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pitboss 02-10-04 10:00 PM

Dang! Forgotten in previous posts:

Seven Samurai
Wicked City
Ninja Scroll

just a few I though worthy of mention

don d. 02-10-04 10:48 PM

Akiro Kurisawa's Dreams and

two of Polanski's movies; Tess and Cul de Sac

Tess is a great historical drama, while Dreams is a conceptual piece.

The Rob 02-10-04 11:32 PM


Originally Posted by Cipo
...I fear Kevin Smith may be the next casualty, as the trailer for his Bennifer studio pic, Jersey Girl, makes it look like some kinda schmaltzy milkdud pap.

Good Grief, I hope not! I have yet to see Mall Rats and Dogma but Smith's other films are low-brow masterpieces. It would surely be a pity if he let himself be assimilated. I'll assume for now that his irreverence is immune. Fingers crossed.

The Rob 02-10-04 11:35 PM


Originally Posted by temp1
Check out American Movie, funny, it feels like a foreign film.

That one was a jaw-dropper. Loved it! A friend told me a few months ago that he saw a copy of Coven ("It's 'KOH-ven!") at Movie Madness here in Portland, but I never remember to look for it.

Brillig 02-11-04 08:50 AM


Originally Posted by lotek
Priscilla queen of the desert funny, quirky, camp

That's a classic.

Brillig 02-11-04 08:52 AM


Originally Posted by Allister
Ooops. That was a bit ot. Ok - good foreign sci-fi - gotta make a vote for Cube. (Does Canadian count as foreign?)

Ah, Canadian. Some great (although bleak and depressing) ones by Atom Egoyan, like Sweet Hereafter and Felicia's Journey.

chewa 02-11-04 09:25 AM


Originally Posted by Neil H
i'll second that about the Juenet films. 'Delicatessen is a classic.

In the UK, BBC4 ran a series of 'World Cinema' culminating in a vote for best film of 2003. 'Belleville Rendezvous' (Triplettes of Belleville)

At the same time another channel screened 'Amores Perros'; a Mexican film from 2000, which is a slant on the 'boy and his dog' theme. Definitely worth a look.

The bicycle theme cannot be complete without a mention of 'Bicycle Theives', (1948, Vitorio De Sica) - still one of the best films ever made.

Excellent choices Neil, though I found Delicattessen a bit dark.

Subway, taxi and Taxi 2 a bit lighter fare.

love the avatar by the way. You an Oor Wullie fan?

cycletourist 02-11-04 03:02 PM

I saw Solas today. The story is a little depressing but I enjoyed the movie. And the spanish is clear with not too much slang so I can use it as a study tool (unlike Y Tu Mama Tambien). This one I will watch many times.

cycletourist 02-11-04 03:06 PM


Originally Posted by Allister
(Does Canadian count as foreign?)

Of course, you are right. Technically, Canadian film is foreign to both of us since you are in Oz and I am in USA. But if canadiam film is as bad as canadian beer I am sure I don't want it :-)

wabbit 02-11-04 06:09 PM

I love Japanese films, especially those of Ozu, from the 50s and 60s. They aren't easy to find but sometimes you can catch them on tv. They are just exquisite. Also I recommend the films of Luis Bunuel, or Pasolini. He directed a version of "the gospel according to St Matthew" which was one of the best foreign films I've ever seen.

As for what makes a good film. I remember Roger Ebert saying that a good movie is never depressing, no matter what it's about. Bad movies are depressing. It's so true. Even if a good movie is about the Holocaust, it'll be sad but not depressing. You won't feel like you wasted two hours out of your life. I remember sitting and sobbing after "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" or "Europa Europa", both of which were about the holocaust, but they were too good to be depressing.

lotek 02-12-04 10:38 AM

Depressing is watching someone play chess with
Death (the grim reaper) for what seems like an eternity
(ok it was only 6 or 7 hours long). :D


wabbit 02-13-04 05:05 PM

There also used to be a lot of german movies I remember seeing on tv late at night. They all seemed to be depressing, and everyone in them died. Of course, considering their not-so-distant history (most of these movies seemed to be made in the 70s), it's not surprising that they'd make movies where everyone died. Guess what- everyone did die!

shecky 02-21-04 01:55 PM

I kinda like "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo", classic Kurosawa samurai flicks.

Two sentimental French movies I like are "My Father's Glory" and "My Mother's Castle", viewed in that order. Based on the memoirs of French Film maker Marcel Pagnol, they're touching stories of growing up in turn-of-the-(last)century France.

