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Eleven of the Best Movies You've Never Seen

By Dustin Rowles | Guides | October 23, 2012 | Comments ()


One of our very first Guides here at Pajiba was "The Best Movies You've Never Seen," our rave recommendations for 10 brilliant movies you've never seen, as determined by the fact that all ten films made less than $3 million at the box office. It's my favorite kind of post here on Pajiba because -- scathing reviews, pop-culture eye candy, and random lists notwithstanding -- nothing brings us more satisfaction than introducing a great film to our readers. It's been six years and a lot of Pajiba turnover since that original Best Movies You've Never Seen post, so I thought we'd bring it back. Once again, in order to be included on our Guide today, the movie must have made less than $3 million at the U.S. box office. In many cases, these Underappreciated Gems couldn't even muster $500,000, but that doesn't make them any less outstanding. In fact, in an Internet environment where everyone has heard of everything, it's nice to be able to dig up a few selections that really did slip under the radar.


Chopper, 2001 ($246,000) -- Before Eric Bana was Eric Bana, he was an Australian actor little known in America until his brilliant depiction of Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read gained him great acclaim and attention from American critics and filmmakers. Chopper Read is a fascinating Australian criminal (and bestselling crime author), who is as menacing as he is full of sh*t. Between the ages of 20 and 38, he only spent 13 months outside of prison, but it was inside the clink where he arguably gained the most notoriety, starting a prison gang war that got so out of hand that Chopper's best friend would end up stabbing him, costing him several feet of intestine (note, too, that Chopper was only in prison because he stabbed the judge that put his best friend in prison). Killing between four and 19 people (depending on the account you believe), Chopper, as depicted by Bana, is equal parts charming and terrifying, and wholly psychotic: The kind of guy that would play a prank on you, tell you he was just kidding, and then blow your brains out, and somehow, remain a weirdly amiable character. It's a great movie, not just for the little-seen performance from Bana, but because Reed is such a compelling nutcase. -- Dustin Rowles


Braindead, 1992 ($242,000) -- We sometimes forget that before the sweeping, ostentatious epics, Peter Jackson cut his teeth on low-budget, tongue-in-cheek horror. His magnum opus in the field of hyper-gory craziness is the beautifully insane Braindead, aka Dead Alive. Part love story, part poignant family drama, part moral allegory, part horrific zombie mutant monster splatterhouse picture, it's quite literally one of my favorite movies ever. It's got plague-rat-on-tree-monkey rape, overbearing mothers, the greatest use of a lawnmower in cinematic history and a kung-fu priest who -- and I'm not using hyperbole here -- delivers the greatest line ever committed to celluloid. All of this for the bargain price of $3 million. The film is wildly entertaining, hysterically funny and absolutely soaked in blood and gore. Sadly, the general public rarely recognizes true genius until it's too late, and Braindead garnered a measly $242,623. We, as a people, should be ashamed. Beware, my friends. Beware the Sumatran Rat-Monkey or history is doomed to repeat itself. -- TK


Coffee and Cigarettes, 2001 ($2.1 million) -- Here's another one of those quirky, minimalistic, and meandering Jim Jarmusch indie flicks that always fail to gain commercial traction but play very well at home in the DVD player. This movie has Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Cate Blanchett, and the White Stripes, among others, kicking the shit around in separate black-and-white vignettes while they partake of the titular twin vices. As with many Jarmusch films, this movie serves no real purpose at all, and the quality of the 11 vignettes are hit and miss. Those who are impatient may scoff at the apparent pointlessness of it all, but there is a clever structure and meaning hidden within the whole ... if one should so care to discover some tiny bits of wisdom scattered by familiar faces. Best of all, this movie has Bill Murray serving coffee to RZA and GZA in the "Delirium" segment. The wry deadpan humor of both Murray and his director make this movie a treasure that revolves around the complexities of human conversation and the mystery of the (slightly addled) human mind. This movie was never meant to be more than a hidden gem, and it wears that status well. -- Agent Bedhead


