03:27
Here's one I'll bet no-one has seen

"The Hook" with Kirk Douglas.

Unusual insofar as it is a very thought provoking American Movie


I was right !!!!!

BlueDiamond
27th Aug 2008, 04:14
I liked First Born starring Charles Dance.

It's based on the book Gor Saga by Maureen Duffy and it's about a genetic researcher (Dance) working for the Ministry of Defence who successfully breeds a human/gorilla hybrid. Apparently, such hybrids rarely survive, but this one does and grows to be more like a human baby as time passes. When the MOD orders the destruction of the child, the researcher finds himself unable to do this. He takes the child home and raises him as a human but the consequences turn out to be disastrous.

Bushfiva
27th Aug 2008, 04:55
"Ran"

The problem I have with that movie is although it's a great story told well, in some places the quality of the photography simply doesn't seem to match the rest of the movie, and is behind the standards other movies of the era were achieving. Unless I've got some kind of wacky print, of course.

Another one: The Pornographers (Jinruigaku nyumon: Erogotoshitachi yori, 1966, Japan). About a guy who makes a short porn movies on standard-8 cameras and his dreams to open a film processing lab. Starts off slightly odd and gradually gets odder.

CarltonBrowne the FO
27th Aug 2008, 23:33
I just watched Ride with the Devil (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134154/) again- set in the US Civil War, but in the Kansas/Missouri border war, instead of on the battlefields of the Southeast. If you think of it as what happens during the opening credits of The Outlaw Josey Wales (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075029/) you won't be far wrong- in fact, some of the (authentic historical) characters from TOJW are mentioned by name, notably Bloody Bill Anderson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_T._Anderson).

PLovett
28th Aug 2008, 02:52
Bushfiva,

I think it must be your print. My DVD quality is excellent.:ok:

Mostly Harmless
2nd Sep 2008, 20:18
Sling Blade (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sling_Blade)

Army of Darkness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_of_darkness)

brickhistory
2nd Sep 2008, 20:39
Sling Blade

One does a pretty fair imitation of 'Carl' from this very dark yet uplifting movie.

I guess one should be a little frightened that it comes so naturally.



Have even used my 'Carl' voice when controlling (fighter-type) in a past life.


"Uhum, 'pitcher' clean...uhum..."

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Another movie in this category:

"The Hill" with Sean Connery, Ossie Davis, et al.

dead_pan
2nd Sep 2008, 21:22
Miller's Crossing - early Coen brothers masterpiece. Should have won an Oscar IMHO. Has a big following amongst the Irish community I hear.

The Train - WWII yarn in B+W with a muscular Burt Lancaster

The Prestige

Cabaret?? I never really 'got' Liza Minelli until I reached middle age, now I finally understand what all the fuss was about.

Foss
2nd Sep 2008, 21:47
Bluey
First Born, seen that a long time ago.


Sling Blade and The Hill both brilliant, and both stumbled upon late at night by accident on TV.

TURIN
2nd Sep 2008, 22:30
John Carpenter adds the line: "See you next Tuesday" to every movie he directs.

And that, friends, is a film fact.

You sure about that Parapunter?

John Landis fits a reference to 'See You Next Wednesday' in all of his films.

Blues Brothers, American Werewolf in London, etc.

Anyway back to the topic...

Vanishing Point! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067927/) The ultimate cult road movie.

Inherit the Wind (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053946/plotsummary) Totally gripping courtroom drama about the prosecution of a school teacher who teaches Darwinian evolution. :ok:

Sir George Cayley
2nd Sep 2008, 22:30
Well, where to start on the list?

Soylent Green - Starring er Clint Eastwood or Charlton Heston
Le Genou de Claire - Francois Truffaut (sp)
The small charms of the Bourgeorise - Truffaut again ( I think)
Eraser Head - sick spooky chilling
Girl on a motorbike - was it Marianne F?
Figures in a Landscape - helicopter chase that goes on.....and on
Witchfinder General - Spanking good fun:p
Mandingo and The Drum. Films for discerning gentlemen. (Susan George!!!)
Return to Beneath the Valley of the Super Vixens - Russ at his best (breast?)
Texas Over the River. Dean Martin et al
Grosse Point Blank - class!
The Hell Drivers - Early Connery trying to make Bedford trucks look menacing.
Peeping Tom - Truly disturbing.

Sir George Cayley

BOFH
2nd Sep 2008, 22:50
Wake in Fright is available on YouTube.

In almost 40 years it's lost nothing - apart from Chips, of course.

