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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 07:39 pm:   

OK, so we have Netflix. We have some 200 - 250 movies in our queue. We get three at a time, one for me, one for my wife, and one for both of us. I've been watching a lot of foreign films lately as I can sit up with the baby and watch the film with the sound off (or down really low).

I've recently watched films like OLDBOY, SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, ICHI THE KILLER, BATTLE ROYALE, and AUDITION.

I'm not sure what I want to see next. (and Netflix doesn't have LADY VENGEANCE yet, or I'd be putting that to the top of the queue) Here's what I have in the queue for foreign films that my wife doesn't want to watch:

Versus: Director's Cut
Steamboy
Yasujiro Ozu's Good Morning
Infernal Affairs
2046
Kung Fu Hustle
Visitor Q
The Happiness of the Katakuris
Three... Extremes
High Tension
Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People
Hidden Fortress
The Return
Throne of Blood
Aguirre: The Wrath of God
Ran
Yojimbo
Sanjuro
Olympia
Triumph of the Will
M
Sky High
The Kingdom: Series 1: Disc 1
The Kingdom: Series 1: Disc 2 NR Foreign Now
Thriller: A Cruel Picture
Thriller: They Call Her One Eye

What do people recommended I watch next? We got AUDITION today and I watched it already while my wife was out for a few hours and the baby was sleeping. (yes, I realize this means the baby will be up all night and I have no movie to watch :-( )

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 07:39 pm:   

Or is there something people would recommend that I don't have on the list?

JK
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 08:49 pm:   

I just saw FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE this past weekend, along with MONSTER (Charlize Theron was damned good) and POWDER. I liked all three but not exactly an upbeat batch of stuff.
If you don't watch MONK, I went through the first two years (or three, I can't remember) over a period of a few weeks--I only watch them on weekends).
Also, Robbie Coltrane in CRACKER (crime series from the UK was terrific).
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 09:34 pm:   

Since you seem to like Japanese films, let me recommend the two Japanese films I've seen lately, NOBODY KNOWS and GONIN. Very different movies, one a thriller and the other concerning children abandoned by their mother yet maintaining their life in a Tokyo apt.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 07:54 am:   

I've heard that NOBODY KNOWS is excellent.

Have you seen ONIBABA? That's a good one, too.
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 09:11 am:   

I do like Japanese films, but any foreign language recommendations are welcome. There are a number of Spanish and Italian films in our queue that we both want to see, so I'm working through films that only I want to see.

I'd heard of NOBODY KNOWS, so I think that's going in the queue. And ONIBABA sounds great, too. I should probably see TETSUO at some point.

Keep 'em coming! These are great.

JK
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AliceB
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 06:00 pm:   

KUNG FU HUSTLE was funny and fun. RAN's inspiring but best seen on a large screen.

Alice
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 07:02 pm:   

I'm afraid that I found RAN exceedingly boring. Just not my thing, I guess.
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Brendan
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 10:37 pm:   

Oldboy was cool.

If you like samurai flics though, try:

Harakiri and Samurai Rebellion

also, The Bird People of China and Audition are both worth watching if you like Miike.

If you like Japanese gangster flics, try Pale Flower.

A good Chinese film: Chinese Ghost Story

A good German film: Run Lola Run

A good French film: Nikita

A good English film: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barells

Brasilian: Central do Brasil

Japanese: Lone Wolf and Babycart (1-6)

Japanese: Kwaidan

Italian: Faccia a Faccia

Italian: Django

Italian: Milano Calibro 9
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AliceB
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 07:59 am:   

I can see finding RAN boring. I remember it as King Lear with long battle scenes. But these scenes were so visually spectacular, it made the movie worth seeing.

Alice
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 03:20 pm:   

I think it must have been those battle scenes that made my eyes close...slowly....slowly....:-) I never did really fall asleep but I sure didn't enjoy it.
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rick bowes
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 01:50 pm:   

I thought it was a very effective retelling of King Lear (as his Throne Of Blood was of Macbeth). The battle scenes made no sense but I kind of thought that was the point.
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 02:48 pm:   

Oh man, someone could have told me that TETSUO was a piece of crap. :-)

The Kurosawa films I'm waiting on. I want to be able to devote the time and attention to them that I feel they need.

JK
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Brendan
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 06:57 am:   

I just got Tetsuo too. I watched the first 3 minutes of it and then put on another film. I will probably still watch it, but at the time I wasn't in the mood for what I was seeing.

I just saw Azumi too. I thought it was pretty much crap.

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