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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:50 PM
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Recommend a film of which DUers may not have heard
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 01:40 PM by jpgray
I'll start with "Les Diaboliques" by Henri Clouzot--one of his most famous along with "Wages of Fear," it's probably the most suspenseful thriller I've ever seen, equaling the very best of Hitchcock.

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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:52 PM
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1. Withnail and I?
I dunno... y'all have probably seen that.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:53 PM
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2. The Castle
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 12:54 PM by MrCoffee
it's a FANTASTIC little Australian movie...funny and great about a guy fighting the taking by eminent domain of his house (the castle) by the big corporate/government airport interests.

Two thumbs way up.
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-31-06 04:29 AM
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118. Loved it!
:D
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:56 PM
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3. Not sure if this is obscure enough for you but....
I absolutely loved the film Water.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240200/
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:03 PM
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4. "The Saddest Music in the World"
Directed by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. It's difficult to describe this film...except that it's one of the most interesting films I've ever seen. I loved it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0366996/
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:08 PM
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5. I hear music when I think of you.
Now you have made me thirsty for a Lady Port Huntley Beer.

Thanks a fuckload!
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:10 PM
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7. Oops, misplaced post.
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 01:11 PM by swag


Dang me.
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I Have A Dream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:09 PM
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6. "Ponette"
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judaspriestess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:11 PM
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Gas Food Lodging
with Stockard Channing, who I just love as an actor
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:13 PM
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9. Yeah, good one. I only saw it once, but it stuck with me.
Fairuza Balk. Ione Skye. And Sam what's-his-name who was also in Big Lebowski as Fairuza's long lost father.
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judaspriestess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:33 PM
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31. its been a long time since I've seen this movie too
but it stuck with me also since I grew up with a father.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:11 PM
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8. Oh, how about "Woman in the Dunes"
since Kyoko Kishida just died.



Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara and released in 1964, Woman in the Dunes is a bleak allegory in the fashion of films by Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni. Ms. Kishidas nameless character is trapped in a pit on a desolate shore, her sole occupation harvesting sand for the villagers who hold her. Resigned to her fate, she is joined by an entomologist who is tricked into captivity and must learn to accept the hopelessness and crushing boredom of his existence.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:17 PM
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10. Pane e Tulipani
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:29 PM
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11. 84 Charlie MoPic or The Awgul Truth
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 01:30 PM by LanternWaste
84 Charlie MoPic.

A film shot in documentary style about an American squad during the Viet-Nam war. Honest to God, I actually thought it *was* a documentary when I saw the first time (flipped it on ten minutes into) and didn't realize it was a film until app. five minutes after.

or...

The Awful Truth.

Funniest comedy I've ever viewed. Cary Grant & Irenne Dunne are THE perfect comedic duo.

On Edit: meant to respond to OP
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:30 PM
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12. La Crmonie, by Claude Chabrol
Another tense thriller with some great acting, ostensibly a commentary on the class divisions in France.
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:34 PM
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13. Besieged
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:36 PM
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14. The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey.
A very strange, haunting film. Everyone I have ever talked to about it, who's seen it, raves about it.

A mini-cult classic.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095709/posters
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:36 PM
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15. Shaolin Soccer


Another Woman


Urbania
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:00 PM
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22. Another Woman is excellent.
We adore Gene hackman in the kerrytravelers home.
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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:37 PM
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16. Watch this one. Hxan (1922)
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 01:37 PM by warrior1
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=134

Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensens legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the middle ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from seriousinstead its a witches brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. The Criterion Collection is proud to present two versions of this genre-defying documentary, for the first time ever on DVD.

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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:21 AM
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85. I've seen that, it's pretty neat.
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:42 PM
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17. Disco Pigs
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 01:42 PM by ceile
"Pig and Runt - born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by blood. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are also partners in crime, with an appetite for recklessness, exploration and destruction. But days before their 17th birthday the perfect balance of their world begins to shift. Pig's sexual awakening and increasing jealousy begins to threaten the private universe they have spent their lives constructing. Unable to contemplate the loss of Runt, Pig's unpredictable nature spirals out of control in a trail of violence. The invisible thread between them is stretched to breaking point, the inseparable are about to separate, and which one will survive depends on which one can break free."
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236157/plotsummary
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:45 PM
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18. Le Grand Bleu (The big blue) about competative underwarter diving.
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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:54 PM
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19. The Qatsi trilogy of films, also Baraka.
Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi.





