Couch-trip: Films to get you going

If I’m not on the road, I turn into an “armchair traveller” and head over to the nearest video store ( films) to vicariously experience a world away from home.

An aspect of films that gets me itching to strap my travelin’ boots on are those that takes you through a city or a country, wherein the location plays a leading role. From the streets of Berlin and New York to the complex culture of China and the United States, I would like to add:

1) Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)
2) The Edukators
3) The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)
4) Berlin Alexanderplatz
5) Good Bye Lenin!
6) Funeral in Berlin
7) Wings of Desire

1) Munich

New York:
1) Vanilla Sky
2) Taxi Driver
3) When Harry met Sally
4) Goodfellas
5) Ghostbusters
6) Short Circuit
7) Last Exit to Brooklyn
8) Breakfast at Tiffany’s
9) Big
10) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
11) Raging Bull

1) The Darjeeling Limited
2) The Namesake
3) Monsoon Wedding

1) 400 Blows
2) Children of Paradise
3) Love me if you dare/Jeux d’enfants
4) An American in Paris
5) Paris, I love you/ Paris, je t’aime (no, not the disease infested socialite)
6) La Femme Nikita
7) Last Tango in Paris/Ultimo Tango a Parigi (Italian), Le Dernier Tango à Paris (French)
8) Breathless
9) Rendezvous/C’était un rendez-vous

1) All About my Mother
2) Barcelona

1) In the Mood for Love
2) Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress

1) Days of Being Wild

1) Apocalypse Now (Filmed in the Philippines)

Across the U.S.A.
1) Into the Wild
2) Where the Buffalo Roam
3) My Blueberry Nights
4) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
5) Little Miss Sunshine

San Francisco, U.S.A.:
1) Dirty Harry
2) Zodiac
3) The Birds
4) 40 Days, 40 Nights
5) Tales from the City
6) The Joy Luck Club

1) Old Boy

1) Hideous Kinky


3 responses to “Couch-trip: Films to get you going

  1. “Old Boy? meh. You can do better than that. That movie was made specifically for a Western audience, and not as big a hot in Korea as “Memories of Murder” for example.

    here are some great Korean movies for ya:
    “Memories of Murder” – probably THE best Korean movies ever made
    “Joint Security Area”
    “The Way Home” the old lady was not an actress!

    Personally, I liked “Art Museum By The Zoo” but that’s a fluffy comedy.

    How could you miss “The King of Masks”???

    And when it comes to contemporary Taiwan, then definitely

    And I think that “The Spanish Apartment” is the quintessential Barcelona movie.

    OK, I shut up now. I used to work for a film festival 🙂

  2. Oooh love your tips! The Spanish Apartment! Ack! I completely forgot that and it was an awesome film…Im going to get on Torrentz ASAP and get download like crazy (fingers crossed I dont get arrested! hhahahah)

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