The last few days I have been a little ill with no voice, and a bad sinus infection type thinger, so after getting home from work, instead of either going to the gym or playing some sports, I have been watching some movies that I have been meaning to get to for a few weeks/months/years.
Now, we have an "Obscure Movies That You Should Watch" thread, and I know with some of the tastes on this board (myself included), there will likely be some crossover, but in this thread let's post the last movie you watched (or even the last few) and either write a short blurb, or post the trailer for it.
Naturally, I will kick things off.
Bicycle Thieves (1948 - Italy)
From IMDB: A poor young father in postwar-ravaged Rome who finally finds work putting up Rita Hayworth posters around town, only to have his precious bicycle stolen the first day on the job. In a light moment as the father and his young son chase after the thief, the boy attempts to relieve himself against a wall, and his father lets him know they don't have time for that. In another scene, the father tracks the thief into the kitchen of a brothel.
I enjoyed it, and thought it was really well filmed. Quite depressing and does a solid job of making you empathize with the father. The ending is probably in the top 15 or so of most heartbreaking moments in film, in my opinion.
Lifeboat (1944 - USA)
From IMDB: In the Atlantic during WWII, a ship and a German U-boat are involved in a battle and both are sunk. The survivors from the ship gather in one of the boats. They are from a variety of backgrounds: an international journalist, a rich businessman, the radio operator, a nurse, a steward, a sailor and an engineer with communist tendencies. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat.
I'm a moderate Hitchcock fan, but this is one of my favourite works of his. Some of the dynamics between the characters on board were great, but you can definitely tell it was an "old school" style of film. Some of the accents were pretty poor, but the intensity of some of the dialogue was solid.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Day (2005 - Germany)
From IMDB: The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to life. Sophie Scholl is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.
As most of you know, I'm a pretty big history fan, and historically accurate movies are like a blowjibber for my mind. This is one of them. As far as I can tell, this film stays ridiculously true to what actually happened, utilizing transcripts even, and is vying for the title of "Current Favourite Movie" of mine. Intriguing story, and shit is it told well. It has always been my belief that Germans are some of the best filmmakers in the world (Russians are close, too). This is a must watch for anyone interested in small cell resistant movements, World War Two in general, or international film.