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    1. I now have a copy of Priceless (2006), Valerie! I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve watched it.

      Many thanks for the tip. I adore Tautou in Amélie (2001), so I’m very interested to see this one.

  1. Hi Shimky – Thanks for deciding to follow my blog. I am delighted to find your website and as I love film I am sure I will be returning to your blog regularly! Zai jian! Jo (aka Herschelian)

  2. Shimky- thank you for stopping by my blog and deciding to follow. I’ve so enjoyed checking out the movie reviews on your site, especially the review of Cool Hand Luke. I love Paul Newman but somehow have missed this film. I’ll soon rectify that mistake. Look forward to coming back for more reviews from time to time. -Blessings, Margaret of “Daily Musings on Life Together”

  3. Hi Shimky! Thanks for following History Undusted! Your blog looks great – but I must admit I’ve never heard of most of these films, though I have a massive collection! One great film tip that comes to mind is “Outlander” – an unexpected combination of Old Norse culture and Sci-Fi that works brilliantly, IMHO.

    1. Hi Stephanie! Many thanks for the tip. I’ve put Outlander (2008) on my watch list and I’ll let you know what I think of it once I’ve seen it.

  4. Hey there, thanks for the follow which has brought me to your site – great site it is too. Film recommend: Les Apprentis. Have you seen this one?
    Am now following. X

      1. I’ve found myself a digital copy* of Les Apprentis (1995) but can’t find subtitles anywhere.

        * [naughty admission #13,394]

        So I went online to try and find a copy – and I did! … for €163. It seems these DVD has been deleted.

        However, I persevered and I’ve now found and ordered a used copy for £25. Pretty hefty! But I’m keen to see it. I’ll write back soon and let you know my thoughts…

        By the by, have you seen Withnail & I (1987)? It sounds possibly like a similar type of film.

    1. Dear friend, I have just finished watching Les Apprentis. I’m still not done crying. It is one of the funniest films I have ever seen. And yet, what genius, to tilt the direction like that. An amazing piece of art that moved me greatly. I thank you for your wonderful recommendation. I will be reviewing it soon.

  5. thank you for visiting mine. i’m in awe of your dedication to the blog and really appreciate and highly respect your diversity across film genres and eras. i have taught film at University, have been in some Australian films and am always inspired by genuine critique.

  6. Thank you for the follow on M for Maratz, I hope you will enjoy the articles! I’ve been browsing your blog and it looks pretty sweet, will come back regularly, since I appreciate cinema as much as video games. As for a contribution, I would recommend you to watch a French movie called ’13 Tzameti’, maybe it would suit your taste? Who knows! (I’m not sure if there’s subtitle available though for this one)

    1. Hi Maratz! I’m in the process of trying to get a copy of 13 Tzameti (2005). Many thanks for the tip – I’ll let you know what I think if I manage to see it.

      As you like video games, I have to tell you that I just finished The Last of Us and it’s excellent!

  7. Hi Shimky, thank you for following me at “Champagne at Tiffany’s.” I really enjoy your scholarly approach to film criticism – reminds me of my film school days. I shall point out, after having worked for a film studio immediately following graduation, if a studio markets the heck out of a film, then they feel they have a hit on their hands, and it was amazing how the guy at “Ain’t It Cool News” – the originator of spoilers – could make or break the success of a film. I recall our execs being glued to his site one year during Cannes. I never felt that connection of a film to the entire history of film from his site, for example, when “In the Mood for Love” came out I immediately thought of it as a meditation akin to “Hiroshima, Mon Amour,” so I never bothered with his site and felt his influence rather a shame. As for film recommendations, I would suggest “The Leopard” and “Masculin/Feminin.” I also appreciate how your site ties film together with art from other mediums.

    1. Hi Lisette! Many thanks for leaving your feedback.

      That anecdote on “Ain’t It Cool News” is very interesting. I do have a vaguely recollection of having heard the name of that program before – probably before I got into film so heavily.

      Thank you for your tips. Both The Leopard (1963) and Masculin Féminin (1966) sound very interesting. I will endeavour to find copies and let you know what I think of them.

      I see from your bio that you studied film in NYC. I’ve been wondering recently – seeing as I’m so crazy about films – if I shouldn’t get myself onto some kind of film course where I could learn stuff such as how to recognise and understand underlying themes (I’m pretty useless at that sort of thing). What do you think?