Starter for 10, 2006 ($216,000) -- You've probably never seen Starter for 10, even though you probably know everyone who's in it: James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch have been the biggest breakouts, though Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper, and Alice Eve are likely recognizable faces to a lot of viewers, too. (E.g, Hall was Ben Affleck's love interest in The Town, and Cooper played Tony Stark's father in Captain America: The First Avenger). The British-American coproduction opened stateside in early 2007 and topped out around $216,000 domestically, though it did a little better overseas, earning $1.5 million from foreign markets. It's a shame, though, that more people haven't seen it. It's a wonderful coming-of-age/romantic comedy set in 1985 about a first-year university student, Brian (McAvoy), who joins his school's team for the popular "University Challenge" quiz show. It hits the expected bases -- Brian gets his heart broken, tries to overcome class differences with boyhood friends, grows up a bit -- but it does so with warmth and grace. There's no irony here, no hip distance between the filmmaker and their earnest characters, and that believability totally sells the film. McAvoy is fantastic in what has to be the most easygoing role of his career to date, and Cumberbatch is a perfect foil as the quiz team's resident super-nerd. It's also got a killer soundtrack of mid-1980s British pop and rock. What are you waiting for? -- Daniel Carlson

Tideland, 2006 ($66,453) -- With a budget of $12 million that domestic box office is nano-sized, and it's total take including international ticket sales only amounts to about $566,000. Financially, this is decidedly Terry Gilliam's biggest failure; including the continuously aborted Don Quixote adaptation, itself the subject of a fairly successful documentary. For many who have seen Tideland -- especially the critics that collectively gave the movie a 27.5% average rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic -- that failure is entirely reasonable. Hell, for many of Tideland's staunchest defenders, it's not at all surprising that word-of-mouth failed to spread and terribly easy to recognize that the movie is the definition of "not for everyone." It's about a little girl named Jeliza-Rose who is left to fend for herself within the first fifteen minutes of the two hour film, after her mother dies while she is present in the room and her father dies soon after they move to his old childhood home, both passing due to two separate drug overdoses. She copes via beautifully elaborate fantasies that escalate into a literally explosive finale in which many innocent people are affected. Not only is Tideland emotionally harrowing, it has also the visual grotesqueness of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and the Brad Pitt scenes in 12 Monkeys encroaching on Jeliza-Rose's dwindling innocence. And yet, after watching it the first time, I immediately watched it a second, and then a third time the following day. I adored it. Because even throughout all that terror there's still the inherent resilience of the human spirit surviving in the vessel of that little girl. Gilliam himself said it best, from the above clip that precedes the movie's home video release: "Many of you are not going to like this film, many of you -- luckily -- are going to love it, and then there are many of you who aren't going to know what to think when the film finishes. But hopefully you'll be thinking." -- Rob Payne

The Trip, 2011 ($2.03 million) -- A look at the nature of fame and friendship, even when it's not quite so friendly. Playing thinly veiled fictional versions of themselves, actors and comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon set out on a restaurant tour of Northern England as Coogan deals with his failing relationship. Even if you're unfamiliar with the actors, the pair match wits and the verbal barbs fly fast, making this an intellectually interesting and extremely enjoyable high-class version of a road trip movie. The film was originally filmed as a series for British television, directed by Michael Winterbottom, with whom the pair collaborated on Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story. Coogan and Brydon's dueling impressions, especially the Michael Caine one, are memorable, however it's the quiet moments of loneliness and studied, relational animosity that make the deepest impression. -- Amanda Mae Meyncke


