A boy who has been sold a tiny furry animal by a reluctant shopkeeper in chinatown manages to inadvertently break 3 important rules concerning his new pet and accidently unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Never ignore the three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light.
Gremlins is a fun natured, and slightly disturbing take on Christmas cheer. It is also a classic cult film. It’s absolutely hilarious to watch these funny little monsters run amok. Kitsch, mystical and silly. Draw parallels between their consumption and ours at Christmas if you will. It’s not quite the sort of thing you probably want to watch with the kids (they might get ideas), but it is definitely one of our favourite cults from the 80s.
CAROL, set in 1950s New York, follows the lives of two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in a very unexpected love affair. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), works a very average job in a Manhattan department store, and she dreams of more. That’s until she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. However, their unexpected attraction is not met by support from others, and their world begins to grow ever smaller.
Carol is a beautifully tragic film about love, lust and loss. Stunning cinematography and great performances all around. Here Christmas acts as a divider, reminding both the audience and the characters of the tragic status quo. It is both a beautiful story about the strength of the heart, but at the same time it is also a haunting.
Sam Lowry lives in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient He wishes he could simply fly away with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. However, he suddenly finds himself in a string of difficult situations when he gets caught up in a terrorist plot, and his future with Jill begins to slowly fade away.
Get ready to feel like you’re tripping on something pretty brutal, because this film is no sing song and holiday fun. It’s very much the type of film that you would watch if you’re a fan of alternative cinema, but it is also a very interesting and insightful take on society as a whole.
4. Trading Places
A high end investor and a street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Now one man’s world is at the mercy of the two millionaires, and the other man finds himself basking in the life of wealth, wisdom and high society. Will these worlds hold together, or will it all fall apart in one big flame?
This classic takes you through the old nature versus nurture argument. Two Wall Street fat cats make a bet to see if they can turn street urchin Eddy Murphy into big dog Dan Akroyd. Examines the brutal gap between the rich and the poor with some interesting explorations into friendship, loneliness, jealousy and greed. Jamie Lee Curtis also puts in a memorable performance as the hooker with the heart of gold. The film was nominated for an Oscar, and it’s truly a Christmas Classic!
5. In Bruges
Two London based hitmen are sent to the small town of Bruges following the accidental death of a child during their last hit. The two of them must lay low as their boss decides what to do about the situation. However, the hitman responsible for the child’s death is finding it hard to forgive himself, and he begins to question the actions of his past.
In Bruges beautifully mixes comedy and crime, from covering the depressing thoughts of a suicidal hitman, to bringing in some laughs between a drunk midget and a high hooker. Hilariously lovable performance from Collin Farrell. Good stuff from Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson too. The script for this movie is beyond genius. In a word we think we would simly describe it as magical. Cult film but has mass appeal!
This article was written by Nick of Little Known Film.