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I have seen two Foreign Films....and I loved them!

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I have seen two Foreign Films....and I loved them!

Postby Jonathan » Tue May 13, 2008 5:04 pm

Now, I'm not a big foreign film fan (sorry for the alliteration), but within this last few days, I've gotten a chance to expand my cinematic horizons.

The first one was "Kuch Kuch Hota Hoi," which is a Bollywood film. It's long, and quite cheesy (the college garb was hilarious) but quite hooking.

The second one I saw today in Final Project class was a Norweigan film, "Elling." Simply magnificient. As a writer, that's the kind of project, the kind of story, I can only hope to write. The acting, the cinematography...all of it. Pure gold.

For those who haven't seen Elling, well, I guess it's a bit of a cross between Sideways (in characterization), As Good As It Gets (in how 4 seperate people come to be a nice core group of support for each other) and American Pie (in some of Kjell's woman-and-food hungry humor).

Fantastic movies, both of them.

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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 13, 2008 5:12 pm

I have enjoyed many foreign films, especially Kurosawa films. I love his Shakespearean works, and Rashoman is a cinema classic.
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Postby Jonathan » Tue May 13, 2008 5:24 pm

I keep hearing about Kurosawa, but I never find the time nor interest in Asian Cinema.

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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 13, 2008 5:27 pm

The House wrote:I keep hearing about Kurosawa, but I never find the time nor interest in Asian Cinema.


You also never found the time or interest for foreign films, but you find your horizons expanded nonetheless. ;)
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Postby Jonathan » Tue May 13, 2008 5:47 pm

Lord Simian wrote:You also never found the time or interest for foreign films, but you find your horizons expanded nonetheless. ;)


Yeah, but to be fair, both were because of school. Today in Final Project class, we watched Elling. Last month, in Media and Society, we watched a clip of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 13, 2008 6:55 pm

If nothing else, watch Rashoman.

If not that, then watch Throne of Blood, his version of MacBeth.
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Postby Keb » Tue May 13, 2008 7:19 pm

You liked the bollywood film? I usually hate them. Too unrealistic and way too many fucking dance numbers. Was it an old film or a new one? The more modern ones are trying to incorporate Americanized music and costuming into their stories. It's usually pretty bad. The girls are the best part to watch.

I did watch a Bollywood film with my mom called 15 Park Avenue about a girl with a mental illness. It was really good. No songs.

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Postby Jonathan » Tue May 13, 2008 8:04 pm

Keb wrote:You liked the bollywood film? I usually hate them. Too unrealistic and way too many fucking dance numbers. Was it an old film or a new one? The more modern ones are trying to incorporate Americanized music and costuming into their stories. It's usually pretty bad. The girls are the best part to watch.

I did watch a Bollywood film with my mom called 15 Park Avenue about a girl with a mental illness. It was really good. No songs.


Hota Hai was released back in '98. During the flashback part of the movie (which took up most of the first half) took place in the early 90s (or at least it did by the wardrobe - definetly Americanized, definetly early 90s). It was good; not spectacular, but if you get to the intermission (it was that long), you're in it for the long haul.

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Postby Keb » Tue May 13, 2008 8:24 pm

Most Bollywood flicks are really long.

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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 13, 2008 8:31 pm

You know what movie I really love? And since it's a foreign film to KEB, I feel justified....


CAPTAIN BLOOD. :D
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Postby Keb » Tue May 13, 2008 8:44 pm

Umm, I googled it and got an Errol Flynn movie.

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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 13, 2008 8:46 pm

Keb wrote:Umm, I googled it and got an Errol Flynn movie.


As you should have.
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Postby Keb » Tue May 13, 2008 8:47 pm

Old movies make me sleepy.

I like old books.

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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 13, 2008 8:55 pm

Keb wrote:Old movies make me sleepy.

I like old books.


There is irony there, somewhere.
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Postby Zero » Tue May 13, 2008 10:32 pm

Lord Simian wrote:There is irony there, somewhere.


As popular cinema has improved and become more sophisticated populist literature has been getting dumber and dumber. The 70s are where it all levels out, for me at least.

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