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Best Movies You've Never Seen


Fun thread idea for us movie fans: list four or five lesser-known films that you think everyone should see, and why.

Here’s a few of mine:

  1. Martin (1977) - George Romero doesn’t just do Zombies. The guy who gave us Night of the Living Dead and (the arguably superior) Dawn of the Dead takes on Vampires. Ambiguous, disturbing, challenging. One of a kind.

  2. Dead Ringers (1988) - Not nearly as obscure as Martin, but doesn’t get the attention I think it deserves. In my opinion this is David Cronenberg’s best movie. Anticipate an erotic sandwich with Jeremy Irons as the bread. Watch it, you’ll see what I mean.

  3. The Long Good Friday (1980) - One of my all time favorites. AMAZING British gangster film. I’d put it on par with Goodfellas. Best ending scene ever? Perhaps. Best line: “I want to lick every inch of you” directed at the ever hot Helen Mirrin.

  4. Koyaanisqatsi (1982) - No narrative? No problem. Or… is there a narrative after all? Can this even be considered a movie, or is it something entirely? Watch it and you tell me. (The music from the second Watchmen trailer and the Dr. Manhattan flashback is from this film)

  5. Inland Empire (2006) - Just kidding. This movie made me want to die.

Your turn.

Life As A House.

…because it’s good, and from my experience, not many people have heard of it.

[quote]rrjc5488 wrote:
Life As A House.

…because it’s good, and from my experience, not many people have heard of it.[/quote]

It’s also a movie Hayden Christensen didn’t ruin with his acting.

[quote]AngryVader wrote:
rrjc5488 wrote:
Life As A House.

…because it’s good, and from my experience, not many people have heard of it.

It’s also the movie Hayden Christensen didn’t ruin with his acting.[/quote]

Fixed?

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
AngryVader wrote:
rrjc5488 wrote:
Life As A House.

…because it’s good, and from my experience, not many people have heard of it.

It’s also the movie Hayden Christensen didn’t ruin with his acting.

Fixed?[/quote]

Nah, Shattered Glass wasn’t bad either.

Cheats.

It’s the best high school comedy no one’s ever seen.

[quote]AngryVader wrote:
pushmepullme wrote:
AngryVader wrote:
rrjc5488 wrote:
Life As A House.

…because it’s good, and from my experience, not many people have heard of it.

It’s also the movie Hayden Christensen didn’t ruin with his acting.

Fixed?

Nah, Shattered Glass wasn’t bad either.[/quote]

I agree. He was alright in The Virgin Suicides as well, even though the movie itself suffered from poor V.O. narration.

Hm. I guess I need to find a movie forum for this thread to take off…

“A Boy and His Dog” with Don Johnson.

Life as a House was really great.

Kevin Kline is a pro.

[quote]JMB wrote:
Hm. I guess I need to find a movie forum for this thread to take off…[/quote]

Yeah, sorry I haven’t contributed to this thread more. With all the movies I’ve seen, it’s sometimes really hard for me to come up with lists like this.

I’ll try to give it more thought after work.

  • jesus’ son. billy crudup plays a quirky drug addict. jack black in one of his earliest and funniest roles.

Memento. All movie people have seen it, but the masses really haven’t.

Red- It’s basically a series of crank calls to a bar caught on tape and then mixed with still photographs of Lawrence Tierney looking pissed off on the phone. The recordings predate The Jerky Boys and it’s really funny.

A movie called Bully. It was…disturbing, to say the least.

[quote]LankyMofo wrote:
Memento. All movie people have seen it, but the masses really haven’t.[/quote]

Saw it in my philosophy class, great movie.

[quote]NeelyDan wrote:
A movie called Bully. It was…disturbing, to say the least.[/quote]

Agreed.

And agreed on Life as a House.

And Shattered Glass.

The Lookout (2007) - The movie has some similar elements to Memento, but but it has a great cast and was well acted. Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, and Isla Fisher.

It’s basically about a young man that suffers a head injury and now has to write everything down in order to remember things. He then gets a job at a bank and eventually gets involved in a plan to rob the bank.

Bad Taste (1987) - One of Peter Jackson’s earlier, zombie-related films. So campy and gory that it’s hilarious.

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) - Stars Ethan Hawke (whom I normally can’t stand), Marissa Tomei and my favorite actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Basically a story about a heist gone wrong and the story is kind of retold from each person’s point of view in parts. The PSH stands out in this like he always does.

Brick (2006) - Another movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt that I liked a lot. JG-L’s character gets a desperate call from his ex and then gets involved in investigating what happened to her. It’s really a throw back to older, film noir movies.

[quote]Duwatsrt wrote:
“A Boy and His Dog” with Don Johnson.

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Good pro-rape entertainment. See also: Zardoz

[quote]NeelyDan wrote:
A movie called Bully. It was…disturbing, to say the least.[/quote]

Yup, that’s really the only thing to say about it.

Btw, your avatar cracks me the hell up.

[quote]AngryVader wrote:

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) - Stars Ethan Hawke (whom I normally can’t stand), Marissa Tomei and my favorite actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Basically a story about a heist gone wrong and the story is kind of retold from each person’s point of view in parts. The PSH stands out in this like he always does.

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I hated this movie.

[quote]MangoMan305 wrote:
LankyMofo wrote:
Memento. All movie people have seen it, but the masses really haven’t.

Saw it in my philosophy class, great movie.[/quote]

Yeah, it normally takes a couple viewings to understand exactly what happened, but it’s really, really well done.