Monday, January 03, 2011

Foreign Films

This is the last time I am posing another list. I just could not avoid the temptation.

Roger Ebert publishes his list of The 10 best foreign films of 2010. I have seen quite a few of them and wanted to write comments on it; then thought, his comments are good enough. Anyway, what do you say about a Claire Denis film? You feel it.

The comments to Ebert’s post were more interesting (There was sugar and venom in equal measures). From there I culled another handful of names which made to someone or other’s list. In all, you have quite a list of non-English language films.

Ebert’s List
“35 Shots of Rum".
"Cell 211".
"The Chaser."
"Father of My Children".
"Life, Above All"
"Mother" .
"Vincere" .
"White Material".

Other’s Choices
"Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives."
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?"
"13 Assassins"
"The Wind Journeys",
Jeonwoochi: The Taoist Wizard
“Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame”
“The Sword With No Name”
“Reign of Assassins”
“Summer Wars”
“Red Cliff”
“The Good, The Bad, and The Weird”
"Enter The Void"
"Soul Kitchen"
“When We Leave (Die Fremde)”
“The Round-Up (La Rafle)”
“Everyone Else”

Surprisingly, nobody mentioned “A Serbian Film”. I saw it the other night and I am still reeling from its effect. Torture porn would be very easy definition; but it’s a very extreme and unsettling film. I would, nonetheless, put in my list, if I would ever make one.

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