Movies I Recommend

Life Is Beautiful – An incredible film about perspective, reality, and imagination. The message: life is beautiful, but only if you choose it to be. I cried like a little bitch.

Y Tu Mama Tambien – A movie about two horny teenage boys. The “Oh shit!” ending is a natural result of what happens when you let sexual desire dominate.

City of God – Brazilian movie about life in the favela, order in anarchy. Death, drugs, and sex surround great characters and storytelling.

None of these movies are in English. Lately I’m finding that only foreign films are capable of telling me a story with characters I care about.

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Watch All About My Mother, another good one in Spanish.

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I’ve seen the first two. They are both great. I still need to check out City of God. I’ve been hearing good things about it for years, but I am lazy.

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I reccomend all of Almodovar’s movies (All About My Mother, Talk to Her, etc.)

If you like Brazillian movies, Central Station is also very good.

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Paradise Now (2005) is an interesting foreign film as well…

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City of God is an outstanding film. Highly recommended.

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I forgot the title, but there’s a really great movie that was about two suicide bombers in Israel the day before they attack. Sober and powerful.

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Anon: you are talking about Paradise Now

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You might give “Walk on Water” or “My life in Pink” a shot

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try legally blonde 1 & 2….classics

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saw the preview and met the director of Y Tu Mama Tambien. Excellent flick

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Foreign films are for the most part willing to go where American films will not(social commentary and realism)–with the exception of a few brilliant American gems.

I’ve seen all those you mentioned–beautiful movies. You should look into Pedro Almodovar movies (he is one of the best living directors in my opinion)…
someone else mentioned All About My Mother & Talk to Her is incredible.

Also–A French short called “See the Sea” is jarring and insane…Francois Ozon…another incredible director made that one.

Enjoy!

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I saw Pan’s Labyrinth a few weeks ago. That was great. Y Tu Mama Tambien was quite good also.

Some ‘shorts’ that really moved me were ‘Six Shooter’ by Martin McDonagh. It’s an Irish film and it really played with my mind and emotions.

The other one that I really like (though I am a bit biased, since I love all Icelandic exports) is ‘Sidasti baerinn i dalnum (The Last Farm).’ By Runar Runarsson, an Icelander, it is so beautiful and showcases the desolation (though quite amazing in its solitude) of the Icelandic country side. It’s one I highly recommend.

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What?!?!? No valentines day post? Not even a brutally honest observation and commentary of valentines day?

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Some other great foreign films: Maria Full of Grace, Johnny Stecchino and Me, You, Them.

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My favorite foreign flick has always been Hard Boiled. Not quite the Valentine’s Day fare, that.

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those are all excellent films.

you may want to check out the following:

– old boy – korean flick about a bizarre commercial prison and the impact. very good.

– pan’s labyrinth – guillermo del toro at his finest. this is currently in theatres and very much worth the time. superb story.

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You’d like La Dolce Vita.

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These are two short films that I really really enjoy.

‘Six Shooter’ by Martin McDonagh (Ireland). Totally couldn’t see where this film was taking me, definitely took me for a spin.

‘The Last Farm’ by Runar Runarsson (Iceland). Depicts the beautiful and haunting desolation of the Icelandic countryside. Sadly beautiful movie, definitely tugged at emotions.

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Watch:
Cinema Paradiso
Moartea Domnului Lazarescu
Fantomas
Sobachye serdtse
La Dolce Vita

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here’s another vote for “talk to her”. great movie.

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All of those are great. Rent Tsotsi, a South African film, as well.

My girl and I had to stop Y Tu Mama Tambien for a quickie while watching it. Some pretty in your face sexuality that would never fly with American made movies.

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all very good choices. the pool scene in “tambien” is gold.

my personal favorite: ‘in the company of men’.

homoerotic suggestiveness notwithstanding, you’ll know why.

off-topic. interesting link:
http://www.blog.speculist.com/archives/001189.html

“7) The male’s biological program – fulfilled in copulation mainly – never ends. The female program continues as from puberty UNTIL childbirth. Then, the character of the female program changes utterly. It is no longer biased to reduce the pain of not being pregnant and thus there is significantly less drive to copulate. Other factors sustain the relationship (if successful) such as need to maintain the loyalty of and provisioning and protection by the male. As societies of humans become more and more “civilized”, the powerful males and all females engage in efforts to coerce loyalty through law and culture. The more successful such laws the higher the culture that results until unsustainable end points begin to be reached wherein females no longer feel a need to copulate in order to preserve male loyalty and protection – such services being coerced or provided by the law and instruments of society. At this point the male(s) will become pathologically depressed and seek to satisfy the imperatives of the program by virtual means (fantasy and pornography) or actual means (defection – adultery, and abandonment).”

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Seen all three – all three are fantastic.

I also recently saw Volver and loved it. I’m a huge fan of foreign language films.

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The Japanese translation of Kenny Rogers’s “Six Pack” is sublime.

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Thirding La Dolce Vita. So ahead of its time. Roosh, you’ll love it

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Talk to Her and Y tu Mama Tambien. Absolutely.

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one of the things I miss most about DC is this place.

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“the wedding banquet” by ang lee has some real funny moments in it. when you regain the trust of american film, devour all of neil labute’s movies, except for “possession.”

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Brotherhood of the Wolf…I think its French, the social/political commentary is rather interesting

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