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    Holy sh*t check out:

    Fireworks, Japanese title Hana-bi(1997)directed and starring by Takeshi Kitano, what a mo*therf*c*ing badass
    Anything by Swedish director Lukas Moodysson, such as Show me Love Swedish title ****ing Åmal and Together Swedish title Tilsamans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cycletourist
    Why are foreign films so much better than hollywood films? Is it because they don't rely on special effects and car crashes every 3 minutes to keep my attention? Or is it because the characters are better developed? Or is it because Hollywood is so bad that ANYTHING seems better by comparison?
    It may have more to do with the audience that hollywood movies are aimed at ; adolecent males between 14 and 24 years of age - that´s where the money is , but it don´t make for culture . The miracle is how many good films come out of the US , and there are a lot .
    In Europe the audience tends to be more sofisticated and because of that the writers and directors can have more freedom to work , look how often hollywood has remade French films but blanded them down to suit the American market : La Femme Nikita , three men and a baby , and of course that film about the guy fostering the kid from the amazon ( can´t remember the title of the French or US version )

    Could the films of Pedro Almadova be made in the US ? some how I doubt it and much of the work of Kurasawa ( 7 samuri , Ran , Kagemusha etc - sorry can´t spell Japanese names ) would would also have problems with the money men - though there is an audience for these films even in the US .
    In Spain cinema is called la septema arte ( the 7th art ) and commands much respect but American movies also sell well here - though the critics did say of the dubbed version of the Last Samuri that you should watch a subtitled version as the dubbing is so awful on one of the Japanese caracters .

    I did read that somebody was complaining about bad language in el mariachi , what about beverlly hills cop ? at least bad language and the leval of violence are taken into account during certification though there is not that puritan streak here in Spain , in the cinema or on television - nobody here can understand what all the fuss about the Janet Jackson breast was about , here nudity isn´t a sin but simply what happens when you take your clothes off , it´s rare , for example not to see naked flesh in adverts for sun cream or shower / skin products - plus you get adverts for some unusual products , vaginal lubricants and other intimate hygene products for example . Just more relaxed about themselves I suppose .

    If you can , get hold of a subtitled copy of " Jamon , Jamon " , it´worth a watch .
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    Without having read every post, I highly recommend the Swedish "Evil". I had the chills after watching it, and I am so glad to be out of high school!

    "Europa, Europa!" was also a favorite of mine. It's old, but good. "Raise the Red Lantern" is out of China. It's also and old movie, but damn... makes you depressed about the status of women in China.

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    I just watched Jalla! Jalla!, playing as part of a Swedish cinema mini-fest (does this have anything to do with the Ikea opening here? Hm....). It was great...yet I couldn't help but imagine if the same film was made in the US--with the same plot, different casting & more "action"--I would've hated it. I can only handle romantic comedies in subtitles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycletourist
    I just finished watching Y Tu Mama Tambien. Ugh, what a lame movie. I just don't understand what all the fuss is about. The movie is OK but it isn't the masterpiece that reviewers made it out to be. It isn't even useful as a spanish language study tool because all the dialogue is foul language and mexican slang. Neither of which will help me as a student of the language.

    El Mariachi is another mexican film with cheezy acting and dialogue but at least I enjoyed watching that one.

    I just bought The Crime of Padre Amaro on eBay. I hope it is a better than Y Tu Mama Tambien.

    Just as a side issue don´t try using south american films and tv to learn castilliano to visit Spain as the vocabulary is different and the Spanish will always take the pee out of the south americans for that silly lisping accent and for talking so slowly ( ie they treat them like they´re a bit thick )
    ps the caracter in La Femme Nikita was a junkie not a dealer - and a nasty little thief to boot .
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    Amilie is my dream girl.

    Russian Ark... 1 continous shot, 1 take. Beautiful BEAUTIFUL movie.

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    If a British film can be considered "foreign," I would like to use this discussion thread to heartily recommend "Heartlands."

