Essential Films TV

Magnolia on TV tonight

This is a little late notice but if you are in the UK, one of the best films of the 1990s is on TV tonight.

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s sprawling LA epic Magnolia is on BBC2 at 23.25, so if you can, check it out.

If you haven’t seen it, here is the trailer:

> If you missed it you can buy Magnolia on DVD at Amazon UK
> Find out more about the film at the IMDb

Essential Films Lists

Good Movies You’ve Never Seen have come up with a list of the 25 best movies “you’ve never seen“.

Well, I have seen them but there are some gems on it I would definitely recommend:

Heavenly Creatures (1994): An early example of Peter Jackson‘s skill as a director as well as Kate Winslet‘s ability as an actress.

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003): A terrific documentary about the US punk band.

Breakdown (1998): Very under-rated thriller starring Kurt Russell and directed by Jonathan Mostow (who would go on to direct U-571 and Terminator 3).

Grace of My Heart (1996): A beautiful love letter to the singer songwriters of the 60s starring Illeana Douglas as a Carole King-like singer.

The Hidden (1987): Trashy but smarter than average sci-fi thriller about an alien that takes over humans, leaving a trail of havoc in its wake.

Igby Goes Down (2002): A nicely observed comedy drama starring Kieran Culkin as a disaffected young man as a modern day Holden Caulfield.

And my favourite:

Chopper (2000): Eric Bana gave one of the best performances of the last decade with his mesmerising portrayal of Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read – an Australian criminal who became an unlikely media celebrity.

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> Check out A Decade Of Underrated Movies at the AV Club
> 100 Under-rated Movies as Digital Dream Door

Awards Season Essential Films

Why Children of Men should be nominated for Best Picture

This YouTube video singing the praises of Children of Men is a grass roots viral that neatly emphasises why the film is wholly deserving of a Best Picture nomination.

> My original review of Children of Men
> Reviews of Children of Men at Metacritic