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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 3 Mar 2009 06:46
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99 From Around The World: My Favorite Foreign Flix

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People who added this item 61 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.5
Saint Nick (2010)

For those of you may like your festive foreign films to have a bit of an edge (like the kind of edge you might find at the end of a large bladed object),
well then,
y'all may want check out "Saint" ("Sint" in it's original Dutch title.....don't know why Listal has it listed as "Saint Nick" in it's english translation, but whatever.......).
It even features a few Black Petes, though why they're called Black has nothin' to do with their skin color. It's about what these guys and their jolly ol' leader do on when they're out on their slayrides.

Lady Snowblood is an asian butt-kicking femme with whom I fell in love with instantly after her first foray in film the year previous.
In Love Song of Vengeance she returns, but with her primary goal of vengeance already satiated from the original movie, she then sets her mind and her katana (although through circumstances not of her choosing) towards the political realm of espionage.
And as we all know, there's more than enough blood in that arena to quench the thirst of anyone's (man or woman) sword.

People who added this item 95 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Mothra (1961)

One of the things I liked about the Toho daikaiju was their ability to incorporate really cool and creative story-ideas into the middle of the rubbery cheese that was running amok thru the cardboarded streets and buildings of Nippon.
Mothra being my favorite example. Two tiny little beauties act almost as their familiars, who communicate telepathically with great godlike beast. Also, Mothra is usually treated as a Phoenix-like entity, in that every time it dies, it is soon resurrected as a giant egg, soon to hatch into it's larvae form (almost as equally formidable as it's adult moth stage).
For me, it's the over-all mythological slant that accompanies this particular kaiju that sets it apart from it's floppy-footed counterparts and therefore makes it one of my more favorites of the eastern-themed genre.
People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7

Before there was Beatrice Kiddo, the Bride, waking up after her supposed death and staining the snow with blood in Kill Bill vol. 1*,
there was Yuki Kashima, aka Lady Snowblood, doing the exact same thing. But unlike the Bride, who did it as a homage to the Pinky Violence genre, Lady S did it as the originator of these kinds of story themes and was an early entry into the field of female film bad-assery.

* (For any fans of the Kill Bill films, the battle scene where Kiddo goes Hanzo sword to Hanzo sword with O-Ren Isgii was inspired by this movie.)
People who added this item 795 Average listal rating (402 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Thirst (2009)
Y'know, in their earliest appearances in the cinema, vampires were made to be that dwelled within the genre of horror.
After a while, particularly through the sixties and 70's, the idea of a fanged neck-biter became aligned more on the campyness of creature features. Nowadays, we tend to divide 'em into the two categories: that of the comic-book crowd (as in Blade) or worse, in the rallying side of the romantics (you know what I'm talking about).
In this film, we get to see the concept of vampirism in manner that was probably the original intention of those whose first spawned the folklore:
As a soul-craving thirst to unleash our deepest desires and darkest urges with an immortality that flies above pitiful human morals.

I never realized that I scribe down something so.... Freudian.
People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
A porn flick that has to be seen to be believed. This is one of those rare cases where the term "legend" is not used loosely. And neither is the word "fist".

Oh wait....
I think I might be getting this mixed up with another movie......
People who added this item 1277 Average listal rating (722 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Audition (2000)
Y'know how when you try to wake up your foot after it's fallen asleep and it then feels like there are a hundred thin needles piercing thru the flesh? Raise the level of that feeling from uncomfortable to horrific,
add a little razor-wire and an angelic smile, and there you go. You've got this movie.
Rarely does the face of horror look so beautiful and hurt so torturously bad at the same time.

People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (114 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7
Noroi (2005)
A horror mockumentary in almost the exact same vein as Blair Witch Project.
To be honest, this story of an ancient curse bought forth to modern times comes off as a bit more complicated than it needs to be, not to mention some of the side paths the plot takes feels like they could've been edited out.
But still, the end does add a bit of freakiness horror that is usually expected in shaky-cam subcategory of the horror genre.
By no means perfect, but still, as someone who has grown restlessly tired of the formulaic so-called scare flick that the American movie market has been cranking out for the past decade or so,
I'm just glad to see any effort that steps out of the today's horror-themed same-ol' same-ol'.