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InternalDialogue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:58 PM
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21. I just saw that set of films earlier this year.
Gripping, beautiful, disturbing, very intense. It was interesting to see the difference in styles between the films, since they were shot and produced over such a wide span of time. Koyaanisquatsi was by far my favorite, just for its simplicity of images and meditative nature of the entire film.

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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:11 PM
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63. Saw it in the theater when it first came out 20 years ago.
A TV screen does not do it justice.
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RedStateShame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:55 PM
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20. "Kicking and Screaming." No, not that one!!!
The 1995 one. Has nothing to do with soccer, I swear. It was directed by Noah Baumbach, whose films include "Mr. Jealousy" and "The Squid and the Whale," and has a cast that includes Eric Stoltz and Parker Posey. It's about finding life after college. If you're still in college when you see it, it's hilarious. If you see it after college, it can be a little bittersweet. Still, a well written film, and a good use of Freedy Johnston's song "Bad Reputation." Easily one of the most quoteworthy films of my youth. Cougars.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:18 AM
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83. That is a good movie
I was still in college when I saw it, but already felt a lot like the bartender guy :)
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rbnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:01 PM
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23. The Station Agent
Patricia Clarkson's best performance ever.
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:49 PM
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27. i love that movie
one of my favorites
:thumbsup:
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rbnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:38 PM
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34. me too
one of the best of all time
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:08 PM
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106. Great Movie. I loved it.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:01 PM
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24. Next Stop Wonderland
Cute but non-sappy fairy tale love story about soulmates who keep "just missing" each other in Boston. Hope Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman early in their careers.

Fantastic for anyone who lives/has lived in Boston--really gets to the heart of everyday life in the city. If you can appreciate the significance of the line "The Sumner Tunnel's backed up", you'll appreciate the extra nuance!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119778/
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InternalDialogue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:01 PM
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25. "Following"
Black-and-white film by Christopher Nolan, who went on to make "Memento." It has the same pieced-together quality of Memento, but I think the story and out-of-sequence execution are far more interesting in Following, mostly because they're not at all sequential (or reversed sequential). It's an involved process to sort things out.

http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?movieid=60000574
"This odd, claustrophobic film about a seedy young Brit (Jeremy Theobald) who's obsessed with following people -- albeit harmlessly at first -- is a great neo-noir movie that gets even better as the premise unspools. After meeting a like-minded bloke (Alex Haw), the twosome graduate to breaking and entering but meet their match in a tough blonde dame (Lucy Russell)."

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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:35 PM
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110. That was an interesting movie
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:06 PM
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26. Nomads - Pierce Brosnan, Adam Ant 1986
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 02:07 PM by Lochloosa
A Chilling Tale Of Supernatural Evil.

A French anthropologist gets murdered in Los Angeles after he discovers the existence of some unknown demonical creatures. Before he dies, he reveals his secret to a young doctor...

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auburngrad82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:54 PM
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28. Rabbit Proof Fence
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0252444 /

Great Movie. Plot outline from imdb.com:

This is the true story of Molly Craig, a young black Australian girl who leads her younger sister and cousin in an escape from an official government camp, set up as part of an official government policy to train them as domestic workers and integrate them into white society. With grit and determination Molly guides the girls on an epic journey, one step ahead of the authorities, over 1,500 miles of Australia's outback in search of the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home. These three girls are part of what is referred to today as the 'Stolen Generations.'


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unsavedtrash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:27 PM
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43. great movie
:hi:
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swimboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:07 PM
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29. Ma Vie en Rose
heartbreaking and sweet

To Be or Not To Be--Anne Bancroft is amazing and it is hilarious and poignant too, even though it is Mel Brooks.

