I'd like to share in this post a couple of other films with I havent mentioned before in the previous journal. In the list, you'll find a lot of different films that have little to do with each other, other than excelling in originality, quality of directing, good writing, good characters, etc. I think for the most part, the only films that I like are the ones that really strike something deep in your emotions, not so much as having fancy conceptual gimmicks that you leave you empty after the film is over.
So here goes. ( list is in no specific order)
-99 francs (2007-7.3)
A french satire film that is really original and ''dynamic'' in its way of telling a story. Visually very interesting, with great dialogue and it has that ''fight club'' kind of feel to it.
-Kwaidan (1964 - 8.0)
A collection of traditional japanese horror stories, shot in a very artistic and minimalistic way, but all differing visually from one another. The slow pacing of some of them may kill some of the audience, but I recomend this one if you are saturated by the mundane big-budget films
-Ikuru (1952 - 8.3)
For those who have more patience watching older films, i really recommend that one. Story is set in japan, its about a mid-aged bureaucrat and his life after he finds out he has cancer. This is one is bit less ''slow'' than other Japanese films made in this period.
-Ex-Drummer (2007 - 7.1/10)
really to describe this film, is like you have this toaster that keeps burning your bread, and one time you are making a sandwich, someone knocks on your door, you go open the door, meanwhile your dog got a hold of your work in progress sandwich, grabbed it and flicked it somewhere in the darkest filthiest corner of your apartment. And after a few years, you get hungry again, too lazy to cook something, and you accidentally find this sandwich that you forgot, all covered in spider webs and mice feces, and yet you still decide to courageously take a bite out of it, you taste it and you think: "hmm, its not so bad..". well this film is kind of like that I think, its disugsting but its masterfully disgusting, pityless and extremely cynical, wouldn't recommend watching this film(and enjoying it) with your family or friends, unless you are seeking social isolation.
-Christian F. (1981 - 7.6)
A film about early teenagers in Berlin, drug addiction and downward spiral to the bottom of the bottom. A really depressing, highly graphic and realistic film.
A film by lars von trier that I really disliked at first or really misunderstood, but as I watched multiples times over and over, it really grew on me. I think its one of the best psychological horror films in my most humble opinion.
-Breaking the Waves (1996-7.9)
Another film by lars von trier, which really hit me like a brick in my face as with all his films. What I like in his films, is he goes and sort of dissects the human weakness and shows it on screen. It might seems like some weird-romance-melodrama from the trailer, but it really is an unpredictable film.
Also a film by lars von trier, set in germany after WW2. This is one of my favorite films as it really stand out from many other WW2 films, focusing not so much on the events or action sequences, but more on personal character stories and relations. Its also shot in a very dark, stylistic almost comic-book like, which I found really interesting. The omniscient-narrator in the film, is also what makes this film feel very different and unique.
-Cube (1997 - 7.4)
This is a good sci-fi film that has its base in psychological thriller genre. I dont think its a very high budget sci-fi film, but it really managed to be interesting and grips you till the end.
-Fallen Angels (1995-7.7)
I like this film for the style and mood that it established, sort of a film-noire film mixed with a bit of surrealism, comedy and romance.
-The Last Life in the Universe (2003-7.7)
I havent watched this film for many years now, but from what I remember I really enjoyed it. Its mostly about love and solitude, it has a very soft and mellow kind of feel to it.
-Adrift in Tokyo (2007-7.5)
if you want to watch a good japanese drama-adventure-comedy film, i would recommend this one.
This one is one of my favorite psychological horror films, it starts as some kind of boring melodrama and spirals down into are really disturbing nightmare, sort of like peeling away the pretty soft cover of a fruit only to reveal the worms that live inside.
-Gozu (2003 - 7.1)
If you are into deadly-yakuza-assassinating-chihuahuas, creepy man-cows and horny breastfeeding old ladies, than this film is for you!
-Sacrifice (1986-8.1) - Nostalgia (1983 -8.2) - The Mirror (1975- 8.1)
Three seprate films by tarkovsky. I think if you can watch one of his films and enjoy it, then you can probably watch his other films. Not recommending those if you like action filled and very rational and story driven films, but those are some of my favorites, in terms of mood and the technical aspect of film making.
-The Fisher King (1991-7.6)
To balance the list of depressing foreign film, ill add a comedy with Robin Williams which I really enjoyed watching. I didn't include many Hollywood films not because im a non-conformist-hipster, but because most american films are already known and are pretty popular, but there are many great films which are sometimes swept under the rug and forgotten like this one.
-Up in Smoke (1978- 7.0)
And lastly, this is one of the only comedy films which have made me crack up laughing, which almost never happens to me when watching comedy.
**Also, feel free to recommend me some of your films if you want, im always looking for something weird and new to watch.