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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 8/4/2007 2:45:57 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 8/4/2007 2:51:33 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 8/4/2007 6:10:05 PM   
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 Tonight at 12.00 on BBC2.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 8/4/2007 6:15:47 PM   
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Easily the best and most enjoyable of the series.............


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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 8/4/2007 6:50:29 PM   
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8 Days A Week

It hovers somewhere between a sex comedy and a romantic comedy but at the same time is very well scripted. A gentle and charasmatic performance by Joshua Schaefer as the lead character whom in an attempt to win over the girl next door stands beneath her window for the entire summer break prior to her leaving for college.   he reads various books on romance and sex ranging from Casanova to the Kinsey Reports in an attempt to find inspiration in romancing her.   It sounds a creepier premise than it is and works very nicely.  At the same time it also allows him an opportunity to view the individuals living in his neighbourhood with a new eye.  The girl next door is Keri Russell providing a performance prior to her rise in the public eye with the TV series Felicity.

It is low budget stuff and that does show but at the same time there is a strength to the characters which lifts the film above its humble roots.  The main flaw I can see is that Erica, the girl next door, does not necessarily show the reason why she should inspire such devotion other than in the wet t-shirt scene which is another bonus to the film but not the reason I enjoy it.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 12:30:57 AM   
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If this has been mentioned already, sorry! A great cast all on top form with a witty script. This is great fun.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 2:03:04 AM   
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 Tonight at 12.00 on BBC2.


 Watched this earlier, it gets better every time I watch it.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 9:03:23 AM   
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Kids In the Hall Brain Candy

The only full length feature from the Kids in the Hall.  An interesting satire on psycho-pharacological overmedication.  A idealistic scientist creates a drug which eliminates depression by making themrecall their best ever memory.  The drug is rushed into production by an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company without adequate testing.  The scientist becomes a star in the media and is drawn into the lure of fame and fortune and then the unforseen side effcts begin to occur.

The film is does betray the sketch show format ofthe Kind  in the Hall TV series with very much an episodic feel.  Each of the players seems to get a variety of parts to play and they are trying to reach a balance in screen time which can upset the pace of the film somewhat. The good does overwhelm the bad with such aspects as the gay man who is pretending to be straight  and the central premise of big business having an unscrupulous nature but at the same time an appealing lure are both extrememly well played.  A vey amusing film if somewhat off the wall but well worth a watch.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 6:02:20 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 9:00:36 PM   
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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 9:04:30 PM   
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yep 

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 9:04:51 PM   
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If this has been mentioned already, sorry! A great cast all on top form with a witty script. This is great fun.


Agreed  

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 10:11:17 PM   
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all of charlie kaufman's output,
especially confessions of a dangerous mind, the most dazzling film i've seen in at least two years.
adaptation's fantastic as well.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 10:17:18 PM   
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 Tuesday night at 12.15 on BBC1.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 9/4/2007 10:54:58 PM   
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 Tonight at 12.00 on BBC2.


Love this film, Livingston is really good in it. Shame that his TV programme Standoff didn't take off.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 12/4/2007 12:36:48 AM   
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Thursday 12 April at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 12/4/2007 1:13:51 AM   
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I watched this again tonight on BBC3. I love this film so much, great performances from all the cast, especially Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Platt, and really funny. It's the perfect film to cheer me up for a while when I'm feeling as crap as I have been lately.  

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 12/4/2007 1:25:08 AM   
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all of charlie kaufman's output,
especially confessions of a dangerous mind, the most dazzling film i've seen in at least two years.
adaptation's fantastic as well.


I even like "Human Nature" Gondry complained he was given a dud script but if he had tightened this up it would be amazing

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 12/4/2007 10:13:56 PM   
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Friday night at 12.35 on BBC1.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 14/4/2007 6:30:27 PM   
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Sunday at 11.30am on BBC2.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 14/4/2007 6:56:04 PM   
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Has to be one of the greatest road movies of all time.


A sweaty erotic thriller/melodrama full of OTT twists. Get the unrated edition for endless nasty sex...


Very funny and moving. Giamatti's finest performance.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 15/4/2007 4:08:16 PM   
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Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is a popular comedy TV series in the States, but so far only the film version has made it over here. It hasn’t even been released at the cinema or on DVD in this country. It’s been shown on ITV1 late at night; not because it’s inappropriate for prime-time viewing, but because so few people in this country have heard of it.

