10 lesser known movies to check out in 2014

Jswaa123 (EST)


ksaid1 255 305 50

Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel.

I wasn't surprised to see Jason Schwartzman in that role. He's got an "awaiting the publication of his second novel" kinda face, y'know?

zakool21 96 111 15

Ever watch Bored to Death? It's a recurring theme with the characters he plays.

not_a_relevant_name 35 42 7

I'd go as far as to say it's likely that Bored to Death is why he got the role.

kkyleh 21 25 4

I saw this one at Sundance and it was great. Jason Schwartzman plays a self-centered asshole and Jonathan Pryce was fantastic as a fellow author/mentor character. Stylistically, there is amazing voice-over narration and a jazz soundtrack. I definitely recommend it.

vilezoidberg 21 23 2

Schwartzman is pretty great as a self-centered asshole.

sockmonkey16 10 11 1

And when you see him in interviews, he's usually the exact opposite--fey, funny, and self-deprecating.

Powertaco 439 530 91

"It has been a challenging mating season for Bird Person."

arkanemusic 95 113 18

wubadubdub bud...

AskMeIfImCrystalMeth 52 63 11

Rick you know you haven't said that catch phrase thing bubadubwub or whatever. Morty I have a new catch phrase "I LOVE MY GRANDKIDS" "Just kidding I DONT GIVE A FUUUUUUUUUUUUCK". I love that episode so much.

arkanemusic 32 37 5

probably one of the greatest way to end a season ever. ROLL THE CREDITS BITCH

AskMeIfImCrystalMeth 24 31 7

Fucking amazing show. It's like an adult adventure time. It is great. I will patiently await season 2.

gosuckalime 67 74 7


S_O_I_F 20 20 0

"Yeah, I really like to watch bukkake but I don't think I could ever do it."

robbiedavies 24 27 3

The beacon was activated

mrpti 39 44 5

Before I read the description, I actually thought someone was making a Bird Person movie.

ASK_ME_ABOUT_LB 460 566 106

And Birdman is played by Michael Keaton, which is pretty cool.

jelsomino 345 413 68

I wish it was Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

_Library 138 167 29

Did you get that thing I sent you?

SolidBlues 78 86 8

No! No I didn't! I never get that thing you sent me! I never gotten that thing you sent me and I'm beginning to wonder if you ever once sent me anything! While I'm at it, if I HAD gotten that thing you sent me, EVER, I doubt I'd be interested in what it said.

Boo11_98 53 56 3

Ha ha! Dangly parts.

MisterPotamus 19 19 0

Hey! Back off my lines, pal!

SuperJordan 6 6 0

I love that hippo.

MtHammer 38 40 2

Phil Ken Sebben is Stephen Colbert's greatest role.

vilezoidberg 17 19 2
geckospots 4 4 0

I've never seen an ep of this show, but this is hilarious. It seems to have an Archer kind of vibe to it, would that be a fair comparison?

MtHammer 9 9 0

Eh, a little. It's way more ridiculous and off the wall than Archer (which is saying something). Frisky Dingo (Archer's predecessor) would maybe be a slightly better comp, but Harvey Birdman still has a very distinct feel to it.

That said, I do think liking one has a good chance of being correlated with liking the other. As a big fan of both shows, I'd recommend you give it a shot.

F1r3spray 22 25 3

Thats the first thing that came to mind. Then I thought cameo by space ghost?

Asmius 4 5 1

Attorney at Caw

conventional_poultry 248 299 51

Apparently, it also stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Amy Ryan. :)

eib 324 407 83

Makes me think it's not going to be a really "lesser known movie" closer to its release date.

_Library 50 58 8

Yeah, I thought it was kind of silly to see given the rest of the list.

iamPause 206 315 109

Make a "what to watch in 2014" post.

Throw in one with NSFW tag to guarantee more views.

Throw in your high budget movie with big name stars.



/s. kinda.

ImARedHerring 31 44 13
sheepdog136 15 19 4

There was some lady bush in the list...

andersok319 44 48 4

It says it has an October 2014 release date. I can't imagine a movie with this premise and these actors would go unadvertised and unreleased. Also Inarritu is a badass, and I would watch anything by him.

