Re: What are some of your favorite foreign films?
As a French user, I beg to differ. Of course, French cinema is still loaded with all this over talkative, artsy-fartsy production it's dispised for in numerous countries. But you might want to know it's getting more and more, err, "americanized".
The recent BO topping "Taken" is a French production (a Luc Besson one). You can't deny the "american" feel of it. And yet, does it make this tripe any good ? Of course not.
Another american flavored Besson production is on his way as we speak: the B13 sequel. I wouldn't count on it for the Oscars as well.
My point is that you cannot box the whole French cinema in that elitist, arrogant category it's sometimes known for. Because it's mutating very fast. Actually, it's pretty torn these days between the elitist side and the no holds barred blockbuster side.
Now, to answer deckman's question, a few suggestions from France:
ACTION: Subway, Pirates, Leon, The Nest, The Messenger, Dobberman
COMEDY: Le Père Noël est une ordure, La Chèvre, Trois hommes et un couffin, The Visitors, The Dinner Game, Bernie, Le Créateur, Gazon maudit, Le derrière, Didier, Locked out, Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre, Tanguy, Brice de Nice, Palais Royal, OSS 117, 99 F, Welcome to the land of shtis,
DRAMEDY: The Big Blue, The Party (La Boum), Cyrano, The Taste of Others, Swimming Pool, Amelie, Pot Luck,
DRAMA: Betty Blue, "Au revoir, les enfants", Jean de Florette, La Haine, Already Dead, La Vie en Rose, A Very Long Engagement, The Class, Irreversible, L'instinct de mort/L'ennemi public n°1
THRILLER/POLAR: The Name of the Rose, La Balance, Nikita, The Crimson Rivers, "Harry, He's Here to Help",
FANTASTIC: Delicatessen, City of Lost Children, The Science of Sleep
SCI-FI: The Fifth Element, Atomik Circus, Dante 01, Babylon AD
HORROR: Haute Tension, Le Sheitan, Inside, Martyrs, Them
I might add selections from other countries.