  8. Hi Shimky! Thanks for following my blog “Silicon Valley Loonies”. I’m looking forward to your posts and being introduced to new films – from Hollywood to foreign. I’m not sure if you’ve already reviewed these two – Monsieur Lazhar (2011) and Cinema Paradiso (1988) but thought I’d drop a line to share these wonderful films in case you haven’t come across them yet. Cheers!

    1. Greetings to California! Many thanks for your comments.

      Cinema Paradiso (1988) is wonderful, isn’t it!

      Monsieur Lazhar (2011) sounds very interesting. I’ll try and get a copy and let you know what I think.

      Thanks again!

  9. Stopped by to thank you for following my blog. Your site is a great resource for films. I’ll have to turn my cousin on to it as he is a huge film fan. Have included a link to your site on The Noah Project.

    1. Hi Ana! Many thanks for your two tips. They’ve gone on my watchlist and I’ll let you know my thoughts once I’ve seen them!

  10. Hi, Shimky, your blog is really great, there’s a lot of variety and loads of films I want to watch. Have you seen “There Will Be Blood”?

    1. Many thanks for the kind words!

      Yes, There Will Be Blood (2007) is brilliant, isn’t it. Pipped to the Oscar post by No Country for Old Men, if I remember correctly – another great film.

  11. Hi Shimky, thanks for subscribing to my blog. I like the film reviews and your “no spoilers” philosophy. Many great films have been ruined due to spoilers. Have you seen “Lisa” with Stephen Boyd and Dolores Hart? I saw it when it first came out and recently bought it from It was just as great as I remembered. Regards, Sandra

    1. Hi Sandra! I’m really glad you like our site and its philosophy. Gives me warm feeling inside!

      I haven’t heard of Lisa (1962) – I’ll look it up. Many thanks for the tip!

    1. Hi Renae! That’s a lovely photograph of you on the front page of your site.

      Thank you for the lovely feedback – it’s much appreciated!

  12. Hey, thanks for following I’ve been looking through your blog, and I’ve already got a handful of films I’d like to see. I like to read about films before I see them rather than watching trailers, which always give too much information. It’s nice to read film reviews without worrying that something will be revealed in the process. Great concept!

  13. Hi Shimky,

    Thanks for following RoundofApploz. Watching movies is one of our favorite forms of entertainment and a weekly activity. Nicely done!

  14. Thanks for choosing to follow BuildingMyBento, Shimky and Wonderful Cinema! If you have any suggestions for posts, please let me know!

    Lately, I’ve been getting back into mo lei tau (Cantonese slapstick) films. If you’re familiar with the name Stephen Chow, then you most likely understand the genre…although I don’t speak Cantonese beyond simple stuff, some of his films are good fun.

    1. Many thanks for introducing me to the term, Lei Tau and the world of Stephen Chow. I thought it was completely new to me but looking through his filmography, I do recognise Shaolin Soccer (2001) which I did enjoy!

      Which is his best film, would you say? I’d like to watch it.

  15. Hi there,

    Belated thanks for following. Hope the novel is going well.

    Flicking through your reviews I wonder did you ever see the original movie the Vanishing (The 1988 Dutch version). Left the remake for dead. Check it out.


    1. You know what, Helena, I was absolutely sure I had already reviewed Spoorloos (1988) but, no, it’s not anywhere! I’ll definitely write a review on it. It’s a magnificent film, isn’t it!

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my photography! I post new pictures daily, so please come and visit again soon. I enjoy everyone’s likes, comments, and reblogs, so please let me know you stopped by and stay in touch. I’ll do the same.

  17. Wonderful blog. Thanks for all the reviews! 😀 I’d like to recommend a film that was a great surprise for me: Far North (2007) dir. Asif Kapadia. And, of course, the trailer doesn’t do it justice.

  18. Hi Shimky–first, I love your gravatar image –quirky lovely rabbits–and I love the concept of the chamber cinema as I like the work of Ingmar Bergman….thank you for checking out my little blog and for now wanting to follow along on my life’s adventure. As a retired art educator, I am intrigued by your creativity and for what you are doing with it via your blog—I look forward to exploring your work more in-depth—again thank you and blessing to you—Julie

    1. Thank you, Julie, for the very nice feedback! I really love running the blog. It’s my biggest passion in life at the moment.

