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    Default Recommendations please -- more movies with the feel of the 'angsty' oppressed? :huh:

    I've been exploring my darker side and getting in touch with my inner anger lately, and suddenly I find myself, for the first time in my life, wanting to listen to rap music with offensive lyrics and watch violent movies.

    To educate myself, I watched 8 Mile, which I liked quite a bit. I know it's very toned-down and not a realistic portrayal of the ghetto, but I liked the gloomy, oppressed feel of the neighborhood and the whole 'life sucks, I'm stuck in the rut' feel.

    I've tried Jinni and nanocrowd for recommendations, and while they gave a lot of interesting suggestions, the descriptions and keywords they used were not exactly spot-on on what I'm looking for. I'm going to check out "Hustle & Flow" and "The Fighter" anyway.

    Basically, here are a few things I'd like in the movie:
    - an oppressive feel, especially of a run-down neighborhood, working class life
    - no help from the system and the cops are just another gang
    - strong language
    - sense of lurking danger
    - feeling lost
    - constant stress as life is always trying to screw you over
    - human integrity amidst all this and a glimmer of hope
    - preferably from a youth's point of view
    - scenes like thrashing your apartment, family members yelling at each other, shoving and brandishing guns, breaking down and crying in the bathroom, etc.

    BUT
    - nothing too violent or heavy or depressing please (no killing innocent children, gruesome torture scenes, becoming paralyzed for life, etc., and especially definitely not 'violence for fun')

    Movies with a somewhat similar feel include Training Day and Infernal Affairs (the original Hong Kong version of The Departed). Eastern Promises is somewhat similar, but a bit too 'organized', realistic and heavy. All the street dance movies are way too fluffy.

    So, any thoughts?

    If nothing matches, something with realistic youth angst with great acting that in the end doesn't get smoothed over by the loving hands of society/parents/mentor will be ok too.

    I hope someone knows what I'm talking about

    Thanks in advance!
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    I don't think it is healthy for you to go there for too long. Maybe give yourself a week of this then let it go. My recommendations:

    American Beauty
    Fargo
    Old Boy
    Chinatown
    L.A. Confidential
    8mm
    Y Tú Mama Tambien
    Chungking Express

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    I don't think it is healthy for you to go there for too long. Maybe give yourself a week of this then let it go.
    I agree. I think I just had a terrible work week and was extremely depressed for a few days. I'm just looking for an outlet for all the negative emotions. Thanks

    American Beauty Seen it.
    Fargo I remember I gave it a go when I was a kid and it kinda went over my head. Looks good though!
    Old Boy Seen it. That's one messed-up movie
    Chinatown
    L.A. Confidential This one's definitely going on my list!
    8mm Seen it.
    Y Tú Mama Tambien Heard interesting things about this. I'll check it out.
    Chungking Express Loved this one!

    Great suggestions!
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    It's good to vent sometimes just don't let it take over

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21% View Post
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    Basically, here are a few things I'd like in the movie:
    - an oppressive feel, especially of a run-down neighborhood, working class life
    - no help from the system and the cops are just another gang
    - strong language
    - sense of lurking danger
    - feeling lost
    - constant stress as life is always trying to screw you over
    - human integrity amidst all this and a glimmer of hope
    - preferably from a youth's point of view
    - scenes like thrashing your apartment, family members yelling at each other, shoving and brandishing guns, breaking down and crying in the bathroom, etc.
    City of God
    Amorres Perros
    Los Olvidados
    Waste Land
    Mean Streets
    A Clockwork Orange
    Virgin Suicides
    Trainspotting
    Run Lola Run
    Drugstore Cowboy
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
    h.l. mencken

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    Thai movies, i also like some of Pen Ek's movies na.

    -Monrak Transistor มนต์รักทรานซิสเต อร์- is my all time favourite
    -6ixtynin9 เรื่องตลก 69 - (with Mew Lalita)
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
    h.l. mencken

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    - an oppressive feel, especially of a run-down neighborhood, working class life
    - scenes like thrashing your apartment, family members yelling at each other, shoving and brandishing guns, breaking down and crying in the bathroom, etc.

    Try Harmonie Korine movies. Julien Donkey-boy, Gummo.

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    Man Bites Dog
    Bad Lieutenant (the harvey keitel version)
    Bully (2001)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmhmm View Post
    City of God
    Amorres Perros
    Los Olvidados
    Waste Land
    Mean Streets
    A Clockwork Orange
    Virgin Suicides
    Trainspotting
    Run Lola Run
    Drugstore Cowboy
    Just checked out those movies -- sounds like awesome recommendations! I haven't see any of it except for Trainspotting, which I enjoyed a lot. Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by mmhmm View Post
    Thai movies, i also like some of Pen Ek's movies na.

    -Monrak Transistor มนต์รักทรานซิสเต อร์- is my all time favourite
    -6ixtynin9 เรื่องตลก 69 - (with Mew Lalita)
    I saw the first one but not the second. (When it came out the parents 'censored' it because they thought I was too young and I never got a chance to see it ) Actually this reminds me of Pen-ek's "Last Life in the Universe" -- an extremely underrated piece of art ^^


    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt.Is.God View Post
    Try Harmonie Korine movies. Julien Donkey-boy, Gummo.
    Wow, never heard of these before. They will be great to 'stretch' the genre I'm watching

    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    Man Bites Dog
    Bad Lieutenant (the harvey keitel version)
    Bully (2001)
    Thanks! I just watched the trailer of "Bully" on YouTube after failing to find it on Jinni -- and... whoa, true story?


    You people are great! Thanks a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21% View Post
    Actually this reminds me of Pen-ek's "Last Life in the Universe" -- an extremely underrated piece of art ^^
    i like that one a lot too, Noon was very good in it.
    didn't suggest it since didn't really answer the
    brief you provided.

    his first movie was Fun Bar Karaoke - ฝันบ้าคาราโอเกะ
    have you seen that? with ray macdonald. and the recent
    one Ploy - พลอย also with Mew Lalita. very very good.

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    my guilty pleasure is Khumphaphan - กุมภาพันธ์
    with Chakrit heehee.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
    h.l. mencken

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