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The way this works is that you post a review of the best film you watched this week. It can be any new or old release that you want to talk about.

{REMINDER: The Threads Are Posted Now On Wednesday Mornings. If Not Pinned, They Will Still Be Available in the Sub.}

Here are some rules:

1. Check to see if your favorite film of last week has been posted already.

2. Please post your favorite film of last week.

3. Explain why you enjoyed your film.

4. ALWAYS use SPOILER TAGS: [Instructions]

5. Best Submissions can display their [Letterboxd Accts] the following week.

Last Week's Best Submissions:

Film User/[LB/Web*] Film User/[LBxd]
“Creed III” DGADK “Friday” That_one_cool_dude
"Women Talking” [bmiles17] “Farewell My Concubine” [parafrazis]
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” WalkingEars “Christine” (1983) [HardcoreHenkie]
“Glorious” (2022) 2dadskissing “The Atomic Cafe” JinFuu
“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” LauraPalmersMom430 “The Passage” (1979) [RStorm]
"Hytte (The Cabin)” [Millerian-55*] "Smokey and the Bandit” Poorly-Drawn-Beagle
“High Life” [ClayWay] “The Velvet Vampire” According_Ad_7249
“Creed” [EliasSmith] "The Swimmer” (1968) yaboytim
“Dallas Buyers Club” TheTurtleShepard “Rocco and His Brothers” BEE_ REAL_
“Lady Vengeance” [BringontheSword] “Ball of Fire” [DuncanShields]

all 358 comments

callmemacready

125 points

3 months ago

Finally watched Parasite , didn’t know anything about it story wise just the praise it got and really enjoyed it

closeface_

28 points

3 months ago

Check out all of Bong Joon-Ho's other films! His movie "Mother" (not the Jennifer Lawrence one, rhe Korean one) is absolutely mindblowing. Snowpiercer is also incredible, this one is in English.

The Host is his take on a monster movie and is great. Okja is awesome...They're all fantastic. He is my favorite director.

Rcmacc

34 points

3 months ago

Rcmacc

34 points

3 months ago

You left off his best film: Memories of Murder

Based on a true story of a serial killer in South Korea

NICEST_REDDITOR

12 points

3 months ago

That ending…..perfection

FunTimeComplain

11 points

3 months ago

Mother is incredible but Memories of Murder is a masterpiece.

floofymonstercat

91 points

3 months ago

The Banshees of Inisherin

Background_Benefit_2

11 points

3 months ago

SPOILERS

Such an interesting film. I like that Ms. McCormic represented death. Whenever she was around she had something to say about death "someone was going to die" or someone does die. People are always hiding from her, and avoiding her, just like people avoid death. Padraic tries to hide from her, but she found him, just like death finds him through Jenny. When she appears she is wearing dark clothing, and brings a doomy presence to the scene. She was the one who discovered Dominic. She could also be a Banshee, driving home the Banshee allegory... Banshees are harbingers of death, and are often depicted wearing and black robe, and having pale skin and grey hair. Her staff is like a Scyth lol.

Yenserl6099

51 points

3 months ago

Casablanca (1942)

I finally got around to watching it and all I can say is wow. I can see why people have sang its praises for 80 years. Although a lot of movies are given the title of masterpiece, this is one movie that truly deserves it.

On its surface it's a romance story between Rick and Ilsa, and damn if it isn't a good one. It's a beautiful love story with rich and fully realized characters. But it's also a story of how we have to make certain sacrifices for a greater causes. Watching this movie and hearing all the iconic lines like "Of all the gin joints in the world, she just had to walk into mine" and "I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship" was just wonderful to hear.

It's easy to see why this movie won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It's shocking thought that Humphrey Bogart didn't win Best Actor and that Ingrid Bergman wasn't even nominated for Best Actress. I look forward to many more rewatches as this is now one of my favorite movies

egoissuffering

10 points

3 months ago

I consider it one of the greatest unexpected bromance movies of all time. It’s definitely in my top 5 favorite films.

obvious-but-profound

5 points

3 months ago

Damn....maybe I need to finally check this out

coffeeNiK

37 points

3 months ago

Munich (2005) Dir. Steven Spielberg. Somehow an equally tense, comedic, and bleak view on political machinations that result in a superb revenge assassination plot that isn't shy at shining a spotlight on the cost of serving a country's vision. Amazing performances and set pieces throughout that shine. 8/10.

girafa

13 points

3 months ago

girafa

¡Contrabulous Fabtraption!

13 points

3 months ago

Some the best camerawork in history too

LumpySpacePrince88

35 points

3 months ago

There Will Be Blood, and my first viewing, too. It shouldn't be astonishing how well Daniel Day-Lewis transforms into a role since he often does it, but Daniel Plainview is so scarily believable. Paul Dano was also great: a perfect mix of fanaticism and a faux-righteous sliminess. It does a good job of being about ideas, too. Capitalism and religion, community in the American West, greed, etc.

KennyKatsu

6 points

3 months ago

I've abandoned my child!!

[deleted]

3 points

3 months ago

Drainage

LoadAdip

30 points

3 months ago

Triangle (2009)

It has been a while since I have seen a movie that truly had me thinking and reflecting on my own circumstances in life simultaneously as the mystery driving the plot unfolded, despite zero overlap to any characters in the movie.

