I’ve seen quite a number of mainstream American movies over the years, but I haven’t given much attention to movies from other countries or those that are a little more quirky and less noticed than big-budget films with plenty of stars. Seems like I’m possibly missing out on a wealth of great films because I don’t see that many foreign or small, independent films advertised, while bigger movies (like the recent It’s kind of a funny story) is advertised to death everywhere I go. To be honest, I’m a little bored with the same formulas being used for different movie genres: A horror movie will involve an exorcism or haunting, or a cute child who’s really eeevil; movies about teenagers will have a protagonist who doesn’t fit in and eventually comes to terms with his own identity, etc.
So I’d love to see some films that don’t have a big enough budget to be advertised but are still great, or films from other countries that have been overlooked by American media. Which indie or foreign releases do I have to see?
I’ve seen a few J-horror releases: Ringu, the original One Missed Call, Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters). I’ve also seen a lot of Guillermo del Toro’s movies and loved them. Grave of the Fireflies, Spirited Away, and Paprika weren’t as great as people made them out to be, IMO.
Indie films I have seen include Little Miss Sunshine, 10 items or less, and I’m sure a bunch more that I can’t remember at the moment.
The types of movies I like are usually dramatic (but not overly so) or horror/psychological thriller. I do like animated movies, but I’ve been kind of underwhelmed by the Japanese animation I’ve seen. I also love musicals and comedy, if it’s done well.
Any and all recommendations are really appreciated.