BOFH

xetroV
2nd Sep 2008, 23:53
The Gods Must Be Crazy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080801/), yeah that was fun! I tumbled upon it when zapping through the TV channels, thinking it was some kind of documentary about some African war. Well, that "documentary" soon took a rather strange twist! :ok:

Brazil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil_(film)) is a classic, but be sure not to watch the "love conquers all" edit by Univeral. Brazil is a dark, 1984-like story, and the ending is not supposed to be happy.

I'll add Le Grand Bleu (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095250/) (with Luc Besson) to this list. A fantastic movie about a free diver pursuing his dreams.

And I liked The Edge (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119051/) (with Anthony Hopkins), if only for the amazing bear fights.

Double Zero
3rd Sep 2008, 00:40
I too was going to say ' Silent Running ' - it made an impression on me too, and we named our family boat after it - 30 years later I still sail her I'd post a photo from a mag' review of her here if I had brains to know how, for true insomniacs dial in Anderson 22 and she's first up.

How about ' Betty Blue ' ( 37 Le Matin ) - French of course, and especially the full length version. True ( not Hollywood sop ) romance & passion, with style, a plot with a kick in it and an unforgettable soundtrack.

Also in a similar way though wider known, ' Leon ' - another haunting French film ( this time with English speech )where even a grimy hitman has style, philosophy and honour, again with an unforgettable plot.

CarltonBrowne the FO
23rd Sep 2008, 13:09
Ok this is thread creep...
The best Graphic Novel of the 1980s, possibly the best ever (AFAIK still the only one to win the Hugo award), Watchmen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchmen)is due for cinema release next Spring.
The trailer at WATCHMEN MOVIE (http://www.watchmenmovie.com) looks great. I have two concerns; the first is that the book was highly topical in the 1980s: some of its themes are harder to recall now. My second concern is simpler; I thought the trailer was great, and found every moment of it a great interpretation of the book, but will it appeal to anyone who has not read it?
Anyone with 2 or 3 minutes to spare, have a look at the trailer and let me know what you think.

Too Short
23rd Sep 2008, 16:42
Threads - haunting and superbly retro.

I first watched it when I was a kid in the '80s and as I lived in Sheffield at the time it freaked me out seeing a nuclear explosion engulfing my home town! :ooh: Took me years to like mushrooms after that.

Tyres O'Flaherty
23rd Sep 2008, 16:55
Final approach.

Hector Elizondo & James B Sikking.

Very interesting film.

Cover/trailer makes you think it's a sr 71 Blackird hi tech action/ wankfest.

But it's mostly just the two above talking, you keep wondering what's going on, until the end.

Then you go AHHHH. I see.

never seen a film divide people into lovers/haters like this one

rotornut
23rd Sep 2008, 18:05
Owning Mahowny - fascinating story about an unassuming bank manager with a gambling problem who embezzled a huge amount of money from his employer. Based on a true story Owning Mahowny - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owning_Mahowny)

andyandlinda
23rd Sep 2008, 20:16
Let it Ride

Great Film

gravanom
23rd Sep 2008, 20:30
Audition - it's a Takashi Miike flick. Not for the faint-hearted.

FormerFlake
23rd Sep 2008, 21:02
How about

Thursday (1998) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124901/)

Little known Tarrantino inspired film

Layer Cake (2004) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375912/)

Daniel Craig pre Bond

Lat sau san taam (1992) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104684/)

Hard Boiled in English, makes Die Hard look like a sunday picnic

dead_pan
23rd Sep 2008, 21:16
A few more for the list:

Come and See: brutal prediction of the war on the Eastern front in WWII - grim but very effective

Oldboy: Korean revenge movie - very unsettling (don't watch it if you like sushi)

DP

mr fish
23rd Sep 2008, 22:15
on of my personal faves has to be ISLAND OF TERROR starring peter cushing.
cancer experiments gone wrong result in new (admittedly shonky) lifeforms which suck the bones from the local island populace.
cushing and a 'ahem', all star cast ham it up to almost spectacular effect.
almost worth the 90 mins of your life you will never get back:O

CATIII-NDB
23rd Sep 2008, 22:31
Brittania Park - Lindsey Anderson

Released during the falklands War - not a commercial success - Is it available on CD.

CAT III

Foodbomber
23rd Sep 2008, 22:38
A few more for the list;

ANDROID Klaus Kinski playing himself again
BARAKA no words but fabulous film
RABID GRANNIES so daft but great fun
BRAIN DEAD Peter Jackson early work. Hover mowers extreme
THE NAVIGATOR; A MEDIEVAL ODYSSEY 13th century to 20th Century New Zealand
CHASING AMY
LONE STAR
BAD TASTE time to be reborn? :)

Ok I admit there is a lot of red stuff in some of these!