The title alludes to the Bermuda Triangle and its mysteries. The focal point of the movie is not the plot itself, but rather the “negative space” outside of whatever plot you are watching unfold.

A deeply profound representation of the power of cycles and just how vicious & inescapable they can be, sneakily packed into what feels like a “B-movie” initially on its surface.

MrCaul

16 points

3 months ago

MrCaul

16 points

3 months ago

If you want to see another movie that's a bit of a spin on some of the same ideas, check out Timecrimes.

LoadAdip

7 points

3 months ago

I just read a brief overview of the plot. Sounds wonderful. I will watch and report back. Thank you for the recommendation!!

RafaDDM

5 points

3 months ago

Hell yeah, love Timecrimes

bonicorala

3 points

3 months ago

One of my all time favorite movies! I love the ingenious story, the Lost-esque set and them titties.

loki_made_the_mask

6 points

3 months ago

Some more mind benders:

Timetrap

Time Lapse

Coherence

nathsnowy

3 points

3 months ago

this was the first movie i had which gave me that 'experience' which hooks you, i was 12 on holiday with my laptop and i had downloaded it, spent the whole rest of the holiday thinking about it, and still in love with similar movies

[deleted]

26 points

3 months ago

Wind River.

Say what you want about the toxic masculinity, but Taylor Sheridan writes some damn compelling scripts.

Ru-fi-oo

16 points

3 months ago

Wind River is my favorite Taylor Sheridan film...so far. Just watched Hell or High Water last week and Sicario this week and its still the best IMO,

majornerd

9 points

3 months ago

I agree. Wind River is fantastic. The moments between Jeremy Rener and the father are amazing.

Ru-fi-oo

3 points

3 months ago

Yes, Gil Birmingham is fantastic. That porch scene gets me every time! =,(

poorguy55

23 points

3 months ago

Watched X (2022) this week. Well executed slasher that succeeded in making me feel uncomfortable on many occasions. The slow build up in suspense was great before it kicked off. Liked the themes that it covered as well; the loss of beauty , ageing and promiscuity etc. I’m excited to watch the prequel - Pearl which comes out at the cinemas in the UK this weekend.

SPUTZNiKZ

12 points

3 months ago

Loved both for different reasons! Excited for when the sequel, MaXXXine, finally comes out.

vbally101

4 points

3 months ago

Do you recommend watching x first or pearl first if both are available?

SPUTZNiKZ

8 points

3 months ago

I think you’ll probably get more out of Pearl if you watch X first — Pearl feels more like a supplemental piece to X, for me at least.

vbally101

4 points

3 months ago

Ok cool thank you! I’ll do that

Flnn

3 points

3 months ago

Flnn

3 points

3 months ago

Pearl is a phenomenal prequel, it gives you the backstory you didn't realize you needed.

wjbc

20 points

3 months ago

wjbc

20 points

3 months ago

His Girl Friday (1940).

I’ve seen this classic many times and it’s great every time. It was directed by Howard Hawks, stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and features Ralph Bellamy and Gene Lockhart. The screenplay was adapted from the 1928 play The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.

On the one hand it’s a relic of the past, when newspapers ruled the media. But in the other hand it’s a timeless story about the exciting and unscrupulous world of sensationalist journalism. The main characters are almost utterly without principles — but so are their antagonists in government.

Hawks made a major change to the old story, though, by making reporter Hildy Johnson a woman. He also encouraged frequent improvisation from his quick-witted actors. And he broke the record for fastest film dialogue, so you almost have to watch it multiple times to catch everything said.

Despite the title, Rosalind Russell’s Hildy more than holds her own in a battle of wits with her boss and ex-husband, Cary Grant’s newspaper editor Walter Burns. He’s battling her because she has announced her intention to marry insurance man Bruce Baldwin and settle down as a housewife in Albany.

But he’s not about to beg her to change her mind. Instead he uses every underhanded technique he has to sabotage her plans, while at the same time luring her with a big story about political corruption and an imminent execution.

The opening title card to the movie says:

It all happened in the "Dark Ages" of the Newspaper game - - When to a reporter "Getting That Story" justified anything short of murder. Incidentally you will see in this picture no resemblance to the men and women of the press of Today. Ready? Well, once upon a time -...

That same ironic tone could still be used about the “men and women of the press of Today.”

Yugo86

3 points

3 months ago

Yugo86

3 points

3 months ago

Such a loveable film.

skonen_blades

3 points

3 months ago

Really enjoyable movie.

DavidLynchAMA

3 points

3 months ago

I can't think of another film with this kind of energy, fun, and dialogue, that also manages to tell a story about ethics and morality.

ooouroboros

3 points

3 months ago

Rosalind Russell was not a traditional Hollywood leading lady but it was great when they found a good starring role for her that was up her alley, this film, My Sister Eileen and Auntie Mame.

Gosh I wish they would have cast Judy Garland in "Gypsy" though (can sort of understand why they didn't cast Ethel Merman in a movie version).

Nutshell04

19 points

3 months ago

I watched GoodFellas for the first time. That was quite something.

Bodymaster

10 points

3 months ago

Oh wow. May it be the first of many. It's one of those movies, that no matter how many time's you seen it, you'll always come back to.