  19. Hu Shimky thanks for the follow. Like your taste in films. Just tried a search for Tsotsi and nothing was found. You should add this to your list. MM 🎥

      1. It sure is, absolutely fantastic. Love the music too. Oh I hear Love/Hate series is coming to UK television. Fictional Irish series on Dublin drug gangs. Of what I have seen it is excellent. MM

  20. Thank you for liking and following my blog!
    ゚・*:.。. .。.:тндйк уoц (○・∀・)b тндйк уoц゚・*:.。. .。.:
    I’d like to know good romantic comedies.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Chelsea!

      If you like romantic comedies, you should see…

      – The Graduate (1967)
      – Annie Hall (1977)
      – Manhattan (1979)
      – Pretty in Pink (1986)
      – When Harry Met Sally (1989)
      – Groundhog Day (1993)
      – Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
      – Jerry Maguire (1996)
      – As Good as It Gets (1997)
      – High Fidelity (2000)
      – Amélie (2001)
      – Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
      – Love Actually (2003)
      – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
      – Juno (2007)
      – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
      – Submarine (2010)
      – Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

      …and, for something really different, Lars and the Real Girl (2007)!

  21. Thanks for liking my Cardinal post. I enjoyed reading your blog and will visit often. I adore scary films & even more love scary books. I tend to read more than watch. I can’t tell you the times I’ve scared myself silly. Carmen Aida

    1. Hi Carmen. Thanks for visiting!

      Have you read Let the Right One In (2004) a.k.a. Dejame Entrar by John Ajvide Lindqvist? It’s superb.

      1. Why of course.. the movie did not justice. I so imagine her to be so little, so fragile.

  22. Just wanted to drop by to say thank you for the ‘follow’ of my blog. From the little I’ve seen, your site looks like a great place to read-up on some reviews. I will be back to read further. Thanks again, cheers.

  23. Thanks for liking my post “EMUNA MEANS FAITH (a different thought)” on my Emuna Endeavor blog! Hopefully I will have the time in the midst of preparing for this sailing trip to check out more of your blog! 🙂

  24. Hi there,
    I haven’t seen following in your list:
    Tierra y Libertad (or Land and Freedom) directed by Ken Loach and written by Jim Allen.

    Not only it is a very good movie, it also brings up some very interesting thoughts.
    If you haven’t seen it yet, must do ! It’s one of the best movies I ever saw.

    1. Hi, Abrimont. I very much like the photo on the front page of your site. Very interesting.

      No, I haven’t seen Land and Freedom (1995) yet, but I definitely must. I lived in Spain for a decade, and I was there for the last 5 years of Franco’s dictatorship. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), so I am sure I will get a lot out of Loach’s film.

      Many thanks for tip!

  25. Hey Shimky,
    Wonderful blog that turns out to have become my new watchlist.
    Great movies I saw recently were Quartet (by our beloved Dustin Hoffman) and Viva la libertà (with an amazing Toni Servillo). Won’t give you my opinion just yet, so you can just sit back and enjoy!
    Thanks for the following – returned the favour ^.^

    1. Hi Ellen! Thank you for your comments.

      I must get round to watching Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet (2012). I am a big fan of his.

      Viva la libertà (2013) is new to me. I’ll look into it.

      Many thanks for the reminder and the tip!

  26. Shimky i have to say that i love your blog,lots of quality films and good taste for sure,i love world cinema and avant-garde films,my recommendation is Time of the Gypsies (1988),very good and unusual Yugoslavian film,well worth watching

    1. Time of the Gypsies (1988) sounds very interesting! Many thanks for the tip.

      I’ll let you know what I think of it once I’ve seen it.

  27. Thanks for the follow! Great reviews – I like when they’re concise, and you have such a great variety of years and genres.

  28. Muchas gracias por seguir mi trabajo, tu blog es muy interesante y mi película favorita es Sin perdón. Clint Eastwood
    Thank you very much for following my work, your blog is very interesting and my favorite movie is Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven.

  29. I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for following my blog and to say how much I am enjoying your reviews. There are some great titles that you have listed, some of which I had never seen but that is now changing. Will you be doing a review of The Boondock Saints, which is one of my favourite cult movies of all time? Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Daryl! I tried to watch The Boondock Saints (1999) but I did something I almost never do – I turned it off half-way through! Maybe I should give it another go.

