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With the Lockdown, it's obvious that a lot of TV Programmers are not very imaginative. The same films are always on and sometimes repeated on a different channel shortly thereafter.

Streaming services are also to blame - there is a niche market for a searchable back-catalog of movies.

One of the digital terrestrial channels here in Oz is finally working it out - over the last few weeks they've been playing stuff like Kelly's Heroes, Zulu, etc

Last night I watched "Black Sea" with Jude Law. Low budget for sure but it was actually quite good.

Any classics you'd want to see?
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For sci fi fans a hidden gem is Time Trap. Great little sci fi flick.
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Couple of favs that don't really get kudos

Up in the Air - Clooney and the small hot chick as business downsizers

Almost Famous - Semi biographical about Cameron Crowe as a Rolling Stone journalist at 13-14 following around 70s bands
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For the film nerd... Mubi have opened up their library to subscribers, and it's an impressive list.

7 day free trial as well...
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Keep 'em coming!
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Dark wrote: Almost Famous - Semi biographical about Cameron Crowe as a Rolling Stone journalist at 13-14 following around 70s bands
Are you saying that Almost Famous, which won an Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe for Best Actress and Film and a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack, is a hidden gem?
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Primer. Almost the best sci-fi film ever made, and cost just $7000. Absolute mind fudge.
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Thomas wrote:
Dark wrote: Almost Famous - Semi biographical about Cameron Crowe as a Rolling Stone journalist at 13-14 following around 70s bands
Are you saying that Almost Famous, which won an Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe for Best Actress and Film and a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack, is a hidden gem?

Yes

How many times does it get a mention now?

Heaps of films have won a Golden Globe, and who the f cares about the Grammys anymore?
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Global Heresy

Starring among others Peter O'Toole and Batgirl
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Check out -

Free Fire, for a violent, hilarious hour and a half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDD3I0uOlqY

Shy People, for Southern Gothic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnfwxlIyJiM

Altered States, for a sci-fi existentialist body horror drug relationship drama that's something about the Theory of Evolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67lYG7a4YOA

Sorry to Bother You, for the perfect hybrid of trenchant social commentary and absurdist comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XthLQZWIshQ

Sonatine, for your Yakuza gangster fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFQTU8CFkm4

Coriolanus, for the best damn Shakespeare on screen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjRiylgwgIE

Serenity, if you haven't seen the show, you will after watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8JNjmK5lfk
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Watched Snowpiercer again the other day, great film that is now only getting the recognition it deserves after Parasite
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Lacrobat wrote:Check out -

Free Fire, for a violent, hilarious hour and a half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDD3I0uOlqY

Sorry to Bother You, for the perfect hybrid of trenchant social commentary and absurdist comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XthLQZWIshQ

Serenity, if you haven't seen the show, you will after watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8JNjmK5lfk
I love Free Fire, I chuckled my way through lots of it.

Sorry to Bother You was pretty good, very absurd, and Lakeith Stanfield is a great actor.

I like Serenity but not as much as Firefly.


Another hidden sci fi gem is Fast Colour which stars the lovely Gugu Mbatha Raw.
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Toto the hero has never once been shown on tv afaik. Amazing film.
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If you like westerns with a bit of 70’s grit/naturalism have a look at Bad Company (which is on Netflix, I think). With a nice performance from a young Jeff Bridges, it’s about a bunch of kids trying to be desperado’s with generally comic/tragic results.
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Inch high hogs eye wrote:If you like westerns with a bit of 70’s grit/naturalism have a look at Bad Company (which is on Netflix, I think). With a nice performance from a young Jeff Bridges, it’s about a bunch of kids trying to be desperado’s with generally comic/tragic results.
That is good.

Red Sun with Toshiro Mifune and Charles Bronson is epic.

Great support by Alain Delon
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In A World with Lake Bell
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
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Shimmer lake - it's on Netflix.
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Hidden Gems - Trick r' Treat, Kings of Summer, Monsters, Thank You For Smoking, Matha Marcy May Marlene, Carriers, You're Next, Safety Not Guaranteed, Drinking Buddies, Splinter, Margin Call, For a Good Time Call, Grabbers


Recent films, so probably a little less hidden in terms of awareness, that were massively under-seen based on their box office: The Nice Guys, Nightcrawler, The Way Way Back, Prospect, Mr Right, Green Room, Edge of Seventeen
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This could be a good thread
Can we ban Kid A from posting about some black and white film noir from Nicaragua telling the story about street kids who fall in love or some other pretentious arty shite
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Dark wrote:
Up in the Air - Clooney and the small hot chick as business downsizers
Actually it’s main topic is frequent flying which is a slap in the face for everyone right now :lol:
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I spent a glorious 90 minutes a week or so back watching cockneys versus zombies. Pure joy
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I have been watching some 90's Gen x/Gen Y movies - mainly for the soundtracks.

But some of them were pretty good.