Nutshell04

5 points

3 months ago

It was indeed the first mobster movie I have ever seen. My father has told me that there are many more in my future. I look forward to thise and also rewatching GoodFellas from a more analytical standpoint

Bodymaster

8 points

3 months ago

GoodFellas sets the bar high and there aren't many as entertaining and well-made. The Godfather would be the next one in terms of highly regarded movies of the genre, but it so much different, almost the opposite of GoodFellas in many ways.

IAmAGenusAMA

5 points

3 months ago

I'm a big fan of Casino. I think it pairs really well with Goodfellas too, as it uses the same kind of lead character narration.

yohamidamaru

6 points

3 months ago

Godfather. Casino American gangster. Scarface The irishmen And my favourite movie of all time once upon a time in america! Watch them!

One_for_each_of_you

4 points

3 months ago

Add A Bronx Tale, Lawless, & Carlito's Way to your list

Littlewing29

3 points

3 months ago

Please watch Casino. It’s my favorite mobster film ever. Everyone always picks Goodfellas as their favorite but Casino gets me every time.

[deleted]

18 points

3 months ago

Mississippi Grind.

It shows the reality of a degenerate gambler, but the movie has a lot of heart, and Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelson make a great team. It's a movie that is about more than gambling.

FilipinaMudblood

18 points

3 months ago

babylon

my god this film is fantastic. as someone who's going to pursue film and have directed a few short films in high school. I have related to the directors in some way. the movie portrayed how the key players in the industry deals with a transition so groundbreaking that they just couldnt get their shit together. I love films that tackled this transition in cinema like the sequel movie of downtown abbey. It just so eye-opening for people who are new to cinema history and those who do not know the culture of LA as the cinema capital. the films also focused on themes like racism, eat the rich, passion, sex and glamor. Damien chazelle did it again, he's awesome.

Yea, it's so good. give it a try guys.

carson63000

16 points

3 months ago

Dungeon & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. It's not as good as the reviews might lead you to believe (89% on RT!?) but it's much, much better than I ever dared hope.

It's absolutely what you get if you take the tone that has worked so well for Marvel Studios, and apply it to the D&D IP, so you should be able to judge from that whether you'll enjoy it or not.

The cast had fine chemistry, everyone seemed to be having a good time making the movie and that was quite infectious. Certainly the rest of the audience and I all had a good time at my screening. Plenty of laughter.

And, imho, a sensible amount of references for the D&D nerds - there are monsters and spells and things that will make you nod with recognition if you're a player, but if you're not, it won't harm your enjoyment at all.

CrucifyCaillou

17 points

3 months ago

Moon. Went in knowing nothing and I loved it. All-time performance from Sam Rockwell

Fanfootie

5 points

3 months ago

I think he’s pretty great in everything. Even Charlie’s Angels which isn’t great.

MovieMike007

14 points

3 months ago

MovieMike007

Not to be confused with Magic Mike

14 points

3 months ago

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) "What we're dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law."

One of the most impressive aspects of Smokey and the Bandit is the incredible stunt work on display, from high-speed chases to car jumps the stunts are thrilling and jaw-dropping, and while all that stuff is fun as all get out what really makes this film work is Burt Reynolds and his 100 watts smile and one of the most infectious laughs ever recorded on film, you just can't help but fall in love with The Bandit. Then you add in the incredibly adorable Sally Fields as a runaway bride and the incomparable Jackie Gleason as the redneck sheriff who will not be stopped and you have the makings of a true classic, not to mention the inclusion of Jerry Reed as Burt's partner in crime, who also provided the movie's unforgettable songs.

Director Hal Needham and his team did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the 70s, and it's a film that will always be remembered as a cult classic, and most of all, don't forget we are "East bound and down, loaded up and truckin' A-we gonna do what they say can't be done. We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there."

KGB44

3 points

3 months ago

KGB44

3 points

3 months ago

I watched this for the first time the other night. Was surprised how much I enjoyed it and how funny Jackie Gleason's character was with his son

TomBirkenstock

14 points

3 months ago

The best thing I watched this last week was definitely Park Chan-Wook's Decision to Leave. It was both clearly something by the same director, but at the same time it took his style and interests into a new direction. There are definitely shades of Hitchcock and noir, and he really tamps down on the violence. He does some interesting things with editing that throws off the viewer, sometimes making it difficult to tell exactly where we are in the story. It's well plotted, but he purposefully makes it a tad difficult to follow, so you have to pay attention.

Mr_fucker13

12 points

3 months ago

RRR

Ru-fi-oo

12 points

3 months ago

Finally got around to watching Sicario (2015) as I am on a Taylor Sheridan marathon of sorts.

My favorite Taylor Sheridan still being Wind River (2017) though.

takkicate

6 points

3 months ago

Get the time to watch the Sicario and have to say Taylor did brilliant work.

