Tag Archives: Foreign Film Friday

The Intouchables

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Alica Mckenna Johnson, Intouchables, French Movies

Yes, another French movie. My son wants to go to France, ASAP, and is continuing to study French during the summer. Anyway, this is a wonderful movie. The character growth of both the main actors is extraordinary. The basic plot: a wealthy paraplegic white man doesn’t want to be treated with pity so he hires a young Senegalese man from the ghetto of Paris as his full-time caregiver.

Compassion, friendship, humor, and adventures tie these two men together in a beauty of a movie based on a true story.

Okay, watching the trailer again made me tear up, this is such a beautiful movie.

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The power of salsa

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CUBAN FURY

Nick Frost plays Bruce, a man hiding from himself and his passion, the dance of salsa. His co-worker Drew, Chris O’Dowd, is a jerk who goes after the new boss Julia, Rashida Jones. Will Bruce allow the fire of salsa to once again burn inside him?

This is a very funny movie with great characters. The only thing I didn’t like is Chris O’Dowd plays a jerk, and I love him and I don’t like seeing him be mean like that.

Kicking Ass in France

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Disterect B-13, French Action movies, Alica Mckenna-Johnson
District B-13 Ultimatium, French Action Movies, Alica Mckenna-Johnson

District B13 and District 13: Ultimatum
I begged my son to review these movies, but he sucks and never did, so it’s up to me. Intense action, parkour, martial arts, social issues, sexy men and women—add it together, and you have two great French action movies. These are fast-moving films set in a future Paris ghetto walled off from the rest of the city. I have watched these movies several times and enjoy them each time. If you are an action movie fan, you need to add District B13 and District 13: Ultimatum to your to watch list.

Lots of Places Have a North

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Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’sit
Apparently France is not all coveted beauty, they have a NORTH. A place where bad employees are transferred to, a place with weird accents, unrecognizable slang words, and cold. And fortunately for us, it is a place of fun characters, beauty, and drunken bicycling. A very enjoyable movie, but you need to be a good subtitle reader because they write in the odd accent to show you what is happening and why things are funny.

Very Annie Mary

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Alica Mckenna Johnson, Very Annie Mary, movies
This is a British movie about an awkward girl in a small village named Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths). Her asshole father (Johnathan Pryce) made me want to kick him. As with most small town British movies and shows the town is filled with quirky characters. One of my favorites is played by Ioan Gruffud. And to top it all off, it’s a musical (kind of). At times the silly/embarrassing things that Annie Mary gets herself into made me hide behind my hands, but all in all I really liked watching her find her way.

Sexy, seductive, scintillating, smart, sassy, and suspenseful.

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Miss Fisher murder mysteries, Alica Mckenna Johnson

I am in love with the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. I want to be Phryne Fisher so bad! She is smart, sassy, sexy, and stylish, with the money to make 1920s fashions look so amazing, I would actually trade my yoga pants for her clothes! I also wouldn’t mind all the sexy men she takes to her bed 🙂 Set in Melbourne in the late 1920’s Phryne needs something to do and becomes the first female private detective, much to the horror of the local police detective Jack Robinson.

A wonderful cast of quirky characters, adorably sexy shyness, and swoon worthy suits and gentlemanly manners along with suspenseful mysteries make this an amazing show.
There are two seasons out, and I am hoping it continues.

Foreign Film Friday- Philomena

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Philomena

Philomena


Philomena stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, so yes, you should just go watch it right now :). This movie is based on the true story of a woman, Philomena, who was forced to give up her baby fifty years ago and kept it a secret. But now she wants to find him. Martin, a journalist, helps her as a ‘human interest story’ and to try and save his career, but what he finds is so much more. I don’t want to give anything away, but do have some tissues ready 

Foreign Film Friday- The Fairy

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The Fairy, Alica Mckenna-Johnson
This was a weird, strange, quirky little movie. If you don’t mind that things just happen and don’t make sense, and if you don’t mind strange sudden dance routines and can let go of reality for a while, then I say check out The Fairy. It’s a French film about a fairy (what else?) who stays at a hotel and offers the night clerk three wishes.

Foreign Film Friday- The Ramen Girl

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The Ramen Girl, Alica McKenna-Johnson, Forgein Films, Food porn
The Ramen Girl
If you want a see a fun, odd, noodle-ful movie, then The Ramen Girl just might be the flick for you. After losing her boyfriend and being stranded in Japan, Abby loses her sanity and becomes fixated on learning to make ramen, much to the displeasure of the local ramen chef she has decided will be the one to teach her.

I did have two issues with this movie. First, after a year of living in Japan, Abby still can’t speak or understand any Japanese, which I just didn’t believe and second, there wasn’t as much Japanese culture as I like in my foreign films, Abby really isolates herself and therefore us.

But I enjoyed it, and for those of you who have watched Tampopo, the first and best Noodle Western/food porn ever, keep your eyes open for a treat in The Ramen Girl.

Let’s kick some bones.

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Sorry Foreign Film Friday is coming on Saturday but yesterday was crazy, but in a fun way 🙂  Now onto the funBonekickers, Alica Mckenna Johnson, BBC, archeologists!!!!

Last week hubby and I watched the BBC series Bonekickers, a show about a university archeology team  causing havoc, solving mysteries, and getting into trouble in England.  I loved the characters, although the team leader Gillian Magwilde, played by Juile Grahm, does lean a bit too much on the bitchy side sometimes. It is consistent with her character, though, and you get enough back story to understand why.

Gregory Parton, played by Hugh Bonneville, and Ben Erga, Adrian Lester (love him),  balance Gillian and add humor to the story.

Now two things, first this is only a single-season show. The plot arc is wrapped up by the end, so I think it was only meant to be one season. And second, you shall have to give some creative license for the archeology. Archeology takes time, patience, and a lot of tests, which this show just doesn’t have time for. So if you can’t hush your inner critic, which I had difficulty doing  a few times, this might not be the show for you. BUT, I loved the history, the stories, the mystery, and the characters. I think you should check it out.

 

Also I am sorry if there is still code in this, I don’t know what’s happening. I only see it on my blog not on the edit page, when my son wakes up I’ll have my tech department work on the problem 🙂