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Non-US movies
« on: January 16, 2012, 11:08:48 pm »
<Disclaimer>This isn't a jab against the United States or its citizens</Disclaimer>

On reddit, there was a thread about "What prejudices does your culture have against Caucasians?" which I think is an interesting question because we usually hear about the reverse perspective. Turned out that most prejudices were about Americans. That's too be expected because the US exports its culture so much. How many Spanish movies do you think the average person in Bangkok ever saw? Probably none. How many Hollywood productions? Probably a lot.

So this thread is about this gap in culture export. Suggest an entertaining non-US movie (with available English subtitles) you think we should see. Either something from your own country (preferably) or something from another country you liked.

Specific titles please. Wath all the Japanese Animes!!! isn't good enough.

So let's start.

I suggest the movie "Bon Cop, Bad Cop". It's a buddy cop movie with all the action and explosions you might expect (and all the hockey you might expect from a movie shot in Canada). It's two cops from Quebec and Ontario forced to work together after a murder victim is found across the provincial border. The movie alternates between French and English (there's translated subtitles so you can understand everything).

Overall, it's a fun popcorn movie about the culture clashes in Canada. And hockey.

If it's not available are your local rental store, you can find it on The Pirate Bay (not providing link for legal reasons but you can find it on your own).

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Re: Non-US movies
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2012, 11:26:51 pm »
Well, regarding films from my own country, I would suggest "Der WiXXer" (officially translated as "The TriXXer", but literally it is more of a misspelled "the wanker"). I do not know if English subtitles or a dub are readily available, but let me sum it up. I will use the German names, the English ones are just alterations in order to not have to spell any obscene words.
The story, which is a parody of a German film based on "The Ringer" by Edgar Wallace, revolves around Inspector Very Long and Chief Inspector Even Longer hunting a criminal known as "Der Wixxer", known for killing several other known figures in the British crime scene, as well as Longer's former partner, Rather Short. Their way leads them to Blackwhite Castle, where the Earl of Cockwood resides, whose butler Alfons Hatler has some weird antics. I have not seen it recently enough to recall any more non-spoiler details, sorry about that. Still, it is utterly hilarious if you enjoy puerile humor. There is a sequel to it, too.

Regarding films that are also foreign to me, I am kinda disappointed by "Wath all the Japanese Animes!!! isn't good enough.". My favorite Anime series would be Digimon, by the way, but none of the movies I would exceptionally recommend. In the Tokusatsu department, I am a bit of a Sentai geek, so I would recommend Gokaiger Goseiger 199 Hero Great Battle - a teamup of the two most recent shows in the series with every previous season. It somehow manages to create nostalgia for shows I have never watched.
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Re: Non-US movies
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012, 11:27:00 pm »
Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)


Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora É Outro (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within)



Two highly celebrated brazilian movies. The second one is Brazil's biggest box office grossing EVER.


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Re: Non-US movies
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 07:28:29 am »
Two good ones are: 

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi  (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0363226/) and Run Lola Run (Lola rennt- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0130827/)

They are both kind of old but two of my favorites! This is an interesting topic :)

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Re: Non-US movies
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 08:56:58 am »
Some British classics:










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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012, 11:49:16 am »
The Wicker Man is one of my favorite movies ever.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 02:36:35 pm »
I've always liked the 1998 German film "Run Lola Run."  It's got to be one of the most fast paced movies ever made.  It covers the same period of time, three different times showing how a few small changes completely alter the outcome of events.  It's also got some really cool music if you like techno, which I do.  The girl in it is really cute too, if you like punk rock chicks, which I do.

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Re: Non-US movies
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2012, 03:32:02 am »
I just watched La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In) starring Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya.

IMDB blurb:

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Oh yeah, Pedro Almodóvar sure knows how to lay in a shock value in his films!  This is no exception!



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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2012, 03:45:08 am »
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Snatch
Layer Cake
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Get Carter
Leon
Taxi
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2012, 02:12:06 pm »
I to enjoy Run Lola Run and have the DVD.  I learned a little bit of German by watching the movie in German and reading the subtitles.

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Re: Non-US movies
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2012, 12:16:53 am »
I like Attack the Block...not sure if that made it to America, but it is Film4 productions.

Awesome film about aliens and chavs.




Also an awesome little film is belleville rendezvous. A french cartoon about a kidnapped cyclist and his gran and dog who go in search of him. Mostly no speech which is cool.


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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 11:42:34 am »
Roman Polanski's "Death and the Maiden" -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109579/ -- made in Spain -- saw it years ago on DVD at a friend's place -- excellent film!

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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2012, 12:38:30 pm »
Elite Squad is awesome!

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain                                      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/

another french movie, still in cinemas: Intouchables             http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/

any movie directed by Luc Besson                              http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000108/ especially Subway

Oldboy                                                                                 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364569/

mononoke hime                                                                  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119698/

Lucía y el sexo                                                                     http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0254455/

Schlafes Bruder - Brother of Sleep                                        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114354/

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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2012, 05:24:09 pm »
Dutch movies are not very well known internationally.. but there are a few pretty good ones anyway:
Zwartboek (Black Book): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/
Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076734/
Amsterdamned: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094651/ (terrible movie, but fun anyway :D )


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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2015, 08:37:09 pm »
I'm not a movie guy.
[/size]I used to watch almost no movies.
[/size]I started growing interest on cinema after watching Nobody Knows, by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
[/size]It was a period of my life where I was just picking random DVDs at a uni library. I picked this one.
[/size]Astonishing. Just few dialogues. Just few music.
[/size]For me, it was a proof of cinema, the art of mastering images in motion to tell a story. Much less dependent on sounds and words than the movies I've watched till then.
[/size]That's why I think it's a great movie.
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[/size]Kore-eda also made Air Doll, a extremely poetic piece of cinema with a wonderful soundtrack.