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. ;)

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

  1. My recommendation is a little gem called “Palookaville”. It stars Vincent Gallo and William Forsythe (in a role that goes against type). It’s about a gang who wants to commit robberies but not as a way of life. So they settle on robbing an armored car. It’s a comedy and very well done.

  2. One movie that I always give people a money back guarantee on is The Station Agent. It’s one of the few films I can think of that I believe anybody and everybody, no matter what their general tastes or preferences, can be completely charmed by. Seriously, how could someone NOT like The Station Agent?

    • Ironically, that’s in my DVR queue right now. I suppose I should pull the trigger on it before it gets eaten to make up space for some crappy tv show like “Bates Motel” or something, right? :roll:

      I’ve heard good things, and I like Dinklage a lot!

      • Ahhh, so you’ve never seen it. I’ll look forward to hearing what you think. I hope more people who haven’t seen it will seek it out because they’ve come to love Dinklage on Game of Thrones. But it’s definitely a three-way show; Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale are excellent as well.

  3. Looking for good movie again? :)
    Well, I have one for you. Slightly different but that is the whole point I suppose.

    Have you seen Weekend?
    British indie gay drama that received raving reviews when it came out in 2011 and I found it absolutely brilliant as well.

    • I’m not a huge fan of horror movies, but what you described sounded interesting. I checked out the plot summary at Wikipedia, and that actually sounds like an interesting flick! If I wasn’t so averse to horror films, I’d absolutely be checking it out ASAP.

    • Cannibalism! Fernando! 8O Shocking! (LOL, as if I’m not watching “Hannibal” every week on NBC)

      Must be horrifying, I’m sure! I guess though if it got a remake there must be somethign to it, right? Look at it that way!

      • Yeah, I know. I hope it at least helps bring some attention to the original, which is pretty damn good in my opinion. Hope you’ll check this movie out eventually, Fogs!

  4. Koma, a 2004 film out of Hong Kong. Someone is mugging people. Only instead of taking purses and wallets, they are knocking them out and taking organs, kidneys, with enough still that the victims can survive the theft of the organ. Ching points out Ling to as a possible suspect because she was the only one at a wedding, where someone was attacked, who wasn’t know to everyone there. Ching herself gets attacked and she tells the attacker that she has a disease, so he runs off.

    Ching and Ling develope a strange friendship although Ching is unaware, at first, that Ling has been having an affair with her boyfriend Wai for some time. Ching and Ling end up spending a lot of time at the hospital because Ching needs a kidney and Ling’s mother is sick and in the hospital.

    Who has the skill to take these organs? Is Ching framing Ling because she finds out that Ling is sleeping with Wai? Why has Ling been stalking Ching and working her way into Ching’s life? Who is using whom, and in the end, who will survive?

    This movie was very good. Although I occasionally kept getting Ching and Ling mixed up. The actresses are very similar. The differences in features are very subtle. The end is not exactly what you would have expected and then it becomes almost obvious and you wonder why you didn’t see it.

    • huh, I’ve never heard of that one. I can understand how you would get confused between the two, it’s tricky to follow even reading about it.

      Those Hong Kong films can be kind of sick, huh? Makes me wonder culturally if they have a sicker taste in movies or something! :o It doesnt have any reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience score isnt that great. :( Still, sounds very intriguing!

      • It is pretty good but it isn’t as gory as I think people expected. And based on some of the horror movies I’ve seen from china, japan, and korea, the do have a sicker taste in movies.

    • I’m one of the few bloggers who hasn’t seen/reviewed that movie. I should get off my ass and change that. I just may next week… Thanks, that’s a solid suggestion, I’ve heard a lot of other people speak favorably about that one as well, Wut Up. (LOL, nice nick, btw :D )

  5. I would suggest ‘Saints and Soldiers’. 2003 WWII drama, won a lot of independant film festival awards. The effects and action won’t blow you away by any means, but the story and message are great, IMO. Haven’t reviewed it on Let There Be Movies yet but it is one of my faves.

