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Old 02-14-05, 09:41 AM   #76
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For the asian cinema buffs and other interested parties, I recommend Takashi Miike

some of his films: "Visitor Q", "Izo", "Happiness of the Katakuris"
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Old 02-18-05, 01:20 PM   #77
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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.
I'm curious if you've travelled in Mexico (other than a border town or two)? I've been to Mexico 4 times, including 2 bike trips. One of the reasons I liked this film so much is that there is a lot of subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) political and sociological commentary throughout the film. Not least of this is the friendship between the two boys who come from very different backgrounds. I find Mexico to be a fascinating country, and this film portrayed the complexities of Mexican society in the context of both a coming-of-age story, and a "road picture".
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There ARE lots of good independent films made in the US. Unfortunately, many of them never get distributed. Among those that are distributed, you usually have to live in a large city to have a chance to view them. Also, more and more cities have film festivals, and these are great places to see independent & foreign films.
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Old 03-17-05, 12:39 AM   #78
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I just saw the movie 2 Seconds, man that's a great one! Have you all seen this? Am I the last to see it. I give 5 stars
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Old 03-18-05, 03:19 PM   #79
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I just saw the movie 2 Seconds, man that's a great one! Have you all seen this? Am I the last to see it. I give 5 stars
Yeah, I dug it. Up until about until the ending at which point I almost puked.
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I agree, the last scene should have been better, I can think of about four ways I would have rather it end. Plus, I wanted to see something happen to Willie, that MF should have been kicked around a bit. The videography in the race scenes at Mammoth Mountain were choice, actually I liked the camera work throughout the film, but really liked the race stuff best.
I've known a few old guys like Lorenzo, they nailed his character.
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Old 11-30-13, 06:54 AM   #81
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RIFIFI- French jewel heist-FILM NOIR- was on TCM 3 mornings ago-great Flic
TOTORO- Mt neighbor Totoro
Magnificent Seven- not foreign-but since it is such a good rip off (more compelling actors)-yeah better-sorta' than the original.
Godzilla-either version
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Old 11-30-13, 07:01 AM   #82
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favorite Italian movie Cinema Paradiso
favorite Japanese Seven Samurai

Babette's Feast is another fav. of mine.

And I love all the Roberto Benigni films. very funny

Mr. Hulot's Holiday

didn't realize how many I liked!
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Old 12-01-13, 04:28 AM   #83
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8 1/2 years is a looong time for a resurrected thread so i'll submit 8 1/2 by fellini as a must see for any serious film fan.
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Old 03-15-14, 07:16 PM   #84
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There are quite a few foreign movies that I love here are just a few:

As a qualified Submarine Sailor, "Das Bot" is my favorite submarine movie. My son and I watched the 6-hour uncut version together.

The Italian movies "Bicycle Thieves" from 1948 is my favorite bicycle movie.

"The Gods must be Crazy" is a great comedy from South Africa.

"My Life as a Dog" is a great movie from Sweden.
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Old 03-16-14, 10:44 AM   #85
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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?
The short answer to your last three questions is yes.
As for your first question I would reword it to "Why are foreign films so much better than modern Hollywood films?" There are many great Hollywood films from the classic era (1930s-1950s) and even went as far as the 1980s. My theory is the over reliance on special effects and action is a result of studios that want to make an easy buck rather than invest is a good story. It is also a result of over reliance on CGI which have made these kinds of movies relatively cheep and easy to produce.
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Old 03-17-14, 12:51 PM   #86
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The short answer to your last three questions is yes.
As for your first question I would reword it to "Why are foreign films so much better than modern Hollywood films?" There are many great Hollywood films from the classic era (1930s-1950s) and even went as far as the 1980s. My theory is the over reliance on special effects and action is a result of studios that want to make an easy buck rather than invest is a good story. It is also a result of over reliance on CGI which have made these kinds of movies relatively cheep and easy to produce.
I'd like to add to that: because the "foreign" movies we are made aware of have been filtered and selected to be shown in our local market. Due to cultural differences, I am sure only the most engaging (story-wise) are picked for screening. I reckon that for every "A Separation" (the oscar-winning foreign pic from last year) there are probably hundreds of crabby foreign movies out there and would not survive a single day in your local market.
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While not foreign to North Americans who live in the middle section known colloquially as the United States of America, this is quite a great film that everyone should see. I speak of course of the Coen Brothers masterpiece: The Big Lebowski. I mean when life gets you down "**** it Dude, let's go bowling".

For true non-'merica films i am quite partial to Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. Das Boot was one I could leave, I watched the directors cut and almost bored myself to death. I don't know what that director was thinking "Ya zeez americanish vill like zee longen scenen wit nothing happeningin" However I should probably watch the shorter version and I am sure it will be much better because the scenes with stuff happening were decent.

One other film I would recommend which is not quite a foreign film but sort of is: Thrown Down Your Heart. It was a film about Béla Fleck traveling to Africa to find the roots of the banjo and play along with some really great musicians along the way. It was cool seeing a really great banjo player struggling with new music that he didn't know.
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Old 03-17-14, 11:55 PM   #88
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I recommend Soldier of Orange, a 1977 Dutch film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Rutger Hauer. The film is set around the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II, and shows how individual students have different roles in the war. Soldier of Orange - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-29-14, 05:02 PM   #89
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Just a few movies from France, Quebec, Spain and Belgium:

C.R.A.Z.Y (2005)
La guerre des tuques (1984) (Quebec); War of the buttons (1962) (France)
Little Nicholas (2009)
The 400 blows (1959)
Forbidden games (1952)
The chorus (2004)
La grande seduction (2003)
The wages of fear (1953)
Incendies (2010)
Four bags full (1956)
Going places (1974)
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Man bites dogs (1992)
Monsieur gangster (1963)
Army of shadows (1969)
Timecrimes (2007)
La Haine (1995)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Open your eyes (1997)

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Old 04-29-14, 11:13 PM   #90
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Watched tonight the DVD Le Samourai, a 1967 French gangster film, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and starring Alain Delon. Pretty good, I've always liked Delon in his gangster mode.
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Old 05-08-14, 08:05 AM   #91
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"A Wednesday"...very surprising!

Also, pretty much anything by Akira Kurosawa.
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Old 06-22-14, 11:17 AM   #92
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Some good movies from China, UK, Japan, South Korea and Iran


House of flying daggers (2004)
The terror live (2013)
Crouching tiger hidden dragon (2000)
Oldboy (2003)
Memories of murder (2003)
A moment to remember (2004)
Hachi: a dog's tale (2009)
The color of paradise (1999)
A separation (2011)
New World (2013)
Cold eyes (2013)


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