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I seem to recall there used to be a "Recommend a film" thread in here for people to recommend "off the beaten track" films but i can't find it so thought i'd make a new one. I'll start the ball rolling:

 

Firstly, Brick. Very good Film noir detective story set in a high school. I thoroughly enjoyed it, took me back to some of the old style movies.

 

http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0393109/

 

Secondly, The Squid and Whale. A great semi-autobiographical film by Noah Baumbach about divorce and joint custody. I can watch this film over and over again.

 

http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0367089/

 

Thirdly, Pan's Labyrinth. It's spanish and in subtitles so may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is in my opinion the best film of last year. Set during the Spanish Civil War it tells about a young girls daydreams in her attempts to escape her life. Fantastic story and amazing effects.

 

http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0457430/

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I saw that, it's an excellent little parody. It's got Seth Cohen from the OC in it too, playing exactly the same role he always does :P

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Thank you for Smoking, great film. It's mainstream here in the states.

 

Good recommendation. Loved it :thumbsup:

 

How about The Rage in Placid Lake. An Aussie comedy about this son (called Placid Lake) who parents are hippies and he's trying to be "normal". Not to be confused with the naff Crocodile movie... :)

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It's not particularily unknown, but Hitchcocks classic 'Rear Window' is superb. A real suspenseful and fascinating flick.

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The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

 

Plot Outline A 91 year old carpenter (Sidney Poitier), who is still in completely good health, has to fight developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.

Plot Synopsis: Sitting on 35 acres of Georgia land coveted by a shopping mall developer, 90+years-old Noah Dearborn is untainted by modern life. He's never heard of the Beatles, and his only interest is his woodworking, in which he excels. The girlfriend of one of the developers is a psychologist, and is asked to evaluate Noah for a possible move to have him declared incompetent. But she soon falls under his spell of a simple life and becomes his ally in his fight to keep his land.

 

:D

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Not exactly new or low profile anymore but any of Kevin Smith's films are well worth watching. In the absense of anything much else to do i've watched all his films over the last week :lol: :geek: I can't even come up with a favourite.

 

Clerks

Mallrats

Chasing Amy

Dogma

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jersey Girl

Clerks II

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Thanks for recommending that little-known Oscar winning film for us ;)

lol, I didn't realise.

 

It actually won the best picture award at the oscars, how did I not hear about that :P

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The War Tapes.

 

Very good indeed and the...

 

The History Boys.

 

2 very good films.

Edited by Faceman

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Brick

 

An absolute gem of a film. A proper updated and stunningly shot Film Noir removed to an American High School.

 

Also a few other personal favourites:

 

Three Colours Trilogy- Masterpieces, especially Three Colours Blue.

Nightwatch- First of a matrix-y Russian Trilogy. Although the 2nd and 3rd have been heavily produced by an American studio :(

Goodbye Lenin- Touching and extremely funny.

The Believer- Very different.

Death To Smoochy- A Robin Williams film that doesn't suck!!! I'm guessing this was filmed during his 'troubled' times :whistle:

Dazed And Confused- Will make you remeber how much fun you can have :smoke:

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whoever recommended Citizen Kane is spot on. it's a suiperb film. i also like the old to kill a mocking bird, not exactly unheard but i guess alot of people havent seen it.

 

napoleon dynamite is also a brilliant low budget light hearted film. very good. if you dont like it the first time make sure you watch it a second!

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I actually watched "Gone With The Wind" the other day. It's about 4 hours long and all, but it was good and well worth watching nonetheless. It's really impressively made with some classic scenes and dialogue. When you think of when it was made and just how ground breaking it was for the time it is all the more impressive.

 

I know that one isn't actually an off the beaten track film, but i mention it because i very much doubt a lot of people will have seen it these days, or even thought about watching it.

 

While i'm on the subject of golden oldies, everyone should watch "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon" at some point in there life :)

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I actually watched "Gone With The Wind" the other day. It's about 4 hours long and all, but it was good and well worth watching nonetheless. It's really impressively made with some classic scenes and dialogue. When you think of when it was made and just how ground breaking it was for the time it is all the more impressive.

 

I know that one isn't actually an off the beaten track film, but i mention it because i very much doubt a lot of people will have seen it these days, or even thought about watching it.

 

Seen it a few times ( wifes fave film ) did you know that the fire when Charleston was set ablaze was actually the stage set from the original King Kong film set

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