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This was going to be for independents and foreign films but I rarely meet folks who watch them so opening up to not well knowns.
The year and rating are only because its from my Netflix list.
- Miss Firecracker (1989) PG
- The Man in the Moon (1991) PG-13
- Spirited Away (2002)
- Junebug (2005) R
- Pieces of April (2003) PG-13
- The Station Agent (2003) R
- The King of Masks (1999) NR
- Everything Is Illuminated (2005) PG-13
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
- Unstrung Heroes (1995) PG
- Divided We Fall (2000)
- Ghost World (2001) R
- Clay Pigeons (1998)
- The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) PG-13
- Raise the Red Lantern (1991) PG
- A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) R
- Memento (2000) R
- In America (2002) PG-13
- The Machinist (2004)
- A Simple Plan (1998) R
I'm not a movie person, I'm generally more of a book person. This said, there is one movie i always talk about that practically no one else has seen: The Salton Sea. I'm not sure if it's just because it's older than my generation, and maybe everyone else knows it...
Anyway, that's pretty much the only "unknown" movie that i know of. Another one i really like that is definitely older than my generation is "the passenger". I'm pretty sure it's a well known movie, however.
Spirited Away is so good. Kudos. Here's a list of a few of the obscure movies I like:
- F*cking Åmål (1998)
Probably one of my favorite all-time movies. It's Swedish and it follows the story of two girls (one popular and pretty, the other self-conscious and insecure) who fall in love. You just have to see it to understand why.
- Heima (2007)
Beautiful film about Sigur Rós' tour through their native Iceland. Not supposed to come out until November, but thank goodness for university sneak previews. Absolutely amazing documentary.
- Bicho de Sete Cabeças (Beast With Seven Heads) (2001)
Absolutely fantastic Brazilian film about a boy who is wrongfully committed to a mental institution by his family.
- Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2002)
Some of you have probably seen this one; Brazilian flick about parallel lives in Rio.
- La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) (1985)
Oscar-winning movie about the Argentinian "guerra sucia," or "dirty war." Great message.
- Im Juli (In July) (2000)
Cheeky German film about life and love. Seriously can't watch this without giggling all the way through it and smiling and sighing when it's finished.
- Sometimes In April (2005)
Heart-breaking movie about the Rwandan genocide -- hard to find because it only showed on HBO for a little while.
- Half Nelson (2006)
Probably Ryan Gosling's best work. It's a story about a crack-addicted school teacher who makes a fond relationship with a student who tries to get him to beat his habit.
- Hlemmur (2002)
Another documentary featuring Sigur Rós' music about homeless people who live at the train station in Reykjavik, Iceland.
- Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) (1998)
Another great German film with a weird plot. I guess I'm a big Moritz Bleibtreu fan (he plays in Im Juli, too). Worth a look.
- Un dimanche à Kigali (A Sunday in Kigali) (2006)
This is another movie about the Rwandan genocide of 1994, but it's French and it takes a more personal approach than movies like Sometimes In April and Hotel Rwanda. And, in my opinion, it blows them out of the water.
Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain)
Cité des enfants perdus, La (The City of Lost Children)
Life is Beautiful
Me You and Everyone We Know
Coffee and Cigarettes
What does "well-known," mean, anyway? You've put a bunch of well-known movies in your list (Memento, A Simple Plan, Everything Is Illuminated, The Machinist, etc.).
As already mentioned, Spirited Away is an amazing movie. Another movie I love directed by Hayao Miyazaki is Princess Mononoke. Beautiful and very moving.
I also loved Life is Beautiful and The Station Agent.
Welcome to the Dollhouse
The Big White
The Constant Gardener
I'll stop now!!!
Run Lola Run - Directed by Tom Tykwer
Drowning by Numbers - Directed by Peter Greenaway
Belly of an Architect - Directed by Peter Greenaway
Blue Velvet (probably very well known) - Directed by David Lynch
Secretary - Directed by Steven Shainberg
Shallow Grave - Directed by Danny Boyle
Edited to add: Desperate Living - Directed by John Waters
I mostly watch horror movies... so there are a lot of those in here.
- The Science of Sleep (not a horror movie)
- The Toxic Avenger (not a horror movie, but a low budget hilarious 80s movie)
- Del Amorte Del Amour (now also called Cemetary Man)
- Dead Meat (Low budget about Zombie cows terrorizing Ireland)
Also love some that were already mentioned- Gummo, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Secretary, and Desperate Living.
jewelsmcblah, you arent kidding! Gummo, happiness and mysterious skin were so raw. lorik, Im a mega Miyazaki fan. Grave/Firefliew is one of the bet war movies not about soldiers.
Dnrothx, I can understand your assumption but I spoke of preference not quality. I didnt choose to prefer indies over big budgets, I simply discovered it to be the case.
As well bigbudget and indies both cover different genres (comedy, drama, action, thrillers, etc) so budget or popularity in theory shouldnt matter. Ive found indies dramas and comedies to be more character driven then storyline driven though which appeals to me. I like slice of life films, ones where my friends would comment, "But nothing happens." LOL. No disrespect to all the action (Run Lola Run), thrillers
Another reason for the threads focus is bigbudget films come to us but indies we basically have to hunt down.
Hmmm...the only favorites I can think of that fall into the relatively "obscure" category are "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" and "Fargo." I think the latter is a bit more "known," though...
EDIT: Thought of a third: "Waitress."
In no particular order:
The Gods Must be Crazy
An Apt Student
Like Water for Chocolate
The Gates Of Hell (Japanese - Kurosawa)
Apu Trilogy (Indian - Sanyajit Ray)
Bennie & Joon
Many more I can't think of right now.
I enjoyed Raise the Red Lantern too. And The Constant Gardener was great.
I can't help see the name "Kurosawa" and sing to myself in my head:
Chikity-China, the Chinese chicken...you have a drumstick, and your brain starts tickin'!