Der absolute Hammer
24th Sep 2008, 05:12
Last year at Marienbad. 1961.

An interesting French film.
There is a gambling game in it, you can play it with matches.
My friend and I worked out how to win the odds.
Made a lot of money over the years playing it.
The advantage of seeing films no one else watches?

Loose rivets
24th Sep 2008, 07:06
Golden compass tonight. Better watching it at home. Thought that I couldn't like it having read Pullman's trilogy. But I did, very imaginative interpretation of the author's magic.

Pullman in interview implied that he believed in such concepts.

Quite quite different to my night out a few months ago.

http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/305788-its-been-14-years-since-i-went-fliks-until-tonight.html#post3793802

Windy Militant
24th Sep 2008, 10:56
Most of the films I was going to put up have already been mentioned but one of my unknown favourites is That Sinking feeling (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080012/) directed by Bill Forsyth before he hit the big time.
My favourite line is when the main protagonists are shown climbing out of a car as the camera pulls back it reveals that the car is on bricks, there's a pause and then " When are ye goin ta get somethin way wheels on" sums up the provinces in the 1980s to a tee. :}

groundfloor
10th Nov 2008, 16:14
DAS BOOT - reporter on a U boat

BROTHER WHERE ART THOU - re make of a Greek classic.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - send up of the other one.

11Fan
10th Nov 2008, 19:00
OK, 9 pages and no one has mentioned two of my favorites, both Independent Films.

Dummy (2002) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246592/)

and.....

The Station Agent (2003) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340377/)

Not gripping, but great for a nice relaxing evening in front of the telly.

dead_pan
10th Nov 2008, 20:22
Here's another:

Its All Gone Pete Tong - story about a DJ in Ibiza who goes deaf. Exhilirating film with a very moving ending.

Whirlygig
10th Nov 2008, 21:53
Jigsaw (1962) with Jack Warner. I saw this once years ago (about 20!!) one afternoon when I was off work sick.

It's about how the police went about solving a murder with painstaking detective work. No hunches, no lucky breaks, just piecing together the victims life and collating the information. May not sound much but it one of the best films I've ever seen.

If anyone has a copy kicking about ....

Cheers

Whirls

rojread
11th Nov 2008, 11:08
No one seems to have mentioned 'The Wages of Fear' with Yves Montand. A real nailbiter. Can't remember how many times I've dug that one out.

.....and a film no one will have heard of: 'Death Plays Whist' directed by Fred Shave!

Curious Pax
11th Nov 2008, 13:28
Saw a film called "Bottle Shock" with Alan Rickman at a cinema in The Hague a couple of weeks ago. An interesting, fairly slow-paced film about the French discovering that Californian wines were actually very good in 1976 - based on a true story. For some reason it hasn't been released in the UK, so for many people on here it will qualify as never heard of.

Think it was made more pleasant as we had never heard of it, but had a couple of hours to fill, and this was the only one whose timings fit. Otherwise we would never have selected it to watch.

Parapunter
11th Nov 2008, 13:40
An interesting, fairly slow-paced film about the French discovering that Californian wines were actually very good in 1976

Clearly a work of fiction.

Parapunter
11th Nov 2008, 13:45
Les Bronzés font du ski. Now there was a movie.

Curious Pax
11th Nov 2008, 15:07
Clearly a work of fiction.

It is claimed not: 1976 Judgement of Paris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment_of_Paris_(wine))

Matari
11th Nov 2008, 16:14
Haven't seen these mentioned...both quirky and funny:

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362270/)

Favorite line:"Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I'm going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome."
And:

True Stories (1986) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092117/)

To enjoy this movie, you probably need a good DVD sound system and be a fan of The Talking Heads, a creative 1980's band that broke from the anarchic punk-rock trend to bring back blues and gospel sounds into contemporary rock-n-roll. A classic.

mustpost
11th Nov 2008, 16:25
Nicholas Roeg's 1985 'Insignificance' is pretty good, but then he directed 'Walkabout', which starred the naked Jenny AAAAArgghhhhhhh I've fallen into the trap..
(Australia thread this morning AAARRGHHH..Keywords 'Australia', 'Railway Children', 'Favourite films'. 'old totty' etc etc, and what do we get??
Jenny bhttp://static.pprune.org/images/smilies/censored.gifing Agutter thats what:ugh::ugh:!
at least 28 PPRuNe threads manage to somehow get twisted round to her!!!

