Forgotten Movie Classics

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1.
The Swimmer (1968)
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Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friends pool. As they talk, someone... (95 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
“ Devastating portrayal of suburban angst during the 1960s, based on John Cheever short story with a brilliant performance by Burt Lancaster. ” - reweidman
 
2.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
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Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Wes Anderson's directorial debut stars the Wilson brothers - Owen and Luke - as pathetic, wannabe criminals. Offbeat and hilarious! ” - reweidman
 
3.
Down by Law (1986)
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The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey. (107 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ Crazy Jim Jarmusch film, an existential comedy if you will, which features three strangers - Roberto Benigni, Tom Waits and John Lurie - who end up in a Louisiana jail. Eclectic! ” - reweidman
 
4.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
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A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier. (97 mins.)
“ Classic '80s teen comedy as Lane (John Cusack) tries to ski the K-12 to impress exchange student Diane Franklin. ” - reweidman
 
5.
You See Me Laughin' (2002 Documentary)
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You See Me Laughin' is a personal journey into the lives and music of the last of the hill country bluesmen who've kept their music alive on the back porches and in the tiny juke joints of the Mississippi backwoods. (77 mins.)
Director: Mandy Stein
“ Fascinating documentary explores juke joints of Mississippi with blues legends such as R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. ” - reweidman
 
6.
Rush (1991)
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Two small-town Texas cops go undercover to catch a major drug dealer and are sucked into the drug culture, compromising their assignment. (120 mins.)
“ Two undercover narcs (Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh) struggle with their own addictions. Solid acting and great soundtrack! ” - reweidman
 
7.
The Wanderers (1979)
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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... (112 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ A gang living in the Bronx fights with the "Fordham Baldies" and the mysterious "Duckie Boys." Love that football game! ” - reweidman
 
8.
My Best Fiend (1999 Documentary)
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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Werner Herzog vs. Klaus Kinski! Documentary features total insanity in the Peruvian jungle! ” - reweidman
 
9.
The Brown Bunny (2003)
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Professional motorcycle racer Bud Clay heads from New Hampshire to California to race again. Along the way he meets various needy women who provide him with the cure to his own loneliness, but only a certain woman from his past will truly satisfy him. (93 mins.)
Director: Vincent Gallo
“ Chloe Sevigny gives Vincent Gallo a blowjob. Roger Ebert called it the worst film in the history of Cannes (but later recanted). I loved it! ” - reweidman
 
10.
Ten Benny (1995)
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(108 mins.)
Director: Eric Bross
“ Solid, low-key flick deals with a dumb punk from New Jersey, Ray (Adrien Brody), who gets in trouble after he borrows $10,000. ” - reweidman
 
11.
Kingpin (1996)
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A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)
“ A one-handed former champion bowler from Iowa becomes a "bowling manager" for an Amish bowling prodigy. Great crude humor! ” - reweidman
 
12.
Southbounders (2005)
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A young woman attempts a "thru-hike" of the Appalachian Trail, the 2,170 mile footpath wandering the length of the Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Georgia. (86 mins.)
Director: Ben Wagner
“ Three adventurers hit the Appalachian Trail for love, laughs & life lessons. Low-key independent film is worth a look. ” - reweidman
 
13.
They Live (1988)
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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Pro wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper plays a down-on-his-luck construction worker who reveals an alien conspiracy responsible for 1980's complacency. I knew it! ” - reweidman
 
14.
Murderball (2005 Documentary)
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Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. (88 mins.)
“ Excellent documentary follows the U.S. quad rugby team as they prepare for the 2004 Paralympic Games. Offbeat, awesome! ” - reweidman
 
15.
The Burning (1981)
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A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement. (91 mins.)
Director: Tony Maylam
“ A cut above (no pun intended) the typical summer camp slasher film of the 1980s and notable for early appearances by Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter and Fisher Stevens. ” - reweidman
 
16.
International House (1933)
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Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television. (68 mins.)
“ Grand Hotel spoof stars W.C. Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Bela Lugosi. Cab Calloway sings "Reefer Man." ” - reweidman
 
17.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
“ This low-budget but highly influential horror classic was made for $30,000 in Lawrence, Kansas, and at Salt Lake City's Saltair amusement park. ” - reweidman
 
18.
Red Rock West (1993)
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When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife... (98 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ Nicholas Cage stars as a drifter who gets embroiled in a murder-for-hire plot. Dennis Hopper plays "Lyle from Texas." ” - reweidman
 
19.
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
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A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver. (102 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
“ Stoic buddies The Driver (JT) and The Mechanic (Dennis Wilson) take an existential trip on the road to nowhere. ” - reweidman
 
20.
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team. (91 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
“ A fascinating look at the influential Zephyr skateboarding team in the 1970s. Narrated by Sean Penn. ” - reweidman
 
21.
Wake in Fright (1971)
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After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ Bonded teacher “John Grant” (Gary Bond) embarks on a nightmarish, booze-soaked odyssey through a desolate wasteland of total depravity in the sweltering Australian outback. Great supporting cast includes Donald Pleasence and Chips Rafferty. Highly recommended! ” - reweidman
 
