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HIDDEN GEMS: FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST

Jon Teamlaverne Jon Teamlaverne | 14:55 UK time, Friday, 12 August 2011

Friday Film Club was postponed on today's show as all of Empire Magazine's staff were in attendance at Big Screen at the O2. So, Lauren asked you to tell the others listeners about your Hidden Gem. What's a Hidden Gem? It's a film you love that hasn't been seen by enough people; they can be lost classics, underground cult classics or great B-Movies.

 

We had an overwhelming response, literally hundreds; far too many for this blog. So, here's a few we'll definitely be digging out, and some films which were suggested by more than one of you. Thank you for all of your excellent suggestions, and happy watching! Don't forget, you can listen back to Friday's show to hear Lauren talk about even more of your Hidden Gems.

 

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Directed by Sidney Lumet.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei.

Synopsis: Two brothers organise the robbery of their parent's jewellery shop, and it all goes horribly wrong.

 

Brick (2005)

Directed by Rian Johnson

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas and Emilie de Ravin

Synopsis: A teenage loner forces himself into a world of crime to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

 

Together (2000)

Directed by Lukas Moodysson

Starring Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist and Emma Samuelsson

Synopsis: Set in Sweden in1975, a woman leaves her husband and packs herself and the kids off to her brother's commune.

 

Harold & Maude (1971)

Directed by Hal Ashby

Starring Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort and Vivian Pickles

Synopsis: Harold, who's young, rich and obsessed with death, meets Maude at a funeral who changes his life forever.

 

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Starring Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka and Chika Sakamoto.

Synopsis: A Japanese animation about two girls who move to the country and meet spirits who live in nearby woods.

 

Over The Edge (1979)

Directed by Jonathan Kaplan

Starring Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer and Pamela Ludwig.

Synopsis: Kids get bored in a planned community and run amok.

 

The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

Directed by Seth Gordon

Starring Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell and Mark Alpiger

Synopsis: Documentary about video game fans competing to break world records. Awesome.

 

Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

Directed by Byron Haskin

Starring Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin and Adam West

Synopsis: An astronaut stranded on Mars with only a monkey for company has to figure out how to get oxygen, water, and food.

 

Clue (1985)

Directed by Jonathan Lynn

Starring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn

Synopsis: Based around the game of Cluedo, six dinner party guests cooperate to solve a murder.

 

M (1931)

Directed by Fritz Lang

Starring Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann and Inge Landgut.

Synopsis: When a child murderer in Germany goes on the run, other criminals join in the chase.

 

Old Joy (2006)

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

Starring Daniel London, Will Oldham and Tanya Smith

Synopsis: Two old friends reunite after a long time apart to catch up on a camping trip.

 

Monsters (2010)

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Starring Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able

Synopsis: Following an alien invasion, a journalist escorts a tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the US border and safety.

 

Rubber (2010)

Directed by Quentin Dupieux

Starring Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida and Wings Hauser.

Synopsis: An evil tyre (yes, a tyre) named Robert (yes, Robert) discovers he has destructive telepathic powers and sets them to use on a small town. Bonkers.

 

Skeletons (2010)

Directed by Nick Whitfield

Starring Will Adamsdale, Andrew Buckley and Paul Dallison

Synopsis: Two exorcists remove skeletons from people's cupboards. Not literally, as in, secrets and that.

 

Deep End (1970)

Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

Starring Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown and Karl Michael Vogler

Synopsis: A teenager gets a job at a swimming baths and develops an obsession for one of the bathers.

 

Zatoichi (2003)

Directed by Takeshi Kitano.

Starring Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Ohkusu.

Synopsis: A blind swordsman comes to a town controlled by gangsters.

 

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