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on 15 Oct 2010 11:04

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Little known gems

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1. Talk Radio (1988)
Eric Bogosian gives an incredible, intense, troubling, and at times comedic performance. You'll feel like you've watched something important.
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People who added this item 65  Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
2. The Puffy Chair (2005)
This is the film I hope for every time I roll the dice on a little known indie film I know nothing about. Truthful, thoughtful, and somehow, against all odds, really, really good.
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People who added this item 101  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
3. My Winnipeg (2007)
A love-note to the history of film and to the true, fabled, and imagined history of director Guy Maddin's beloved/resented home town. Lyrical, dream-like, bitter, nostalgic, remorseful, proud, and enchanting. This is an amazing film.
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People who added this item 97  Average listal rating (65 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.8 
4. The Castle (1997)
Charming, funny, heart-warming, and clever. This is a great aussie-comedy. Find it.
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People who added this item 547  Average listal rating (325 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
5. Night on Earth (1991)
Better known than the rest of these titles, but perhaps not by the 30 and under crowd. (Like myself) Great little collection of vignettes that's still a pleasure to watch today.
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People who added this item 101  Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
6. Love Liza (2002)
Depressing, but satisfying. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is at his best. What a wierd, cool, sad, smart story.
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People who added this item 200  Average listal rating (131 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
7. Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
With such a huge cast (De Niro, Thurman, Murray) you'd think more people would have seen this. Underappreciated and over-looked, this is a smart film with great, under-the-radar humor.
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People who added this item 27  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 7.1 
8. Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)
As I'm typing this, 6 of you Listal users have seen this (well, rated it anyway). Great, natural performances highlight an endearing film with a lot to say, and a very clever construction. I watched it twice in 2 days and again later that week.
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People who added this item 28  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.4 
9. Bartleby (2001)
A strange, strange film loosly inspired by the Herman Melville story of the same name. Dry humor and quirkier than 98% of the films that get labled quirky. Not for everyone, but well worth a look for those searching for something different.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 5.8 
10. Tennis, Anyone...? (2005)

Don't be fooled, this is not a "Sports Comedy". And it's not your typical "indie-comedy" either. (You know, the kind with the Ultra-hip soundtrack, the cerebral, smug, self-satisfied irony, and the nausea-inducing amount of under-stated quirkiness.) No, this is what I like to call a good comedy. Maybe even a great comedy. And like all great comedies it also contains a respectable amount of pain. Shame. Fear. Self-defeating behavior. All the things that real people run into now and again during the course of their real lives. These are the things that some of the most rewarding comedy emerges from. Well, that and from fantastic writing. Which this movie has in spades. This is a really well told story about two friends who battle with, or sometimes simply come to terms with their inner demons, on and off the court. Be the first of your friends to see it!

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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
11. The Last Big Thing (1996)
An smart, angry, little
film that ultimately asks
us to confront our inner-
critic. Imagine the
the first half as a movie
version of the song
"Aenima" by Tool, and the
second as well, some-
thing else. Great watch!
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People who added this item 46  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.3 
12. Quid Pro Quo (2008)
*Thanks to jaytoast for recommending this film to me*

Could definately be a 'not for everyone' film, but I think most viewers that sit down to it with an open mind will find themselves extremely rewarded. The story revolves around a New York on-air radio personality and storyteller who is paralyzed from the waste down and a fully abled woman who desires more than anything to be a parapalegic. Such psychological disorders really do exist; the extraordinary part is watching the story unfold and reveal itself through the remarkable performances and script construction.
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People who added this item 74  Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.2 
13. One False Move (1992)
Tough, sometimes brutal, film that tells the story of some twisted, conflicted, and mixed up people. It's a criminal/police detective story that rises above most other films in it's courage and unpredictability. A real sense of danger seeps off nearly every frame.
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These are a handful of my favorite films that none of my friends have seen. Or hadn't until I forced them to watch it. All of these are good enough that I've watched them more than once.

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Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 23 0:59
Although I haven't seen any of the movies on this list, I like it.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 23 9:38
Thank you! I hope you track a few of them down.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 23 10:47
Seen just 1 out of 8 :(
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 23 20:28
i've only seen Love Liza, but i did think about adding The Last Big Thing, then decided against it. that movie is so putrid i do not want to be held responsible for uploading it to the database.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 23 21:16
Thanks for the list, added 2 that seemed interesting: Love Liza and The Puffy Chair :)
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 12 13:35
Good stuff ! I really like Talk Radio and it is indeed a rather unknown picture.
I have heard about most of them and I will check them as soon as I have the oportunity.

By the way, I have added the 2 unknown movies in listal.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Dec 3 22:19
My Winnipeg looks really interesting. I added it to my Netflix Instant Queue on the strength of its inclusion on this list and your description. Nice list.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Mar 26 7:37
No idea how I missed this list, but I noticed it when I pulled up the Listal page for Talk Radio. Will have to check the rest out.
Posted: 4 years ago at Aug 16 21:54
Agree with the list, and I've picked up a few suggestions. Thanks.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 21 17:14
I think Talk Radio was a very good early Oliver Stone movie. I found it compelling even though most of it occurs in the radio station with only Bogosian onscreen. I always thought he based this character on Howard Stern.

Mad Dog and Glory was another one that I liked. It has Bill Murray and Robert De Niro playing opposite roles. It seems like they switched parts with Murray playing the tough Mafioso, and De Niro as the meek, comic-relief. Also an early role for Uma Thurman.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 21 18:17
I haven't seen any of these either, but will have to check them out.

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