Headhunters, 2012 ($1.02 million) -- Headhunters is one of those wonderful films one should go into knowing as little as possible, the better to be violently thrown from your comfy living room expectations. It's a genius little thriller that makes you think you know where it's going, but at every gut punch, realize you don't. You might even feel underwhelmed when first introduced to "Norway's most successful headhunter," Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie), but as the story begins to move faster and ferociously forward, you'll change your mind. Despite his successful career, to maintain a lavish lifestyle for he and his wife, Brown spends his off hours stealing valuable works of art from private collectors' homes, replacing the originals with copies. When Roger's wife Diana (Synnøve Macody Lund) opens an art gallery, she introduces her husband to Claus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who has just inherited an extremely valuable painting after his grandmother's passing. With only a couple of daya to retrieve it before the work of art is transferred to a museum, Roger must quickly set up his opportunity, but in truth he has no idea what he's gotten himself into; nor do you. Set aside any reservations you have about subtitled films, because this one is a non-stop, heart-pounding thrill ride you need to take. -- Cindy Davis


MirrorMask, 2005 ($866,000) -- MirrorMask is a lovely little fairytale. Based on a screenplay by Neil Gaiman, in what's a thematic precursor to (the admittedly superior) Coraline, the film focuses on Helena, the daughter of a circus family who begrudgingly works in said circus. When her mother falls ill following an ugly exchange of words between the two of them, Helena's guilt takes life in the form of an old-fashioned journey through a realm of fantasy. The credits tell us the film is not just directed by artist Dave McKean, but "designed and directed" by him, which is an appropriate credit because the film, particularly once it enters the realm of fantasy, is really like a McKean work of art come to life. The story is simple, and entirely not the point. With a leisurely pacing that some might think is too slow, this isn't a film about the hero's journey as much as it's about feeling and experience that world that the hero is in. And the world that McKean gives us, full of stirring visuals and punctuated by fantastic performances and a cool little jazz score, is one that's dark and beautiful and magical. -- Seth Freilich


Wristcutters: A Love Story, 2006 ($446,165) -- There's this thing that often happens when you attend film festivals. You enter a sort of fugue state full of half-glimpsed movie stars, interminable screening lines and swag tents. This has a tendency to reset your "normalcy" barometer. Did Michelle Williams just urinate on herself? Totally normal! All that's to say that when I saw first saw Wristcutters at the Sundance film festival, the movie struck me as the most enchanting romantic/suicide/road trip comedies I had ever seen. I have, subsequently, had some trouble selling it to my friends and loved ones. Something about the title just doesn't quite sit right. But if you can look past it, the story of Zia (Patrick Fugit) who, along with two other suicide victims Mikal and Eugene (a surprisingly great Shannyn Sossamon and "Boardwalk Empire's" Shea Wigham) search Purgatory for Zia's lost love. What follows is an always quirky, deeply macabre love story anchored by the strong leading trio and peppered with splendid performances from Tom Waits, John Hawkes, Will Arnett and, oh yes, Nick Offerman. If you like it as much as I did, you might want to check out the Etger Keret The blue/grey filter of the afterlife might get you down, but the rollicking Gogol Bordello soundtrack will lift you up. --Joanna Robinson


Sweet Land, 2006, ($1.7 million) -- I saw Sweet Land alone in a a small, Grecian-muraled theater at Chicago's Music Box shortly after its release. The first movie I ever saw by myself in the theater, it has always had the distinction of feeling so much like mine and mine alone. Its relative obscurity further cushions the intimacy I feel towards this film, but it could have exploded into box office glory, and I can promise it would still have delivered that same experience. Featuring a cast almost entirely comprised of "hey, it's that guy!"s -- with the notable exceptions of Alex Kingston (River!), Alan Cumming and one or two others -- Ali Selim's simply stunning (in that it is both simple and visually stunning) tribute to love, land and post-World War I Americana tells the story of Inge and Olaf: a German mail-order bride and her newly American farmer/husband-to-be. Made for just a million dollars, its cinematography and score create a quiet epicness I've never quite seen before. From the gorgeously shot scenery to the understated performances to the matter-of-fact story of a nervous love blooming amidst small-town xenophobia, Sweet Land walks the line of minimalism and grandeur in the most beautiful way -- by making this place, this love story (awkward without a hint of twee about it) and these characters matter without force or manipulation. Like so many great intimate experiences, it's a kind of secret that becomes so much bigger, so much more special, than it set out to be. And those are the best kind. -- Courtney Enlow