Gis_A_Maul 26 34 8

I was in New York last summer and stumbled onto a street where this was being shot. We were told to wait at the end of the end of the street while cars exploded and shit and I'm pretty sure I saw Michael Keaton being photographed for that exact picture. Got a sweet vid of it.

Edit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucxmt_YK0sE Here you go guys, thanks for your patience. I did warn you about potato quality though..

The_Ipod_Account 7 7 0

Can we see it?

tombah 4 4 0

Not to mention the cinematography is done by Emmanuel Lubezki and the entire film is going to be one continuous shot like 'Rope'.

SOURCE: I worked on it.

Tobotron 748 879 131

'Hard to be a god' looks interesting

synthion 87 105 18

Reminds me of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYprdmE1dFc from Road to El Dorado

draconicanimagus 11 14 3

Well fuck now I have to spend my day watching old Disney movies, thanks

Faultylogic83 73 85 12

Watch old Disney movies all you like but Road to El Dorado is DreamWorks.

draconicanimagus 63 74 11

Shit, I fucked up I fucked up

balaganski 163 200 37

Here's a trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UWAZ9vD6Ao

Now imagine a whole movie looking just like this. No plot. Very little dialog. Action mostly consisting of people throwing shit at each other.

I couldn't stomach it for longer than 20 minutes. If you wish to try, my recommendation is not to eat anything before or during watching.

Spectreacle 63 74 11

Thanks for posting the trailer. From the still it looked so interested and reminded me of one of my favorite Iain Banks' novels, Inversions, but I don't think I'd be able to handle that much drudgery.

namesrhardtothinkof 14 17 3

It's a solid three hours and I loved it. But I think that it's a film you should watch in the cinema, because there's always that temptation to leave or just watch something else. I think it's weird that I was never bored during the film. It's got great visuals, cinematography, all of that stuff, and it's the sort of film where every half hour or so someone looks purposefully into the camera and you don't know why and then near the second half people start saying the same things and you have no idea what the motifs mean.

Anyways I'd absolutely recommend seeing it if it happens to be playing at an international film festival near you.

BrianWonderful 31 37 6

I liked when Louis C.K. showed up at the end.

cahal00 17 19 2

Looks like a Terry Gilliam fever dream. I'm excited!

DR_JIM_RUSTLES 111 155 44

I don't see the appeal, it's just a documentary about modern Russia?

Kviksand 19 21 2

I wonder who made the music for that trailer. I like the intensity and dark electronic beat.

QLLLLIXX 14 17 3

Can anyone help me with english subtitles for 2014 version? Can't find it anywhere. I've downloaded 720p version (5,7 GB)

TheSurgeonMD 14 16 2

where did you find the full 2014 version? I've been looking for a while with no luck.

kurtgustavwilckens 7 8 1

Did you get a reply for this, maybe via PM?

chewyice 221 269 48

This is the one that most stood out to me, I really wanna watch this. The concept looks really interesting, refreshing, and thought provoking.

htop 98 115 17

It's based on a really good sci-fi novel by Strugatsky brothers. I strongly advise to read it too.

AttackshipOnFire 32 36 4

who also wrote the book (roadside picnic) which Tarkovsky's Stalker is based on.

SubcommanderMarcos 11 13 2

Tied among the best books I've ever read. I was just thinking this week that I should probably learn more about the Strugatskys and their work, seeing how much I liked Roadside Picnic. Well, guess I have a new book in my priority list.

AxelOxenstierna 37 41 4

The novel will be available for Kindle on June 1.

RigasTelRuun 8 9 1

Thank you! That's why I couldn't find it.

xtfftc 9 10 1

The book is amazing, a classic for the genre. Highly recommend it to everyone.

Electrorocket 21 22 1

They made a PC game of it.

silverlegend 17 20 3

It sounds like an old Star Trek episode to me...

Mutatiion 105 122 17

Unfortunately the movies on this list are so niche that they aren't even online

TheRingshifter 59 65 6

Eh, a lot of them aren't that unknown. It's mostly just because they aren't out on home media yet.

