Top30 Favorite Film Discoveries of 2014

20. The Elements Trilogy

Who can really resist a trilogy of films surrounded by controversies stemming from the lesbian story within Hindu culture and symbols, the study of religious tension in the area, and the exploration of widows within Hindu beliefs.

  • Fire (1996)
  • Earth (1998)
  • Water (2005)

19. The Syrian Bride (הכלה הסורית)

From the topic of widows, we go to brides~ in this case, a bride-to-be crossing the Israel-Syrian border. Hiam Abbass is fantastic in here.

18. The Rose Tattoo

I swear~ I will eventually get to Anna Magnani’s main filmography.


17. Konkona Sen Sharma

My gosh, Konkona Sen Sharma’s acting is so addictive. Plus, her ability with accents could probably match Toni Collette’s ability with accented English. My pick of Konkona movies are a handful, but REALLY- she’s a delight to watch.


16. Devils on the Doorstep (鬼子来了)

I have never in my life thought of the idea of The Nanjing Massacre [1][2][3] — Japanese invaders et all — and think that it would -somehow- make me laugh. Even funnier is that it totally caught me off guard, I was prepped to cry them a river.

I mean, look at THIS trailer.



YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

5 Responses

  1. Eat Drink Man Woman is one of my favorite movies of all time. Delighted you discovered it and that it made your list. Also a huge fan of Rose Tattoo, Auntie Mame, Caramel and El Secreto de sus Ojos.

    Great discoveries

    • amy says:

      Eat Drink Man Woman made it to the top of my list of Food on Film. With the trilogy, I finished Ang Lee’s filmography and was amazed at the variety of his films.

      Do you happen to have other suggestions of Anna Magnani’s filmography?

  2. Millenium Actress! One of my faves. Haven’t seen Chakde! India yet, but I remember when the posters were plastered all over the Indian cinema in the town where I used to live (Fremont, California). As for WTF movie recommendations…Have you seen “Hausu?” “Killers on Parade (My Face Red in the Sunset”?” Or maybe the numerous occult flashbacks-within-flashbacks of “The Saragossa Manuscript” Not great great but interesting is “The 10th Victim.”

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