People who added this item 372 Average listal rating (214 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Cronos (1993)

What is the secret if eternal life?
Why, human blood, of course.
So if you wanna live forever, try becoming a gosh-to-honest vampire.
But, as we all know by now (from watching movies like this one), there comes quite a high price to pay for becoming an eternal bloodsucker.
A price that kinda gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "get busy living or get busy dying".

People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Rammbock (2010)
Zombies who speak German. Well, not actually speak.....
growl is more like it. But still, whatever noise you can hear rumbling from outta their rotworm-infested mouths, it's definitely Deutschland.

Actually, to be honest, while I liked this film, when it comes to the zombie genre, I still found to be somewhat underwhelming. However I decided to still include it on this list just because any time anyone makes an honest effort to create a quality zombie flick with it's own unique twist, it's always a good thing.
Besides, as just a stand alone foreign flick, it has enough for me to give it's own entry here.
People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Invisible (2002)
A high school teenager finds himself to be invisible to all the other kids in school. And not just cuz of his lack of personality.
The boy's a ghost. And thus begins a tale of redemption from beyond the "other side".

The Invisible (or Den Osynlige, in it's original Swedish title) is yet another fine example of a "foreign" film that got went largely ignored here in the United States because Hollywood decided to produce an inferior remake instead. And of course, in this remake (also called The Invisible, BTW), they eliminated most of the distinctive elements of the original and replaced it with the standard tricks that are supposed to help make the movie a success at the box office.
Which it wasn't.
Gotta love those formula flicks, huh?
People who added this item 556 Average listal rating (371 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Troll Hunter (2010)
Not as scary as the kind as you might find on the internet,
but just as ugly.
And these guys are HUGE!

To be honest,
I completely agree with the title of this film.
We truly need to simply just let sleeping corpses lie.
Cuz if we did,
we wouldn't have to worry about all this zombie apocalypse craziness.
And there would be no need to have to publish any handbooks depicting how to handle the situation.
Not to mention that our delectable edible brains (a cornerstone of any zombie's nutritious breakfast) would be able to sleep alot easier at night.

People who added this item 463 Average listal rating (301 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5

Now while I agree with most people that (Legend Of The) Drunken Master II was technically a better and more masterful movie, this film is the beginning, and my favorite one featuring Jackie Chan's comedic style of "combat". There are still times when I watch the action scenes of DM and they still seem as energetic, cool and creatively crazy today as back when this first came out.
And to this day, there are many times when those alcoholic induced martial arts moves inspire me to think "I bet I could fight like that too."
If I was drunk.
Really drunk.

People who added this item 92 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Okay, lemme start off by saying that I'm not that a big fan of the slasher flick. So it's rare that I like one (I made a list of the few that I like watching, and it only came out to ten films). What's even more rare is that I'll like a slasher flick sequel.

I enjoyed the first Cold Prey enough to see why it was such a surprise success. This 2nd installment, made more as a result of that the first one did so well (as opposed to a story that had always been planned to be made as a series from the start), follows the standard of other sequels that came from unexpected successful movies; it's not as good as the original. However, because it was somewhat willing to venture outside the formula it's predecessor, it felt more as an extension of the first film & not simply as a xerox-copied script hoping to just lazily cash in.
People who added this item 1175 Average listal rating (735 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Suspiria (1977)
A young woman travels from the States to Germany so that she can enroll into a prestigious academy of dance. And soon finds that, instead of the graceful gallop of ballet, her instructors are more focused on the mystic moves that come from dancing with the devil.

