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In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« on: April 11, 2017, 10:24:43 AM »
Inspired by 209's thread in which he reviews movies, here is one where I recommend movies to you, the reader. Why? Because I love you, that's why. Hopefully, you may or may not have seen these movies. If you have, then please feel free to talk about them. If you haven't-then I recommend that you watch said movies and tell me what you thought of them.
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Re: In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 10:53:49 AM »
The first movie to get a recommendation



Movie: To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

Cast: William Peterson, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Freur, Dean Stockwell, John Turturro, Robert Downey Sr.

Why I Recommend It: It's 80's cool personified. It's gritty but in a natural way instead of forced-the protagonists are flawed and at times plain immoral, which is fitting considering the crime ridden environment of the story. The performances-from a cast of mostly unknown actors at the time-are all excellent, especially Dafoe, who plays one of his best villain roles in this one. The neon lit cinematography is Goddamn gorgeous. Even the Wang Chung soundtrack is great.

Also, as it says, it's from the director of "The French Connection". I mention this because this movie is the perfect companion piece to that film-a world of rough anti-heroes as protagonists, a car chase to rival the one in said movie and a director at the top of his game. Oh, and it even makes the art of counter fitting money look cool.
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Re: In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2017, 11:16:00 AM »
Sounds like an inspiration for drive. I'm in!

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Re: In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 08:38:26 AM »
Next up in my recommendations



Movie: Cohen and Tate (1988)

Cast: Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin

Director: Eric Red

Why I Recommend It: The directorial debut of the writer of "The Hitcher" and "Near Dark", this is the story of two hit men-one an experienced vet (Scheider) the other a young loose cannon (Baldwin) who kidnap a boy that witnessed a mob hit. However, these two are pretty mismatched-and the boy realizes it, soon trying to feed on their mutual distrust...

This is a slept on gem of a movie that manages to hold a steady building feeling of suspense, building up to the inevitable while occasionally throwing in some random explosions of violence every now and then. Also, love the ending of this movie.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 09:31:26 AM »


Movie: Take Shelter (2011)

Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Katy Baker,

Director: Jeff Nichols

Why I Recommend It: Before he directed "Mud" and "Loving", Jeff Nichols gave us the tale of a man who sees images of a violent storm. As the film progresses, one begins to wonder if these are actual premonitions, or if this is a man who is losing his sanity.

The main reason to watch this is for the performances-especially Shannon and Chastain, who I feel are among the best actors working today. Shannon in particular is brilliant, perfectly capturing the state of a man who will do whatever it takes to protect his family, even if there is the possibility that nothing may be coming. In the process, is leaves the viewer encountering themes of how deep a man's love for his family, and if that love-or if love in itself-can have possible consequences. For my money, this is Nichols best movie.
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Re: In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2017, 08:01:01 AM »
I had a feeling I'd recommend a horror movie eventually. Here's



Movie: Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

Cast: Zohra Lampert, Kevin O'Conner, Gretchen Corbett

Director: John D. Hancock

Why I Recommend It: You know one of the things I love about low budget, usually independently made horror movies from the 70's? They realize that at the end of the day, you don't have to explain everything. Sometimes, ambiguity is scarier.

Take this movie. Here, a group of friends-one in which has a history in being in a mental hospital-decide to take residency at a country farm house. Then, a mysterious woman who may or may not be a vampire or something else shows up, and things get creepy.

The thing about this movie that really sticks to me is the fact that it all feels like you are watching somebodies nightmares caught on film. Is this mysterious woman a vampire? What's with the people with weird markings on their necks? Is Jessica going insane? The film lets it all unravel, creating a disorienting, haunting experience that is hard to shake off. It's one of those horror movies that's impossible to forget, and creeps under you skin and stays there long after it's over.
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Re: In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 02:17:42 PM »
Some great recommends in here. Let's Scare Jessica To Death is one of the eerier films I've seen and it definitely does stick with you. It's not so much scary, but it does have a vibe that gets under your skin and some frightening images.

Take Shelter is one of my favorite films of the decade so far. I can't believe Michael Shannon didn't get an Oscar Nomination. Just a very powerful film.

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Re: In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2017, 11:22:29 AM »
I'm back, with



Movie: Collateral (2004)

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Director: Michael Mann

Why I Recommend It: Honestly, there were several Mann movies I could have gone with (and will go to in the future) but for now, let's talk about "Collateral." The story of a cab driver (Foxx) named Max, who one night, picks up a man named Vincent (Cruise). This turns out to be  a bad idea, because Vincent has a mission tonight: he has to kill a few people. And he's gonna need Max to drive him around.

I'm a really big fan of Michael Mann's work, with only "The Keep" and "Public Enemies" being misses for me. While I think his "Miami Vice" movie and "Blackhat" are underrated, I feel this is his last truly great film. Featuring some stellar performances from Foxx and Cruise (especially Cruise, who plays what I think is one of the best villains of the last decade). This is the kind of movie where the tension practically ties a series of knots around you, as each kill, threat and passing look feels explosive. Like anything bad can happen at any moment. Oh, and since it's a Michael Mann film, it's amazingly shot and directed, with not a single frame feeling wasted. Plus, Mann is one of the best when it comes to capturing the city at night-always making it look like it's inviting or the most foreboding place on the planet.
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Re: In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2017, 09:46:49 PM »
That's one of those good little thrillers that kind of gets lost in each actor's pantheon as far as memorable movies. I remember liking it the first time I saw it and it held up well upon a re-watch as well.

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Re: In Which I Recommend Movies to You
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2017, 07:11:37 AM »
Hey, I'm back to recommend



Movie: Sexy Beast (2000)

Cast: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Why I Recommend It: Before he made "Under the Skin", Jonathan Glazer debuted with this crime story about Gal (Winstone). Gal is a retired safecracker who wants nothing to do with the world of crime anymore. However, Don Logan (Kingsley) needs him for one more job, and that's when things take a turn for the worst: Don Logan is NOT a man who takes "no" for an answer...

An expertly crafted debut with strong performances, tooth grinding tension and a sense of pitch black humor, "Sexy Beast" isn't just worth watching because it's an assured debut from a great director. The real reason to watch this is for Ben Kingsley, who delivers on of the best performances of his career. Here, he plays Don Logan as less a human than a living force of nature. A constantly threatening presence that spews forth obscenities and insults at extremely loud octaves, and whose mere existence feels like hell itself coming to visit. Amazingly enough, outside of one or two instances, there isn't any on screen violence. This is the kind of movie where the mere threat of violence is just as (if not more) upsetting as the actual act.

Also, "fucking spunk bubble" is still one of the best insults in movie history.
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