NOTE: Tag lists and movie reviews with "30 countries" so we can see them all together. Here is the link to all the reviews tagged as part of the challenge.
And here's Kyle's excellent spreadsheet summarizing the stats of the challenge so far!
Lise & Jonathan White
Aaron T. Rex
The Caker Baker
Ryan James Quinn
Thorkell August Ottarsson
An Angry Bear
André "BadSmile" Byman
Other People Who Have Expressed Even The Faintest Interest (Who You Should Harass Into Participating In Some Form):
Missing & Possibly Dead:
NOTE: Your choices don't have to be made known to us beforehand like the links above. That's just one way to do this. And you can always change your mind on what films to see half way through based on other's reviews.
While setting a 10 country movie watching challenge for myself, I came up with an even better idea - the 30 Days, 30 Countries Challenge.
You'd be allowed to pick whatever 30 countries and whichever 30 movies from those countries that you want. As this is all about discovery, re-watches would be discouraged (but allowed, of course - hell, I'm counting Hong Kong as a country, who am I to judge?) And please, if you do India, try something more authentically Indian than Slumdog Millionaire.
For help picking movies, here is my Foreign Watchlist Sorted By Country and Foreign Language Films I've Seen Ranked to provide some examples. And here is Emma Hannaford's list of foreign film recommendations. Also, for China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong movies, check out Zapperlife's 100 Greatest Chinese Language Films list. And here's Adam Kempenaar's list of great foreign movies. Also, you can look at the other participants' pages up above.
If you are unable to get your hands on that many movies or too busy, maybe you could choose a smaller amount of countries, say, 10 or 15. Of course you'd be settling for lesser bragging rights...
The list below is just my SAMPLE LIST. All movies I somehow haven't seen, however classic they might be. I also included a few extra, just in case I change my mind. Click on note view to see the country name, as well as my other recommended movies (that I've seen) from each country. And remember, this is just my potential list, you can pick your own.
Also, I live in China where Netflix and the law towards intellectual property are equally nonexistent, so if you're curious how I get ahold of these you can probably do the math. Hope that doesn't offend anyone - at any rate, I'd gladly still be using Netflix if I still lived in the states.
EDIT: *Thanks to Phips for the puntastic new sub-header.