Do American movies seem stale to you? Are there moments when you want nothing more than to read subtitles? It’s a big, cinematic world out there filled to the brim with non-American films. With 2013’s “Nairobi Half Life,” and “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola,” Kenya and South Africa’s movie industries are on the rise. South Korea is still experiencing a renaissance. Thailand’s industry is growing along with China’s. Argentina and Colombia are coming into some serious economic growth thanks in part to films like 2012’s “Elefante Blanco” and “La Sirga.” But until those movies make it onto DVD, here are five foreign flicks to sate your appetite.
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Hollywood is racist. It always has been, but what is racism? Let’s define some terms. Prejudice is the thought, discrimination is the action and racism is the system. There are systems all throughout society that benefit one race over another. In this system, white people are far more privileged than people of color.
“The Hunger Games” left some readers of the “Hunger Games” trilogy wondering how a book-to-movie adaptation could be so bad. But with the second movie of the trilogy, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” moviemakers blow away fans with a plot that leaves almost nothing from the book out.
In the lonely interior of Poland, far away from any big city or town, is the small village of Chelmno nad Nerem. From 1941 to 1945 it was here that between 152,000 and 340,000 Jews were exterminated. Of the victims kept there, only two survived.
Now that’s more like it! The first “Thor” film stumbled and presented a story hobbled by unlikable characters and an uninteresting plot. Now, the filmmakers have mostly learned their lessons and released a film finally worthy of the God of Thunder.
In the world of “The Clone Returns Home” cloning a body is possible, but what about the spirit? “Even if you extract the memories and destroy the original body, the original soul will still remain,” says Professor Teshigawara (Toru Shinagawa, “Dark Water”) in a scene from the film.
“Ender’s Game” as a film is difficult to discuss for fans of the original novel. It falls under the same conundrum that the film adaptation of “Watchmen” fell under, in that the story is more or less directly translated into film, with little to no surprises for fans of the book. For those who never read “Ender’s Game,” this is great, as it provides an easily digestible version of a fantastic, deconstructive story. But will fans of the book feel the same way?
Check out the synopsis for movies coming out in November including: Dallas Buyers Club, Ender’s Game, Last Vegas, Big Sur, Diana, 12 Years a Slave, Free Birds, Man of Tai Chi, About Time, Thor: The Dark World, The Starving Games, The Book Thief, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Best Man Holiday, Charlie Countryman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Delivery Man, Nebraska, Black Nativity, Frozen, Homefront, Philomena, Oldboy, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Julian Assange and his war on journalistic secrecy will always be remembered. His story doesn’t need to be dramatically retold, as it was a recent landmark event in the world of journalism. Director Bill Condon’s take on the story of WikiLeaks, “The Fifth Estate,” isn’t a very graceful interpretation.
On the weekend of Oct. 4, over 20 teams — among them UAA’s Film Club and a group of UAA alumni — gathered to write and produce a five-minute short film in a paltry two days. A week later, on the night of the 11th, teams, critics and intrigued audiences gathered at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub to see the fruits of their labors.
Everyone dreams of living a life of richness and being able to get whatever one wants. In the film “Runner, Runner,” billionaire Ivan Block (Ben Affleck, “Argo”) gives Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake, “Trouble with the Curve”) the opportunity to live the dream life. But what is Furst willing to risk for it?