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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments On NPR L. Maltin talks about his book on "movies time forgot", called 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen. These are movies with low advertising budgets, mispromotion, or just bad luck:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

What do you think? Any movies of which you know that never got quite popular but are still pretty good, and you wish more people had seen them?






message 2: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbL9PN...

wow. i never hear anyone talking about this movie. it is moving and important


message 3: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) That's a good film, Kevin, but I don't think it's as good as the novel.

One film that I've always wondered why more people haven't seen, or don't even talk about, is The Hospital, starring George C. Scott, screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky (who later wrote Network). It's one of my favorite films, and as relevant as it was in 1971, it's still shockingly relevant today.

I'll have to read Leonard Maltin's book. He's one of my favorite film critics.


message 4: by Tom (new)

Tom THE HOSPITAL always feels like a dress rehearsal for NETWORK to me.

I'd add WONDER BOYS to the mix.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Welcome to TC Tom.

Wonder Boys is a good movie, nice add.



message 6: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments yes, welcome, Tommy...


message 7: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments I loved Wonder Boys. What a movie. Great soundtrack too.


message 8: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
I really enjoyed studying Deep Cover in college.

Also, there was a movie we studied that had three overlaying plots, involving a journalist in London covering the wars in Bosnia/Herzegovina and ... a third plot.
I thought the title was The Ring, the Circle, something like that...but IMDB isn't finding it. Does anyone remember it? Probably came out mid to early 90s?


message 9: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) One I loved that I think most people have never heard of is Mindwalk. A scientist, a politician and a poet meet at Mont Saint-Michel in France and basically have a real time conversation about science and politics and poetry and systems theory and why the world is so fucked up. It's just them walking and talking for two hours, but it's like those really great 2 a.m. conversations you had in your college dorm room that seemed so important and earth-shattering, but that we never seem to have after we graduate into the working world.


message 10: by Gåry! (new)

Gåry! (garyneill) Sally: Before the Rain

Sentimental favorite of mine.


message 11: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
Wow, thanks! I never would have figured out that title on my own.


message 12: by Gåry! (last edited Feb 17, 2010 08:21PM) (new)

Gåry! (garyneill) I would never have expected anyone else to bring it up. ;)


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Welcome to TC Gary.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I don't know how obscure they are, but I love
Tampopo and
Local Hero .


message 15: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i also like Defiance with Daniel Craig. i had not even heard about the movie until getting it at our local library. based on a true story it was very good


message 16: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Has time forgotten Wings of Desire? 'Cause I still love it, despite its horrible shouldn't-exist remake.


message 17: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Kevin "El Liso Grande" wrote: "i also like Defiance with Daniel Craig. i had not even heard about the movie until getting it at our local library. based on a true story it was very good"

I have that on my shelf to watch at some point. My father recommended it really highly. I'm glad to hear you do as well.


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Excellent movie Sarah.


message 19: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Jackie, I ADORED Tampopo. Funny and bizarre and hunger-inducing. Wonderful.

Sarah, Wings of Desire is one of my 15 favorite films ever. The Criterion Collection just released their remastered version with bonus features, which I'm keen on picking up.


message 20: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I have Wings of Desire on DVD but haven't watched it yet. I also have Open Your Eyes, the original Spanish film that was the basis for Vanilla Sky. I thought Vanilla Sky was rather a train wreck, but that the underlying idea was interesting enough I'd like to see the original.


message 21: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I liked Abre Los Ojos/Open Your Eyes. Never got around to Vanilla Sky.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I liked Vanilla Sky for its weird SF vibe. Tom Cruise made a good "rich guy who's full of himself," too. :)


message 23: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Speaking of weird SF vibes, how about The City of Lost Children?


message 24: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6002 comments

Finally available on DVD. Interplanetary space slugs from the past re-emerge in the present, inhabit the bodies of projectile-vomiting frat boys, and turn them into zombies, leaving a handful of survivors to sort it all out. The best line belongs to the great Tom Atkins who, as Detective Ray Cameron, gives a houseful of anxious co-eds a heads-up: “Girls, the good news is your dates are here. The bad news is they’re dead.”




message 25: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I have seen Night of the Creeps many times. My dad loves sci fi and horror B movies. I believe he still has Night of the Creeps on VHS.

I have not seen City of Lost Children but would like to. And I think there was a Guillermo del Toro flick that I missed between Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy 2 - something that was more along the lines of Pan's Labyrinth? I'll have to check imdb.

Tom Cruise's greatest role to date was in Tropic Thunder.


message 26: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments I love 70s horrors like "Let's Scare Jessica to Death".


message 27: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6002 comments Misha wrote: "I have seen Night of the Creeps many times."

Well, that makes two of us.

Might I also recommend the splatter comedy "Dead Alive," from a pre-"Rings" trilogy Peter Jackson. It's a keeper.




message 28: by Misha (last edited Feb 18, 2010 11:36AM) (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I think I've seen Dead Alive and it made me want to vomit.