No matter what decade of cinema it is, past or present, most movies that have a dark themed story-line about dark magic try to convey their dark feeling of darkness by monochromatically limiting the color schemes to one or two dark colors. However, Suspiria jumps to the other side of the spectrum and emphasizes vibrant colors in order to convey the blackness of the stygian magicks that are brewing in it's plot.
People who added this item 83 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
El Norte (1983)
Considered by many film critics as a spanish version of Grapes Of Wrath, this film tells the story of Enrique and Rosa, a brother and sister pair who are forced to flee the civil war torn country of Guatemala after the rest of their family have been either killed or captured by soldiers. Deciding that the only place where a couple of Mayan Indians may stand a chance of a fruitful future is the U.S. they begin a trek that takes them through the equally troubled land of Mexico. But as they transpire north, they find that as harrowing as the journey "up" was, their struggles don't end when they finally reach the "promised land".
Just as people of peasant stock were looked upon only as "strong arms" for cheap labor in their native land, they quickly realize that this a view that is still the same in "el Norte".

People who added this item 357 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Here is a tale of two brothers, one a reformed criminal, the other an aspiring police officer, and the obvious conflicts that can result from such a compromising situation.

Released at a time when the average Hong Kong action flick was festering in it's own overly recycled plot elements, this is the movie that redefined the formula of flying fists and shell-spewing gunfights, and put the then-burnt-out genre on a path for a better tomorrow. It's a film that's also famous for being the one that put the already experienced John Woo onto the directorial map and made Chow Yun-Fat an international star. Therefore, driving the "better tomorrow" metaphor into the better part of next week.
People who added this item 196 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.9
A band of police detectives decide to go rogue and take vengeance on a gangleading drug-dealer for their fallen comrade-in-arms.
However, they soon find out that even the most well-planned revenge raid can go wrong. And just when they think that it can't get any worse than finding themselves at the mercy of their enemy.
it does.

La Horde is the kind of film that once you shamble out of the theater after watchin' it, you will realize that no matter how bad a situation you're life is in, you haven't hit rock bottom until you've hit the level of a zombie apocalypse.
Kinda makes you wanna start smelling the roses, huh?
A quiet and single clockmaker is visited by the local police and is reported that his son has committed a murder.
Now, as he contemplates the why's of his son's actions, he begins to delve into the nature of their relationship and into the nature of the crime.
A road of reflection that eventually leads the clockmaker into an internal confrontation with his own deceptions as a parent and now, must find a way to come to terms with his past.
L'horloger de Saint-Paul is a film that, while it may not live up to the levels of the New French Wave movement that preceded it, still makes a worthy effort into the introspective type of storytelling that put this kind of cinema on the map.

People who added this item 651 Average listal rating (390 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Hard Boiled (1992)

Do you like movies that feature bullets, babies, lots of all-out, gun-toting action and that don't come sunny-side up?
Then this is the film for you.

People who added this item 366 Average listal rating (183 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9

Here's a movie that is remembered not just as probably the best foreign film of the year 1977, but also as a movie where two actresses alternatively play the same female lead character. Her name is Chica, a woman who happens to be a Sevillian flamenco dancer and at the same, an off-and-on temperamental tease. And when you think about it, two ladies making up one woman of that particular make up, it leads to a very profound and philosophical question;
is there any object of desire more obscure than that?

People who added this item 940 Average listal rating (521 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8
Now here's a movie from Germany with a story that reveals how all we mortals are walking around this planet Earth with angels on our shoulders.
Well, actually, that we Earth bound beings have angels looking over our shoulders.
This is the "foreign" film which the box office smash City Of Angels was remade from. However, as is standard with most American remakes of cinema from outside their borders, the original subtitled version is the one to see since it's free of all the "Hollywoodifactions" that have a strong tendency to dilute all the conceptual aspects that gave the original it's distinctive flavor.

People who added this item 621 Average listal rating (349 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
I'm usually not a big fan of period pieces, but every once in a while, a petticoat or two does find a way to creep silently into one of my lists of film faves.
A dying woman in the 1800s spends her final days in a family mansion with her two sisters. Hopelessly trying to find some connection with her two siblings, emotional comforts seems to come only in the form of the hired help.
Even after dreamily returning after her death, when it comes to facing one's mortality, it's seems like strengthening the bonds between the family requires more that crossing interdimensional distances.

People who added this item 1945 Average listal rating (1020 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)
As I get on in years, I've tried to keep my mind open to as many styles of film as possible by not limiting myself to liking any specific kind of genre. But the truth is, if I looked at all the films that I've enjoyed the most, the category that would occupy the largest amount on my list would definitely go the science fiction genre. And when it comes to the idea of high production value for the purposes of a high scale sci-fi flick,
this is the aptly titled one that started it all.

