2008: With English Subtitles
Something strange happened this year. Not just to me, but to my friends it seems too. I hope that this epiphany happened to others as well, because it makes me pretty happy. I was contemplating writing a wrap up of the year — you know the sort of thing that you do at this time of year when you can’t really be bothered creating new content, but you don’t want your website to look like you’ve packed your bags and headed off for your annual leave — when it occurred to me that there’d been a drastic broadening in the kind of movies that my friends and I have been watching.
Never before have I felt so comfortable sitting down to watch a foreign movie, be it Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Korean or otherwise. Nor would I have ever bothered to recommend, or be recommended, a foreign film to (by) friends. I’m not suggesting that we’re an insular bunch of morons who suffer from some kind of xenophobic paralysis. Nothing could be further from the truth. To hazard a guess, I’d say it’s because we’ve all become a little sick of the predictable and sanitized movies that seem to dominate mainstream (read: American) cinema. Perhaps too the quality of foreign cinema has improved to the point were it can compete… although, I’m prepared to bet that foreign cinema has always been of high quality and it’s just that we’re opening our minds a little more as we all get older.
This new awakening has been helped along by the relationship that this site formed with Madman and CDwow this year. Madman, in particular, specialize in imported content and have supplied me with some outstanding foreign titles over the past few months. But the best source has ultimately been my friends… and I hope I’ve been able to return the favor with some recommendations of my own.
Although it’s not quite time for that whole New Years Resolution thingy, I think it’ll be a point of mine to continue exploring foreign movies that cross into the nerdy genres of my liking. Hopefully, that’ll mean that I can pass on some more interesting movies… to begin with check out these two corkers, which came recommended to me by a mate:
Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes).
This Spanish time-travel, thriller is an interesting, self-contained story about the hapless Hector. After a very strange afternoon, Hector finds himself having to contend with it all over again after he unknowingly climbs into a time machine.
Låt den rätte komma in (Let the right one in).
[Pictured above] This Vampire story is like no other you’ve ever seen. It’s heartbreaking horror at its very, very best. 12 year old Oscar is bullied at school and isolated at home. His loneliness is tempered when a girl (Eli) moves into the apartment next to his mothers, however as Eli and Oscar grow closer he learns the disturbing truth about his new friend.