My main man Kai over at The List put out the call for help - every few months, he asks his fellow awesome blogger friends to write about, well, you can see it in the title. Three flicks each, nothing too long, just shine a light on some movies you think more people need to see. I've written about at least two of the three on here before, but it's been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely time.
The rest of the choices, including Kai's, can be found here.
Code 46 (2004)
I've been ringing the bell for this one for years, with minimal success. Michael Winterbottom paints one of my favorite pictures of the future here with a minimal budget and a lot of imagination. Tim Robbins stars as a fraud investigator who travels to Shanghai on a case, where he meets and eventually falls in love with Samantha Morton. Only...there's something forbidden about their love. Love or hate the story - and the slow pace of it all, which usually throws people off - it's the tiny glimpes into our multi-culti near-future that turn me on, most notably the mashed-up language that everyone speaks.
Box of Moonlight (1996)
Now that everyone in the world (ok, the movie blogosphere, anyway) knows who Sam Rockwell is, it's high time you all go back and check out one of his underseen past performances. Indie director extraordinaire Tom DiCillo directs Rockwell, as well as other 90s-era indie forces John Turturro, Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney in this fun little slice of life about a man (Turturro) who's facing a mid-life crisis. Working on an out-of-town contract job (not unlike Code 46, actually), he collides with The Kid (Rockwell), an off-the-grid hippie of sorts who helps him to discover what's really important in his life. Certainly quirky, but pretty charming, too.
The Nines (2007)
Interested in an out-there Drama Mystery Sci-Fi Fantasy (according to IMDb)? John August, longtime collaborator of Tim Burton and writer of one of my favorites, Go, wrote and directed this head-scratcher of a movie that stars Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy, all playing multiple roles. This film will have you discussing its meaning (and plot) long after you've finished watching.