Tossin’ It Out There: Recommend a Movie to Everyone!

b^marqueeHey everyone. Today’s Tossin’ It Out there is one I’ve been sitting on for a while, as I figure it’s something that people love to do, especially people who read or write about movies on the net!

Everyone loves recommending good movies to others, whether it’s some enormous summer tent pole movie that they happen to see before everyone else, or an indie gem that they’ve dug up that no one else has even heard of! It’s the most common form of movie discussion, I think… the “Ohhh, you’ve got to see it!”

It’s not necessarily to me, just to anyone in general. Many other people read through the comments every week, what movie would you recommend to them? Or to someone you just met? What film do you feel strongly enough to promote, or… is there a movie you’d like to get more people to see?

So what movie will you recommend? Something you like that everyone else has unfairly overlooked? Something foreign that you think is worth people’s time to track down? Maybe something classic – a movie that time forgot!

Whatever it is, let’s hear it! What movie would YOU recommend?

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NOTE: For this thread, it’s ok if you’d like to link to a review you’ve done, I can understand that, and it fits well here with the discussion. So it’s ok, here! But please, outside of threads where I expressly clear it, remember, posting links to your own stuff without permission is… gauche. ;)

149 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: Recommend a Movie to Everyone!

  1. ooooo this is a hard one because I feel like you’ve seen everything….
    But if I remember correctly you haven’t seen either of the Sabrinas, so I would still recommend those for chick flick city sometime. And Notorious right? It’s hard to get all the Hitchcocks but that one’s one of my favorites. Highly recommend it.
    Then I’ll recommend some that are my favorites but I feel there kind of obscure or overshadowed by other films. You may have seen these before but I’ll give it a shot anyway: The Band Wagon, A Knight’s Tale, and The Age of Innocence.
    Oh yeah, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. I seem to remember you haven’t seen that either :)

    • I haven’t seen any of the above. Including *gasp* “The Age of Innocence” *GASP* I knowwwwww…. tyhere goes ALL my Scorsese cred. LOL ;)

      The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is one I need to get to soon… definitely. Lots of people have pointed me to that one.

      That said, just to be clear, today isn’t necessarily about recommending a movie to ME, just in general, to anyone! (I tried to make that more clear by editing the post)

  2. The difficulty, of course, is picking things I think everybody should see that I don’t think everybody actually has seen. :D And to play fair, I’ll only include one item that I’ve reviewed.

    Excalibur (my Favorite Films review): Probably the best film adaptation of the Arthurian legend.

    The Adventures of Robin Hood: Definitely the best film adaptation of the Robin Hood legend.

    Young Frankenstein: Mel Brooks at his funniest.

    The Comedy of Terrors: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Basil Rathbone, going for laughs. You don’t have to be a fan of horror legends to enjoy this; I think anybody is going to laugh pretty hard at it. My sides were aching when I was done watching it.

    Smoke Signals: An entertaining dramedy that’s pretty much the only attempt at a realistic depiction of American Indian youth in film.

    Network: Because if someone hasn’t seen this, it will really change their perspective about television.

    That enough to get things stared? I think so.

  3. I would imagine you’ve seen it, but Big Fish came up on my radar again the other day and I had forgotten how much I love that movie. An excellent Tim Burton film!

    • I LOVE THAT MOVIE.

      Seriously, that movie makes me cry… and I never cop to that shit. LOL :D But I really really love that one. If anyone HASNT seen it? Take Nicole’s advise and put that on your “To See’ List!

    • Well, after this and Brian’s comment I tried to clarify the post… today it’s just about movies you would recommend to others, not necessarily me… that would be tricky.

      As to American Psycho? :D Helllll yessss Ive seen that one! ;) GREAT flick.

      • I hail from *here* yes.. and it’s not as great as one would think. It’s very European, read between the lines, indie that goes around here and even I can’t watch many of the movies but I think it’s picking up slowly.

  4. Since I am the biggest Indie and foreign film fan I know I have to go with Luc Besson’s Angel-A! It is probably the best quirky film he has done! Not easy to come by but worth it!

    • I guess I wasn’t really aware of Besson’s quirky side. LOL ;) Except of course, for the fifth element. I owe several people a rewatch on that one.

      I’m more familiar with his more serious work. ;)

  5. Ok, I edited the post a bit, as some people are thinking I was saying recommend a movie to ME… which would be tricky, seeing as people dont know what I’ve seen or havent seen.

    What I really meant here is just recommend a movie in general… to… anyone! People are free to read and comment as they please, and hopefully they’ll pick up a good movie or two to watch!

  6. We’ve already gone through Miyazaki and I’m thinking you are already converted but in that field, you should check out Kiki’s Delivery Service..not sure if you covered that one yet. I just watched and reviewed this really awesome French animation called The Suicide Shop/Le Magasin des suicides. :) You definitely should check that one out! Its pretty creative and original!

    • :D LOL, I have another Miyazaki on its way for Friday’s post, too, so the education continues :D

      That animated flick sounds really interesting, I’ll stop by and check out what you had to say about it. Where did you get ahold of it?

  7. I really enjoyed BUTTER (http://guysfilmquest.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/butter-review-32-for-fq13/). It wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny, but it was really enjoyable. There’s no doubt that this was my favorite performance from Olivia Wilde, and the scene where she’s stripping isn’t even one of her top 5 scenes in the film! Absolutely watch the out-takes, they’re worth it!