Babette's Feast--beautiful in all respects
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:09 PM
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30. Les Choristes



On 15 January 1949, the former music teacher Clment Mathieu (Grard Jugnot) arrives in "Fond de l' Etang" ("Bottom of the Well"), a boarding school for orphans and problematic boys, to work as an inspector. The place is administrated with iron fist by the cruel director Rachin (Franois Berland), and most of the boys have severe punishments for their faults. Clment decides to teach the boys to sing in a choir in their spare time, and identify the musical potential of the rebel Pierre Morhange (Jean-Baptiste Maunier), the son of a beautiful single mother for whom he feels a crush. He also has a special feeling for the young Ppinot (Maxence Perrin), a boy that expects the visit of his father every Saturday near the gate, but indeed lost his parents in the war. With his methods, Clment changes the lives of the boys, of the other employees and his own.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372824/plotsummary
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peacefreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 06:02 AM
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97. Wonderful film.
I play the soundtrack often.
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aspencer Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:34 PM
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32. Better Off Dead
Comedy with John Kusak -- love him. It's not a movie good for anything except vast amounts of brain popcorn.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:18 AM
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84. one of my favorite movies ever
:rofl:

welcome to DU! :hi:
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:37 PM
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33. "Last Night"
Another Canadian film...directed by Don McKellar. Starring McKellar and Sandra Oh. The film is about the final 24 hours before the world ends. "Last Night" is a marvelous story with great performances (especially Sandra Oh). I recommend it.
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:48 AM
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92. Second Last Night.
Sandra Oh was wonderful. Excellent film.

And how about Genevieve Bujold.. she was terrific in it as well.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:39 PM
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35. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. I also recommend Breaking the Waves.
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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:52 PM
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49. two "difficult"--for me at least--films, but both very strong
von Trier can be pretty amazing....
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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:56 PM
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50. Roman Coppola's "CQ"
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 08:05 PM by darkstar
http://www.experiencecq.com /



edit:: sorry...wrong spot...oh well...carry on....
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:01 PM
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52. They are indeed difficult. Henry left me very afraid on my trip home.
Thankfully, the fear quotient Henry wore off quickly - but it's been about 15 years since I saw it, and I still have a near complete emotional memory of the experience of watching it: the creepiness, the sickness, etc. I almost became physically ill during that movie, and not because of gore - just because of the sheer lack of anything human in Henry. Goddamn, that was beautifully done! Makes the Hannibal Lechter movies look like fucking choir boy biops.

And Breaking the Waves left me emotionally empty, like I'd never know joy or happiness again. I think that's what a Dementor must feel like.

And I watched that one with my partner, and she was TOTALLY freaked and in tears by it.

Discovered that's not really a date movie, no sirree. :rofl:
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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:04 PM
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53. I'll never forget seeing The Deerhunter on a first date
It was pretty awkward to say the least
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:16 PM
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55. LOL!
"Hey, would you like to go out with me? I'm thinking we'll go see the Deerhunter, and then to the hospital with my cousin Chaplain Nick to visit the babies going through chemo, then maybe back to my place for some room temperature coffee and we'll snuggle up to Schindler's List."
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:22 PM
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65. The ultimate anti-date movie: Cries and Whispers
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 10:53 PM by Lydia Leftcoast
Three gloomy neurotic sisters, one of whom is dying painfully of cancer, in the family home. What a complete downer. You want to go out and drink rat poison after that one.

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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:47 PM
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36. Divorce Italian Style
Brilliant dark comedy that won an Oscar for its screenplay, I believe.

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Hoping4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:47 PM
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37. Any film with Alastair Simm, most of which were comedies.
Most people only know Simm as Scrooge in The Christmas Carol but he did dozens of movies most of which are comedies. The ones I've seen have all been amazing.
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:26 PM
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107. Time for a comedy: Alistair Sim in "Belles of St. Trinian's" --out-of-control
girls' boarding school, with Sim in dual roles, one of them in drag, as headmistress of the school.
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:47 PM
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38. Clean
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 03:53 PM by Susang
Written and directed by Olivier Assayas & starring Maggie Cheung

Also check out "In the Mood for Love" & "Irma Vep" with Maggie Cheung
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StrictlyRockers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:48 PM
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39. "Wizards", by Ralph Bakshi
A great animated movie from the 70's (I think) with a powerful anti-fascist message. You'll love it, especially if you are into D&D/fantasy kind of stuff.