Sound of My Voice, 2012 ($408,000) -- They say that the root of laughter is in our brain making a connection it had never made before. It's why jokes are less funny each subsequent time we hear them. It's also why often our first instinct when we have an epiphany is to erupt into laughter. Sound of My Voice, like much good science fiction works on this principle. It draws your brain into connections you did not know you were supposed to consider. In most stories, characters know the least at the beginning and the process of the plot is their piecing together of information, so that by the end of the story, they know more than they have at any previous point. Sound of My Voice flips that logic on its head. Its characters begin the film absolutely certain, and have their preconceptions ripped down one by one. If anything, the film is shot as a horror movie, despite the time-travel at the core of its tale. You're introduced to a bizarre cult, with a suffocating forboding that screams that something horrible is happening at its core. But as each layer of mystery is revealed to be weird but ultimately harmless, the relief lasts just long enough to hit you again with something with even darker implications. -- Steven Lloyd Wilson

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  • Mitch VanDeldt

    Losing serious indie cred here but I'm just proud that I've HEARD of some of these. Not a feature, but also a hidden gem, "Blackwater Elegy" starring Emmy-nominee Barry Corbin (No Country For Old Men, Modern Family) and Tony-winner John Cullum (Northern Exposure, ER). Found this clip, but unaware of where you can purchase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • Alicia

    Whaaaa? I thought everyone has seen Wristcutters. I've heard so many people rave over that film, but I wasn't much of a fan. And I love those types of movies, plus I'm a huge Shannon Sossamon fan. Tideland was good and so were a few others. If you want good movies a lot of people haven't seen, I'd recommend: Enter The Void, Rules of Attraction, Mystery Skin, Candy, The Last Circus, High Tenson, Freeway and The Collector.

  • I've seen Tideland and Mirror Mask already. Both amazing films.

  • Leeman

    Any list of 'best movies' that includes Tideland and Mirror Mask is going on to my Netflix list in its entirety (and just did).

  • Reality Check

    One movie that I always look for in these articles is "Dogtooth". That was one of the most fascinating films I've seen in years, and yet no one seems to have heard of it! IMPORTANT: Don't let anyone tell you what it's about before you see it! it is an intense, completely original movie. Please, if anyone has seen it (or if you see it because of what I've written), leave a comment...I'd like to see if I'm the only one who thought this movie was so cool.

  • n1ggauahipster

    @twitter-69926007:disqus "You are hipsters because you said ive never seen these when in fact ive seen most of them." lol. nigga you a hipster

  • anthony

    CHOPPER NEVER STABBED A JUDGE...IDIOT. do your bloody research

  • Idle Primate

    Many of these don't seem particularly obscure. Especially if movies are your thing. I'm not a very adventurous film watcher, especially in the last ten years and I've seen all of these but the one released just this year

  • Amanda Embree

    MirrorMask! <3 I've definitely seen that one.

  • coffee and cigarettes is one of the worst "movies" I've ever seen

  • FoxyHound

    I've seen five of these. You liars.

  • Tiger Blam

    Titanic, Forrest Gump and The Avengers is missing from this list of movies "you haven't seen".

  • I'd have to add the pusher trilogy or if you need a movie without subtitles try Brick

  • I am simultaneously proud of myself for having seen and loved 5 of them, disappointed in myself that I've not seen or heard of 5 of them, and disgusted with myself that I've not seen MirrorMask. As big a fan of Gaiman as I claim to be, I need to have my head examined.

    By the way, Terry Gilliam movies are much better the second time you watch them, and they keep getting better with each viewing. I'm a huge fan, and I've been disappointed with nearly every film on the first viewing. Tideland is probably the most extreme example of this trend.

