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    Thirding Hudson Hawk (watch it as a spoof of/homage to 60s spy movies & cat burglar movies, as well as 80s-90s Joel Silver movies, and it makes a lot more sense), and seconding Iceman. That's a very calm, very thoughtful movie, with a fantastic performance by John Lone. Everyone here should check it out.
    • CommentAuthorRonin
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009
    OK I got to say you are all wrong. Hudson Hawk is horrible. Its not even so bad its good fun. Its 100 minutes you'll never get back in your life. Theres a reason that it won the 1992 Razzies for Worst director, Picture, and Screenplay. It was also nominated for worst Actor, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Worst movie of the decade. Seriously recommending this is like saying "Cherry 2000" deserves an Academy Award. If you want a kinda off the grid Bruce willis movie check out "Last Man Standing".
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    It's an odd one but I have to say Cannibal Holocaust. It's a bit weird and not very nice in places (one of the last movies where they actually killed animals on film, so not for everyone), but it's quite well shot together and it's a nice look at the documentary style of film making. I've been told (a great way to start a sentence that) that it was banned across Europe because it was thought it was Snuff and not fake.

    Anyway, that should be watched.

    Also, Dark Star which is a trippy sci-fi from the mid 70s. It's John Carpenter's first movie and it's not horror, it's a psychadelic tripfest... well, it's not really, it's just quite weird, clearly some drugs were being taken by someone.

    Adam was released recently and didn't get a huge release but is a really great movie. I think for anyone who says stuff without thinking this movie is really for you. If you think you're even the tiniest bit autistic you'll probably relate. I spent a lot of the movie close to tears and second guessing what was going to happen because a lot of it has happened to me (too frequently for me to find comforting). Really amazing performance from Hugh Dancy as well.
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    @ Danny Djeljosevic: Yep.

    Funnily enough so was 'Cannibal Holocaust'.

    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009 edited
    this morning? - Icelandic films!

    Djöflaeyjan (Devils Island, 1996) - Directed by Iceland´s own Bergman Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. Set in Iceland in the 50´s as the US and UK leave after WWII and tells the warring relationship between 2 brothers. Also sees the influx of US culture into iceland (clother, music, cars)

    Englar alheimsins (Angels of the Universe, 2000) - Again directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, based on the novel by Einar Guðmundsson. Tells the story of a man´s decent into mental illness and critique of the state´s mental health facilities. Music by Sigur Rós

    Börn & Foreldrar (Children and Parents, 2006/7) - a double feature showing the strains on modern family life in iceland. Highly recommended.

    and films set in iceland
    Beowulf & Grendel (2005) - NOT the one with Ray winstone ("i´ve cam tah slay yer MONSTAAAH!"). instead, this is the one with Gerard butler. filmed entirely in iceland with Director Surla Gunnarsson. Looks bloody freezing most of the time.

    Guy X (2005) - Little known film starring Jason Biggs as a US soldier who due to a clerical error is posted to a remote Artic base. While there he discoveres a dark military secret.
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009 edited
    Listen to KPatrickGlover Hal Hartley and Jim Jarmusch is almost never wrong.

    Two lovely short films: The Raftman's Razor and The Man with the Beautiful Eyes.

    The documentary White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is rather awful but in a good way.

    And some long ones not the most unknown but I like them so you should to: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, De zaak Alzheimer, Crying Freeman.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009
    JOE (1970) starring Peter Boyle.
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009
    @Ronin Hate me - I enjoy Hudson Hawk too. There's something oddly funny watching it listening to the director's commentary as well.
    ... (offhandedly) He was the best Leonardo Da Vinci impersonator ...
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009
    @PintSizedCat: Dark Star has a great song, "Benson, Arizona," that one and all should google around for the MP3. It's a country / trucker song from some future century.
      CommentAuthorAdmiral Neck
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009 edited
    With regards to this thread, I'd say Hudson Hawk is too mainstream to be included in a list of non-mainstream movies, but my love for it -- and never-ending defence of it -- remains. And that's all that can be said on the matter.

    Theodore Flicker's The President's Analyst is one of the best satires to come out of the 60s. I love it so much that it has infected my Twitter account.

    Warning: Contains terrible 60s psychedelic music.

    Less crazed, but equally pointed, William Richert's Winter Kills, based on the novel by Richard Condon, is one of my favourite conspiracy thrillers. Not as good as The Parallax View, but still notable.

    Warning: Contains aggressive fucking.

    More Jeff Bridges. Ivan Passer's cult thriller Cutter's Way, with John Heard and Bridges attempting to solve the murder of a young girl.

    Warning: Contains excellent John Heard performance.

