favorite films: foreign

good amazing great films

My Own Private Idaho // Gus Van Sant - 1991

Bad Education // Pedro Almodovar -2004

Inside Llewyn Davis // Joel and Ethan Coen - 2013

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou // Wes Anderson - 2004

Dead Poets Society // Peter Weir - 1989

Midnight in Paris // Woody Allen - 2011

Into The Wild // Sean Penn - 2007

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind // Michael Gondry - 2004

Reality Bites // Ben Stiller - 1994

Mister Lonely // Harmony Korine - 2007

Frank // Lenny Abrahamson - 2014

The Motorcycle Diaries // Walter Salles - 2004

Benny & Joon // Jeremiah S. Chechik -1993

The Basketball Diaries // Scott Kalvert - 1995

Shutter Island // Martin Scorsese - 2010

Girl, Interrupted // James Mangold - 1999

Beetlejuice // Tim Burton - 1988

Y Tu Mama Tambien // Alfonso Cuaron - 2001

Moulin Rouge! // Baz Luhrmann - 2001

Hector and the Search for Happiness // Peter Chelsom - 2014

Mona Lisa Smile // Mike Newell - 2003

The Addams Family // Barry Sonnenfeld - 1991

Back to the Future // Robert Zebecks - 1985

Corpse Bride // Tim Burton - 2005

Mr. Nobody // Jaco Van Dormael - 2009

The Prestige // Christopher Nolan - 2006

American Psycho // Mary Harron - 2000

The Skin I Live In // Pedro Almodovar - 2013

Fright Night // Craig Gillespie - 2011

Her // Spike Jonze - 2013

Crimson Peak // Guillermo del Toro - 2015

Boyhood // Richard Linklater - 2014

The Game // David Fincher - 1997

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo // Neils Arden Oplev - 2009 

Volver // Pedro Almodovar - 2006

The Royal Tennebaums // Wes Anderson - 2001

Amores Perros // Alejandro G. Inarritu - 2000

The Others //Alejandro Amenabar - 2001

Sleepy Hollow // Tim Burton - 1999

The Lobster // Yorgos Lanthimos - 2015

All About My Mother // Pedro Almodovar - 1999

Ex Machina // Alex Garland - 2015

Fight Club // David Fincher - 1999

The Great Gatsby // Baz Luhrmann - 2013

Nowhere Boy // Sam Taylor-Wood - 2009

The Breakfast Club // John Hughes - 1985

Across The Universe // Julie Taymor - 2007

The Shining // Stanley Kubrick - 1980

The Beach // Danny Boyle - 2000

Requiem for a Dream // Darren Aronofsky

Trainspotting // Danny Boyle - 1996

I’m So Excited // Pedro Almodovar - 2013

Cinema Paradiso // Giuseppe Tornatore - 1988

Suburban Gothic // Richard Bates Jr. - 2013

Lost in Translation // Sofia Coppola - 2003

Band of Robbers // Adam and Aaron Nee - 2015

Talk to Her // Pedro Almodovar - 2002

Before Sunrise (trilogy) // Richard Linklater - 1995/2004/2013

Django Unchained // Quentin Tarantino -2012

Romeo + Juliet // Baz Luhrmann - 1996

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty // Ben Stiller - 2013

Faith is a torment. It is like loving someone who is out there in the darkness but never appears, no matter how loudly you call.

The Seventh Seal (1957, dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Grande Fratello

Requested by @latenightbooknerd

Reid dating Tony’s sister? 

Title : Grande Fratello

Pairing : Reid x Dinozzo!sister

POV : Reader’s

Word Count : 1260

Originally posted by loving-criminal-minds

Most people you had dated were afraid of commit. Understandable most women looked for a man similar to their father or brother, because they are comfortable with such personalities and already know how to love them. The problem is they are like your dad and brother.

Loud, juvenile and as your mother so kindly puts it il maiale.


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Foreign Language Films

Hey there, below I thought i’d list some of my favorite foreign language films (films where English is not the primary language), feel free to add some of your favorites! I find watching these films really helpful, as they both improve your listening skills, and introduce you to the culture of the country where your target language is spoken!

Note: all the films listed are ones I have seen, so sorry if there are some classics I may have missed off!

P.S I’m linking the films to their IMDB pages for you to have a look!