The plot is as follows: as part of an evil plan to take over the world, a mad scientist forces a man to watch a rubbish ‘50s B-movie over and over again in order to drive him insane. The only way for him not to go crazy is for he and his robot buddies constantly to crack jokes at the film. It's a novel concept, but one which works much better than you’d expect, thanks to a hilariously witty script.

Also:

Omega Doom isn't a masterpiece, but it's still engaging post-apocalyptic sci-fi.

I agree with the posters who mentioned Tears of the Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Sneakers, and Roxanne--all great films.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 18/4/2007 9:45:28 AM   
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Don't know if this has beem mentioned but Pollock was on the other night. It's directed by and starring Ed Harris in the title role and was a labour of love for Harris. The results are excellent and I hope Harris does more personal projects like this in the future.



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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 18/4/2007 4:17:17 PM   
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Trancers - the Best time travel film ever made for under $10!

Also Better off Dead - Cusack at his sureal best....

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 18/4/2007 6:27:30 PM   
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great thread, im gonna be using this as recommendations for ages...

anyway's ill throw in my two cents:

Bad Company: im no westren buff by any means (although im working on it), but this is my personal favourite so far...i watched this mainly cause Jeff Bridges was in it, it completely and utterly blew me away.



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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 18/4/2007 10:18:06 PM   
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Friday night at 12.35 on BBC1.


Quality, a real underrated gem of a movie. Not for everyone considering the nature of the film - the indian spirit of Wendigo and the cannabalism it entails ensures it's pretty gory, especially when alot of knives and sharp stabby things are used throughout. But unlike most horrors it has a great cast - Robert Carlyle is on top form as the insidious eater of others souls and Guy Pearce is equally wonderful as his valiant nemesis - some wonderful cinematography that has the wilderness and lonliness of the frontier simply add to the spooky and supernatural elements, and a brillaintly inspired plinky-plonky soundtrack from Blur's Damon Albarn that works amazingly well than you'd care to think. And when all's said and done the ending is superbly realised, making for one of the best endings to a film that few have actually seen. Yep, a real underrated gem of a movie, worthy of everyone's time!

Drive - In the world of stupidly plotted post-pub action fests that defy there Van Damme-esque genre restrictions and rise above to actually provide a damn engaging and entertaining action adventure, Drive is right up there with Ong-Bak. It's just as stupid as Crank with DTV king Mark Dacascos (who in a parallel universe has probably gone onto much better things) charging around kicking lots of bad guy arse whilst ensuring they can't get hold of the bio-engine that has turned him into a virtual martial arts machine, but it benefits from not going into the mechanics behind the why's and wherefore's of Dacascos' background that much (it just is), so that the action can be concentrated on and turned up to eleven instead. And boy does Drive benefit. It has much more drive than Crank has crank, and it's pretty much action, action, action from the get-go to the end credits. Which is frankly awesome. And when you have a hero as charismatic and as good at the old kung-fu as Dacascos, you get some pretty imaginative fight scenes, wire-work and explosions along the style of The Matrix that just fuel the films unrelenting nature - something that Crank simply didn't supply enough. When you add some comedy baddies in Madison (who has the single best line in the film with 'Look, it's my favorite cheese-eating dickmonkey) and Hedgehog who perpetually receive a sound kicking, some buddy-buddy goofness with Kadeem Hardison, a complete bat-shit crazy turn from Britney Murphy and the best chainsaw mutilation since Evil Dead 2 (read as 'fucking cool'), it makes Drive a pretty special action fest for the action junkie. Leave your brain at the door and enjoy...


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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 18/4/2007 10:41:43 PM   
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Clowny, good call on Drive by the way, very under-rated. I may just watch it just now actually, maybe with the commentray as it's as funny as fuck.
And you're right, Mark Dacascos should have been a bigger star.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 19/4/2007 9:10:05 AM   
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yeh Drive is great, i aint seen it in awhile...Brittany Murphy's well porked up in that, still cute though.



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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 20/4/2007 1:11:13 AM   
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Friday night at 12.05 on BBC2.

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RE: Recommend an unsung gem - 20/4/2007 9:00:39 PM   
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Watch it for Lance Henriksen's solid performance, if nothing else..

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