Seldomfitforpurpose
11th Nov 2008, 16:41
Time Bandits (1981) (http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0081633/)

Time Bandits, great cast and fantastic imagination in the story line. Kids and I loved years back and would happily watch it again today :ok:

Mostly Harmless
11th Nov 2008, 21:20
The Warriors (http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0080120/)

Better Off Dead (http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0088794/)

dazpoo23
11th Nov 2008, 21:50
^^ "The warriors", never heard of?

Groundbased
11th Nov 2008, 21:57
I love the original "Nikita", on which the assassin was based. The opening scenes in the chemists shop are amazing.

I also once saw a film with Michael Caine. All I can remember is that it involved robbing a bank by means of a tunnelling operation, an old land rover and some wonderful concepts of what computers would look like when they grew up. If anyone could tell me what that film is called I would love to see it again.

Cheers,

GB

frostbite
11th Nov 2008, 22:57
Simple!

Just go to imdb.com. enter Michael Caine in the search field and plough through the resultant list of films (there's quite a few).

Richo77
12th Nov 2008, 01:05
Gb, could be a movie called Gambit but i dont think there was any tunnelling...been a while.

Nopax,thanx
12th Nov 2008, 12:52
Right, here's a challenge.....about ten years ago I called in at a mate's house and he was watching a film on satellite telly. Can't remember the title, and I didn't see it all as I had to scoot; anyway, the plot involved a submerged aircraft with a dead female on board, and two scuba divers who were trying to unravel some kind of mystery.

So, based on that admittedly very slim synopsis, any ideas? There was a bit where a nubile girl stripped off to dive into the water, so I'm sure one of you pervs must have seen it...:ok:

PaperTiger
12th Nov 2008, 20:03
Nopax; Night Moves (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073453/synopsis) perhaps ?

A young Melanie Griffith sans kit. (Which is why I remember it :E )

2port
12th Nov 2008, 20:33
Here's my tuppenny thrupence worth:

Best In Show for lightweight comedic fluff.

The Notebook for romantic slush.

That British comedy with 2 guys in wheelchairs, did a quick google but can't find the title - and besides ppruners are quicker than google with answers to stuff like this.

2P

Nopax,thanx
13th Nov 2008, 19:37
PaperTiger, you is da man! :D That's the very one - right, I'm off to the video shop right away :cool:

bnt
13th Nov 2008, 20:08
"The God's Must be Crazy". Bombed in the box office, but one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.
Well, it was made by a South African director during the Apartheid years, which didn't help, but it was the opposite of racist, if that's possible to say. (Humanist?) It has a surreal scene featuring a) a Land Rover, b) a winch, and c) a tree, which had me rolling about on the floor, laughing so hard I could barely breath. :ok:

A couple of my favourite "small" films are Buffalo 66 (http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/buffalo66), by Vincent Gallo, and hana-bi (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119250/) by Takeshi Kitano. Both are directed by and star "auteurs", if you want to call them that, and manage to be both funny and poignant.

Lastly: the Coen Brothers are now famous for Fargo and No Country For Old Men, but their smaller films are also interesting. Especially The Man Who Wasn't There (http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/manwhowasntthere), which succeeded in totally changing my opinion of Billy Bob Thornton. (His performance in this film is incredibly subtle, as his character walks that fine line between success and failure.)

PS: I second Raising Arizona & Best In Show, and would also like to add: The Conversation (http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20010204/REVIEWS08/102040301/1023). This was the film that Francis Ford Coppola got to make in return for doing The Godfather Part II and features an astonishing performance from Gene Hackman as a "bug planter" who gets in over his head, a bit...

mr fish
13th Nov 2008, 20:37
a film i dimly recall from my childhood has a group of people stranded in the north african desert in i suppose the late 50, early 60s.
after a sandstorm they discover a half buried tank, dig it out and use it for transport.
turns out the tank was german and was used to rob a local tribe of their gold, jewels etc during the war.
the tribe sight said tank and take off in pusuit.
anyone got any ideas???

PaperTiger
13th Nov 2008, 21:14
fish: The Steel Lady (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046368/plotsummary) (with a google assist ;) )

mr fish
14th Nov 2008, 17:09
PAPER TIGER, cheers mate- now to try and find a copy!!!!

haughtney1
14th Nov 2008, 20:53
Flight of the intruder (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tm-Fb_0CHAw)

Streets of Fire (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=l9tKzPJZTPw)


Interestingly enough both feature Wilem Dafoe..and the same voice over guy :eek: