Ironic Surrealism II

It is not fear that grips me… only a heightened sense of things.

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Celluloid Nirvana

~ Films to me that are above par. Interesting slices of life as I like to call them. For the most part anyway’s. You see I do not normally go for the traditional cookie cutter films that Hollywood so loves to spew out. Although there are exceptions. Foreign and Indie films are more my taste. Especially those filmed in Ireland, Scotland and Australia. Films set in the American deep south also.

I do not just watch a film, for entertainment purposes alone. I like to feed my brain. I’d rather have something to chew on, than to watch an actor chew on the scenary, or even worse be assulted by lines that are masquerading as part of a so called script.

They will not be in any particular order. I am fond of each and every one in thier own right.
This will just be my insight to what films I deem worth while. Personal opinion’s of a huge film buff.

I am no expert though, by any means. Have never taken even one film class. So I will not be able to discuss films in detail. I just know what I like.
Plain and simple.

* This list will be edited from time to time, in order to add additional film titles.

* For everyone’s convenience I have created the entire film listing as clickable links.

Rare Birds (2001) William Hurt

Danny Deckchair (2003) Rhys Ifans

Enduring Love (2004) Daniel Craig - Rhys Ifans - Samatha Morton

The Shipping News (2001) Kevin Spacey - Cate Blanchett

Off The Map (2003) Sam Elliott - Joan Allen - Valentina de Angelis

Henry Fool (1997) Thomas Jay Ryan - James Urbaniak - Parker Posey

Adaptation (2002) Nicolas Cage - Meryl Streep

Sling Blade (1996) Billy Bob Thornton - Dwight Yoakam - John Ritter

A Love Song For Bobby Long (2004) John Travolta - Scarlett Johansson

The Village (2004) Joaquin Phoenix - Adrien Brody - William Hurt

Garden State (2004) Zach Braff - Natalie Portman

IMAGINARY HEROES (2004) Sigourney Weaver - Jeff Daniels

Station Agent (2003) Peter Dinklage - Paul Benjamin - Patricia Clarkson

Mystic River (2003) Sean Penn - Tim Robbins - Kevin Bacon

In America (2002) Paddy Considine - Samantha Morton

Fargo (1996) William H. Macy - Steve Buscemi

Angela’s Ashes (1999) Emily Watson - Robert Carlyle

Chasing Amy (1997) Ben Affleck - Matt Damon - Joey Lauren Adams

Big Fish (2003) Ewan McGregor - Billy Crudup - Helena Bonham Carter

The Pianist (2002) Adrien Brody

The Daytrippers (1996) Stanley Tucci - Hope Davis - Anne Meara - Parker Posey

Trees Lounge (1996) Steve Buscemi - Carol Kane - Anthony LaPaglia

Behind The Red Door (2002) Kyra Sedgwick - Kiefer Sutherland

Hysterical Blindness (2002) Uma Thurman - Gena Rowlands - Juliette Lewis

Fight Club (1999) Brad Pitt - Helena Bonham Carter

The Salton Sea (2002) Val Kilmer - Vincent D’Onofrio - Adam Goldberg

Simon Birch (1998) Ian Michael Smith - Ashley Judd - Oliver Platt

*Added 12/6/05

Spider (2002) Ralph Fiennes - Miranda Richardson - Gabriel Byrne

*Added 1/07/06

A Home At The End Of The World (2004) Colin Farrell - Robin Wright Penn

*Added 1/24/06

The Big Empty (2003) Jon Favreau - Joey Lauren Adams - Daryl Hannah

Rory O’Shea Was Here (2004) James McAvoy - Steven Robertson - Romola Garai

inter’mission (2003) Colin Farrell - Cillian Murphy - Colm Meany

Pitch Black (2000) Vin Diesel - Radha Mitchell - Cole Hauser

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004) Vin Diesel - Alexa Davalos

Deathwatch (2002) Jamie Bell - Rúaidhrí Conroy - Mike Downey

*Added 1/27/06

I Went Down (1997) Peter McDonald - Brendan Gleeson

A Beautiful Mind (2001) Russell Crowe - Jennifer Connelly

The Passion of The Christ (2004) James Caviezel - Maia Morgenstern

Donnie Darko (2001) Jake Gyllenhaal - Holmes Osborne - Maggie Gyllenhaal

A Stir of Echoes (1999) Kevin Bacon - Zachary David Cope

How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) Richard E. Grant - Rachel Ward

*Added 2/9/06

Soft Fruit (1999) Jeanie Drynan - Linal Haft - Russell Dykstra

Cavedweller (2004) Kyra Sedgwick - Aidan Quinn - Kevin Bacon - Regan Arnold

*Added 2/19/06

The Snapper
(1993) Colm Meaney - Tina Kellegher - Ruth McCabe

Muriel’s Wedding (1994) Toni Collette - Rachel Griffiths

A Slipping-Down Life (1999) Lili Taylor - Guy Pearce

November (2004) Courteney Cox - James LeGros

*Added 3/5/06

Crna Macka, Beli Macor / Black Cat White Cat
(1998) Bajram Severdzan

*Added 5/11/06

The Weather Man (2005) Nicolas Cage - Michael Caine

Hide And Seek (2005) Robert De Niro - Dakota Fanning - Elisabeth Shue

*Added 6/16/06

The Squid and the Whale (2005) Jeff Daniels - Laura Linney - Anna Paquin

Chasing Sleep (2000) Jeff Daniels - Emily Bergl - Gil Bellows

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  • 1 Velvet Hammer // Sep 20, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Comments moved from old home. - Velvet Hammer

    7 responses so far ?


    Anonymous // Oct 24th 2006 at 7:12 pm (edit)

    Russell Crowe says he is getting too old to be an action hero? I didn’t see that one coming. He’s an awesome action hero in his movies. Hope this doesn’t mean he is going to stop being in those type of films.

    ts // Feb 11th 2007 at 9:48 pm (edit)

    You may like bottle rocket, directed by Wes Anderson, its got the Wilson brothers, their first movie i think.

    velvethammer // Feb 11th 2007 at 10:08 pm (edit)

    Wow thanks TS! I will certainly check that out. I have more to add to my list. It has been a long time since I updated it. I hope I can find my notes. lol

    Nick // Jun 4th 2007 at 7:57 am (edit)

    There’s a film you might like to watch - It’s called [[i]Brazil[i]]

    knighthospitaller // Jul 10th 2007 at 6:38 pm (edit)

    Velvet! Do my eyes decieve me?

    Why is Gladiator not on the list? lol!

    If you have not seen it, you simply must!

    velvethammer // Jul 10th 2007 at 7:15 pm (edit)

    lol Knight

    I have not updated this list for some time. The task of doing so keeps getting pushed back. I do need to get to it soon.

    knighthospitaller // Jul 11th 2007 at 12:29 pm (edit)

    No rush Velvet, I have enough trouble trying to keep up with your posts as it is… lol.

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