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World Cinema Series

A good friend of mine, Caroline, came up with this fantastic idea:

The idea of this series is to take a trip around the world in movies.

The goal is to watch and review at least one movie per country. It will take how long it takes but two movies per month would be great. More than one movie per country is of course OK as well.

I realized that in 2011, I watched less Hollywood movies than I ever be.Hollywood has lost their charm on me due to SOOOO MANY remakes, superheroes, and sequels.

This situation with Hollywood’s lack of creativity makes me want to watch more movies from other countries. It will difficult to find movies from not so famous countries but I would like to try as best I can 🙂

Here are the movies I have for this fun event:

Sweden: Låt den rätte komma in – Let The Right One In

Japan: 十三人の刺客 – 13 Assassins

England: Amazing Grace

Ireland: The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Perrier’s Bounty (a look into Ireland through Cillian’s Movies)

Indonesia: The Raid : Redemption



And I know I can easily find movies from Korea, Thailand and Taiwan (or China)

Those are all I got so far, will see what I can find later 😉

Come and Join Us!!! 🙂
Here is the original page by Caroline> World Cinema Series
Another Participants : TBM,

About Novroz

I actively maintained 2 blogs. My personal blog is about things that I love: Turtles, Books, Movies, Music, Larc en Ciel, Muse, Cillian Murphy, The Mighty Boosh and many more. I also help my 3 super cute turtles, Kroten, Papoe and Kurome, to maintain their own blog: http://kamekroten.wordpress.com

40 comments on “World Cinema Series

  1. Caroline
    January 10, 2012

    Wonderful list, and thanks for joing me. It will be great to discover the world through movies. I hope many people will join and we will have a nice list at the end of the year.
    I will inlcude anyone linking to the page.

    • Novroz
      January 10, 2012

      Thank you for coming up with the idea, Caroline 🙂
      I hope I can find movies from Singapore and Malaysia,even though those two countries are my neighbor but I have never seen their movie and this is good time to try it.
      Yup…I hope many will join too, it’ll be great to know more movies from many countries.

  2. تور ترکیه
    January 10, 2012

    good idea . yes its true actually most of Hollywood film are based according to one hero and happy ending .

    • Novroz
      January 10, 2012

      Aha!! you hit the mark there, تور ترکیه !!! I am so tired of ‘forced’ happy ending. Not all stories have to end with happy ending.
      By the way,I wonder how to read your nickname 😉 I can read Arabic but not the bold one like that.

  3. Nani
    January 10, 2012


    • Novroz
      January 10, 2012

      Horay 🙂
      The more the merrier

  4. Bikram
    January 10, 2012

    ok.. good idea.

    i liked lock stock and two smoking barrels .. have you seen the second one by the same director with brad pitt in it .. that is HILARIOUS .. must watch

    • Novroz
      January 11, 2012

      What’s the title? I have seen Rock and Rolla and I quite like it.
      I don’t really like Pitt but if the movie is as hilarious as you’ve said,I don’t mind seeing him a bit

  5. mettemk
    January 11, 2012

    Just landed on your blog and am hooked already. Great idea, actually I’m trying to the same thing, but more unofficially. I watched my first Iranian, first Korean and first (non-anime) Japanese film last year.
    Personally, I don’t think Hollywood has lost its charm, but it could definitely do better.

    • Novroz
      January 11, 2012

      Thank you Mettemk. I have watched more and more movies by other countries since last year, unofficially like you…but I’d like to do an official one for this year.
      Hollywood hasn’t lost its charm totally…but on the brink of losing it if they continue making remakes more than original ideas.

  6. Nekoneko
    January 11, 2012

    Novia, if you need one from Spain, and haven’t seen it yet, give “Los Ojos de Julia” aka “Julia’s Eyes” a try.

    It’s not really a horror movie, more a suspense film about a woman trying to investigate the death of her twin sister who suffered from the same degenerative eye disorder as her. Very, very scary and good. I think that you would like it. 😉

    • Novroz
      January 11, 2012

      That sounds interesting…thank you Miyuki.
      I will try to find it. Spain has a lot of great horror movies. Remember how I enjoyed El Orfanato.
      You should join in too Miyuki 😉 you watch more countries than I do.

  7. Scott Lawlor
    January 11, 2012

    Nice idea Novia.

    But please do not watch Burke and Hare, UK has so many better films than that one….