    Not sure if I’m supposed to limit myself to one film, but I’ll gamble that a second would be okay. An all-time favorite of mine is REAL GENIUS (http://guysfilmquest.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/real-genius-1985-you-might-have-missed-it/), which deserves considerably more praise than it gets for being an awesome flick.

    Keep in mind, I had to pick a movie that you hadn’t seen & reviewed yet… so that narrows the list quite a bit!

    • Reallllllll Geniussss… Holy cow Rob, I haven’t thought of THAT movie in ages! Val Kilmer! Popcorn! Holy cow, that’s a blast from the past right there :D

      I’ve heard of Butter, but never had the urge to check it out. I’ll bump it up on my radar a notch or two though, maybe I’ll give it a looksee and see if it’s worthy of a write-up! :D

  8. I’m going to go the short film route and recommend an amazing Dredd-inspired short film that came out recently and I will be featuring on my site in the near future. It’s called Judge Minty and it’s got really professional looking costume design, special effects, cinematography, and acting. Great stuff.

    • Bubba… handed the movie directly TO folks, I like it! :D

      I dont have a full half an hour now, but I watched enough to tall that that IS some high quality stuff. They’re not messing around, huh?

      Too bad “Dredd” flopped. I really liked it. I wish it had earned a sequel. :(

      • I’ve been seeing some Facebook campaigns calling for a sequel, though I didn’t look to see how popular they are. That’s one movie I missed out on last year and really want to catch up with. Probably soon.

  9. One movie that I’ve always enjoyed in the 1987 dark comedy Tin Men with Richard Dreyfus and Danny Devito. Is one included in his Baltimore film collection, of which I have only seen 2 of the 4. I’ve recently got into the site Mad Men and will go back and rewatch Tin Men very soon. Set in the early 1960s, it follows two aluminum siding salesmen and their pursuit of revenge on each other after a minor vehicle accident. Music featured in the film is by Fine Young Cannibals. When I hear “Good Thing” nowadays it always remembers me of this film. Funny, great acting and story.

    • I’ve never seen “Tin Men”, though I know of which you speak.

      Love that FYC song. That’s a freaking feel good tune, right there. I admit I bop around like an ass when I hear it ;)

      I just googled Levinson’s Baltimore films… I’ve only seen one, myself, but its a good one. “Diner”. I presume that’s the other you’ve seen, but if not, there’s a good one for you!

  10. I really love Eurotrip in the R-rated comedy category.

    However, I normally recommend “Dead Again” to folks. Just some cool twists along the way in that one. And the small Robin Williams role is about as much of him as any film needs (Except Aladdin.)

    • I’ve never seen “Dead Again”…. hmmm… very interesting. I’ll have to bump that up in my estimation, too.

      Eurotrip I HAVE seen though, and I recall liking it a lot more than I thought I would. That’s a genuinely funny movie!

  11. Nice post, Fogs! I’m going to recommend Wim Wender’s Paris, Texas. It’s a bit of a cult classic, but I’m always surprised at how many people haven’t got round to watching this one. Highly recommended :)

  12. Man, so hard to just pick one or two . . . I’m going to say if anyone hasn’t seen Videodrome yet, to go ahead and do that because it is a wonderful, crazy ride.

    For an even crazier ride, and for those of you who can handle disturbing subject matter, I’ve been obsessing about the film Strange Circus for a while now (and named it as my best film watched in 2012: http://brittawrites.com/2013/01/01/best-film-watched-in-2012-the-winner/) Fuckin’ bizarre, bizarre movie, unforgettable, gorgeous, strange. Loved every second of it.

    • Oh, I’ve seen Videodrome, yeah. I havent ever seen “The Naked Lunch” though, I hear that’s outright bizzare, Britta. 8O Cronenberg. The guy’s one of a kind! I just had a friend recommend “Dead Ringers” 8O Great flick, though!

      I just stopped by your write up on that flick, and WOW, that DOES sound trippy 8O

    • LOL, isnt it though? :roll:

      Anyways, I believe you and I have discussed this one before… I started watching it and never got back to it. Maybe I’ll tap you on the shoulder for a Readers Recommend on it or something, I really should get back around and check that out Kev….

  13. I immediately thought of my favorite film, but Morgan has already recommended it and you are helping to promote the blog bomb I’d like to do (Come on Errol Flynn Fans. Get your Robin Hood Posts together, this is the 75th anniversary today.) So I’m going to go with something more recent and one I don’t see mentioned often enough. “Still Crazy” from 1998. The flame still burns.

  14. Still community building Fogs? You never stop!

    My choice won’t be to everyone’s tastes – and at times it’s a tough watch – but if I could, I’d make everyone sit down and watch the whole of Primer and then immediately watch it again with the director’s commentary. They may never speak to me again – but it’s a great film for lots of reasons. Maybe a few more people will discover it or at least give it a shot now that Upstream Color has got a little bit of press.

    (My second choice would be Old Boy. I think everyone really needs to see that before Spike Lee does whatever he’s going to do to his re-make. Again, not an easy watch… maybe there’s a theme developing here!).

    • LOL Well, you know how it is, a leopard can’t change his spots ;)

      We’ll see soon enough about “Primer” – I still have you down for a Friday post on that one, I hope you’re still up for that, I was going to email you this week! Its in the on deck circle! 8O

      Yeah, I’ve seen “Old Boy”, it is NOT an easy watch. In fact, by the end you’re kind of like OMG what did I just do to myself? But its an undenaibly good flick. :D

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