"An epic fantasy in a world of peace and love."

Trust me, you'll love it.

SR
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:51 PM
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40. "Claire Dolan" a 1998 film starring Katrin Cartlidge, Vincent D'onfrio....
and Colm Meaney.
A criminally unknown film.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:07 PM
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41. PASSION FISH
I love that movie.

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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:22 PM
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42. Puberty Blues, an Australian film.
Excellent girls' coming-of-age story. Bruce Beresford directed.
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:29 PM
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44. "High Tide" starring Judy Davis.
My rule of thumb is, any film featuring Judy Davis is a must see, and this is one of her best.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:33 PM
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45. The Gleaners and I
French Documentary on people who live off of salvaged food from markets and farms. Very personal major that is beautifully filmed
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:35 PM
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46. "Strictly Ballroom"... utterly charming and enjoyable.
If you have not seen it, go get it and watch it this weekend.
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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:39 PM
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47. The all too precient "Mr. Freedom" (1969)
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unsavedtrash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:42 PM
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48. Babette's Feast
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 07:43 PM by unsavedtrash
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/243230.html
Babette's Feast takes place in a remote seaside village in Jutland, the site of an especially strict Lutheran sect. The beautiful young daughters of the founder of the sect renounce suitors from the outside world who would have taken them away from their father, their village, and their religion. Martine (named for Martin Luther) rejects an aristocratic, worldly army officer, and Philippa (named for Luther's friend Phillip Melancton) turns down the offer of Achille Papin, a visiting French opera star, to sing in Paris, where he promises to make her a star. Years pass; neither sister marries. The two devote their lives to good works and keeping their now-dead father's spirit alive.
One evening some thirty-five years later, in September 1871, in the midst of a driving rainstorm, a bedraggled and visibly exhausted woman appears on the doorstep of the two sisters, who are now in late middle age. The stranger bears a letter of introduction from Achille Papin, who remembers his idyll in rural Denmark as a very special, because so very different, time and place in his life. He asks the sisters to take in the woman, a refugee from the civil war raging in Paris in which her husband and son were both brutally killed "like rats." She herself, his letters informs them, barely escaped with her life. Babette Hersant has lost her family, her country, her language, and, as it turns out, her art. She is beaten, desolate, and desperate to be taken in.
Such is the simplicity of the sisters' life that they scarcely know what to do with a servant, even one who will work for no wages. Nevertheless, they take her in, and Babetteplayed by the luminous Stphane Audransoon becomes indispensable to them and to those whom they succor. The slight but significant touches that she brings to the daily fare make the food more palatableand even, in a term that seems foreign to this strict Protestant sect, pleasurable. Babette insists on the quality of foodstuffs as she bargains in rudimentary but effective Danish with the grocer and the fishmonger, both of whom she astounds with her insistence on superior vegetables and absolutely fresh fish. It is clear that no one else gives such care to the quality of material ingredients or makes use of the herbs that she gathers in the fields overlooking the sea and hangs in her kitchen.

When Babette leaves for a time and the sisters return to their task of dispensing their own unappetizingly brown ale-bread soup to the poor, one old man testily throws his spoon down when served the meal that had been perfectly acceptable before Babette's arrival. Once good taste is learned, there is no return. Another ends his prayers with thanks to God for sending Babette. The sisters sense rather than actually know that food tastes better, although they know for sure that their financial state has greatly improved since this foreigner came to them. Into this world disdainful of earthly delights, Babette subtly presses claims for the life around us. In a telling aesthetic gesture that sets her apart from the rest of the villagers, she washes the windows of the cottage to let the light and beauty of the outside world into the dark interior.

