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Five Movie Gem Discoveries I Owe to Movies, Films & Flix

August 29, 2011
 Hello all. Mark here. It makes me very happy when people listen to the movie recommendations we make. Underneath all the bad movies and Dolph Lundgren posts we love when people watch the movies we recommend. My brother Erik just sent this post to me and I am very happy to put it on the site.

Five movie gem discoveries I owe to Movies, Films & Flix

By Erik H.

As a faithful reader of this excellent blog, I really appreciate Mark and John’s noble trailblazing quest to watch bad movies so others don’t have to.  I also appreciate the blog’s distinct personality with its running jokes about Nic Cage, Dolph Lundgren and Sam Rockwell’s dancing.  However, what I enjoy the most is the blog’s damn good under-the-radar movie recommendations.

To show my appreciation I’ve listed five movie gems I would have never seen if not for Movies, Films & Flix. Check these out!

Four Lions

A rich story about four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror. There’s comedy, social commentary, and it ultimately discusses how terrorism is about ideology, and it can also be about idiots. I’ve seen it twice and can’t remember another movie that spawned as much good post discussion.

The Hammer

This movie resonated with me because it was so poignant and it’s actually based on Adam Corolla’s pre-radio life. It was produced with a lot of passion, much like Howard Stern’s Private Parts, but better. If you like the movie, check out Adam’s book “In 50 Years We’ll All Be Chicks,” which is a solid commentary on masculinity in America.

The Good the Bad and the Weird

This happy-go-lucky movie about Korean gunslingers in the World War II era is the summer blockbuster that you’ve never seen. A determined thief, nasty hitman, and mysterious bounty hunter all vie for an elusive map that could lead them to a buried treasure and it is straight-up entertaining.

I am Number Four

Not a “great” flick, but it was surprisingly fun for a Sci-Fi movie I had never heard of prior to reading the blog. Here’s the synopsis: Aliens and their guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list … it just worked. Plus, Timothy Olyphant makes every movie better.

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is one of the top crime dramas of all time, and it has one of the smartest catch 22s I’ve ever seen in a movie. It’s about seventeen year-old navigating his survival in a criminal family, and a detective who thinks he can save him. The plot is rich and steadily unfolds, and I definitely agree with Mark that it leaves you stimulated and not needlessly depressed.

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