Wednesday, September 10, 2008

So Many Movies, So Few Translation Skills

My head hurts.

I leave soon for the Toronto International Film and I haven’t yet decided on which films to see. With over 300 films from 55 countries, topics range from Che Guevara to child molestation.

Here’s a sampling:

The Sea Wall

Set in 1931 in French Indochina, the story is infused with sexual and racial tensions creating a hothouse of emotion and passion.

A Cambodian Crash?

Me and Orson Welles

A teenager is hired to work with Welles on Broadway and falls for his girl, bringing egos and passions to a boil.

The prequel to War of the Worlds or the motivation?

What Doesn’t Kill You

A gritty, affecting drama about the streets of Boston.

Another Departed? Wait…I see this guy's in it:

A Much Sexier Departed!!

Mothers and Daughters

A trenchant exploration of several different facets of the mother-daughter connection filmed with clarity and courage.

Must first look up trenchant.

Detroit Metal City

A timid Japanese music geek moves from the countryside to Tokyo where he gets a gig as the front man for the notorious band Detroit Metal City (DMC).

Harajuku meets Spinal Tap?


This deliberately provocative movie asks a simple question: what turned normal “good” Germans into people capable of sending millions to the gas chambers during the Second World War?

No thanks. A “good” question does not necessarily make for “good” cinema. But wait...oh, he's in this:

It could be goooood!!

Daytime Drinking

After being dumped by his girlfriend, a South Korean man gets hopelessly inebriated and finds himself walking in his underwear along mountainous roads where tigers are believed to roam at night. He rests at inhospitable guesthouses and kisses beautiful, strange girls, all while ambling towards an epic, clarifying hangover.

An Oriental Sideways?

The Beast in the Shadow

Brings French and Japanese cultures together in a bizarre and engrossing story about two writers who find their lives inextricably entangled in the dark sides of sexual impulse.

An Oriental Last Tango in Paris?

Pride and Glory

A moving saga about the sacrifices one family must make to stand among New York's finest.

Not another cop movie. Hmmm. It stars:

Might just have to see Ireland’s finest!!

Universal Love

An collage of images set to a haunting soundtrack by the band Naked Lunch, explores the inner landscapes of love that is strange, true, crazy and desperate.

A romantic Koyaanisqatsi with indie music?


A stop-motion animation about an unemployed, twenty-eight-year-old man who purchases a book that claims to contain the meaning of life – “all for the low price of $9.99”

Am I up for a philosophical Wallace & Gromit?

See my problem here? I'm soooo confused.

I may have to do what I did last year--choose the movies located closet to the best pubs.


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Vodka Mom said...

I'm so damn jealous. I'll be watching Dr. Suess today in kindergarten. Doesn't compare....

HappyHourSue said...

Mark Ruffalo AND Viggo Mortenson? Two of my favorite "listers". (you know, the celebrity list I'm allowed to sleep with if I ever get the chance). ;)

Meg said...

Vodka Mom -- I love The Suess!!!

HH Sue -- For sure! Unfortunately, I will probably choose films from Iran or Turkey because they won't be widely released.

Suzie said...

Id go for the cartoon. Although I havent slept in days

Chat Blanc said...

yeah, I'd go for the movies with the hot male celebs, that way if the movie sucks you have eye candy to distract you!

Anonymous said...

I agree with chat blanc.

definately watch the eye mmm mmm.

Sully Sullivan said...

Choose wisely, my friend, choose wisely.


for a different kind of girl said...

I've watched the preview clip for Pride and Glory and that looked pretty good. Me and Orson Welles also looks interesting, but 9.99 'sounds' interesting. Have fun! I would love to have to make thes decisions!

Meg said...

Suzie - I plan on losing sleep in Toronto.

Chat Blanc & Sarah - Hmmm. That does seem to be the popular suggestion....

Sully - What do you think of eye candy? In romantic comedies?


DKofGirl - Sorry, private joke up there.

Anyway, let's go. I've been posting an open invitation. You bloggers MUST get out once in while!!

Unfinished - You stay here and watch the place.

Immoral Matriarch said...

Um. How DARE you not mention Edward Norton in the Pride & glory section??

Anonymous said...

Detroit Metal City would be my choice, but then again I don't need the eye candy. Well, not the male eye candy anyway. Where's the Kate Beckinsale flicks? Or ones starring Steffi Graf? ;)

Meg said...

Maria - Yes Ed Norton Rocks and Colin Farrell! Also, Ethan Hawke stars with Mark Ruffalo. But like I said, I'm going for the Iranian films. Really. I take my movies AND my micro-brews very seriously. Tis the reason I'm going to a foreign country.

Unfinished - Yes, having lived in Japan for two years, that one appeals to me. As for Steffi, I don't think she's made the transition to film. Thank God.

And watch out for that Chris dude while I'm away. He's got an eye on my playlist.

Chris Wood said...

I'd go with the new Departed.

Working Class Hero on the music. Very cool.

John said...

I also go with Departed. More than movies for people who read books. There are a lot of intresting stories in Ancient Korean. I had read them with the help of korean Translation Experts. You can also get their help. Visit korean translation

JD at I Do Things said...

Wow. I consider myself pretty movie-savvy, but I haven't heard of ANY of these! I actually had to look up a few of them to see if you were just making stuff up.

I'd go with ANYthing starring Viggo.

JD at I Do Things

April said...

I'd go with Welles and Mark Ruffalo.

Ms Picket To You said...

back off Ruffalo, just saying.