Fourteen years pass. The sisters make plans to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of their father's birth. This celebration comes at a crucial moment: like many other sects after the loss of a charismatic founder, the disciples have fallen to squabbling and backbiting. The sisters hope that the simple repast that they envision will make whole what time and travail have sundered and thus will restore the spiritual harmony of their early church. At this point, Babette receives a letter from France with the news that she has won ten thousand francs in the state lottery. A child of misfortune, she has quite suddenly been made fortunate. After much thought, she requests permission to prepare the commemorative feast for the sisters and the community of believers, but she wants to do so on her own terms, as a "real French dinner." She also insists on paying for it. The sisters reluctantly grant her request. They assume that this will be the last meal she will make for them before she returns to France a rich woman. After a journey to marshal supplies that she has ordered from France, Babette returns at the head of a great procession of foodstuffs, including gleaming candelabra and silverware, elegant china and table linens, cases of wine, a calf's head, several quails in a cage, and an enormous live turtle that gives Martine nightmares.

Horrified at what they fear will turn into a "witches' Sabbath," the sisters warn the community, begging forgiveness in advance. Like the early Christian martyrs, they determine to meet the presence of evil with resignation, in silence, with their minds on heaven, not earth. No one will think about the food. "It will be as if we never had the sense of taste," says one of the disciples. The sisters' apprehension only increases as Babette sets about preparing the meal. "Surely that isn't wine?" Martine asks in fear and trembling. "No, that isn't 'wine,'" Babette replies indignantly. "It's Clos de Vougeot 1845,"
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Mrs. Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:45 PM
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61. That Is One Of My Top Ten Favorite Movies!
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 08:47 PM by Mrs. Venation
I absolutely love that film. I wish Bertha could watch it. She couldn't make it past the delivery of the live quail.

Another of my top ten favorites is a British film called "Shirley Valentine."

Edited to add "Secrets and Lies." An awesome film!
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mntleo2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:57 PM
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51. Harold And Maude?
...it's a love story about a 19 year old rich kid who falls in love with a 79 year old wild and crazy woman. Strange, funny and great music (Cat Stevens). I think it was made around 1968 (?).

Cat In Seattle
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unsavedtrash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:46 PM
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114. I love this movie
one of my favorite scenes //www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaZCOZ6enGw
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:05 PM
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54. The Secret of Roan Inish
Lovely little fantasy film
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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:29 PM
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57. Great one indeed, magical stuff....
:hi:
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:37 PM
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58. Awsome movie!!!
I agree, it is a beautiful film.


lost
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:27 PM
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56. "From the Hip"
One of the funniest movies I have ever seen.
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:39 PM
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59. The ballad of Jack and Rose
A kind of disturbing yet wonderful movie.
I have seen it twice and I am still not sure how I feel about it.
It is a movie that 10 people can watch and come up with 10 different meanings of this movie.


lost
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:41 PM
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60. "Radio Flyer"
is another movie that leaves the ending open to interpretation.
Sometimes I think it is clear...but I still don't get it.
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:38 PM
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70. was it written by David E Kelley?
I need to check it out.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:55 PM
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74. Yep. n/t
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:52 PM
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62. I'm watching The Future of Food
documentary on genetically modified foods. I don't know whether to recommend it or run away from it. Very depressing.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:17 PM
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64. Peking Opera Blues, among others
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 10:47 PM by Lydia Leftcoast
A Hong Kong movie that is short on martial arts but full of highly original slapstick comedy.




It's very hard to find on either VHS or DVD.

I also recommend:

> The Visitors: A French comedy about a medieval knight who is magically transported to the present day and meets one of his descendants.



> With a Friend Like Harry: Another French movie, only this very dark comedy is the closest thing to Hitchcock that I've seen since Hitchcock himself. A family finds that its life is being taken over by a mysterious man who claims to be a school classmate of the husband.


> The Eye: A young woman in Hong Kong receives a cornea transplant after being blind most of her life and all of a sudden, she sees dead people all the time.


> The Other Side of Sunday: A 13-year-old girl whose father is a minister in the strictest branch of the Norwegian state church faces a crisis with her approaching confirmation.



>The Fringe Dwellers: If you liked Rabbit-Proof Fence, you'll be intrigued by this 1980s drama about an Aboriginal girl who is disgusted both by the racism of the local whites and the ways in which members of her community have internalized the stereotypes about them.