  • ronniedobbs

    Wristcutters is one of my top five favorite movies. There's something so very lovable about it, despite the dark subject matter....it's such a hopeful, poignant, fun movie. Don't be put off by the title! It's totally worth watching.

  • Dyonus

    No, I saw Mirror Mask and Braindead.

  • Adia Kunoichi

    Seriously? I've seen Dead Alive so much I have to buy a new one because my old one is all messed up. Tidelands was a great film. Of course I think mostly anything by Gilliam is fantastic. Brazil is another good one by Gilliam. MirrorMask also a good flick. The other ones.. I have not seen yet. But will make a point to now.

  • denesteak

    man. I really want to watch something amazing now. I love it when reviews convince me that a movie i initially didn't care for is worth going out right now to buy at the DVD store.

  • Coffee and Cigarettes.
    Tom Waits and Iggy Pop in the most uncomfortable silence ever is worth all of these movies and more.

  • Jon 'Jonny' Preece

    sweet, seen 8 of them :) mirror mask isnt so good imo and i like trippy films usually!

  • Slash

    Hey, I saw "Headhunters." It was pretty damn entertaining.

    And I have wanted to see some of the others, but here in the heartland (Dallas), sometimes movies don't stick around in the thee-ay-turs for longer than a few weeks if they don't feature sparkly vampires, robots or explosions.

    And Jesus, the producers may as well have titled "Wristcutters" something like "Whatever You Do, DO NOT Watch This Movie." Not even Ron Swanson could make me watch that. Actually, if it was Ron Swanson telling the rest of them to suck it up, I could be tempted to watch it. Otherwise ... nope.

  • GoddessDeLatte

    Tidelands. On my Top Ten since the moment I walked out of the theatre and realized that I had so many different feelings and thoughts about this movie and we were having such a great discussion about it - truly a great movie experience!

  • Kitty

    I thought MirrorMask was fairly good but not brilliant. I would recommend "The Fall" over it, any day of the week. And I would dig out my own eyes with a spork before watching Tideland again.

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  • Kelly Anne Williams

    Thrilled to see both MirrorMask and Sweet Land on here. Netflix got all up in my grill about Sweet Land for years before I finally succumbed and watched it, and it is such a beautiful little film.

  • godo

    I've seen everyone of these, too. I think a good prize would be to NOT have to see some of them again, particularly Tideland. I love Gilliam but not that movie.

  • jcoa2

    Two funny scenes in The Trip ended up being cut from the film.
    Steve Coogan's impression of Stephen Hawking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... And also doing Liam Neeson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Chopper is like Bana's Romper Stomper. It's a strange film and yeah, Bana's full on fat-face.

  • zeke_the_pig

    The first 'Best Movies You've Never Seen' list was what revealed the existence of Pajiba to me in the first place all those years ago, so I'm damn glad you're bringing it back. Preach, Pajiba, preach!

  • Alise Headlam

    YES! Finally someone outside Australia appreciates Chopper.
    It's a classic.

  • peterblue11

    whaa?? its cult here in the UK! was even part of my syllabus in film school.

  • SorayaS

    I wonder if it is as funny for non-Australians? The humour may be dark but there are some hilarious moments. I wish every person could see the DVD extras to see how FREAKISHLY Banner portrayed Chopper's speech and mannerisms. Love that movie.

  • I'm an American and I liked it. The only problem I had was shortly after seeing it, Hulk came out, so I was even more disappointed in that than everyone else was.

  • Mrs. Julien

    On this website, that headline is tantamount to throwing off your gloves and helmet and grabbing some jersey. "Films I haven't seen?" FILMS I HAVEN'T SEEN? YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?!

    Ihaveonlyseenoneofthesefilms, but at least I've seen LAWRENCE OF FREAKIN' ARABIA.

  • ray

    great classic, great actor.

