Films you may have never heard of but really should watch..

The Hitcher (Rutger Hauer version)..

I watched this again the other night, and was just amazed by what a great film it is, even if Rutger Hauer was central to making it, what it is...

Guy picks up psycho hitchhiker, and then manages to get rid of him, only for him to keep on coming back. It works as both a horror, a western, an action, even a comedy, and is just so cleverly done.

There are so many great scenes in it, it is hard to pick a favourite, although the french fries scene makes me laugh every time. Shame the remake was so naff, even if it did have Sean Bean..

Well what can anyone else suggest?

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  • May never of heard of? that one is a bit mainstream. How about Unmade Beds? A really cool film if you are into underground music. Set in London with a Spanish lead actor and an Argentinian director.
  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭
    One that I saw a few weeks ago: "fucking amai". Swedish film about two girls coming to terms with their friendship and definitely not porn or anything like that.
  • I watched the first part of Mesrine staring Vincent Cassel the other day. Sky plussed part two but not watched it yet. Excellent 70s style crime caper with typically French super-violence. I'd never heard of it before.
  • JeremyGJeremyG ✭✭✭
    Original repo men, dark star. If you like Rutherford hauer then flesh and blood
  • Saw Mesrine at the Odeon Cinema both parts 1 and 2 in Islington a few years ago. Hardly avant gard darling!

    Are we meant to name films we have never heard of but should watch or films we think others may not have heard of but we think are worth watching? The former is  impossible so I will go with the latter.

    Akira Kurosawa. He made Seven Samurai. Rushamon, and The Throne of Blood.

    The first two films directly influenced, The Magnificent Seven and Memento and the last has one of the best deaths. The film is a telling of Macbeth so you know who gets it in the neck, or does he?

  • Looking at my dvd collection.

    The Man Who Loved Women by François Truffaut, given to me on my birthday by a French woman.

    Dead Mans Shoes by Shane Meadows, he did Made in England, its based on a graphic novel.

    These from memory;

    Police, by Maurice Pialet, and staring Gerard Depardieu. An 80's classic.

    The Brother from Another Planet, by John Sayles. Another from the 80's when films like this where put on telly because, why not?

    I really have to get to the cinema again soon. The last film I saw was Prometheus.
    Dissapointed.

    Luckly the French lady is coming over soon ( the one who gave me the DVD i mentioned) so maybe we can go see something obscure and weird that makes us laugh)

     

     

     

     

  • Stephen E Forde wrote (see)

    Looking at my dvd collection.

    The Man Who Loved Women by François Truffaut, given to me on my birthday by a French woman.

    Dead Mans Shoes by Shane Meadows, he did Made in England, its based on a graphic novel.

    These from memory;

    Police, by Maurice Pialet, and staring Gerard Depardieu. An 80's classic.

    The Brother from Another Planet, by John Sayles. Another from the 80's when films like this where put on telly because, why not?

    I really have to get to the cinema again soon. The last film I saw was Prometheus.
    Dissapointed.

    Luckly the French lady is coming over soon ( the one who gave me the DVD i mentioned) so maybe we can go see something obscure and weird that makes us laugh)

     

     

     

     

    The brother from another planet..i have that on DVD as part of a John Sayles collection, and he is my favourite director... it is a very good film...one i remember seeing on TV...

  • Priceless, with Audey Tautou, and the Beat That My Heart Skipped (Romain Duris).

    (I saw The Hitcher back in the '80s, 'cos I'm that old)

  • La cage aux folles - they remade it into The Birdcage with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane - the original French one is much superior and funny - but The Birdcage is hilarious too.

    Probably very well known but I think American History X was amazing too.

    The original (not the director's cut) Aliens 

     

  • I go along with Stephen's Dead Man's Shoes. An amazing performance from Toby Kebble.



    Repo man is great and Dark Star has to be one of my all time favourites.



    I think Little Children with Kate Winslett is a great film that didn't get the acclaim it should have got ( it was a pointless answer for KW films last week).
  • Wilkie wrote (see)

    Priceless, with Audey Tautou, and the Beat That My Heart Skipped (Romain Duris).

