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Bird (1988) - Clint Eastwood's biopic of Charlie Parker.

He won a Golden Globe as best director, Forest Whitaker is superb, & Eastwood's love for Jazz just comes shining through. It's a really good film, & very rarely seen now. I think that it's on Amazon Prime in some countries and it's definitely on paid-for Youtube.

A film that you need to pay attention to when watching because the music is just so good.

It's 82% on RT


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Aniara is a fantastic existential Sci Fi film.

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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.


:thumbup: That's a great shout - definitive proof you don't need a nine-figure budget to make engrossing, thought provoking science fiction.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 7:43 pm 
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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.


Excellent movie but not hidden

Yeah it is a very good oldie. Just after discovering that the other lead character, Tony Curtis who played the Slave Eric was married to Janet Leigh. He was Jamie Lee Curtis’s father.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 7:57 pm 
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Someone mentioned Gene Wilder. One of his earlier films, Hanky Panky (1982) is an old favourite of mine, largely for a couple of perfect comedy moments that still make me laugh now.

Does Clue (1985), with Tim Curry, count as a hidden gem? Vaguely based on Cluedo, and another old favourite. Very funny script.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 8:26 pm 
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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.

Time crimes is super.

Triangle is surprisingly good too considering the cast.

Just realised I have primer from some massive compilation I downloaded many years ago. Not sure if I ever watched it. Will give it a go tonight.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 8:38 pm 
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Breaking away
Kung fu hustle

These two are high up my favourite film list. I say hidden, cos I’ve been looking out for them for ages but never on :(


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Ipcress File
Funeral in Berlin

Gems of their time for sure, but probably forgotten now, some 50+ yrs later.

Loved them in my youth, re-watched them recently and they both hold-up so well.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 11:20 pm 
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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

Headhunters with same leading actor is a very good watch.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 1:53 am 
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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.

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Human Traffic
High Fidelity
Grosse Point Blank
Mystery Men
Never Been Kissed - actually a lot funnier than I remember
Blade
The Wedding Singer
good list. In a similar vein, I've been wanting to rewatch Twin Town, which I haven't seen since like 1998. Doesn't seem to be available for streaming on any commercial site, but some kind soul has uploaded it to YouTube, listing it as a 'preview' (but I assume it's the whole thing):

https://youtu.be/FYBY3t8rixw


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Wyndham Upalot wrote:
Ipcress File



Another great John Barry score... :thumbup:


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RodneyRegis wrote:
clementinfrance wrote:
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.

Time crimes is super.

Triangle is surprisingly good too considering the cast.

Just realised I have primer from some massive compilation I downloaded many years ago. Not sure if I ever watched it. Will give it a go tonight.


Primer is the biggest bag of shite ever. Not even close to being a good film, lets alone the best sci-fi film ever. As I've noted before, any film that requires the most convoluted flowchart in history to understand isn't a good story.

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It's maybe not a hidden gem, but if you want an underrated sci-fi that deals with similar themes of time travel, then Donnie Darko is the way to go.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:15 am 
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Jeff the Bear wrote:
RodneyRegis wrote:
clementinfrance wrote:
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.

Time crimes is super.

Triangle is surprisingly good too considering the cast.

Just realised I have primer from some massive compilation I downloaded many years ago. Not sure if I ever watched it. Will give it a go tonight.


Primer is the biggest bag of shite ever. Not even close to being a good film, lets alone the best sci-fi film ever. As I've noted before, any film that requires the most convoluted flowchart in history to understand isn't a good story.

Spoiler: show
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It's maybe not a hidden gem, but if you want an underrated sci-fi that deals with similar themes of time travel, then Donnie Darko is the way to go.

Donnie Darko isn't underrated, it's fawned over, it might even be overrated (which isn't to say it's not good).

I haven't seen Primer but I'm quite keen to now to see if I can follow it!


