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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 19/2/2011 3:48:50 AM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/3/2011 2:28:49 PM   
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Ong Bak 2 (aka Ong Bak: The Beginning), my reasoning is here:
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 25/3/2011 10:20:44 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 28/3/2011 5:42:14 PM   
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Argentian film about a detective investigating a case over 25 years. Su - bloody - perb !

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 28/3/2011 6:34:33 PM   
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Not too sure if this film has been mentioned in here before but one film that I think is often overlooked when one looks back on the many great films that came out during the 70's is Serpico. Al Pacino's performance is fantastic, dare I say his best, and the story itself is compelling. It's something I feel many people can relate to, being right when everyone else is wrong and yet your struggle for the truth to be uncovered is met with nothing but eyes looking the other way and deaf ears.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 31/3/2011 2:47:37 AM   
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it seriously needs to be shown to all schools.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 3/5/2011 6:27:55 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 25/5/2011 7:25:47 PM   
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Don't know how unsung these two are, but they are both decent films with great performances.



Boy A: TV film about a young offender (played by Andrew Garfield) who is a child criminal released into society as an adult. Andrew Garfield is fantastic in it.



Matchstick Men: Directed by Ridley Scott, about two con men - Roy (Nicholas Cage), who suffers from OCD and agoraphobia amongst other things, and Frank (Sam Rockwell). I caught it on ITV last year and was quite suprised by it - its not fantastic, but the humour is quite dark and the performances are great.


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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 1/6/2011 10:33:35 AM   
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Q&A with Nick Nolte acting the scariest bastard on the planet is worth a look. Some good work from Armand Assante too. If the soundtrack wasn't so bad i probably wouldn't have to mention it as an unsung gem.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 2/6/2011 1:52:07 AM   
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 vinyan. such a creepy film, went in it with an open mind as had never heard anything about it before. beautiful cinematography as well. a real gem!



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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 2/6/2011 3:42:03 AM   
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Seconds--late 60s movie about a guy (Rock Hudson)  who gets the chance to become another person by joining a secret organization.

Colossus the Forbin Project: man makes computer that plans takeover of the world.

Rituals: 70s Canadian made movie about 5 doctors who encountered a deformed killer in the woods. Intelligent script, snappy dialogue and great lead performance from Hal Holbrook(also just finally made available in widescreen dvd)


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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 2/6/2011 11:37:42 AM   
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Hard Candy.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 22/7/2011 1:11:13 AM   
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The adjustment Bureau,
The Green Mile,
Midnight Run

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 22/7/2011 2:23:21 PM   
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I'd like to recommend The Collector. I think it's an excellent horror than has been heaped with the Saw style horrors, when in fact it owes more to Panic Room and dare i say it, Home Alone! It's quite graphic though and certainly delivers in the horror department. It's really stylishly made and well acted too, with a great antagonist.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 23/7/2011 11:10:42 AM   
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It might not quite fit into the completely overlooked category, but "Duel" is a great film. I'm even tempted to say it's Spielberg's best. Gripping, suspenseful, relentless; and it turns a truck into one of the best movie villains of all time.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 24/7/2011 8:48:41 PM   
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Burning Bright

Great thriller with an absolutely bonkers premise, a surprisingly sensitive depiction of someone dealing with an autistic child and...Meatloaf.

Oh, and a tiger as the villain.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 24/7/2011 10:03:28 PM   
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Divorcing Jack - pitch perfect performance from David Thewlis as hard-drinking Belfast journo Dan Starkey in brilliant adaptation of Colin Bateman's violent, hilarious novel. I know about one other person who's seen it. Anyone on here?

