1. I hate you so much, Roman Polanski.
And all your apologists to boot.
2. There's been a meme going around that asks for your five favorite foreign-language films or series, so here's mine. (For now, let's keep anime out of the equation.)
1. Raise the Red Lantern
3. Nowhere in Africa
4. Life is Beautiful
5. In the Mood for Love
I kinda wanted to put M. Butterfly on this list until I realized there's no way it could qualify for being a foreign-language production, despite being a deconstruction of Madame Butterfly and the typical approach to foreign policy on the part of Western nations, among other things. There's also the fact that the source material is a play, and that the movie -- from what I've seen of it -- isn't nearly as good.
I pretty much have undying love for the first two movies on my list, and Nowhere in Africa is a terrific film that I'd recommend to anyone. I didn't see Life is Beautiful until this year, but it's a very well-written and well-directed tragicomedy helmed by Roberto Benigni. Out of all the movies I've listed here, In the Mood for Love is the one I had the least emotional involvement with, but it has absolutely beautiful cinematography. All of them do, actually, with the exception of Persepolis, because that one's animated instead. :D
3. Positive effects of the Avatar movie? People are rewatching the show again, and making posts about how awesome it is. I think my favorite one so far is the post about Zuko's most lol-tastic lines in each season
; I seriously forgot how many dorky things he says!
For the record, "Bad skin? Normal teenagers worry about bad skin, I don't have that luxury. My father decided to teach me a permanent lesson...ON MY FACE!" takes my number-one vote for the best line ever. Or the worst line ever. Oh, Zuko.