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Forgotten or Unknown Films

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posted on Jan, 27 2010 @ 12:53 PM
Dark City

Kiefer Sutherland not playing Jack Bauer, and themes that seem to have definitely influenced The Matrix.


Jude Law, lots of interesting themes about metaverses and online games.


An anime film. They are planning on making a live action film.


Some consider this to be the Russian "2001". It is similar is setting, but a completely different film. This is one of two Andrei Tarkovsky films I have on this list.


The other from Tarkovsky. It is a great filMS>


posted on Jan, 27 2010 @ 04:21 PM
reply to post by DINSTAAR

"Dark City" had some of the most powerful images of any film I have ever seen.

I haven't seen any of the others. I will though.

posted on Jan, 27 2010 @ 07:06 PM
Touch of Evil

Orson Welles... nuff said. The opening scene (the long single shot) is one of the greatest of shots. The stairway scene from The Protector reminds me heavily of it.

Run Lola Run

In America, at least, this film is sadly not well known. Franka Potente in a films reminding me of a video game.


A great psychological thriller..... pay close attention.

A Scanner Darkly

Anything written by Philip K. Dick has what it takes to be sweet. It is directed by Richard Linklater and has the unique animation featured in Waking Life


Only on this list because it was overshadowed, in the west, by its spaghetti western remake, Fistful of Dollars. Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone are the genius directors of these films.

Interesting fact about Fistful of Dollars.... It is an Italian film, shot in Spain, based off a Japanese film, with American actors.

The Deer Hunter

Somehow this classic was overshadowed by Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, and Platoon.


Terry Gillium's distopian film. Great visuals, as Gillium is very well known for. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Time Bandits get honorable mention.

I guess I can't forget Gillium's The Fisher King

Leon or sometimes call The Professional

Natalie Portman is really young in this film. It is a French film with Jean Reno as the star. Definitely worth a watch.

Big Fish

I can't be the only one who enjoyed this film. I hear nothing about this film but it is one of my favorite Tim Burton films.

posted on Jan, 27 2010 @ 08:31 PM
And this one....

Little known outside the Orient.

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 11:00 AM
reply to post by whaaa

What?! I have not even heard of this film. I rarely miss anything coming out of China, and this was the biggest of big. Takeshi Kaneshiro was in Flying Daggers.

Good find.

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 01:15 PM

Originally posted by DINSTAAR

Jude Law, lots of interesting themes about metaverses and online games.

I opened this post just to name this movie, but you already listed it.


Great film. No one seems to know about it but its terrific.

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 01:58 PM
Here are a few.... don't know how forgotten or unknown they are but it's all i can think of off the top of my head.

Office Space

Ghost World

Broken Flowers

A tale of two sisters



posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 02:38 PM
reply to post by havok

ExistenZ is a great film. I think it was overshadowed by The Matrix when it came out the same year. If you liked this film, watch Dark City.

reply to post by blupblup

All those definitely deserve to be on the list. Amelie I saw in french class in high school right around the time I started becoming a cinaphile.

Magnolia is the only one I have not seen of your list. I have been told to see it by some friends and will definitely check it out now.

More films....

Battle Royale

Wanna see a bunch of Japanese children kill each other in a game of last man standing? Me too, watch this film.


I guess if we are going to Japan, we cannot go without mention of this horrifying film. I love how the majority of the film is a lame story that is meant just to lull the viewer into a state of boredom. Only this state of boredom is quickly destroyed in the last gruesome scenes of the movie. I love this film, but it is not for the faint of heart.
The Saw films have nothing on this.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

When I saw this film I was surprised that I completely missed it when it came out. I enjoyed this.

Das Experiment

A German film that is an insane retake of the Stanford Prison Experiment. Great story.

Enemy Mine

A strange film. Dennis Quaid at a much younger age.


I think this is Jude Law's second film listed so far, and Uma Thurmon's second. I think I lost count though.

