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Initial post: 16 Jan 2012 02:20:23 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
Following on from what was supposed to be a one-day thread on Friday 13th in music...

Whaddaya like? Particularly World Cinema, but anything else vaguely artistic.

As well as the movies mentioned previously on the old Fri 13th thread, I am the proud possessor of the Studio Ghibli box set of all 18 of those Japanese anime films from Nausicaa (1984) to Ponyo (2008).

Before you ask, no, I haven't seen Arrietty (the new one) yet.

Just to keep in line with the music theme however, I think The Wonder Boys (Michael Douglas's finest film) is worth a watch if you like the music of that era and gave Bob Dylan his Oscar. (OST includes more Dylan plus Len Cohen, Neil Young and a coupla others you might be aware of)

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 02:41:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2012 02:53:34 GMT
Val H. says:
Happy to participate Mondo. There's a good thread on amazon.us in the Classical Music Forum called Good Movies You've Seen - A Digression where people chat about movies and some TV (tele-movies).

I'm not a huge fan of European cinema in general (cos I'm not terribly arty) but, of course, there are always exceptions. "Le Grand Chemin" springs to mind. And I loved "Amelie". After enjoying "The Next Three Days" (Russell Crowe), I figured the original French film had to be better so I bought Anything For Her [DVD] [2008] but haven't watched it yet. I enjoyed the Swedish film of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (don't rate the books very highly) and don't particularly want to watch the re-make. Loved the Hong Kong film "Infernal Affairs" but have yet to watch the re-make ("The Departed"). And I preferred "Mostly Martha" to the re-make "No Reservations".

Likewise, I'm not a big fan of animation but the Pixar movies are generally fun. My all-time favourite in this genre is The Triplets of Belleville Belleville Rendez-Vous [2003] [DVD] and I have bought (but not yet viewed ) The Illusionist [DVD].

My all-time favourite film is A Man For All Seasons (Collector's Edition) [1966] [DVD] [2007] - perfect script, perfect cast, perfect cinematography, and truly a theme for all time.

Look forward to more discussions here. I'm sure there will be plenty of contributions.

P.S. Films I think of as "arty" that I do like are Orson Welles' F For Fake [Masters of Cinema] [1973] [DVD], The Station Agent [DVD], Blow Up [DVD] [1966] and Femme Fatale [2002] [Dutch Import].

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 03:10:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2012 16:29:53 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
Some goodies there Val. As an animation lover I'm pleased to see Belleville Rendez-Vous on your list, and The Illusionist from the same team. I did actually mention that last one on these fora some months ago and waxed nostalgic about the Edinburgh buses (known as ECT - Electro-Convulsive Therapy, but really Edinburgh Corporation Transport, in my days there) and their colour. I think I said purple and someone else corrected me - maroon! - and after a nudge from Lez Lee I found the ECT archives and discovered the most beautifully named colour ever - they are Madder. How sweet is that? :-)

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 09:11:39 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Sex and The City, Mamma Mia and Pretty Woman......................I'll get me coat

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 09:47:53 GMT
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Post Soviet says:
For me they are foreign films too, not maybe favourite ones...
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Posted on 16 Jan 2012 09:55:12 GMT
Post Soviet says:
Adam's Apples (Adams æbler) [ English subtitles ] [DVD], really recommend this Danish film, just read reviews.

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 10:27:12 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
My particular favourite is Ettore Scola's "Le Bal". Unfortunately, it's not available on DVD but you can see most or all of it on Youtube (start at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G43yMDqmPrg). It's set in a provincial French ballroom and traces major historical events in the twentieth century. The section covering the 1968 student riots might appeal to many people here. There is no dialogue: the story is told entirely through music and action/dancing.
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Posted on 16 Jan 2012 10:44:21 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
In 1974 I watched the lesbian vampire film 'Vampyres' a lust and blood fest. It was dubbed in Greek with German sub-titles, set in England by a Spanish director.
Do I get extra points??!!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 16:05:07 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
i'm sure you got 1 extra point

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 16:18:29 GMT
RAB says:
Two that I've recently enjoyed are The Time Traveller - The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Japan) and Hidden (France). Hidden in particular is superb, it gives very little away until the very end.

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 16:28:15 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
Haven't seen Hidden, but I'll check it out. I've got The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, great film. A German film with excellent music soundtrack is Run Lola Run starring Franka Potente who you might recognise as Matt Damon's GF in the first two Bourne films.

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 16:34:24 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
Just looked at Hidden. Is the recent tv film the same story? I watched that, and enjoyed it!

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 16:45:00 GMT
nephran says:
My fav forrin fillum was a very little known Aussie horror called Out Of The Body...All about Astral projection and released way before Flatliners..

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 17:11:41 GMT
TheFoe says:
A highly acclaimed and for me the best war film ever, is the Russian 'Come And See'. There is little dialogue but it is very realistic and shows the horror of war with the almost robot like emotions that a lot of the Nazi leaders had towards the Russian civillians.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 17:33:33 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
Not particularly fond of Horror films, Neph, although the early stuff from which they sprang is essential viewing - Nosferatu, the various Karloff and Lugosi, Val Lewton thrillers, etc - and more modern stuff IF it's well-made, for instance John Carpenter's The Thing was a masterpiece. Most modern horror lacks subtlety, not to mention bad acting and rubbish scripting.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 17:44:08 GMT
RAB says:
I don't believe so. Are you talking about the Phil Glenister series? Only caught a bit of it but the two were nothing alike.

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 18:00:27 GMT
nephran says:
So close to winning with Pink Mondo Ray...That nasty Cornish fellow did for its!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 18:05:26 GMT
CHEEZE says:
Thank God!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 18:09:56 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
Yeah, he's a baddie, Neph! :-)

Whaddaya mean, CHEEZE?!?

It's my fault for voting for Neil Young!

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 18:16:27 GMT
S.R.J says:
I adore this film -" Cinema Paradiso [1989] [DVD] " The story of a little boy who falls in love with cinema.
S.R.J

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 18:17:06 GMT
A funny Irish (well some of you might think thats foreign) about a Galway copper - fabulous Brendan Gleason, teamed with a cool I drugs cop, the equally fabulous in a very different way Don Cheadle.....its funny and sweary and very Irish (bit like the equally fantastic In bruges)
The Guard [DVD]

In Bruges [DVD]

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 18:27:49 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
I mentioned Cinema Paradiso on the Fri 13th thread as being a massive favourite. I've got the 4 disc deluxe edition. Disc 1 is the original 118min theatrical release, disc 2 Tornatore's 167min director's cut, disc 3 90mins of special features, disc 4 is the 23 track complete Ennio Morricone score.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 18:32:18 GMT
S.R.J says:
Sorry Mondo, missed that, I actually got my copy free with the Observer years ago! 4 versions eh....talk about keen!
S.R.J

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 18:35:19 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
ko73 - another fave - In Bruges is the funniest gangster film ever. As Jonathan Ross said of it - it's got drink, drugs, prostitutes and dwarfs in it - what more could you ask? Well, there's also Bruges, of course. This is part of the reason you have to watch the film lots of times. The story is just so clever, and the ending, which we won't spoil here, beautifully contrived, but if anyone says they saw it coming, they're lying!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 18:41:19 GMT
TheFoe says:
Hi SRJ, as you're quite hard to track down can I recommend you Ember - Land Under Water, on Spotify. It's folk, country and it's good!! :-)
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