I usually just scoop recommendations from current threads asking for them but I don’t see anything recent. I like crime/mob flicks, action, sci-fi, sometimes drama. Here’s a list of my recent titles. Perhaps you kind folks can suggest some older movies or tv series I’ve missed.
I watched all the available Deadwood dvds and I’m really looking forward to the rest becoming available. I tried the first disc of The Wire and thought it was ok but it didn’t grab me as a must watch show. Sopranos is one I’m still catching up on. Carnivale is cool and I can’t remember where I left off on that series.
So anyway here are some recent titles I’ve seen. Any suggestions?
X-Men: The Last Stand
Thank You for Smoking
The Usual Suspects
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Lucky Number Slevin
Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru)
High Tension (Haute Tension)
An American Haunting
Ichi The Killer
The Hills Have Eyes
V for Vendetta
It’s a long list so if you don’t feel like reading it just throw out some titles you enjoyed. Thanks folks!
I added Following even though it sounds and looks familiar, added Layer Cake too. I’ve only seen part of the new Dr. Who so perhaps I’ll snag a disc and see if it grabs me the sci-fi and curlys. I didn’t care for the Nikita series but that MI5 looks like it’s worth a shot too. Transporter 2 I forgot all about! I liked the first one.
Those are the ones I’ve seen. Well, The Proposition and Hard Candy are on tonights double feature, Thank You For Smoking is tomorrow’s matinée. I didn’t really care for Brick while actually watching it but I can appreciate what it was going for after the fact.
First off, I have to ask…did you see these ones for the narrative subtext and taut thrills, or for the violence gore?
…Cause, hey, if it’s violent gore you want…I can point you in the right direction, Netflix-wise. Just give the word.
Otherwise, let’s see…for crime/drama, I’d suggest:
Thief (With James Caan)
Sorcerer (The remake of Wages of Fear. Not directed by Ridley Scott with a score by Vangelis, but you could’ve fooled me.)
Snatch (You’ve probably seen this one already, I’ll bet.)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Bet you’ve seen those last two, too.)
Masters of the Universe (The live-action He-Man flik, with Dolph Lundgren. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither should the viewers. It’s a kick.)
Dog Soldiers (Kinda like Zulu…with werewolves.)
Keep your eyes peeled for “SS Doomtrooper,” if Sci-Fi ever reruns it or releases it to DVD. A fun, dumb, movie that has a good time ripping off Wolfenstein.
Scrubs - I’ve only seen this one sporadicly. I should start from the beginning, thanks.
Dust Devil - I’m not actually using Netflix, I’m in Canada and the service here is called Zip.ca and they don’t even have this one available. It looks like a good one though. Perhaps I’ll have to visit the big blue rental store and see if they have it.
Ichi the Killer - was really dumb but the gore was comical.
The Hills Have Eyes - was really dumb but the gore was…gory. There were a couple really creepy parts.
Battle Royale - was fun, I actually liked the plot.
So feel free to recommend some gore fests.
Thief - added.
Sorcerer - added.
Snatch - seen it but it’s a fun flick so I’ll see it again
Master of the Universe - added, that sounds like fun too.
Dog Sodiers - Woot! Werewolves! AAAARRRROOOOOOOO !
•Jungle Holocaust and it’s “sequel” (not a continuation of the story, but the same subject and themes) Cannibal Holocaust—two of the most (in)famous examples of the Italian “cannibal movie” subgenre. Sometimes mistaken for snuff films. Contains murder, sex, (unsimulated) animal deaths, sexual abuse, torture, small-scale crimes against humanity, and, of course, cannibalism.
•Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood. Also mistaken for a genuine snuff film, it’s basically a…simulated snuff film. VERY well-done gore effects, spooky as a clown in a graveyard.
•Men Behind the Sun—Chinese exploitation film about the “exploits” of Japan’s infamous Unit 731, during WWII. Think of Shindler’s List, if done by Troma. The really creepy thing is, as over the top as it is, the Japanese didn’t actually behave much better…if at all.
•Zombie (aka Zombi, aka Zombi 2 (1979) One of Zombie Lucio Fulci’s infamous zombie flicks. Actually, I thought it was pretty slow, and not that great…except for the few bright spots of gore, special horror, or unusually artistic creative zombie attack scenes, which alone really make it worth seeing.
•Ricki-Oh (aka The Story of Ricky)—Hong Kong action film. A very gory, silly Hong Kong action film. How much? At one point, a guy rips out his own intestines to strangle someone with. It’s like Itchy and Scratchy. You must see it.
•Dead Alive—Peter Jackson’s zombie movie. It defies description—except maybe “like Evil Dead, only it doesn’t take itself as seriously.” Classic. I give it four skulls!
Plus, I feel I should mention a few other horror classics:
•Day of the Dead. Romero’s classic Zombie flick. Good movie, good gore.
•Return of the Living Dead, 1 and 2. (I can’t vouch for movies 3 and up…well, 3 was OK.) Kind of a black-comedy zombie series, responsible for the “zombies want to eat brains” cliche. VERY well-done zombies, especially the “Tar Man” from no. 1.
•Re-Animator (And it’s sequels, Bride of Reanimator and Beyond Reanimator)—Cult classic horror flicks, featuring Jeffery Combs’ unforgettable portrayal of a scheming mad scientist. The third one in the series is pretty weak…except for the odd Eurotrash music video on the DVD, “Move Your Dead Bones” which is just awesome.