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    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2009 edited
    The best thread on the internet continues!

    @ Richard Kadrey


    what a brilliant film. I saw it late one night and couldn't
    stop thinking about it for days. The weird thing is , it's
    all played straight, if you came in the middle of the film,
    you'd think it was just about a weird girls school
    with a sadistic regime.

    Then you get the coffins , the ballet play (??!) which
    all the girls seem to be continually rehearsing
    for no apparent reason...all the time.
    The creepiness starts to build and build....

    The ending is beautiful though. I thought it
    was going to end pretty dark.So people
    don't be put off.

    Talking about relationships...I also recommend -

    The Return

    Man has children with woman, Man leaves woman, the abandoned sons
    barely remembers their "father".Man decides it was a mistake
    and just barges back into the childrens lives and sons ordered world
    suddenly has this patriarchal dicator in it.telling them what to do
    all the time.

    This a movie complete opposite to all those programs where
    they re-unite lost families and everybody is happy.

    The Father takes the son on a "holiday" which seems like a
    brutal emotional bootcamp. All driving along , no speaking.

    This is a hard harsh emotional film, which you will be rooting
    for the boys for 99% of the movie and at the ending
    minutes you will want to slap the boy as the shock ending
    makes you realize just how much the dad
    actually loves the kids.

    A masterpiece.

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    I don't know who said it first, but Split Second with Rutger Hauer is one of the best post-apocalyptic buddy action movies ever!

    The taglines were the best:

    He's seen the future, now he has to kill it. He's going to need bigger guns.

    And the non-smoking, non-drinking intellectiual partner sees the "monster" for the 1st time, and says "We need guns, we need big fucking guns!"

    Totally captured a moment in time for me.

    Also adding in terribly bad/good sci-fi movies:

    Ice Pirates. It has space herpes. 'Nuff Said.
    Robot Holocaust. B grade would be a compliment. Homo-eroticism, terrible acting, and a collection of terrible actors, no special effects budget to speak of, a tunnel of protruding phallic opjects, robots with wierd warlus faces... the list goes on. From the director of Gale Force: Men's Room 2 and others.
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    I'm not sure this counts either, but in the company of Space Pirates...

    Mitchell and Space Mutiny are the two best MST3K episodes ever.
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    I'm surprised to find such a number of films that I've seen on this thread (and I wholeheartedly agree with the recommendations), I'd like to suggest 'Seance on a Wet Afternoon' a fantastic dark little gem from Dickie Attenborough & Bryan Forbes, a crime thriller with a psychological/supernatural edge (depending entirely on how you want to read it).
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2009
    I enjoy "Split Second" for the dialogue.
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    Fernando Eimbecke's DUCK SEASON--It's generally set in a limited area (one middle class apartment), has a small cast (pretty much four characters), and a small time frame (one Sunday afternoon). Yet it manages to encompass the story of the end of a friendship, a man facing career crisis, absurdism, a sort of coming out tale, and even a Beatles joke. Oh yes, having the characters consume some VERY potent brownies amps up the hilarity. If you've liked Jim Jarmusch's comedies, you would love this one.
      CommentAuthorRob Bass
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2009

    Brilliant 2006 Swiss film. The trailer's up on YouTube, but I'd recommend just hitting it cold. I went in knowing nothing and was blown away.
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2009
    The Pigeon Egg Strategy.

    From Wiki:
    One of the most notable aspects of the film is its multi-cultural nature. Makowski is a Brazilian who speaks Spanish and he shot the film with an American cast in Hong Kong with a crew of Chinese pornographers.

    Tell me; how can that not be good?

    The problem is, it's a very rare film to find. It was never released to the general public and has only been shown in America a handful of times. I happened to have caught it once at Sundance, and then once again at a college film festival.

    This move is truly Max Burkowsky at his best.
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    The Wizard of Speed and Time - Mike Jittlov's tribute to special effects men, indy filmmaking, and geekdom in general.
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    Just recently watched Miracle Mile & The Man from Earth after Templesmith mentioned them over twitter. Both were really amazing. And on Netflix's instant watch, so have at it.

    Miracle Mile actually kept me awake that night. Worse than horror fims, that possible nuclear holocaust. The most frightening part about the film is you never know quite what to believe about such a catastrophic possibility and the speed at which word travels is terrifying. I mean, it's all still a bit Hollywood but definitely a surprising thing to come out of the 80s.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009
    The film Primer was mad for $7,000.

