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Being new to the forum, I wanted to know what films that you all regard as "great" that may not be as mainstream or well known. So, please no responses like The Godfather, Casablanca, etc.--If I haven't seen the film recommended, I will watch it within 2 weeks per your recommendation!

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Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:24 pm
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If you're willing to wait a few months, the USA if finally getting the remastered release of the long lost Australian masterpiece Wake In Fright. It's been available for a few years here in Aus, with a US release on Jan 15, 2013.

Here's Roger Ebert's recent review


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Glad you asked, because it's been far too long since I last touted.......

Z (1969) One of the best -- if not the best -- political thrillers of all time, Z is the movie that I have nagged everyone on the forum to watch. However Mr. Burns, you are new here, and thus you have not been harangued yet to watch this masterful film. Z is a French-Algerian production based on the true story of the Colonels Coup in Greece. It begins with a political assassination and builds from there, and I do mean build. The first part of the movie is a solid thriller, but the movie keeps getting better and better until the amazing ending. Oh it could put chills up my spine now! "Lithe and fierce as a tiger!"

It god a lot of love back in the day, including a super-rare best picture nomination for a foreign language film, but it's been unfairly relegated to the ghetto of "A movie of its time" when in fact it is timeless.

Instead of listing others, I will direct you to the thread I made a half year ago about 20 Undersung Great Films of the Last 20 Years, which (if I do say so myself) is excellent)

http://www.reelviews.net/reelviewsforum/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=5679

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Beard Man, I will definitely be looking out for that and when it becomes available I will put it on the watch list, thanks for the suggestion!

JamesKunz thanks for the recommendation, I will put it on the top of my list and will post on this thread and last film watched when it has been viewed!

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Awkward Beard Man wrote:
If you're willing to wait a few months, the USA if finally getting the remastered release of the long lost Australian masterpiece Wake In Fright. It's been available for a few years here in Aus, with a US release on Jan 15, 2013.

Here's Roger Ebert's recent review



Sweet. Thanks Beard. Never heard of this film and picked up a copy from JB on my way home from work. That's the thing I like best about this forum, you can have a quick browse and find something a little different. Last week I watched Bubble, a Soderbergh film I'd never heard of too.

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Troy. An old-world combat film for grown-ups which had the misfortune of following an old-world combat trilogy for kids. My first instinct would be that Brad Pitt could not make a convincing Achilles. His performance grows on you slowly, though, until by the end I couldn't picture anyone else in the role. Bana and Bloom were practically born to play those roles. All other supporting cast is excellent. Wolfgang Petersen keeps a loose grip on things, allowing the characters and situations to speak for themselves. Compressing the war to a short period is a brilliant and exciting moment.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
The death of Menelaus
is a very unexpected and powerful moment; one of my favorite scenes in movies. I've heard some people say this movie is silly. Actually, it's the opposite: I think it is too dark and grisly for some people, which is perhaps why it failed to become a major blockbuster hit. Many iconic moments, a terrific score, and sharp thematic integration make it one of the best movies of its decade.


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The Lives of Others (2006)

Maybe not unsung, but see if you haven't already.

Once Were Warriors (1994)

Raw New Zealand family drama

Withnail and I (1987)

Hilarious and grim in equal measure.

Slapshot (1977)

A bleak but hilarious look at industrial decline and its effects on people. A brilliant film.

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MGamesCook, I have actually seen Troy, although its been quite some time ago. I remember not finding much overall worthiness to it, but thought parts were well done. Again, that was a while ago so it may warrant a repeat viewing at some point. Any other recommendations?

NotHughGrant, I have seen The Lives of Others and consider it a 4 star film. With that said, I have not heard of or seen any of your other recommendations so I will put Once Were Warriors on my watch list, and will also add the others respectively.

