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Amazing Underrated Obscure Bizarre Films PART 9

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1. The Swimmer (1968)
HOW IN THE FUCK DOES THIS MOVIE NOT GET MORE RECOGNITION!??!?!?! It should be mentioned alongside The Graduate and Bonny and Clyde when talking about the shift from safe 60s cinema to the jarring, dangerous films of the 70s. Lancaster is superb and an absolute crusher of an ending.
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People who added this item 726  Average listal rating (482 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
2. The Grey (2011)
Greatest movie ever released in January!
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People who added this item 28  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
3. What Happened Was... (1994)
Gets my vote for the best depiction of how a first date can be simultaneously exciting, awkward, horrible, inspiring, and terrifying etc. Tom Noonan aka the psycho main villain in Manhunter, writes directs and stars in this adaptation of his very own play.
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People who added this item 645  Average listal rating (380 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
4. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Terry Gilliam's lunatic brain let loose within PG family film parameters. The visuals are still bonkers and filled with so much imagination it would make Barney shit his dinosaur pants. Get it in your dvd player now!!!

People who added this item 468  Average listal rating (324 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
5. The Raid: Redemption (2011)
One of the best pure BALLS TO THE GODDAMN WALL action movies to ever get punched directly into your stupid ass face!!!!! ACTION GEEK HEAVEN.
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People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 6.6 
6. Erotic Stories (1977)
Short film about a man who becomes so attracted to a watermelon that he must make sweaty, dirty love to it. There is even a POV shot from INSIDE the watermelon during...it. Based on a prize-winning short story from a Playboy contest.

People who added this item 426  Average listal rating (268 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.3 
7. Blow Out (1981)
Brian De Palma's best film.
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People who added this item 71  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
8. Winnebago Man (2009)
Documentary on Jack Rebney, one of the original "viral videos," which seeks to explain the man behind the rage filled cussing fits. Not many docs show the full spectrum like this one does in this unbelievably gut busting and also heartwrenching biography. "Tony, would you do me a kindness?"
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People who added this item 124  Average listal rating (64 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
9. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
A testament to how a satire over 50 years old can still be terrifyingly relevant (even more so now really) as it was when it was originally released. One prophetic film featuring a career highlight performance from Andy Griffith.

People who added this item 82  Average listal rating (44 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.4 
10. Bellflower (2011)
Angry young boys and slo-mo and mad max cars and poon tang and more anger and alcohol and unemployment and young love and fickle feelings and fucking flamethrowers.
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People who added this item 60  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
11. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)
Old school ridiculous yet super inspired kung fu from the 70s doesn't get much more ass whip cool than this!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that score!!!!!!!!!

People who added this item 348  Average listal rating (211 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
12. JCVD (2008)
Jean-Claude Van Damme's soliloquy is one of the most raw n' honest moments ever committed to celluloid. Oscar worthy acting from The Muscles from Brussels. NO BULLSHIT.
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13. Laws of Gravity (1992)
It's basically Mean Streets but maaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, Mean Streets is pretty fucking good. The movie that made me a huge Peter Greene fan. Dude never got/gets enough good work.

People who added this item 109  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.3 
14. Deep End (1970)
Surreal n' moody British coming of age flick that you might get more out of if you happen to have a penis. Yeah this movie does a stellar job of really speaking to the 15 year old boy in all of us.
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People who added this item 86  Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
15. Beyond the Mat (1999)
Pro-Wrestling is scripted? No shit. It's still real.




People who added this item 370  Average listal rating (176 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
16. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Tim Roth, Gary Oldman and Richard Dreyfuss all in one movie acting like goofballs to the tune of Shakespeare. It is goddamn divine.

People who added this item 222  Average listal rating (136 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
17. Point Blank (1967)
Why in the blue hell would you ever double cross Lee Marvin and not make sure he's dead? John Boorman shows you the morons that do just that and then shows you what happens to their poor, mortal pulses. Beeeeeeeeeep.



People who added this item 69  Average listal rating (31 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
18. Eating Raoul (1982)
Pinnacle of low budget trashy black comedy.

People who added this item 171  Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.3 
19. Drowning by Numbers (1988)
A grandmother, her daughter and her niece each drown their husbands as Peter Greenaway visually and audibly counts to 100 in a film that is far and away like no other. If you haven't seen a Greenaway flick, this is a good place to start.


People who added this item 79  Average listal rating (47 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 5.8 
20. Absentia (2011)
Another small budget horror flick that does everything right. The director really knows how to milk every drop of tension out of his creepy shots. Sucks in you right off the bat. Big thumbs up!
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People who added this item 587  Average listal rating (381 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
21. The Wave (2008)
A teacher's experimental techniques on the subject of dictatorships spins out of control and causes his students to go a little mad sometimes.

People who added this item 112  Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
22. The Ruling Class (1972)
Peter O'Toole earned himself a Best Actor Oscar nomination thinking he's Jesus Christ in this social commentary filled dark comedy from unappreciated Hungarian director, Peter Medak.

