Five obscure and captivating movies

Some movies hold a special place in your heart. They're the kind that you stumble across at 1:30am on a Monday morning, watch bleary-eyed to the end and then spend years trying to remember their names. You spend the next few years insisting everyone should watch them.

Here are five of mine. Have you got any of your own? Please share them in the comments.

Royal Space Force – Wings of the Honneamise (1987)

A great exploration of the significance of space travel on mankind and one of my favourite ever animated films. Not always easy to find, but it’s available on region 1 (US) at the time of writing.
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Americana (1983)

David Carradine wrote, produced, directed, starred in, edited and composed the theme music to this 1983 story of a Vietnam vet renovating a merry-go-round. Critics hated it. I like it.
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Timecrimes (2007)

An absolutely astounding time travel film. Ingenious without being too clever for its own good, grab hold of this Spanish sci fi gem before the planned English language version ruins everything.
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Man Facing Southeast (1986)

Looks like K-PAX? This Argentinian oddity came first and it’s much better. It’s not easy to come by on DVD.

The Quiet Earth (1985)

The apocalypse hits Australia, and it’s a lonely place. It’s nice to see a film of the genre where the characters spend more time enjoying the lack of traffic that running from rabid zombies.
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