Recommend some movies, please!

Captain Tragedy wrote:

I'd recommend 'The Host'. It's a Korean creature movie that focuses on one family rather than the larger story. Unlike Cloverfield, however, it actually makes you care about those few people. Speaking of Zombie movies, 'Undead' was an interesting one. Really small budget and it shows, but its an interesting concept. It's worth a view.

Another great Korean movie:Oldboy. Totally twisted revenge story, and the hammer scene is in my mind one of the best action sequences ever.

Kung Fu Hustle is a great film. Shaolin Soccer, by the same director, is excellent as well, but if you rent it be sure you watch the original/Chinese version. The US version has a ton of material cut out of it and is pretty much incomprehensible. And I didn't personally like Dark City. That movie had a promising concept but the execution fell flat. Pan's Labyrinth is good though, if you like dark pseudo-fantasy. Night Watch and Day Watch are good as well, though they don't really follow the books at all.

stevenmack wrote:

Rec is well worth a look - spanish zombie film about documentary makers following a team of firemen who all get sealed into an old apartment building. Excellent little film (just make sure to watch the original and not the pointless american remake which is probably out now/soonish).

The Descent Group of sperluking women get trapped in an unknown cave system with....something nasty. Also awesome (grab a Uk copy if possible - I think they tacked on a "happy ending" to the US release).

Both of those are excellent horror movies, yes. [Rec.] in particular should be right up your alley. You might have to hunt down a foreign copy of it though, I suspect they won't release it on dvd in the states before the obligatory remake is out.

I watched The Hitcher again not long ago, and damn that's a really good b-movie. Lean, mean, and really nasty. (The original with Rutger Hauer, not the Sean Bean remake.)

Doomsday made me grin like an idiot. Neil Marshall (who made The Descent and Dog Soldiers) mashes up everything from Braveheart to Mad Max to most John Carpenter films to really entertaining effect.

Stuff that's already been mentioned: Brick is awesome. As is The Host, most of Three...Extremes, and Audition. And while we're on the subject of Takashi Miike, I'll toss in a recommendation for Fudoh, which is one of his crazier yakuza movies. Completely over the top, and funny as hell, it has hermaphrodite schoolgirls, eight-yearold hitmen, and a teenage stripper assassin that shoots blowdarts in a...highly original way.

As for Grindhouse, Planet Terror is filled with wonderful z-grade zombie goodness. Death Proof is awful and should be buried in a landfill.

Funnily enough, just watched Feast the other day...was alright.

Couple of recommendations:

Rec is well worth a look - spanish zombie film about documentary makers following a team of firemen who all get sealed into an old apartment building. Excellent little film (just make sure to watch the original and not the pointless american remake which is probably out now/soonish).

The Descent Group of sperlunking women get trapped in an unknown cave system with....something nasty. Also awesome (grab a Uk copy if possible - I think they tacked on a "happy ending" to the US release).

Dog Soldiers The first film by the director of The Descent. Group of British Squaddies training in Scotland end up besieged by werewolves. Very Silly, very gory.

Oh, another I watched recently:

The Outpost Group of mercenaries (hmm...bit of a theme going on here ) get paid to recover something from an old WW2 bunker in eastern europe and end up having to contend with Zombie-ghost Nazis :O

Vega wrote:

But I didn't regret the blind purchase as it's a really good movie (the movie I thought I was getting was Vanishing Point (I've learned the title now), which I still need to pick up some time).

Funny, I had the same thought as you when I saw Grindhouse, except I got the name right. Vanishing Point did not play well with my modern sensibilities. Maybe it resonated with people at/of the time. To me, there was just too much stuff that didn't make any sense.

stevenmack wrote:

The Descent Group of sperlunking women get trapped in an unknown cave system with....something nasty. Also awesome (grab a Uk copy if possible - I think they tacked on a "happy ending" to the US release).

I've said it before and I'll say it again: do not confuse The Descent (which I have not seen) with Descent. The latter is a gawd-awful Sci-Fi channel rehash of The Core, which also sucked balls.