    It's a whimsical, sweet, heartwarming little movie about Colin, a schlubby regular bloke who runs a newsagent, loves his wife, and spends his evenings at the pub, playing darts with his friends, dreaming of someday matching bullseyes with his hero, six-time world darts champion, Eric Bristow. It's a contented, if unremarkable, life, until his wife runs off to Blackpool with the local police constable. Colin decides he has to win her back, and he sets off for the dowdy tourist town on his motor scooter. His journey is transformative. Beautifully photographed, and at least a couple of scenes that will totally surprise and uplift you.

    Also recently enjoyed The Motorcycle Diaries, another movie about a transformative road trip.

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    Adding another one- "Flirting" out of Australia was really good! I saw it back in 1992 when I was living in Australia with my girlfriends at a pajama party, and we were screaming for like half the film. It was an excellent movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allister
    Not all Hollywood films are necessarily dreck either. I like sci fi, and films like K-Pax and Gattaca set a high benchmark in quality sci-fi film making.

    Ooops. That was a bit ot. Ok - good foreign sci-fi - gotta make a vote for Cube. (Does Canadian count as foreign?)
    I haven't seen K-Pax, but Gattaca is a great movie and so is Cube.
    Too bad that cube 2 was horrible.

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    How's about; Godess of 67
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    My alltime fav film: Man Bites Dog, A twisted Belgian mockumentary about a serial killer,advertised as the most dangerous movie ever made! check it out.

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    Anyone catch Kingdom II on IFC last night? Too bad it was on so late. I couldn't make it the whole way. I've got to find the DVD.

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Kingdom and Kingdom II didn't disappoint me.

    My favorite bits:

    • Dr. Helmer finds out he can get a "loaner" while his Volvo is in the shop and he gets an electric car. Too bad there's no plug outside the hospital. No bother, he just drives it into the hospital, unplugs some medical device (lifesupport?) and goes about his business.
    • Floaters or sinkers?
    • You can't get vitamin C in Danish beer anymore...

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    These are oldies but goodies, worth the time when your in the mood for subtitles:

    Jean de Florette
    And the sequel, Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring)
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    Even if we did not all love bikes, and love people who love bikes, this would be an enjoyable film: "Beijing Bicycle". The story of two boys, two girls, and one bike.

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    Onr more from the Shifter, Irish film, shot in Dublin "The Commitments" best soul movies ever made!
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    I just picked up "Malena", which was directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, the writer and director of "Cimema Paradiso". I saw it in the movie theaters, and it was REALLY good, so I just remembered it and picked it up again today. It's in Italian but has English subtitles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    I just picked up "Malena", which was directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, the writer and director of "Cimema Paradiso". I saw it in the movie theaters, and it was REALLY good, so I just remembered it and picked it up again today. It's in Italian but has English subtitles.

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    I saw Malena on TV a few weeks ago and really liked it as well. I checked online to see what kind of reviews it got and it mostly seemed to have received a lukewarm response. People seemed unimpressed by it. I dunno, it really affected me in some way and I found myself thinking about it a few days after I saw it. Its still fresh in my mind so feel free to discuss your thoughts here.

    And how hot is Monica Bellucci? Super hot!

    I really should check out Cinema Paradiso someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saudade
    I saw Malena on TV a few weeks ago and really liked it as well. I checked online to see what kind of reviews it got and it mostly seemed to have received a lukewarm response. People seemed unimpressed by it. I dunno, it really affected me in some way and I found myself thinking about it a few days after I saw it. Its still fresh in my mind so feel free to discuss your thoughts here.

    And how hot is Monica Bellucci? Super hot!

    I really should check out Cinema Paradiso someday.

    Strange... I saw it when it was in the theaters, and it got positive reviews from the major critics, including the Ebert and Roper folks, and the New York Post. It was also nominated for two Academy Awards.

