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I thought it might be fun to have a thread where we recommend movies we've seen that may not be widely known. The inspiration for this thread is a movie I saw over the weekend, The Wedding Banquet. It's a mixture of English and Chinese (with subtitles). The majority of the dialogue is in Chinese. It's about a gay couple living in New York, one an American, and the other an immigrant from Taiwan. The Chinese-American guy has kept his homosexuality secret from his parents. He's an only child, and they expect him to marry and produce grandchildren. When they come to visit, he makes an arrangement with a young woman who's an exchange student from the People's Republic; she wants a green card, and he wants a bride that he can present to his parents. It's funny, in a quiet way, but mostly its very sweet and sensitive. It has a lot to say about what makes a family. The characters are three dimensional, it's extremely well acted, and the ending and the characters are not at all predictable. I recommend it highly.
 

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"waiting for Guffman" is an Indie film starring Parker Posie among others. It is a sort of documentary about a amateur theater troupe and their preparations for the show they are going to do. They want this guy Guffman to come and review (I think he is a famous critic) hence the title. Definitely a worthwhile watch.
 

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I thought it might be fun to have a thread where we recommend movies we've seen that may not be widely known. The inspiration for this thread is a movie I saw over the weekend, The Wedding Banquet. It's a mixture of English and Chinese (with subtitles). The majority of the dialogue is in Chinese. It's about a gay couple living in New York, one an American, and the other an immigrant from Taiwan. The Chinese-American guy has kept his homosexuality secret from his parents. He's an only child, and they expect him to marry and produce grandchildren. When they come to visit, he makes an arrangement with a young woman who's an exchange student from the People's Republic; she wants a green card, and he wants a bride that he can present to his parents. It's funny, in a quiet way, but mostly its very sweet and sensitive. It has a lot to say about what makes a family. The characters are three dimensional, it's extremely well acted, and the ending and the characters are not at all predictable. I recommend it highly.
I've seen this movie a few times and you are so right about it Mouse. Definitely worth watching.
 

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"waiting for Guffman" is an Indie film starring Parker Posie among others. It is a sort of documentary about a amateur theater troupe and their preparations for the show they are going to do. They want this guy Guffman to come and review (I think he is a famous critic) hence the title. Definitely a worthwhile watch.
That movie is so funny. I just watched it again this weekend.

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Hey you "Waiting for Guffman" "Best in Show" fans have you seen the lastest from the Christopher Guest series? " A Mighty Wind" is the same troupe but focusing on folk music from the 60s it is a great laugh. And for any of those films rent the DVDs often the deleted scenes are better than the movies themselves...I'm such a fan!
 

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best in show is brilliant.

boondock saints is brilliant.

ravenous is brilliant.

committed...it's a bit cheesy (especially with what's her name in the lead role - heather whoever from austin powers) but the movie didn't suck.

of course, the royal tennembaums

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Hey you "Waiting for Guffman" "Best in Show" fans have you seen the lastest from the Christopher Guest series? " A Mighty Wind" is the same troupe but focusing on folk music from the 60s it is a great laugh. And for any of those films rent the DVDs often the deleted scenes are better than the movies themselves...I'm such a fan!
I want to see that one.. it looks sooo funny.
 

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Frida (stars Selma Hayek, just saw this film - thought it was excellent)

American History X (Edward Norton)

Night On Earth (1991 -this one really qualifys as an indie, but Winona Ryder is in it)

I know there's more, but that's good for now
. I'll have to check out some of these recommended films.
 
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