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Hi there.    I was thinking about a movie from the mid-80s today that I thought was really good but I don't know that many people saw it.      It's called "To Live And Die In L.A.".   The movie was known for it's incredible chase scene (one of the top 10 in movie history) but it was also a compelling movie about Secret Service agents trying to catch a counterfeiter and the illegal things they do to catch him.  Very compelling story where the good guys ain't so good.     William Peterson is the lead and nothing like his CSI character, nothing at all. 

 

Are there other movies that you thought were great but maybe weren't hits?  

 

Another one for me is The Cooler about a Vegas casino boss who hires a loser to stand near winning gamblers and bring them bad luck.  Alec Baldwin is the casino boss and even though there is no single scene as good as Glengarry Glen Ross, it's his best performance - he's great in it.   So is William H. Macy, but he's always great.  

 

 

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Paris, Texas.   I stumbled on it not long after it came out one day when I was home sick as a kid.  My dad and I watched it.  Harry Dean Stanton is a drifter who's son was raised by his brother and his wife.  (Dean Stockwell).  He re enters their life after being discovered in a desert.  He and the boy get to know each other and they visit his mom, Natassa Kinski.

Found out it was written by Sam Shepard.  I also saw it on Ebert's list of great movies.  If not for being home sick that day I'd have never heard of it.

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The Road. An adaption of the incredible Cormac McCarthy novel.

It was very faithful to the book and the kid should have been nominated for an award.

EDIT: And one of the rare movies where I had a lump in my throat the whole time. It got to me. That was surprising because I'm a cold-hearted *****.

EDIT 2: And I almost forgot....Back Door Sluts #9. Did not do nearly as well as the first 8, but I thought it was phenomenal. I had a lump in my pants through the whole movie.

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Inside Llewyn Davis by the Cohen Brothers is one that top's my list. I really dig folk/roots/americana music and this was a great movie that brought the spotlight to the genre.

Another one for me is the first mob flick that Robert DeNiro ever directed, A Bronx Tale. Sure, everyone knows about The Godfather I + II, Goodfellas, and Casino. I thought A Bronx Tale was as good as any of those films as well. Chazz Palminteri as Sonny, the mob boss and mentor to the young kid in the film, was especially strong. That scene two where the biker gang goes into the mob-owned bar and sprays beer all over the bartender and the ensuing fight afterwards was great. When Sonny locks the door and says "Now youse can't leave" . . . classic!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erL2czOyNoc

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1 hour ago, Antrat said:

The Road. An adaption of the incredible Cormac McCarthy novel.

It was very faithful to the book and the kid should have been nominated for an award.

EDIT: And one of the rare movies where I had a lump in my throat the whole time. It got to me. That was surprising because I'm a cold-hearted *****.

EDIT 2: And I almost forgot....Back Door Sluts #9. Did not do nearly as well as the first 8, but I thought it was phenomenal. I had a lump in my pants through the whole movie.

Funny, I was going to say The Counselor, another Mccarthy adaptation. One of the most fantastically underrated movies of all time IMO. I rewatch it regularly. Mccarthy's prose sprinkled in throughout it as monologues is so excellent. Great acting, cinematography and it displays the dark side of the world well. 

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I love Niche Crime movies. Some of these were at least critically acclaimed, but I love movies like The Way of the Gun, Drive, Only God Forgives, In Bruges, The Guard etc. 

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Just now, Nastradamus said:

I love Niche Crime movies. Some of these were at least critically acclaimed, but I love movies like The Way of the Gun, Drive, Only God Forgives, In Bruges, The Guard etc. 

Yeah, mainstream movies no longer appeal to me. Especially since every other movie that is made nowadays involves super heroes.

I wouldn't mind a movie about a superhero that was addicted to crack and was into bestiality and tried to keep it secret from his adoring public.

Now that would be an intriguing movie.

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1 hour ago, Shelton said:

Can a movie be a hit if it was critically acclaimed but not a financial success?

I think so because people are idiots and there's other factors at play to determine financial success.  

Why?  What you got? 

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I think so because people are idiots and there's other factors at play to determine financial success.  

Why?  What you got? 

I didn't have one in mind when I asked the question. It was more my initial response to seeing inside Llewelyn Davis mentioned. That movie had a lot of buzz.

As for some movies that I don't think many people saw or that weren't widely critically acclaimed, I liked Primer a lot.

Drinking Buddies was also quite good.

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33 minutes ago, Oblong said:

I think so because people are idiots and there's other factors at play to determine financial success.  

Why?  What you got? 

Yeah, a movie can bomb at the box office but still make money from rentals, streaming rights, HBO deals etc.

That's one reason why you see a movie available for streaming just a couple months after it was in the theaters. The bigger the bomb, the quicker the rental.

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I saw Sing Street on Saturday and really liked it... I read that it's not doing very well, though I guess the jury's still out.

Also liked another movie from the same director, Begin Again. 

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I saw Sing Street on Saturday and really liked it... I read that it's not doing very well, though I guess the jury's still out.

Also liked another movie from the same director, Begin Again. 

I assume you have seen Once.

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19 minutes ago, Shelton said:

I assume you have seen Once.

Would you believe I haven't? I've been meaning to rent it. There's a stage version going around the country, too. 

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Would you believe I haven't? I've been meaning to rent it. There's a stage version going around the country, too. 

Excellent film in so many ways. It may be on Amazon prime or Netflix.

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I don't know if these were big hits or not but 2 of my favorites that most people don't seem to be familiar with are:

 

Being There - Peter Sellers.

The Verdict - Paul Newman

 

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Second the mention of Paris, Texas

Barfly

Rushmore

Salaam Bombay - altered my life in a way

Before Sunrise-Before Sunset-Before Midnight - this trilogy received high critical acclaim though so I can't really say it's underrated or unnoticed

 

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11 hours ago, Edman85 said:

The In Laws, 1979, Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. Great satire.

Never saw this film, but reading the plot synopsis reminded me of another film from that time-frame that I will throw out there, Hopscotch with Walter Matthau in the lead role.

To be fair it has to have been 30 years since I saw it, but I was a fan and I don't think it was a big hit.

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10 hours ago, Nastradamus said:

I love Niche Crime movies. Some of these were at least critically acclaimed, but I love movies like The Way of the Gun, Drive, Only God Forgives, In Bruges, The Guard etc. 

In Bruges had a bit of buzz around it at the time - so don't know if it qualifies or not, but a fine film.

Big fan of Way of the Gun.

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