> Hamsun: Max von Sydow portrays Knut Hamsun, Norways' only Nobel Prize winning author, by all accounts a wonderful writer and a despicable human being who lost his reputation when he supported the Nazis.



> Edelweiss Pirates: The title sounds like that of a comedy, but the Edelweiss Piraten were actually anti-Nazi youth gangs, and this tells the story of one gang in the last days of World War II.




> Upswing: Finnish yuppies try to one-up their friends by going on the most exotic vacation of all: spending a month in a public housing project. But a plot twist in the middle sets the story off on a whole new course...

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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:23 PM
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66. 84 Charing Cross Road
Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench...1987
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:30 PM
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68. Oh now I will have to see it again.
Wonderful, wonderful film. But I don't recall Ms. Dench in it so now I have an excuse to see it again. As if I needed an excuse.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:45 AM
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79. It's been some time since I watched it, too...
It just suddenly popped into my head. Must be time again! :D
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Bullwinkle925 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:22 AM
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77. I adore that movie - it resides in my HUGH collection of DVD's.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:44 AM
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78. Me too
I love my friends passionately. I've never seen such a friendship captured in any other film...except maybe The Lord of the Rings. :D
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leeroysphitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:25 PM
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67. Children Of Men.
Astounding. The politic of the film are ambiguous but the plot is the most riveting I've had the pleasure of seeing in years and years.
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:32 PM
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69. 'With A Friend Like Harry'
another very clever, suspenseful and just plain nasty French film that would have made Hitchcock smile.

I know Lydia Leftcoast has seen it, she knows all the good ones. :-)
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:38 PM
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71. As long as the other John Sayles fans are here tonight...
...I'll recommend Matewan, which I just saw a few weeks back. Set in the period between the world wars, Matewan is the story of a labor organizer's efforts to unionize mine workers in a West Virginia community.

I was expecting good intentions, earnest ideals, and a perfunctory history lesson, and what I got was a highly suspenseful, profoundly moving film. The cast, which includes Mary McDonnell, James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, and Will Oldham, is uniformly good. I recall that Chris Cooper, who was then virtually at the beginning of his film career and cast in the pivotal role of labor organizer Joe Kenehan, later publicly thanked Sayles for giving him this particular opportunity.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093509/
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:42 PM
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72. O Lucky Man!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070464 /
back when Malcolm McDowell was hot...

Still my favourite movie and a soundtrack to die for!
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:48 PM
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73. All of these are essential viewing, in my opinion...
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:00 PM
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75. Buffalo Rider. It really is, without exageration, the worst movie....
...ever shown on the big screen. It was truly horrible, bad, pathetic, crummy, and beyond B rated. Did I mention it was a bad movie?!?
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:02 PM
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76. "Hearts & Minds" - 1974 Academy Award Winning Documentary


Plot Outline: A documentary of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam war.

Plot Synopsis: This film recounts the history and attitudes of the opposing sides of the Vietnam War using archival news footage as well as their own film and interviews. A key theme is how attitudes of American racism and self-righteousness militarism helped create and prolong this bloody conflict. The film also endeaveors to give voice to the Vietnamese people themselves as to how the war has affected them and their reasons why they fight the United States and other western powers while showing the basic humanity of the people that US propaganda tried to dismiss.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Minds-Collection-George-Co...

Bring tissues...
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:02 AM
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80. Belle De Jour
with Catherine Deneuve
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:04 AM
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81. Gates Of Heaven
One of the few things I've agreed w/ Roger Ebert about:

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI...
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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:05 AM
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82. Rollerball
I named my now 30 year old son Jonathan after the renegade skater who dared to buck the corporations in a future world where governments have been privatized and war replaced by a gory game similar to roller derby.
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:31 AM
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87. Great choice....
...and an all-time great movie... :thumbsup:
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:40 AM
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89. That was a good movie; I've seen it a few times now
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S n o w b a l l Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:28 AM
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86. A Patch of Blue
Not obscure but an old movie with Sidney Portier & Shelley Winters about racism. Had a major influence on me when I saw it as a kid.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:41 AM
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90. Yeah, Shelly Winters played such a BAD MOTHER too
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:39 AM
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88. American Job.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:43 AM
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91. Swept Away
Edited on Sat Dec-30-06 01:44 AM by barb162
Lina Wertmuller, director
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MrSandman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:50 AM
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93. Track of the Cat...
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 02:01 AM
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94. The American Astronaut, which was recommended to me by swag
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 02:14 AM
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95. Breakfast on PLuto
I'm sure if I took the time, I could recommend others but I rented this recently and loved it. Cillian Murphy was amazing!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 02:40 AM
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96. "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T." One of my all-time absolute favorites.
A musical from the '50's based on Dr. Seuss (which explains the wild, outlandish, fantasy set design and costuming). It's about a little boy who hates practicing the piano. He's played by Tommy Rettig - who was one of the boys who also costarred with Lassie on TV. The brilliant Hans Conreid played Dr. T., the mean ol' tyrannical piano teacher he hates also. Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy also star. The songs are great. The dances and production numbers are mindblowing. The music and lyrics are a hoot - very clever and memorable. Most of it involves a dream sequence that's simply astonishing. There's a pair of "Siamese twin" villains on rollerskates who are attached by a long beard. There's a dungeon (!) with torture chamber - including a guy stuck inside a bass drum that's being beaten in perpetuity. There are long, weird, curvy, lopsided staircases to nowhere, a piano whose single keyboard snakes around a huge, cavernous room, and lots of little boys wearing beanies with chartreuse hands sticking out of the top of them. You think you're on an acid trip. Puts Disney absolutely to shame.

My kids grew up with it and love it, and my daughter just turned her boyfriend onto it. My husband and I still sing some of the songs to each other in relevant moments. HIGHLY recommended!!!
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:01 AM
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98. Suture
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Calliope Donating Member (177 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 06:57 PM
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99. Another vote for The Castle. A couple more -
Big Night with Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub as brothers who own a restaurant, and My Favorite Year with Peter O'Toole and Mark Linn Baker.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:02 PM
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100. Again with "The Milagro Bean Field War".
Edited on Sat Dec-30-06 07:02 PM by sfexpat2000
:)

edit: I think the script may be perfect and it doesn't date. :shrug:
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RiffRandell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:02 PM
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101. "Spanking the Monkey".
Cutie Jeremy Davies hooks up with his mom.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:12 PM
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102. What's Cooking
Picture Thanksgiving and four dysfunctional families. It is a terrific film.
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:16 PM
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103. Whale Rider, Kentucky Fried Movie.
Whale Rider is a great indie film from just a few years ago. Wonderful.

Kentucky Fried Movie. From http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076257 / :

Tagline: This movie is totally out of control!

Plot Outline: Series of short, highly irreverant, and quite often tasteless skits. (more) (view trailer)

User Comments: Good GOD! (more)




And a IMDB user comment:


14 out of 17 people found the following comment useful:-
Good GOD!, 31 January 2002
Author: TC Raymond from England


This is one of the most insane movies ever made. Watching it twenty-five years later, I'm still amazed that any studio actually gave the go-ahead to this shameless eruption of outrageous bad taste, politically incorrect madness and outright lunacy. It's the kind of film everyone would like to make if they had the money and the resources, and then proudly show off to their friends over beer and Pringles whilst beaming "Ain't I a genius?"! Honestly, it's that good.

The Zucker brothers were obviously highly influenced by the Monty Python way of thinking (though without the benefit of an Oxbridge education), and it shows in segments like 'AM Today', 'Death Appeal', the interview where the microphone grabs all the attention, 'Danger Seekers' (not for the easily offended, but it cracks me up every time), the courtroom sketch and the central 'A Fistful Of Yen' spoof, which rips into every chop-socky film ever made, and even finds room to spoof the Wizard Of Oz...like I said, Good GOD! Another unforgettable sketch is the soft-porn parody 'Catholic High School Girls In Trouble', if only for that jaw-dropping scene with Uschi Digart (credited here as Ursula Digard) in the shower, and the corny-but-hysterical "Marilyn Chambers recreating her classic role / roll" quickie.

