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    • CommentAuthorRonin
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2009
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009

    I answered my question in the link to a video "Attacking the Gas Station". It wasn't a serious question. I own the flick and love it tons.
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    Speaking of the OP mentioned entire russian movie... one of my favourites, absolutely hilarious, The Peculiarities Of National Hunting.

    A Finnish lad wants the true Russian Hunting Experience, gets more than he bargained for (that sounds like a porno but sorry, all you get is the usual vaguely homoerotic sauna traditions). Damn, I was going to post my favourite scene, in which a grizzly bear steals their vodka, but for some reason embedding has been turned off.

    The whole thing is up on youtube at this playlist. (the one I was going to link is the third one, if you're just here for the drunk bears and pale Russian arses)
    • CommentAuthorRonin
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
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    @Ronin: I haven't really contributed to this thread as I'm not confident my knowledge of film is deep enough to be relevant, but in terms of underrated Peckinpah films, I fucking love Cross of Iron. One of my favourite endings of any film ever.
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    I'm pretty sure no-one's mentioned Dom durakov (House of Fools), a film set in a mental institution during the Chechen war, where the staff leave and the patients are left to cope with being occupied by both sides, as well as dealing with their own illnesses. It's also notable for the appearance of Bryan Adams (as himself). It's one of my girlfriend's favourite films, and is well worth catching.

    For a totally different direction, i also highly recommend Zone Troopers - US soldiers racing against the Nazis to recover a crash landed Alien vessel in occupied Europe (sample quote "holy shit, I just KO'd Hitler")

    • CommentAuthorBig Red
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    Crazy Safari - or apparently "Fei zhou he shang" - this was the unknown third chapter of The Gods Must Be Crazy, never released in many countries - I only know it because I spent a feverish night on a bus in South Africa watching this at high volume and the next morning none of my friends believed it had happened. But it is real! So there.

    Why should you see it? Because it's way, way weirder than the other two - the first half of the movie is a goofy Chinese zombie comedy - only the zombie gets dropped out of the plane into africa, and there's evil europeans (Nazis? I can't remember) and N!xau, the simple bushman, learns Kung fu. And the bits with him in it are all quietly narrated pseudo-documentary just like TGMBC, and the other bits are bad Chinese comedy. You will be happy you saw this movie, but none of your friends will believe you.
    • CommentAuthorRonin
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    Yeah I dig Cross of Iron too. Hell I'm a sucker for most of the movies he directed in the 70's. I dig The Killer Elite, and The Getaway. I hear that Strawdogs is good too. But I havent had a chance to check it out.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    @ Ronin & mybrainhurts

    I applaude your choice of peckinpah films. BMTHOAG I think is his most underrated film and needs to be seen more often....

    anyway here are some more films for you all...

    Night of the Comet (1984): Underrated Sci Fi in which a comet passes over earth, wiping out most of the human race leaving the survivors to fight against mutant zombies. Includes a very early performance from Robert Beltran (Commander Chakotay from Star Trek: Voyager)

    Paperhouse (1988) - British Psycho horror about a girl whose drawings of a house comes to life in a recurring dream which changes as the drawing is altered

    Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees (1991) - VERY, VERY weird film. A bee-keeper runs afoul of highly intelligent bees who drill a hole in his head and insert a television set. and thats just the bit that makes sense...

    Miracle Mile (1988) - Biggest lurch in tone from a film i´ve ever seen. Starts off a crappy rom-com where a man finally gets the girl of his dreams.... then it all goes to shit when a wrong number on a payphone informs them that Nuclear war has broken out and that there are only 78 minutes left!! Bit of a passion killer...

    Thundercrack! (1975) - Very out there horror/comedy/underground adult film thats partly a parody of cliched horror films and partly an extreme gore gross out in the mould of John Waters. contains the best performance by a female actor ever as a mad woman in a spooky mansion that hears some young folk arriving, and she runs to the toilet to make herself vomit so they won’t smell the booze on her breath. She sticks her fingers down her throat and spews - un-simulated - and the wig falls off her head and lands in the bowl. Undeterred, she retrieves it and puts it back on her head, covered in sick. All in one shot. Brilliant!!
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    I can't believe you mentioned Thundercrack! without pointing out the vast amounts of sex, including someone fucking a guy in a gorilla suit.

    I saw it on a double-bill at the late, lamented Scala cinema in London with Cafe Flesh - which is a hardcore porno dystopian SF movie and something I highly recommend.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009 edited
    @Cat vincent

    Well i didn´t want it to be JUST about the sex, but yeah there is a lot of it in there, although it´s been years since i last saw it. I forgot about the sex with the Gorilla!
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    @Ronin - Straw Dogs is very good imo, a very slow build to the (always) violent and agressive end, and the menace is increibly powerful and restrained throughout. I still think his best is Wild Bunch, no matter how trite it sounds, but I've never seen Cross of Iron and now I want to.

    I love this thread. There are so many movies I want to check out. My wife already complains that I always rent weird/foreign shit she's never heard of - now she won't know what hit her.
    • CommentAuthorDario
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    Oh! Completely forgot about The Devils. Absolutely brilliant film.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009

    Great choice. I saw it again last month after not seeing it for years. The whole stylised squalor is just something you don´t see in film these days. The wideview ending shot of the countryside past the bombed city is especially eerie....

    For other Ken russell that you may not have seen a lot of i also recommend Altered States, The Lair of the white worm and The Music Lovers
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    Third time this week someone's mentioned Altered States, one of my top 3 since release. Movie saved my life. Long story.
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    The Devils is proof positive how wrong famous critics like Ebert can be sometimes. He gave it zero stars...

    Ken Russell always makes me think of Peter Greenaway, so I present to the jury The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. It's very self-aware and pretentious, but I don't care. It's beautiful to look at and stomach-churning, and very unlike most movies ever.
    • CommentAuthorDario
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    Thanks, I'll definitely check those out when I get the chance.

    @Cat Vincent
    Wait. It's also life saving material? Now, that's high praise.
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009 edited
    It was for me...
    I had nasty blackouts (with no detectable neurological basis) in my teens. Finally got so angry/scared/desperate that I locked myself in a toilet & hit the wall over and over with my forearm (as Jessup did in the end of the flick) to stave off the attacks. It worked. Suspect I wouldn't be here if it hadn't. First major bit of self-magic I ever did.

    And, to lower the tone after that, the only thing I like about Cook, Thief... is Helen Mirren having hot sex in expensive lingerie.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2009
    @Cat Vincent
    Cook, Thief... is not Greenaway's best, but I dug it.

    Greenaway's best is probably A Zed and Two Noughts or The Falls, which is kind of like an extended Monty Python fake BBC documentary, like on the sketch about the composer whose name is so long they can't talk about anything because it takes too long to say the guys name.
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2009
    @ iceland bob - I love paperhouse. I didn't really find it that scary (which is how it was recommended to me) but I thought the film was excellent.