Flicks and Swizzle Sticks-Movies I Have to Read

My brother-in-law Mike joined me to talk about non-English language films, or as my dad calls them, “movies I have to read.” After much debate (and me changing my mind a couple times) we decided on The Good, the Bad, the Weird, High Tension, Amélie, and The Orphanage. Four very different films, one for every taste! You like westerns? How about gory psychological mindfucks? Or whimsical wonders in technicolor? Or how about a classic ghost story? We have them all here for your listening (and viewing) pleasure.

I want to thank all of you that commented on the last show to let us know what your favorite foreign film is. Ferox was the lucky winner this time around, but we’ll be having another giveaway for our next show as well, so keep it coming! All you have to do is comment below! You can say whatever you want! Tell us what amazing (or awful) taste we have. Or, tell us what your favorite black and white film is, which will be my next podcast with Mike, coming next month. So get to commenting!

Our drink for this St. Patrick’s Day eve was the Irish Whiskey Highball:

2 oz. Whiskey
Ginger Ale or Club Soda on ice.

Stir and enjoy! We followed ours up with a delightful Cupcake Pinot Noir, cause we’re classy like that.

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45 responses to “Flicks and Swizzle Sticks-Movies I Have to Read”

  1. This was a fun podcast. I am not a big horror fan but I adore Cabin In The Woods!! I might have to watch The Orphanage now. Not sure on the other ones.


    Hello! The squid eating scene is worth it alone. Super fucking good movie!

    It’s part of a Vengence Trilogy and all of the movies are very good and I recommend them all!

    OH! Anyone seen The Audition? HOLY SHIT!

    • I shouldn’t have posted my comment so soon. You already knew about the Vengence trilogy! Sympathy for Mr. Vengence is my next favorite. What shitty luck! Could anything else go wrong for that guy??

      Lady Vengence is also good but my least favorite.

      Did you hear about Old Boy being done in the US?

      • Mike is obsessed with all those movies (Old Boy-he was soooooo close to picking that one). He also loved the Audition, but I’m a little terrified to watch it. He said it was the most disturbing thing ever, but also EXTREMELY well done.

        Also, I haven’t seen Old Boy yet, but just from what Mike has said, I’m assuming the US would fuck it up hard core.

  3. Ok, I promise not to take up ALL the commenting room but I’m listening and like to share…

    Loved High Tension!

    Cupcake Pinot Grigio is TOO SWEET.

    Mike – great addition to the show! At least so far. I’ll let you know if I change my mind later in the show. 😉

    • The bannister was WAAAAAAAY fucked up. While I was watching it I said “no they’re not gonna show it. It’ll just…nope, there it is! Right there!

  4. I posted this in the forums, but will repost here for the world to see:

    I still recommend The Hairdresser’s Husband. Nice moody depressing French film.

    And Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. I had to watch for my senior year in HS (AP English) — something like 15 times — for a module on film. It got to where I didn’t need the subtitle/captions (for the furriners) any longer. And I think this movie is why I love Swedish so much — so much so that I actually took some Rosetta Stone classes in the language. I can still say “the woman hopped”. Not sure why I would, but I can, dammit!

    • The Seventh Seal kept coming up when I was researching black and white films for the next one actually. Might throw it into the next “Greatest Movies I’ve Never Seen” episode…

  5. I think I’m the only person in the world who thought “meh” after watching Amelie. I’m thinking my expectations were way too high.

    • Probably so, since everyone always says how amazing it is. If you had gone in with no expectations you might have liked it more.

  6. Saddest movie of all time = Dancer in the Dark. It’s also a musical. This isn’t a total tangent – I’m commenting on the sadness factor of The Orphanage.

    • I still haven’t seen that one. Considered doing that one in my “evolution of the musical” episode, so I can throw a TOTAL downer in

  7. I hated Amelie with all my hatred. Which is a lot. It was so bloody twee! My brother loved it though.

    Black and white, eh? I really love A Matter of Life and Death. The missus can’t stand it. Oh, and It Happened One Night. And Some Like It Hot! Oh, and Brief Encounter…

    • It was just too high a dose of whimsical cuteness. But then A Matter of Life and Death and It Happened One Night are whimsically cute too… Maybe I just didn’t like the lead actress.

      • It is possible you just hate Audrey Tattou being whimsical. Maybe it’s the sideways glances? Or coy looks at the camera?

    • I posted that comment too early! Martyrs! holy boobs great movie. And now knowing you do not enjoy gore, do not watch my suggested movie above

      • I like gore, but zomg awful torture, no can do. Is it just gore? Or like Martyrs torture gore? I’ll make Kate watch it first.

        • Haha you should make Kate watch it first. There is torture gore, crazy woman who wants her dream apartment and decides to just kill the people who have what she wants. Think 2×4’s shoved down a throat, wieners getting cut off, stuff like that

  8. I’ve seen all of these but The Good, The Bad, The Weird. The Orphanage is really good. Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone is also excellent. I totally agree that High Tension is definitely a mindfuck that you’ll never forget.

    • I’ve heard that from multiple people about the Devil’s Backbone, Cindy! I think that means I need to put that one in a show.

      Thanks for listening!

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