    If I'm going to go nuts for American thrillers of the 60s, 70s & 80s, I have to include Arthur Penn's nihilistic noir classic Night Moves.

    Warning: Contains bad fashion.

    Probably another fairly well known movie, but I have to give praise to Leos Carax and his second movie, Mauvais Sang (also known as The Night Is Young). You can keep your Besson movies or your dreary Jean-Jacques Beineix flicks. Carax was/is the man.

    Avertissant: Votre hantise avec Juliette Binoche commence ici.
    • CommentAuthorRonin
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009
    @stsparky no hate, I just dont understand.
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    La Dernier Combat
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    @Danny Djeljosevic

    Know anything about Walerian Borowczyk, specifically Immoral Women? A local print critic gave me a copy to watch and I just haven't gotten around to it yet. And the cover art, which depicts a white rabbit fellating a woman, isn't exactly selling me.
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    Okay, some great movies here. Definitely seconding Attack the Gas Station, one of the funniest movies to come out of Korea. Awesome Korean movies also include Tae-Guk-Gi.

    One-upping Branded to Kill to my preferred Seijun Suzuki, which is Tokyo Drifter. It's a little more muted in terms of scandalousness, but no less amazing in terms of craftmanship. Another great Jap movie is an earlier Beat Takeshi movie called Violent Cop (at least in the US). Violent, efficient, interesting. And Gojoe Spirit War Chronicle. And Azumi. And Versus! Gratuitously violent silly zombie samurai gun-porn slapstick sci-fi gorefest. And Wild Zero while I'm at it, which almost fits the same exact description except plus the band Guitar Wolf.

    I would also cite Blast of Silence, although citing anything put out by Criterion is a little too easy. Explore their wares. They finally put out a decent copy of Lars Von Trier's Europa (previously called Zentropa in US).

    And for a last little few, Kristyna Kohoutová made a dark, trippy, stop-motion Alice in Wonderland tale called simply Alice which is downright AMAZING. Zardoz is post-apocalyptic sexual weirdness by the guy that directed Conan the Barbarian, starring Sean Connery in flashy red bondage wear. Danny Boyle's sci-fi awesomeness Sunshine dropped off the face of the earth, at least in the states... And I have warm feelings for Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure, which was one of the weirdest for-children movies ever made imo.

    *EDIT: Jesus, how could I forget the movie I first thought of before I made this post?! POINT BLANK, a Lee Marvin film from the 60's that was the inspiration for the Mel Gibson movie Payback... and darker, in a way.
    • CommentAuthorCarlGlover
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2009 edited
    Cargo 200 - Very disturbing

    Funky Forest - The First Contact - I still really have no idea what this film is about, but I enjoyed it.


    Last Life in the Universe

    Return to Oz - A lot of people I know don't realize that the Wizard of Oz had a sequel. This one is a bit darker than the original. Fairuza Balk is Dorothy.

    Tale of Two Sisters

    Inside aka À l'intérieur - I haven't found a film yet with Béatrice Dalle starring that I haven't liked.
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    @Matt Gamble. Haven't heard of Borowczyk, but his work sounds intriguing -- especially the image of a bunny pleasuring a woman. Looks like he did an Udo Kier-starring Dr. Jekyll movie, (probably unintentionally) making a trilogy out of Andy Warhol's Blood for Dracula/Flesh for Frankenstein.

    @lampcommander Point Blank is fantastic. Have you seen the "Straight Up" director's cut of Payback from a couple years ago? Completely different movie, as I understand it, as it deletes entire characters like Kris Kristofferson's villain. I haven't seen much of the theatrical, but the director's cut is MEAN.

    Another entry from my Polish vault of horror:

    Interrogation (Przesluchanie) by Ryszard Bugajski, a kafkaesque prison movie that someone once told me was the inspiration for the prison scenes V for Vendetta. I'd believe it if Alan Moore didn't denounce moving pictures as evil and dangerous the moment he saw the cowboy shoot through the fourth wall at the end of The Great Train Robbery.

    Has anyone prattled on about the power of that final shot? Is there a cineaste in the house? Must I go do it myself? Digress, digress, digress.

    Back to Interrogation. This might be a fan vid, but here's a sample:

    Turns out the entire movie has been posted to YouTube. Enjoy, assuming you know Polish. I don't.

    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2009 edited
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2009
    The Last Broadcast. I know I probably already recommended this on the horror thread, but it deserves a mention here. wins the contest with Blair Witch, IMO.
    • CommentAuthorJohn Q.
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2009
    Series 7: The Contenders

    Series 7

    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2009
    Adore Hudson Hawk. The actors are obviously having such fun (although apparently not Richard E Grant, if you read his book).
    Was going to mention Boondock Saints, but I figured someone already had...