Good indie or foreign films???

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Juloo, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    DH has been very sweet and has asked me what movies I want to order from Netflix (he's a movie buff, so this is a great way for us to see without buying!). Usually he's so busy catching up with adventure/suspense and blockbusters that it is all we see.

    But last week he ordered (and I saw) 'Once', and I've just finished watching 'The Namesake' (directed by Mira Nair). Both of them were very good. I cried my eyes out on the second one -- and I watched it a second time with director commentary.

    If anyone has some good suggestions of smaller movies -- with or without subtitles -- or movies that haven't had a wide distribution but are well done, I would love to see them.

    I can definitely recommend another Mira Nair film -- 'Monsoon Wedding'. Love the music as well. Great actors, great stories...

    I liked 'Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love' as well. It has rather frank sexual scenes, and some nudity, but it is NOT a filmed 'textbook' or pornography -- it's the story of two rival girls who grow up to become the wife and mistress of a raja. BTW, Naveen Andrews (you 'Lost' fans), plays the raja -- but just a warning...he is not a sympathetic character!

    If I think of more, I'll post. Please -- suggestions?

  2. 4everkid

    4everkid New Member

    I am a big, big fan of Indie films. One of my favorites is "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." It stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet....but this is not the usual goofball Jim Carrey performance. He is incredible in this role.

    I like the kind of movies that make you really have to think, and sometimes figure things out. This one is like that. As soon as I saw it, I knew I would have to buy a copy, and did.

    Its about a guy who discovers that his girlfriend has undergone a procedure to have him erased from her memory. Frustrated, he decides to do the same and have her erased from his memory. But as he is going through the process, he begins to realize what drew him to her in the first place and desperately tries to hang onto the memories as they slip away. It's a very unique, and quirky, yet very touching movie. Also, one of the top rated Indie films.

    My local movie rental place had only one copy of this movie, and it took me months to catch it on the shelf. Not a well known movie, but very loved by those who have seen it.

  3. smadavid

    smadavid New Member

    For foreign films, I'd recommend "The Lives of Others," which is subtitled. Very well acted, and one of the best movies I've seen this year.

    Its about a playwright in east berlin whose writing is sympathetic to the west and ends up being spied on by the government...
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  4. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Good post. I am very into film and have got caught up on the blockbusters or hit films in the past several months:
    Into the Wild, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Atonement, etc...

    But I tend to prefer foreign or indie film.

    I was very moved by Once, and I liked Kama Sutra also.

    If you like films from India, i.e. Bollywood, there are two incredible films that you might like: Lagaan and Swades. They are Bollywood musicals, epic in scope. You can read about them on and rent them on Netflix. I liked them so much they've now become among my favorite films. I just got another Bollywood film from Netflix called Dil Chata Hai, that's also supposed to be superb.

    I'll try to think of more foreign or indie titles.

  5. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    I will admit that my husband purchased a copy of 'Eternal Sunshine...' right after it came out on DVD, but that I really do not like Jim Carey, so I have not watched it, even though he said that it was really, really good, and he thought I *would* like it!. But I love Kate Winslet! It is good to have another opinion on it, so I will pull it out and put it next to the television.

    It's not that I don't trust my husband's opinion FOR HIM, but sometimes I wonder what he's thinking when he likes movies!

    Thank you again for replying.

    Oh, one I just thought of:

    'Everything Is Illuminated' -- another one I cry through -- starting at practically the very first scene. It is about "the very rigid search" (you'll understand if you see it) of a young man for the woman who saved his grandfather in WWII Ukraine, and his relationship with the local man and grandfather (and dog) who he has hired to help him. It is both a drama AND a comedy, and hard to resist. Everyone starts off complete strangers, but 'everything is illuminated' by the end. Awesome! I've loaned out my copy, but wish I had it just because I was writing this so that I could watch it again!
  6. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    Thank you for recommending 'The Lives of Others'. I went to the site you referenced, and the reviews were really terrific. I went ahead and put it in my queue, although it seems as if my husband would like it as well.

    That was one thing that I can say that I've opened dh up to -- subtitled movies. Once back when we first got married (and rentals were VHS!), I wanted to get 'Diva' to watch because I thought he would like the mix of music and suspense and quirkiness (even though it is a French film, subtitled), but I couldn't find it for two visits -- finally we got it and he loved it! (I have suspected that he was finding it first and hiding the copy so that we could not rent it...I've never asked him, and he might not tell me if he had!).
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  7. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    Thank you for your recommendations...

