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,


  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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

    1. 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

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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. 😉

    1. 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.

    1. 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 😉

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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 😉

  6. 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…)

    1. 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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