Since one of the news items Certis posts is upcoming DVD releases, I thought it was about time we had a movie thread. We all have them. Whether someone recommended them to us, or we just happened to tune to the International Film Channel at 2am, or we picked up the wrong box at Blockbuster, we all have a few favorite obscure movies. These are movies that didn't have Super Bowl trailers. These are movies that probably didn't even see a darkened theater at Sundance or Cannes. These are movies that may not have ever been shown in public in your country. However, they are movies that have cemented themselves into your top 100 or top 10 or even top 5 lists. Well, since we're not likely to see any tie-in toys with our Happy Meal, you might as well tell us about them now. (And if you're really nice, you'll link it to it's page at imdb.com or something.)
I'll start things rolling with a personal favorite foreign film, Delicatessen. This 1991 French film was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who enjoyed some recent success with the movie Amelie. He also directed Alien: Resurrection, but don't hold that against him, please. Delicatessen takes place in some mysterious future (or past) where war is raged between meat eaters and a vegetarian underground (literally). I can't remember if meat has been banned or is just scarce, but the local butcher always seems to have some fresh cuts for sale, and, coincidently, a room for rent that has just recently become unoccupied. A quirky stranger with an even quirkier past takes up residence and shares some affectionate attentions with the butcher's daughter. The movie revolves around these and the other bizarre characters who live in the building as the war front creeps inexorably closer.
I think I first grabbed this late one night at Blockbuster when it first showed up. I'll admit it. I thought the box was funny looking. It was also during the phase in my life where I thought anything foreign was edgy and cool. It turns out it's a common enough phase for any adolescent in the suburban midwest. It turned out that, at least in this case, it really was edgy and cool. However, I could never convince my friends to give it a whirl. It's probably because they never trusted me after I sprung Terry Gilliam's Brazil on them. But consider this my recommendation. And, after you have watched it and thank me, go rent City of the Lost Children or even Amelie and thank me again.
Now it's your turn.