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sarongsong
2007-Aug-31, 11:07 PM
"Inside Man" [2006], starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster.
If you haven't seen it and are in the market for a taut totally mesmerizing and ultimately satisfying movie experience, do zero research on it---just find a copy, sit back and enjoy. [Does contain profanity and violence.]
No way can you predict the ending!
No spoilers or hints of same, please.
I'm sure there are more examples out there.

Paracelsus
2007-Aug-31, 11:35 PM
28 Days Later is another example. Who would have thought a Brit indie would have such success in the US and revive an entire genre?

Argos
2007-Sep-01, 12:55 PM
Watched it [Inside Man] sometime ago. Yeah, absolutely fabulous. :-)

mugaliens
2007-Sep-01, 01:50 PM
28 Days is one most people haven't seen.

I've seen Inside Man - great flick, and Denzel has been getting better, lately...

Also liked him in Deja Vu, a sci-fi flick, and very well done one at that.

Gillianren
2007-Sep-01, 02:04 PM
Not so much a sleeper as a foreign film, but one I think more people ought to see is Cave of the Yellow Dog. It's a very cute Mongolian film that I got from my local library. It's about a little Mongolian girl and her dog--and her family's struggle to keep their traditional way of life in a rapidly-changing world. But mostly the girl and the dog.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Sep-01, 02:45 PM
Not so much a sleeper as a foreign film, but one I think more people ought to see is Cave of the Yellow Dog. It's a very cute Mongolian film that I got from my local library. It's about a little Mongolian girl and her dog--and her family's struggle to keep their traditional way of life in a rapidly-changing world. But mostly the girl and the dog.

I'm definitely going to check out Cave of the Yellow Dog because I've seen (and own the DVD of) the movie The Weeping Camel by the same director. Thanks for the tip.

The Weeping Camel is also a wonderful movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373861/

ETA: Just ordered Cave of the Yellow Dog from amazon. Thanks again for the tip.

Gillianren
2007-Sep-01, 06:44 PM
Hey, no sweat. I'll probably get to The Weeping Camel, but, you know, it'll take me a while!

phaishazamkhan
2007-Sep-02, 03:38 AM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070707/

This is a great sleeper movie!!!

novaderrik
2007-Sep-02, 04:02 AM
the '97 (or '98- whatever) remake of Godzilla made me fall asleep in the theater.
does that count as a "sleeper movie"?

Maksutov
2007-Sep-02, 04:55 AM
The best, most effective sleeper film I ever saw was Moment by Moment (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077942/) with Lily Tomlin and John Travolta. It put me under after about five minutes, despite my wife trying to wake me up every now and then.

I was awake when she muttered "You know, these two people can't act."

This incredible waste of film (right up there with Mattelfield Earth, uh, sorry, Battlefield Earth) is given its due in this review (http://www.agonybooth.com/moment_by_moment/). CAUTION: SOME ADULT LANGUAGE.

hhEb09'1
2007-Sep-02, 01:29 PM
"Inside Man" [2006], starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster.And directed by Spike Lee. According to IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454848/business), it was made for $45M, and grossed twice that in three months.

Fight Club (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/business) [1999] has just as surprising an ending (although, post 9/11, disturbing), was made for $63M, after three months was just past half that. It stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meat Loaf. By the director of Se7en (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114369/business), which was much more successful and even more disturbing.

phaishazamkhan
2007-Sep-02, 04:12 PM
CAUTION: SOME ADULT LANGUAGE.


Where do I go to school to learn "adult language"? This elusive tongue has eluded me for my thirty six summers. Is it similar to modern American English with different idioms?


Fight Club (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/business) [1999] has just as surprising an ending (although, post 9/11, disturbing)

LOL Fight Club did WTC. Why wasn't Fight Club disturbing in light of the Oklahoma City bombing which was perpetrated by home-grown terrorists? How quickly one forgets, must be those goldfish stem-cells released in the water supply by the Department of Homeland Securty.

Also Fight Club and Project Mayhem went out of their way to ensure no one was physically harmed or killed by their actions.

Bignose
2007-Sep-03, 01:40 AM
Also Fight Club and Project Mayhem went out of their way to ensure no one was physically harmed or killed by their actions.

In the movie version, anyway. The book the movie is based on, Tyler and Project Mayhem had very little remorse for innocents caught in the way.

sarongsong
2007-Sep-03, 01:57 AM
And directed by Spike Lee...Thanks, missed that---now I'm doubly impressed, having seen some of Lee's 'other stuff'.

hhEb09'1
2007-Sep-03, 02:23 AM
Why wasn't Fight Club disturbing in light of the Oklahoma City bombing which was perpetrated by home-grown terrorists? I meant the final sequence images, not the movie

Here's another one--my daughter just said it was my favorite so I had to look it up--True Romance (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108399/business) [1993] Are those numbers actual? $12.5M budget, $12.3M gross?

