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    Quirky little movies

    Hadn't seen 'Eating Raul' for over a decade and watched it last night. I guess it's a timeless comedy classic (with cannibalistic themes) because I laughed just as hard as the last time I saw it 12 years ago. This weekend I think I will rent a flick made in New Zeeland back in the 80's called 'The Quiet Earth'. It's a story about a guy who awakes one morning to find that (apparently) all the humans on earth have vanished except him. I recall particularly liking how they portray all the different psychological stages the guy goes through being Alone.
    I tend to like quirky little movies because they don't tell the same stories over and over again with only minor variations, like one tends to see with 'big' multi-million dollar major productions.
    Any recommendations for good quirky movies they've seen?
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    It's more mainstream, but "Napoleon Dynamite" is about as quirky as it comes.
    Another that comes to mind is "Raising Arizona"

    Both movies are not issed on unusual studios or hard to find, but they don't fit th typical Hollywood description.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    I tend to like quirky little movies because they don't tell the same stories over and over again with only minor variations, like one tends to see with 'big' multi-million dollar major productions.
    I have said it before....
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    I will define "quirky" as movies that make you think or expose the often bizarre side of human psychology. I like "Clockwork Orange", "The Beguiled" and "Do the Right Thing".
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    How about Being There http://imdb.com/title/tt0078841/
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    How about Being There http://imdb.com/title/tt0078841/
    Good choice!

    another:
    The Hudsucker Proxy (or most Coen brothers movies)

    EDIT:
    Don't forget Terry Gilliam movies - Brazil, Time Bandits, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,
    Last edited by mendelman; 07 Apr 2005 at 10:04 AM.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    How about Being There http://imdb.com/title/tt0078841/
    Amazing that a guy that once acted in a red smoking jacket as "Guy Gaadwar" aka my Avatar, could make such a great movie.......Excellent Choice JNA
    How about Dead Ringers? One of my favorites is the Mouse that Roared
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    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner
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    I knew there had to be another fan out there. Now, how can we get it released on DVD?
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    "Being There", "Clockwork Orange"......yes, quirky. Good choices. (Side bar question: Does being nominated for an Oscar disqualify a movie from the "quirky" category?)

    I would add:

    "Resurrection" - Ellyn Burstyn almost dies in a car crash. When she is well she finds that she has the hands of a "healer" and a whole different attitude about life and death. Very soft and moving movie. Yes, quirky.

    "Careful, He Might Hear You" - A great quirk from Australia, about 1984 or so. It depicts a legal struggle for a little boy. The wrangling is between the aunt and uncle that are raising the boy and the "frigid" rich aunt who wants to raise him. Really good.

    A couple Jeff Bridges' flicks would also be on my quirky list: "Fearless" and "The Fisher King".

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    "I like to watch". Great movie.
    Also, pretty much anything Jim Jarmusch has ever done. His newer stuff is probably more accessible (Dead Man, Ghost Dog) but Stranger than Paradise just stays with me. Something about the pace of the movie, or the cinematography.
    Koyaanisqatsi is another favorite. I've mentioned it in other threads, but it's got particular resonance for us planners. No dialogue, no plot, just streaming images of the natural and man-made environment, flowing by at different speeds, set to music by Philip Glass. It's not as esoteric as it sounds; it's actually completely absorbing. Takes you from the desert Southwest to Pruitt-Igoe (before and after), and everywhere else in between.
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    It's subtitled, but I really like Chungking Express, a wierd little noirish detective story/introspective "love story" oh I don't know how to describe it.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    How about Being There http://imdb.com/title/tt0078841/
    One of my all time faves! Now that I think about it, Peter Sellers was in a disproportionate number of my all time faves. Way more than any other comedian I can think of (Mouse that Roared, Mouse on the Moon, Return of the Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove, Being There)
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    How about "Time Bandits"? Anyone remember that gem full of sweaty midgets?
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    I enjoyed "Clerks" the kevin smith flicked, liked it better then the movies that followed but the budgets got bigger and bigger but not better.

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    Quote Originally posted by Big Owl
    I enjoyed "Clerks" the kevin smith flicked, liked it better then the movies that followed but the budgets got bigger and bigger but not better.
    Yes, Clerks....very good.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    How little is little?

    Bambi vs. Godzilla
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    The Dinner Party
    THX 1138
    The King of Hearts

    Quirky? The Devil and Miss Jones
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    How about a couple of Canadian flicks:

    Jesus of Montreal - What you produce when your priest asks you to update the annual passion play and your main actor insists that he will only participate if he can incorporate Hamlet's soliloquy into his role. A terrific movie and allegory. (in french)

    When the Night is Falling - includes a couple wonderful Cirque du Soleil acts.

    There was also a really funny Australian movie that I can't remember the name of - maybe someone can help me out here - It was about an aging DJ who moved to a small outback town where two sisters were very interested in him, but one suspected that maybe he was really a fish.

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    I always liked "Ghost World" with Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch and Scarlett Johanson.
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    I am by no means any sort of movie buff, I haven't seen many of the so-called "classics" and usually hate cult-like films...but could someone enlighten me on Clockwork Orange? seems that I have read a book or seen it but cannot remember what it was about...
    There is also another movie about a bunch of heroine addicts living in an apartment and there is a baby in the room?? The characters are English (I think) Ring any bells for anyone???? Something about trains...ughgugh its driving me nuts trying to think of the name of the movie...

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    One of my favorites from the early '90's is Drug Store Cowboys. Basically junkies in the pacific northwest and what they have to go through to get their drugs i.e., knocking over drug stores.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jaxspra
    I am by no means any sort of movie buff, I haven't seen many of the so-called "classics" and usually hate cult-like films...but could someone enlighten me on Clockwork Orange? seems that I have read a book or seen it but cannot remember what it was about...
    There is also another movie about a bunch of heroine addicts living in an apartment and there is a baby in the room?? The characters are English (I think) Ring any bells for anyone???? Something about trains...ughgugh its driving me nuts trying to think of the name of the movie...
    Trainspotting.

    As for Clockwork Orange, its been a while, but it's set in a dystopian "future" world of random gang violence (definitely one of the most nihilistic movies made, imo) and how the State mind controls the gang members into passivity. Anyone else have a better description. I now have a DVD of the movie and need to watch it again.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jaxspra
    There is also another movie about a bunch of heroine addicts living in an apartment and there is a baby in the room?? The characters are English (I think) Ring any bells for anyone???? Something about trains...ughgugh its driving me nuts trying to think of the name of the movie...
    Trainspotting, and they are Scottish. If you liked that film I recommend "Acid House," another Irvine Welsh book turned movie.

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    I saw "The Ladykillers" with Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans a couple of weeks ago (I know, a very odd pairing), and I loved it. It's another Coen brothers movie, and it was hilarious.

    I don't know why it hasn't gotten more pub.

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    Trainspotting.

    As for Clockwork Orange, its been a while, but it's set in a dystopian "future" world of random gang violence (definitely one of the most nihilistic movies made, imo) and how the State mind controls the gang members into passivity. Anyone else have a better description. I now have a DVD of the movie and need to watch it again.
    THANK YOU!!!! Yes that is the movie I was thinking of (its been driving me crazy for a few weeks now) I didn't particulary like that movie but it had an effect on me...and I have seen Clockwork Orange, don't think I really liked it too much...there are just certain movies that leave me with a strange feeling and I can't watch them...most of them are typically cult like films..even the Rocky Horror Picture Show is one I hate to watch (well it used to be fun to go see it in the theatre, but its not something I like to sit down to watch)...anyway thanks, you have eased my mind

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