Considering Expats and Movies. has not shut up about the fact that he is soon going abroad to Switzerland and Italy (and France?) for a month. He’s also reading the fantastic book, “In The Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. The nonfiction book is about the American Ambassador in Berlin during the rise of Hitler.

All of these factors got to thinking about expats. Here is his definitive list of the five best expat movies.

Third Man plot: Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime.

Good Quote: That’s a nice girl, that. But she ought to go careful in Vienna. Everybody ought to go careful in a city like this.

Casablanca. plot: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Quote: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.

Bourne  Identity plot: A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and without memory, then races to elude assassins and recover from amnesia.

Quote: You’re U.S. Government property. You’re a malfunctioning $30 million weapon. You’re a total goddamn catastrophe, and by God, if it kills me, you’re going to tell me how this happened.

The Quiet American. plot: An older British reporter vies against a young American for the affections of a Vietnamese beauty.

Quote: They say you come to Vietnam and understand a lot in a few minutes. The rest has got to be lived. They say whatever it was you were looking for, you will find here. They say there is a ghost in every house, and if you can make peace with him, he will stay quiet.

Chernobyl Diaries.

Ok, just kidding. has run out of time, though. He saw the movie on Friday. It’s about a guy and his two lady friends visiting the guy’s brother who is living in Kiev. From there they venture to Chernobyl where wild and reckless stuff happens.

From the reviews has read, this movie is one of the worst movies of all time. thinks this is unfair and not because it is a good movie, but because most horror movies suck. Comparatively speaking, it wasn’t so bad. users have given it a 6.1 out of 10. That seems about right.

The movie takes place in the ghost town named Pripyat where Chernobyl workers lived. The group signs up for a tour of the area in an attempt to add a little adventure to the trip. Boy did they find it.

It was pretty cool to see the deserted town. The movie, of course, featured a European in a Adidas gear which is ideal. And is now a fan of Olivia Dudley.


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