    • I’ve SEEN The Killing. It is really good, though much more “traditional” than most Kubricks, but still really very excellent.

      Paths of Glory is one of his that I still havent seen. (There’s a few others still too). One day, I’ll cross that off my list :o

  6. Obligatory Highlander 2 mention, with follow up Dazed and Confused quote.

    Seriously, though, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. From the day I first saw this movie, there hasn’t been a day go by that I haven’t used one quote or another from it. If you enjoy their sketch show, there is absolutely no reason you wouldn’t love this movie. If you didn’t enjoy the sketch show, it’s still some of the best outlandish comedy ever. If you don’t find offensive, offbeat and completely foolish things funny… Yeah… Probably don’t bother.

    Also, I’d like to mention the Blaxplotation/Kung Fu masterpiece Black Belt Jones.

    I haven’t written anything about either (except a couple shitty Epinions reviews 13 years ago), so here’s an unrelated link to a Pug Dog with a Waffle Cone:

    • Awwwww…

      Wait, did you just try to distract us? LOL

      Worked pretty good, though, what movies were we talking about again?

      Oh yeah. Kids in the Hall. I’ve seen that. Those guys are great. Been a LONG time now, I should revisit. :D Always love this bit from them…

      • Love that bit. How far can you coast on charm? LOL

        Dave’s stuff is probably the most consistent on the show. I love his bit where he’s involuntarily sarcastic.

        He’s used pretty sparingly in the movie, since it was really hard on the casts’ relationship, and he washed his hands of it as much as his contract would allow.

    • :D LOL!! I know, right? Its all good though, thats the idea today… maybe some folks will connect, Will, ya know? ;)

      Ive never seen “Bad Taste”, but I know Jackson has a great rep for his horror stuff. One day, I’ll have to check it out… I think I get thrown off by the fact that some of his other stuff isn’t all that strong, though…

      • Yeah, it’s a great idea! You should win some kind of award for building a community or something. :)

        I love pretty much every Jackson film. I’m a total fanboy. I realize I’m somewhat alone in that, but he’s one of my favorite filmmakers.

  7. Hi, Fogs:

    I’m going with a little known gem from 1978.

    ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’. Directed by Karel Reisz. Faithfully based on Robert Stone’s award winning novel, ‘Dog Soldier’. With a screenplay by Stone and Judith Rascoe.
    And starring a very young Nkk Nolte (Post ABC TV’s ‘Rich Man. Poor Man’ miniseries) as Ray Hick. Merchant Seaman, Marine Vietnam vet. Who helps his naive buddy, reporter, photographer, John Converse (Michael Moriarty) and his wife Marge, (Tuesday Weld) move a shit load (5 kilos) of high grade, uncut Laotian heroin from San Diego, San Francisco, L.A. and finally Mexico. With a crooked D.A. (Anthony Zerbe) and his henchmen, David Masur and Ray Sharkey in pursuit.

    The film shows the just budding West Coast in all its slimy glory. Faded hippies. Balding, pony tailed liberals. Aged pinkos. Even slimier dealers (Charles Haid) in what is easily the flip side of ‘Forrest Gump’ and one of the best depictions of Post Vietnam America on film!

    • Now you’ve put the Creedence song in my head. LOL ;)

      That’s a sick sounding movie. :) Netflix doesnt have it for DVD mailing though, I was surprised! Went to see if it was streaming and I saw they have it as “Save” :(

      I’ll keep my eye open and see if it even hits the tube, though.

      • Hi, Fogs:

        Funny story about this film. The higher ups in Hollywood didn’t think the film’s title, ‘Dog Soldier’ wouldn’t sell well. So they chose a random song and wrapped the film around CCR’s iconic tune.

        As far as I know, there are no Blu-Rays of this film. Only DVD and VHS.
        Though it definitely deserves a full blown treatment with interviews, discussions and voice overs!

        Television: TCM, Starz, Epix and Sundance.

