Local Cinema

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Zaij, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Zaij

    Zaij Vault Senior Citizen

    Feb 10, 2004
    I was recently thinking about how many top notch movies I miss out on just because they come from a small shitty backwater country and so I never hear about it. That's when I had the brilliant idea to ask you guys: What are some really fantastic movies that have come from your countries recently?

    From Australia, I'd recommend Two Hands. It came out ten years ago, starring Heath Ledger, about a crook that loses his gangs loot. Quite funny.
  2. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    there is a made for tv movie that came out a while ago that was made by a shitty backwater country...

    red dwarf the movie 2008 :)
  3. Arr0nax

    Arr0nax A Smooth-Skin

    Oct 30, 2009
    Not from my own country, and not unknown, but if I had to give you one foreign title I'd probably cite Old Boy
  4. CloudlessDruid

    CloudlessDruid Not a Soviet Droid Orderite

    Oct 11, 2008
    well,Cidade de Deus (city of god) which is a relatively famous movie, and I think some people know, is about drug dealers, and a honest guy in a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro who wants to become a photo journalist. Pot, crime, torture and strong scenes involved. One of my favorites brazilian movies, because most of it its pretty loyal to reality. Its really easy finding it to download with subtitles anywhere, I think.

    Theres one called "Cheiro do Ralo" (Smell of the Drain), a kind of brazilian "Clockwork Orange", really interesting, and a good example we dont have only movies about shantytowns and drug traffic. I strongly recommend this one.

    Olga, is about a Brazilian Jew and communist woman, who was wife of Luiz Carlos Prestes (Chief of the Communist Party of Brazil during most part of the XX century) who is deported to Nazi Germany by Getulio Vargas (Brazil dictator who was undecided whether joining the allies or the axis in WWII). Great movie.

    Besouro (Bettle) its a martial arts movie, about Capoeira. Something like Brazilian Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    Meu nome não é Johnny (My name is not Johnny) is about a middle class boy, who gets involved with drug dealing, who gets very very rich, gets arrested, and lots more. It seems cliche, but its a real history, and its very interesting.

    Hope you find any of these interesting. If you think some of these interesting, and wants some help to find the movies and subtitles, contact me :)
  5. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    Let's keep this thread going. I'm interested in the subject matter. :clap:
  6. Buxbaum666

    Buxbaum666 Heterostructured Nanorod oTO Orderite

    Dec 5, 2003
    Well, there is this German (actually made by a Belgian director) movie (Die Bluthochzeit, english title 'The Wedding Party', literally 'The blood wedding') where a cook/hotel owner messes up a wedding dinner. The father of the groom(Armin Rohde), who is a raging psychotic lunatic, refuses to pay the bill and they all leave except the bride and her mother who are in the loo. The cook then locks those two in. The father brings out his hunting rifle, the cook has an old shotgun, a small war starts and several people get seriously injured/locked in cellars/drunk in the process.
  7. Loxley

    Loxley Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Apr 11, 2003
    How far back do you want us to go?

    Das Boot.
    Best submarine movie I have ever seen. Shown at the norwegian naval acadamy as prep if you plan to hunt or serve in a submarine.

    I also recomend old boy. It is amasing.

    Another korean movie: Once upon a time in high school.

    La vita è bella. Wicked from italia. But it won three oscars in 1998 so it is possible you have heard about it.
  8. iii

    iii Vault Dweller

    Oct 10, 2005
    Well you could always watch some gems like:[spoiler:a86e7554cf]http://thecinemasnob.com/2010/01/04/et-the-porno.aspx[/spoiler:a86e7554cf]

    But I would recommend that you watch Terra Nova if there is a version with English subtitles out there:

    Review with spoilers:

  9. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
    I got into watching Alejandro Jodorowsky's work since it was only recently liberated from languishing in licensing limbo (unintentional aliteration).

    El Topo
    Holy Mountain
    Santa Sangre

    Not the best films I've seen, but you'll never get them out of your head. I wouldn't recommend them for the faint-of-heart, easily-offended, or anyone not under the influence of psychadelics really.
    Very heavy on the metaphors. I'm not all that well steeped in some of the religious/spiritual symbolism he works in to get it all. But it's very stimulating and thought provoking which is more than can be said for 90% of the trash out there.
    And funny, both unintentionally and on purpose.

    I'd also throw David Cronenberg out there, not sure how well his movies travel, but I love his style of bio-psycho-horror head trips. And the fact that he's been able to carve out his own little nitch outside of Hollywood, giving him greater freedom to do what he does best. Videodrome, Scanners, Existenz, The Brood, Dead Zone, etc. He's getting very slick lately, but hasn't lost his edge. I do like his older, more raw work though.
  10. Flop

    Flop Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Aug 10, 2004
    The Belgian film, C'est arrivé près de chez vous is excellent, if you can get your hands on a subtitled copy (unless you speak French, of course).

    The Swedish film, Let the Right One In is also great, and it's fairly new. I think it may actually have been shown in a few theaters in the US.
  11. jero cvmi

    jero cvmi Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Oct 8, 2008
    Thing is, usually the best films from obscure countries don't get international distributions so it's a bit hard to find subtitles, and when you do, an awful lot is lost in traslation.

    So i sat down and made a list of Obscure Movies From Obscure Countries (but with international distribution).

    "Recent" films (90s and 00's)

    Austria:Hundstage (Dog days)
    Fat neurotic middle age middle class assholes in Suburbia. And a retarded girl. Like, clinically retarded, not like the other ones. I don't know what the hell is wrong with Austria, but if you like depressing movies, it doesn't get any more depressive than that.