    I thought it was a very good film, and it very much affected me when I watched it. There was a part in that movie towards the end that was very effective (you know what scene I'm talking about)- the ostracizing.... and the entire persecution of this woman because of her looks was sad, demeaning, and terrible. She was taken advantage of and forced into her situation, and it really did bring home how terrible life can be when you lose everything and have no one to lean on. Dang, it was a very good movie. I can't wait to hook up my DVD and watch it again.

    Monica is just wonderful.... and yeah. She's super hot. She reminds me so much of a modern-day Sophia Lauren!

    What channel was the movie on? I want to get it on my tivo so I can upload it on my computer and burn it to a cd.

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    I saw it on Bravo which I think is a Canadian channel so I’m not sure if it aired in the U.S. But I think Bravo airs a lot of shows that are on the american channels. Like it shows Sex and the City and stuff like that.

    That scene in the square… I felt like I was being kicked in the stomach. Especially because the first part of the movie feels more like a farcical teenage boy coming-of-age movie. Then the movie takes a dark turn. I was pretty stunned with that scene.

    I wasn't aware of this movie when it first came out so you're probably right about it getting good reviews. I had actually never heard of the movie at all, just stumbled across it when it aired.

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    Got Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 3-disc (criterion) BRD collection awhile back, haven't had a chance to view them yet. Has Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, and Lola. I deals with German reconstruction in the mid-20th century (which is very topical for me now, classes currently in European history [WWI] and a Cold War class right now.)

    Criterion stuff is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saudade
    I saw it on Bravo which I think is a Canadian channel so I’m not sure if it aired in the U.S. But I think Bravo airs a lot of shows that are on the american channels. Like it shows Sex and the City and stuff like that.

    That scene in the square… I felt like I was being kicked in the stomach. Especially because the first part of the movie feels more like a farcical teenage boy coming-of-age movie. Then the movie takes a dark turn. I was pretty stunned with that scene.

    I wasn't aware of this movie when it first came out so you're probably right about it getting good reviews. I had actually never heard of the movie at all, just stumbled across it when it aired.
    Yeah, that scene was horrific... and her husband? Wow. You know what I'm talking about. But there were a lot of shockers in that film. The fat dude taking advantage? The father turning his back? All the women in the town? Uuugh. It was depressing. But I definitely thought it was a great movie.

    For a long time, I was a big fine arts theater rat. Then there was a year when there weren't very many movies coming out worth paying that much money for. So I stopped going. Malena was certainly one of my favorites.

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    I'm with Fugazi Dave I guess, I'm into foreign films but only Asian cinema for some reason. I did pick up Triplets of Belleville for obvious reasons but haven't watched it yet .
    I'll recommend:
    Infernal Affairs - Soon to be remade by Hollywood as "The Departed," but watch the original first as it was amazing. Sort of a cat and mouse game between a mole in the police department and a mole in a gang. Also, Infernal Affairs II (prequel) and Infernal Affairs III (sequel) to round out the trilogy.
    Love on a Diet - I'm not usually into romantic comedies but I enjoyed this one a lot. Most Johnnie To films are pretty good and with Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng starring in it you can't go wrong.
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring - About life in general I guess? Philosophical film about the life of a monk from childhood to adulthood, really gets to you emotionally.

    Without going into further details if people want other recommendations I'll just list titles: Oldboy, God of Gamblers, Zatoichi (2004), Shaolin Soccer, God of Cookery, One Nite in Mongkok, Jiang Hu, Turn Left Turn Right, My Wife is a Gangster, My Sassy Girl, Golden Chicken, Casshern.

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    anyone mention City of God? so intense

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    If the French film, Since Otar Left..., doesn't tug at your heartstrings, then you are stone cold dead. Beautifully written, wonderfully acted and a heartwrenching story, about three generations of women in Tblisi, Georgia, coming to grips with a family tragedy.

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    I highly recommend Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman. It's magic. It's a long one but worth it. I think it covers every possible human emotion.
    "I can't go on, I'll go on..." —S. Beckett

    "Ta det lungnt." —Dungen

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