Anyway, directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire) and starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Val Kilmer (as Elvis), Bronson Pinchot, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gandolfini, Christopher Walken, Tom Sizemore, Gary Oldman, and in a small but important roll, Brad Pitt (and, apparently, in one of the deleted scenes, Jack Black). And written by Quentin Tarantino, just after Reservoir Dogs, just before Pulp Fiction.

Maksutov
2007-Sep-03, 08:48 AM
Originally Posted by Maksutov http://www.bautforum.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.bautforum.com/off-topic-babbling/64130-sleeper-films.html#post1062825)
CAUTION: SOME ADULT LANGUAGE.Where do I go to school to learn "adult language"? This elusive tongue has eluded me for my thirty six summers. Is it similar to modern American English with different idioms?...Very similar. Very colorful. And very non-compliant with #3 of the BAUT rules. http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/566/iconwink6tn.gif

Tog
2007-Sep-03, 10:06 AM
I really liked Frailty. Bill Paxton has a vision that he an his sons are supposed to go out and slay "demons". Paxton directed it and it had some nice moments in it.

Another great one was the French-Canadian film (in the English subtitled version) Brotherhood of the Wolf. We had to see it because of the review. "Part Matrix, part Jaws, part Crouching Tiger, with a style all it's own." Turns out, it was. This remains the best action/martial arts/monster/suspense/love story/mystery I've ever seen.

mfumbesi
2007-Sep-04, 06:50 AM
The Time Machine based loosely on a book by HG Wells with a similar name. I loved the movie, but I still prefer the book.

phaishazamkhan
2007-Sep-04, 10:13 PM
The Time Machine based loosely on a book by HG Wells with a similar name. I loved the movie, but I still prefer the book.

Which movie version? There have been two.

hhEb09'1
2007-Sep-05, 01:16 AM
I really liked Frailty. Bill Paxton has a vision that he an his sons are supposed to go out and slay "demons". Paxton directed it and it had some nice moments in it.Thanks Tog_ it's in the mail on its way to me now

I think I'm going to put in for The Constant Gardener (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387131/business), and Total Eclipse (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114702/business). It looks like they need the money. :) And Disturbia (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486822/business), with the kid with that name.

hhEb09'1
2007-Sep-09, 06:15 PM
Just happened to catch a 2007 movie called Shattered on TV last night, Pierce Brosnan tormenting a very unlikeable guy. IMDb lists it as Butterfly on a Wheel (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489664/business). No noteworthy boxoffice? Worth watching just for the twists.

soylentgreen
2007-Sep-09, 07:02 PM
The best, most effective sleeper film I ever saw was Moment by Momentwith Lily Tomlin and John Travolta. It put me under after about five minutes, despite my wife trying to wake me up every now and then.

You must have missed THE LEGEND OF BAGGY PANTS (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146984/), then. ;)

Nothing is more sleep inducing than golf. And some sentimental yawner about the country club heritage? :rolleyes: I hope you have LifeAlert!

soylentgreen
2007-Sep-09, 07:19 PM
I really liked Frailty. Bill Paxton has a vision that he an his sons are supposed to go out and slay "demons". Paxton directed it and it had some nice moments in it.


Paxton is one of those actors who really can play the entire field of characters without ever typecasting himself. He's come a long way since FISH HEADS.(eat them up...yum!)

Speaking of sleepers, keep an eye out for him in ONE FALSE MOVE (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102592/), a fantastic potboiler from Carl Franklin. It's also got a husky Billy Bob Thornton(who co-wrote the screenplay) long before his "overnight success"...or is that "meteoric rise"?

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-09, 09:07 PM
Meteors don't rise, Soylentgreen, they fall. (Is there a "gentle reminder" smiley?)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet. Understated Disney gems ignored by the public and critics. I'd like to hang out with Milo Thatch.
National Treasure. Not as badly ignored but still understated.
Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster. Seriously. The question of whether a scientist can be too skeptical or too believing is a very important part.
The NOVA program on Shackleton from a few years back was pretty good. (Not the IMAX one)
Did anybody else cry at Magnificent Desolation? Hardly a sleeper but one of my favorites.

soylentgreen
2007-Sep-09, 11:31 PM
Meteors don't rise, Soylentgreen, they fall. (Is there a "gentle reminder" smiley?)


Oh that's ok Kai, I know that...but most quipsters don't (http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/meteoric.html). ;)

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-10, 07:30 PM
Meteors burn, then crash!

Doodler
2007-Sep-10, 07:49 PM
National Treasure sincerely impressed me. Given the rather flash bang style movies that make up the void abandoned by Harrison Ford when he hung the bullwhip up, this one was a serious breath of fresh air.

Nick Cage's rather...flat...emotional curve didn't bind this one down too much, and I didn't mind how the story seemed to play havok on American history because they kept it internally consistent, despite its Illuminati level conspiracy. I'm looking forward to Book of Secrets.

Not to say I don't like Nicholas Cage's movies, I think he's done some fun stuff (Raising Arizona is a film of legend in my eyes), I just think his very deadpan nature limits his range. He's really only done one truly movie off his usual range, and that was Faceoff.