  • Thank you. I've seen most of these. Being told I haven't seen something or I don't know something just makes the website seem like smug hipsters. Not the author, the entire website.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I daresay I was actually participating in the "smug hipsterdom". At least, that was my intent. I embrace Pajiba in all its glory, even TK's basement (which is both surprisingly roomy, and has more knotty pine furniture than I would have anticipated).

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  • Langolyer

    Well said

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  • Don Juan de Markup

    In a just universe Headhunters would have gotten all the Ratner and Michael Bay money from their last 20 movies, Shannyn Sossamon would be an A-list hottie who sees every script in Hollywood, does the best and gets naked in every one and Synnøve Macody Lund would have made the jump to Hollywood like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and done The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in English and the original Swedish (Men Who Hate Women).

  • Ben

    Chopper was probbably the stand out role for Banna for most aussies too. Everyone knew who he was but no one really thought of him as a serious actor before chopper. He was just Poida. (Also seriously if any of you yanks haven't seen Eric Banna as Poida, you need to youtube that shit)

  • kalexal

    While I enjoyed Tideland for its visual elements, I can't actually say that it was an enjoyable experience, more like a profoundly uncomfortable one. Still, I could appreciate the ambition of it. My parents were not so charitable.

    Mirrormask, on the other hand, is one of my favourite films, both visually and emotionally stunning, and I recommend it to everyone even remotely willing to listen to me.

  • apocalipstick

    I would point out that Headhunters is also very, very funny, in a pitch-black way.

  • jcoa2

    Also, if you're a fan of the Dogo Argentino, there's a beautiful one in this movie.

  • Tinkerville

    Wristcutters also has one of my favorite soundtracks of all time with music by Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello (who others have mentioned was the inspiration for one of the main characters).

  • Milly

    Chopper is such a good film, and I often pair it up with a film from neighbouring New Zealand called 'Stickmen' which is well worth a look.

    As for Chopper, he just thinks that you should harden the fuck up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Patty O'Green

    Why do birds suddenly appear... every time... you are near... that song was creepgasmic and sends shivers all over me timbers.

  • Guest

    I'm surprised to hear The Trip is considered relatively unseen. Not IME, but that could be a Canadian thing.

  • googergieger

    Norwegian Woods-Low budget Korean comedy about random strangers coming to some woods for various reasons, only to come across each other. All the while a serial killer is wandering around the woods as well. Not a coming of a love story called Norwegian Wood.

    $9.99- Claymation flick based on short stories from the guy that wrote Pizzeria Kamikaze which is what Wristcutters was based on. Why the eff they decided to go with Wristcutters and not Pizzeria Kamikaze is beyond me.

    Princess-Animated Danish flick that mixes animation with live action home movies every now and again.

    H-Korean serial killer flick some had have the chance to see. Considering there was an eff all budget involved pretty great movie.

    Handphone- Yet another Korean flick which is basically Changing Lanes done right. Talent agent has to track down a sex tape and comes across a dude who doesn't want to give it up. A game of one upsmanship quickly follows.

    The Great Happiness Space- Documentary about a Japanese host boys club/bar. Pretty heart breaking and very interesting.

    Rough Cut- Korea FTW! Actor keeps injuring the stunt men in his latest action flick, he comes across a real life gangster who always wanted to be an actor and they and the director of the movie come to an understanding. The gangster will do the movie only if the fighting is one hundred percent real.

    Shitload of other Korean flicks really.

  • John G.

    I have seen every one of these. What do I win? Also, take Tideland off the list and watch Coffee and Cigarettes twice.

    "Bill "Ghost Bustin' Ass" Murray"

  • zeke_the_pig

    People tend to over complicate movie-making. Scripts; casting agents; directors - none of that faff is necessary. Put RZA and Bill Murray on a set, point a camera, and bing! instant greatness. (Sorry GZA)

  • JoannaRobinson

    You don't sound too good, Bill Murray.

