OPEN THREAD – MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS

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Martial Arts >>> emphasis on Artsy when possible exquisite violence and retribution or merely good  choreography:  War of the Arrows – Medieval Martial Arts tenacious hero http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2025526/

Ip Man – –  martial arts – A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220719/
Ip Man 2 – – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386932/  teacher of Bruce Lee – Donnie Yen in both is very appealing thoughtful hero.

(comedy) Punching the Clown – –  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1192624/ Oddball indie I found really funny – not important or heavy just a nice diversion and I laughed out loud.  – tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted satirical songs to anyone who will listen.

(Drama) Citizen X – brilliant movie about hunt for Russian Serial Killer – great story and true story stupidity grind of for Soviet Union  and Stpehen Rea (Crying Game) was really good. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/citizen_x/

(war) We Were Soldiers 63/84 on rotten tomatoes – normal people loved it, reviewers not so much – one of my personal standards for probably worth a look – http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_were_soldiers/

(war) Winter in Wartime http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795441/  Bad Nazis. – – Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.

Charlie Bartletthttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423977/ – I always liked quirky quality teen angst movies. Even though they present the adults as stupid, this one has a nice twist.
SPEAKING of: 5 or 6 out of 10
Just Peck http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/just_peck/
HottieBoombaLottie http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hottieboombalottie/   – – might appeal to people who liked Napolean Dynamite.
The Rage in Lake Placid http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rage_in_placid_lake/
I’m Reed Fish http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464061/

School Ties – A Jewish boy goes to an elite prep school in the 1950’s and hides his religion until a jealous bigot forces it out in the open-  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105327/   I love this one

Violent movies with British accent:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1653700/  The Veteran – needs subtitles – if free worth watching

1984 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/ Nice production. Read the book, of course.

Brilliant!! The lives of Others – – more modern – – same deal but “real” as 1984 in East Germany – Brilliant crushing depression of soviet bloc : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/ –  In 1984, secret police agent Wiesler is assigned to eavesdrop on a successful but possibly disloyal playwright in East Germany. As the lonely Wiesler learns more about the man and his lover, a prominent actress, he becomes fascinated by their lives.

50 Dead Men Walking – – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1097643/ Based on Martin McGartland’s shocking real life story. Martin is a young lad from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA. He works his way up the ranks as a volunteer for the IRA whilst feeding information to his British handler and saving lives in the process

The Boondock Saints — crazy worthless entertainment http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144117/ Quirky antihero redemption. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144117/

The Guardhttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_guard_2011/ funny movie about “an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code”

(from Michael)

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels –http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lock_stock_and_two_smoking_barrels/

Restrepo http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/restrepo/ US troops in Afghanistan

Layer Cake – – http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/layer_cake/   It’s a little bleak, a little twisted, a little gory, and a lot funny. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/

The Long Good Friday – – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081070/
Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. He finds out soon enough, and bloody mayhem ensues.

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    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/king_of_devils_island_2011/
    King of devils island
    This true story of the infamous Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway, begins with the arrival of seventeen-year-old Erling, a rumored murderer. He immediately clashes with the island facility’s governor (Stellan Skarsgård), who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment are the only methods that can turn the boys into honorable members of society. Refusing to accept the constant abuse, Erling slowly rouses the rest of the boys out of their resigned existence, and encourages them to fight to lift up their spirits. When tragedy finally falls at the hand of the sadistic dorm master, Erling leads his comrades in a courageous and vicious rebellion that will bring them head to head with no less than the Norwegian Army. — (C) Film Movement

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1157810-evil/
    Evil
    Erik is a 16-year-old boy whose life has been plagued by violence. Tormented by his abusive stepfather, he has hit back in the only way he knows — by giving a good thrashing to anyone in his way. When he is expelled from public school, Erik is told he has one last chance to make something of himself and is sent to a prestigious private school. This time, he is determined not to mess up. Initially, Erik is overjoyed to escape his unhappy home, but he soon discovers he has merely substituted one prison for another. The school is run by a rigorous and unjust code, enforced by senior students rather than the faculty. In fact, the teachers prefer to ignore what goes on among the students, including beatings and a wide variety of humiliating rites. Soon, Erik is faced with a dangerous choice: confront his oppressors and risk expulsion, ignore them and suffer humiliation, or let his friends suffer for him.

    Cemetary Junction
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1196204/
    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cemetery_junction/
    It’s 1973 in Cemetery Junction, a Reading suburb. Three working class lads, best friends, are coming of age. Freddie wants to rise above his station, taking a job selling life insurance, wearing a suit and tie. Snork works at the railway station and wants a girlfriend some day. Bruce talks of leaving but seems on track to work at a factory, drink and fight, and become like his dad, in front of the telly with beer on hand; and he’s trying the patience of the police officer who gets him out of jams. Freddie’s job leads the lads toward a few small changes. He runs across a childhood friend, Julie, his boss’s daughter who’s engaged to the firm’s top seller. Can the lads break out?

    Dead man’s Shoe’s

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419677/
    Violent and depressing I like Paddy Considine.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587707/
    Exit through the gift shop Michael recommends

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029235/ Max Manus
    The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1258120/
    Army of Crime
    The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for freedom. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1440292/
    Submarine Michael recommends –
    15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life

    Lawless
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1212450/ Michael recommends –
    Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits.

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Michael recommends-
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340800/

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