Nopes! I have not watched Bollywood movies for a long time now. As mentioned in my earlier post, at some point of time in the future, I'd like to watch a whole lot of good Indian movies. But that will be a separate thread.
I would love a 16 MBPS unlimited connection (FUP-less) with access to BR quality digital downloads for cheap. That would be ideal.
As for movies mentioned here, a few of them can be found in MoserBaer each costing Rs. 399. This was done in association with Palador which I don't think exists anymore. I found at least 19 of the movies I am interested in today morning.
A better source would be Amazon UK / US. Collection Box sets may work out cheaper
Another source can be second sales sites like Spun.com for Criterion DVDs though it's been a long time since I used that site. Hope they still ship to India.
There are streaming services like MUBI, which go for as cheap as Rs. 90 for streaming a film (or Rs. 299 monthly subscription), but I have not used it yet. Not sure if Criterion Cinematheque, which was supposed to go live in 2008 is still active!
Then Gulaal and Omkara are must watch! Do take out some time to watch them. Any work done by these two guys is assured to be excellent. They are that good!
Would be nice to hear opinions and debate about some specific film too(to have more understanding about it). Not sure if this is the good place for that.
Thanks a lot for all those bunch of links and nice information!
I would like to watch world cinema, however, I strongly feel that movie has to be entertaining too. The list is surely impressive but I am always in doubt if some particular critically acclaimed movie would be entertaining...
Also watched Wong Kar-wai Chungking express, didnt like it.
The Hire is a series of short films by BMW. Directed by great directors all over the world. Do watch it.
There are plenty of world movies I find entertaining, but I have no idea what you have already watched and found boring. I actually do not mind discussing specific movies in this thread, but it might wander off into a whole different direction if we did
I think it would be a better idea if you start a new thread by listing what movies you have already watched and what you like and dislike out of them. That might help you get better responses.
I don't visit Hifivision much, so it was interesting to go back and read the thread in its entirety. While I have covered some of the suggestions, it reminded me that there are a lot more good movies I have to catch up on.
Unfortunately, I am not on facebook. I created an account, but I haven't used it beyond the first 3-4 days. I will weigh in on reviving the account and joining that group.
Last year, I came across Cristian Mungiu, a Romanian director. I watched three of his movies - 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, Beyond the Hills and Graduation. There are slow films and then, very slow films (Tarkovsky, Bela Tarr), but I find the pacing of Mungiu's films to be just right for my tastes. My rating for his movies is in the opposite order of IMDB ratings, though in terms of the gravity of the subject matter, IMDB rating order would be about right.
I recently watched a few films by Takeshi Kitano, but I only like his films selectively or in parts. Sonatine was good as it is the unlikeliest gangster movie you'll ever see (it bursts out with violence in parts, but the second half in Okinawa turned out to be nothing like I expected). Kikujiro was also good. But his standout films so far are his take on Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman and a really quiet movie called A Scene at the Sea. A Scene at the Sea is actually harder to recommend because nothing much actually happens and a lot of what happens is pretty repetitive (and there is hardly anything about actual surfing). But, I liked its quiet approach. I would suggest Zatoichi (which is the most entertaining), Sonatine, and Kikujiro in that order to see if you like his movies.
This year, thanks to the academy nomination, I found Hirokazu Koreeda. I have watched a few films of his and I like what I see. You can think of them as variations of the same question - what makes a family?. He manages to get quite a good mileage out of his child actors. Many are calling him this era's Ozu. I can understand why, but I can also see differences between their styles. I would rate Shoplifters as his best so far. Nobody knows is slightly harder to recommend because of its deliberately slow pace, longer running time and the subject matter (the true event it is based on is actually way worse). But, I liked it very much. Of the films I have seen, Our Little Sister is easier to recommend because it is a much light-hearted movie, but it didn't appeal to me as much as the other two. I have a few more of his films lined up.
Off-topic: As far as foreign film nominations go, they were generally better than the 'Best Film' category. I liked Roma (for the second half). I wouldn't have minded if Shoplifters had won the award. Capernaum was also good. While I liked a lot about it I also had a few minor quibbles. I liked "Cold War"'s style and cinematography very much, but on the whole, it did not affect me as much as the other three.
Another director I found recently is a Korean director called Lee Chang-dong. His slow pacing may not be to everyone's liking, but for me, he is the find of the year on par with Koreeda. Peppermint Candy, with its reverse chronological order, is a good place to start. But, his best film is Oasis, which features two of the actors from Peppermint Candy in much more challenging roles. On reading the plot, I thought it would be an emotionally manipulating tear-jerker and I would hate it, but ended up loving it. (Aside: If you liked Oasis, do try an obscure Japanese film called Jossee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003) - which is another film I thought I'd hate, but ended up liking). The physical part of the acting by the two lead actors is unbelievably good. I would say next to the really weird and crazy Possession (1981), it is one of the more demanding roles an actress had to play.
I also liked Poetry very much even though I don't know if most people would like it. Yun Jeong-hie gives one of the most subtle, yet powerful performances as the grandmother and is the main reason why I liked the movie. Let's say I liked the quiet, contemplative, poetic moments in Poetry a lot more than the poetry in Paterson (completely unrelated, but since it was also about poetry and I had watched it a few days before Poetry, this comparison ran through my head ). Burning, on the other hand, would be a hit or a miss. Personally, I thought it took an hour to get going, but I loved the second half. I read that translating Haruki Murakami's works on to the screen is difficult, but I have no familiarity with the source material to say one way or another. Steven Yeun (from "The Walking Dead") was pretty cool.
I enjoyed Hana Bi.
The contrast between the serenity of the protagonist’s private life ( poignant moments of a final vacation between a doting husband and his dying wife) and the violence of his professional life really sets up the ‘fireworks’ for the movie’s climax.
Beautiful sad movie.
I also enjoyed Andrey Petrovich Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan.
Russia is complex and layered and this movie brings it all out - the religiosity of the Russian Orthodox Church , the corruption of municipal politics , raising family , infidelity and friendship amongst ordinary people and the kafkasque labyrinths of its judicial system. Great acting , wonderful plot , lovely locale and a deeper message that resonates universally.
Want to watch The Guilty but can’t find a legal download available.