    Denmark:Hvordan vi slipper af med de andre (How to get rid of the others)
    Future military coup in Denmark opens concentration camps for everyone who lives off welfare. Amazing film.

    France/ Greece: Le Couperet (The hatchet)
    Couldn't remember any good greek films that one can find with english subs, so here's a French production (with french actors, filmed in Paris) by my favorite greek director, Costa Gavras.
    It's about the devious plan of a middle age man who loses his job and tries to eliminate his competition in the labor market. He throws the bodies in the river.

    Germany/Turkey: Crossing the bridge
    Bassist of Einsturzende Neubauten Alexander Hacke travels to Istanbul to find out about the local sound. Then he jams a lot with the local punks, rockers, rappers, breakdancers, bellydancers, dubsters, clubsters, street bums, gypsys etc.
    It's the most fun and colourful music documentary i've ever seen.

    Germany/ Cuba: Buena Vista Social Club
    Another music documentary, this time it's Ry Cooder who jams with cuban elderly folks BVSC. Great film and a lot of neat cuban music in there.

    Mexico: Matando Cabos
    Hilarious, just hilarious comedy.

    Serbia: Underground
    A surreal and sad point of view on the (then) recent history of Yugoslavia. A very touching film with awesome soundtrack.

    Spain: Lunes al Sol (Mondays in the sun)
    Some harbour workers get fired and how they deal with the law, poverty, drunkenness etc. It's way more optimist than what i make it sound.

    Also, i was going to post C'est arrive pres de chez vous and Cidade de Deus bu the others beat me to it. those films own.

    Older films

    @Zaij: I'm not going to post any Pasolinis and Bunuels and Godards and Bergmanns and Tarkovskys because, even though there's a shitload of their films worth watching, they're not really obscure; they're considered classics, there's tons of info on them and you're better off googling them than reading my lame comments.

    So here's some other old films.

    Yugoslavia: Sweet movie

    Mexico: Salt of the earth

    Cuba: Death of a bureaucrat

    Finnland: Leningrad cowboys go america
  12. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    One of my friends recommended that one to me. When he loves a movie I usually like it but don't love it. I plan on checking it out though.
  13. Arr0nax

    Arr0nax A Smooth-Skin

    Oct 30, 2009
    Speaking about recent films :
    I heard Das Weiße Band, the last winner from Cannes festival, is pretty good

    Now, French films :
    La Haine (The Hate) describes the tribulations of the french youth in the Paris suburbs and their conflicts with police

    La Jetée, the post-apocalyptic experimental film that inspired the storyline of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, done almost exclusively from photos.

    Delicatessen by the director of Amelie and Alien 4, a completely disturbing picture of a few fucked-up neighbours in a old small building

    And a big +1 for belgian C'est arrivé près de chez vous, a dark-humored false documentary about a serial-killer

    Every one of this film is, obviously, to be seen in orignal language with subtitles
  14. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    Note that while we encourage this whole sharing of local cinema, please do not even imply that you will "help find" the film in any other way but the legal one. We are very strict on piracy on this server.

    Cinema Snob rules!

    Didn't like it. I see why people do, it's angle on the vampire tale is new, and it's coming-of-age theme is better done than most, but it did nothing for me.

    I adore these films. Though I liked La cité des enfants perdus more than Delicatessen.

    I didn't love Underground. I saw it after I saw Kusturica's Black Cat, White Cat, and I liked that film much more.


    Anyway Dutch cinema sucks. The only recent Dutch film worth watching was Cloaca, on a group of aging men, really.

    There's some good pulp horror/comedy/thriller in the 80s and 90s, but for really good cinema you have to go back to Fons Rademakers. Particularly De Aanslag and Als Twee Druppels Water are worth watching.

    But if it has to come down to pure recommendations, it has to be Spoorloos, a French-Dutch psychological thriller that focuses on the response of the man left behind after his girl simply disappeared without a trace. It is one of the most intelligent thrillers I've ever seen, with one of the most human, convincing "bad guys" of all time. Ignore the terrible 1993 American remake, but watch this.

    I've been doing film-studies on Russian historical film lately too. I'll dig up some recommendations in the area of Russian films later.
  15. Flop

    Flop Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Aug 10, 2004
    Personally, what I really liked was the atmosphere of the film. The story was pretty good, too, though, and I was impressed by how well the children act. Child actors can - and often do - completely ruin a film.
  16. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    What you thought about "Hou Holland schoon" ?
  17. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
  18. jero cvmi

    jero cvmi Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Oct 8, 2008
    Yeah well i like most Kusturica films more or less the same, so it was a tough pick, but "Kalashnikov"'s been in my .mp3 playlist for more than a decade, so that made the difference i guess.
    Please do. Are there any recent (90's and later) films worth anything? I've only seen Kavkazskiy plennik but it was so long ago i don't even remember if i liked it.
  19. Dirk Magirk

    Dirk Magirk Semi-Present Presence oTO Orderite

    Oct 30, 2008
    One Canadian comedy I quite enjoyed was FUBAR. Twas released back in 2002 and directed by Michael Dowse. Its a fake documentary (I've decided the term mockumentary is silly and irritating) based around two white trash headbanger drunks from Alberta, Canada. All around I found it to be hilarious, the actors play their parts very well.

    "Fuckin' two liner!" - Great scene.

    If you're bored and in for a chuckle give this a look.
  20. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
    Take off hoser.
    Sounds like a documentary version of Strange Brew, eh.