Midweek Mouth-off: Buried movie treasure

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Today we want to know about your cinematic discoveries. What absolute movie gems (in any genre) have you unearthed that very few people have seen? What do you encourage others to watch, “spreading the word” as it were?

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Last Updated: September 5, 2012

Noelle Adams

Sometime Tomb Raider. Full-time Pop Culture fanatic and Geekaissance Woman. Most often spotted outputting Pop Culture opinion pieces, writing fanfic and original genre fare, cosplaying and bringing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu smackdown. Editor of the Comics and Toys section.

  • Fido. I’m usually very zombie-phobic but it was excellent, and none of my friends had seen it so I told them to watch it.

  • Rincethis

    Attack the Block. A bloody brilliant movie centred around a council block in England that is invaded by aliens. The protagonists are all under the age of 16 (no, it’s NOT Hunger Games with a London accent) and swear more than drunk Hoff…

  • Wtf101

    The Descent. Caves… darkness and scary ass blind vicious “THINGS” Loved that movie but hell, only ever seen it once, and that was enough…

    • Very true – it was creepy as hell. Though not as good, you should see the director’s previous film Dog Soldiers.

      • Wtf101

        Y’know, you kinda made my day. Dog Soldiers is one of those movies I have threatened to get for a long time but forgot about. Thanks for reminding me…

    • The Descent was great! Just a pity that Neil Marshall’s later efforts didn’t quite match up. At least Centurion introduced me to Michael Fassbender properly (He kind of gets lost in the crowd in 300).

      • I don’t know what went wrong with Centurion – it had such potential… and I’m partial to his movies – I even liked Doomsday.

        • Doomsday wasn’t too bad, just lacking something for me to take it from okay to great.

  • The Triplets of Belleville. I’m pretty sure many people have seen this movie, I just don’t know many of them…

    • It’s fantastic – one of the best French animations you can watch.

  • Tucker and Dale vs Evil. Hilariously tongue-in-cheek and still great. Recommended right before or after Cabin in the Woods.

    • +1 – that movie was hilarious and imo an even better spoof of a horror genre than Cabin.

  • Hmmm, the most recent thing I saw that qualifies is Repo Man, a 1984 movie with Emilio Estevez. It’s quite strange and dry, which makes it stand out over other stuff from the era.

    For something more recent, Hesher wasn’t bad. A bit off-kilter, but I took a liking to the main character.

    Finally, if you always wondered why video game movies suck, it’s because they never gave the job to the guy who directed Versus, a gem of a Japanese action movie. I also have a soft-spot for his American horror effort Midnight Meat Train, but few agree with me on that one…

    • Oh I agree with you on Midnight Meat Train! Actually watched it in the lobby of an Egyptian hotel, while waiting to leave for our delayed flights. Only reason is because Bradley Cooper caught my eye and I remembered seeing him in something previously, but couldn’t place it at the time.

  • It always amazes me how few people have seen the Coen Bros gem, The Hudsucker Proxy. And I only discovered it after catching it on eTV of all places.

  • Noelle Adams

    Definitely have to get hold of Dog Soldiers and The Hudsucker Proxy.

    Anyone remember a grimy sci-fi crime thriller from the 80s called The Hidden, starring Kyle MacLachlan? Been years since I’ve seen it but I remember thoroughly enjoying it. Same for The Prophesy and Warlock.

  • Lourens Jordaan

    “Moon” was truly excellent.

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