Mutatiion 35 50 15

fair point. would have preferred to have a list of movies that are accessible now rather than 5months ahead when I've forgotten about them is all

Joseph_Zachau 15 15 0

I found it on IMDB here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2328813/ - but it's a tough find I'll admit, as it's listed under the direct transliteration of the original Russian title - Трудно быть богом. If you search for it in Cyrillic you'll be able to find quite a few sites where it's available

Armand9x 14 15 1

Niche in the East.

toonczyk 10 10 0

It's my second favorite novel by Strugatsky brothers after Prisoners of Power/Inhabited Island. I'll gladly watch it, but to be honest my expectations aren't very high after a very mediocre Inhabited Island adaptation.

htop 6 6 0

This one has a different (and much better) director than Inhabited Island. The revies are mixed, though; some of the critics describe the movie as gross and incomprehensible.

DenimDave 19 23 4

If only I could find it online.


cutofmyjib 45 57 12


Edit: This appears to be the 1989 version

thepasttenseofdraw 5 6 1

It was originally written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky in 1964. They are spectacular science fiction writers. My favorite of their work being Roadside Picnic.


Tandria 69 84 15

It appears that The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a Ghibli film! Not by Miyazaki, but instead by the man who did My Neighbors the Yamadas.

Scored by Joe Hisaishi. I'm surprised there aren't any top level comments about it yet!


mediochrea 44 60 16

More importantly (imo), it's by the man who did Grave of the Fireflies.

Sloshy42 6 8 2

Grave of the Fireflies is my favorite Ghibli film by a long shot. Miyazaki's films are more famous, but Fireflies just had this personal, soulful level of attachment to its characters and story that the other films they've made mostly lacked I feel. I still appreciate many of them but now that I know that the man who did GotF is working on this, it shot right up on my "to-watch from Japan" list.

Shigofumi 18 22 4

Also that movie is still airing in theaters in Japan. It's only "lesser" known because literally only Japanese people can see it right now. Once it hits DVD/BD it will be all over the net devoured by fans no different from any other Ghibli film.

Edit: I looked at Amazon.jp and the movie isn't even listed for preorder yet. It's going to be a long wait you guys.

Pixileyes 108 128 20

Is there also a 2013 version of this? I've been slacking on movies.

Jswaa123 137 157 20

I can make one if you want.

HappyCreeper6 57 66 9

Yes please!

Jswaa123 243 288 45

Admittedly not as good but here you go. Most of these got a US release in 2013 despite it saying 2012. https://imgur.com/a/PYdxc

stevenmcman 26 36 10

Dude, should have included "The Way Way Back" in there. Really not well known at all but one of my favorite movies of the year and all time.

Daffy_ 11 13 2

It was interesting to see steve carrell play such an unlikable character in that film, it's not what he's usually cast as for sure.

fnord_happy 4 4 0

Yup liked it a lot. Very reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine

Sargediamond 31 37 6

Question for martial art movie buffs: Is IP man a good series? noticed they are predominately on netflix but never really gave any a watch

Tomban 86 101 15

Yes IP man 1 is amazing, IP man 2 is pretty good too but the first is the best one. Make sure its the ones with donnie yen, all the rest arent worth it

KnowMatter 21 24 3

They are good if you like kungfu movies yes. Take the 'this is a true story' stuff with a heavy dose of salt because it's HEAVILY dramatized.

kdk12k2k12 14 18 4

I can make one if you want.

You are awesome.

So many movies I haven't seen. I've fallen so far behind.

dandan86 187 217 30

imdb and rotten tomatoes links YouTube trailers

1 A Touch Of Sin imdb Rotten tomatoes youtube

2 Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter imdb Rotten Tomatoes youtube more a short description

3 Why Don't You Play In Hell imdb Rotten Tomatoes youtube

4 Stray Dogs imdb Rotten tomatoes youtube

5 Night Moves imdb Rotten tomatoes youtube

6 Listen Up Philip imdb rotten tomatoes youtube

7 The Tale of Princess Kaguya imdb rotten tomatoes youtube

8 Birdman imdb Rotten Tomatoes youtube

9 Hard To Be A God (aka Trydno byt bogom) imdb rotten tomatoes no link youtube

10 Like Father, Like Son imdb Rotten tomatoes youtube

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*** edit 2 sorry guys put the wrong stray dogs one up before fixed now to this, much more powerful trailer and birdman sorry can't find any but here is a few photos and AMC Theatres talking about it a bit

SmurfyX 11 15 4

That is most DEFINITELY not the birdman trailer

Quadell 498 614 116

"A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money."

