With me being a bit of a film buff compared to a lot of friends, I’m always asked of good films to watch be it old or new, so I thought I would put together a small list of 10 films that a lot of people may have missed over the years, that I thoroughly enjoyed and maybe you can add them to your lists to watch.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have seen any.

Boiler Room

A film about the stock market and in particular, young stock brokers, starring a fresh faced Giovanni Ribisi as the lead, as well as a great supporting cast including, Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel. This has been one of my personal favourites for a while and I always find that nobody ever watched it.

The Killer Inside Me

This is a relatively new film, only released in 2010 and is about a sheriff in West Texas who is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. Starring Casey Affleck in the lead role, with a supporting cast of Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, this is one to watch, it’s a slow burner though and takes it time to get going, its definitely one to remain patient with to enjoy.

Trapped In Paradise

This was a film from my childhood that I always found my dad watching and killing himself laughing at, so much so that I ended up doing the same. Its a comedy about 3 brothers who try to rob a bank in a small town, but with them not being overly bright, things go wrong. Starring Nicholas Cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey, its a good comedy to sit down to with the family.

Judgement Night

This is a film I stumbled upon late one Saturday night when I was younger, starring a young cast of Emilio Estevez, Cuba Good Jnr, Stephen Dorff and Jeremy Piven. It’s about a group of young guys going to a boxing match, to get lost in a run down are and witness a murder and then subsequently go on the run from the killers.

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoy it, its a good edge of your seat thriller.

Primal Fear

A thriller starring a very young and great Edward Norton sparring against the older Richard Gere. The film is about a hot shot lawyer (Gere), who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of boy accused or murdering a priest. Norton is fantastic in this and I can’t recommend it enough.

Gone Baby Gone

This was the directorial debut of Ben Affleck about a young girl who goes missing and the story of the detective (Casey Affleck) trying to find the girl. This had the unfortunate timing of being released at almost the same time as the Madeleine McCann kidnapping and was subsequently put back a good 9 months for release without much publicity.

Dog Soldiers

A low budget UK film about a group of Army soldiers away on a training operation that ends up turning into the longest night of their life. The special effects leave a lot to be desired, but the film I really enjoyed for what it was and was a good launchpad for some of the actors to move on to bigger roles in the US.

The Rainmaker

One of Matt Damon’s earlier films about 2 lawyers who try to take on a corrupt insurance company. Also starring Danny DeVito in a serious role, this is a great courtroom film, I wish DeVito would do more serious films and I think he is a better actor than given credit for at times.


This is a brutally great action drama starring an all-star cast about a young boy taken hostage by the mob and trained to kill in illegal back alley fighting matches. This was for me Jet Li’s breakthrough film for me, a genuinely great performance, that didn’t rely on his fighting skills (although there are plenty).

So I Married An Axe Murderer

This is another film I can’t believe people haven’t seen. One of Mike Myers earlier films, this is the story of a young man who find love and is convinced she is a serial killer. Maybe its the Scotsman in me, but this is one of the most quoted films by me, the jokes are great, right up there with Anchorman.


Alan Horne

Itsfilmtastic is a hobby of mine, I manage this great blog in my spare time, while in my day job I'm a web & user interaction designer. You can find my design work on my portfolio and you can follow my design and movie tweets at @alanjhorne.