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Matewan - a John Sayles historical drama about a bloody union struggle in 1920's West Virginia coal country.

The movie is great; the trailer betrays 80's production values:
 

emwolf

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May 1983 - Liquid Sky - first movie i took my small town N. Ontario girlfriend to on her first visit to the big/small S. Ontario city i lived in, first impressions...

The friend that had sent me a photocopy of a review for it months earlier, called me out of the blue that afternoon from Telluride where she was working, she'd call maybe once every few years depending where she was living/working. The movie was a one day showing at our local rep theatre, how'd she know...

My wife still talks about it... what a long strange trip it's been...
dave
My brother and I went to see that. It's one of his all time favorite movies. He and I got to see some great movies in theatrical release, like that one, the first Evil Dead movie and Repo Man. We also went to see John Dies at the End together. You can tell what kind of brother he is!
 
"Tampopo"
1985, Japanese. A truck driver decides to help a struggling noodle shop owner, by asking help from a bunch of friends to give her and her restaurant a makeover. The friends are all specialists, much like the characters in Magnificent Seven or Seven Samurai.

Jacobs Ladder.

A tense, frightening, tragic, uplifting and beautiful film.
:thumbup1: Exactly. Not the type of movie it appears to be at first.
 
"Straight Time" with Dustin Hoffman and a bunch of cool character actors such as Harry Dean Stanton. Based on the best book by Eddie Bunker.
 
I saw John Sayles name pop up, The Brother from Another Planet, loved this when i saw it, my girlfriend was now my wife by this point, more of the weird and wonderful road of aliens we've travelled.


Tampopo was lots of fun.

Run Lola Run - German thriller
Divided We Fall - 2000 Czech movie set during WWII
Babettes Feast - Danish - don't watch if hungry
dave
 
'Rabbit Proof Fence' took my 8 year old daughter to see this one, not sure who was more impressed her or me but she got a friend to watch it the second she watched it and then her friend couldn't stop talking about it.

Australian 2002
dave
 

emwolf

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The late John Heard is who makes that movie so much fun to watch. He chews the scenery, but in a very enjoyable way.
Heard is great, but that era of Bridges movies are outstanding. Fat City, with Stacy Keach and Bridges is easily one of the most depressing movies ever, kind of an anti-Rocky. And then Stay Hungry with Sally Field, AHNOLD, and Bridges is easily on of the strangest movies ever made.
 
Heard is great, but that era of Bridges movies are outstanding. Fat City, with Stacy Keach and Bridges is easily one of the most depressing movies ever, kind of an anti-Rocky. And then Stay Hungry with Sally Field, AHNOLD, and Bridges is easily on of the strangest movies ever made.
I like him very much in "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" too.
 
Nadja - B&W vampire film with Peter Fonda, some of it, can't remember but may have been the vampire scenes were filmed using a Fischer-Price video camera that used audio cassettes for the tape medium.

A few from France, has been years since a saw them, great at the time, how have they held up?

Betty Blue
Diva - 1981
Delicatessen - side splitting cannibal movie

A couple from Canadian director Bruce MacDonald,

Highway 61, road trip, transporting a corpse from Thunder Bay(?) to New Orleans, great soundtrack, Satan buying souls along the way.

Hardcore Logo - another road trip, band in a van

How 'bout Akira Kurosawa movies, can they be considered obscure outside of Japan?

Sexy Beast was mentioned, how can any movie that rolls the opening credits over Peaches by the Stranglers not be great, Ben Kingsley terrorizes with a single glance

City of God - mind blowing, set in the slums of Rio

dave
 
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Purple Noon - 1960, Italian/French thriller, far better then the Talented Mr. Ripley which was based on the same source material.

dave
 
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