Volver - Pedro Almodóvar - A really funny and touching film about how the dead continue to influence the lives of those they leave behind

Todo sobre mi madre - Pedro Almódovar - A fascinating look at the role of gender and parents in Spanish life today 

El secreto de sus ojos - Juan José Campanella - A very entertaining thriller, full of suspense with some great acting. Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. Spoken in Argentinian Spanish 

Los amantes pasajeros - Pedro Almódovar - An exceedingly funny film from Almódovar, full of wit and laughs 

El laberinto de fauno - Guillermo del toro - A beautiful film, full of gorgeous imagery, set against the backdrop of Franco’s Spain

Como agua para chocolate - Alfonso Arau - A touching love story set in historic Mexico


La Haine - Mathieu Kassovitz - A gritty drama about the lives of 3 parisian boys during violent riots

La fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain  -  Jean-Pierre Jeunet - The hilariously touching love story about a young woman in Paris. 

Les Choiristes - Christophe Barratier - The story of a new teacher in a strict boarding school aiming to transform the lives of the students through music. Think French school of Rock 

Jean de Florette - Claude berri - The story of a greedy landowner in ruarl Provence. Way more interesting than it sounds  


La vita é bella - Robert Begnini - A beautiful drama about war time Italy. Winner of 3 Oscars

Habemus Papam - Nanni Moretti - The story of a newly elected pope, who doesn’t want to be pope, and so ends up running away. Light hearted and thought provoking 

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Giuseppe Tornatore - A story of how a filmaker fell in love with the movies as a child. 


Good Bye Lenin! - Wolfgang Becker - A funny and touching story set against the backdrop of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and a son’s attempt to prevent his ill mother from finding out about the collapse of communism (have you seen this @languageoclock ?)

Polyglot Profile
  1. First/native language: English
  2. Language(s) spoken in your home: English
  3. Nationality: American
  4. Ethnicity: Caucasian
  5. Language(s) you are fluent in: English
  6. Language(s) you have a decent command of: French, Spanish
  7. Language(s) you are currently learning: Italian, Chinese, Icelandic, Polish, ASL
  8. Language(s) you want to learn: German, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Romanian, Portuguese…the list goes on.
  9. Hardest language you have (or are) learning: Chinese and Polish
  10. Easiest language you have (or are) learning: ASL and Italian
  11. Best language learning resource you’ve used: textbooks (I learn the best through books usually)
  12. Favorite foreign language film: Pretty much all Studio Ghibli films, but also Amélie, La Diplomatie, and Les Femmes du 6ème Étage
  13. Favorite foreign language band: Yelle, Zaz
  14. Favorite langblr blog: I don’t have a fav, I like you all ;)
  15. Type a phrase in another language! Tapez une phrase dans une autre langue!

Thanks @langblrisntarealword for creating this post and for @languages-and-tea your reblog where I saw this :)

Not Your Average Rom-Coms

It pains me to say that in recent years I have become somewhat of a movie snob.  But honestly in my opinion, how can you not be in this day and age?  I just can’t justify going to the movie theater anymore to buy a 10-12 dollar ticket to see yet another romantic comedy with Katherine Heigl (sorry but Katherine Heigl movies are just bad) or Channing Tatum flaunting off his perfect abs.  I still love romantic movies, but they have to be unique and different in some way.  I love movies that leave an impression on you and films that have endings that can be open to interpretation.  It is for that reason that I have composed the following list of romantic films (some comedic, some dramatic) that should not disappoint.

1.  (500) Days of Summer

I have literally seen this movie at least 10 times.  I love it for three main reasons—(a) the chemistry between Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (b) the beautiful and experimental cinematic elements of the film, and © the soundtrack.  500 Days of Summer tells the story of the relationship between Tom (a hopeless romantic) and Summer (a girl who doesn’t believe in love).  Very funny and at times touching, the film tells the story out of sequence –making for a very interesting progression of time.  The ending is open to interpretation; just remember that a number of the movie’s promotional material included the disclaimer “this is not a love story”.    

2.  Edward Scissorhands

This is one of my favorite movies.  It is also one of the weirdest I have ever seen, but it is brilliant.  Directed by Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands tells that story of a gentle man named Edward (Johnny Depp) who falls in love with the beautiful Kim (Winona Ryder).  The only problem is that he has scissors for hands and has lived in an abandoned mansion for most of his life.  His life completely changes when a cosmetic saleswoman named Peg (Diane Wiest) takes Edward under her wing and shows him what it is like to live in suburbia.  This film is a perfect example of the wondrous Burton/Depp partnership. 

