McGee's Movie Moments: A whole new world of movies

There is an endless amount of movies that I want to watch. In fact, I keep a list that seems to be ever expanding. I could spend weeks and weeks sitting in front of my TV and get lost in all the best worlds that cinema has to offer. On top of all these movies that are already available to me, I have recently realized that there are countless other movies out there that I've never even heard of. The only catch? They're in all different languages.

I have always been a fan of foreign films. I have never had a problem watching movies with subtitles. In fact, most of my favourite home-grown movies are in French. Mon oncle Antoine, for one, Le Dclin de l'Empire Americain for another and last but certainly not least C.R.A.Z.Y. I have recently found myself in a situation where I am immersed in another language and I'm catching on quite quickly. The more and more I pick up little phrases here and there, the more I am able to have simple conversations with people, the more I think about how amazing it will be when I can watch entire movies in another language.

Maybe you speak another language, or maybe you speak another three! Maybe you don't, but you are okay with the concept of subtitles. Either way, you should think about watching movies in languages other than English. Sure, Hollywood is great, and indie flicks have a ton to offer right now, too. But imagine watching La Grande Illusion en Francais, the way that Jean Renoir intended it. Imagine watching Nosferatu in German, or Ladri di Biciclette in Italian.

If you're one of those people who think, “Oh, I couldn't watch movies in another language. I hate subtitles,” give it another try. Subtitles really aren't that bad. You might be thinking of the unfortunate phenomenon known as “dubbing,” which never, ever leads to a good time. Subtitles, on the other hand, are barely noticeable, given the right quality of film.

If you're one of the lucky ones who is fluent in another language, then you have no excuse! You have vast worlds of cinema at your fingertips and you shouldn't waste any more time not taking advantage of that situation. It's not just old, so-called “classic” films that are incredible to watch in other languages, there are plenty of current movies in other languages — think Amour, which was nominated for an Academy Award this year, or Mn som hatar kvinnor, the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

What are you waiting for? Like romance movies? Well, there are a plethora of French movies that are sure to suit your pallet. Like action movies? The Japanese movie scene is an excellent place to find just what you're looking for. Want a crazy suspense flick? Look no further than Sweden.

Cinema is worldwide. Each culture has something unique and different about it and their movies reflect it. Get out there and explore the world of cinema with all its new, exciting adventures.