Werner Herzog and whacko Klaus Kinski made some great movies together. My faves are "Aguirre: Wrath Of God", and "Fitzcarraldo". There's also a documentary about the stormy relationship between the two, worth watching.

The Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns are lots of fun.

cycletourist 02-26-04 04:12 PM

I watched Y Tu Mama Tambien again last night. It was better the second time - at least this time, having already seen the ending, I understood the female character's motives. But the narrator is still annoying.

cycletourist 02-26-04 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by Cipo
Although I've seen my share of crappy foreign films (most recently, The Spanish Apartment), ...

Bummer. The Spanish Apartment is bad? Darn. I am trying to collect all of Audrey Tautou's movies. Amelie and Venus Beauty Institute are both excellent.

Originally Posted by Cipo
The best movie I saw last year was Man on the Train (now available on dvd), a French film about two strangers' transformation as they become unlikely friends...

Yep, I saw that one just the other night. But I don't understand the ending. Did they really switch places? Or did they just imagine it while they lay there dying?

Cipo 02-26-04 08:00 PM


The Spanish Apartment is bad? Darn. I am trying to collect all of Audrey Tautou's movies.
I didn't much care for it. Audrey Tautou is barely in it. If you didn't catch Dirty Pretty Things during its theatrical run, be sure to check it out when it hits dvd in March; it's her first English-speaking role and it's a very good movie.


Or did they just imagine it while they lay there dying?
That's the way I interpreted it.

RacerX 02-26-04 08:56 PM

Some great picks!
I love Ozu, sublime. Tokyo Story is as relavent now as it was back then, maybe more so now with Baby Boomers coming of age and dealing with their parents.

Herzog--Balthazar is brilliant, I don't have any other words.

Kurosawa has been brilliantly ripped off by Sergio Leone, George Lucas and a host of others but Kurosawa is the original. Most of his films are favorites.

I also love the spagetti westerns. Once Upon a time in America is great.
On the western theme, Unforgiven and Tombstone.

cycletourist 03-09-04 10:41 AM

I saw "Like Water For Chocolate" last night and it was a REALLY good film. You gotta see this one.

Poppaspoke 03-09-04 11:45 AM

Like previous posters let me recommend Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai". It's a great adventure movie (perhap's the greatest) and like other great adventure films (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre or The Wild Bunch) it is driven by the characters.
Jean Cocteau: "Beauty and the Beast", "Orpheus"
Tartovsky (sp?): "Solaris"

Brillig 03-09-04 12:18 PM


Originally Posted by Poppaspoke
Like previous posters let me recommend Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai". It's a great adventure movie (perhap's the greatest) and like other great adventure films (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre or The Wild Bunch) it is driven by the characters.

Yeah. After seeing "artsy" Kurosawa films like Ran and even Rashoman I was slightly surprised how accessible it is. I highly recommend it, don't be scared away by it's length or assuming it's going to be a slow, cerebral art film. It's really a lot of fun to watch.

temp1 03-10-04 11:30 AM


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.
Check out Event Horizon, I loved it.

Cipo 05-25-04 07:39 PM

Here's an interesting double bill that gets behind some of the rhetoric of the past few years:

Osama, the first film from Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, a frightening look at the daily lives of ordinary people under that regime.

In This World, Michael Winterbottom's DV road movie that follows a pair of young Afghan refugees seeking a better life in London

Fugazi Dave 05-25-04 08:27 PM

I tend to really be into Asian films - mostly out of China, Hong Kong (and as far as cinema goes, it's a separate entity from China), Japan, and South Korea. In general terms, Kurosawa was the man, and for contemporary stuff it's all about SABU and Wong Kar-Wai as far as directors are concerned. For cinematographers, I am utterly obsessed with Christopher Doyle and Kazuto Sato. Also minorly infatuated with anything Takeshi Kitano touches.

Specifically, I highly recommend Hero as DP'd by Chris Doyle, as well as Monday and Drive, both of which were Sato/SABU collaborations. And while I have no idea who directed it at the moment, there's a film out there called Dragon Heat that I absolutely adore. Just about the most postmodern film ever made, I figure.

cadence 07-21-04 11:16 AM

What about Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources. So, I know possibly most overlpayed foreign films ever, but what about the music, I just love that theme tune...

s2sxiii 07-21-04 11:41 AM

Foreign Flicks???

Ursula Andress
Catherine Deneuve
and Charo, twice.

sorry, can't miss a celeb jeopardy reference

I've thought of some more foreign ladies i've snogged...

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