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Breaking away
Kung fu hustle

These two are high up my favourite film list. I say hidden, cos I’ve been looking out for them for ages but never on :(


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 8:33 am 
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Wyndham Upalot wrote:
Ipcress File
Funeral in Berlin

Gems of their time for sure, but probably forgotten now, some 50+ yrs later.

Loved them in my youth, re-watched them recently and they both hold-up so well.

And in the same-ish vein, The Quiller Memorandum (Senta Berger again). V good screenplay, written by Harold Pinter.

I caught a Norwegian WWII movie on Netflix recently, The 12th Man. Very good, but a tough watch. Don’t know how obscure it is; but I’d never heard of it.


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Jeff the Bear wrote:

Primer is the biggest bag of shite ever.


No.


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Speaking of films that are so bad they are actually funny - Supergirl (1984).


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Someone mentioned Gene Wilder. One of his earlier films, Hanky Panky (1982) is an old favourite of mine, largely for a couple of perfect comedy moments that still make me laugh now.

Does Clue (1985), with Tim Curry, count as a hidden gem? Vaguely based on Cluedo, and another old favourite. Very funny script.


I’m a big fan of Gene Wilder but I haven’t seen that one , must try and find it . It wouldn’t be one of his early works though , he starred in The Producers in 1967 and Willy Wonka in 1971


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Wyndham Upalot wrote:
Ipcress File
Funeral in Berlin

Gems of their time for sure, but probably forgotten now, some 50+ yrs later.

Loved them in my youth, re-watched them recently and they both hold-up so well.


The impetus for me creating this thread was stumbling on the soundtrack to a Michael Caine moveie I'd Never heard of:

Black Windmills.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 4:31 pm 
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Paterson. A beautiful movie about poems. Jim Jarmusch's best, imo.


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Bindi wrote:
Primer. Almost the best sci-fi film ever made, and cost just $7000. Absolute mind fudge.


Came on just to mention this one. Brilliant film and as you say, made for nothing.

In a similar vein there's a Spanish film called Timecrimes that's really, really good and messing with your head. Also one of the few time travel movies that doesn't bottle out of the idea and consequences of time travel at the hour mark.

EDIT: which I now see you cunts have already said, so fuck you lot!


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Kill List
Decent cult following but quite an under the radar filum commercially.


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I watched Sicario 2 the other night - not as good as the first but well worth a watch.

We also watched Knives Out - that was a pleasant surprise. Excellent ensemble cast having fun with a good script and an enjoyable plot.

Not sure either qualify as Hidden Gems on reflection.


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Local Hero's a wonderful film.


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Pat the Ex Mat wrote:
Wyndham Upalot wrote:
Ipcress File
Funeral in Berlin

Gems of their time for sure, but probably forgotten now, some 50+ yrs later.

Loved them in my youth, re-watched them recently and they both hold-up so well.


The impetus for me creating this thread was stumbling on the soundtrack to a Michael Caine moveie I'd Never heard of:

Black Windmills.


Will have to check that out!

Play Dirty was one I'd never heard of until a few years ago. Then recently The Last Valley, in which he does a not-bad German accent! (In full on youtube if someone's interested)

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Local Hero's a wonderful film.

+1


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6.Jones wrote:
johnstrac wrote:
Local Hero's a wonderful film.

+1

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johnstrac wrote:
Local Hero's a wonderful film.

I preferred Comfort and Joy which Forsyth made just before Local Hero. Though I have not watched either in many years.

Comfort and Joy featured a young Claire Grogan, and it was Grogan's character who ended up with Gregory, even though Dee Hepburn played Gregory's Girl in the fabulous eponymous film.

After a couple of bevy's, there is little to beat Top Secret.


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Edinburgh01 wrote:
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Local Hero's a wonderful film.

I preferred Comfort and Joy which Forsyth made just before Local Hero. Though I have not watched either in many years.

Comfort and Joy featured a young Claire Grogan, and it was Grogan's character who ended up with Gregory, even though Dee Hepburn played Gregory's Girl in the fabulous eponymous film.

After a couple of bevy's, there is little to beat Top Secret.