    $7000 !!

    I didn't believe it really, but various people
    confirmed it and i've seen some of the literature!

    All were non actors and had to do everything first take
    on account of film rationing, yes it was done on film
    too! Not cheaper HD video. Makes all filmmakers
    waiting for "the big break " feel incompetent

    It's also the only sci-fi film i've seen where there are
    no special FX. At all. It's all eerie atmosphere, noise,
    sounds and inffered.

    I'm bowing in awe....damn.

    • CommentAuthorIllogic
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009
    After having watched SLC Punk!, Six String Samurai and Attack the Gas Station I must say I like this thread. The first two were awesome. Especially SSS. I didn't care much for AGS though. It was alright, but I never really got into it.
    Carry on!
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009 edited
    @lampcommander, @cat vincent and @sacredchao - always been a bit of a fan of Peter Greenaway myself. I think Drowning By Numbers is my favourite if only for the landscapes - soundtrack's pretty good too.

    Afterlife is a beautiful film set in a waiting room between this life and the next - I find it really moving.

    And Underground is an oddly cheerful (and not entirely uncontroversial) film about the evils of life in Yugoslavia from the 2nd World War to the 1990s - some really good raucous Eastern European folk music.

    edited for added youtubishness - couldn't find a decent one of Drowning By Numbers.

    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009
    This thread is immense. The perfect cure to my movie-ennui.

    Agreement on the suggestions of Danger: Diabolik! and Repo Man as genuinely great films.

    My humble recommendations:
    PTU, my favourite Hong Kong (in)action/cop movie ever. Directed by Johnny To, featuring the fabulous Lam Suet. Compressed in time and space into one night on the dark streets of Kowloon.

    + an old one worth a look: Scarlet Street (1945) directed by Fritz Lang (!), starring Edward G. Robinson. A perfect telling of a fairly predictable story, with a sonic experience at the end.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2009
    I normally hate live action from cartoon - this was oddly fun:

    Yatterman Trailer 2009
    Sho Sakurai of the J-pop group Arashi will be playing Gan-chan3, Japanese actress Saki Fukuda will be playing Ai-chan, Kyoko Fukada will be playing the Dorombo Gang leader, Doronjo, with Kendo Kobayashi playing Tonzura, and Katsuhisa Namase rounding out the trio as, Boyakki. On May 10, 2008, it was announced Anri Okamoto will play the original film-only character, Shoko.
      CommentAuthorRichard Pace
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2009 edited
    I ended up renting this film from a local variety store that stocked distributor cast offs:
    Man Facing Southeast is the English release title.

    It's a nifty Argentinian film from 1986 -- I recall the tape was subtitled. When I describe it, people usually go "Oh, it's like K-Pax." No, it's good.

    Helps a little that the patient looks a little like Lovecraft.

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    @ stsparky - don't forget that Yatterman was directed by Takashi Miike too! I kinda really want to see it. Thanks for reminding me.

    My Japanese movie recommendation is K20: Kaijin Niju Menso Den, or K20: The Legend of the Mask or more literally K20: The Fiend with 20 Faces. I really wanted to see it when it came out at the cinema here, but couldn't find a subtitled version until I found it on a plane today! So, don't know about Western availability.

    It should tick a few boxes for some people. It's a 40's-retro, Shadow-esque, adventure flick set in an alternate history Tokyo and featuring a giant weaponised Tesla-coil. It's also a bit cheesy and aimed pretty squarely at a family audience, but I liked it. But then, I'm also kinda gay for Takeshi Kaneshiro.
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2009 edited
    my friend who is in a snit.
    Beat is a wonderful Renaissance man. My friend Joy with him above ...
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2009
    some great movies mentioned here.
    If you liked The Return then i guess you should also check out Ostrov
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2009

    Our hero Colin is bitten by a zombie; he dies and returns as one of the undead. We follow him as he wanders through suburbia during the throes of a cadaverous apocalypse. Through his encounters with objects, places and people, we learn who Colin was and more pertinently, what he has now become. Including a broad daylight zombie versus human street battle, an epic housebound siege and bags of gore. Colin is the must see Zombie phenomenon of the year.

    We spent about £45 in total. The most extravagant expense was a crowbar, some mini DV tapes and some tea and coffee - but only Tesco Value tea and coffee, not any expensive stuff