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Favorite undiscovered movies
Old 07-20-2008, 07:03 AM
 
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What are your favorite undiscovered movies - The non-blockbusters that you really enjoyed but nobody else has seen?

Mine are
The Commitments - The story of an imaginary irish soul band
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang -hilarious satire of hollywood detective movies
An Everlasting Piece - about toupee salesman in Northern Ireland
Dead Again -Thriller about a murder in a past life intruding on the present


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Old 07-20-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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~Empire Records- about a group of teenagers working in a music store

~Eulogy-- a dark comedy with Ray Romano about a dysfunctional family gathering for their father's funeral
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:23 AM
 
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Great thread. There are so many for me, I can't think of any. Mostly foreign and Indie films.

The Sea Inside: Javier Bardam
All Pedro Almodovar movies.
4 moths, 3 weeks, 2 days: about two girls in the Check republic.
The Kite Runner: recent Indie.
Osama: Afghani film, not about Bin Laden.
Waking Ned Devine: hilarious Irish film.

Can't wait to see other ideas on this thread.
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If you like a sweet romance
Old 07-20-2008, 08:33 AM
 
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Liar's Moon
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Old 07-20-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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The House of Yes
Love Me if You Dare (french with subtitles)
The Dinner Game (again french with subtitles ~ hilarious movie)


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Old 07-20-2008, 09:10 AM
 
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I've mentioned this one before, and I think it's been on Lifetime, but it's SO good! I can't believe most people haven't heard of it. It's with Patrick Dempsey (before he was famous) and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
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Secondhand Lions
Old 07-20-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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A clean, wonderful movie for the whole family!
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Brazil
Old 07-20-2008, 09:35 AM
 
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I just love it.
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Don't know if this counts.....
Old 07-20-2008, 09:55 AM
 
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

Johnny Depp and Leonardo Dicaprio-I would have given both of them oscars.

Second Hand Lions is a wonderful, family friendly move!
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you *may* have heard of these
Old 07-20-2008, 10:17 AM
 
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Drama: The Red Violin - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120802/

Comedy: Keeping Mum - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0444653/


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Not sure if this counts but ....
Old 07-20-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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I don't know if it's because I am kind of emotional today or what but I just happened to turn on Billy Elliott this morning. I'd never seen it and wow.. it was so good. I cried a lot. Very very sweet movie with a fantastic ending!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tumbleweeds (mom keeps moving from town to town w/ teenage daughter and gets into relationships with men that are bad for her)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was mentioned and I liked it a lot too.

The man in the moon (I think thats the name .... NOT the movie w/ Jim Carrey - the one I mean has a very young Reese Witherspoon and it is about her falling in love for the first time w/ a boy who is older and actually likes her sister. Sam waterston from Law and Order plays the dad.
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I'm not sure if these count either
Old 07-20-2008, 11:27 AM
 
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I don't remember either one being advertised for the big screen even but I am not good to keep up with that stuff:

"O Brother, Where Art thou?" with George Clooney
"A Knight's Tale" with Heath Ledger

Both silly, goofy comedies.
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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-Garden State, written, directed by, and starring Zach Braff. It's about a man who returns home for his mother's funeral after being apart from his family for many years and takes a chance with the rest of his life. Definitely deserves the R rating, though.

-Bella. No big stars, but a life-affirming story about a young woman who finds herself pregnant, a man whose life was altered when he hit and killed a child, and the friendship that grows between them as their lives intersect.
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Undiscovered Movie
Old 07-20-2008, 11:36 AM
 
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I just watched First Born starring Elisabeth Shue. I had never heard of it but was looking for something different to watch. It was very haunting. It's about a woman battling post partum depression/psychosis. It doesn't have a happy, "Hollywood" ending. The end was shocking. Some didn't like it and felt it was boring, but it totally sucked me in.
I don't if this counts, but I really liked Premonition with Sandra Bullock. Excellent movie, however, you really have to pay attention or you will be lost.
Lastly, Planet Terror, directed by Quentin Tarrentino. It was a play on the old, B drive-in movies. I guess since I am old enough to remember going to them with my family, I appreciated the humor and satire. Beware-it has an R rating, but I think it probably should have been rated NC-17. He made another one, Death Proof, but I thought that it was boring.
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Rabbit Proof Fences..
Old 07-20-2008, 11:53 AM
 
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It comes on the IFC channel sometimes, it's definitely worth seeing.
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great topic!
Old 07-20-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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All the Real Girls is a great indie movie.
Sliding Doors was good.
Empire of the Sun is amazing and epic--it stars Christian Bale when he was about 11 or 12.


I also love a couple that were mentioned by earlier posters--The Man in the Moon--that was actually Reese Witherspoon's first role, and the movie is excellent.
I also love Eulogy--one of my favorites-it is hilarious!
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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Waking Ned Devine----I laugh every time I see his bony, wrinkly butt on the motorcycle. Check it out..it's a hoot!

Mrs. Brown. It's about Queen Victoria, in mourning after her husband's death, and a servant of hers who helps her get on with life. It led to scandal and her children were completely appalled. It makes me cry, but I think it's a good story.

Another tear jerker, but such a wonderful movie if you can get through the subtitles is Life is Beautiful. It's during WWII and set in Italy. I love it because of the way the main character tries so hard to make life bearable and happy for his little boy while in a Nazi camp.

Oh, gotta end on something happy. Best in Show. This movie is a kind of documentary about several people taking their dogs to a dog show and it chronicles their lives. Hilarious. Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean...lots of great characters. If you've ever seen This is Spinal Tap and liked it, then check this out.
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I'm not sure if these are "undiscovered", but
Old 07-20-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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I love.......

"Shining Through" - Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith.....set in WWII. One of my all time favorite movies.

"While You Were Sleeping" - Sandra Bullock and Bill Pulliam.

"Notting Hill" - Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant

"Kiss the Girls" - Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. Based on book by James Patterson. Great suspense/thriller.

I can watch these movies over and over.
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:46 PM
 
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Dragonfly starring Kevin Costner is one of my all-time favorites!
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Old 07-20-2008, 03:13 PM
 
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Life as a House- Kevin Kline
Starstruck- Australian musical indie from 1983 (?) featuring Jo Kennedy
The Long Kiss Goodnight- Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson
The Bad Seed- 1950-something film about a cute little blonde girl who kills
Labryinth- David Bowie.'Nuff said.
any John Waters film but especially Hairspray and Polyester
the original Bad News Bears movies


BTW, I LOVE Dead Again and Waking Ned Devine!
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obscure movie
Old 07-20-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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Thesis
(aka "Tesis" in Spanish; it has subtitles) -- made by a Spanish film-maker (can't remember his name right now). It's a great creepy thriller that's smartly done!
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:10 PM
 
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The Magdalene Sisters http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318411/

Rabbit-Proof Fence http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0252444/

Lover's of the Arctic Circle http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133363/
(my fave)

Umbrellas of Cherborg http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058450/
(one I remember from childhood)

Adventures in Babysitting http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092513/
(I don't know why but this movie always puts me in a good mood)
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The Spanish Prisoner
Old 07-20-2008, 06:35 PM
 
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A David Mamet film from a number of years ago. Steve Martin plays a con man.
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My favorite obscure movies
Old 07-20-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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El Norte about a brother and sister who travel north from Guatemala up through Mexico and into the U.S. A major tearjerker; may change your views about illegal immigration

Hand in Hand- a very old movie about a boy and girl who become friends

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute-based on Grace Paley's wonderful book; one of the stories features a very young Kevin Bacon as a cabdriver who gets a woman pregnant, wants to be an involved father, but is pushed away by her
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