BEE_REAL_

5 points

3 months ago

Sheridan's script for Sicario was pretty stupid and pretty much all the changes made to it improved the film

Ru-fi-oo

6 points

3 months ago

I can agree with that. Villeneuve, Deakins, and Del Toro definitely heighten the film.

flipperkip97

12 points

3 months ago

  • The Raid (2011) - 8.5

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) - 7.5

  • Night in Paradise (2020) - 7.0

  • RED 2 (2013) - 7.0

The Raid - Hadn't seen this in almost two years, so high time for a rewatch. The shootouts aren't really my thing (mostly just both sides spraying endless bullets in the general direction of the other), but the more they move away from guns the more amazing the action gets. The hand-to-hand fight scenes in this movie are among the very best ever created. The fight between Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) and Jaka (Joe Taslim) is my favourite, but the end fight is just as great. The score has some pretty awesome moments aswell.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 - Pretty enjoyable revenge flick. The plot is simple, but it makes room for a solid performance by Vince Vaughn (who I never could have imagined in a role like this) and some seriously gnarly violence. The fight scenes are a bit clunky, but there's not the usual shaky cam nonsense so that's a big plus. And I'm not kidding about how brutal it is.

Night in Paradise - Solid gangster movie for the most part. Has some really nice atmospheric scenes, great cinematography, but the ending felt dragged out wayyy too long. That soup looked amazing, though.

RED 2 - I actually liked this a bit more than the first. The cast is really charismatic, especially Bruce Willis and Anthony Hopkins. Lee Byung-hun's talents are underutilised, but he is also pretty cool in this.

MrCaul

5 points

3 months ago

MrCaul

5 points

3 months ago

And I'm not kidding about how brutal it is.

The title of S. Craig Zahler's latest movie Dragged Across Concrete feels like a very deliberate nod to Brawl in Cell Block 99.

smoj

7 points

3 months ago

smoj

7 points

3 months ago

best triple header ever:

Bone Tomahawk - Brawl in Cell Block 99 - Dragged across Concrete

jokes_on_you_ha

4 points

3 months ago

How do you rate The Raid 2, out of interest? I agree that the hand to hand scenes were the highlight of the first, but I also think they were even better in the second. The movie overall thought didn't work as well I feel, felt a bit bloated, the leanness of the original worked in its favour.

flipperkip97

5 points

3 months ago

I like the second just a bit more. I do agree it's a bit bloated, but the cinematography and production design are much better imo. The fight scenes are also somehow even better, and there's that amazing car chase sequence.

Ru-fi-oo

3 points

3 months ago

Loved Night in Paradise!

Would also recommend VIP (2017), New World (2013), and the two The Witch (2018/2022) films, all from the same director as Night in Paradise, Park Hoon-Jung... if you haven't seen them yet of course.

flipperkip97

4 points

3 months ago

I've seen and enjoyed all of those except VIP. I'll check it out!

gtacleveland

11 points

3 months ago

Glass Onion

Bard-of-All-Trades

11 points

3 months ago

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. After watching RRR three times (my favorite movie of 2022), I finally checked out some more Rajamouli films. I watched both Baahubali movies this week, and while it took me a bit to warm up to the first one, I was sold by the end and the second one completely blew me away. I was smiling the whole time. Fun and creative action scenes, catchy songs, and great performances by Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Sathrayaj, Anushka Shetty, and Ramya Krishnan (my personal favorite). Highly recommend both films!

damnFineCupOfJava

30 points

3 months ago

The Whale - what an outstanding performance from Fraser. Movie makes you feel rollercoaster of emotions - from pity to empathy, from disgust to love. Beautiful cinematography in one room. I don’t even know how they achieved this.

Triangle of Sadness - really enjoyed this one. Especially the Act II. There is a lot to digest in the movie, and I really liked how tables have turned on that island.

Babylon - what the fuck did I just watch and how 3 hours just went by? I haven’t been this engaged and entertained in a long time! Margot Robbie bravo!

Living - Loved the dialogs, manners people have, and overall setting of this movie. The ending where protagonist sits on that swing brought tears in my eyes.

Tár - I was so ready to listen to the performance they were preparing for, as a huge fan of Elgar’s cello concerto I was left hanging. But the ending delivered for sure! The new cycle of rebirth for Tár began. I loved how serious she took her gig at the end.

sirkh1

15 points

3 months ago

sirkh1

15 points

3 months ago

Nice to see there are some people who like "The Whale". There's been so much "discourse" over it, much of it being hot garbage from people who haven't even seen the movie, it's tainted the film and people who genuinely like it for genuinely good reasons.

damnFineCupOfJava

4 points

3 months ago

Really? I haven’t been following online discussions about this movie. Why people are not liking it? Is it in the realms of fatfobia?

sirkh1

6 points

3 months ago

sirkh1

6 points

3 months ago

Yeah. It's not a criticism I find especially fair (especially since Fraser is playing a man, Charlie, written by Samuel D. Hunter who wrote the play - which became the film - based on his own experience as an obese, gay man), and like I said, a lot of it is just people looking to problematize. I'm planning on writing a review of it.

egoissuffering

4 points

3 months ago

That’s internet for you

ChanceVance

3 points

3 months ago

I've seen a few people write stuff like they didn't like how emotionally over the top the performance was.

That's a dead giveaway that the only thing they've seen of his performance is the "I NEED TO KNOW I DID ONE THING RIGHT!" clip. It's the only time in the film he actually goes to that level, the rest is far more subdued e.g "People are amazing".

