Your Voices: On Unknown Movies You Wish Others Would See

Your VoicesWe all have those certain movies that we truly adore yet they remain unseen by a larger audience. They’re movies that may have gotten a smaller release. It could be that they were swept under the rug and are forgotten films. Maybe it’s a foreign release that many people don’t know much about it. Today I want to talk about movies that we love that need a bigger audience. This is an opportunity for everyone to give an unknown or underappreciated film some needed spotlight. It’s also an opportunity for readers to find some hidden gems from their fellow moviegoers. First I’ll tell you my pick and then it will be time for Your Voices.

Flame and

When asked about a movie that I wish would find a broader audience, for me the answer is an easy one. I absolutely love the 2008 Danish World War 2 picture “Flame and Citron” from writer and director Ole Christian Madsen. The film is loosely based on real events and real characters who fought in the underground resistance during the Nazi’s occupation of Denmark. Flame (Thure Lindhardt) got his nickname from his fiery red hair. Citron (Mads Mikkelsen), which means lemon in Danish, got his from his days sabotaging Nazi vehicles while working at the Citroën car company. The two find themselves deeper into the resistance taking on more prominent yet dangerous roles. They also must weed through Nazi sympathizers, disgraceful turncoats, and an assortment if lies and setups.

Everything about this film shines. The fabulous cinematography, the sharp direction from Madsen, and the two amazing performances from Lindhardt and Mikkelsen. In fact, this is the movie that made Mads Mikkelsen a favorite of mine. “Flame and Citron” is filled with dramatic intensity. Whether it’s sitting in a room with a group of Nazi officers with their cover at stake or one of their narrow escapes after taking out a target. And the internal struggles are almost as dangerous as the German occupation. It’s just a brilliant film that grips you every second. I love this movie and it’s one that I champion any chance I get.

So now it’s time for Your Voices. What is an unknown or underappreciated movie that you wish others would see?

So lets get to it. Now you know my thoughts, I would like to hear yours. I hope you’ll take time to share a movie or movies that you think more folks need to see. Have you seen “Flame and Citron”? If not I hope you will give it a shot. I’m anxious to see some of the flicks you have in mind. So let your voices be heard. Thanks again!

68 thoughts on “Your Voices: On Unknown Movies You Wish Others Would See

  1. Dead Man’s Shoes directed by Shane Meadows and starring Paddy Considine and Toby Kebbell. Absolutely superb revenge flick that no one saw. Most people associate Considine with comedy, as he starred in Hot Fuzz, but the dude is an amazing actor and his range is incredible. Toby Kebbell is also phenomenal as Paddy’s mentally handicapped brother. Great direction, great cinematography and even better acting. Meadows is the same guy that made This is England, another film everyone needs to see.

  2. Looking forward to reading some responses to this. I can’t think of anything that really jumps right out at me at the moment in all honesty. I can think of a couple of ones that are slightly under the radar, such as The Guard and Point Blank, which were pretty good, but they’re hardly unknown or anything.

  3. I would have to say Everything is Illuminated, which is my favourite film of all time. Also Katalin Varga, which is one of the most morally thought-provoking films I have ever seen. And… Idiocracy. It’s not exactly unknown but I am baffled by why it got so swept under the rug.

  4. One of my fav foreign German films, RosenstraBe. It’s based on a true story about a group of German women whose Jewish husbands are gathered up and held in a warehouse on RosenstraBe Street. It’s a multi-layered, beautiful film and features the couple who were a piano/violin team. A great story told.

  5. For those in to neo noir, I always promote HICKEY & BOGGS (1972). Written by Walter Hill, directed (in his only big screen effort to do so) by the late-Robert Culp, who also starred in it along with his I SPY colleague Bill Cosby, it is a forgotten gem IMHO. Great subject, Keith.

  6. For me it has to be ‘Murder Party’ and ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’. ‘Murder Party’ is one you’ll really have to dig around to find but it’s such a brilliant little horror flick. The acting is spot on and first hour is nothing but hilarious dialog and build up to an insanely violent and bat shit ending. If you can ever get your hands on it, WATCH IT. And ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’ is the perfect horror film for horror fans. It’s filled with little Easter eggs and nods to so many horror classic films that it makes it a really fun watch for fans of the genre. I honestly can’t say enough good things about it. It’s a mockumentary that follows around “the next big horror icon” as he gives an inside look at how he prepares for his return and how he chooses his victims. It’s hilarious and makes fun of just about every horror cliche out there. Great stuff.

    • Thanks man. I thought this would be an opportunity for people to put out some movies that others would otherwise miss. So far I’ve found a lot of new films to check out.

  7. Fat City (1972).
    “Whenever you hear someone telling people about the great run of films America made in the early 1970’s, and they get to the list, and they begin to feel fatigue, just wait for a pause and say “And Fat City. John Huston’s Fat City.” At that point the kids frown, and they admit they’ve not even seen Fat City. “Right,” you say, “and you never even heard of “Fat City”
    David Thompson – Have You Seen?

  8. I’m going through “Mikkelsen is GOD” phase, watching Hannibal and rooting for him, so I’m definitely seeing that one soon.

    There are several really unknown movies I love but my number 1 choice would be “Dirty, Filthy Love” which is a fantastic movie with Michael Sheen as a guy whose life collapses because of his obsessive compulsive disorders.

  9. Great topic Keith! I knew about Flame and Citron as Paula did a guest review of this on my blog a while back, can’t believe I still haven’t seen it yet. Well, I always put a punt in for Return to Me, this lovely rom-com I think everyone should check out. Rom coms always get a bad rap but that one is so heart-warming. Oh, and Dear Frankie too, I’m sure Mark Walker would agree w/ me on that one 😀

  10. Nice question Keith. I’d say something foreign, like REC, I Saw The Devil, Oldboy, Martyrs & The Hidden Face. All horror fans should of seen these, but it would be nice for them to be seen by even more people 🙂

  11. I suppose I’d have to go foreign (and I’ll cheat and throw out two).

    Space Travelers (the Japanese movie – not the anime) about three friends robbing a bank that goes awry.

    Wasabi about a French police officer (Jean Reno) goes to Japan to settle the probate of his girlfriend to find he has a daughter he didn’t know about.

  12. Excellent question Keith. I haven’t seen Flame & Citron but I am aware of it. I’ll try to get my hands on it.

    I probably go for the little seen Ewan McGregor movie “Perfect Sense”. “The Magdelene Sisters” and “Waking Life” would also get a shout from me. Also can’t forget “Harold & Maude” and the German film “Goodbye Lenin!”. I could go on and on… 😉

  13. For me, I’d go with the Korean flick “Poetry.” It’s a beautiful movie about a woman dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s and the trouble her grandson is causing her.

  14. I know I’m a little late here, but I am going to recommend The Missing Person, a noir-ish film starring Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan. Great flick, and it should still be streaming on Netflix.

    Also, I just watched Bug, and that was a disturbing but excellent film.

  15. As most stated above, great question–and I am going to look-up some of the films above.

    My pick is “Mosquito Coast” with Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, and River Phoenix from 1986 directed by Peter Weir.

    This is definitely Ford’s best acting performance, and strong performances are given all around. Weir directs a tight film that gets more claustrophobic as it moves forward despite the eventual jungle setting.

    A second film for the list is another Harrison Ford film: “Frantic” directed by Roman Polanski. Again, another great Ford performance in a well directed and scripted thriller.

    • Yes I remember both of those films. It has been a long time since I’ve seen either. In fact, I didn’t even remember that Helen Mirren was in The Mosquito Coast! Awesome!

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