Why Bother with International Films?

If you are satisfied with all the movies coming out in the theater, I suppose it’s easy to say, “What’s the point?” But if you’re like me, you may not always be happy with all of the movies Hollywood is churning out. More importantly, I think international cinema is important because it gives people a better understanding of cultural differences and current issues happening around the world. Conversely, even though these films are from another part of the world, you’ll find artistry and meaningful themes that cross cultures. I don’t know if that’s poignant to you, but it’s certainly important to me. But I will get off my soap box, and just say it’s good to try new things!

Many of my friends are wary to watch foreign films because they don’t like reading subtitles. It may be kind of annoying the first time, but you get used to it after a few films. If you are totally opposed to subtitles, you could find a dub, or find a foreign film (like from the U.K.) that is in English. I think many people would appreciate foreign films if they just give them a chance. I’ve also heard the critique that they are low-budget, so they must be bad. But again, that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, I find that while many Hollywood stories focus on Aristotle’s “spectacle”—or the visual appeal—they don’t have the strong characterizations or interesting stories that foreign films do. On this site I have listed my top movie picks. Take a look!

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