Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome to 2010!

I know it may seem like I am only interested in big budget action/adventure or fantasy/sci-fi movies, but that's not the case. I am also passionate about foreign and independent films. My favorite foreign films are:

Lust, Caution
With newcomer Tang Wei, and Asian superstar Tony Leung, this movie was so good on many levels. An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, centering around Mr. Yee, a powerful political figure and Wang Jiazhi, the young woman who gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with him. With Ang Lee, the director of such movies as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and The Hulk, this is a film that will stick with you long after the closing credits.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
An all star cast of Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang, this classic is such a visual masterpiece with an amazing story.

House Of Flying Daggers
Set in the year is 859 AD, as China's once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline, unrest is raging throughout the land. Another extraordinary movie visually, with wonderful martial arts and a tragic love story. Ziyi Zhang flourishes again in this treasure.

The Road Home
One of Ziyi Zhangs first films, and a timeless classic of a tale of love in a small village between a quiet shy girl and the new teacher from the big city. You will instantly see why I love her!

Raise The Red Lantern
With Gong Li, this is a film set in the 1920s, the film tells the story of a young woman who becomes one of the concubines of a wealthy man during the Warlord Era. It is noted for its opulent visuals and sumptuous use of colours.

Love Me If You Dare (Jeux D' Enfant)
This is a wonderful french film starring Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Cannet. It's about an energetic and brilliant young boy who meets a wildly imaginative young girl and their story growing up together as best friends and all the trouble they get into by playing this game they made up. Game or no game?

Who doesn't love Audrey Tatou? She is the Audrey Hepburn/Julia Roberts of France, and this is the movie that catapulted her to international stardom. Bursting with imagination and having seen her share of tragedy and fantasy, Amelie is not like the other girls.

Here are a few more Audrey Tatou movies I love, A Very Long Engagement, Dirty Pretty Things, and He Loves Me He Loves Me Not. There are many others, but catch her in Coco Before Chanel on DVD now.

These are the films I'll be watching this month and looking out for this year.
An Education
The Young Victoria
The Loss of a Tear Drop Diamond
The White Ribbon
The Maid

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