I was already sold, before I saw that Rotten Tomatoes has (preliminarily) given Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter a 100% fresh rating. I can't wait.

GigaSC 20 21 1

Anyone know how to watch it ?? :S

OddEye 4 4 0

I'd like to know, too. I can't even find release dates.

mergedkestrel 194 254 60

In case you didn't know, this movie is actually a true story.

If you're really interested in it, there's also a documentary from 2003 called This is a True Story.

g0newick3d 41 52 11

The director was asked about this at the Q&A at the screening, and basically he said that he and his brother had been following the urban legend for years, writing the script along the way. By the time it was discovered that much of it was not factual, they already had a script. As he put it, this film is just their own version of the "truth."

Tsundokuu 11 17 6

In case you didn't know, this movie is actually a true story.

what the actual ***k. no, it is not.

from the wiki you linked us to:

"Investigations by American film writer/director Paul Berczeller discovered the entire Fargo story had come about as the result of a misunderstanding between Konishi and one of the Bismarck police officers with whom she had been talking. The story was then inflated by the media, leading to the urban legend that she had come to America to search for the money in the film. Instead, it was discovered, Konishi had been very depressed after losing her job at a Tokyo travel agency, and had come to Minneapolis because it was a place she had previously visited with her lover, an American businessman. Depressed and lonely, Konishi had been wandering Detroit Lakes when she decided to commit suicide with an overdose of alcohol and sedatives[citation needed]. This theory was bolstered by the discovery of a forty minute phone call she had made to her lover the previous night, and a suicide note she had sent to her parents expressing her intent to kill herself and that she had disposed of most of her belongings before she left Bismarck."

Did you even bother reading your own link?

I_listen_to_the_fall 37 46 9

I'm not here to debate you Jerry!

p00pdog 7 8 1

Are we square?

DJ_Esus 13 15 2

This based on the urban legend of Takako Konishi which was also the subject of a feature length documentary called "This is a true story".

g0newick3d 11 12 1

I saw it recently, and it is very much worthy of that score. The cinematography is gorgeous and the performances are all excellent. I'm really looking forward to watching it again!

WarmedAcorn 17 20 3

I totally wrote that synopsis.

The film's great; my favourite from Sundance London anyway - http://oneroomwithaview.com/2014/04/27/kumiko-the-treasure-hunter-sundance-london-review/

thinkofelephants 4 5 1

It was my favorite movie at the Berlin film festival! The directors are awesome, too.

sisonp 4 4 0

Same. I fucking love treasure hunting movies.

setmehigh 960 1148 188

That one about the time traveling historians looks awesome.

Jigsus 696 798 102

Space traveling not time traveling. They're from earth and are inspecting a planet with middle ages humans.

Hell_on_Earth 469 542 73

Why on earth would you do that without a shotgun attached to your arm is beyond me. Middle ages weren't good for commoners

Bacon_is_not_france 380 417 37

What the fuck is a shotgun, are you talking about a boomstick?

Soddington 309 358 49

The twelve-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about a hundred and nine, ninety five. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that?

untrustableskeptic 89 96 7

I think I really need to watch this movie.

GodofIrony 89 98 9

Never seen it? I envy you, I'd love to watch it all over again for the first time.

sonicdeathmonkey2132 10 11 1

That's not even close to the most quotable line. Go watch it now!

Donk72 10 10 0

Well, hello mister fancy pants!

shroyhammer 5 5 0

Who wants a little? ... ... ...you... YOU! You wanna little!? huh!?

zxrod 16 17 1

You mean your chainsaw and boom stick?

NoodlyApostle 15 15 0

This...is my......BOOM STICK!!!!

Jigsus 7 7 0


DocTomoe 38 71 33

Middle ages weren't good for commoners

Actually, the Middle Ages were a lot better for commoners than modern media would make us believe.

aHead4anEye 184 209 25

Modern media isn't as good for commoners as modern media would make us believe.

Yozki 75 83 8

Sitcoms in the 1700's sucked. Every episode's plot revolved around hanging someone

LonelyCannibal 20 20 0

Plus: You won't believe who gets hanged on an all new Public Execution!