    Lagaan sounded familiar, and I realize that I had read about it yesterday when I was surfing Netflix to put in some titles. I will definitely put it in my list, but after I read the story of Swades, I think I'm going to put that one at the top -- finding 'home' is a theme that keeps coming up again and again for me, and it sounds right up my alley.

    I don't know what it is about Indian movies that appeals to be so much. My neighbor loaned me a couple of cross-overs -- 'Bollywood Hollywood' and 'Bride & Prejudice' to watch, so I can post after I see them, if I remember.

    One I put in my queue last night was 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', which sounded interesting.

    As to other films, another one recommended to me is 'The Science of Sleep' -- it was written and directed by the same person who did 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'.

    In documentaries, my husband and I both like 'My Architect: A Son's Journey".

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  8. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    I'm the kind of person who goes to Blockbuster when they've got those '4 for $20' sales and buys all the stuff that they only got 1 copy of and only a handful of people watched. Quirky and unusual -- but good stories. I picked up 'The Ballad of Jack and Rose' a couple of years ago, I think, but didn't watch it until a couple of months ago.

    It had Daniel Day Lewis as a single father raising his teenage daughter in a (former) commune, in which they are the only people left. When he realizes he is dying, but hasn't 'put his house in order', metaphorically speaking, he makes some changes which bring chaos. It isn't an easy film to watch -- heartbreaking, really -- but it has stuck with me all this time. And, of course, DDL is amazing as a man realizing his shortcomings, despite his high ideals. Amazing is such a tiny word compared to what I'm trying to describe.

    P.S. Completely on the other side of the coin...I also put into my queue yesterday the documentary 'The King of Kong' about two guys battling it out for the high score of Donkey Kong. it sounded fun and got good reviews.
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  9. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    I feel the same about Indian cinema. There's something incredibly bright, colorful, and vibrant about it. The movies are cheesy, but they totally win over your heart, much like Holywood musicals of the forties and fifites.

    You will love the homecoming theme in Swades. It's an awesome film. Lagaan is remarkable, too. It sounds very boring: a three hour epic about a Cricket match between Indian villagers and the British. But the music is terrific, there's a good love triangle, and it makes cricket fascinating and actually understandable. Come to think of it, it's one of the best sports movies I've ever seen. I was humming songs from both Lagaan and Swades for days.

    I'm starting Dil Chata Hai today. I will check out Kuch Kuch Hota Hai also.

    Haven't seen the Daniel Day Lewis film you're talking about, but will check it out.

    You know, there are tons of gems in the British and French cinema also, both classic and recent.

    Or how about Pedro Almodavar from Spain: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown or Talk to Her are especially good.

    Thank heavens for Netflix!


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  10. smadavid

    smadavid New Member

    No problem... metacritic is a great site. They compile, weight, and average the reviews from all the major critics, so you get a pretty good idea of how well the movie was received. If you're ever looking for a recommendation, just click into the movie reviews section and look at the "Current High Scores" list. Pretty much anything on there is worth watching.
  11. sisland

    sisland New Member

    Have you all discovered the watch Movies instantly on your P.C.,,,,From Netflix! What a bargin! even if you have one at home from the Mail you can still do this with the one at a time 8.99 plan,,,,,,with no extra charge!

    It's so exciteing to get to see some of the Documentarys and foreign films,,,,they have a huge list of catagories!,,,,,,,am starting to really get into this as my arm chair travel destination,,,,,,lolol,,,,,,,Best,,to,,all,,,sis
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  12. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    A friend loaned this to me about six weeks ago:

    Waking Ned Devine

    It's an Irish comedy about two old men in a small town who discover than one of the 52 townspeople has won the lottery and endeavor to discover who it might be so that they might get into their good graces. When they find out that isn't possible, they come up with another scheme that enlists the entire community, with the exception of the town 'witch'.

    As one of the reviews on Metacritic said, it has some nudity, but it is some of the funniest nudity you've ever seen in a movie. My 11 year old watched it with us (me and dh), and he was laughing hysterically at the scene and didn't stop talking about it for two days!
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  13. 4everkid

    4everkid New Member

    I loved Waking Ned Devine! It took me a little while to get accustomed to the heavy accents, but it was a great movie. It's been a while since I watched it, so I may have to check that one out again.

