The French original that was horribly remade as Wicker Park. Forget that Hartnett-horribleness and watch proper actors do it justice.
(1996) Starring:Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Romane Bohringer Director:Gilles Mimouni Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Parisian businessman Max (Vincent Cassel) is due to fly to Japan when he recognizes his long-lost love, Lisa, in a café. He forgets his travel arrangements and becomes obsessed with tracking Lisa down. When he eventually finds her apartment he hides in it, only to be discovered by Alice, a look-..read more »
It's almost cliché now to describe this as "the best film you've never heard of". Suffice to say it isn't, but if you haven't seen it yet, you may be surprisingly entertained.
The Boondock Saints(1999) Starring:David Ferry, David Della Rocco, Brian Mahoney Director:Troy Duffy Certificate:
Conner and Murphy MacManus (Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus) are two Boston boys who believe it is their divinely-appointed mission to eliminate all the criminals in their neighbourhood. The local people are pleased by this, applaud the killings, and turn the boys into saints. But with FBI ..read more »
The Swedish entry for Best Foreign Film a years ago is an aggressive, violent film about a schoolboy who isn't going to take it any more.
(2003) Starring:Linda Zilliacus, Andreas Wilson, Gustaf Skarsgard Director:Mikael Hĺfström Certificate:
Swedish drama. After being expelled from school for his violent behaviour, Erik (Andreas Wilson) is sent to a strict boarding school. Although he promises to his parents that he will do his best to fit in, Erik's silent defiance of the school's senior pupils brings down on him a system of brutal ..read more »
Not an exceptional film in its own right, but if you're a gangster-flick fan (as I am) there's some good moments.
(1997) Starring:Queen Latifah, Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth Director:Bill Duke Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
The underworld of 1930s New York erupts into civil war when vicious gang boss Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) attempts to muscle in on the Harlem numbers racket, run by Bumpy Johnson (Laurence Fishburne). As Johnson's empire comes under threat and his personal life is shattered, he makes a desperate last ..read more »
With Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch, Michelle Williams and others in the cast its quite surprising this is so little known. I think that's mainly due to the studio giving up on it for being a little slow, but if you can stick with it there's some thought-provoking content.
Imaginary Heroes(2004) Starring:Suzanne Santo, Ryan Donowho, Kip Pardue Director:Daniel Harris Certificate:
Comedy which takes a look at one long year in the lives of an ostensibly typical, upper-middle-class suburban family. Following a sobering family tragedy the Travises go to pieces. Teenaged son Tim (Emile Hirsch), the black sheep of the family, walks through his life like it's a bad dream. His ..read more »
A Spanish film that investigates the nature of 'luck' and how it might work as a more tangible entity. Some great individual scenes and enough of a story to tie it together.
(2001) Starring:Leonardo Sbaraglia, Eusebio Poncela, Monica Lopez Director:Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Certificate:
An enigmatic tale centering around four people whose lives are intertwined by destiny, and whose lives have been similarly subject to the laws of fate. They discover that luck is something they cannot afford to be without, as they gamble with the highest stakes possible in a deadly game from which ..read more »
When people ask me to recommend a film they've never heard of, this is my go-to guy. A New Zealand film starring Matthew MacFadyen pre-Pride and Prejudice. It's a family drama with plenty of twists and turns to keep you riveted.
In My Father's Den
(2004) Starring:Matthew MacFadyen, Miranda Otto, Colin Moy Director:Brad McGann Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Matthew MacFadyen stars in this tense drama, based on the novel by Maurice Gee. Paul Prior (MacFadyen) is an internationally respected war photographer who returns to his small New Zealand home town after the death of his father. His estranged brother Andrew (Colin Moy) is shocked to see him, and ..read more »
The film itself is not very entertaining, some would even say boring. But I talk about the content and ideas often, so it earns its place.
(1995) Starring:Peter Friedman, Xander Berkeley, Susan Norman Director:Todd Haynes Certificate:
Todd Haynes presents a revisionist take on the paranoia thriller with this story of a Southern California housewife who suddenly falls victim to an inexplicable, apparently incurable illness. Carol White (Julianne Moore) lives with her husband and son in suburban comfort until she collapses one day,..read more »
The saddest film I've ever seen and an interesting take on a controversial subject matter.
The Sea Inside
(2004) Starring:Lola Duenas, Belen Rueda, Javier Bardem Director:Alejandro Amenabar Certificate:
Life story of Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Film explores Ramón's relationships with two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living. Through the ..read more »