Go
Human Traffic
High Fidelity
Grosse Point Blank
Mystery Men
Never Been Kissed - actually a lot funnier than I remember
Blade
The Wedding Singer
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Last weekend I watched 1958 movie ‘The Vikings’ staring Kirk Douglas. Upon researching the movie I discovered that the leading lady was in fact Jamie Lee Curtis’s mother. Her name was Janet Leigh. She had a great set of mellons which peaked my interest.
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Winnie wrote:This could be a good thread
Can we ban Kid A from posting about some black and white film noir from Nicaragua telling the story about street kids who fall in love or some other pretentious arty shite
KidA only posts when Wales are going well.
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Gazzamonster wrote:I have been watching some 90's Gen x/Gen Y movies - mainly for the soundtracks.

But some of them were pretty good.

Go
Human Traffic
High Fidelity
Grosse Point Blank
Mystery Men
Never Been Kissed - actually a lot funnier than I remember
Blade
The Wedding Singer
I am a big fan of both High Fidelity and particularly Grosse Point Blank.
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Operation Finale -- the hunt for and ultimate capture of Eichmann
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Aniara is a fantastic existential Sci Fi film.
Aniara is a 2018 science fiction film written and directed by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja. The film is an adaptation of the 1956 Swedish poem of the same name by Harry Martinson. The film is set in a dystopian future where climate change ravages Earth, prompting large-scale emigration from Earth to Mars.
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2866360/

Coherence is a good sci-fi low budget headfucck
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Samsara is worth a watch
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dinsdale wrote:
Gazzamonster wrote:I have been watching some 90's Gen x/Gen Y movies - mainly for the soundtracks.

But some of them were pretty good.

Go
Human Traffic
High Fidelity
Grosse Point Blank
Mystery Men
Never Been Kissed - actually a lot funnier than I remember
Blade
The Wedding Singer
I am a big fan of both High Fidelity and particularly Grosse Point Blank.
Grosse point blank was based around the year I left school so the sound track is eerily reminiscent for me. Must give it another watch (listen)
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Lacrobat wrote:
Serenity, if you haven't seen the show, you will after watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8JNjmK5lfk
Firefly is a MUST before watching it! It's only, what 10-13 eps, so not a big commitment, but sets up a lot of the plot, but more importantly the characters! Some moments in the film, I don't think would resonate as deeply without getting to know the characters through the show.
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This is always my first thought when someone's looking for an under the radar recommendation... picked up the DVD in a discount bin when I was given a small Blockbuster gift cert at Christmas from a student and didn't want to spend it on a rental / snacks.

Thought, this cover looks cheese, but it's "free" and can't be that bad ... possibly one of my top 10 war flicks, easily top 20.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbK4WTQFf9U
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I started a whole thread for this film. One of the greatest ever.

Wings of Desire
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If you like light comedies 70s/80s films like See no Evil Hear No Evil, most of Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movies are good. Stir Crazy is a good one also. Silver Streak.

Porgy and Bess with Sidney Poitier, directed by Otto Preminger. Music by Gershwin (what else can you ask?). In the Heat of the Night with Poitier.

Little Nikita with Poitier.

Some Korean films that enjoyed, Ode to my Father.

Although well known, for the war movies enthusiasts, Is Paris Burning? is a masterpiece.

Cast a Gian Shadow with Kirk Douglas the creation of the State of Israel and its firsts battles with its neighbours, with a stunning Senta Berger.

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happyhooker wrote:I spent a glorious 90 minutes a week or so back watching cockneys versus zombies. Pure joy
So bad it's good!
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YOYO wrote:Last weekend I watched 1958 movie ‘The Vikings’ staring Kirk Douglas. Upon researching the movie I discovered that the leading lady was in fact Jamie Lee Curtis’s mother. Her name was Janet Leigh. She had a great set of mellons which peaked my interest.
Excellent movie but not hidden
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Winnie wrote:This could be a good thread
Can we ban Kid A from posting about some black and white film noir from Nicaragua telling the story about street kids who fall in love or some other pretentious arty shite

It's ok. I've given up.

Mostly because of conts like you.
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ukjim wrote:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2866360/

Coherence is a good sci-fi low budget headfucck
Bindi wrote:Primer. Almost the best sci-fi film ever made, and cost just $7000. Absolute mind fudge.
Other SCI-FI / Time travel films
The One I Love (2014) - A low budget film about relationships and identity that starts out as a run of the mill drama but then slowly becomes something else entirely. Great story and premise and very competent acting from the two protagonists (apparently a lot of the scenes were improvised). Stay well clear of spoilers before watching.

Infinite man (2014)
Aussie film with a tiny cast but great story...

Los Cronocrimenes - Time Crimes (2007)
Spanish sci-fi thiriller about a temporal paradox (Similar kind of story to the Infinite man - see above)

Triangle (2009)
Brit sci-fi/pyschological thriller exploring themes such as deja vu and paradoxes.
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