Ignatzkat's Hidden Gems

by nathanielperson | created - 13 Aug 2013 | updated - 13 Aug 2013 | Public

My entry for the upcoming "Hidden Gems" list compiled by the iCheckMovies boards.

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2. Cowards Bend the Knee (2003)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

It's time for hockey! There's no telling what will happen when the Winnipeg Maroons' own star player Guy becomes embroiled in the twisted lives of Meta, a vengeful Chinoise, and her ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Darcy Fehr, Melissa Dionisio, Amy Stewart, Tara Birtwhistle

Votes: 1,209 | Gross: $0.02M

3. The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)

Not Rated | 25 min | Comedy, Short

Coke Ennyday, the scientific detective, divides his own time in periods for "Sleep", "Eat", "Dope" and "Drink". In fact he's used to overcome every situation with drugs: consuming it to ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, Allan Sears, Tom Wilson

Votes: 777

4. Taking Off (1971)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone... See full summary »

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia Engel, Tony Harvey

Votes: 3,545

5. Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational ... See full summary »

Directors: Aram Avakian, Bert Stern | Stars: Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Chuck Berry, Chico Hamilton

Votes: 867

6. The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)

123 min | Documentary, Music

Surf pop duo, Jan and Dean host this showcase of performances by well-known Rock, R&B, and pop stars of the era.

Director: Steve Binder | Stars: The Beach Boys, The Barbarians, Chuck Berry, The Blossoms

Votes: 591

7. Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind (1997)

17 min | Short

An experimental short by Stan Brakhage which combines and overlaps various lights, colors, and footage.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 175

8. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006)

115 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A day laborer is badly beaten, and a young man nurses him back to health.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Norman Atun, Pearlly Chua

Votes: 1,886 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Careful (1992)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

In the Alpine village of Tolzbad in the 1800s, the townsfolk talk quietly and restrain their movements lest they incur avalanches. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emotions - shown... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Kyle McCulloch, Gosia Dobrowolska, Sarah Neville, Brent Neale

Votes: 1,611

11. No News from God (2001)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

31 Metascore

Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.

Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Victoria Abril, Jero García, Gerardo Giacinti

Votes: 5,159 | Gross: $0.08M

12. Ceddo (1977)

120 min | Drama

The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne, Matoura Dia

Votes: 671

13. Miss Bala (2011)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo | Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

Votes: 8,232

14. Zorns Lemma (1970)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A rhythmically edited alphabet composed of street and shop signs shot in New York City and other elements is gradually replaced by repeated seemingly abstract shots in this influential structuralist film.

Director: Hollis Frampton | Stars: Rosemarie Castoro, Ginger Michels, Marcia Steinbrecher, Twyla Tharp

Votes: 595

15. Matewan (1987)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History

73 Metascore

A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham

Votes: 6,576 | Gross: $1.68M

16. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

After her mother's death, teenager Corinne Burns forms a punk band with her sister and cousin, despite their lack of musical experience and talent.

Director: Lou Adler | Stars: Peter Donat, Diane Lane, Marin Kanter, Laura Dern

Votes: 2,207

17. T-Men (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Wallace Ford, Alfred Ryder, Mary Meade

Votes: 2,805

18. The White Balloon (1995)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Family

Several people try to help a little girl to find the money her mom gave her to buy a goldfish with.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Anna Borkowska

Votes: 6,097 | Gross: $0.47M

19. True Stories (1986)

PG | 89 min | Musical, Comedy

67 Metascore

A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.

Director: David Byrne | Stars: David Byrne, John Goodman, Annie McEnroe, Jo Harvey Allen

Votes: 5,043 | Gross: $2.55M

20. Sólo con Tu Pareja (1991)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

61 Metascore

A womanizer is falsely diagnosed with AIDS by a jealous lover and falls in love with a woman equally suicidal as he.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Claudia Ramírez, Luis de Icaza, Astrid Hadad

Votes: 3,055 | Gross: $0.01M

21. The Long Day Closes (1992)

PG | 85 min | Biography, Drama

85 Metascore

A young British boy comes of age among his loving family and the austere Catholic Church as he realizes his love of cinema and his homosexuality.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Leigh McCormack, Marjorie Yates, Anthony Watson, Nicholas Lamont

Votes: 2,468 | Gross: $0.16M

22. Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy

A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Salvador Wood, Silvia Planas, Manuel Estanillo, Omar Alfonso

Votes: 940

23. It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Three soldiers meet ten years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray

Votes: 2,693

24. Innocent Blood (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Marie is a vampire with a thirst for bad guys. When she fails to properly dispose of one of her victims, a violent mob boss, she bites off more than she can chew and faces a new, immortal danger.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Anthony LaPaglia, Robert Loggia, David Proval

Votes: 8,671 | Gross: $4.97M

25. Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler

Votes: 1,881 | Gross: $1.09M

26. Downtown 81 (2000)

Unrated | 72 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

52 Metascore

The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets ... See full summary »

Director: Edo Bertoglio | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Richard Weigand, Cyndy Schneidau

Votes: 1,022 | Gross: $0.10M

27. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez

Votes: 5,225 | Gross: $3.70M

28. The Nomi Song (2004)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

Having failed to break into professional opera in his native Germany (where, as an usher in West Berlin's Deutsche Oper, he would serenade the staff after the 'real' performances were over)... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Horn | Stars: Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson, David Bowie, Gabriele Lafari

Votes: 997 | Gross: $0.07M

29. Desk Set (1957)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a television network's research department.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell

Votes: 7,225

30. Citizen Ruth (1996)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

An irresponsible, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their respective sides.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Kay Place, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 6,849 | Gross: $0.15M

31. Rize (2005)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture.

Director: David LaChapelle | Stars: Tommy the Clown, Larry Berry, Dragon, Jassy Marie

Votes: 3,052 | Gross: $3.28M

32. Cabeza de Vaca (1990)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Stars: Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Carlos Castañón

Votes: 1,008 | Gross: $0.79M

33. Crossroads (1976)

36 min | Short

The 1945 atomic-bomb explosion at Bikini Atoll becomes a thing of terrible beauty and haunting visual poetry when shown in extreme slow motion, shown from 27 different angles, and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Conner

Votes: 227

34. A Thief in the Night (1972)

TV-PG | 69 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The story of Patty, a young woman caught up in living for the present with little concern for the future. She meets and marries a young man and her life seems great, until one moment she ... See full summary »

Director: Donald W. Thompson | Stars: Patty Dunning, Mike Niday, Colleen Niday, Maryann Rachford

Votes: 614

35. Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron

Votes: 1,072

36. Curling (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

On the fringe of society in a remote part of the French-Canadian countryside, the fragile relationship and unusual private life of a father and daughter is jeopardized by dreary, unforeseen circumstances.

Director: Denis Côté | Stars: Emmanuel Bilodeau, Philomène Bilodeau, Roc LaFortune, Sophie Desmarais

Votes: 737

37. Cannibal Tours (1988)

70 min | Documentary

When tourists journey to the furthermost reaches of the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, is it the indigenous tribespeople or the white visitors who are the cultural oddity? This film ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis O'Rourke

Votes: 226

38. A Swingin' Summer (1965)

80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Beach party escapade features a bookworm with glasses who learns to "groove", as she attempts to sing "Ready to Groove."

Director: Robert Sparr | Stars: James Stacy, William Wellman Jr., Quinn O'Hara, Martin West

Votes: 129

39. Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968 (1968)

58 min | Documentary, Music

A close-up of bass player and composer Charlie Mingus as he and his five-year-old daughter await eviction by the City of New York.

Director: Thomas Reichman | Stars: Walter Bishop, Charles McPherson, Carolyn Mingus, Charles Mingus

Votes: 94



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