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Postby Trish » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:37 pm

I tire of Hollywood and seek the oddballs.

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.
Joan Plowright is delightful and warm; Rupert Whozit is delightfully hot.

Into the Wild.
True story. I have always wanted to run away from home. This convinced to take a map.

Dead Man.
Johnny Depp is a nerdy accountant heading to the Wild West.
Watch him become a killer.

Feeling Minnesota.
Love him or hate him, Keanu Reeves is good. Or bad...

Tea with Mussolini.
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Lily Tomlin and Cher.
Varied cast, fabulous movie.

Arlington Road.
Psycho thriller. Watch Jeff Bridges doubt his sanity.

And...
The Thin Man series with Myrna Loy and William Powell.
Yes, these are Classic movies, not independant productions.
That's not enough of a reason to not enjoy them all.

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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:46 pm

Anything by Lars von Trier. Dancer in the Dark starring Bjork is an incredible movie.

Whale Rider a NZ movie is very good.

I love French and Italian movies - 8 Women and Amelie are two that spring to mind. :D
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Postby Tiffany » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:53 pm

I have Amelie, on video, Tony, lovely film.

I also love Barbarella, but I think that was made in Hollywood?

Ladies In Lavendar & Calendar Girls, were good as well.
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Postby AgnesOgg » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:45 pm

The City of Lost Children is wonderful :D same director as Amelie.
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Postby Trish » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:46 pm

I forgot LinL and Calendar Girls! Love them both.

Yes, Barbarella was Hollywood, '66. Jane Fonda made me want high-top boots and a gun.
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Postby superfurryandy » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:27 am

Some recs:


The Station Agent (US)

Rushmore (US)

Box of Moonlight (US)

Living in Oblivion (US)

Anything by Shane Meadows, Mike Leigh or Ken Loach

La Haine (France)

Park Chan Wook's Vengeance trilogy (South Korea)

Hana Bi (Japan)

Hidden (France)

Les Triplettes de Belleville (France)

Pan's Labyrinth (Spain)

Ghost World (US)

Trees Lounge (US)

Wonderland (UK)

Nil By Mouth (UK)

Sexy Beast (UK)

Ringu (Japan)

Kontroll (Hungary)

Night Watch & Day Watch (Russia)

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring (South Korea)

Anything by Jim Jarmusch
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Postby Catch-up » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:28 am

My favorite oddball movies are:

The Big Lebowski
Mystery Men
Pineapple Express

Um... there's more. I just can't think of them right now.
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Postby superfurryandy » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:30 am

Of course, the Coens - a couple of misses, but mainly hits.
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Postby Trish » Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:22 am

I forgot Sexy Beast. What was I thinking. Great movie.

You know, I cannot rent or buy Love Honer and Obey in this country?

I like Ray Winstone.
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Postby superfurryandy » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:31 am

Love, Honour & Obey isn't a great film, but it's not as bad as the critics may have suggested. Ray Winstone is great - met him a coupla times and he seems a nice fella as well.
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Postby Dotsie » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:03 am

I really enjoy a lot of Spanish & Japanese films, like anything directed by Guillermo Del Toro (except Hellboy). The Devil's Backbone is particularly good. The Happiness of the Katakuris (dir. Takashi Miike) is hilarious!

And who that's watched Amelie doesn't think its lovely? :D

Maggie Smith - my favourite actress by a long way. She's brilliant in everything she's in.
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:55 pm

I think Pan´s Labyrinth is fantastic, really liked that film. I also liked The Proposition an Australian film with Ray Winstone.
One of my favourite movies is Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob with Louis de Funés.
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Postby Tiffany » Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:06 pm

Trish wrote:I forgot LinL and Calendar Girls! Love them both.

Yes, Barbarella was Hollywood, '66. Jane Fonda made me want high-top boots and a gun.


I'm glad to see someone else likes Barbarella. :D I wanted Pygar, what a lovely Angel. :oops:

Another one I love is Local Hero.
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Postby chris.ph » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:20 pm

i love wierd films ive got a load

evil aliens - wales

dog soldiers - england

pans labyrinth - spain

the ring - japan

mad max - australia

28 days later - england
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Postby superfurryandy » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:27 pm

Dog Soldiers is brilliant, I also like Neil Marshall's second, The Descent - his last, Doomsday, didn't quite do it for me, but still very watchable.
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