All posts tagged: Foreign film

Hollywood’s Global Domination

My experience of foreign cinema – or the value that it has provided for me personally – is deeply rooted in my national identity and Hollywood’s history of global dominance. Scholar B. Ruby Rich writes in Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film, “My guess is that foreign films function as a rebuke for some viewers, offering up evidence that the world is not made in ‘our’ image, and that neither our society nor our language is universal.”[1] While I agree with Rich’s evaluation, I’d like to complicate it just slightly. My argument, instead, is that foreign films function as a rebuke for most American viewers specifically, though not all. In his chapter titled Hollywood’s International Market, from The American Film Industry (ed. Tino Balio), Thomas H. Guback describes how Hollywood began to permeate the global film market after World War I, acting in a moment when numerous countries were economically devastated by the war and left financially indebted to the U.S. As a result, due to the surmounting strength of the American film market, international film …

Netflix Recommendations: From Poland to North Korea

Ida Directed by → Pawel Pawlikowski Written by → Pawel Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz Starring → Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska Synopsis → “Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.” Why I enjoyed it → If you can’t handle deeply depressing films, then Ida is not for you. But if you can, and you enjoy simple story telling and stunning cinematography, then you should give it a shot. Ida is one of the saddest movies I’ve seen in recent memory, but it is so well done that I found myself in complete awe of its beauty. It is unadorned on the surface, but vast in its emotional impact. The austere simplicity of the art direction and cinematography, spectacularly raw performances, and gut-wrenchingly sorrowful story that somehow remains hopeful, makes it one of the best films of 2013. Inequality for All  Directed by → Jacob Kornbluth Synopsis → “A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic …

House // Hausu

Sometimes I like to indulge in ultra-bizarro films. The Room and Troll 2 remain two of my favorite B-movies, but House (or Hausu) takes the cake for the strangest film I’ve ever seen. It’s dark, weird, violent, and absolutely hilarious. So if you like indulging in the unorthodox, give this 1977 Japanese cult classic a chance and let me know what you think. And as always, please share your B-movie and cult classic suggestions below. I need more weirdness in my life!