Dashtego 4 4 0

Yeah, but in the Middle Ages they were great

5hn1t3r13 19 23 4

Really? Can you elaborate on that ? :)

Hegs94 32 40 8

I would direct you to /r/AskHistorians. They've had several posts on the matter before, and the general consensus is that average ages of death is highly skewed due to infant mortality, but that once you did get past childhood you could reasonably make it to your 60's or 70's. All in all it wasn't so terrible, but certainly not a day at summer camp either.

suburbanite 17 21 4

All of your infants dying seems pretty terrible to me...

PatHeist 19 21 2

And Afghanistan has an infant mortality rate almost a hundred times as high as the countries with the lowest infant mortality rates. It's not something that's been rare throughout history in the slightest, even if it is terrible. And branding one era as bad because of it is utterly useless.

Holy_City 10 10 0

I agree it's stupid to judge another era just on infant mortality. But air conditioning is pretty tight.

Skythewood 60 65 5

How can a planet be full of humans in their 40s?

MrAchilles300 32 32 0

Everybody had sex at the same time?

Jaraxo 49 68 19

So pretty much a plot from one of countless Stargate episodes?

Jigsus 57 66 9

Based on a novel from 1963 so if anything Stargate was inspired by this.

Robinisthemother 92 106 14

But in Stargate the movie, they find the Stargate in 1933. Now who looks the fool?

oatmeal_dude 25 27 2

Can't argue with that logic.

coffeedrinkingprole 20 24 4

And it was probably done a hundred times before that. There was an absolute mountain of sci-fi short stories produced in the 40s and 50s.

brotherjonathan 10 12 2

I always thought that if we stumbled upon such a race, that would be it.

indoninjah 55 57 2

That or some kind of planet full of quadruped animals with the intelligence of a lizard. It would probably take 5 days for us to start getting curious about what they tasted like.

Bacon_is_not_france 47 52 5

I don't even know if they exist and I'm kinda curious.

Number_Last 18 20 2

Why would anyone wait so long?

kvazar 208 237 29

It's important to note that the movie is based on the book by Strugatsky brothers, incredibly talented sci-fi writers. I haven't seen the movie, but the book is one of the best sci-fi's ever written in my humble opinion, so at least movie makers had a good base. And as of movie, it was in production for about 10 years, and was made by prominent director - Aleksey German. The reviews were pretty mixed.

Edit: Actually, I'll give more background:

Strugatky brothers have a series named Noon: 22nd century, it's about 'Noon' in human civilization development, we already are experienced space travelers, Earth is a perfect place to live, everyone's free to pursue whatever they want and whatnot, everyone is injected with some different stuff since childhood, so that your body and brain are pretty much superhuman, everyone has high moral standards and we explore the universe, but we have rules, like non-intrusion in other civilizations development, but with small exceptions, there is a controversial occupation named "progressor". Progressors are the people under cover in less developed civilization, who try to direct those in the right direction.

Protagonist of this book is a progressor, who basically faces normal human beings and has to make choices, that he never made on his home planet, because the difference in morals between highly developed earthlings and civilization he's visiting is enormous.

Strugatsky's books are a rare mix of great writing, unlimited imagination, vivid worlds, deep philosophy and human nature insights.

I really cannot recommend them highly enough.

Edit2: Thanks for the gold! Didn't know it's so exciting to receive! Will pass on.

Calamity58 57 63 6

I think you should probably mention that the Strugartsky brothers also wrote Roadside Picnic, which was adapted into the award-winning film Stalker, by Andrei Tarkovsky. This movie was not Stalker, but it was still pretty damn good, steeped in Strugartsky-isms, and beautifully filmed.

WalkableBuffalo 10 13 3

Which was then further adapted into the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of games

Celebrimbor333 19 19 0

Not quite, I'd say STALKER drew more from the books than the film, but kept the more interesting title.

But Stalker is a great film.

ModsCensorMe 5 5 0

That is the funny part of the whole story.

People make Stalker the book, which is adapted to a movie, which inspires a game, and now we've gone full circle, and they're making a movie of the game, now someone just needs to write a book about it all.

setmehigh 9 10 1

Well that settles it, you've convinced me to take a peek.

CrybabyJones 26 28 2

It's also worth noting that it was the director's last film, as he passed away last year.

