Sep 132014
 

possession

In this edition of The Forgotten, Andrew Buckle (The Film Emporium, Graffiti with Punctuation) explains why Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981) is one of his top 20 horror films of all time. Thanks for sharing this film with us Andrew.[Ed]

Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 domestic melodrama come psychological thriller come gruesome creature horror is one of the most chaotic and deranged films I have ever experienced. It is a ghastly film that is sure to leave an imprint on anyone who survives it. But, being pretty inaccessible, it isn’t a film you hear about too often.

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Sep 112014
 

mean creek

In this edition of The Forgotten, Alex Withrow (And So It Begins…) explains why Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes, 2004) is a fantastic indie and an interesting example of the weird ways and fates of Hollywood. Thanks for sharing this film with us Alex.[Ed]

The core dilemma of the tiny and excellent indie film, Mean Creek, is one we’ve all seen before. It’s the prank gone too far. The joke with fatal consequences. It’s the lethal dose of youth, bad choices and fear, blended together to create catastrophe.

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Sep 052014
 

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In this edition of The Forgotten, Matthew Pejkovic (Matt’s Movies Reviews) explains why Narc (Joe Carnahan, 2002 ) is a genre masterpiece. Thanks for sharing this film with us Matt.[Ed]

Whenever the discussion turns to best directorial debuts, the one go-to in my arsenal is Joe Carnahan’s 2002 crime thriller Narc. Yes, this is the same Joe Carnahan who failed to dazzle with Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team, had Liam Neeson face off against a pack of wolves in The Grey, and has more failed projects than accomplished ones throughout his career. Yet so strong is Narc, that any misstep in Carnahan’s career is immediately forgiven.

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Aug 132013
 

thegospel

In this edition of the forgotten, Andrew Buckle (The Film Emporium, Graffiti with Punctuation) explains why The Gospel According to St. Matthew  (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964) is one of greatest biblical epics he has have ever seen. Thanks for sharing this film with us Andrew.[Ed]
 
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew is one of the finest biblical epics I have ever seen, and while the Marxist, atheist, homosexual auteur had no religious affiliations, he channels his unlikely concoction of ideologies into this undeniable masterpiece. Having first watched this film when I was studying at university, as a companion piece to Pasolini’s Accatone, which was part of the subject, I revisited it again recently in preparation for this article.
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May 182013
 

huckabees

It’s the year 2004. Oceans Twelve has proven to be disappointing, a slew of questionable Christmas films have flooded the megaplexes and Jude Law is in EVERYTHING. There’s one film however, that may have the greatest title ever invented, stars half of Hollywood (yet not a single actor is typecast or degraded) and it’s one of the smartest comedies to ever be released.

But unlike most films in The Forgotten series, it was seen by a decent amount of people. However, it was simply written off as just another weird indie comedy….that just so happens to star Jude Law

This week it’s David O Russell’s I Heart Huckabees.

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Apr 072013
 

blacula

It’s 1972, blaxploitation films are in and Pam Grier is more than a sex symbol. Also released that year is Blacula, a blaxploitation horror film that  is still considered a cult classic. So why is it in this week’s The Forgotten? Because of the simple fact that Blacula, is remembered more as a funny blaxploitation flick or a Simpsons skit, rather than one of the greatest horror films ever made. You heard right. But allow me to elaborate after the jump.

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Mar 062013
 

mary_and_max1

The year is 2009 and a slew of Australian films have just been given limited releases. Among these films was a masterpiece that got lost among the crowd. A claymation feature with voice work from Toni Collette, Eric Bana and the always immaculate Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Even with an Oscar winner at the helm, it still only received a very limited and sadly quiet run in cinemas; yet it’s one of the greatest animated films to ever be released.

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Feb 202013
 

10-items-or-less-original It’s 2006, The director of Land of the Lost (2009) and Casper (1995), Brad Silberling has directed Morgan Freeman in what might be his best performance yet. If I’m right in believing that It truly is Morgan Freeman’s best performance, then that’s too bad, since as always with films chosen in The Forgotten, no one saw it.

 

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