People who added this item 797 Average listal rating (501 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Guillermo Del Toro's tale of how an orphanage-turned-temporary safe-haven begins to show signs of a haunting after one of the orphan boys disappears (can you see why I stressed the comparison to Del Toro on my Orhanage entry?).
A story that may seem somewhat simplistic at first,
but when combined with the background dramas of both the lead characters, along with those hinted at of the supporting characters, along with the blatant "not-so-blatant" metaphors that are the director's strong-suit (that is, it's his strong-suit only if he isn't directing a Hellboy movie),
The Devil's Backbone turns out to be a satisfyingly rich movie that goes more for creepy metaphysical melodrama than it does for in-your-face scare tactics.

People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Since the beginning of civilization, there have been people who struggled to make it to the "promised land". Haydar and Meryem are a couple who have left behind their home in the hopes of exchanging a "turkey" of a country for a small slice of heaven. And even though their trek through a series of heartfelt hardships is a story that ultimately becomes just one out of a million, it is also an inspired tale that, with it's very first step, began as a journey of hope.

People who added this item 5320 Average listal rating (3661 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Amélie (2001)
A French film of such a picturesque quality, both in it's scenery as in it's colorful storyline, that one can't help but walk away from this movie with a smile that may contain a certain je ne sais quoi.

People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
The dead have come back to life. But this time, they're not out for blood, brains or body parts. They just want to live amongst the living.
Thus begins the process of re-integration and healing.
But if anyone thinks that people can just go on to the other side, and then just come right back, they're wrong. Dead wrong.
Oh, okay, maybe that makes this movie sound a bit more cryptic than it really is, but still,
the message of "you just can't go home again" still applies.

Le Revenants/They Came Back is definitely whay you'd call an unconventional take on the zombie genre.
People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Europa Europa (1990)
Man, I love these kinds of movies!
Foreign flicks which center around the Jewish persecution during the rise of the Third Reich. Because of the seriousness of the subject matter, lots of effort is usually put into the story, the acting and just overall whole production of the film. The kind of high quality effort that usually results in high quality cinema.
Maybe it's not the kind of escapist fantasy done for "fun" that the majority of mainstream movie goers for, with the intent of just killing a few hours, but it is the type of film that allows for the kind of discussion of celluloid art that lasts long after the movie is over and that true connoisseurs crave for.

People who added this item 1482 Average listal rating (864 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
Salvatore is a boy who lives in a small Italian village.
And passing the time at the local cinema is the villager's favorite pass-time. With the exception of Salvatore. For him, the movies aren't just a way to kill a few hours. They're an obsession. The movie images that flash on the theater screen provide him with a window to the life and to the lessons that exist beyond the borders of the hamlet he calls home.

In short, Cinema Paradiso is a simple small town story that's just simply about love.
Love for the cinema,
love for a lifelong friend,
and of course, love for a woman.
People who added this item 838 Average listal rating (442 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
In early 1900's Sweden, a well-to-do family suddenly finds it household radically shaken when the father dies of a stroke. Seen through the eyes and minds of the two youngest children Fanny and Alexander (mostly Alexander's though), the clandestine drama unfolds between stark reality and childlike imagination.

Directed by legendary filmmaker Ingar Bergman, this is a movie that is a defining moment in what I interpret to be arthouse filmmaking. The story is set up so that the momentum of the movie is dictated by the twists and turns that naturally spawn from life's turmoils, therefore avoiding the linear unreality that usually results from the formula of more mainstream features. But it doesn't stray too far off the road that the plot loses its stream of purpose. The artistic abstraction comes more in the style that the story is presented, so that the viewer isn't left stranded in the middle of a bunch vague blank spaces that he or she has to fill in him/herself.
People who added this item 290 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Cell 211 (2009)
Juan is about to start his new life as a father and his new job as a prison guard. However, on his first day he is accidentally knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, he finds that all hell has broken loose in the prison as a riot has begun to rage and the police staff have "abandoned ship". Alone amidst the chaos, Juan must now convince the rioting prisoners that he is one of them if he wishes to come outta the whole thing alive. And as the situation deepens, he soon finds himself trying to convince himself more than his fellow "cellmates".

