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Old 03-25-17, 11:47 PM
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Name a film you love that very few people have seen

I know that there have been various threads based on this topic, but it's been a few years since there's been one. I'm always on the lookout for something great that I've never heard of, so I enjoy threads like this one so that I've got new films to put on my list of movies to seek out.

My recommendation for today: Brimstone & Treacle (1982)

Sting, Denholm Elliott, and Joan Plowright star in an adaptation of Dennis Potter's play about a sociopathic young man who insinuates his way into a family coping with the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident that has left their daughter in a vegetative state.

Sting's performance is the best of his rather spotty acting career, and the screenplay by Potter is fascinating. Elliott and Plowright are superb, and the film gets my vote for director Richard Loncraine's best film. It also features one of my favorite Police songs, "I Burn for You."

If you've never seen it, check it out.
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Trouble Bound (1993)

A fun little crime/action flick starring Michael Madsen right off his Reservoir Dogs success and Patricia Arquette in all her True Romance era loveliness.
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Old 03-26-17, 12:43 AM
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The Wizard of Speed and Time. Delightful (and spot-on) satire of the entertainment industry.
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Good Question.

I personally love A Better Tomorrow 3 from 1989.

Period war/gangster film that introduces Chow Yun Fat's "Mark" from the 1st movie. Take place in the early 70's during the Vietnam War.

What I loved about it was the tragic love story between Chow and Anita Mui. They had amazing chemistry.

I don't know anyone (among the people I know) who has seen it. It doesn't seem to be a well regarded film in Chow's resume. When I initially saw it on DVD around 2001 or so, I was really compelled.

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Prime Time (also released as "American Raspberry")- one of the lesser-known sketch-comedy films of the 70s, in the style of The Groove Tube with fake commercials and show promos among other nonsense.

Doin' Time on Planet Earth is pretty good, but my VHS tape has a hum on it! It was never on any better format.
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A British film called QUEST FOR LOVE (1971) used to run on local late-night TV back in the 1970s, but I haven't seen it since. It's a very touching science fiction love story about a man who is shocked into an alternate universe where he meets his soulmate and experiences another shock that sends him back into his own universe desperate to find her counterpart before she meets the same fate. It deserved much better than this misleading cover art:

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Heaven (1998)

After his impressive debut with The Ugly (1997) New Zealand director Scott Reynolds follow up feature Heaven impressed even more but it went by unnoticed. Heaven dips into many genres (Thriller, Crime, Drama, Supernatural?) and its nonlinear narrative combined with strong acting is what makes it so enganging and interesting. A smart and at times violent mystery that deserves much more attention.

Disney of all companies picked it up for distribution back in 1999, only to release Heaven straight to DVD which has been long OOP.
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Peace Hotel from 1995, Chow Yun-Fat in a John Woo produced Hong Kong "western". Atmospheric, funny, sexy, pseudo-mythic. I think critics thought it was a little overblown, but I loved it.



Oh, and I have a soft spot for this because I attended the Boston premiere with Chow Yun-Fat introducing it in person.
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Fling (2008)

Its biggest star is Brandon Routh, but its a romantic drama involving a love triangle and open relationships. Its more of a talky type of movie, but it has an awesome soundtrack, and it was beautifully shot here in Kansas City. It played on Showtime a lot, its on dvd, and you can find the full movie on youtube.

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I also love the Wizard Of Speed And Time! I watch the VHS every once and awhile.
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Just one? I could list hundreds, but I'll mention one that came to mind for some reason. Fever is a 1988 Australian thriller that ranks among the best of its genre of the '80s. A disgrace that it's not out on DVD or BD.

It's nowhere near as tawdry as the poster indicates.
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Peace Hotel from 1995, Chow Yun-Fat in a John Woo produced Hong Kong "western". Atmospheric, funny, sexy, pseudo-mythic. I think critics thought it was a little overblown, but I loved it.



Oh, and I have a soft spot for this because I attended the Boston premiere with Chow Yun-Fat introducing it in person.
What year and where is that supposed to be set? He pulls out a fully automatic machine gun!!!
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Shack Out on 101 (1955)
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What year and where is that supposed to be set? He pulls out a fully automatic machine gun!!!
Rural China, not sure where, sometime in the Republic era--1920's, I think.
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I'll do a Patrice Leconte double-shot.



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I will go to my grave arguing that this is one of the best action movies ever made. I bought 15 copies of the Directors Cut on DVD from the UK to sell here in the USA on Ebay. NOT to make a profit I sold them at cost and advertised it as so; just to have people see it. The writer contacted me on Ebay thanking me.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116147/

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Murder Party, though the director has since gone on to bigger/better things (Blue Ruin, Green Room)
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Originally Posted by rw2516 View Post
Shack Out on 101 (1955)
I passed out during the middle of this when It aired on TCM Underground. I'm still waiting for them to replay it.
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Excellent Korean flick. If you liked Infernal Affairs then you probably like this.
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The elevator fight is pretty bloody and great
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