5.21.2014

BENNETT INVENTORY : Movies You May Have Missed



 

Lake Mungo (2008) This genre-bending horror/sci-fi/thriller/drama will leave you asking, “What the hell did I just see?”

Last of the Finest (1990) All-star rogue do-gooders tale, not as good as Untouchables, better than Expendable.

She (1983) If Alejandro Jodorowsky wrote the script for Mad Max and gave it to Terry Gilliam to direct, it would be kinda like this.

Nighthawks (1981) If you’ve never considered Sly Stallone as much of a thespian, dig this cat-and-mouse thriller gem.

Clean Slate (1994) Memento as a comedy – wackiness ensues.

Malibu Express (1985) Lots of big guns and bouncing boobs from the last great exploitation auteur, Andy Sidaris.

Desperate Hours (1990) Updated version of the original ‘home invasion’ story, featuring a cast of some of the finest actors in the prime of their careers.

Three O’Clock High (1987) The best and most simple movie about a high school bully ever made.

Executive Decision (1996) Very, very few action movies perfect the suspense formula as well as this one.

Narrow Margin (1990) Another thriller remake, starring Gene Hackman in a claustrophobic ‘John McClane’ situation.

Little Fauss and Big Halsey (1970) Early exploitation comedy with the very unlikely buddy-duo of Robert Redford and Michael J. Pollard.

Greedy (1994) Breezy situation comedy with several belly laughs and a great surprise ending.

The Frisco Kid (1979) Willy Wonka and Han Solo hit the road in a Western Buddy comedy. How much more do you want from a movie?

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges as a sort of modern day 'Butch and Sundance,' complete with snappy dialogue and plenty of action.

The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) This film is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Jimmy Stewart or Billy Wilder, yet it's one of their finest, respectively. Watch with a sandwich. 

Hell House (2001) A stomach-churning glimpse at the sheer insanity of Evangelical Christians. 

Primer (2004) The most realistic exploration of the invention of Time Travel.

Happy-Go-Lucky (2009) A terrific pick-me-up film about the most darling person that never lived.

The Snowman (1982) It will make you smile and weep with its beauty and simplicity. The score is Christmas morning. 

Paris, Texas (1984) A film so gorgeous to look at that the plot doesn't even matter.

Crash Course (1988) A side-splitting teen movie that shows Alyssa Milano hip hop dancing. Nuff' said.

Burden of Dreams (1982) A well documented exhibition into the madness and exhaustion of a good director.

Observe and Report (2009) Imagine if Taxi Driver was hilarious from beginning to end.

Images (1972) Schizophrenia and demons shown through the eyes of Robert Altman.

2 comments:

Mr Fist said...

I've seen Thunderbolt and Lightfoot a few times. The first time watching it the ending confused me. Upon rewatching it, I think I get it.

I own Images and it's on my Much-Fucking-Watch list. I hope to eventually see it if I end up doing a Robert Altman marathon one day.

Luke said...

Watched Happy-Go-Lucky as per the recommendation and fell in love with it. Sally Hawkins is adorable.

Some underseen movies for you guys:

Dear Zachary- A gut wrenching documentary that showcases the noblest of humanity and the worst of humanity. Best watched without any knowledge of the case going into it as well as a dozen boxes of Kleenex.

Martha Marcy May Marlene- A terrifying look into a cult and their effect on an escapee from it. Terrific editing and two great performances by Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes.

Night Moves- So you're Gene Hackman. You just starred in one of the most gripping thrillers in film history in The Conversation. What do you do next? Star in another one a year later.

Dead Man's Shoes- Revenge is a dish best served British.

The Sunset Limited- Two guys. One room. More intensity than most thrillers could hope for. Based on the play by Cormac McCarthy.

Drop Dead Gorgeous- Beauty pageants are just ripe for satire.

Exotica- A hard hitting drama involving Elias Koteas and exotic dancers. Do I really have to explain more?

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