    • Novroz
      January 11, 2012

      Thank you Scott.
      Hahaha I know UK has A LOT of great movies,in fact I am beginning to enjoy more UK movies than Hollywood’s … but UK movies aren’t easy to find. So far, those 2 are all I have. I will add more if I find more movies.
      I can’t Not watch Burke and Hare, it has Simon Pegg in it and I like that man 😉

  8. TBM
    January 11, 2012

    Great idea. I look forward to your journey around the world. I’ll have to check out her post.

    • Novroz
      January 12, 2012

      Come and join us TBM…you’ve been almost around the world, it’ll be easier for you to find a movie from many countries

  9. rtm
    January 12, 2012

    Sounds like fun, great idea Caroline. Hmmm I don’t know yet if I’m gonna participate but I do look forward to your World Cinema Series reviews, Nov.

    • Caroline
      January 12, 2012

      There are no rules rtm. Anytime you watch and review a movie from a country that is preferably not covered too often, you can link to my page and I’ll add the review to it.

    • Novroz
      January 12, 2012

      Yeah…Ruth join us 🙂
      I know you always write great review. Let’s get out of our comfort zone. Those movies with subtitles are sometimes amazing.

  10. Fariz
    January 12, 2012

    You should really watch ‘A Separation’, miss! It’s Iranian film, and it’s *really* amazing!

    • Novroz
      January 12, 2012

      Thank you for the recommendation Fariz 🙂
      I am glad that everyone is giving me recommendation,it enriches my movie selection. I hope I can find A Separation.

  11. Castor
    January 13, 2012

    Fun idea Novia! Korea should be easy and I may suggest Yi Yi for Taiwan. Good luck with your world cinema series 😀

    • Novroz
      January 14, 2012

      Thank you for the suggestion castor.I will note it down and look for it 🙂
      The world cinema has to be postponed due to the massive love toward Sherlock 😉

  12. dhitzunako
    January 13, 2012

    Can I join, can I join? ^^ Only a movie a month will do right?

    • Novroz
      January 14, 2012

      Do Join Dhitz 🙂
      The more the merrier

    January 14, 2012

    what? No films from Serbia? 🙂 🙂

    • Novroz
      January 14, 2012

      It’s very difficult to find Serbian Movies here…BUT, do give me a recommendation Dezz, maybe somehow I can find it 🙂

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  15. Ronan
    January 16, 2012

    Love this idea Novia! I’d do Hitchcock and Ghibli for UK and Japan. This is going to be fun! Thanks for the heads up on this Nov!

    • Novroz
      January 16, 2012

      is that mean you’re joining Ronan?

      I can do Ghibli too for Japan. I wonder is Amazing Grace from UK or US, I just got the movie.

      • Ronan
        January 16, 2012

        It’s UK.

        • Novroz
          January 17, 2012

          Thanks Ronan…if it got 4 or 5 stars from me, I will put it in my UK movies

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  19. Gnoe (@graasland)
    February 15, 2012

    I’d like to recommend a movie from the US… WHAT?? Yes, really! It’s a great film, otherwise I wouldn’t plug it, right? 😉

    I’m talking about “Drive” by the (Danish) director Nicolas Winding Refn. It’s a real adrenalin movie! Great acting by Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. So far I’ve been to the cinema 4 times this year (and we’re not even halfway February!) and Drive was the best by far. For comparison: the others I’ve seen are “The Iron Lady”, “My Week with Marilyn” and “The Artist” (the great 2012 BAFTA winner).

    Another movie I can recommend I watched on DVD just last Sunday: “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi; a French-American autobiographical animation movie about Satrapi’s youthful flight from her homecountry Iran.

    Well, whether you’re going to watch these two or not, I’m wishing you a lot of fun with the challenge! (hey, maybe I may even join as well…)

    • Novroz
      February 15, 2012

      I am planning to watch Drive but not sure when, it’s on my list. I have heard so much about that movie. That list above is a subject to change, my movies might differ from it.

      Take example of the movie from England, I was planning to review Burke and Hare & Lock, Stock and two smokin barrels but I ended up reviewing Amazing Grace. My Irish movie will also change.

      I have seen Persepolis last year, I have also reviewed it and it’s in my top 10 movies I watched in 2011. I am going to review her other novel, Embroideries, soon.

      Please do join us Gnoe, the more the merrier 🙂
      Would love to know your choice of movies. We are always in book challenges, movie challenge turns out to be fun too.

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