5 movies you’ve never seen (and need to)

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Swingers (1996)

Jon Favreau directs himself and a young Vince Vaughn in this charming buddy movie. Favreau plays Mike a heartbroken, middle aged introvert, whilst Vaughn plays Trent, Mike’s smooth-talking buddy who attempts to help Mike get over his ex by going out on the town and picking up “beautiful babies”. The performances are strong, the characters relatable and the whole thing stinks of feel-good; check it out.

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Days of Glory (2006)

Directed by Rachid Bouchareb, Days of Glory tells the tale of World War II’s forgotten heroes; the North African Arab troops. The story follows 4 soldiers as they fight from Africa through to France and lead the way for their French counterparts. Not only are the acting, cinematography and script top notch, but the film raises important political issues, such as racial equality among troops, as the films main protagonist, Abdelkader, takes it upon himself to question those in command. Days of Glory falls just shy of the technical benchmark set by Saving Private Ryan, but its importance casts a sizable shadow on its American counterpart.

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In Bruges (2008)

A film that many missed in 2008, including myself, as its marketing was less than stellar. Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, In Bruges is a quirky, dark comedy/thriller about a couple of hitmen who are sent to Bruges (in Belgium) after a hit goes wrong. A tidy script full of twists and turns as well as a dose of hilarium make this the should-have-been hit of 2008 and one well worth a purchase.

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The King of Comedy (1982)

Time to drop back a couple of decades to Martin Scorcesse’s The King of Comedy, in which Robert De Niro plays an aspiring comic by the name of Rupert Pupkin, whose craving for success results in him stalking his idol, Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), the host of a talk show who craves his own privacy. A tour de force from De Niro and great dialogue bring Rupert Pupkin to life in what appears to be Scorcesse’s most underated classic. The entire film builds up to an event which does not disappoint.

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Before Sunrise (1995)

Written and directed by Richard Linklater, Before Sunrise follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), two strangers who meet on a train in Europe and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. The narrative revolves solely around the relationship between Jesse and Celine and therefore there is no conflict by conventional standards. This may not be to everyones taste, but the chemistry between the two main characters is enough to arrest the majority of the audience. There are some great set pieces and watching their relationship flourish as they find out more and more about each other, whilst knowing that they can only spend this one night together is an emotional experience and well worth investing your time in.

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3 Responses to “5 movies you’ve never seen (and need to)”

  1. The Deadender Says:

    Just a few notes:
    Jon Favreau didn’t direct Swingers, he just wrote it. doug liman did.

    And altho i trust your judgement, i must strongly repute everything you said about before sunrise. the fact there is absolutely no conflict is odd, and i believe the film would have been a million times better with it (perhaps hawke has another agenda, is meeting a girlfriend, is in another relationship, is on the run from the police). The chemistry you talk of i found completely lacking, and tbh i thought EH was outright creepy. the idea that it is their only night together is the only point of interest in the film, and changes the dynamic slighty, but happens towards the end, and not at the beginning when it could have had some impact.
    the whole film is in a nutshell 2 people talking about mundane shit for 90 minutes at various spots in vienna (i think) there is little developing love than 2 people having a chat.
    IMO brief encounter is a much much better watch and would be better suited to this list. or perhaps sideways.

    • guydavis88 Says:

      Oops on the first note, will sort that out.

      We’ll have to agree to disagree on Before Sunrise and I get what you’re saying but I think the chemistry carries it and if you found that lacking then there really isn’t much else, so I understand why you didn’t like it.

      Brief Encounter would have been good for this list and I did think of others that I should have put on here after I posted it, will probably do another at some stage. I think a lot of people have seen Sideways though.

  2. The Deadender Says:

    oh but the others on the list are great. just not before sunrise.

    snootchy bootchies! šŸ™‚

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