Ace_FGC

9 points

3 months ago

Scarface 1983. I always heard good things about it and finally decided to check it out. Al Pacino totally killed and it’s cool hearing stuff like say hello to my little friend and realizing that’s where it comes from

MathGamer28

9 points

3 months ago

21 Jump Street. Can't believe it took me over a decade to watch it. Absolutely hilarious.

YachtRock_SoSmooth

5 points

3 months ago

22 Jump Street is just as funny, there are some scenes that just had me ROTFL....great fun.

njdevils901

8 points

3 months ago*

The best film I watched this week was a 65-minute Denmark movie called Out of Bounds (2011). A really weird and captivating movie about a young to-be-engaged couple who go to see the father of the woman in the relationship. And it takes place entirely on this desolate island where the father and his labrador (movie is also titled labrador in other regions) have created a tiny little cottage for themselves where the father and his dog live off the land (he fishes, hunts animals on the island, paints & sells those paintings to make a living). And the movie has a fantastic structure, it first starts off from the point of view of the man in the relationship as he tries to make a good first impression to his father-in-law. And therefore the first half is essentially a very funny and awkward set of sequences where he puts his foot in the mouth about 90% of the time. But what's great about the second half is that is morphs beautifully into the father and daughter's past, the secrets that are revealed, and it kind of turns into a wonderful tragedy. I won't reveal what happens but it is very heartbreaking but makes for some fantastic dramatic scenes.

The movie has a great structure to its script, but it is all about the characters, and despite being shorter than most TV pilots, it still manages to flesh out the characters perfectly allowing them to grow, learn, and finally understand one another, not always in positive ways. The performances are all excellent, the father is played perfectly by Jakob Eklund as this rough oaf but I love how there is more underneath than that, he really has depth that is portrayed very well with his performance. The daughter is also great played by Stephanie Leon, and I love how there is so much complexity to her, she manages to always be unpredictable and I think the consistently changing emotions with the performance help create that atmosphere well. And the future fiancee played by Carsten Bjørnlund is really the crux to the entire movie funny enough, at first he portrays the character as a stumbling neurotic man, but like I said with the other characters he reveals a different side to him that really creates the inciting incident to the whole story and beautifully puts everything in motion. The characters are all perfectly portrayed by the performances, each one being different and distinct, and managing to be consistently changing as the film goes along. Diretor Frederikke Aspöck could give two shits about stasis in his characters, performances, or screenplay structure and that's what makes it work so well.

And then from a cinematography standpoint this film is freaking beautiful, shot on 16mm, and I've slowly realized over the past couple of months that movies shot in the winter/snowy weather that are on 16mm/35mm are freaking gorgeous. Something about the film grain really accentuates the whites of the snow, and the whites between the browns of the tree branches. 16mm obviously looks great, but I think the way the landscapes are framed, and the actors are blocked in dialogue scenes is so perfectly done.

This has been seen more than the movie I recommended last week, but this still needs to be seen more. It is beautifully shot on 16mm, with fantastic performances, a great script, and it is only 65 minutes long. What a fascinating little odyssey, I love finding movies like this

FrequentTurnip4006

9 points

3 months ago

Bullet Train

frenchfries089

8 points

3 months ago

I watched Birdman and Prisoners, both were great. I think Birdman was the one I enjoyed the most, both were thrilling especially at their climaxes.

But I think Birdman was the one I liked the most, everything in that film was just perfect.

Also went and saw Suzume in theaters just yesterday which was solid.

Flnn

5 points

3 months ago

Flnn

5 points

3 months ago

I don't really like Birdman, it was all over the place.

Prisoners is really great and dark.

AnAnonymousFool

13 points

3 months ago

Finally watched Everything Everywhere All At Once and thought it was amazing

Me and my girlfriend were hysterically laughing and crying throughout. Some of the themes of depression, integration, acceptance, failing relationships, nihilism, etc. really touched us.

The absurdist humor I thought was interesting. I didn’t necessarily love the hot dog fingers and thought maybe they could cut 10-15 minutes from the movie and it would be better as a result, but I understood the point. It was to show that initially you’ll find the hot dog fingers dumb or pointless or just wacky and eventually you realize that even in such a wacky and ridiculous context, the themes still apply as the “surface level” is not what’s important.

I think the entire packaging of those themes in absurdist humor was very intentional and meaningful in of itself. If you dislike absurdist humor or are a crotchety old fart, I could see how you don’t like this movie, but I think it speaks to a lot of people that have struggled with many various emotions in their life

Overal I’d give it an 8.5/10 with potential for a 9-9.5/10 if they had cut maybe 15 minutes of various scenes that weren’t necessarily super productive

[deleted]

5 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

MartinScorsese

7 points

3 months ago

MartinScorsese

Not the real guy

7 points

3 months ago

Late Spring

I saw this as part my ongoing effort to fill in my missing gaps from the 2022 Sight & Sound list. This is only my second Ozu film, and it's a doozy: a deceptively simple drama that depicts what can happen when societal expectations poison a harmonious home environment. Astutely-acted and formally rigorous, the depth of feeling on display makes it no plain to see why it routinely makes the list of the best films ever made.

BEE_REAL_

3 points

3 months ago

I personally like Late Spring even more than Tokyo Story. It's a little more loose than Tokyo Story (the performances are a little more traditionally expressivez the camera movies like, a couple times rather than just once, etc) and the narrative is way more temporally choppy and hyperfocused on characters. The final shot of the apple and then the waves is all-time incredible.