Theoriginalamam 49 64 15

I've been told that you miss out on a lot in the movie if you don't know your Russian history.

I've also been told that it's a really slow movie and that you should focus on the other characters dialogue and not the main characters. I haven't seen it yet, I usually have to charge my batteries for a while to be able to see "slow and deep" movies.

Medykament 13 16 3

I've seen the German version from 1990 and it was waaaay too slow for me. Although the book was quite good so here's hoping that Russians can do justice to their own literature. Now I only have to find a copy of it.

FletchDoesNotLive 12 15 3

Yeah, if you can't stomach Tarkovsky, Hard to Be a God isn't a wise choice to watch.

thethwamp 73 87 14

You just wanna see naked chicks in chains

IranianGenius 227 278 51
arkanemusic 36 64 28
The_Vizier 7 7 0

Not only that, check out this preview of the movie [1:30]: https://vimeo.com/78691142

thethwamp 4 5 1

Small world! I built a similar contraption for my girlfriend.

TwilgihtSparkle 14 17 3

I thought that too, but the Fagro on VHS one...

TheRingshifter 38 45 7

Damn right. It seems really well done - http://vimeo.com/78691142

Send_pussy_pic_pls 57 64 7

well, that was one mighty dildo

djwork 4 4 0

The best thing about "medieval land" is the short lines for the rides

TheHoon 9 13 4

Is it out yet ? The idea seems really cool

Reiker0 4 4 0

I would like to know this too, if anyone knows. I can't find anything on the internet besides small clips and reviews.

Azagator 14 23 9

It is shitty film about shit.

Book was great. But Aleksey German use it as facade.

This film is coprophilia dream of creatively impotent director.

calcio1 30 35 5

I've seen A Touch of Sin and it's superb, would recommend it to everyone

Baldish 10 10 0

Adding to your recommendation, I highly recommend it as well.

g0newick3d 26 30 4

Great list, I've had the opportunity to see a few of these already. A couple more that I would highly recommend people check out this year if they are picked up for distribution:

Wild Canaries: A Brooklyn couple suspects foul play when their rent controlled neighbor suddenly drops dead. -- A mixture of old-school screwball comedy and a "whodunit." One of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time, recommended especially if you're tired of the Hangover clone types of comedies. Also Alia Shawkat is in it.

Faults: Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire's parents recruit one of the world's foremost experts on mind control, Ansel Roth (Leland Orser). -- I haven't been able to get this one out of my head since I saw it. I don't want to say too much about it so as to avoid spoilers, but it starts off almost as a straight up comedy but evolves into something MUCH darker as the film progresses. All of the performances are outstanding, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead's performance being particularly unforgettable. Watch this especially if you liked the movie Sound of My Voice, or if you like Coen Brothers films, or films set mostly in a single location.

HW_Plainview 25 27 2

Could Birdman be the first Innaritu film to not make me depressed for a week? Time will tell...

Linoftw 48 60 12

Where can I find "Hard To Be A God"?

IsaacJDean 11 14 3
glberns 22 25 3

Does Birdman take place before or after he becomes a lawyer?

rickessa 31 36 5

Birdman and Like Father, Like Son seem to have cool plots. All of your picks are class so i'll definitely be catching up with this list as well.

potato_caesar_salad 26 34 8

Like Father, Like Son sounds like every Korean drama ever made.

jeantilex 21 21 0

It really is touching and interesting. Beautiful film

potato_caesar_salad 16 17 1

Oh, I bet. I'm just poking a little fun at Korea/Japan's love affair with the 'switched at birth' trope.

Eff3ction 7 7 0

I've never seen a Korean movie, I guess. I thought it sounded the best out of all of them.

KiwiDad 15 18 3

It's not. It's by Kore-eda and he has the most wonderful ability to make his stories so very real, touching and human (without flowing into excessive melodrama). It was one of my favourites of 2013.

PerimeterBlue 5 5 0

It's handled pretty well, Koreeda's other work is pretty incredible.

falling_stars_24_7 14 19 5

Like Father, Like Son had a great trailer. I was disappointed to learn that DreamWorks Studios had acquired remake rights so they can make a crappy American version of the movie.

ReallyNiceGuy 10 10 0

The real issue is that Like Father, Like Son relies so heavily on East Asian culture for it to have a strong impact. It'd require quite a bit of atmosphere and cultural change to be more relatable to the general Western audience.

