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Author: Subject: GREAT obscure and/or low-budget movies

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 07:25 AM
I'm a big movie buff. I enjoyed posting in the other two movie threads, but I really hate trashing anybody's creative efforts ... even if they don't appeal to me personally.

For me, a movie is first and foremost about the story. I have a hard time buying into "blockbuster" films - movies where the story and plot are overshadowed by mind-blowing special effects. I also appreciate movies with a relatively unknown cast. Often, your (or my) overall perception of a film gets colored by the presence of a superstar. For good or bad, part of the feel that I get from a film is based on how I appreciate (or don't appreciate) that actor's work in other roles.

As a wannabe movie maker (I have done a lot of corporate-industrial and documentary type things), I have a deep appreciation for movies done on a shoe-string budget. Incorporate these with an obscure cast and you can often find some great art-worthy films.

Here are some of my favorites, starting with movies I've seen recently.

"Great World of Sound" - this is a story of a couple of guys who think they've gone to work for a legitimate music production company. Their job is to go around and find promising performers and then entice them into paying for their own recording contracts. It's not a give-away to tell you that they soon realize that they're working for a couple of con-men. I found this through my Net Flicks account.

In Bruges - Bigger budget, dark comedy about a couple of British hit-men who are forced to seek refuge in Bruges, Belgium. Possibly Colin Farrell's greatest performance! Great job by Ralph Fiennes, too!

Sling Blade - Depending on your own mood when you first saw this, you may or may not have percieved this as a dark comedy. Barring the horrific ending, this movie is filled with sight gags , slight gags, plays on words and just funny appearances by the likes of John Ritter, Col. Bruce Hampton and Billy Bob Thornton himself. I've probably seen it a thousand times, but when it pops up on television - I'm tuned in!

So what are some of your favorite obscure or low-budget films?

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 07:31 AM
Low budget?

Night of the Living Dead.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 07:32 AM
Let me also add to my own list:

Bubba Ho-Tep - A nursing home with Elvis ( the guy who died in the bathroom was an impersonator - hired by Elvis to take his place so that he could return to a normal, low-key life), and John F. Kennedy ... as am African American (race-transplant operation courtesy of the CIA). Throw in an invasion of aliens and you're in for a great time!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 07:36 AM
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69 Minutes

Groove Tube type of movie made in KC during the mid 70s.

 

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Living in Oblivion - a movie about making movies. Early Steve Buscemi film. Writers, producers and crew live on a shoe string while lavishing their "talent" (stars). If you have ever tried to make a film, you'll certainly appreciate this one. I've lived this one!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:05 AM
"Outside Providence"

Alec Baldwin is the only name actor and he worked the film for nothing or next to nothing.

Done by the Farrelly or Coen brothers, I forget which.

Great flic.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:30 AM
Gorgon!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:37 AM
Duel w/Dennis Weaver. Man I love that movie.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:40 AM
KC Bomber - staring Raquel Welch as a roller derby queen.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:42 AM
"Elvis Meets Nixon"....& "Hendrix" (not the docu. this one has an actor playing Jimi)

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:42 AM
Dodsworth

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:59 AM
The Brother From Another Planet

This is a John Sayles film about a human-looking alien (except for the feet!) who escapes his planet and lands in Harlem. Sayles plays one of the two weirdo aliens who are tracking The Brother to bring him back. Joe Morton plays The Brother who does not speak, but has some unusual "powers."


 
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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 09:34 AM
Sam Raimi's first "Evil dead"
John Carpenter's "Halloween"

I kind of liked "the Blair Witch Project"

and of course ... "Clerks"

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 10:01 AM
"The Last Shot" with Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. Both madcap wacky!
 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 10:17 AM
"Amazon Women on the Moon" - very funny series of comedy sketches with some familiar faces in it.
 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 10:24 AM
Anything by Coen brothers where they stick to their niche. i.e. horror comedy

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 10:29 AM
The Way Home

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 10:41 AM
Two words

EASY RIDER

low budget cult classic,awesome movie

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 10:59 AM
Bad Boys starring a very young Sean Penn . No , not the piece of crap starring Martin Lawrence . This movie came out when I was about 10 , so it must have been 1982 .


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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:08 AM
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EASY RIDER

low budget cult classic,awesome movie


Good one. Just saw that 2 weeks ago.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:18 AM
I have to add "Ed Wood" starring Johnny Depp to my earlier 2 selections....

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 11:44 AM
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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:32 PM
Two obscure films:

The Legend of 1900
The Spitfire Grill

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:46 PM
Got two to add to the list

Roadie - Bands make it rock, but roadies make it roll.
A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous traveling rock-and-roll show.

Stars Meatloaf but also has Alice Cooper, Blondie, Roy Orbison and others.

electric apricot - hey are you going to burning man.
a jamband version of spinal tap.

written and directed by Les Claypool. Warren and Bob Wier are also in the movie.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 12:51 PM
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Clerks!


Classic!! 37? Not in a row......

 

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