- Casino Royale Review
- Carrie (1976)
- Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- Rain Man (1988)
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
- Targets (1968)
- An Education (2009)
- Mirror, The (1974)
- Fargo (1996)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Do The Right Thing (1989)
- Report (1967)
- Is "The Sting" The Best Gambling Film Ever Made?
- Pink Flamingos (1972)
- Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943), Or 28 Angry Men
- Rome, Open City (1945)
- Spring in a Small Town (1948)
- Drive (2011)
- Vinyl (1965)
- Seconds (1966)
- Rosemary's Baby (1968)
- A Hollywood Invasion of Casino Halls
- Thin Man, The (1934)
- In The Heat of the Night (1967)
- All In: The Poker Movie, Player’s Best Tricks
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- 1001 Club - Skyfall (2012)
- 1001 Club - When Harry Met Sally... (1988)
- 1001 Club - Rain Man (1988)
An Interjected Hidden Gem Alert (September 2007)
For those of you unfamiliar with this little thing I do, the Hidden Gem Alert is my way of letting you know about five films that I've seen in the last six months that might not make waves by being the best out there, but they're little-known sleeper hits that probably passed under your radar, and yes though they tend to be art-house there's something for everyone.
In all cases, to read more about the film in question, simply click on the title, as it's linked to the original review.
Ouch! It was painful whittling the choices down this time around, but I'll do my best in making sure it's a worthy list. I've been all about the more obscure these past six months, so let me kick off with the Hidden-est gem of them all that scored the highest.
Ichi the Killer
(To Ichi His Own) 88%
It's sick, but it's gaining popularity. This is gory, graphic anti-hero sado-masochisto at it's finest, but caution kids, if you show this to your mom, by the opening credits you'll be dead embarrassed, especially since the credits themselves have ejaculate all over them. Mmmm soupy!
Ace In The Hole
(Get A Full House For This One) 88%
A.K.A. The Big Carnival, this finally got put on DVD recently, so it may even be sitting in the new releases section of finer - and especially Indie - video stores. It's Noir, it's bleak, and it's all about the human failing that is greed and desire at the cost of others. Learn the lessons of humanity the easy way, by watching one high-and-mighty reporter learn it the hard way.
The Man With The Golden Arm
(Gold, Gold, Gold!) 86%
Frankie Sinatra as a man fresh out of jail, going back to his old 'hood with plans of getting the monkey off his back and changing his life. When a different man is surrounded by the same old people with the same old vices, guess how easy it is to slip back into those old ways? Better still though is how a simple story like this can be so pure of emotion and perfectly original, never letting on how it's going to end.
...which is a classic but a German film made in 1931 is old and foreign enough to drift into obscurity among those of you who are just out there for a good time. And what's more, it's Criterion, and those guys have known the story on film is since the Laserdisc days. Peter Lorre stars in a Fritz Lang-directed story that is integral for making Noir what it became in the 40s.
(Let it Show You 'The Life Of The Mind') 88%
This is where my snobbery comes out. I think, 'of course everyone's heard of this,' but you haven't have you? It's the Coen Brothers, you know, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, little teeny Indie productions like that. Perhaps this film staring John Turturro is a little less popular that those other ones, a little more 'off the radar', but this is the Hidden Gem Alert. Hi that what we're here for. Take a man who needs to learn deeper lessons than life has ever taught him so far and call it a coming of the soul rather than a coming of age. It's not cute, it's far more real than all that, but, through all the madness there's wit and humour, and you laugh as you're shown the life of the mind.
And there they were, official picks you can say you heard about through the grapevine. Be a genius in front of your friends without crediting me.
Go ahead, I'm giving you permission.