Domestic/Foreign Movie Recommendations

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Owain Taggart, Feb 3, 2021.

  1. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Vice Admiral Admiral

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    We seem to be a board with varied cultures, with people from all over. So, I thought it would maybe be fun to recommend to the board, some domestic movies that have impressed us from our home countries, so that we can explore a bit from the comfort our own homes during Covid. Include the title, a description in your own words and why you're including it, and possibly a trailer. For American movies, I'd like to stick to independent rather than hollywood blockbusters, as they should be movies we possibly don't already know about.

    So, I'll start, with a movie from Canada.

    The Grizzlies [Drama]: A bit of context on this for the setting, as this is set in the far northern reaches of Canada's territory of Nunavut, which is predominantly made up of small isolated Inuit communities, where food and basic necessity prices are very high, and where suicide rates are some of the highest in Canada. The premise follows a teacher who's just graduated and sent to one of these remote towns to become a school teacher, only to find that it's not as simple as he was led to believe. Kids are not staying in school due to numerous cultural reasons, and the man has a love for the sport of Lacrosse (one of Canada's national sports), and when he sees that the students are either not attending school or are generally not attentive, he decides to introduce the sport to the kids, in the hope of giving them something engaging to do. It's a great movie and one that is inspiring, one of triumphing in the face of adversity, and a bit like Mystery, Alaska which itself was a good movie. But as in that movie, it's more than just about the sport, but about the community rallying around it. Throughout his day to day life he learns about the issues these people are facing, but the movie never beats you over the head with them. Instead they're just there as a reality of what they've had to face. IMHO, it's one of the best Canadian movies I've seen recently, and honestly quite refreshing to see a movie be so honest and upfront. I hear this one is available on Netflix in some countries.

     
  2. Captain pl1ngpl0ng

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    A sci fi cult classic from Norway, Marco Polo - Blindpassasjer
    released in 1978.

    A crew of 5 at the starship Marco Polo are on their way to the space station Nexus
    after a routine mission on the planet Rossum.
    They are just waking up from stasis, and realise that something strange is going on.
    [​IMG]
    They have a hidden passenger on board, a biomat.
    Data from the garbage grinder on "Marco Polo" shows that a human has been dumped in the grinder
    while the crew was asleep, and yet the crew seems full...

    [​IMG]

    The terrible conclusion is that one of them is not really a human being;
    the biomat has killed a crew member, copied the deceased's appearance and taken the crew members place.

    DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUN!!!!!

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    seriously, that was a groundbreaking 3 episode mini serie when it came out.

     
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  3. Sad Kelpian Child

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    So Among Us, the movie?

    Doing this thread from the US is a little boring cause everyone already knows our films. I'll say Night of the Hunter (1955).

    It's the sole directorial project from actor Charles Laughton. It was heavily panned at the time which is why he didn't direct again, but now it's one of the most critically praised movies. There's a serial killer who poses as a preacher, and he finds out in a jail cell (Where he was imprisoned for a lesser crime) from his condemned cellmate that he has a lot of money hidden somewhere at his home.

    So he goes to his home and marries his wife in the attempt to find the money, putting the children in danger.
     
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  4. Starkers

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    I'm kinda ashamed to say I've never seen it and one day I will correct that omission.

    Talking of films that were panned at the time but critically praised later I'd suggest Peeping Tom from 1960. Released the same year as Psycho (in fact I think it came out before Psycho), and much like that film directed by a masterful director, Michael Powell. Both films are phycological thriller/horror films, and both centre around an empathetic young man who's also a serial killer, both humanising the monster and placing some of the blame for his crimes on a parental figure, yet while Hitchcock's film was immediately lauded as a masterpiece, Powell's was derided as sleazy. He was vilified and his career never recovered.

    Suffice to say it's been reappraised over the years, one of it's most vociferous champions being Scorsese. I first saw it around five years ago and it blew me away. Has so much to say about voyeurism, objectification of woman, fear, child abuse and repression.
     
  5. Ghost of Tuvix

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    I was pleasantly surprised by the Korean scifi film 'Space Sweepers' on Netflix, since I wasn't expecting much from the trailer.

    It's a bit cheesy, and the acting is so-so, but the production design (which feels heavily influenced by Moebius' work on 'Valerian' combined with 'The Expanse'), effects, and action are quite good, and the story, though familiar from a dozen different scifi films, is compelling.

    And in the tradition of L3-37 from 'Solo', there's a smart-allecky robot that identifies as a woman and is saving up gambling winnings to get a realistic human shell.

    There's a bit of a cop-out toward the end that kind of undermines the crew's sacrifice, but overall the film is extremely enjoyable.

    There's a lot of quality scifi and fantasy coming out of South Korea like Parasite, Train to Busan, Snowpiercer, The Host, etc.
     
  6. Owain Taggart

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    Hence why I said independent movies. I think there are loads of independent movies that aren't necessarily well-known outside certain markets. The output in many countries is also more on that level. Canada doesn't produce all that many domestic theatrical movies, for instance, with most of them being independently produced rather than backed by big studios.
     
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    Wildlife (2018) with Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. It was finally released on blu-ray by Criterion two years later.
    The Old Man & the Gun (also 2018) with Robert Redford.

    I long for the days of going to the local arthouse theater.

    Kor
     
  8. Owain Taggart

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    I loved The Old Man and the Gun. I saw it in theatres. Fun movie :)
     
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    This is a short, but “The Log Driver’s Waltz” from the National Film Board of Canada. Back 1994 Leonard Maltin even included it in a special he did for A&E on shorts by the NFB.
    Also “The Sweater”, which hockey fans should love!



     
  10. Owain Taggart

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    Oh yes! I love The Log Driver's Waltz! So iconically Canadian :)
     
  11. Dr. Kravaal

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    “The Virgin Spring”, a forgotten film from Ingmar...
     
  12. The Borgified Corpse

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    The best American movie that no one ever talks about is Bells Are Ringing. It's a 1960 musical comedy starring Judy Holiday as a woman who works for an answering service and gets overly involved in the lives of her clients, particularly a struggling alcoholic playwright played by Dean Martin. It's also got Frank Gorshin doing his best Marlon Brando impression as a struggling actor, Eddie Foy Jr. as a phony classical music publisher who uses the answering service as a front for his bookie operation, and a pre-All in the Family Jean Stapleton. Judy Holiday is an absolute comedy treasure in the film and it's an absolute tragedy for humanity that she didn't make any more movies after this since she died of cancer a few years later.



    Also, no one talks about the short film work of Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly. They were a female comedy team in the 1930s from the same studio that did Laurel & Hardy and the Little Rascals. Thelma was the vain, glamorous one who always wanted to be seen as a famous actress or wealthy society woman. Patsy was the spitfire agent of chaos with a hair trigger temper.

     
  13. lukasponi

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    I've recently enjoyed Barry Lyndon drama film made by the great Stanley Kubrick. I liked the visuals, especially the costumes and decorations. I think that Kubrick succeeded to create a proper atmosphere of that era. I didn't like the main character though as he was becoming worse and worse with every minute (though the actor played magnificently). I watched this movie through Moviebox so I'm gonna continue exploring the Kubrick movie world. I hope his other movies are of the same level.