A barrel full of laughs. Not for all tastes, but a hundred times better than the Airplane / Top Secret / Naked Gun movies that followed. See you next Wednesday...

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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:49 PM
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115. "Gonna be a bad day for Virgos.... hey, I'm a Virgo!"
(thhhhhhhhhhhhhwit)

I just about laughed out my lunch at that one.
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hopein08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:24 PM
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104. "Russian Ark"
Filmed without any real editing (IIRC) all in the actual Hermitage in St. Petersburg and they still managed to cover centuries of fascinating Russian history. It is in Russian but has excellent subtitles.
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cmkramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:58 PM
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105. Four choices
"The Little Fugitive" a cinema verite treatment of a small boy in New York City who gets separated from his older brother and how he spends his day.

"Lost Boundaries" about a light-skinned African-American family who are passing for white in a small New England town where the husband is the local doctor. Then the truth comes out about the famly's racial heritage. It's somewhat dated now because the actors playing the family are all white.

"The Well" which is about the reaction in a racially mixed town after a small African-American girl turns up missing.

"The Men" Marlon Brando's movie debut about a paralyzed veteran and his entry back into civilian life. Jack Webb is also in it as one of Brando's fellow patients.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:31 PM
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108. The Royal Flash
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073639 /

A version of the Prince and Pauper story with Malcolm McDowell which is absolutely hilarious!
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:35 PM
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109. "Choose Me" by Alan Rudolph
One of his great 80s movies: Genevieve Bujold (!) as a radio sex therapist (!!!). With Keith Carradine and Rae Dawn Chong. :thumbsup:
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:42 PM
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111. Two more that went by under the radar
Dangerous Beauty - a lush, insightful historical about a 17th century Venetian courtesan.

Gods and Monsters - the final days of the director of Frankenstein, James Whale. Ian McKellen stars; need I say more.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:05 PM
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112. Many of the obscure films listed here
are for sale on TCM's website, including a lot that I've never heard of.
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:30 PM
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113. WAX: Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees
Just watch it. My descriptions cannot do it justice.
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unsavedtrash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:50 PM
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116. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
Albert Spica is a violent gangster and part-owner of Le Hollandais, a restaurant which he and his circle of cronies visit in the evenings. Although Spica has pretensions to be a gourmet, he is in fact coarse in his tastes and ignorant about cuisine, and is also violent and insulting towards the other guests. His head chef Richard despises him, but also fears him and is obliged to allow him to stay. Spica's wife Georgina is, it transpires, regularly abused by him, and is terrified of him. However, she begins to take an interest in one of the other guests, Michael, and, with Richard's collusion soon begins an extra-marital affair with him in the kitchen of Le Hollandais.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-31-06 03:56 AM
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117. The Keeper:The Legend Of Omar Khayyam
THE KEEPER: THE LEGEND OF OMAR KHAYYAM

Came out in Summer 2005, indie directed by Kayvan Mashayekh, who escaped Iran as a kid when the shah was deposed.

Reminded me of the culture and science in Persia. Also, Omar (Bruno Lastra) is VERY HANDSOME.

Absolutely the BEST movie I've ever seen. I've watched it eight or ten times and keep picking up on new stuff. Only 95 minutes long. Absolutely no extraneous stuff in it. Excellent director's commentary.

Filmed in Houston and Uzbekistan and London.

Ancient scenes of Omar, poet of the Rubaiyat, astronomer, mathetmatician and modern scenes of his descendants learning and passing on their family history. The person who memorizes and passes on the family history is called The Keeper. I met some of the actors in the film and they REALLY ARE descendants of Omar. Also has Vanessa Redgrave and the house in "Gosford Park".

Available at Wallyworld, Hollywood Video, and by mail order at www.greatomar.com

Beautifully packaged DVD. Mr. Mashayekh's next movie is Cyrus the Great.


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TRUE COLORS Starring James Spader (when he was young and preppie-cute) and John Cusack. Two buddies grow up together and go two different directions. Only played Houston in one theater for about two weeks in 1982 or so. Rating: Two young hunks.


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