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I would say I'm pretty fluent in English and can easily go without subtitles, yet i always keep them on, I'm used to reading them since I'm from a non English speaking country. I do read them and can still follow action in movies, I always fell like i could miss something if said quiet and I cant be bothered to go back to listen to it again.

The Foreigner subtitles English

THE DEPARTURE (FilmRise) Documentary follows Ittestsu Nemoto, a man who has made it his life's work to help suicidal people find reasons to live while losing his own ability to do so. In Japanese with English subtitles. (not rated)

THE TEACHER (Film Movement) In 1983 Czechoslovakia, a middle school teacher uses her position as a high-ranking member of the Communist Party to demand favors from her students' parents, leading parents and other school officials to a crossroads. In Slovak with English subtitles. (not rated)

THE ADVENTURERS A master thief and his crew set out to steal some legendary jewels, with a determined cop in pursuit. International heist action movie, with Andy Lau as the master criminal and Jean Reno as the cop. In English, Chinese, French and Russian, with English subtitles. (not rated; some violence)

CHAVELA Portrait of Chavela Vargas, a legendary Mexican rancheras singer from the 1950s through early 1970s who had a career resurgence late in life. In Spanish with English subtitles. (not rated)

THE KING'S CHOICE When Nazi troops invade Norway, the country's king must choose between surrender and resistance. Historical drama in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and German, with English subtitles; last year's official Norwegian entry for best foreign-language film. (not rated; violence)

An aging businessman (Jackie Chan) loses his teenage daughter (Charlie Murphy) in a London car bombing that's suspected of being the work of the IRA. When an Irish official refuses to help him find her murderer, the grieving father terrorizes him until he can provide the names of possible killers. Also with Pierce Brosnan, Simon Kunz and Katie Leung. Directed by Martin Campbell. Several lines of dialogue are in Chinese with English subtitles. Many characters speak with thick Irish accents. [1:54]

The second narrative film of Turkish documentarian Pelin Esmer, Watchtower offers a look at the lives of two lonely strangers.Nihat (Olgun Simsek) is a middle-aged man who begins working in Dipsizgol as a watchtower guard. He moves into a remote, idyllic workplace overlooking the forest to spot any fires should they start. They almost never do, which limits his job to brief, regularly scheduled two-way radio check-ins to report normalcy. That seems to suit Nihat, a man of few words, just fine. A carpenter by trade, he occupies himself during his abundant free time collecting wood and carving it into wheelbarrows, sculptures and such.Seher (Nilay Erdonmez) is a pretty, solemn young woman working as hostess on a coach bus. She has curiously left the university where she was studying literature for this menial job with unreliable pay that finds her living modestly in a dumpy room at the bus depot and washing her underwear in an outdoor sink. She rarely checks in with her parents back in Bolu.Both Nihat and Seher are hiding pain. Nihat still feels guilt over the car accident that claimed the lives of his wife and young son with him at the wheel. Seher, meanwhile, has been hiding a baby bump. The illegitimate child is the spawn of her unseen uncle, an incident that explains the young woman's distance from her family, abandonment of her education, and general glumness.The paths of the two loners cross, not romantically but intimately, brought together by shared knowledge of the independently delivered and initially abandoned child.A compelling drama, Watchtower earns our full investment in these two individuals whose understandable gloom is slowly and sensitively explained. Both lead actors are up to the film's dramatic challenges. Veteran Simsek earns our sympathy with little dialogue, conveying his pain in his slow responses and occasional non-response to his work communication line. Erdonmez, appearing in just her second film according to IMDb's seemingly lacking Turkish listings, holds impressive command over the screen and performs while evidently (or recently) pregnant, with the stomach and breast milk to prove it. (One assumes that the child she breastfeeds onscreen is her own.)Esmer hooks us with sensible storytelling, wherein the characters are the story, and savory serene atmosphere. Some won't appreciate the open ending, but I'm guessing those aren't the types of people who will even see this film.Well after its premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and fall Turkish theatrical release the same year, Watchtower reached Region 1 DVD last October through Film Movement's Film-of-the-Month Club. With the film still having only played the occasional festival outside of central Europe, that same disc hits general retail on Tuesday.VIDEO and AUDIOThe DVD's 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer offers very good, not quite great picture quality. The film is nicely shot, but owes much of its visual appeal to its scenic setting of hilly forest. The Turkish soundtrack is offered in both plain 2.0 stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1. The former is chosen by default, so those with home theaters will want to change that. The 5.1 mix is rather serene and unremarkable. It's certainly quieter than the 2.0 mix too. The optional player-generated English subtitles are clean and grammatically flawless. BONUS FEATURES, MENUS, PACKAGING and DESIGNFilm Movement's typically adequate slate of extras begins with a Bios & Trailers section. This holds short biographies of writer/director Pelin Esmer and actor Olgun Simsek plus Watchtower's trailer (2:17).The trailers page adds ads for Before Your Eyes, Storm, and How I Ended This Summer to the three disc-opening ones for In the Name Of, Key of Life, and The Deflowering of Eva van End.For the customarily standout supplement, we get the bonus short film The Foreigner (16:42). A 2012 UCLA student film written and directed by Alethea C. Avramis, this fun and charming short is set in a small, secluded Greek village whose mayor (Manolos Sormainis) scrambles to raise the population back up to 35 to prevent its public services from being shut off. The widowed mayor encourages everyone to show hospitality to Eric (Philip Bretherton), an Englishman visiting the town. Presented in a mix of Greek and English, the short translates the former with burned-in subtitles."About Film Movement" adds a page explaining the company's Film-of-the-Month club and also letting you watch the disc-opening promo for it.The menu plays sounds of nature over clips from the film, with listings neatly placed over them in Film Movement's usual design.As usual, Film Movement packages this in a clear keepcase and uses the reverse side of the cover art to display a couple of paragraphs explaining the film's selections and a couple more excerpting a filmmaker interview. For the latter, writer/director Esmer describes how the film and its two lead characters came about. CLOSING THOUGHTSSome will find Watchtower slow or challenging, but I thoroughly enjoyed this character study, which swept me up in the troubled lives it shares. It's a shame this Turkish drama seems resigned to obscurity. I encourage you to do your part to deny it (and the appealing short that accompanies it here) that undesirable fate.Buy Watchtower from DVD / Instant Video

