Michael Haneke is such a master! Thanks to Dani for recommending Code Unknown. I still think Cache takes this theme a step farther but I really enjoyed Code Unknown. I'm sure this isn't the first time it's garnered this comparison (in fact someone said this on the imdb board), but it really does put Oscar stealer Crash to shame. It's a much more subtle exploration of race and class. And then I looked up Haneke and saw that he also directed the Piano Teacher, one of the gnarliest and most thought-provoking movies I have seen in years. I was so intrigued by the Piano Teacher that I later read the book, and it sucked. I have even more admiration for someone who can take a crappy book and turn it into a good movie. And Haneke adapted it from the novel! Genius!
I also watched Together recently (thanks to a loan from J. Greenburg, who doesn't want me to be so down on Moodysson). While ultimately heart-warming and enjoyable, I'm surprised this filmarker has gotten so much praise, especially from the likes of Bergman. It's crazy to compare this to grimness of Liliya 4-ever or the violent pornography of A Hole In My Heart, but this movie does have a strong misanthropic streak running beneath its cute exterior. But I did like it. I love the Swedes, what can I say?
David Cronenburg was recently on Fresh Air and the interview reminded me of why I like him so much. I netflixed the Fly to watch again soon. And I'll go ahead and take a controversial position that his Crash was better than the Oscar winner! I looked it up on imdb as I was writing this and it sure is an unloved film!! And this from a database where fucking Forrest Gump gets like 29 stars from people. Even the viewer review is bad.