Also very good, Bill Paterson's best.
To be honest it missed out in my opinion because of the "are there no two G's in "bugger off"" line.


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Paterson. A beautiful movie about poems. Jim Jarmusch's best, imo.


I'm not a big fan of poetry but that is a cool film and very accessible.


Maps to the Stars by Cronenberg is another good film with the lovely Julianne Moore putting in a great stint.
Quirky, funny, very dark and slightly surreal...


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johnstrac wrote:
Local Hero's a wonderful film.


Not exactly a hidden gem though (at least for UK people).


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Bird (1988) - Clint Eastwood's biopic of Charlie Parker.

He won a Golden Globe as best director, Forest Whitaker is superb, & Eastwood's love for Jazz just comes shining through. It's a really good film, & very rarely seen now. I think that it's on Amazon Prime in some countries and it's definitely on paid-for Youtube.

A film that you need to pay attention to when watching because the music is just so good.

It's 82% on RT


Staying with films that are driven by music as well as cinematography:

Tous les matins du monde (1991)

And

Diva (1981)

Both of these really benefit from the immersion that you get in a cinema (Diva famously ran in a Dublin cinema for a year, I saw it about 5 times during that run) but they are beautiful film experiences.


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American Movie - lovely little doco about some lad from Wisconsin struggling to make a horror film with assorted friends and family. You can watch it here for free (I think)...

https://www.veoh.com/watch/v116693183RFMB6hbr


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Nieghorn wrote:
Pat the Ex Mat wrote:
Wyndham Upalot wrote:
Ipcress File
Funeral in Berlin

Gems of their time for sure, but probably forgotten now, some 50+ yrs later.

Loved them in my youth, re-watched them recently and they both hold-up so well.


The impetus for me creating this thread was stumbling on the soundtrack to a Michael Caine moveie I'd Never heard of:

Black Windmills.


Will have to check that out!

Play Dirty was one I'd never heard of until a few years ago. Then recently The Last Valley, in which he does a not-bad German accent! (In full on youtube if someone's interested)

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Chur!


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Not too sure any of these are hidden gems, but been viewing a load of early 70s conspiracy movies with my son :
The Conversation
Three days of the Condor
The Parallax View
All the Presidents men

All well worth looking at.


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Capricorn One is another interesting little 70's conspiracy film. Good cast too, Elliot Gould, James Brolin, Sam Waterson, Telly Savalas (in a bit part) and OJ Simpson!


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Leningrad Cowboys go America is great if you like silly understated humour. Hard to find a decent trailer, the below does switch to English BTW

https://youtu.be/hwkyuWcLfJ0

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0097728/


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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Capricorn One is another interesting little 70's conspiracy film. Good cast too, Elliot Gould, James Brolin, Sam Waterson, Telly Savalas (in a bit part) and OJ Simpson!


Escape to Athena!

Whilst not Hidden as such, I bet they are missing for Gen Y onwards


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Bindi wrote:
Primer. Almost the best sci-fi film ever made, and cost just $7000. Absolute mind fudge.


Came on just to mention this one. Brilliant film and as you say, made for nothing.

In a similar vein there's a Spanish film called Timecrimes that's really, really good and messing with your head. Also one of the few time travel movies that doesn't bottle out of the idea and consequences of time travel at the hour mark.

EDIT: which I now see you cunts have already said, so fuck you lot!


And I came on here to mention Timecrimes! Or Cronocrimines in the original Spanish. Loved that movie.

Primer was just okay for me but apparently I'm the outlier.


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To Live and Die in LA is a great cop film, with great performances from Willem Defoe as the bad guy and William Peterson (Grissom from the original CSI series) as the antihero lead. Should've launched a lucrative career for the latter but apparently he was happy keeping mostly to theatre. Directed by the guy who did the Exorcist, who also did another hidden gem with The Sorcerer (with Roy Schneider). That's a great one too.


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Should've launched a lucrative career for the latter but apparently he was happy keeping mostly to theatre and eating pies.


Fixed.


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