Amazing Underrated Obscure Bizarre Films PART 11
29 9.1 7.21. The Beaver Trilogy (2000)
Of all the films I've seen in my dumbass lifetime this just might be the most captivating cinematic experiment of them all. Shot in 1979, 1981 and 1985 though not completed until 2000. Don't worry, that'll make sense once you see it. Required viewing for any true film buff and the less you know the better but here's 3 pics to give you a lil tease. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
476 8.2 7.82. Hana-bi (1997)
25 7.1 6.63. Putney Swope (1969)
15 8 6.34. The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)
Practical special FX wiz Mike Jittlov made this film over the course of 5 years using many of his own experiences of dealing with all the aggravating assholes that comprise Hollywood. Silly inspired filmmaking done with a lot of love for the art form. It's another one of those kind of films where you' think OH MOVIES LIKE THIS ACTUALLY EXIST!?!?!
70 7.8 7.75. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
27 6.6 7.36. Medium Cool (1969)
211 7.1 6.97. The Quiet Earth (1985)
33 7.4 6.98. Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009)
Emily Hagins, a 12 year old girl from Austin, Texas wants to make a zombie movie and this is the documentary that chronicles her journey as friends and family help her towards brain munching nirvana. Did a good job of giving me that motivational feeling of WELL SHIT IF SHE CAN DO IT...
11 6.5 5.29. Pathogen (2006)
8 7 710. The Telephone Book (1971)
132 7.4 6.111. Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
139 7 6.112. Mister Lonely (2007)
25 8.8 913. Alone in the Wilderness (2004)
Short Doc Under An Hour #1
Dick Proenneke is the motherfucking Bob Ross of wood cabin building documentaries. He narrates over his own footage of himself with a voice so calm, so soothing and so playful you'd think ole Bob must've had a twin brother that was locked up in a basement but then finally escaped and moved to Alaska. You get to watch this dude build a cabin from the ground up and just holy shit it's strangely hypnotic.
237 7.7 7.614. Lady Snowblood (1973)
My favorite revenge origin story:
Sayo is raped and her family destroyed by a band of 4 criminals. Sayo is later sent to prison where she seduces a guard in order to create her only possible instrument for revenge, a daughter. Sayo dies during childbirth but this new child, Yuki, born in prison, is raised as an assassin so that she may one day seek vengeance on the four thugs that ruined her mother's life! She IS Lady Snowblood! AHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHH!
193 6.7 6.615. Pontypool (2008)
See the thing is I absolutely love the first hour. It's irrefutably original and brilliant but the final 30ish minutes tries to be too smart for its own good and ends up being dumb as shit. Great premise: a zombie film but from the perspective of the radio station that receives all the bizarre reports of people eating people and the mayhem that follows. Flick is a must see just for that first hour though.
94 6.3 616. Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
15 8 5.917. Reflections of Evil (2002)
104 6.8 6.718. Obsession (1976)
21 6.4 7.219. Love Me, Love My Doll (2007)
Short Doc Under an Hour #2
Yup just a normal day for Mike, cleaning out his fuck doll. I really could not keep my mouth shut. My jaw dropped permanently. I don't know what to say about this. I felt feelings I'd never felt before while watching a movie. I dunno man. Gonna go scream now.
23 7.2 6.920. Malcolm (1986)
59 6.4 7.221. The Stunt Man (1980)
6 10 6.222. The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man' (2000)
274 6.9 7.223. God Bless America (2011)
Sometimes satire should be quiet, subtle and inferred and sometimes it should be loud, aggressive and PISSED THE FUCK OFF!!! And that's exactly what needed to happen here and Bobcat did it right. You can't just nudge nudge our current culture. You gotta smash it over the fucking head with a two by four. The anger and violence is so comforting.