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 25/7/2011 4:12:45 AM   
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Kiss Of Death - the 1947 version, directed by Henry Hathaway.
One of my favourite noirs, this is a compelling drama about a robber who gives evidence against his partners in crime in order to lessen his prison sentence, and is then stalked by a psychopathic killer out for revenge. A tense, compelling melodrama which, unusually, considering the period in which it was made, contains some explicit violence.
The performances are uniformly excellent, particularly Victor Mature and, in his debut performance, Richard Widmark.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 26/7/2011 12:33:25 PM   
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The hidden gem that i like is Brother with Takeshi Kitano
i also loved the iron giant one of the best kids films ever made 

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 19/11/2011 12:27:49 AM   
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American Yakuza 2 (Also known as Back to Back). A brilliantly kinetic, low-budget Tarantino clone with great action scenes and a quirky off-beat sense of humour. Highly recommended.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 20/11/2011 4:53:31 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 21/11/2011 1:36:12 PM   
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With Natalie Wood back in the news this week, I was reminded of this little beauty, her last appearance:

Take one part sci-fi, one part conspiracy thriller, one part chase movie and one part existential debate.  Stir them together and you get this delight.  Scientists discover a way to record not only what people see but what emotions they experience at the same time.  Of course, it's not long before it gets put to nefarious uses (including torture and, in one memorable scene, to record orgasms!).  But when it is used to reord the ultimate out-of-body experience, the men in suits start to close in and the chase begins.

And while I'm in a recommending mood, here are another couple:



Lots of people think that Lawrence of Arabia was O'Toole's finest performance.  Wrong!  While old T.E. was a great turn by Mr O'Toole, it was as Alan Swann, the alcoholic star from Hollywood's golden age, that Peter really excelled.  Perhaps it was life imitating art, perhaps he just enjoyed the chance to do comedy, but whatever the reason he turned in the performance of a lifetime, getting a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his trouble.  The movie is based on an episode from Mel Brooks's early career when, as an aspiring writer for The Sid Caesar Show, he was told to chaperone Errol Flynn for the weekend and keep him out of trouble.  A career high for O'Toole and director Richard Benjamin.



I'm gonna champion this one until I've no breath left to do so!  12 Angry Men is often held as the ultimate courtroom drama (and rightly so IMO), but this one comes damnded close.  This was the first half of Stanley Kramer's consecutive courtroom dramas (Judgement at Nuremberg following the next year), and featured one of Spencer Tracey's best performances as Henry Drummond, the humanist lawyer called to the deep south town of Hillsboro to defend the local schoolteacher from the charge of teaching the theory of evolution.  he finds himself going head-to-head against not only the righteous townfolk of Hillsboro, but also his old friend Matthew Brady, a fundamentalist christian and former presidential candidate who comes in guns blazing to defend his faith.  The scenes between the two are abaolutely riveting, and there are also some treats in the supporting cast such as Gene Kelly playing against type as the odious journalist who hires Drummond as defence attorney for the accused.  In this age where "intelligent design" is being taught as a science in some schools, this movie is more relevant than ever!


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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 21/11/2011 9:05:29 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 24/11/2011 10:34:35 AM   
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Probably already been mentioned, but Henry Poole Is Here is an easy watch if you're in the right melancholic state of mind. Luke Wilson makes a great grumpy bloke, and although his character's story arc is hardly original he does create a strangely likeable 'unlikeable Henry' who holds your interest throughout his journey.

It's all quite sentimental and peppered with some light humour and a touch of the Twilight Zones, and as with Mark Pellington's previous films (Arlington Road, Mothman Prophecies) the splendid direction really gives it that extra shine.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 24/11/2011 10:58:25 AM   
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Henry Poole Is Here is a brilliant film, good choice.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 24/11/2011 1:31:37 PM   
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Henry Poole Is Here is a brilliant film, good choice.


It's the sort of all too rare sentimental film that never dips too far into 'cheesey' despite the subject matter, because it's handled so well by both star and director I think. I think a lot of people may have been put off by *spoilerish* taking the religious slant too thick *end spoilerish* which sort of misses the emotional point of the film.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 29/11/2011 3:29:36 PM   
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Attack the block. Just some inner city londers fucking shit up with aliens. Best movie ive seen all year.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 1/12/2011 11:45:43 AM   
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glad this thread has surfaced again :)

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 2/12/2011 4:44:52 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem: CLASSIC Thriller - 23/7/2012 1:53:56 PM   
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THE SILENT PARTNER

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078269/

complete gem from the 70`s! One the best thrillers ive ever seen, suprised there hasnt been a remake!

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