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-10, 11:37 PM
Okay, I'm treading on eggshells here, because I've seen how you're torn apart guys twice my size in debates, Doodler, but the Illuminati are never mentioned in NT. By the way, that's also the only non-animated, non-space related movie on my top ten list.

sarongsong
2007-Sep-11, 04:18 AM
2EZ---"Illuminati level"... :)

Doodler
2007-Sep-11, 12:11 PM
Okay, I'm treading on eggshells here, because I've seen how you're torn apart guys twice my size in debates, Doodler, but the Illuminati are never mentioned in NT. By the way, that's also the only non-animated, non-space related movie on my top ten list.

Sorry, I didn't mean that it involved the Illuminati, only that the conspiracy involved in hiding the "national treasure" seemed to have been one of comparable size and scope.

Thats why I called it an Illuminati grade conspiracy, not an Illuminati conspiracy.

Pardon the confusion.

John Mendenhall
2007-Sep-11, 05:16 PM
A spaghetti western, released 1967, "Clint the Stranger", aka Clint il Solitario, Clint the Nevada's Loner, hard to find in the U.S. due to its strong similarity to "Shane". I've seen both, Clint is better. Try Wild East movies.

CodeSlinger
2007-Sep-11, 05:21 PM
Not quite the same caliber as some of the other movies mentioned in this thread, but I've always thought Equilibrium (starring Christian Bale) was vastly under-rated.

farmerjumperdon
2007-Sep-11, 05:30 PM
Not to say I don't like Nicholas Cage's movies, I think he's done some fun stuff (Raising Arizona is a film of legend in my eyes), I just think his very deadpan nature limits his range.

One of my favorite lines (and scene):

I'll take these Huggies and all the cash in the drawer, or something like that; and then screaming around the neighborhood in the chase scene so that he can scoop up the dropped Huggies.

weatherc
2007-Sep-11, 05:32 PM
Local Hero (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085859/) (1983) has always been one of my favorites. The whole movie is a bit understated, and has some great moments. It also had a not-so-typical Hollywood ending (as in, it was somewhat open-ended). It even talks about astronomy (though I believe it gets some of the details wrong)!

farmerjumperdon
2007-Sep-11, 05:41 PM
Can't believe I have not participated in this yet. I'll bet everybody was awaiting my contribution?

The Dunebar Boys
The Field
Niagra Niagra
Thursday - (let me know if you can find it)
Zero Effect
Let it Ride
Basketball Diaries
Bodies, Rest & Motion
Sobibor
The Music of Chance

That's a good start. They are all my favorite, depending on the mood I'm in.

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-11, 07:14 PM
Hmm... from what I understood, the "conspiracy" had all been in the past and nobody today knew of the treasure except the Gates family.

Doodler
2007-Sep-11, 07:33 PM
Hmm... from what I understood, the "conspiracy" had all been in the past and nobody today knew of the treasure except the Gates family.

Yeah, just the extent of the effort to put all the pieces into place, that was the kicker.

Gillianren
2007-Sep-11, 10:16 PM
I don't consider anything with a budget the size of National Treasure to be a "sleeper." That could be just me, though.

How 'bout Charade, with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn? It's the only movie they ever did together.

Frantic Freddie
2007-Sep-11, 10:27 PM
One of my favorites (the wife turned me on to it) it didn't do well at the box office is "The Man Who Would Be King",directed by John Huston & based on the Kipling story.Huston originally wanted Bogart & Gable,then later wanted Redford & Newman,Newman told him he should get Connery & Caine.
He took Newman's advice & made one of the greatest buddy/adventure movies ever.

CodeSlinger
2007-Sep-13, 02:40 PM
Another great one was the French-Canadian film (in the English subtitled version) Brotherhood of the Wolf. We had to see it because of the review. "Part Matrix, part Jaws, part Crouching Tiger, with a style all it's own." Turns out, it was. This remains the best action/martial arts/monster/suspense/love story/mystery I've ever seen.

This had me very intrigued. I rented it last night, and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the tip!

Fazor
2007-Sep-13, 07:34 PM
I'll agree with Doodler in that I actually liked National Treasure, whereas I generally can't stand Nick Cage (there's a few other exceptions, he's very hit or miss, but mostly miss).

Recently rented a sleeper film (at least I had never heard of it) that should definately remain a sleeper film, In a Dark Place. It stars LeeLee Sobieski; and had a very good (but cliche) set up as a horror flick. But it just didn't deliver. It did have one redeeming quality in that LeeLee spends half the movie in nothing but a loosely fitting robe. It didn't make any sense for someone in the particular situation to stay in that state of dress, but I still approve of the directorial decision ;)

Gillianren
2007-Sep-15, 08:44 AM
Okay, I've got one to add. I just finished watching Away from Her, a recent Canadian film starring Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, and Gordon Pinsent. I mention him last because hardly anyone's heard of him (he was the Mountie's late father on Due South), but he gives one of the best performances I've seen in a long, long time. And I watch a lot of movies.