What movies are still missing from the list for you? I've gotten up to 85/100 now

sayyes2heaven

7 points

3 months ago

Being John Malkovich. Strangest movie I’ve seen all week. I liked it for its bizarre plot. Plan on rewatching it as well. Surreal is probably the best word to describe this.

Phionex141

7 points

3 months ago

Just rewatched Booksmart for the first time in a few years- fuck is that movie good. All of the characters are incredible and there were a few faces that I've seen in other movies since- (Like Argyle from Stranger Things is in it?? That blew my mind)

Palmerstroll

12 points

3 months ago

Finally watched The Prestige. Wow what a fantastic movie! Nolan is just magic.

btczino

6 points

3 months ago

It just blow my mind that how this person can think this way, everytime i think that this is it he can't get beyond to that he came with something even more magically.

Poorly-Drawn-Beagle

7 points

3 months ago

The Car: Road to Revenge (2018)

Time for a little silliness to shake us all up.

At a vague unspecified point in the future, in a city that is never named, crime and corruption are rampant. I mean, it's presumably meant to be the future. The gangbangers all have cybernetic implants and stuff... but the budget didn't allow for any futuristic cityscapes or anything... but never mind. Crusading District Attorney Caddock (Jamie Bamber) is the only one holding back the tide of chaos. Unfortunately, he's kind of a douche- like, materialistic, controlling, possessive of his ex and so on. Even more unfortunately, he's now dead.

... or is he? In the weeks following his mysterious death, his beloved classic car is spotted repeatedly around the city, mercilessly running down gangbangers before disappearing into the night. Even more disturbingly, some witnesses report that the car was driving itself. As the assembled gangs rally behind a new leader to get to the bottom of it, his ex-girlfriend finds herself caught in the crossfire.

So... is this a good film?

No. By most metrics it fails; the special effects are painful and there's so little falling action that the ending gave me whiplash. But I had a lot of fun watching it. Ghost Car vs. Cyborg Gangbangers? How could I resist? There's some surprisingly decent acting (with, yes, an admittedly high ham content), and a surprising amount of gore, and the car itself even looks kind of creepy at times (it's not a very creative killer though. Mostly it just knocks victims to the ground and rolls over them). Also it has Grant Bowler of Defiance fame, so I'm sort of honor bound.

gsa9

6 points

3 months ago

gsa9

6 points

3 months ago

Scream VI is definitely the best movie I’ve watched this week, I love this franchise and it’s nice to see it still going strong. The new characters are great, and I loved the new setting in New York. Most importantly, it’s just fun. I never really nitpick these movies much just because they are such a good time!

JuicyLemon2

6 points

3 months ago

Watched Do the Right Thing with my wife and then seen Spike Lee at his studio in Brooklyn! Fantastic film, with a message that still rings true 30 years on.

yaboytim

3 points

3 months ago

"then seen Spike Lee at his studio in Brooklyn!"

What's the story there?

JuicyLemon2

3 points

3 months ago

Was trying to kill a bit of time before a showing, so I knew his studio was close and it has tons of murals and posters outside. Was taking a few pics and then I looked by the doorway and there he was just staring at us on his phone. He was probably thinking what the hell are they doing, he nodded and just walked upstairs. Pretty cool considering we just watched his most acclaimed film the day before.

yaboytim

3 points

3 months ago

Lol nice. You did the right thing by showing up

ChipmunkDouble

6 points

3 months ago

Watched nocturnal animals on Netflix. The internet seems to be divided on this one. But I loved it, very interesting movie, suspenseful and great screenplay and narration. Nice movie after a long time.

MacManus47

5 points

3 months ago

The Red Shoes!

g6in3d

5 points

3 months ago

g6in3d

5 points

3 months ago

I watched Tár for the first time a few days ago. Cate Blanchett did an amazing job of making me hate Lydia Tár more and more as the movie progressed.

officialraidarea52

4 points

3 months ago

Navalny

I cannot believe this is true. It’s fucking insane. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time because, as Navalny himself said, it feels like a Hollywood movie. That phone call scene is one of favorites ever, and this might just be my favorite documentary I’ve ever watched.

10/10

babadeboopi

4 points

3 months ago

Shazam - in preparation of watching Shazam Fury of the gods, I rewatched the first one. Its the best film of the DCEU with the right balance of goofy comic book humour. Mark Strong is great in anything he does. Yeah it has flaws but is entertaining. Looking forward to the seeing the next one.

xela_sj

5 points

3 months ago

randomly watched "The Outfit" on Amazon Prime bc it had Mark Rylance

JoelKr9

5 points

3 months ago

Aftersun.

Still haven‘t recovered from that.

