- 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 Intejected Hidden Gem Alert (March 2007)
Welcome to the fourth instalment of the Hidden Gem Alert! As always, the rules are as follows: every six months I interject into this mix of reviews a list of five films 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. Here we go, in no particular order:
Dear Wendy (2005) - 88% (Wish You Were Here)
Ever since The Celebration, I should have known that Thomas Vinterberg would become one of my favorite directors, but given that most of his works are Danish productions, they tend to stay in Denmark. Aside from The Celebration, Dear Wendy is the only other production of his available to me in Canada. This tale has a touch of the fantastical, it's a story taken to limits of the extraordinary while still being rooted firmly in reality. You might even say a legend framed in drama. If that doesn't interest you, it's also about guns, guns and more guns.
The Wrong Man (1956) - 88% (The Right Way To Tell It)
With such a focus on Hitchcock these last few months, it comes to no surprise that there would be many choice selections of incredible films from his collection, but are any truly Hidden Gems? Tried and true classics like Strangers on a Train have no place in the Interjected Hidden Gem Alert, it's for little-known pieces only! When I popped The Wrong Man into the DVD player, I had no idea what I was in for. No one mentioned it, I'd never heard of it. Frankly I expected rote. This is Film Noir visual at it's best told with the fantastic Hitchcockian storytelling you've come to expect. Why this isn't on more Must See lists I'll never know. It's worth your while.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) - 90% (Vengeance Never Felt So Right!)
This film was re-edited and re-released in 1980 under the name Shogun Assassin, which was mentioned in Kill Bill Vol. 2 a couple of times as something that is awesome and cool. Well the original Sword Of Vengeance is better, more detailed, and the beginning of a series you might just have to get all the way through cause it's that wicked. Did I mention there's a 3-year-old Samurai in it? Where else can cool go from there? Nowhere!
Devouring Buddha (2002) - 88% (Eats Away At You)
Here we go, the whole point of the Interjected Gem Alert: Something you've never heard of that is so impossible to find that you have to go out and find the director's personal email and ask him politely. Well I did that and you can too. As for all you familiar Ottawans out there, I'll gladly show you this piece of cinematographic genius. This is what inspired me to go buy my own 16mm film equipment. No shit. Thanks Korbett.
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (2002) - 90% (You Get More Than My Sympathy, Mr. Park...)
Asian cinema is making a go at Hollywood, no doubt. Films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have long ago stood their ground against the likes of American Action hits like Die Hard, but what about Asian Drama? Given that anything foreign tends to automatically get less noticed over here, I thought I'd point you towards South Korean Director Chan-wook Park's second film of his Vengeance Trilogy. It's artful, it's entertaining, and best of all, it's full of vengeance on multiple sides.
There you are, now run off and see them, and thanks for reading!