  • danobc

    gargle, don't swallow!

  • Arran

    Caffeine is ridiculous right now.

  • John W

    One of the best parts of Tideland is in the Bonus features when Terry Gillam says the word derivative and the young star of the movie, Jodelle Ferland, asks what does the word mean, he explains, "derivative is when something is a poor copy of something, for example if you want so see a derivative of Steven Spielberg watch a Jan De Bont movie." Pow!

  • e jerry powell

    You're right. I still have a copy of Wristcutters that I haven't watched, though.

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  • Wormer

    I absolutely love this movie. I watch it every year around Halloween with friends and it's always a pleasure to introduce it to new people!!!

  • Rocabarra

    I discovered Wristcutters only after developing an unhealthy obsession with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello. He was set to play Shea Wigham's character but had to bow out and I wanted to see how Wigham would play the character. Of course he was brilliant and the movie was fantastic (with an awesome Tom Waits performance). For those who enjoy Wristcutters, I would strongly recommend also watching Everything is Illuminated, which stars the real Eugene Hutz and Elijah Wood. Both are brilliantly funny while being simultaneously dark and hopeful.

  • Natallica

    Guess I'll have to see that. I have a totally guilt-ridden crush on Eugene. He looks like he's hooked on all the drugs known to mankind and he hasn't gone near any water source in ten years. But on stage, he's pure sex. Filthy, sweaty, gypsy sex

  • Rocabarra

    I know EXACTLY what you mean because that's precisely how I feel. You are best to stop trying to understand it and just embrace it. He's also in Filth and Wisdom, which is an apt name.

  • Natallica

    I recently found out there's a documentary about him returning to his native Ukraine and getting in contact with the music of his ancestors. It's called "The pied piper of Hützovina". Another one to add in the list

  • Tinkerville

    Then you'll adore Everything is Illuminated. He's an incredible actor in it and manages to move between hysterical and dark scenes really easily.

  • Natallica

    Yes, I really can't believe I haven't seen that movie yet. I've always enjoyed Elijah Wood's acting too, so I guess it would be a double treat for me

  • dizzylucy

    Zombie Ron Swanson? What is going on in that first photo?
    I actually saw Wristcutters, but don't remember much about it.

  • Bedewcrock

    Nick Offerman played the cop they ran into, right?

  • JoannaRobinson

    Yes, with a gaping head wound.

  • Samantha Klein

    Starter for 10 and The Trip are on my Netflix queue, and I've actually seen Coffee and Cigarettes and (sigh) Dead Alive. I'm ashamed to say that I own Mirrormask (package deal alongside Labyrinth?) and it's still wrapped in plastic. Clearly I should remedy that.

    I think I have a friend who was actually in Wristcutters...

  • BWeaves

    I've actually seen "Starter For Ten," "The Trip," and "MirrorMask." And I currently have "Headhunters" sitting in a Netflix envelope waiting to be played.

    "Starter For Ten" stars a bunch of people I sort of recognized at the time, but now several years after the fact, I actually know who they are. Catherine Tate plays McAvoy's mother.

    "The Trip." I'm still underwhelmed by lesbian Steve Coogan, but I really like Rob Brydon. It's best when they are playing off each other. The dueling Michael Caines are probably the best part of the movie.

    "MirrorMask" was forgettable.

    I have high hopes for "Headhunters."

  • John G.

    I own mirrormask on DVD also, and have yet to re-watch it.

  • Kate K. F.

    Thank you for this as it reminds me I still need to see Starter for 10. I'm a dedicated McAvoy fan and I actually bought the book its based on because it has his face on the cover and enjoyed it and then somehow never saw the film. I recommend the book, its a classic coming-of-age book, but it hits all the right notes and is a fun read.

  • Zirza

    Yes! Finally some love for Tideland. I love that movie. As others have pointed out, it's by no means perfect but it's interesting and visually stunning.