The number of foreigners in Czechia has been steadily going up. In the second-largest city, Brno, there are currently more than 40 000 of them. This is also why cultural institutions such as cinemas and theatres slowly begin catering to English and German-speaking audiences. One of such institutions is National Theatre Brno, which now offers performances with English and sometimes German subtitles in its programme in addition to Czech subtitles.

The cultural scene in Brno is also doing its best to accommodate foreigners by making their programmes accessible in English. Some theatres have started offering plays in English and many cinemas in Brno make sure to equip Czech-language movies with English subtitles.

Even Netflix, a streaming company with some of the highest subtitles and closed captioning standards, groups them both under a heading of subtitles. This can be confusing for someone trying to understand the difference between subtitles vs. captions.

While both appear as text on the bottom of your screen, and typically represent the speech between characters on your television or computer, captions and subtitles are different in what they convey and when they should be used.

In terms of daily use, subtitles are ideal if you want your content to spread internationally or if you operate in several markets. Adding subtitle options in multiple languages, like Spanish, will allow your content to be understood in many different countries.

Either way, adding subtitles or captioning to your videos is a simple process that packs a lot of benefits for all viewers, not just those who speak another language or have difficulty hearing. In fact, more than 80 percent of people who watch videos with captions turned on do not require them.

In terms of selection though, Japanese Netflix leaves much to be desired. The vast majority of foreign shows available are Netflix exclusives. There are sometimes good Netflix exclusive shows and movies these days, but I think most people already know how often they release duds these days. Even for watching Japanese shows, Netflix is quite often a week or so behind. Perhaps because of the subtitles?

Watching videos is one of the best ways to improve your Mandarin listening skills when you are not living in China. By watching videos, you can not only learn new words and listen to different accents, but also know more about Chinese culture. The advantage of these channels is that they all have Chinese subtitles (and actually most of them also have English ones), so you can not only listen but also try to read at the same time, and write down what you think is interesting to learn. Thus, your reading and writing skills will improve as well. 041b061a72


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