3.  The Science of Sleep

From the mind of director Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep tells the story of Stéphane (Gael García Bernal) as he falls in love with his charming French neighbor Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg).  Stéphane is very shy and highly imaginative; he often has trouble distinguishing between reality and the world of his dreams.  The film is very quirky and may actually warrant more than one viewing to fully appreciate the magic of the film. 

4.  Annie Hall

Calling all Woody Allen fans!  I happen to love Woody Allen and find his early films to be incredibly charming and hilarious.  Annie Hall tells the story of the neurotic Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and his girlfriend Annie (Diane Keaton).  Diane is the true star of this film by creating such a classic and loveable character.  The first ten minutes are absolutely hysterical and feature some of the best moments in the film.  Annie Hall won four Oscars when the film was released in 1977 including Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. 


5.  Amélie

Amélie is by far my favorite foreign film.  Set in Paris, the film tells the story of Amélie Poulain—a shy and imaginative girl who discovers love as she tries to mysteriously solve the problems of others.  Audrey Tautou plays the title role with perfect grace that could be compared to a young Audrey Hepburn.  The set design, music, and creative elements of the film are incredible and completely tie the film together.  If you don’t already, you will have a weird obsession with garden gnomes after seeing this film. 

6.  The Edukators

The Edukators is a German film about a group of young activists who break into the homes of the insanely wealthy—not to steal from them, but to leave obscure messages telling them that they have too much money.  But one night Jan (Daniel Bruhl) and his best friend’s girlfriend Jule (Julia Jentsch) improvise a kidnapping when they are caught by a businessman in his home.  The film also has road trips to the German countryside, love triangles, and thoughtful commentary on growing up.  Yes there are subtitles, but The Edukators is a film that will stick with you long after you watch it. 

7.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Holly Golightly is a classic example of the damsel in distress.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s follows Holly (Audrey Hepburn) though her many ups and downs and her budding romance with her new neighbor Paul Varjak (George Peppard). Based on the book by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s offers a look into the glamour of the 1960s and the tremendous talent of Audrey Hepburn. 


8.  Juno

I cannot even begin to describe how obsessed I was with this movie when it first came out.  I loved everything about it—especially how amazingly quotable it is.  Juno is a story of unplanned pregnancy, quirky young love, and the trials and tribulations of the adoption process.  The casting is spot-on—you can’t get much better than Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, and Jennifer Garner.  Diablo Cody won an Oscar for Best Screenplay (no surprise there). 

9.  The Graduate

A classic film about a recent college graduate Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) who finds himself trapped in an affair with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft)—the wife of his father’s business partner and the mother of the girl he can’t help but fall in love with, Elaine (Katharine Ross).  Featuring a stellar soundtrack from the great Simon & Garfunkel, The Graduate expertly showcases the changing times of the 1960s, what it means to grow up, and the messy business of relationships.  The film was nominated for a number of awards and still receives critical praise even today (almost 50 years later).

10.  Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise is the story of a young man (Ethan Hawke) and woman (Julie Deply) who meet on a train while traveling in Europe and end up spending a romantic evening together in Vienna.  The film is full of thoughtful dialogue and showcases the magic of chance meetings and life’s spontaneous events.  If you like this film, make sure you watch its sequels, Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2012)

Other favorites: Lost in Translation, Garden State, Slumdog Millionaire, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Rushmore, Blue Valentine, Never Let Me Go, Lars and the 