  8. trying to think of one that hardly anyone has heard of. The best I could come up with is a little known but very sweet little film from Director Robert Redford called the Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

    I’ll also second mikeyb185′s The Devil’s Backbone shout out. A truly great film.

    Some other lost classics might include “Where the Buffalo Roam”, “Eating Raoul”, and, of course, “The Incredible Melting Man”
    ;)

    • LOL. I still havent finished that BTW :( I will one day.

      I’ve heard of the Milagro Beanfield War but I’ve never seen it. I HAVE seen “Where the Buffalo Roam” though, Bill Murray as Hunter S Thompson? Had to check that out! Now, granted, it’s been a long time…. but I still recall being pretty fond of that one. :D

  9. Hmm. This could be a long list. Okay, since I’m allowed a link, I ran through my Canon of Film blogs, and, others than the ones I’ve discussed earlier here, the three, I’ve written on, that I would recommend, that haven’t been seen by a lot of people, are “Once Were Warriors,” which is a New Zealand film, about a Maori family, that struggles with domestic violence. Not, an easy watch, at all, I’m not gonna lie, but it’s the best movie about that subject ever made, and has two of the greatest acting performances that people don’t know about, by Temuera Morrison, and Rena Owen, for those performances alone, it has to be seen.

    Another one, I’d recommend, a lot more fun, is “Babette’s Feast”. A Danish film, won the Oscar for Foreign Language film, about a mystery woman, who comes into this uber-religious town one day, and years later, wins the lottery, and decides to cook a meal for their religious leader’s 100th birthday, this commune place on an out-of-the-way Danish island. It’s hard to explain it, but it’s absolutely a fun film, and a great food movie.

    The third one, is for a fairly recent film, that I considered, arguably the best film from the last decade, and shows why Nicolas Cage is the Best Actor of our time, and it’s Werner Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”, it’s kind of a re-imagining of Abel Ferrara’s great “Bad Lieutenant”, with Harvey Keitel, but this version is better, a dark comedy version, and Cage gets a character, that’s basically written, in such a way, that he is capable, of doing anything, and a director, in Herzog, who’s of course, crazy enough to say, go do it. That movie, is a trip. Have to see it, and here’s the link to that review, and you can look up the others on my blog. I’m posting this one, ’cause I think, the more people will see it, the more people will like it, and appreciate it.

    http://davidbaruffi.blogspot.com/2011/07/canon-of-film-bad-lieutenant-port-of.html

    As to some other films. I guess recently, the films that I would recommend that have, flown under the radar a bit, I would highly recommend “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which I think is really being overlooked; that’s one of the best films from last year. Not a lot of people, have seen “The Trouble of the Truth”, I was one of the first people to see it at the Las Vegas Film Festival this past year, with John Shea and Lea Thompson, really beautiful well-acted film, kind of in the vein of “My Dinner with Andre,” wonderful film. A film, I think I overlooked originally, was “Take This Waltz” from Sarah Polley, with Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, and very good supporting performance by Sarah Silverman. I only gave it 3 1/2 out of 5 STARS originally, and I’ve been regretting that ever since, a beautiful film.

    As to, some older films, I’m just gonna post a quick, short list, of films that I think are great, and maybe personal to me, but I’m just gonna list them, ’cause this is already long enough. Not particular order here:

    “6ixtynin9″,”Dinner Rush”, “Lovely & Amazing”, “The Good Girl”, “13 Conversations About One Thing”, “The Shape of Things”, “Chaos” (The one Colline Serreau directed), “All the Real Girls”,”Laurel Canyon”, “The Five Obstructions”, “Saved!”,”Touching the Void”, “The Merchant of Venice” (Michael Radford, director), “When Will I Be Loved”, “Mysterious Skin”, “The Upside of Anger”, “Lila Says”, “Elizabethtown”, “Where the Truth Lies”, “Havoc”, “Melinda and Melinda”, “INLAND EMPIRE”, “The Puffy Chair”, “Hard Candy”, “SherryBaby”
    “Shortbus”, “Getting High” (aka 5 Up 2 Down), “Edmond”, “12″, “Day Night Day Night”, “Angel-A”, “Synecdoche, New York”, “The Bank Job”, “Blindness”, “XXY”
    “Passing Strange”, “Trucker”, “The Informant”, “3 Idiots”, “Me and Orson Welles”
    “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”, “Fresh”, “Exotica”, “Topsy-Turvy”, “Night on Earth”, “My Family/Mi Familia”, “Pushing Hands”, “The Decalogue”, “Wings of Desire”, “Pixote: The Law of the Weakest”, “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters”, “The Dead”, “The Falcon and the Snowman”, “El Sur”, “Sansho the Bailiff”
    “El Topo” (Which I also just wrote on), “The Night of the Hunter”, “Ikiru”, “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia”, “Judgement at Nuremberg”, “California Split”, “F for Fake”, “Detour”, “In a Lonely Place”, “The Stranger”, “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”

    • Wow, what’d you copy/paste IMDb there, Dave? The entire thing? 8O LOL

      I’m a big fan of “Port of Call NO”, thats one of my favorite Cage offerings, that whole movie is hysterical. I also liked “Safety Not Guaranteed”, but I’ll confess to never actually having seen “My Dinner with Andre”

      As to the rest, I’ve seen a bunch of them, I havent seen others… but I can’t opine on a list that big 8O

      Meanwhile, I’m sure people looking for recommendations can find SOMETHING they’ll like there!

      • I haven’t seen “Melting Man,” but Andrew, I’ll put it on my Netflix, if Fogs, you go see “My Dinner with Andre”. (Wow, you need to get to that one.) As to, how I can come up with some an extensive list so quickly, the secret, which is not that big a secret, is that I have a list of every movie I’ve ever seen. It’s a long story, how that came about, you can find the list on my blog, if you look deeply enough, I posted it when I crossed 3,000 films, and now I’m up to 3,600+, and counting. I also, have other lists, where I rank film, by decade or even year, i’m an Aquarius, I make a lot of lists, and anyway, when I get questions like I these, I can usually just refer to them, and actually, I didn’t cut-and-paste anything.

      • LOL, lot of work then.

        Closest I came to anything like that was when I was playing with Flickchart heavily on a job I used to have… But I quit after awhile because it was too restrictive. Impossible to directly change an ordering, and of course, if you wanted to keep it up to date, you’d have to hit it after everytime you watched a movie :roll:

        I wouldnt be able to track them all independantly that’s a MOUNTAIN of work 8O

      • Oh, well I started doing this, long before flickchart or anything, and yeah, it took a while originally, but now it’s just became routine for me. That was one of the reasons I started my blog actually.I mean, I had this whole list thing, and I’d be damned if I knew what else to do with it, so I got a blog, and posted it. I’ll repost it when I cross 4,000, probably some time next year.

  10. I’ll add my two cents in – The Acid House, a terrific black-comedy film from Scotland which came out back in the 90′s. In my entire blogging career I think I’ve only stumbled upon about three people who’ve even heard of it, so the more people who get a chance to watch this unheard-of classic, the better. It’s dark, weird (one character has his mind transported into that of an infant, and all the hijinks which ensue are…. grossly hilarious!) and not for the faint of heart, but once you’ve seen it, you’ll never forget it.

    • Well, sorry I couldnt become the fourth person who’s heard of it, LOL, I haven’t. Sounds like it might be a tough one to track down, even! But you’ve planted the seed, buddy. If I come across it now, I’ll be sure to check it out! :D

  11. I recommend ‘The City of Lost Children’, a 1995 French surreal sci-fi/fantasy that stars Ron Pearlman. If you like French surreal sci-fi/fantasy, this is the movie for you.

  12. I recently saw the 2011 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, “A Separation”; I found it to be as good as everyone says it is.

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