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JamesKunz, looked at your "Twenty Unsung Movie" List and have seen quite a few: Gattaca, The Truman Show, Casino, Gone Baby Gone, Dark City, V for Vendetta, The Descent, In The Loop, Master and Commander, The Fall, Revolutionary Road, The Square, and Adaptation; I love all these films and don't think I rated any of them under a 3.5/4

With that said, there were a few that I hadn't heard of so I will add A Simple Plan to the top of my viewing list, and add the rest aswell respectively.

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JackBurns wrote:
I will put Once Were Warriors on my watch list, and will also add the others respectively.


Oh, yes. Just don't plan it for a happy family viewing evening. Powerful, powerful film.


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JackBurns wrote:
I have seen The Lives of Others and consider it a 4 star film.


Have you seen 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days and The Death of Mr. Lazarescu? Not identical to Lives of Others by any means, but similar looks into the way real-life history affected everyday people in believable ways. Both also 4-star films in my mind; check them out if you haven't.

Otherwise, I still think Memories of Murder, from South Korea, is possibly the best film to emerge from that nation but is undersung compared to some of its peers. Check it out. People refer to it as South Korea's Zodiac, but it's a better and more nuanced film.

How about Cutter's Way? Though it's from 1981, it's kinda the last great film of the 70's. Like Kunz's favorite Z (the best of the suggested films and the one that should be top of your queue), it's a film that is timeless. Solid stuff.


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Shade, I have not seen 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days or The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. I will gladly add them to my growing list :D . I will also add Cutter's Way. Thanks for the recommendations!

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Hey Jack, you've probably seen most of these films, each one I'd give at least ***.5 out of ****. If our tastes are similar, you may enjoy any that you've missed.

The Daytrippers.
Living in Oblivion.
Lars and the Real Girl.
Barneys Version.
The Skin I Live In.
Chopper.
The Interview. (Australia 1998)
Blue Valentine.
Happiness.
Shallow Grave.
The Kids are Alright.
Dead Ringers.

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Ace in the Hole
Waterloo Bridge(1940)
Myth of the American Sleepover
In a Better World
Away From Her
Make Way for Tomorrow


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Wisey,thanks for the recommendations!. I have seen: Barney's Version, Blue Valentine, The Kids are Alright, and The Skin I Live In. With that said, Blue Valentine is a very good film. Barney's Version and The Kids are Alright I didn't much care for. The Skin I Live In was somewhat of an odd piece of filmmaking, and I'm not sure how I feel about it overall.

I will add The Daytrippers to my list!

Calvero, I haven't seen any of these films, Ace in the Hole will be added!

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So By the end of next week I will watch:

Z(1969)
Once Were Warriors (1994)
A Simple Plan (1998)


With the others following soon!

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JackBurns wrote:
So By the end of next week I will watch:

Z(1969)
Once Were Warriors (1994)
A Simple Plan (1998)


With the others following soon!


If you don't end up with AT LEAST 10.5 combined stars, this will be a sad forum

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MGamesCook, I have actually seen Troy, although its been quite some time ago. I remember not finding much overall worthiness to it, but thought parts were well done. Again, that was a while ago so it may warrant a repeat viewing at some point. Any other recommendations?


Kind Hearts and Coronets could always get more attention. Christmas in July, Footlight Parade, Murder by Contract, Southern Comfort, Re-Animator.


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A.I. Artificial Intelligence, to me, will always stand as Spielberg's best film next to Raiders of the Lost Ark. Certainly his best film based around ideas.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me can be a massively rewarding experience if you enter it in the right mind set. Think character oriented avant garde. It is all about tone and mood.

I still say Femme Fatale is a brilliant piece of filmmaking.

Mysterious Skin was one of the most emotionally devastating movies I've seen in years.

Godard's Weekend. Believe me, it is hard, but so worth the trip.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cure is brilliant.

Sono's Strange Circus is brilliant, disturbing and completely batshit.

The Abyss is Cameron's most underrated film, I recommend the director's cut but the ending feels incomplete in both versions.

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Edward Zwick's The Siege is a truly amazing and eerily presciient film.


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