I'm more of a 60s Hammer Horror kind of chick.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Gretchen wrote: "I love 70s horrors like "Let's Scare Jessica to Death"."


Oh! Gretchen I loved that one! It, and "The Night Stalker" were big influences on my childhood. Vampires! Woo!



message 30: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments Oh! I've never heard of "The Night Stalker". I'm going to check it out.


message 31: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments wait, is it a TV show?


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Gretchen, it was a made-for-tv movie for the tv show Kolchak: The Night Stalker, starring Darren McGavin.
Actually, I'm not sure if it was even a movie, or just a two-part episode:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067490/


message 33: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments gotcha. I found one that is a double feature. The Night Stalker/The Night Strangler on Netflix. I think it's the same.


message 34: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments night stalker was very good/creepy/fun. plus it is ralphie's dad so that makes it cool


message 35: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments yes. yes it does.


message 36: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) One of my favorite horror films is Horror Express, starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Telly Savalas as a Cossack (!!!). It's delightfully cheesy, yet it brings the scare.



I scored a DVD copy recently; kinda shoddy packaging, but that's to be expected considering the film belongs to the public domain now.


message 37: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Ha! I have that DVD. It was $1.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Heck, yeah! I love that one, too, Gus. It's one of those movies that's over the top in just the perfect way.
I laughed out loud in delight at Telly Savalas' Cossack character. :)


message 39: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Oh, yeah, completely over the top, yet genuinely scary and compelling. Even if Telly Savalas is, shall we say, overacting in a completely insane way.


message 40: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Gus wrote: Even if Telly Savalas is, shall we say, overacting in a completely insane way.

Did he know any other way of acting? That's kind of his appeal, I think. Or at least it worked in The Dirty Dozen.


message 41: by Aynge (last edited Jan 31, 2011 04:39PM) (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments I saw Mr. Brooks on DVD recently. I bought it at the library for 25 cents. I'm not a Kevin Costner fan (outside of The Untouchables anyway), but I still have a thing for William Hurt so I thought, what the hell.

It was EXCELLENT. As soon as it was over I watched it again, and then the next day I watched it with the director's commentary.

I've been raving about it but no one I know saw it.


message 42: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca White (rebecca_white) | 1028 comments Gus wrote: "One of my favorite horror films is Horror Express, starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Telly Savalas as a Cossack (!!!). It's delightfully cheesy, yet it brings the scare.



I scored a D..."


Gus, I want to see that. That's my thing.


message 43: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments Aynge wrote: "I saw Mr. Brooks on DVD recently. I bought it at the library for 25 cents. I'm not a Kevin Costner fan (outside of The Untouchables anyway), but I still have a thing for William Hurt so I thought, ..."

it is somewhere on my imaginary to-watch list.


message 44: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Rebecca, I'm pretty sure you can find Horror Express on Netflix, or you can get a cheap copy from Amazon or wherever; it belongs in the public domain now, since no one owns the rights to the film, so there's bound to be several editions of the film floating around, but any version will do.


message 45: by Gatorman (new)

Gatorman "Dead Ringers" with Jeremy Irons directed by David Cronenberg. Great movie that not a lot of people seem to be aware of.


message 46: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca White (rebecca_white) | 1028 comments Thanks, Gus, I'll look on Amazon. On Netflix you can save it.


message 47: by Aynge (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments Gatorman wrote: ""Dead Ringers" with Jeremy Irons directed by David Cronenberg. Great movie that not a lot of people seem to be aware of."

I saw that! Loved it.


message 48: by Paul (new)

Paul  Perry (pezski) | 79 comments Misha wrote: "I have not seen City of Lost Children but would like to. And I think there was a Guillermo del Toro flick that I missed between Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy 2 - something that was more along the lines of Pan's Labyrinth? I'll have to check imdb."

The Devil's Backbone? another excellent movie.

and i do recommend City of Lost children. not quite as good as Delicatessen, perhaps, but good nontheless


message 49: by Michael (new)

Michael Paul wrote: "The Devil's Backbone? another excellent movie."

I agree. That was a really good movie.



message 50: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I do love City of Lost Children, and Defiance. I purposefully have never seen The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I normally avoid straight up drama or anything I know has a sad ending. Enough in every day life sucks, I don't like it in my fiction. I'll watch WWII documentaries all day long if you like, but that's educational, not entertainment. There is a difference for me.

Having said that:

Little Man Tate
Shadowlands (The one with Anthony Hopkins)

I also recently watch on Netflix streaming and really liked:

Twice Upon a Yesterday
Marilyn Hotchkiss's Ballroom Dancing

And I loved, Loved, LOVED A Wedding for Bella with Scott Baio...I know, but it was very sweet and I cried. It was a far cry from the Charles in Charge days, he's grown up, people. Give the guy a chance.


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