A terse and twisty turvy tale of survival in a Spanish prison, with some pretty brilliant acting that allows the story of Cell 211 to turn loose and go beyond just being a simple display of pure escapism.
People who added this item 819 Average listal rating (509 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Yojimbo (1961)
Who ya gonna call when a humbled town is being torn apart by two warring clans?
"Yo! Jimbo!"

Akira Kurosawa's answer to "The Man With No Name" type of cowboy flicks. And of course, I'm sure it goes without saying that the Clint Eastwood classic "A Fistful of Dollars" was basically a remake of this.
So, I guess you can say that Yojimbo is sorta like a sushi eastern with a splash of spaghetti western on it.
Wait, that doesn't make any sense, does it?
Ah, screw it.
Let's just say that when it comes to Kurosawa klassics, this is one of those must-sees for anyone who considers themself to be a serious film student.

People who added this item 209 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
L'Argent (1983)
Money is often credited as the root of all evil. Even if that money is a forgery. And it's evil usually compounds with interest.
A counterfeit bill passes hands from one situation to another and ends up starting a chain reaction of events that spans years. Starting with deceit, the fake cash then leads to theft, incarceration and eventually, to a pretty hefty dose of bloodshed.

Directed by one of France's leading auteurs, L'Argent is that type of art film made for the type of fans who enjoy looking deeper into cinema than just what's on front of the screen. Meaning that if all you look for in movies is the typical color-by-the-numbers kind of story-telling, then this probably is not a flick that you'd want to spend any "reel" money on.
People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Love knows no bounds.
Even in the midst of an intergalactic war with a buncha Martians (in this case, they are particular type of Martian known as "Tarsians"),
this movie shows that as long as you've got a cell phone, a good distance carrier & a hell of alot patience,
long distance relationships can work.

And as most of us who've been stuck in a short distance relationship for quite a while know,
sometimes, the idea of flyin' around in space in cool manga tech-gear & battling a buncha aliens, light years away from Earth, sounds alot like heaven.
People who added this item 387 Average listal rating (277 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Rare Exports (2010)

Forget what you may have learned about Santa's origins in the Santa Claus Is Coming To Town tv special. This movie shows that St. Nick started out more as a punishing vigilante whose purpose was rooted in a dark quest for justice against those youngins who ended up on the naughty list. Back then, it was the bad kids who had to "put one foot in front of the other" as they ran like hell if they wanted even the slimmest chance of living long enough to see the New Year.
forget all those stupid Chuck Norris internet memes that you see running ridiculously rampant all over the world wide web. The reality is, his so-called brass balls could never hope to stand a chance against Bruce Lee's raging fists of fury. Let's face it, Chuck's milquetoast martial arts style is nothing but a mockery of a not so mortal combat. The truth is, there is only one true path to the style of the original oriental street fighting technique. And that way is through the path of the man known simply as The Dragon and his Chinese Connection.

People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (124 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Iron Monkey (1993)

Monkey see, Monkey fu.

People who added this item 321 Average listal rating (199 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Adam's Apples (2005)
In Casino Royale, an actor exported from Denmark, Mads Mikkelsen played the role of a bad guy who bled from his eyes, based off a James Bond book by Ian Fleming.
In Adam's Apples, he plays a sick guy who bleeds from his ears based off the Book Of Job by ....well, uhm.... God, I guess.
Either way, same actor, two completely different yet distinctively cool movies.

This film may be Danish, but the pastry theme referred to by the movie title is more towards pie. An apple pie, of course.
A neo-Nazi troublemaker by the name of Adam is just released from prison and must join a rehabilitation program, as part of his parole. He meets the head of the program, Ivan, a priest who, despite having a dangerous tumor in his brain, gives extra meaning to the term blind faith.
Adam decides that if he can break the faith of this man of faith, then the road to rehabilitation will be easy as pie. Until he finds that making the pie, especially from scratch, that part ain't no piece of cake.
People who added this item 1684 Average listal rating (970 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Nosferatu (1922)

Before there was Lestat, Blade, Eli, that whimpy, waspy whitey, Edward Cullen, or even Dracula hisself,
there was this guy.
The first vampire ever to be captured on screen and still is, by far, the creepiest looking bloodsucker of all time.