People who added this item 55  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
23. How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
The story of Melvin Van Peebles making Sweet Sweetbacks' Baaaadassssssssss Revenge told by his very own son, Mario Van Peebles.

People who added this item 212  Average listal rating (126 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
24. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Fassbender's beautiful, quiet proclamation that love knows no bounds.

People who added this item 116  Average listal rating (71 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
25. At Close Range (1986)
Walken. Penn. Penn. Small. Town. Crime.

People who added this item 64  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
26. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)
It's like Tetsuo: Iron Man but perhaps more manic.

People who added this item 184  Average listal rating (115 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 5.9 
27. Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
Cult director Brian Yuzna delivers creative practical gore fx and grade A campyness! This is a B movie!? More like a B+ movie amirite!?!
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People who added this item 47  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
28. Suddenly (1954)
Frank Sinatra puts on an Oscar worthy powerhouse performance in this faulted but engaging low budget genre flick about ole Blue Eyes and a gang of thugs attempting to assassinate the president in a small California town.
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29. The Promise (1996)
The Dardenne Brothers do the kind of artsy fartsy I dig. I gotta watch more of their stuff.

People who added this item 60  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
30. Vigilante (1983)
Fred Williamson and Robert Forster are tired of all these goddamn punk thugs messing up their town but their plan to clean it up doesn't involve a mop and some fuggin' windex!!!!!!!
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31. Scarecrow (1973)
Al Pacino and Gene Hackman acting like acting is fun as shit in this heartfilled hobo hitchiking flick.

People who added this item 219  Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
32. Touching the Void (2003)
Unique mix of talking heads and dramatizations to produce a documentary about one of the most legendary tales of survival ever recorded.
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33. Read My Lips (2001)
Lazy Rotten Tomatoes caption:

Fresh: 92
Rotten: Only 3!!!!
"A clever and offbeat character study about two people discovering each other."

Yeah it's great.

People who added this item 28  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
34. Suture (1993)
A black n' white thriller about not being able to discern black from white. Stylish, intriguing and featuring one of the weirdest "plot holes" ever.

People who added this item 30  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 4.8 
35. Body Melt (1993)
Like a long lost Peter Jackson movie that he would have made in between Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles.
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36. Dot the I (2003)
This movie has tons of energy, a hot sex scene, more goofy twists than a clown pretzel, and that Tom Hardy guy.

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37. Cutter's Way (1981)
A shining gem in the crime/detective genre starring Jeff Bridges and the dad from Home Alone that needs more people to see it and then say, "Hot damn! You were right that was great!" Love that wtf ending.

People who added this item 252  Average listal rating (169 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
38. Goon (2011)
A new classic in the sports comedy sub-genre. It's so much better than expected or thought possible. Liev Schriber is an iron forged BAD ASS.
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39. The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (2009)
This dude is one fascinating genius nutball. Claims to hold over 4,000 patents and while he has invented some historic, noteworthy stuff he's also come up with some of the dumbest, weirdest crap ever imagined.
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40. Wild Zero (1999)
My favorite of all the wacky, insane, over the top Japanese zombie flicks.

People who added this item 76  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.3 
41. Megan Is Missing (2011)
Hard R rated after school special about online relationships gone bad.

People who added this item 129  Average listal rating (88 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
42. Croupier (1998)
Clive Owen is cool as Pluto. The "planet", not the dog.

People who added this item 140  Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
43. The Death of Mister Lazarescu (2005)
Healthcare via pure hell.

People who added this item 374  Average listal rating (203 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
44. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Woody Allen teams up with Sean Penn to play some jazz, watch some trains and shoot some rats. Extremely underated as far as Woody flicks go.

People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 5.8 
45. S&man (2006)
Or SandMan. Get it? Clever mockumentary about all too real horror film tape traders when they have way too much devilish time on their idle hands.
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46. The Newton Boys (1998)
One of the best indy-director-sells-out-and-makes-a-mainstream-flick flicks. By Mr. Richard Linklater. I mean look at that pretty boy cast. Just something about this movie entertains me like a small kid seeing Transformers for the first time. Pools of fun!

People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
47. Time Out (2001)
When a man loses his job, he can't admit it. To anyone.

People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 4.5  IMDB Rating 6.5 
48. Bang (1995)
Feminist flick of fury! We meet The Girl as she has one of the worst days of her life which includes getting evicted and a sleazy producer demanding sex for a role during an audition. After that a cop grabs her for something she didn't do and demands a blowjob for her release and well, she loses her shit! Takes his gun, uniform, motorcycle etc and spends the rest of her day as one pissed off cop! Peter Greene as her homeless guy buddy.

People who added this item 147  Average listal rating (86 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.2 
49. Trees Lounge (1996)
Steve Buscemi directs this film where a bar called Trees Lounge equals home for a lot of downtrodden, thirsty characters. Fun OH IT'S HIM cast.