Repo Man

I saw this years back but I heard they are remaking it with Jude Law(WTF is up with his films roles).


Great film. Spanish subtitles. Great film. Did I mention it was great?

A Very Long Engagement

French language and a very good film to watch and has a bit for everyone. War and romance are big themes. I watched this with an ex-girlfriend on our third date (or so) and the night ended in..... well.... you know.


The best film with Jean-Claude Van Damme. He plays himself. My favorite moment is the monologue he has toward the end where looks directly into the camera and speaks directly to the audience. Just great.

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 04:17 PM
reply to post by DINSTAAR

It is great. (Magnolia)

If you liked Amores Perros and Crash and Babel, You'll like this, not that it's similar though, only in structure. (multiple stories interlinking)

The acting is superb and it's a very deep film.

I think we could list just about every foreign movie ever made really, especially the Tartan Asia films and the new-wave French horror movies... very few watch them.

I think the statistic is something like 80% of people who watch movies, do not watch subtitled movies.

It's so sad.

I LOVE Foreign films.

I've also seen nearly all the films you've listed and "Waking Life" is one of my all time favourite films.... not a film in the strictest sense of the word but still just so thought provoking.

Also Philip K. Dick is the man.

[edit on 28/1/10 by blupblup]

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 04:45 PM
reply to post by blupblup

Avant garde Russian director...not great but it had it's moments.

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 06:48 PM
reply to post by blupblup

People that do not watch films with subtitles are missing out. Their loss.

One interesting one I forgot
Cannibal Holocaust

There are also plenty of amazing domestic films.


Joe Dante of Gremlins fame. I think Dante is an underrated director. I love his works. Currently I am trying to find anything on his new film, The Hole

What about films that are so bad, they are good.

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

The title says it all.

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 07:15 PM
reply to post by DINSTAAR

Not my favorite genre but you got to give Rodriguiz credit for the effort.

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 07:30 PM
I liked this one way more than I thought I would.

[edit on 1/28/2010 by beezwaxes]

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 09:41 PM
reply to post by DINSTAAR


One of the more unusual philisophical films.

From the films you have posted I would guess you would like this film as I was also just about to post waking life on the board before I noticed you had already linked it.

[edit on 28-1-2010 by XXXN3O]

posted on Jan, 28 2010 @ 10:05 PM
If you dig the artsy/esoteric type stuff, I suggest all of Alejandro Jodorowsy's movies, particularly The Holy Mountain.

And Begotten by Elias Merhige.

Great thread


posted on Jan, 29 2010 @ 01:08 AM
L'inferno (1911)

The Movie ( with music track over it )

Google Video Link

posted on Jan, 29 2010 @ 03:30 AM
I've seen most of those and their all pretty good.

I'm gonna go 80's SCI FI with two of my favorites .....



posted on Jan, 29 2010 @ 07:38 AM
reply to post by whaaa

Haven't seen that on although I've heard of it... the premise sounds brilliant

Will check it out

posted on Jan, 29 2010 @ 07:47 AM

Originally posted by DINSTAAR
reply to post by blupblup

Cannibal Holocaust

Now that is a cult classic.
Truly disturbing... especially the uncut version with the well yes, a very gruesome movie but also a very good one.

I am quite partial to a disturbing Movie.

Man Bites Dog


Ichi the Killer


Visitor Q (which very few people have seen)

And many, many others.

I like films that push boundaries and make you think and question.

And i like a bit of gore now and then too


I thought this was very well known and quite main-stream actually?
It is in the Uk anyway.

On nearly every Christmas

Great film though.

What about films that are so bad, they are good.
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

The title says it all.

Will have to check it out.

posted on Jan, 29 2010 @ 07:48 AM
reply to post by XXXN3O

PI is a great film.

Really very gripping and makes you feel the main characters anxiety and frustrations.... and the end

Really interesting film indeed.

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