Coppermine wrote:But this week I rented the Brazilian film "City of God." I had heard it was good, and although I have consistently loved every foreign film I've seen, I'm always a little reserved about getting them... I mean, I don't watch movies so I can read, but they're almost always fantastic.
So, I start watching City of God and right away I was enthralled... the film is an absolute masterpiece. And half way through... BOOM! Can't read disc.
City of God is an awesome movie.
it was actually nominated for 4 oscar 2 years ago, didn't win anything, damn you peter jackson, but it was good to see a good foreign movie been nominated in categories that usually completely ignore foreign movies.
there was a brazilain documentary released around the same time as City of God which is also worth seeing, it's called Bus 174
. although not as good as City of God, it's a powerful doc, also dealing with poverty and social issues in Brazil. the story takes place on a real hijack on a bus in Rio. if i remember it well, it was around noon and the whole thing went for hours. the hijack was actually broadcasted to the whole country.