    (I saw The Hitcher back in the '80s, 'cos I'm that old)

    Ooh, love both those films Wilkie! Have you seen Heartbreaker with Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis?

    I vote for Zombie Strippers. So terrible that its brilliant image

  • The original film on which "The Hitcher" was based, "The Hitchhiker" made in 1953 and starring Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy is also excellent and highly recommended.

    Others that maybe aren't that well known but I've seen in recent years and would recommend, especially if you prefer older films are:

    Hell Drivers (1950's Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan)

    The Leather Boys (1960's "kitchen sink")

    The Offence (early '70's, Sean Connery)

    Seance on a Wet Afternoon ( mid '60's, Richard Attenborough)

    Crime Wave ( '50's film-noire)

  • One of my all time favourites is The Hidden (1987) with Kyle from Twin Peaks. If you have never seen it, check out the trailor on youtube. It has probably the best ending i have seen in a movie.

  • Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)

    I think Little Children with Kate Winslett is a great film that didn't get the acclaim it should have got ( it was a pointless answer for KW films last week).

    Great book too.

    xine267 wrote (see)
     Have you seen Heartbreaker with Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis?

    got that on DVD, fabulous film image

    Tell No One is a fab French film based on a Harlan Coben book, works well in French, and the actors are great.  Ooh and Little White Lies is a fabulous film

  • La Cage aux Folles is fantastic as a stage show image

    For a so terrible it's actually quite good film - Flight of the Living Dead. It's awful image

  • My three favourite films then: A Matter of Life and Death (Powell and Pressburger's best); Wings of Desire (such a moving film); Come and See (Klimov's harrowing story of a boy growing up fast in Belorussia during the war).

  • "A Matter of Life and Death" christ that film was always on a Sunday on BB2

    " Genevieve" was another of my Sunday afternoon favourites

    and hours and hours of Harold Lloyd filmsimage

  • Alright Stephen E, I bow down before your dvd collection.



    Dead man's shoes is a good one. Set in matlock near where I grew up. Always find it amusing to hear a familier accent in films.



    Also love crimewave. I was a big fan of Sam raimi when I was a kid.
  • oh oh "LA Takedown" by Micheal Mann, later remade as "Heat"

    Takedown was a "made for TV" movie.

    So 80's you can feel those viscose/wool blend suits sizzle in the LA sun.

    He also did "Collateral"

    When you think LA in the dark, cars on full beam, whizzing past on wet streets. Sky scraper office blocks , electronic music in the back ground. Men in suits up to no good who never walk or talk much when a bullet and a gun can go further and say more. Thats a Mann movie.

     

     

     

  • Stevie  GStevie G ✭✭✭
    Ghostrider wrote (see)

    The Hitcher (Rutger Hauer version)..

    I watched this again the other night, and was just amazed by what a great film it is, even if Rutger Hauer was central to making it, what it is...

    Guy picks up psycho hitchhiker, and then manages to get rid of him, only for him to keep on coming back. It works as both a horror, a western, an action, even a comedy, and is just so cleverly done.

     

    If you liked that, you'd probably like some of this lot, that probably fit into a similar category...

    Eden Lake
    Wolf Creek
    The Strangers
    Vacancy
    Vacancy 2

    Wolf Creek and Eden Place and are disturbing in the way that you could actually imagine them happening for real.  Films that you think about for a while after.

  • popsiderpopsider ✭✭✭
    David Jones 39 wrote (see)

    Others that maybe aren't that well known but I've seen in recent years and would recommend, especially if you prefer older films are:

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    I'm not really a film buff but there's a 1962 British courtroom drama which you'd probably like - you may already know it - The Boys which is really good - stumbled across it just flicking through the channels one night - really good.
    The Prodigal Son - it's a Chinese martial arts film which will probably put 99% of people off watching it and if I say it's a comedy the other 1% probably wont bother either but it's really very good.
    The last film I saw at the pictures that wasn't a kids film (with the kids I hasten to add!) was the remake of Brighton Rock - does that count as lesser known - anyway I thought it was good.

  • The Triplets of Belleville.

  • bos1 wrote (see)

    The Triplets of Belleville.