Oh alright, I know I know...the vampire's name is not Nosferatu, it's Olak. Count Olak, to be exact.
But it"s just that I think that Nosferatu is such a cool demonic sounding name. Like Belathauzer or Astaroth. It makes him sound more like the personage of darkness that he resembles. Olak sounds more like an alien name that you would find on Star Trek. The 60s TV show, not any of the movies
And yes, I also understand that Nosfer....uhmn, I mean Olak was really supposed to be Dracula. The producers couldn't get the rights to Dracula so they changed the capillary count's name to Olak. So that to say this Count came before that Count might be a bit of a slight.
I know all this.
But still, after all the different renditions that have been done of the King of All Vampires, none of 'em have come close to resembling anything like the Nosf, and even more important, none of ' em have come close to looking as blood curdling. Add to that the misty quality and the rusty, monochromatic atmosphere that comes from being such an early piece of cinema, and there can be no doubt that Nosferatu is a life draining, nightmarish force of nocturnal nature all it's own.
People who added this item 1022 Average listal rating (569 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7

A simple story of a simple girl who discovers that she can simply leap thru time. But instead of using her powers for good, or even for evil for that matter, she uses it in a manner that we all wish we could if we were so magically endowed (especially if we were her age): to make up time when we were late, to retake exams we didn't study for, to get to our favorite snacks in the fridge before our annoying little siblings got the chance to polished 'em off, etc..
Which all leads up to a simple coming of age story that is as simply and beautifully told as it is simply and beautifully animated.
Simply put, simply beautiful.

People who added this item 162 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Pixote (1981)
Pixote is a pretty amazing piece of work that depicts an unblinking view into the justice system of a country that is overrun with crime and poverty in its streets and with bleak and bloated corruption in it's penal system.
We follow the exploits of a ten year old homeless criminal named Pixote as he endures the unscrupulous savagery within the prison walls and the harsh hoodlum lifestyle without.

The City Of God of the 80's (actually, since this movie came out first, City Of God should be referred to as the Pixote of the new millenium), this is a film that provides an unwavering window view into the world of ruined rural orphans whose numbers in that part of the globe have gotten grotesquely out of control.
The year is 1940, and a traveling movie theatre has just shown the film version of "Frankenstein" to a small village in Spain (which has just started recovering from it's recent civil war). Transformed by what she sees on the screen, young Ana, along with her sister Isabel, becomes determined to search out this "spirit-monster".

This is the type of arthouse film that I think can easily get pushed into the category of those other films that are so abstract, that they tend to get parodied or spoofed as vague un-understandable cinematic claptrap.
While I agree that Spirit Of The Beehive's visual presentation likes to include alot of open spaces for it viewers to interpret, I think that there's enough (more than enough, actually) in it's story to keep these interpretations reeled in. Or, at least, from straying too far off it's rails.
People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Brother (1997)
After the crumbling and desolation of the Soviet Union, ex-military clerk Danila must find a way to make it through the financially broken remnants of an emerging democracy. So he heads out to be with his brother in the "saint-lacking" city of Petersburg and enters into a world full of mob hits and treachery. And quickly discovers where the fine line is between surviving in an ineffective society and what is right and what is wrong.

People who added this item 825 Average listal rating (528 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
A really cool blockbuster epic from France that is half historic film, half horror adventure.
A beastly creature is terrorizing the locals of the southern French province of Gévaudan. But is it an actual werewolf of many a folkloric legend 0r just an oversized man-eating wolf?
There are only two men who can find out,
and one them is the dude who hosts Iron Chef America!
Not since the Wolf-Man took on Abbott & Costello has there been such a clash of legendary titans!