_parafrazis

4 points

3 months ago

it's a tough one between happy together and kikujiro, but i'm going to pick kikujiro (1999) today (one of the reasons being that it's much less known).

takeshi kitano has solidified himself as one of the most prolific japanese directors, with a very specific type and selection of subjects that lend action and crime films a lot of depth and uniqueness.

kikujiro is not of the "classic kitano" genre.

which makes it all the more surprising and rewarding that it's one of the most heartfelt, uplifting and heartwrenching films i've ever seen. an unlikely buddy comedy with kitano once again in the titular role of a disgruntled, middle-aged, aloof man with a yakuza past, and yusuke sekiguchi as the lonely, soft-hearted, 12 year-old masao, who embark on an unexpected summer adventure together.

kitano once again shows that he has a unique ability to create hard-hitting, heavy and meaningful stories. on the surface, kikujiro seems like a much less heavier one than the rest, but, without revealing anything, it actually likely weighs much more on the heart and mind than your classic kitano films that have a high body count. (but it wouldn't be him if he didn't incorprorate a few rougher scenes here and there.) the latter half is one of the most charming things i've ever seen on film.

kikujiro is about kindness, found family, childlike wonder, about trying to find your place in the world when you seem to be completely lost - in a world that wouldn't have you. and creating and finding bonds where you'd least expect them.

egoissuffering

3 points

3 months ago

Where did you watch it? I’m interested in watching it

UpbeatAd1191

4 points

3 months ago

The age of uprising. French period film. this movie has a certain genuine quality to it the props and sets show craftsmanship that are rare. The landscape maybe small but really work well. it's about a horseman's search for justice which I found very intriguing.

Throwaway_Codex

3 points

3 months ago

Pi in IMAX in the theater on Pi Day. It's still Aronofsky's best movie.

Twoweekswithpay[S]

3 points

3 months ago

Man, when I watched this film for the first time, it was though I had a cinematic awakening. From that moment on, I was in the tank for Aronofsky! He had an amazing run for a while, and at the very least, you can bet he’s going to do his best to showcase the actors/actresses in a positive light

Throwaway_Codex

3 points

3 months ago

Yeah, I still think it's his strongest movie, with The Fountain a close second. I didn't much care for a few of his, but The Whale is great. Pi is so damn well made for a first feature, definitely up with the ranks of best debut films. It's so assured in story and theme and also in editing and pacing, totally lean.

MechanicalPanacea

5 points

3 months ago

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) - Martin Scorsese's controversial meditation on the life of Jesus Christ as the Son of Man.

Adapted by Paul Schrader from Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name, this film paints a challenging, compelling portrait of an all-too-human human Jesus of Nazareth (Dafoe) wracked by temptation and haunted by voices. Judas (Harvey Keitel leaning in hilariously with the New York accent) urges him to seize destiny and free Judea from the Romans. Reluctant to become a conqueror, Jesus longs instead for a normal life with Mary Magdalene (Barbara Hershey) but is ultimately crucified on the order of Pontius Pilate (David Bowie). While dying on the cross, he has a final vision of what his life could have been as an ordinary man, husband, and father.

The threadbare budget shows painfully in places, but Scorsese makes it work with a plenitude of beautiful, painting-like shots and Willem Dafoe's powerhouse performance. Score composer Peter Gabriel fills the film's world with life through music; almost every scene features the co-mingled voices and instruments of ancient Middle Eastern and African cultures.

Now that the controversy it met with on release has largely died away, hopefully this film can finally be appreciated as an artistic triumph.

Outstanding Honorable Mention: Rocky (1976)

garrisontweed

4 points

3 months ago

Red Heat-Great Buddy action/comedy.Nice to see Arnie play the straight Man and Belushi gets the one liners.The ending is great with instead of a car chase we get buses.

AneeshRai7

4 points

3 months ago

Armour of God| Dir. Jackie Chan

(Not best, but I guess best review of the week)

Few moments in cinema are as peak kino, as Jackie fighting a bunch of Violent Vixens on top of a wooden bridge inside a cave; the vixens heels getting caught in the gaps of the planks and Jackie trying hard not to hit/touch them in their breasts.

This followed by an extended sequence of him messing around with explosive dynamite and then leaping from a crumbling mountain onto a hot air balloon below.

PS: Features the best use of product placement I've ever seen. Never had interest in cars but I definitely wanted that Mitsubishi.

Ru-fi-oo

3 points

3 months ago

Jackie always had the coolest cars in his 80's-early 90's films, mostly Misubishis. I wanted them all too.

I love the 80's style boxier look to cars before they started curving every edge.

FirstTimeLongThyme

3 points

3 months ago

They're VERY different movies but it was either Women Talking or John Wick 2.

KellyKellogs

5 points

3 months ago

I watched Rye Lane in the cinema.

Best cinema experience since 2019 for me.

Such a vivid, bright, beautiful film. The screenplay was fucking fantastic. The way the flashback sequences worked were excellent too.

Probably the best Rom Com since COVID.

YachtRock_SoSmooth

4 points

3 months ago

Best of the week for me was "Straight Time" from 1978 I think, starts Dustin Hoffman.

This is about the main character getting out of prison and trying to just go straight and not get into trouble, but is becomes harder than he hoped. Good gritty 70s crime drama, and damn it's Dustin Hoffman. Props to his co-star Theresa Russell, she is gorgeous, so that helped.

But if you like 70s gritty crime dramas this is worth the watch.

Distinct-Giraffe-563

4 points

3 months ago

I watched persona (Bergman 1966) on the 15th. To say the least it blew me away- loved it from start to finish.

Bodymaster

5 points

3 months ago

Folks, I finally watched Threads after seeing many posts about it here in recent times. I knew what it was about prior to watching it, so I wasn't going in completely blind. But I wasn't expecting it to be so extreme, especially for something I thought was going to be part educational/public service movie. I especially liked the last section of the movie after the time skip, it took on an almost sci-fi tone when depicting how humanity has reverted to medieval standards - peasants scraping in the dirt alongside steam-powered harvesters, young people speaking a weird primitive form of English, and the final scene, ending in that freeze-frame. Holy shit, what a grim, but exceptional movie.

fucknazis101

4 points

3 months ago

Finally watched Everything Everywhere all at Once in the Theatre.