Taidaan wrote:

(unlike Timeline, which was a waste of $5).

here's a tip for future movies, if the trailer starts with "five young archeologists". It's a safe bet to avoid this movie.

If we're going Korean, try My Wife is a Gangster. Pretty good, sequel kinda sucks, and 3rd is completely different story, but with Shu Qi so thumbs up.

Secret of NIMH. Best kids movie ever. Best $5 movie bin purchase ever.

A Life Less Ordinary. Ewen McGregor and Cameron Diaz before she got scary. It was the failed experiment by the director of Trainspotting, but I still love it.

Oh, and Star Wars. Don't forget that one.

Pirate Bob wrote:
Captain Tragedy wrote:

I'd recommend 'The Host'. It's a Korean creature movie that focuses on one family rather than the larger story. Unlike Cloverfield, however, it actually makes you care about those few people. Speaking of Zombie movies, 'Undead' was an interesting one. Really small budget and it shows, but its an interesting concept. It's worth a view.

Another great Korean movie:Oldboy. Totally twisted revenge story, and the hammer scene is in my mind one of the best action sequences ever.

The Host and Oldboy are both fantastic films. If you enjoyed those, I'd recommend another dark yet funny Korean film: Save the Green Planet!

Also, the creator of Oldboy made two other revenge films: Lady Vengeance and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. Both are good, but quite depressing.

MoonDragon wrote:

Galaxy Quest.

I second the motion.

Holy Crap! I forgot Stardust. Fantastic movie.

Grenn wrote:

Holy Crap! I forgot Stardust. Fantastic movie.

Ah.. You just reminded me of Sunshine - pretty depressing film but similar in style to Solaris crossed with Event Horizon and Cube. Pretty cool.

Grenn wrote:

Holy Crap! I forgot Stardust. Fantastic movie.

Seconded.

nsmike wrote:
Grenn wrote:

Holy Crap! I forgot Stardust. Fantastic movie.

Seconded.

And another echo here. The movie only furthered my infatuation with Claire Danes.

I watched a few movies over the weekend.

First up, Jackie Brown, a really cool movie about crime, drug/money smuggling, and some hardcore backstabbing. Excellent cast, with DeNiro, Samuel L. Jackson, and Pam Grier.

Next, Reservoir Dogs. This should need no explanation. Watch it. I've still got "Stuck in the Middle With You" stuck in my head.

Finally, A History of Violence, about a small town man (Viggo Mortensen), who's past comes back to haunt him after killing two criminals who robbed his store. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

To back up a few that have been already mentioned, Hot Fuzz, Brick, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang should definitely be on your radar.

And a few more that I've watched recently and enjoyed: The Squid and the Whale, is a very serious family drama that is extraordinarily well written and performed. The Mission is a historical piece about Jesuit priests in South America during the 18th century, and their struggles between the Vatican, Spain, and Portugal over the ownership of the missions, and the natives. Really great cast, with DeNiro, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons, shot in some beautiful locales.

Any time I mention movies, I have to throw out One Six Right, which is a fantastic documentary about general aviation that you really should watch if you have anything resembling an interest in flight.

Thin_J wrote:
nsmike wrote:
Grenn wrote:

Holy Crap! I forgot Stardust. Fantastic movie.

Seconded.

And another echo here. The movie only furthered my infatuation with Claire Danes.

It kindled one I didn't even know I had.

Oh, just thought of another one...

Bubba Ho-tep. Bruce Campbell playing an elderly Elvis teaming up with "JFK" (Ossie Davis ) to thwart an evil mummy terrorising their old folks home. Absolutely Awesome film.

Duoae wrote:
Grenn wrote:

Holy Crap! I forgot Stardust. Fantastic movie.

Ah.. You just reminded me of Sunshine - pretty depressing film but similar in style to Solaris crossed with Event Horizon and Cube. Pretty cool.

Oh yeah Sunshine is a great sci-fi/suspense movie. Danny Boyle films are usually a safe bet. Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Millions

stevenmack wrote:

Oh, just thought of another one...

