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Hidden Gems

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by docsmith2k1, Jan 9, 2003.

  1. docsmith2k1

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    I know there have been many threads about our favorite film, DVD demo disc etc - but after just watching Freeway on the recommendation of a friend I was wondering are there any more hidden gems of a movie out there that I've missed out on. Maybe they didn't get a full (cineplex) release so us oop north didn't get to see 'em. Let me know.

    By the way I can recommend Freeway to you Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon - to quote the poster " Gives Little Red Riding Hood a retrofit"
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  2. Geezer

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    Theres already a thread talking about this, cant remember where though :p
     
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    Oh yeah it was called dvd surprise on this forum
     
  4. docsmith2k1

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    Geezer

    I checked out this thread and can find maybe 2 non mainstream recommendations - the rest is a conversation about were to buy cheap DVDs.
    Enlighten me people
    Or do we all sit watching Star Wars and LOTR
     
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    I can think of better things to do. But to each his own.
     
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    Fair enough then, just thought thats why you werent getting many responses.

    Have you seen Way of the Gun, i dont consider than mainstream and enjoyed that quite a lot.
     
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    I just bought Requiem for a Dream for £5.99 from PLAY.
    A little gem indeed, would definitely recommend it, the guy who directed it is going to be huge!
     
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    If you find the thread called What Films Would You Recommend you will find a list of about 40+ gems that people recommend, none of which are mainstream type films. Beware - it may leave you with a bigger wishlist!!
     
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    Darren Aronofsky is the director - I too think he's great!

    He did Pi before Requiem - another great film.

    His latest project is called 'The Fountain' and is supposed to star Brad Pitt although I hear they are having problems on set and Pitt might walk out - that's showbiz for ya :p
     
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    so do I and his other latest project/film is called BELOW. He "only" wrote it though. it has no confirmed UK-theatrical release yet but is out on R1 in march.
    HTH
     
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    Is he still working on the new Batman movie or has it been shelved? I haven't heard anything for a while...
     
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    I think it has been as they wanted to film Batman Vs Superman instead
     
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    Okay, here's some little gems for you

    13 Conversations About One Thing

    Amelie

    Best in Show

    Bleeder

    Bound

    Bubble Boy

    Dark City

    Deliverance

    Donnie Darko :D

    Election

    Focus

    The Game

    Gangster No. 1

    Gattaca

    Go

    The Hole

    The Ice Storm

    Jacob's Ladder

    Joe Dirt

    Keeping the Faith

    Lantana

    Leaving Las Vegas

    Lost Highway

    Magnolia

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Mulholland Drive

    Nurse Betty

    Panic

    The Pledge

    Pi

    Pusher

    The Red Violin

    Requiem for a Dream

    Run Lola Run

    Rushmore

    Say It Isn't So

    Southern Comfort

    Stir of Echoes

    The Straight Story

    The Tao of Steve

    Taxi / Taxi 2

    The Thirteenth Floor

    Two Hands

    Waiting for Guffman

    The Way of the Gun

    Wonder Boys


    BTW, I watched Freeway on TV last night and thought it was alright but dragged a bit.
     
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    Is this out on DVD? I love this film.

    You are talking about the Danish film aren't you? Haven't seen this in ages, might have to dig it out nd wath it agin later. If me and squirell are talking about the same film then I second this recomendation.
     
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    Yes it is, but only R1 and it's an SE.

    CA$17.47 at www.absound.ca

    I own all the films I recommended above on DVD :)

    Yup, and Bleeder is the sequel.

    Both are £7.99 on R2 at Play.com :)
     
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    Haven't seen the sequel, is it any good? Thats another one on my wishlist.:rolleyes:

    Never used absound before what are they like, delivery time etc?
     
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    Yes, it's good. You'll enjoy it as much as the first one :)
    I no longer comment on retailers on the forum anymore. But I will PM you :)
     
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    right Mr Squirrel, as expect of the weird

    What is your theory on Jacobs ladder

    My theory, prob wrong

    ok spoilers

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    In Nam, Timbo Robbins dies

    In the film we see him stuck in purgatory as he will not accept his death

    His chiropractor is the devil

    Finally he accepts his death and his dead son Culkin leads him to heaven

    Not sure about those experimental drugs, were they real, dunno

    not seen it for a while but it is a great film
     
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    Bobbles,

    Featurette and deleted scenes on the DVD explain all. Wish the deleted scenes were in the final cut, but director explains why he didn't want them there.

    Anyway, MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW!!!

















    It's all to do with the experimental drugs and accepting death. Everything in the film takes place while he's on the operating table in Vietnam and is all in his mind. He goes through lots of stuff to do with his life and various hallucinations and dreams induced by the drugs. Finally he accepts death at the end and dies on the operating table (hence the last scene in the film).
















    END OF SPOILERS

    A truly excellent film and one of my favourites. Hated it the first time I watched it but then I was with a bird at the time and she kept "distracting" me :rolleyes: :D

    BTW, the above is not my theory - it's fact, as explained by the director himself :)
     
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    me thinks a purchase could occur soon
     
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    Possibly Tim Robbins finest performance :)
     
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    a close second to shawshank

    I was quite close though in my theory
     
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    Has anyone seen The Big Blue. I don't know anyone else thats seen it. Superb film by Luc Besson.
     
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    Captain Ron
     
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    I would say his performance behind the camera on Dead Man Walking was his best.
     
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    Yeah, he was quite handy wasn't he. Made Sean Penn rather likeable at long last. :)



    I've watched Bleeder for the second time this afternoon because of this thread :D and just realised that although a lot of the actors are the same as in Pusher, they're not the same characters :blush: Can't believe I didn't notice this first time round but I guess checking first names of characters would've been the dead giveaway :rolleyes: :D

    So it's not really a sequel, but the two films go together nicely - like Snatch and Lock Stock.

    I think Bleeder is far grimmer than Pusher because it's a different sort of violence. The pace is a little slower as well, but it's great stuff. Just like Bleeder, there are some great comedic moments as well, e.g. the opening scene in the video store is pure class :D
     
  27. docsmith2k1

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    Squirrel God

    This is more like it. I have seen many on your list but not all. I tried to get to see Lantana but could find no local cinemas showing it. I presume its out on DVD? I'll check around for it. I've also been meaning to try out Mulholland Drive - but I've found Lynch's stuff difficult in the past. The journey is often more enjoyable than the destination. May give it a go on your recommendation.
     
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    Well I got it spot on then. :D Haven't seen this film for ages, I may have to pick this DVD up too.

    Chowine I've seen and do own the Big Blue and IMO it's an excellent film one of my favorites. It's not for everbody tho as I found out when I recomemended it to Squirrel God and he didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.
     
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    Bought it only for a few quid recently (PLAY or CDW) on the recommendation of a work colleague.

    It is excellent IMO - very stylish and well worth a look

    Michael Mann directs - he also did HEAT
     
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    Yes. Don't know about other regions, but it was released first on R4 since it's an Oz movie, so you'll have to get it from a R4 supplier like www.ezydvd.com.au

    Make sure you get the SE as it's only a couple of quid more than the standard one and has some lovely features :)
     

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