It's also just beautifully shot scenes and has great acting.

fusion0608 50 61 11

Someone likes the Asian cinema.

Eklassen 21 22 1

I've seen one of those. 'Why Don't You Play in Hell?' is fucking crazy.

And Birdman is very much one of my most anticipated films.

EnbyDee 17 19 2
Baldish 5 5 0

Absolutely agree on WDYPIH. I highly recommend it

wookiewin 18 21 3

Great, now I have Bob Seger stuck in my head.

groggyMPLS 6 7 1

I used her, and she used me, but neither one cared...

we were gettin' our share...

bb0112c 10 10 0

Just want to plug Like Father, Like Son. It is a wonderful movie; very reserved and heart-felt in an Ozu-like way. My favorite movie of the year so far.

ugman77 4 4 0

I saw it at the Cannes Film Festival and it was amazing. Real tear jerker.

ronnass 4 4 0

Second plug here. Really great. Fun and deep. The kids are super cute too.

pkeane04 34 42 8

Can someone list the movies that correspond to the pictures?

GoshDarnBlast 86 100 14
  1. A Touch Of Sin (2013) Directed by Zhangke Jia Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

  2. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (2014) Directed by David Zellner A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

  3. Why Don't You Play In Hell (2013) Directed by Sion Sono ‘Muto’ (Kunimura) desperately wants to help his daughter ‘Mitsuko’ (Nikaido) to star in a movie. ‘Ikegami’ (Tsutsumi) has fallen in love with ‘Mitsuko’, but he’s on more than just bad terms with her father. Getting dragged into this complicated situation are the movie director ‘Hirata’ (Hasegawa) and some random man named ‘Kouji’ (Hoshino).

  4. Stray Dogs (2013) Directed by Tsai Ming-liang A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. Each night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. The father is strangely affected by a hypnotic mural adorning the wall of this makeshift home. On the day of the father's birthday the family is joined by a woman - might she be the key to unlocking the buried emotions that linger from the past?

  5. Night Moves (2014) Directed by Kelly Reichardt Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as radical activists surreptitiously plotting to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam in an act of environmental sabotage. As their plan marches inexorably towards fruition, they soon discover that small steps have enormous consequences. "Old Joy" and "Wendy and Lucy" director Kelly Reichardt crafts another graceful and absorbing film about outsiders searching for a meaningful place on the edges of the system in this atmospheric suspense thriller.

  6. Listen Up Philip (2014) Directed by Alex Ross Perry Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.

  7. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) Directed by Isao Takahata An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her.

  8. Birdman (2014) Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu A washed up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.

  9. Hard To Be A God (2014) Directed by Aleksey German On Arkanar, an alien planet going through its Middle Ages, a group of historians from a more advanced Earth reside masquerading as commoners.

  10. Like Father, Like Son (2013) Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

Eklassen 20 31 11

You reading on your phone or something? All the pics have descriptions.

pkeane04 31 42 11

Yeah I am a mobile user.

jzakko 12 13 1

The Double by Richard Ayoade is also worth checking out and is on amazon instant, on demand, and itunes.

Lammington 6 6 0

I've been anticipating Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter for quite a while now. I desperately hope it is viewable somewhere on the web soon.

hoorayfortoast 6 6 0

You should add "Blue Ruin" to this. While it's not totally unknown it's still small enough to make the list and it is an excellent revenge movie.

orion205 5 5 0

Hard to Be God trailer and movie with English subtitles.

chainsawlaughter 14 20 6

Almost all of these movies have been made outside of the United States, is there a reason for that?

KnowMatter 29 35 6

Because if they were from the states you probably would have heard of them. These are basically the movies that are a big deal in other countries right now. The others are just indie movies so you know, no advertising.

Stvrmzeit 6 7 1

I'm really looking forward to that Tsai Ming-liang movie, he has made some good stuff. I'll try to see the newest from Koreeda soon too.

g0newick3d 4 4 0

Stray Dogs was the first film of his that I have seen. I have to admit it wasn't for me. I normally have no problems with slow films, and it did have some nice shots, but when it got to the 10+ minutes-long cabbage eating scene, it took a lot of patience for me to not walk out. :-\

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