  30. Hi there friends movie lovers, love your website & reviews. As an art house film operator volunteer in Holland I strongly recommend the Spanish movie “Blancanieves”: the smashing Snowwhite in speechless black & white settled in 1920s Sevilla, at the decor of flamengo and folklore bullfights. Wonderful cinematography and music, touching and very funny also.
    Love, PickThisScript (Apeldoorn, Holland)

  31. Hey, was just perusing your site. Some of my favourites not on here: The Limey, History of Violence, The Saddest Music In The World, Chuck and Buck, and The Pillow Book (these are old, so you might have already seen them). Also just saw Francois Ozon’s new film, In The House. It’s not a perfect film but really worth seeing.

  32. A most welcome site. Do review some films by Antonioni, Tarkovsky, Bertolucci, Fritz Lang, Scorsese, and Werner Herzog.

    Keep up the great work.

  33. Hi! I love your site. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Have you considered checking out some Peter Greenaway? A Zed and Two Noughts is really fantastic, and his series, The Tulse Luper Suitcases, just hit the Netflix . . .

  34. Just discovered Wonderful Cinema and will definitely be following – always good to have a variety of views on films and those you’ve reviewed so far look to be up my street! Also quite envious of how lovely your blog looks – something I’m struggling with on mine so far!

  35. Thanks for the follow. I am beginning to read through the writings here now. Great stuff so far!

  36. Hello Shimky,
    Thank you for following nothinginthefridge! And for reminding me of a passion for film, that has been neglected of late.
    The last incredibly moving film I saw was ‘Amour’ (2012) at the last French festival. Was both painful and dull at times to watch, but stayed with me for many weeks afterwards.

    1. Hi Carlie. Thanks for leaving your thoughts! Yes, Amour is an amazingly touching film – I loved it. Haneke is one of my favourite directors at the moment.
      All the best to you!

  37. Hello Shimky! We met on the train from Zurich to Berne. I promised to check out your blog, and I did. This is fascinating! So many movies that I haven’t seen and would really like to. Good luck to you!

  38. Hello! Have been wondering about the movie “Midnight in Paris” and after reading your review, can’t wait to get home and watch it. Looking forward to sharing posts with you!

  39. Thanks for following The Gisborne Gourmet. What a great site for film freaks this is.

  40. hello, 2 other small gems: “le huitième jour” and “aanrijding in moscou” (both belgian). Try to find them, you’re gonna love’em.

  41. Thanks for following my blog! Your blog looks great! 😀 I hope my blog gets to be half as good as yours!

  42. Hi, since you are reviewing some foreign language films. I would like to recommend some Tamil language movies (made in Indian) to you, which are equally good as in your list.
    I wish you should see these movies and you will definitely start to follow Tamil cinema industry. Waiting for your reviews.

    Here is my list, kindly check on IMDB also:
    Aaranya Kaandam (2010), Jigarthanda (2014), Pizza (2012), Soodhu Kavvum (2013), Mundaasupatti (2014), Aalavandhan (2001), Pudhu Pettai (2006), Sathuranga Vettai (2014), Polladhavan (2007), Goli Soda (2014), Anbe Sivam (2003), Thevar Magan (1992), Nayakan (1987), Thalapathi (1991), Anjathe (2008), Paruthi Veeran (2007), Hey Ram (2000), Moondram Pirai (1982), Kuruthipunal (1995), Roja (1992), Pithamagan (2003), Mahanadi (1993), Indian (1996), Aadukalam (2011), Ramana (2002), Agni Natchathiram (1988)

    1. Many thanks for your recommendations – I really appreciate the effort. If I would start with 3 of the best, which ones would you say they are?

  43. I like your blog very much, I watch lots of movies and it will be very useful for me:)

  44. Hello Shimky! Interesting page, I love movies. May I suggest (if you already have heard of them) my favorites, “Issiz Adam”, “Un cuento chino” and “Chasing Amy”

    1. Ooh, thanks for the tips! I saw Chasing Amy all those years ago when it came out. Great film; I must watch it again.

      I don’t know the other two but I will be sure to get copies and watch them.

  45. Hi, I just check your comedies and I think you miss one good movie: “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis” (Welcome to the Sticks)
    It is a French comedy about people who believe that north part of France is a horrible place to live (a nightmare, a freezing region, inhabited by uncouth beings, spluttering out an incomprehensible language, ‘cheutimi’.) The movie is available with eng.subtitles.

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