film questions 🎥✨

  1. Name a few underrated actors.
  2. Favorite director(s)?
  3. Most overrated actor(s)?
  4. What’s a movie you watched over and over again as a child that you still love?
  5. Thoughts on romcoms? Got any favorites?
  6. What’s a movie you enjoyed but can’t see yourself watching again?
  7. Favorite foreign film?
  8. Favorite biopic? (If none, is there any you want to see? Any you think should be made?)
  9. Name a film you think has some of the best costume and makeup/hair design.
  10. Most beautiful set?
  11. Any film you would have casted differently? Who would you have casted instead?
  12. Favorite movie musical?
  13. Do you prefer horror films over thrillers or slasher flicks? Or do you even find a difference/enjoy any of them?
  14. Any award you remember a film recieving that you find was undeserved?
  15. What aspect of a film’s surface look (or mise-en-scene) do you examine the most? (costumes, lighting, set design, etc.)
  16. Film that deserves a sequel?
  17. Name a film error you’ve noticed in a movie you love/love to hate that you can never overlook. (plot holes, lazy costume/prop research, editing mistakes, etc.)
  18. Create your next movie marathon line-up for you and a friend in mind.
  19. Favorite holiday films?
  20. How do you feel about film noir and gangster films? Any favorites?
  21. Whats the oldest movie you can think of that you actually enjoy watching?
  22. Name the movie(s) that make you cry the hardest.
  23. Name a film that you thought you wouldn’t enjoy but ended up loving.
  24. Do you enjoy superhero films? What are your favorites?
  25. Any directors you think should stop directing?
  26. Pick an actor and rate their top three films.
  27. Pick a director and rate their top three films.
  28. Recommend three completely different movies.
  29. What movies do you think of when you hear the word “cold”?
  30. Favorite movie with a pet/animal as an important aspect?
  31. Best film reboot?
  32. Any film you think is misinterpreted by the masses?
  33. Name a film you could write an entire 10+ page essay on. (If you’ve done it, what was the focus?)
  34. What’s the worst movie anyone has ever recommended to you?

anonymous asked:

Favorite foreign films?

Medianeras (2011), The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988), Beginners (2010), Detachment (2011), Flipped (2010), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Short Term 12 (2013), Away We Go (2009), Persona (1966), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Annie Hall (1977), Struck by Lightning (2012), Mr. Nobody (2009), Into the Wild (2007), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) and more…

I’ve always spoken to the press about how as an audience member I long to see diversity in things in American cinema. Some of my favorite films are foreign films because I know I’m going to get diversity when I see films from all over the world. It’s something that we lack here. Of course this morning it made it poignant. It’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today. I don’t want to take away from anything because it’s an incredible situation. I just wish we had stories about a larger group of people. The film industry is made to hold a mirror to society, reflect where we’ve been in our past, where we are today and where we are headed. I think we need to reflect more where we are today because we are not seeing the best picture.
—  Jessica Chastain on the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. 
The Lobster

I want to talk about the film “The Lobster” for a moment. I fucking LOVE this movie, which was probably my favorite indie/foreign/comedy film of last year. If not, in my top 5 of last year.

Synopsis: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into animals and sent off into The Woods.

It’s a very surrealistic take on society pushing you to find love and form relationships and shows you that if you don’t, that it’s very difficult for you to be alone, making you feel inferior. That the state of being alone can ultimately lead to your demise. It’s a very subjective film that caters to that niche feeling. For one to fully understand it, one must know what that feels like and this film nailed it in it’s own crazy little way. Finding that symbolism behind its dry and deadpan humor is incredibly hilarious and enjoyable. The City, The Hotel, and The Woods are brilliant euphemisms for Society (The City), Dating (The Hotel), and Being Single (The Woods). While dating (The Hotel) it shows how far people are willing to change themselves in order for others to fall for them and how ridiculous it can all be, anything to avoid being single. The film also shows us how dark and somber it can be being single (The Woods), but also shows how liberating it can be. That by being yourself, a wild and free person, is the most beautiful way for you to find others like you, without having to be forced together by society (The City). This film illustrates that love and nature will take its course and that it’s not something that should be mandated by others. There’s a brilliantly constructed analogy in this film on how love is blind and how even through that, it’s more real than what was forced on us.

This film is also beautifully shot and written. Along with a strong and solid cast with some the best dry and dark humor I’ve ever seen from them. It’s dark, hilarious, and brilliant.



so i went to jens auto and i was the last one in line!!! and i got to have a proper convo with her about books and foreign films! when it was finally my turn she was like “last but not least right?” and i was like “exactly!” and jen didn’t have as many gifts as lana so i was like “i brought you a book i’ve read and it kept reminding me of emma so i thought who better to give it to than the person who brought her to life?” and she was like “awwwwwh that’s so sweet what book is it?” so the security guy was going through the bag and he was like “this is such a nice gift” and jen was like “wait” and she picked out the book and i was like “it’s called orphan train i hope you haven’t read it yet” and she was like “no i haven’t i’ll definitely read it thank you so much!” and then i was like “i also added some of my favorite foreign films incase you ever wanna watch a new one” and she was like “omg that’s amazing! foreign films are always a good suggestion thank you!” and then i was like “you’re welcome jen” and she waved and i left and i’m pretty sure i died. She’s the sweetest most humble person ever and forever my favorite❤️