People who added this item 291  Average listal rating (165 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
50. Day for Night (1973)
Truffaut's ode to filmmaking. If you love movies, this film is ecstasy.


 

Not every flick here is a top to bottom masterpiece (well some are dammit) but I will guarantee you that every flick is filled with an OH SHIT moment or two or strives for something big n' bold n' ballsy or will be branded into your brain until the very day you die. Or just all 3. Enjoy ya rat basta'ds!

Also, some are just amazing some are just underrated some are just obscure and some are just bizarre but most of the time there's a little mix n matching crossover going on but don't expect each flick to meet all four criteria. All I know is all these flicks just need more love.

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Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 7 12:51
Another 50 movies that deserve attention and get on my VERY LONG "to watch" list. Oh....that BEAUTIFUL agony called "art addiction" :)
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Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 7 19:14
Nice one. Only seen a few of these. I like the look of Body Melt and Wild Zero. :)
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 7 19:21
VERY APPROPRIATE COMMENTARY ABOUT THE SWIMMER, GREAT HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE OF "BURT LANCASTER"
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 7 19:22
fucking great list and great comments. Nice to see "Cutter's Way" on a list calling it underrated because it truly is. And that "Winnebago Man" broke my heart but it was incredible.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 7 20:04
One of the best pure BALLS TO THE GODDAMN WALL action movies to ever get punched directly into your stupid ass face!!!!! ACTION GEEK HEAVEN.


Haha, yes! Can't tell you how pleased I was with myself for catching The Raid: Redemption on the big screen. Big fan of Absentia, The Grey, Touching the Void, Winnebago Man, and Goon. Lots here that are now on my radar. Great job once again!
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 7 20:12
I have been yearning to see The Swimmer for sooo long, I can't seem to find a DVD copy at any of my usual rental spots. It should be more popular, it looks amazing.

And of course phenomenal list as usual.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 8 8:06
Goddamn I love your lists! Seen 14 of these but you've added to my "want to see"s. "Deep End" is stunning, it's great it's finally got a bluray release. Jerzy Skolomowksi is criminally underrated - check "The Shout" for some creepy seventies fun. He's still making cool films - "Four Nights With Anna" and "Essential Killing" are both well worth tracking down.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 8 8:18
haha i'm actually "acquiring" The Shout as I type this. Will check out the other two as well.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 8 8:45
Great selection, as usual.

I have seen 15 of those!
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 9 10:04
I've heard a lot about "At Close Range" but it's only here and there, not really 'hyped' but sounds interesting none the less. Ebert always brings it up when comparing how far James Foley's fallen from grace since Glengarry Glenn Ross...
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 9 13:07
Oh how I've wanted to get my hands on Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead but I can't find it anywhere! Anyway though, great list!
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 11 3:29
Great list. Some comments.

The Swimmer - Lancaster, great as always.

Baron Munchausen - I was really anticipating this one, but was put off by the negative reviews. I heard that Robin Williams does a really funny bit in it. This is all the encouragement I need to put it back on my 'to see' list.

Erotic Stories - Did American Pie rip off this movie?

A Face in the Crowd - I agree this is Andy Griffith's Oscar caliber performance. With today's instant fame and reality TV stars, it does remain even more relevent than ever.

Point Blank - Lee Marvin being as badass as ever. A movie I can watch over and over again and come away with something new each time. A true classic.

At Close Range - Great movie. You should have added Glover. to your one word descriptions. He adds his usual quirky-ness to the already great cast.

Suddenly - This was Sinatra's first movie following his Oscar-winning performance in 'From Her to Internity'. As the villian, he steals this movie from the star Sterling Hayden. The movie has long been dismissed and overlooked. It is now in the public domain and can be streamed online for free. It may not be the greatest movie, but definitely worth checking out for Sinatra's performance alone.

Scarecrow - Very good road picture with 2 total professionals.

Cutter's Way - I was always amazed this wasn't a bigger hit. Great buddy movie with Heard and Bridges. I would say it started the eye-patch wearing hero movies, if not for True Grit.

Sweet and Lowdown - An underated Woody Allen flick? Now that is really a switch, it is usually the other way around.

Trees Lounge - Another I have been meaning to see for a long time. Buscemi is always great, and I would like to see how he is as a director as well.

All in all, this is a very good list. You have enlightened me to some films I did not know about, but sound very interesting. I definitely will add a few of these ot my list.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 12 7:36
An excellent, well thought out, and very good put together list thanks for bringing it to my attention you've earned my vote and keep up the hard work :D
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 22 11:42
I didn't see a lot of these movies; I'll check them out! (I' not sure how "Sweet Lowdown" is obscure though...anyway I liked it a lot, but that's not a surprise for me with Woody Allen's movies, especially the old ones!)
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Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Dec 18 16:12
Blow Out (1981) - really great De Palma's movie.
Scarecrow (1973) - when Gene Hackman does a striptease in a bar - LOL!

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