Below I have listed a number of films which I have enjoyed and which may not be widely known. These ones have stuck in my head and I have seen them several times.
The Castle – Ask any Australian or Kiwi about this film and they will not stop talking. An Australian B movie classic. It is about the Kerrigan family and the battle to save their home. Until you have seen the last 20 minutes it will not make too much sense. Then watch it again. Try to get the original Australian version.
The Fisher King – A Terry Gilliam film with Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges. A tale of righting a wrong, of madness, and of redemption.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – The classic spaghetti western. One which you must see. Very brutal in places.
Hidden Fortress – A Japanese epic. Rebels on the run fighting to get home. Featuring a princess, a great warrior, two bickering peasants, and another master swordsman who turns away from the dark side…..(so you know it but have not seen it).
Koyaanisquatsi/Powaqqatsi – From 1982. One to watch on a big screen and let it wash over you. Observations about life and people, beautiful scenery.
Soylent Green – From 1973. This compliments Koyaanisquatsi. The seas have been poisoned, the land is polluted, so food is scarce. On Tuesday Soylent Green is available, food of the people.
The Station Agent – A slow moving film worth seeing. It is about the interactions of a dwarf, an upbeat Cuban American, an out of kilter female artist, and a young girl.
All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) – The insanity of World War 1 from a German perspective.
Joe Dirt – A US comedy which is dead pan in delivery. It may appeal more to a British audience. A white trash janitor trying to do the right things in life, looking for his parents.
Whoops Apocalypse – A 1982 British television comedy in six parts. Remade as a US film which is flat. Just watch the British version.
Quadrophenia – A cult classic, mods and rockers, music by the Who.
This Is England – Another British cult classic.
Jack and the Beanstalk, The Real Story (Jim Henson) – A twist on the classic fairy tale, perhaps for the better.
Powder – An unusual film about peoples reactions to a person being different.