    I watched Atonement last week, and it was a very good movie. The soundtrack is very unusual. They do something I had never seen done before where the sounds within the movie sync up and become part of the background music. Very cool! The movie (set in the late 30's) is about a young girl who misinterprets some things she witnesses between her sister and her sisters boyfriend. She tells a lie that changes their lives forever. The photography is also quite amazing. Not an indie film, but a good movie anyway!

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  14. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    And I thought the use of flashbacks or flashforwards from different points of view was very effective. I don't want to say too much about it, and spoil it for others, but I thought it would be depressing. The WWII part certainly isn't pretty, but it's a very good foil for the first part of the movie and allows us to see Briony (the young writer) in a different and more sympathetic light. I was pulled right in to the the lives of the characters very quickly, and was never bored.

    Really, really well done. My husband actually ordered this one, but we both liked it a lot. And yes, I agree about the soundtrack. Usually that's something that I don't notice very much (dh is the soundtrack collector in our family), but I picked up on that right away and loved how effective it was. Without giving too much away, I think I'd like to see the movie again and notice what scenes featured it the most and see if that is a foreshadowing of any of the plot twists. I was too distracted by the costumes and sets!
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  15. Jorgie

    Jorgie New Member

    I saw a really good surf movie called Bra Boys which is a documentary about an Australian surf gang the Bra Boys. It's still in the theaters.

    Someone mentioned Irish comedy and it made me think of Intermission. It's a very dark comedy. This movie has a lot of characters and a few chris-crossing stories.

    Saving Grace. This is a classic feel good movie that's so good someone stole it from me. So I guess that's a good sign :) It's about an older woman who's husband dies and leaves her in debt. She's got one thing going for her... she's a great gardener.
  16. fight4acure

    fight4acure Member

    I heard Oyster Farmer was really good. It has one of my favorite actors on it. Don't ask me to remember anything but Mick, on Moonlight, because I have a tendency to forget names, oh wait, my memory is working tonight, finally, Alex O'Laughlin. It was the last movie he did before another movie and then the vampire show on MoonLight, which airs on Friday nights on CBS. He is to die for, literally. And I drool over him day and night. He's on my screen saver too, as the website allows us to download website savers on there.

    Hugs :)

    P.S. I never saw this movie, but I heard it was good!!!! And with him on it, I'm sure it is!

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  17. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    It's now in my does sound good. Our queue is pretty strange, because all of us at home have such different tastes in movies. The suggestions that come up when we log on are funny because it's like the computer doesn't know what to pick for us!
  18. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Notes on a Scandal with Judi Dench and I think Cate Winslet.

    It is so well done, wonderfully acted and fairly new. Nominated for Oscar last year.

    Also, this Sunday on PBS they are airing "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell which is set in my home town in Cheshire.

    It has been wonderfully made and people in the UK already saw it. It is on at 9.00pm

    Two older movies I love (French) are Manon of the Spring and the sequel-just great movies.

    There is another French movie about a little boy who disappears in a small village and that was excellent, but I cnanot recall the title can anyone-it was amazingly filmed.

    Years ago I watched a Chinese(or maybe Taiwan) tale about a family whose father was a fmaous chef who went blind, and his daughters were young and smart and going to college. It was a great film I would love to know what it was called.

    Just about any Australian movie, they all seem good.

    Love Annie

  19. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    Was the Japanese film 'Eat Drink Man Woman'? I think it is. And the director, Ang Lee -- didn't he do 'Sense & Sensibility'? (I'm an Alan Rickman fan...!)
  20. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    I like your name!

    'Life is Beautiful' was great. It was so sad, though -- just broke my heart, I think. Since then (until two weeks ago) I'd never seen anything else with Roberto Benigni (sp?) in it -- then a friend loaned me 'Johnny Stecchino'. I can't say it was amazing, but it was very entertaining and had a twist to the end. The funny part was that shortly after it started, one of the actresses looked very familiar, and then I realized she was his wife! And I'd only ever seen her in 'Life is Beautiful' the year it came out.

    BTW, 'Johnny Stecchino' (Johnny Toothpick) is an Italian film -- English subtitled. RB plays a bus driver who likes to steal bananas for fun who is mistaken for a mob guy who informed on his buddies. Begnigni has a particularly physical style of comedy -- slapstick, even -- and he uses it here, which fits his character well. Since he plays also the mob guy (his look-a-like), it is interesting to see what Benigni is like when he plays it relatively straight.

    Also, it's kind of funny to see the high fashions of the early 1990s!
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