    I also love Starter For Ten. It's one of those movies that goes exactly the way you expect it to but that's still fun to watch (also, you neglected to mention Catherine Tate's in it too. YOU SHALL NOT IGNORE CATHERINE TATE. I'd actually be impressed if you could, so good on ya I suppose).

  • Anna von Beav

    OMG I love MirrorMask SO MUCH.

  • Yossarian

    In what I can only conclude is a shocking failure of everything Netflix Watch Instant is supposed to be, only three of these films are available for streaming (in the US)

    - The Trip
    - Headhunters
    - Sweet Land

    (in fairness, I know Wristcutters, Coffee & Cigarettes, and probably a few others were at one time available, but not now)

  • nini

    3/10, nice to know that I still have something to look for..

    Wristcutters has been one of my favourite movies since its release during my angsty teenage years. And it introduced me to both Etgar Keret and Gogol Bordello and that I will always be grateful. It is nice to see the movie getting some recognition.. Thanks Joanna, I knew there was a reason why you are my favourite!

  • Corvus

    Re Tideland: As I'm sure has been said by others: I will happily sit through a Gilliam catastrophe and skip the Spielberg* triumph.

    Wristcutters! Seen it! Thank you, obscure four-digit cable channels!**

    *substitute Cameron if desired.
    **Fortunately, four digit cable channels make it possible to see both the Gilliam catastrophe and the Spielberg triumph, without requiring to admit to the latter.

  • Bodhi

    I read Headhunters & was not impressed. I'm always willing to check out thrillers. I'll keep an eye out, some of these sound really interesting

  • AudioSuede

    I saw Sweet Land in theaters at a surprisingly busy screening (keep in mind, this was in Minnesota, where any movie about how sweet Minnesotans' sweet values are is considered endearingly sweet, especially if Sweet is in the title).
    It was cute.

  • SchmidtUltra

    Wristcutters is such a fun movie considering the name.

  • JoannaRobinson

    I thought that photo of Eric Bana was TK for a hot second.

  • John G.

    Is your one downvote from TK?

  • zeke_the_pig

    TK doesn't get downvotey; he gets basement-incarcerationy.

  • Natallica

    Bana sort of looks like fat Phil Anselmo there

  • zeke_the_pig

    Shit, now that's all I can see.

  • Pookie

    Sadly, in about five years "Argo" is going to make this list.

  • Kevin Landry

    What are you talking about?! The movies is making a killing at the box-office!!

  • lowercase_ryan

    Headhunters is high on my list. I've been on a huge Jo Nesbo kick the last two months and can't wait to see it.

    Wristcutters was really good.

  • Bodhi

    Really? I didn't like Headhunters, but I'm willing to give him another chance

  • lowercase_ryan

    tbf I've read the Harry Hole books. I haven't read the Headhunters.

  • anatomycoloringbook

    I saw Coffee and Cigarettes and wasn't impressed. Of course I had just left ended a four year relationship with fundamentalist Christian religion so my appreciation for 'secular culture' was rusty. I think I should give it another look. Wristcutters: A Love Story is one of my favorites, though.

  • JenVegas

    I saw and really liked MOST of C&C....like other films made up of this type of sketches/vignettes there are a few that are not very interesting or as captivating as some others. Over all I thought it was pretty enjoyable though. Always worth it for some Murray I say.

  • Basement Boy

    Hear, hear on Headhunters; just saw it last week and thoroughly enjoyed it (not that you couldn't pick a few nits here and there)... won't say any more because, yes, the less you know, the better!

    P.S. Adding Sound of my Voice to my NFQ right now!

  • randomhookup

    I know it came from the book and does have a back story, but "Roger Brown" is the worst name ever for a Norwegian character.

  • sean

    I have seen 10 of those. The internet is great for finding small movies. And chronic insomnia to watch them all. Starter for 10 is the only one I hadn't seen.

  • Fredo

    Seen The Trip and seen Braindead. So that's 2 down, 9 to go.

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