22.
Shoot (1976)
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When boredom, pride and a mad second of misjudgement leaves a hunter shot dead by one of five combat veterans also hunting in the Canadian hills... (99 mins.)
Director: Harvey Hart
“ Deliverance meets Southern Comfort as hardcore gun enthusiast "Major Rex" (Cliff Robertson) and his hunting buddies get into a pointless confrontation with another hunting party that leads to violence and plans for a vengeful showdown. ” - reweidman
 
23.
Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)
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A New York tramp (Jolson) falls in love with the mayor's amnesiac girlfriend after rescuing her from a suicide attempt (82 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ A delightfully offbeat musical comedy starring Al Jolson as "Bumper" - the self-proclaimed "Mayor of Central Park." Forget about the ridiculous plot and enjoy Jolson at his best, the catchy Rodgers and Hart songs and rhyming dialogue, and the great supporting cast, including silent comedians Harry Langdon (as the garbage-picking “Egghead”) and Chester Conklin (as “Sunday”). ” - reweidman
 
24.
Long Weekend (1978)
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When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood. (97 mins.)
Director: Colin Eggleston
“ In this offbeat, low-budget “Ozploitation” film, an endlessly bickering Australian couple—“Peter” and “Marcia” (John Hargreaves and Briony Behets)—embarks on the weekend camping trip from hell. ” - reweidman
 
25.
Vanishing Point (1971)
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During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops. (99 mins.)
“ An existential road movie that essentially features an extended car chase accompanied by a great soundtrack with a nihilistic ending. The mysterious, stoic, pill-popping “Kowalski” (Barry Newman) makes a bet that he can drive a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours. As you can probably expect, mayhem ensues! ” - reweidman
 
26.
Lost in America (1985)
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A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. (91 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
“ Yuppie ad exec (Albert Brooks) gets fired from his $100,000 job and convinces his wife (Julie Hagerty) to quit her job so the couple can drop out of society (just like in "Easy Rider"!). So they buy a Winnebago and hit the open road with the use of their precious "nest egg." However, things go horribly wrong when the couple decides to make a pitstop in Las Vegas in this frequently hilarious comedy directed by Brooks. ” - reweidman
 
27.
White Zombie (1932)
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A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. (69 mins.)
Director: Victor Halperin
“ The first zombie film! Bela Lugosi steals the show as evil voodoo master “Murder Legendre,” who controls a crew of zombies. A nice little atmospheric horror flick. ” - reweidman
 
28.
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)
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Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best... (93 mins.)
Director: John Hough
“ A super cool car chase movie starring Peter Fonda as "Larry," a reckless race car driver with NASCAR aspirations. So he and his mechanic "Deke" (Adam Roarke) rob a grocery store of $150,000 to finance the dream. Larry's one-night stand "Mary" (Susan George) joins them and the trio embarks on an extended car chase trying to evade the law, especially determined sheriff "Franklin" (Vic Morrow). Expect plenty of car crashes and a nihilistic ending! ” - reweidman
 
29.
House of Usher (1960)
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Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Vincent Price (with his hair dyed blond!) stars as the deranged, hyper-sensitive “Roderick Usher in the first of eight Roger Corman films adapted from Edgar Allan Poe tales for American International Pictures. The film was scripted by Richard Matheson and based on Poe’s classic 1839 short story The Fall of the House of Usher. ” - reweidman
 
30.
Just Before Dawn (1981)
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Five campers are stalked and killed in the mountains after traveling there to examine property they had purchased. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Lieberman
“ A low-budget backwoods slasher flick from the early 1980s that features some genuinely scary moments and makes good use of locale (filmed on location in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon). ” - reweidman
 
31.
Monster Road (2004 Documentary)
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Monster Road explores the wildly fantastic worlds of legendary underground clay animator Bruce Bickford... (80 mins.)
Director: Brett Ingram
“ Offbeat documentary explores the fascinating life and work of legendary underground clay animation artist, Bruce Bickford. ” - reweidman
 
32.
Miracle Mile (1988)
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A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes. (87 mins.)
“ Nerdy jazz trombonist finally finds the love of his life and then picks up a random call in a phone booth and discovers that the world is about to end – or is it? ” - reweidman
 
33.
The World of Henry Orient (1964)
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A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him. (106 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Two teenage girls become totally infatuated with Henry Orient (Peter Sellers) a self-centered, womanizing avant-garde (and decidedly second-rate!) concert pianist. ” - reweidman
 
34.
Zandalee (1991)
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Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband... (100 mins.)
Director: Sam Pillsbury
“ Judge Reinhold portrays “Thierry,” a dull, ex-poet and impotent businessman whose wife, “Zandalee” (the beautiful Erika Anderson), falls for a struggling, tortured artist named “Johnny” (another over-the-top performance by Nicolas Cage). A true guilty pleasure! ” - reweidman
 
35.
Love Liza (2002)
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Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, a web designer turns to gasoline fumes and remote-control airplanes while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law. (90 mins.)
Director: Todd Louiso
“ The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman gives an amazing performance as “Wilson Joel,” a website designer who turns to inhaling gasoline fumes (using a bogus interest in remote-control airplanes as a cover) in order to cope with his wife Liza’s inexplicable suicide. A low-key gem! ” - reweidman