People who added this item 410 Average listal rating (183 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4

While the majority of films are about belief-suspending escapism or explosive sensationalism, every once in a while, there comes director with an adult vision for films with adult themes for adult mindsets.
Ingmar Bergman is one of those types of directors and his 1973 Scenes From A Marriage is one of those types of movies. Using a series of episodic scenes along with some other distinctive storytelling devices, it examines a marriage through a lengthy period of time and it's disintegration over the years. Apparently responsible for a rise in divorce rates in it's home country of Sweden, it exemplifies the kind of analytical storytelling that made this time of film-making universally thought-provoking and so "gutsyly" unique.
People who added this item 509 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Sometime during the first years of the 1990'S,
in a video store called The Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, CA, worked a store clerk who had a habit of recommending little known movies to his customers. After suggesting Au Revoir Les Enfants to one particular patron, the patron responded with "I don't want to see no reservoir dogs!".
The store clerk's name was Quentin Tarantino.
And the fact that he was a kid who enjoyed foreign works like Au Revoir with the same amount of enthusiasm for exploitation fodder like Switchblade Sisters, showed what kind of passion the future filmmaker had for the medium.
So, after I first heard this story of Quentin's recommendation, it made me seek out this movie out of curiosity, thus influencing the expansion of my then not-so-scopious palette for cinematic fare.
Which helped me to approach films like Au Revoir with as much appreciation as I would with Reservoir.
Which, as far as I'm concerned, has gotta count for something.

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At a time when warlords still ran the feudal lands of "modern" China (the early 1920's, to be exact), palatial households of power were filled to the brim with concubines. And each concubine was a wife whose place on the tier was determined by the amount of attention she received by the master of the house. A system of status that led to continual competition for the sake of that night's privileges.
Raise The Red Lantern is an epic piece of domestic drama that uses the vastness of it's sets and the vibrancy of it's colors to depict the kind conniving counteractive universe that females of that particular part of the eastern world had in compete in just to "domiciliary survive". All in order for the chance to experience even a slice of importance in a high class society where women were still nothing but second class citizens.
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The Killer (1989)
Do you like to watch scenes of people pointing guns in each other's faces Mexican stand-off style?
Then The Killer is the action flick for you.
A hired assassin goes on what he hopes will be his last hit. But soon finds that the circumstances of the assignment has put him in a situation of hurting an innocent whom he soon begins to feel fondly towards. So he decides to take on one more last hit in hopes of righting the wrong.

While John Woo had started directing full film features in his native East as way back as the early 60's, it wasn't until 1986 with A Better Tomorrow, that acclaim for his work began to really rise.
Then, in 1989, he directed The Killer which peaked higher in terms of critical praise, particularly for a martial arts flick. So naturally, it soon had Western movie producers taking notice. Thus paving Woo's way from Hong Kong to Hollywood.
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To be honest, I haven't watched as many as I would like in my lifetime so far, but of the few I've seen, these are my favorites.
25 films that were made outside of the U.S. & outside of the English language, in all of their subtitled glory.

Updated Entries:

The Legend Of Drunken Master

Raid: Redemption

Raid 2

Dark Water

Like Water For Chocolate



A Prophet

The Nest


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My Top 15 Guilty Pleasure Movies www.listal.com/list/guilty-pleasures-thecelestial

Can't We Be Dysfunctional Like A Normal Family? www.listal.com/list/dysfunctional-family-movies

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- Aliens Who Come In Peace www.listal.com/list/good-aliens
- Favorite Sci Fi's Of Like....Ever. www.listal.com/list/scifi-movies

- Run For Your Lives! My 25 Fave Giant Monster Films www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-favorite-giant

- Superhero Movies www.listal.com/list/yep-am-huge-comicbook
- Non-Superhero Movies www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-nonsuperhero-comicbook-movies

My Top Favorite Westerns, Pard'ner www.listal.com/list/westerns-thecelestial

- Romantic Comedies www.listal.com/list/my-top-30-romantic-comedies
- Straight-Up Romance www.listal.com/list/romance-movies

- 3D www.listal.com/list/animate-this-my-favorite-animated
- 2D www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-animated-movies-thecelestial

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