Bubba Ho-tep. Bruce Campbell playing an elderly Elvis teaming up with "JFK" (Ossie Davis ) to thwart an evil mummy terrorising their old folks home. Absolutely Awesome film.

Oh yeah this movie was awesome!

Bah, Sunshine pissed me off. The whole Event Horizon-ish parts were disappointing.

Spoilers wrote:

[color=white]Also, what the HELL was with them keeping air in the payload room? That whole HUGE place was full of air when they needed it?! LAME.[/color]

Shrooms - haunted woods + college kids + drugs
Diary of the Dead - written and directed by George A. Romero, it goes back to the beginning of the outbreak
The Crazies - a 70s era Romero film; I heard it might be getting a remake
Slither - comedy/horror with the Firefly captain

Some Old School Cannibal/Zombie/Gore-fest movies:
Cannibal Ferox
Spider Baby
Cut and Run
Mountain of the Cannibal God
Jungle Holocaust
Two Thousand Maniacs
I Spit On Your Grave
Zombi/Zombi 2
City of the Living Dead
House by the Cemetery
The Beyond
Eaten Alive
The Bunker
Zombie Lake

Aaron D. wrote:

I was pimping Man On Wire last month, but it didn't get much traction.

http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/4...

It still holds as my movie of the year.

Because of it's limited release. If it made it here it was for just one week and i missed it. Having to catch it on DVD.

CannibalCrowley wrote:

Diary of the Dead

Really? I love zombie movies but I thought Diary was terrible. Bad acting, bad writing, boring plot, not enough zombie action, and in any reasonable universe one of the supporting characters would have punched the douchebag protagonist and stolen his camera within the first 10 minutes of the zombie outbreak. Romero should have stopped making zombie movies after Day of the Dead.

muttonchop wrote:
CannibalCrowley wrote:

Diary of the Dead

Really? I love zombie movies but I thought Diary was terrible. Bad acting, bad writing, boring plot, not enough zombie action, and in any reasonable universe one of the supporting characters would have punched the douchebag protagonist and stolen his camera within the first 10 minutes of the zombie outbreak. Romero should have stopped making zombie movies after Day of the Dead.

Yeah I was pretty disappointed by Diary as well. It had some fun zombie kills and gore, but other than that, it was pretty bad.

is there a "Post a Movie Recomendation"/"Movie Recommendation - Catch All" or something along those lines?

Lot of Good movies and very different tastes!!

Just saw the trailer for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, can't believe I hand't heard of that movie!!
If you like that one, try Lucky Number Slevin.

The Jacket is another movie that plays around with time, memories, etc.

Versus is definitely one of my favorite Japanese zombie movies. Zombies with guns and psychotic gangsters doing crazy knife fight scenes all while the nameless protagonist silently plows his way through the movie. Good stuff.

Bubba Ho-Tep for the ultimate in cheesy b-movie goodness. Yes, I used the word goodness.

And I'll definitely second Equilibrium and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. as two fantastic movies.

I movie I saw recently and really liked is Black Snake Moan. It is by the same guy who did Hustle and Flow. I didn't expect much from it going in and was pleasantly surprised about how good it was.

Other recent movies I really liked:

- Cloverfield
- The Descent
- 300
- Sunshine
- Pan's Labyrinth

Some other gems:

- Super Troopers
- The Girl Next Door
- Rushmore
- Constantine
- L.A. Confidential
- Gattaca
- Serenity

I got dozens of others, but those are ones that come to mind. Thinking makes my brain hurt:(

EDIT: Just thought of another horror movie that came out recently that was pretty good: The Ruins

Black Snake Moan was excellent. And I'll throw in a few more horror films: Phantasm, Near Dark, Hardware, Prince of Darkness, and Return of the Living Dead. Bringing up any vampire movie risks pulling in an entire new sub-genre, but I'll resist mentioning any more. Oh, and if you have any interest in 50s sci-fi, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is a riot.

Holy crap, so many good movies to check out! I'm just going to throw out a few random thoughts.

I can't believe I forgot about Oldboy! I've been meaning to see that for years!

