Monday, April 11, 2011
Why do I like foreign films so much? Mostly, it is a cheap way to travel. Through these movies, I see places I've been and loved or to which I wish someday to go. I get to see how people live, what they wear, what they drive, what they feed their families, what their furniture looks like, what their offices look like. I finished watching "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" the other day (a fine series of three films made in Sweden) and I was able to watch a dramatization of a Swedish criminal trial--a very different process than a US trial, made even more different by the interesting arrangement of the courtroom (defense and prosecution faced each other on the long sides of a rectangle, with the judge(s) on one end and a witness chair on the other). I watched "Talk to Her" yesterday, and was treated to a wonderfully made story of friendship--though it was downright screwy at times and the subject matter somewhat disturbing.
The bottom line is that at least for the time being, these web content services are delivering the goods--the best movies from all over the world--while still serving up a steady diet of Hollywood crap. I'll take the good stuff.