- 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 (April 2008)
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.
Well looking at my list, it's a nice mix of Classic awesome and new school art-house. Here they are listed in alphabetical order.
The Bad Sleep Well
(It'll Keep You Wide Awake) 88%
For most people, Akira Kurosawa is known if not explored, and when explored, is usually done so only in regards to his samurai stuff. Ran, Seven Samurai and Rashomon are indeed amazing films, but this is a little reminder that his contemporary post-war stories are really important and enjoyable as well. The Bad Sleep Well is a perfect example of high drama upon the seas of corporate corruption, all lightly framed in a Hamlet-esque context.
Blood Tea And Red String
(Tie One On) 86%
This Hidden Gems announcement is, more than anything, about uncovering the obscure, and Blood Tea And Red String fits the bill. It's art-house, it's independent, it's stop motion, and it involves mice who hire birds to make them a doll. When the doll is made, the birds decide to keep it, only to have to mice kidnap the doll. The bird people embark upon an adventure, trekking to the kingdom of the mice to get their beloved doll back. Weird enough for you? That's just the beginning.
Killer of Sheep
(A Leader, Not A Follower) 80%
Then there's the Art-house that finally hit mainstream... art-house theatres. Considered a national treasure by the Library of Congress, this film about life in the rough L.A. ghetto of Watts during the 70s is an honest and artistic tale and the sort of film everyone should just get around to, if only to see how 'the other side lives', and by the other side I mean indy directors who have something important to say.
(Kill The Radio Star! Long Live The New Flesh!) 80%
While perusing over the titles to identify for you, I was surprised to see Videodrome was topping the list. I suppose it struck a chord in me because of how deep it was while still being appealing to those who just want to see some gore and madness. After watching this Canadian Thriller, I had many a thing to say on the auteur's delivery and months later, it still deserves a nod to its originality and style. I mourn for the days when Cronenberg made low budget fear films like these.
(Yo! Jimbo! Check It Out!) 86%