Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Holiday Film Picks

Hey, movies are doing well during this economic situation. Hitting the theaters is one of the few things we can still afford to do and it helps us escape. So, I compiled a list of my favorites films that you can check out over the holiday season.

Come on, a hot hapa, geeky hero and a rag tag multi-ethnic crew fighting against white "agents"? You gotta love it. This cool and influential sci-fi remains THE all time favorite film for me.

Brilliant indictment of classism as presented in a futurist film noir style. Also free on at the moment.

Three Iron
This is one movie that takes the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” quite literally. Also serves a good representation of Korean "art house" films by master director Kim Ki-Duk. This is my favorite of the past five years.

"All these memories will be lost... Like tears in the rain..." That says it all. Oh, and in this future we speak Chapanese.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Burning bed that melts plastic tulip in hand. Now, that's insane. See how Spanish women deal with stress.

My Sassy girl
Tear-jerker comedy like only the maudlin Koreans know how to make. Girl finds boy, girl runs away from boy, boy becomes love slave, they part and reunite—maybe. Oh, and I'm referring to the original Korean version and not the sad American remake. Watch for the new trend of US remaking Korean films only a few years after the original was made. Will blog more about that another time.

Dark City
Another great sci-fi film noir (aka cyberpunk) that asks the question and attempts to answer, "what is the meaning of life?".

There are so many more I can recommend but start here. Enjoy!

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