The Jacket was really good. Equilibrium was alright, but I'm not in love with it like I am in love with Christian Bale. Seen everything he's been in.

I agree, Diary of the Dead wasn't great.

Slither was awesome! My girlfriend refused to watch it because she hates horror movies, but then I told her it was more of a comedy than a horror movie and Nathan Fillion stars in it and she was sold because we both have a crush on Nathan Fillion. He's Canada's Bruce Campbell.

Speaking of Bruce Campbell, I cannot wait for Bubba Nosferatu.

I am a huge Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost fan. Edgar Wright is one of my favorite directors, and he and Simon Pegg make one of the best writing teams ever!

Quentin Tarantino is another of my favorite directors, so I've seen everything he's done. However, his half of Grind House was much longer and much more boring than it needed to be. Still, one of the best car chases ever at the end of it, though.

Star Wars... hmm... Never heard of it.

I love Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. Own them both). I also love Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak and The Protector) which has nothing to do with Stephen Chow other than they're both from the same continent and both make movies. The Protector needs to be seen! A little over halfway through the movie, a four and a half minute fight sequence that takes place during one continuous shot, followed by, "WHERE'S MY ELEPHANT!?" The rest of the movie, no more dialogue. Just fighting.

I agree, Devil's Rejects is way better than House of 1000 Corpses. I may love stupid and terrible horror movies, but I much prefer good ones.

Speaking of good horror movies, I recently watched Pulse 1 and 2. They're not good horror movies, so that was a horrible transition. But, I went into them expecting them to completely suck in every way, much like The Ring, One Missed Call, Shutter, The Grudge and every other movie that is exactly like those movies. Pulse 1 and 2 were more like The Happening (the funniest movie of 2008) except it's wireless internet and cell phone signals killing people with ghosts rather than plants killing people with anger spores! Oh, and the acting is actually pretty good. Especially the little girl in Pulse 2. She was really good. I totally don't recommend either one of them. Just thought I'd share how for once I was pleasantly surprised by some crappy horror movies.

Memento! I watched it today and I loved it! I don't think it would be half as entertaining the second time, though. It's like the scene when Lenny was asking his wife why she was reading the same book again and he said that he thought the fun was not knowing what was going to happen next. Some movies can be enjoyed over and over, but I think Memento is one of those movies that is only fun to watch when you don't know what has already happened. But I loved having the story told backwards like that, because it actually served to put me and Lenny in the same spot. Not knowing what just happened before and trying to figure everything out from the few clues he left for himself. I would love to see a game use this same mechanic. Placing you in a spot with only a few pictures and items to figure out what you're supposed to do. You do it and get back to the point you were at the beginning of the previous scene, and it jumps back to the next scene. Not sure if it would really work, but it would be interesting.

Snakes on a Plane was a huge disappointment. It was supposed to be a big crazy stupid fun movie that gets off on being sh*t, but instead it was just boring. It was too good to be so bad it's good, but not good enough to be genuinely good.

Anyway, that's enough rambling. Thanks a lot everyone. It's fun to see what people will suggest, and even though a good half of the movies suggested I've already seen and most of those I own on DVD, it's nice to see that other people enjoy those movies, too. And there have been a surprisingly large number of movies I haven't seen and will have to check out.

heavyfeul wrote:

I movie I saw recently and really liked is Black Snake Moan. It is by the same guy who did Hustle and Flow. I didn't expect much from it going in and was pleasantly surprised about how good it was.

complexmath wrote:

Black Snake Moan was excellent.

The first 90% was excellent and then... well there's the ending, which is hollywood style saccharine garbage. It's like the movie up until then hadn't gotten the point across enough for the writer so he decided to drop his point in your face with all the subtlety of a dumptruck.

My father-in-law (who lives with us) loves B movie horror flicks. He especially loves the ones that show a little T&A. We've gotten him a Netflix account, and he's currently working through their selections in alphabetical order.

I decided to take a few of his movies to the Friday movie night my friends and I have each week. We ended up watching Bite Me. Believe me when I say that it's got everything you're looking for from a bad horror movie and then some.