Much of the hype around this French film is due to the "first time" sex scene between the two young lovers, Adèle and Emma. When I screened the film at the Mayan, the majority of the audience was over 50 and women. Surprisingly, during the sex scene, there was laughter from this group...
Movie Genre: Foreign
Shira is 18 years old and must decide whether to be true to herself or fulfill a family duty. Ultimately the question is whether or not they are one in the same. I saw the film three times in the movie theater to take advantage of the larger screen as several parts of the film are beautiful...
I normally don't watch movies that are based on books but the premise behind this story seemed so intriguing that I decided to give it a whirl. The movie details the adventures of a young Indian boy called Piscine (French for swimming pool) but who goes by Pi. His family owned some...
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has a penchant for creating hazy and imaginatively detailed worlds focused on the adventures of outsiders, and such is the case in his film Micmacs . The French title for Micmacs literally translates to "non-stop shenanigans," which is a surprisingly...
This film was the Czech Republic's official entry into the Best Foreign Language category of the 77th Academy Awards and the lives of many different sets of people are intertwined in this film. Two bungling crooks deliver a cargo of illegal immigrants and mistakenly...
This film combines Chinese sentimental drama, wire-fu, and some pretty crazy (if slightly corny) computer generated animation. Put together it’s a fun, unexpected film. Jet Li stars as a Buddhist monk/demon hunter on a mission to clear the land of evil. But what happens when one of his partners...
This story deals centers mainly around Salomon Sarowitsch, a Russian Jew who lived a fast life from counterfeiting money. He is arrested and sent to a concentration camp where his drawing talent gets him transferred to a concentration camp where he and other Jewish prisoners...
Inspired by the silent, slap-stick comedy of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd, Pierre Étaix (rhymes with “apex”) produced a series of short and feature-length films between 1962 and 1971 that are completely unique and utterly charming. A series of complex rights...
A different kind of coming of age story, 17 year old Joshua slowly begins to understand the family business. There are some true psychopaths in the mix but nothing is more horrific than Janine, Josh's grandmother. The actor Jackie Weaver does such a good job playing Janine, you will be astounded...
Lovers of wire-fu and Indiana Jones rejoice! Finally, someone has made a movie combining the two! The main character is even a fedora wearing professor! Great martial arts action without tons of blood or corpses littering the ground.
17 Girls is the perfect mixture of teen rebellion and feminist unity. The film is a French take on the pregnancy pact trend in the United States. It follows a group of high school girls who attempt to reverse the stigmas of single motherhood and teen pregnancy by planning to raise their...
Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders (1964) is at once a deconstruction of the codes of the classical Hollywood heist film, a melancholy love triangle, and a meditation on the star persona of his muse, Anna Karina. (In this respect, it can be ...
The craziest Almodóvar film yet - really creepy good!
Celebrated Taiwanese auteur, Hou Hsiao-hsien, created this low-key Japanese-language drama in honor of the centenary of the birth of Japanese golden-age filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. It charts a brief period in the life Yoko, a young Japanese writer and scholar of Taiwanese...
Sweet French film about first love, abandonment and moving on (or not)
Funny and sweet, this Norwegian crime caper will surprise you.
Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 deutsche marks to pay back the gangster her boyfriend owes. This film is not only about Lola's frantic run through the city to try and find the money by any means possible, it is also about how decisions can affect the rest of your life. A fantastic...
This 1959 French New Wave film used groundbreaking editing and hand-held camera work to show the story of a French criminal, who is obsessed with Humphrey Bogart, hiding out with his American girlfriend in Paris. This simple story becomes a revolution on the screen through Godard's pioneering...
A spare, harsh film about two days in the lives of two young women in Ceauşescu's Romania.
If you seek a meditative, calming film, let it be this. With no narration, this documentary beautifully captures the rituals and daily life of a Carthusian monastery in the French Alps.
You don't have to be an Orthodox Jew in Israel to get the moral of this story. Live, love, and accept all challenges as gifts. If you need a little boost in your spirit, check this film out.
A story of the unlikely friendship between two girls living in rural Japan. One is obsessed with the lifestyle and frilly dresses of 18th Century France while the other imagines herself as a tough biker, even though she's a teenage girl on a scooter. They are brought together by, get this,...
This is one of those movies it's good to see on DVD so you can go back and try to figure out what the heck happened. Haunting and challenging, political and personal, the film makes you wonder from the very beginning who is behind the camera, what it is you should be watching, and why.
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