Here Are Some Great Obscure Movies That You Probably Have Not Seen
1. 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE
Manchester, 1976. Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by a band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester’s punk groups are clamoring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and The Hacienda club.
A blistering satire of network television’s pitfalls and prejudices, a humorous look at how race, ratings and the pursuit of power lead to a television writer’s stunning rise and tragic downfall. Pierre Delacroix, a young, Harvard-educated man, who is the sole person of color, writing for an upstart network with floundering ratings. Despite several attempts, Delacroix has yet to see any of his concepts go into production.
3. BROKEN ENGLISH
Nora Wilder (Parker Posey), a single woman, is heading deep into the doldrums as a result of disappointments in her professional and personal lives. A series of disastrous dates convinces her that love will always elude her. At a co-worker’s party, she meets Julien (Melvil Poupaud), a young man from Paris, who sweeps her off her feet and invites her to France with him. Nora refuses, then wonders if she has made the biggest mistake of her life.
4. COFFEE AND CIGARETTES
This 11-vignette film focuses on the human interactions that happen while partaking in the everyday indulgence of coffee and cigarettes. Featuring well-known actors and other artists as themselves or some version thereof, the film highlights the nuances and subtle hostilities that can be a part of seemingly normal conversations. Bill Murray waits on the Wu-Tang Clan, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits get on each others’ nerves and Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes discuss Nikola Tesla.
5. BUBBA HO-TEP
After falling into a lengthy coma following a freak accident involving hip gyration, a now aged Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) wakes up in an East Texas nursing home, where he befriends Jack (Ossie Davis), an African-American senior who claims to be President John F. Kennedy. After residents of their quiet retirement community start dying of dubiously unnatural causes, Elvis and Jack discover that the perpetrator is Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy), an Egyptian mummy with murderous intentions.
6. THE CENTURY OF THE SELF
The Century of the Self is a 2002 British television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis. It focuses on the work of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, and PR consultant Edward Bernays.
7. CHUCK AND BUCK
Chuck is a successful LA record executive and when he returns home for the funeral of his best friend’s mother, he finds that Buck still acts as though they’re both 12. Returning to LA, Chuck is followed by Buck, who still wants to be friends but only succeeds in screwing Chuck’s life and lovelife with Beth Colt. However, when Buck writes a play about their relationship, Chuck realises friendship isn’t always transitory.
8. THE DAYTRIPPERS
Eliza D’Amico’s (Hope Davis) seemingly idyllic marriage to Louis (Stanley Tucci) changes dramatically when she discovers what she believes to be a love letter to him from someone else. Going home to her family for comfort, Eliza sets out with her mother (Anne Meara), father (Pat McNamara), sister (Parker Posey) and her sister’s boyfriend (Liev Schreiber) in the family car to track down and confront Louis. Always one step behind him, the family learns a lot about each other in the process.
After the alternative music boom of the early 1990s, two bands choose very different paths to fame. Portland, Oregon’s the Dandy Warhols, led by the self-conscious and career-minded Courtney Taylor-Taylor, sign with a major label and score a radio hit. San Francisco’s Brian Jonestown Massacre, fronted by the abrasive and unpredictable Anton Newcombe, seemingly go out of their way to impede their own rise to fame with a series of increasingly bizarre incidents, including onstage fistfights.
10. DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND
A mercenary hunts the one person who can provide a cure after testing a new drug turns thousands of people into bloodthirsty zombies.
11. NEXT STOP WONDERLAND
Boston residents nurse Erin Castleton (Hope Davis) and marine biology student Alan Monteiro (Alan Gelfant) don’t know each another, but they share a frustration: their romantic lives. Having split with boyfriend Sean, Erin is unwillingly back on the market thanks to her mother, who places a singles ad in Erin’s name. Scrambling for cash to repay a debt, Alan has little time for love. They almost meet on a train and at an aquarium. When they finally do meet, will they hit it off?
12. GEORGE WASHINGTON
Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, “George Washington” is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a member of the group dies. Narrated by one of the children, the film follows the kids as they struggle to balance their own ambitions and relationships against a tragic lie.
13. TO SLEEP WITH ANGER
Vagabond Harry (Danny Glover) pays an unexpected visit to his old chum Gideon (Paul Butler), who accepts the aimless man into his home, despite the fact that the household is already overcrowded. Hard-drinking yet charismatic, Harry both entertains and enrages Gideon and his wife, Suzie (Mary Alice). However, after Gideon falls gravely ill, Harry decides to step in and take his friend’s place in the household. Unfortunately, his intentions are far from pure, and the consequences are tragic.
In this sequel to “The Year My Voice Broke,” Danny Embling (Noah Taylor) leaves home to attend an all-male boarding school. An all-female prep school is located nearby, and, over a series of joint social activities, Embling falls under the spell of one of its more freethinking students: Thandiwe Adjewa (Thandie Newton), who comes from Uganda. But their quietly developing romance is threatened by racial prejudice and Danny’s awkwardness in affairs of the heart.
15. JAMON JAMON
Jose Luis (Jordi Mollà) has a cushy corporate job at the lingerie factory his mom, Conchita (Stefania Sandrelli), owns. Jose Luis makes the acquaintance of Silvia (Penélope Cruz), a beautiful laborer on the underwear assembly line, and he is instantly lovestruck. When he announces his intention to marry this blue-collar woman, Conchita is quite displeased, so she enlists the hunky Raul (Javier Bardem) to take Silvia’s mind off her son. The plan works, until Conchita also falls for Raul.
16. GROSSE POINTE BLANK
After assassin Martin Blank (John Cusack) has trouble focusing on his work, resulting in a failed assignment, he returns to his hometown, Grosse Point, Mich., for his 10-year high school reunion. There he meets Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), an old girlfriend that he stood up for the prom. Martin’s secretary (Joan Cusack) sets up a hit for him while he is in town, but Martin starts to reconsider his life. Meanwhile, he is hounded by an unstable rival hit man, Grocer (Dan Aykroyd).