wittertainment recommendations

by cw1312 | created - 15 Mar 2011 | updated - 16 Nov 2014 | Public

Tracking recommendations in between the new releases that might be right up my street and worth checking out.

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1. Jeremy (1973)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
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Shy cellist boy meets upperclassman ballet dancing girl at school. They experience first-time love, then happenstance pulls them apart.

Director: Arthur Barron | Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Len Bari, Leonardo Cimino

Votes: 613

wittertainment recommendation for the broken hearted (June 2010)

2. Swingers (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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71 Metascore

Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston

Votes: 67,670 | Gross: $4.51M

wittertainment recommendation for the broken hearted (June 2010)

3. The Wanderers (1979)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.4
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Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Slight comedy, slight High School angst ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich, Toni Kalem

Votes: 8,241 | Gross: $0.01M

wittertainment recommendation for the broken hearted (June 2010)

4. The Accidental Tourist (1988)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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53 Metascore

An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright

Votes: 13,138 | Gross: $32.63M

wittertainment recommendation for the broken hearted (June 2010)

5. The Navigators (2001)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Five Yorkshiremen try to survive after the British Rail is bought out by a private company.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Dean Andrews, Thomas Craig, Joe Duttine, Steve Huison

Votes: 2,313 | Gross: $0.00M

according to Mark a Ken Loach film superior to Route Irish (March 2011)

6. Silent Running (1972)

GP | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.7
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In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 22,768

Forgotten Classics (August 2008)

7. The Corporation (2003)

Unrated | 145 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 18,980 | Gross: $1.88M

"Movies with Economists in" - suggestion by James King (Aug 5th, 2005)

8. Flirting (1991)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop of bullying and sadistic teachers Danny strikes up an affair with an African girl, ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Noah Taylor, Thandie Newton, Nicole Kidman, Bartholomew Rose

Votes: 5,089 | Gross: $2.42M

examples for the "prickly, tactile sense when two characters you believe in find a genuine human connection" (November 2011)

9. Forget Me Not (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 93 min | Romance

6.6
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Love Happens. When you least expect it. Forget Me Not is a moving, modern day love story set over twenty four hours against a stunning London backdrop.

Directors: Alexander Holt, Lance Roehrig | Stars: Luke de Woolfson, Charlie Covell, Susie Harriet, Genevieve O'Reilly

Votes: 1,735

examples for the "prickly, tactile sense when two characters you believe in find a genuine human connection" (November 2011)

10. Weekend (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman

Votes: 22,781 | Gross: $0.46M

examples for the "prickly, tactile sense when two characters you believe in find a genuine human connection" (November 2011)

11. The First Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

7.3
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An innovative 'magic realist' documentary set in Iraq. Filmmaker Mark Cousins, who was brought up in a Northern Irish war zone, travels to Goptapa, a Kurdish-Iraqi village of just 700 ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Cousins | Stars: Mark Cousins, Gharib Ahmad Rauf, Mohammed Mahmud, Falla

Votes: 191

Christmas gift for cinema Lovers? A documentary about kids in Iraq discovering the essence of cinema. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/markkermode/2011/12/the_first_movie.html

12. También la lluvia (2010)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, History

7.5
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69 Metascore

As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde, Juan Carlos Aduviri

Votes: 10,839 | Gross: $0.56M

Mentioned when reviewing Angels' Share (June 2012) as another stand out work by writer Paul Laverty, worth tracking down.

13. Gregory's Girl (1980)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy, Clare Grogan

Votes: 6,378

Bill Forsyth's back catalogue is always part of the Friday discussion. Compared to Richard Ayoade's Submarine (March 2011) as the more charming version.

14. Contact (1997)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.4
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62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Votes: 220,134 | Gross: $100.92M

Contact hangs over Interstellar [...] it doesn't just share Matthew McConaughey [...] it also shares Kip Thorne who is theoretical physicist who had input [...] What a great movie Contact was - I have to see it again (November 2014)