    I have the soundtrack to that.

    Im starting to show off now aren't I ?

    Sorryimage

    "Tiger Bay" One of they best opening scenes of any Welsh film ever!

    Cherry: What you doing?
    Jimmy: Er, there's a film about to start.
    Cherry: Is it important?
    Jimmy: Tiger Bay, it's like Citizen Kane for Welsh people.

     

     

  • Anyone seen Meet the Feebles?
  • Stevie G . wrote (see)
    Ghostrider wrote (see)

    The Hitcher (Rutger Hauer version)..

    I watched this again the other night, and was just amazed by what a great film it is, even if Rutger Hauer was central to making it, what it is...

    Guy picks up psycho hitchhiker, and then manages to get rid of him, only for him to keep on coming back. It works as both a horror, a western, an action, even a comedy, and is just so cleverly done.

     

    If you liked that, you'd probably like some of this lot, that probably fit into a similar category...

    Eden Lake
    Wolf Creek
    The Strangers
    Vacancy
    Vacancy 2

    Wolf Creek and Eden Place and are disturbing in the way that you could actually imagine them happening for real.  Films that you think about for a while after.

    I have seen all of those except Vacancy 2. All good films. The Strangers.. now there was an interesting film... didnt do amazing business at the box office, but it was really good... thought i was the only one who saw that film

  • Thanks Popsider. I did see "The Boys" a few years ago and you're right, it was very good indeed. I love that whole late '50's/early '60's British "gritty realism" genre !

    I'd recommend all the films I mentioned, but the one I would single out is "The Offence". It starred Sean Connery as a  detective on the verge of a breakdown and his cat-and-mouse relationship with a suspected sex offender (played by the late Ian Bannen) he has hauled in for questioning.

    As well as being a gripping thriller and very well acted and directed, it also authentically evokes the early '70's (for those of us old enough to remember!).

  • + 1 for 'The Beat my Heart Skipped'. Also 'Look at Me' (original title 'Comme une Image'). And anything Iranian, especially 'Blackboards'.

  • 127 hours
    17 again
    A beautiful mind
    A guide to recognising your saints
    A family man
    American beauty
    American history X
    Another country
    August Rush (for the music)
    Back to the future
    Battle Royale
    Benny's video
    Breaking and entering
    Brothers (2009)
    Brothers of the head
    Buried
    Capote
    Chatroom
    Closing the ring
    C.R.A.Z.Y. (Canadian, in French)
    Deep End
    District 9
    Dog day afternoon
    Dorian Grey (2009)
    Eden Lake
    Erin Brockovich
    Eternal sunshine of the Spotless mind
    Falling down
    Fargo
    Fight club
    Free Willy
    Full metal jacket
    Funny games (USA version)
    15 minutes
    Flashbacks of a fool
    Fracture
    Gallipoli
    Glen Gary Glen Ross
    Ghost
    Good Will hunting
    Groundhog day
    Hannibal rising
    He was a quiet man
    Heartbeats (French canadian)
    I am legend
    In Bruges
    Inglorious Basterds
    Inside man
    Iron man
    It's a wonderful life
    Kalifornia
    Last chance Harvey
    Last house on the left
    Leaving Las Vegas
    Let the right one in (Swedish version)
    London to Brighton
    Lonesome Jim
    Lymelife
    Mirrors
    Muriel's wedding
    Pay it forward
    Red dragon
    Reservoir dogs
    Rocky
    Saw
    Scum
    Sexy beast
    Shooter
    Sliding doors
    Sneakers
    Swimming with sharks
    Talk radio
    The box
    The butterfly effect
    The day after tomorrow
    The disappearance of Alice Creed
    The debt collector
    The devil wears Prada
    The dreamers
    The godfather
    The ice storm
    The loved ones
    The lovely bones
    The proposition
    The pianist
    The road
    The weather man
    Things we lost in the fire
    This boy's life
    The talented Mr Ripley
    Trainspotting
    War games
    Wolf Creek

  • After Hours

    It's about a guy who goes on a bad date and how his night turns into chaos.

    Genre:dark comedy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Hours_%28film%29

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