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Art House Cinema

Art House films are critically-acclaimed movies that don't necessarily cause a stampede at the box-office. These so-called 'minor' works are generally seen only at Film Festivals or a few selective theatres, but they stay in the mind, for better or worse. Below is a list of films in Alice's Collection that for one unexplained reason or another, generally didn't quite get the exposure they may have deserved when originally released. Enjoy finding many of cinema's 'gems' in this section. Right: Peter Greenaway's 'The Baby Of Macon'.

Blinded (2004)

5.2/10
Director: Eleanor Yule
Starring: Peter Mullan, Jodhi May, Anders W Berthelsen, Phyllida Law, Samantha Bond

Danish backpacker, Mike Hammershoi is running from a dark secret. Hoping to find work, he arrives at Black's estate, a shuttered, decaying mansion, c... Read more

Blindness (2008)

6.6/10
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Alice Braga, Yusuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura, Don McK...

A big city falls prey to a mysterious plague of blindness in Fernando Meirelles' ('City of God'; 'The Constant Gardener') adaptation of Jose Saramago'... Read more

Bliss (1985)

7/10
Director: Ray Lawrence
Starring: Lynette Curran, Barry Otto, Helen Jones

Noticed by its absence for a number of years, this outrageous and daring Australian film stars Barry Otto as Harry Joy, a wistful Sydney advertising m... Read more

Bloom (2003)

5.5/10
Director: Sean Walsh
Starring: Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O'Conor, Patrick Bergin

One of the most acclaimed, controversial and daunting works in 20th-century literature - James Joyce's "Ulysses" - is brought fresh, bright and bold t... Read more

Blow-up (1966)

7.6/10
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, David Hemmings

Michelangelo Antonioni's close-up of Swinging Sixties London. David Hemmings plays a master photographer who explores the city twenty-four hours a day... Read more

Blue / Glitterbug (1993)

Director: Derek Jarman
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, John Quentin

A Derek Jarman double feature. "Blue" (1993, 75 mins) - A courageous personal testimony about his experiences with AIDS, Derek Jarman's final feature... Read more

Blue In The Face (1995)

6.7/10
Director: Paul Auster, Wayne Wang
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Lou Reed, Michael J Fox, Jim Jarmusch

This companion piece to 'Smoke' chronicles the further exploits at the Brooklyn cigar shop that serves as a neighborhood meeting place where such weig... Read more

Blue Remembered Hills (1979)

Director: Brian Gibson
Starring: Colin Welland, Michael Elphick, Robin Ellis, John Bird, Helen Mirren, Janine Duv...

Dennis Potter takes a fresh and funny look at childhood, as seven children spend a day out in the Forest of Dean in 1943. The freshness comes from th... Read more

Bottle Rocket (1996)

7.1/10
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Robert Musgrave, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Lumi Cavazos, Andrew Wilson

Fresh out of a mental institution, slacker Anthony joins a misfit mastermind for a bookstore robbery. While on the lam he dates a Paraguayan motel mai... Read more

Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

7.4/10
Director: Guy Maddin
Starring: Crispin Glover, Isabella Rossellini, (narrated by)

Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin again channels some of the most bizarre cinematic ideas ever realized with this imaginary account of his childhood. Told... Read more