Tampopo. (Japan) Warning: Do not watch this movie on an empty stomach. You will be ravenously hungry within, oh, three minutes, especially after the young truck driver details his meeting with the ramen sensai."Eat Drink Man Woman" and "The Wedding Feast" are probably my two other favorite foodie movies... but Tampopo was the most brilliant of all. (Don't know Asian cinemas well enough.)King of Hearts. (France) And I usually dislike movies that make light of mental illness.Diva. (France) Wow, wow, and wow. DO NOT get the dubbed version. Dubbed versions are instruments of the Antichrist.A favorite of my college years. Wondering how it held up. I also read a bunch of Delacorta's other novels at the time. Way fun.In The Mood For Love. (China) Sweet, sad, very romantic in a despairing sort of way.Yes, just gorgeous. Not sure if it's on my faves list, but wonderful.The Leningrad Cowboys. (USSR/USA) Damn! This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, period!The Taxing Woman's Return. (Japan) The same cast from Tampopo, really a clever film.Uhura :o) I assume you saw the original "Taxing Woman" too... Amelie just made my list. Utterly charming. My girlfriend and I both loved it. For silent-film buffs: "M." Peter Lorre, twenty-something by the look of him, as a serial child-murderer, sought by the police and even more earnestly by the criminal syndicate driven to the edge by repeated police sweeps... I don't know which is my favorite scene-- either one in the middle of the film where the killer struggles with his impulse, belting down two schnapps in rapid succession before giving in and chasing down a little girl, or one right at the end, where he confesses to the whole thing and tries to express the compulsion... An amazing performance. (Also, a great chase scene, once he's been marked as the killer.)Just amazing.-A
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