Serendipity can come in romance, food, and, sometimes, through unexpected movies. The right film can hit you at a time in life when you need it most, or maybe you just stumble across it, but the result is the same — a lifelong connection. A recent online post reveals movie fans’ favorite random movie discoveries.
1. Look Who’s Back (2015)
Germany has changed much as a nation, and now they are producing some of Europe’s best comedies — there is a sentence I never thought I would type. Anyone who has seen Look Who’s Back will love its simple yet effective deadpan. “It’s about Hitler traveling to modern-day Germany, and everyone thinks he’s a comedian,” writes someone with a good synopsis. If that premise doesn’t sell itself, I have no hope.
2. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
“Legitimately my favorite comedy,” writes an enthusiast. “So many quotable lines, and Denise Richards’ talent segment always has me in stitches.” The film is a mockumentary set in a small Minnesota town about a beauty pageant featuring a great cast, including Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, and a debuting Amy Adams.
3. Before I Disappear (2014)
These days, I skirt all film reviews and avoid any pre-emptive talk of an upcoming movie, if anything, to ignore opinions on the movie. Before pursuing any new movie, I will look at the premise and then see what the director has already created. Before I Disappear, confirmed by a commenter, finds an army veteran who is in the middle of taking his own life “when his estranged sister asks him to pick up his niece.” Sold.
4. The 13th Warrior (1999)
Being directed by Die Hard director John McTiernan and based on a Michael Crichton novel gives this movie its selling power. However, add a peak Antonio Banderas and the legendary Omar Sharif, and you have a wonderful adventure tale. “Never would have watched it if it wasn’t the only thing on in my hotel room,” begins one assessment of this film. “But man, what a good under-appreciated movie.”
5. Frailty (2001)
“I bought it at Blockbuster around 2002 or 2003 along with several other movies in the discount bin and knew nothing about it at the time,” starts the next contributor’s reflection on this Bill Paxton ax murderer flick, “Frailty was fantastic.” Sadly, Bill Paxton departed this life a few years ago; thankfully, he leaves behind an impressive movie here.
6. Rat Race (2001)
“Seriously, none of my friends or anyone I’ve mentioned it to has seen it,” writes a fan of this obscure comedy. “It’s a really hilarious comedy that has quite a few big names in it, yet barely anyone has seen it. I strongly recommend it.” If you enjoyed the Cannonball Run movie series, you will love Rat Race.
7. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
“I’m so happy Taika (Waititi) is getting mainstream recognition now, and with that, freedom to do bigger projects,” opines a fan of the Kiwi actor/director. “Personally, What We Do in the Shadows is one of my favorite movies ever.” While Chris Hemsworth may not love Taika’s directing, this movie is his magnum opus for me. “We’re werewolves, not swearwolves!”
8. Let the Right One in (2007)
America’s remake of this beautiful Swedish noir drama, Let Me In, is good, but you must watch the original. Shot entirely among throwback Nordic architecture, this dark story of a lost vampire child in Stockholm is one of those films you will keep thinking about once you see it. “The swimming pool scene has got to be one of my favorite horror scenes of all time,” adds an enthusiast.
9. In Bruges (2008)
“Loved it so much that Bruges made it to my list of must-visit places when I went to Europe,” shares a commenter who went full fanatic on this McDonagh brothers’ classic. “Fell madly in love with the city. Couldn’t find any alcoves in the Koningin Astridpark, though.” Now there is a great movie advert: loving a film so much that you visit its setting.
10. Brick (2005)
A young Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays sleuth in this reworking of a noir crime movie, with the film’s cast of social misfits giving the Chandler-esque storyline a unique upgrade. Strangely, Rian Johnson (aka the man who killed Luke Skywalker) directed this excellent detective drama. “I literally re-watched the entire movie as soon as the first viewing ended,” admits a fan. “The dialog was amazing and very pivotal to the movie.”
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