Wanted: little-known gems

Luckily, you won’t have to wait to see the show

I’m always keen for a good movie-watching recommendation, especially if it’s something I’ve never heard of, or at least heard of but haven’t seen. We all know a few of those.

So here’s your chance to shed a little light by a film (or films) that you’ve always enjoyed, but a lot of people may not be too familiar with.

Here are three of mine:

The Kid Brother (1927) An amazing piece of work from Harold Lloyd. Worth watching for the boat sequence alone. Plus it has a monkey in it.

ffolkes (1979) Roger Moore at his most un-James Bond-iest. A somewhat dated but still very entertaining action-thriller.

Whip It (2009) A charming and fun story that combines equal parts comedy, drama and women’s roller derby. Features a lot more name actors than you realize, and Drew Barrymore’s directing debut.

It doesn’t have to be a classic, nor does it have to be “a cinematic masterpiece”. You get a kick out of it, and think the rest of us would too. Just write down the title and what you like about it in the comments below.

Happy viewing!

11 thoughts on “Wanted: little-known gems

  1. It’s nice to see someone suggesting a less known movie ( not a hot title) to view. There’s more than no.1 or no.2 in the box office.

  2. The Cat’s Meow (horrid non-thematic title, but a good historical flick). The Last of Sheila (great cast, fun opening). Bread & Tulips (with Bruno Ganz!) Almost Famous (okay, a lot of people know this one, but I like it especially). The Book of Eli. Sunshine Cleaning. Shadow of the Vampire. Dark Crystal. Memento (with reservations). The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (old, but surprisingly modern in some ways.)

    • “The Last of Sheila” is a great ‘mystery within a mystery’ movie & “Sunshine Cleaning” has Amy Adams & Emily Blunt hitting it out of the park. Great choices. “…Caligari” is a must see not just for horror fans but anyone who loves film. The European Expressionist black & white mood lighting & sets later came to America along with the directors who went on to make both American horror movies (Cat People) & film noir (Out of the Past).

  3. My favorite genre is westerns. Here’s 3. All deal with a changing West & characters who can’t or won’t change with the times. “Will Penny” (1968) Charlton Heston’s best movie performance. “Monte Walsh” (1970)Lee Marvin. The Tom Selleck remake is good but lacks the elegiac quality of this one. “Ride the High Country” (1962) Early Sam Peckinpah. Randolph Scott & Joel McCrea came out of retirement for this movie & they show us why they were & always will be great western movie stars.

  4. Here’s one “western” many western movie fans are unaware of. “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself” (2003) Written by Larry Gelbart (creator of “MASH”), this is the true story of a Hollywood silent film company being allowed to film Villa in battle during the Mexican Revolution in order to make their movie, “The Life of General Villa”. Antonio Banderas is outstanding as Villa. If you love Hollywood history, this is a must see.

    • That is a great one; little known but great movie; there is another with Yul Brenner as Pancho and Robert Mitchum is always channel flip stopper.

      • Christian, Your Mitchum/Brenner movie is: “The Wonderful Country” (1959)and also starred the lovely Julie London. Years ago, I was at a western auction & the sombrero Mitchum wore in the movie was up for sale. I passed on it & now, every time I see the movie, I think, “I could be watching this movie wearing that sombrero.” Oh well, at least I have my John Wayne “Bobble Head”. Ride for the brand. Jim

  5. “The Exorcist” – the best dramatic, thriller ever depicted about demonic possession. It scared the crap out of me then and still does now. Forget all these other carbon copies – non have nor will ever have that presence of what this film has. I love the TV show version but it doesn’t frighten me though – not saying that’s a bad thing but it does keep me intrigued you never really know which direction the show’s going in. Like this last episode Geena Davis’s character is the Reagan Mcneil character played by Linda Blair which I didn’t know until they had Sharon Gless playing her mom. I thought the show was just doing a totally different story with a slight similarity. Great writing.

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