Thursday, June 01, 2006

10 must-see movies you haven't seen part II

(March 13, 2006)

You know the drill...

State of Grace - One of my all-time favorite gangster films. Very underrated. How could you not love a gangster film set in New York's Hells Kitchen that stars Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Gary Oldman? One of Oldman's finest performances.

Tootsie - This film makes Mrs. Doubtfire look like chopped liver. Tootsie is absolutely one of the greatest comedy scripts ever written. Dustin Hoffman puts on a show by transforming Michael Dorsey into Dorothy Michaels.

Glengarry Glen Ross -As far as I'm concerned, this film's dialogue is right up there with the likes of Pulp Fiction and Network. To quote Pulp Fiction—"the same ballpark." Alec Baldwin delivers one of the most memorable bit-role performances in recent cinema history.

Auto Focus - William Dafoe and Greg Kinnear light up the screen in the story behind the life and death of legendary TV actor Bob Crane (aka the dude from Hogan's Heroes). The film was released in 2003 and never really took off like it should have. A top-shelf biopic.

Bottle Rocket - Wes Anderson's (Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) first film centers around three wannabe criminals. This is not only one of Martin Scorcesse's favorite films (yes, with him I'll name drop), but also the one that put both Anderson and the Wilson Brothers (Luke and Owen) on the map. One of the best first films a director has ever made.

Public Access - This film is hard to find (try Netflix or Amazon and you will), but it is yet another fine first film by a young American director—Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects). The late, great (well, at least in this film) Ron Marqutte stars as a nomadic stranger who uses a public access TV show to send a perfect little town into upheaval. 

Hard Eight - Since I'm on a roll here, I'll stick with fine first films from young American directors, Trebek... This Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) film was originally titled Sydney and stars Phillip Baker Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow and John C. Reilly. It's a twisted love story that takes place in Reno, Nevada, aka "the Biggest Little City in the World."

Ong-bak - This Thai film featuring the amazing Tony Jaa is awe-inspiring. There are no special effects in this film. All of the stunt sequences are performed by the actual actors. Jaa's character, Ting, kicks more ass than Ah-nold in Commando. Just trust me on this one.

Hoop Dreams - To me, this is the best documentary ever made. Yes, I know that it's a bold statement, but I'm sticking to my guns here. Even if you don't like sports, this film about broken dreams and perseverance is one of a kind. Because of Hoop Dreams, I still want to meet Athur Agee and William Gates.

Logan's Run - An older sci-fi film that was The Island before The Island ripped it off (and did a piss-poor job, I might add). It might actually get the remake treatment by Singer and has a serious cult following. Yeah, it's that good.

Part III coming... eventually...


At 6:16 PM, Blogger RightOnPeachtree said...

I haven't seen State of Grace. I may have to check that one out. ROP loves him some gangster movies.


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