49 7.6 8.224. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
164 7.4 7.325. The War Zone (1999)
Tim Roth directs this flick that makes a great double bill with the Gary Oldman directed film Nil By Mouth but that is only if you like distressing, raw cinema and/or character actors who direct one feature film and then never do it again. This one might even be the more fucked up of the two. The big reveal towards the end makes ya wanna spew chunks.
521 6.2 6.926. Cop Land (1997)
Rewatched this the other week for the first time in like a decade and damn if it didn't remind me of those great low key crime/dramas of the 70s that have a slow burn but still hit nice n' hard. The entire cast (Ray Liotta's intensity baby!) is a movie geek kid in a candy store and my god, Stallone is better here than he's even given credit for. Get Anthony Hopkins for Amistad the fuck outta there and give Stallone his Best Supporting Oscar nomination. The big YOU BLEW IT scene between Stallone and De Niro is AFI Lifetime Achievement award highlight reel worthy.
12 7 7.127. Nazi Pop Twins (2007)
Short Doc Under An Hour #3
Documentary about a dumbass white supremacist mom who turns her two daughters into Prussian Blue, a pop group who spread the good word of The Lord, wait I mean Hitler. The daughters eventually grow to realize maybe their mom is a crackpot after all. Hate breeds hate breeds hilarity.
24 7.1 7.128. Passion Fish (1992)
226 6.7 6.629. Pulse (2001)
49 5.9 6.330. White Nights (1985)
109 7.6 7.731. Pixote, the Law of the Weakest (1981)
25 6.9 7.532. Outrage (2009)
Doc about how all the gay politicians in America typically vote against gay rights and how all of them are closeted and married to women cause they are conflicted about denying their homosexuality but also want to still fuck over the United States so they really want to keep their jobs.
99 6.3 6.633. Clockwise (1986)
17 7 7.734. 12:01 PM (1990)
Oscar nominated short film that is basically Groundhog Day but more drama than Ned Ryerson. Kurtwood Smith keeps living the same hour over and over and over. This one actually gets into the WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? of the predicament unlike Groundhog Day...which is a good and bad thing.
10 5.5 5.135. Fifty/Fifty (1992)
249 7.4 7.736. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
17 7 037. Interview with a Poltergeist (2007)
56 6.6 6.738. Deep Cover (1992)
80 8.1 6.639. Spetters (1980)
64 6.6 7.340. The Front (1976)
88 6.4 5.941. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
15 7.6 7.842. Stevie (2002)
16 7 6.243. Personal Best (1982)
8 7 5.344. Hit List (1989)
B and well C list character actor heaven in this grungy William Lustig (Maniac) crime slop. Jan-Michael Vincent is high as fuck throughout the whole film, Leo Rossi kicks ass as a don't-give-a-shit mob informant, Charles Napier does what he does best as the cop protecting Rossi, Rip Torn goes over the top nutzoid as an Al Capone style mob boss, Harold Sylvester even shows up to get killed off after a few minutes like a stud and finally, Lance Henriksen is Al Bundy moonlighting as a mafia hitman.
18 7.7 6.945. Make Believe (2010)
54 7.9 7.746. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
38 7.9 7.147. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II:... (1988)
8 8 6.848. The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)
3 7 5.749. He Restoreth My Soul (1975)
Short Doc Under An Hour #5
Man meets plane. Plane crashes and burns man's face. Man is like OH GODDAMN WHAT THE FUCK PLANE? Plane doesn't give a shit. Man then meets Jesus. Jesus inspires man to sing songs about the Lord. The Lord isn't so sure about this. Merrill Womach is that man's name, the Bride of Frankenstein is his wife and this documentary is their story.
114 7.6 750. Equus (1977)
I really dig this IMDB plot summary, it paints a mysterious picture to get you interested while not giving away anything crucial, it's like a good trailer:
A psychiatrist, Richard Burton, investigates the savage blinding of six horses with a metal spike in a stable in Hampshire, England. The atrocity was committed by an unassuming seventeen-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of an opinionated but inwardly-timid father and a genteel, religious mother. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy's demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own.
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