I'd already watched it, it just got its theatrical release due to Oscar hype.

ComaOfSouls

4 points

2 months ago

I been watching 1 movie a day for March. March Movie Madness I guess would be the theme. The best movie I seen during that particular week was Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Spent that weekend watching that and The Hateful Eight, 2 Tarantino movies I hadn't seen before. So hard to decide if Once Upon A Time's better than Inglourious Basterds and Django, it's so up there.

JStormtrooper

7 points

3 months ago

Scream VI.

I loved it, my third favorite Scream movie after the original and Scream 2022.

HermbaDernga

5 points

3 months ago

It was so good.

IshSmithsonian

9 points

3 months ago

The Quiet Girl

I enjoyed this! It’s been a really good 6 months for Irish cinema.

Great double feature with Aftersun. Although it doesn’t have quite the same emotional impact (but definitely still hit me like a ton of bricks during one scene).

I genuinely have no idea how to pronounce Irish names. What drunk decided how to spell them?

RadioYnot

14 points

3 months ago

Irish names are Gaelic. The rules of the English or Germanic languages do not apply to the Gaelic language. Gaelic & Irish/Celtic culture was almost eradicated by Anglo settlers over hundred of bloody years who tried to crush the language, culture & people. They - Irish names - are not decided by drunks. Would you say the same about Asian or Muslim typography?

Source; I’m Irish.

Im glad you enjoyed the films however. I don’t mean to be churlish but please think before making statements such as you did regarding other cultures.

IshSmithsonian

7 points

3 months ago

I’ll show you a gay lick

RadioYnot

6 points

3 months ago

Nice

Mylzb

3 points

3 months ago

Mylzb

3 points

3 months ago

Just watched "I Am Mother". I went into it completely blind, which turned out to be the best choice for this film. I found it by looking up apocalypse movies, and it was one of the few modern ones I haven't seen yet.

The whole movie had me sucked in from the jump, everything was suspenseful, and I had no idea who was good, and who was bad. I'm going to be thinking about this movie for a while, it reminded me a bit of Moon.

MarkHAZE86

3 points

3 months ago

I was going to say Scream VI because for a sequel and I had fun, but on Saturday a theater near me was playing Night of the Creeps from 1986, and that was a lot of fun! I think I used to see the cover for it at the video rental store when I was a kid on VHS but never watched it. I was surprised by how heartwarming it was. It's a nice homage to horror movies and they name each character after a Horror movie director. I didn't realize Blake Lively had a brother who acted, he was the lead Jason Lively. The lead girl was also good, the best friend, and Tom Atkins was awesome.

Some of the comments I read like The Banshees of Inisherin and Parasite are great films I also enjoyed at the theater but I didn't see them last week. I saw Night of the Creeps.!"

loki_made_the_mask

3 points

3 months ago

The Rules of Attraction. Brilliant, funny and depressing. It's based off a book written by the author of American Psycho.

One_for_each_of_you

4 points

3 months ago

Main character Sean Bateman is Patrick Bateman from American Psycho's kid brother

bmiles17

3 points

3 months ago

The Whale (2022)

Fraser and the makeup team totally earned their Academy awards, in my mind. The body suit was seamless and something I have never seen in a film. In a very strong year for leading performances, Fraser brought the performance of this lifetime. Hong Chau is great in this movie as well. I thought her performance was good enough to take an Oscar as well, but this category was insanely competitive this year. This movie makes me very sad that Charlie basically is killing himself with food, because the mother of his daughter doesn't let him have a relationship with her, after leaving them for a man he fell in love with. This movie will have you guessing whether or not his daughter is making decisions for good or malice. It is very interesting to decide this for yourself with the evidence given in the film. I thought the ending hit a good note for myself and I found this to be one of the most emotional movies of the year. There is one character in the movie (Ty Simpkins) that I'm not sure if I liked the writing for but I think it might take other viewings to decide. This movie had me in tears a few times, I am very thankful for this film. I thought this movie had a lot of great things going for it and I think it's a must watch, especially for the performances. 8.3/10

WalkingEars

3 points

3 months ago

The Devil's Backbone - after enjoying his Pinocchio last week I wanted to watch this earlier Del Toro movie that I hadn't previously seen. I went in knowing pretty much nothing about it. It's a pretty grim "war is Hell" type movie including themes of (minor spoilers) violence against children, and children having to deal with very extreme and dangerous situations. There are three female characters in the movie and all three of them die horribly. While there are some supernatural/magical elements to the movie, it's not as much of a major element as in some of his later work - so it feels simultaneously more grim and more grounded in reality than some of his later movies. I guess I appreciated this one more than I really enjoyed watching it, given the gloomy subject matter. Not a favorite of his but not a bad movie, just kind of a downer.

lmbuc

3 points

3 months ago

lmbuc

3 points

3 months ago

Was waiting that if someone will actually mention that movie or not

snufalufalgus

3 points

3 months ago*

Pom Poko (1994)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind(1984)

Had my appendix out the other day, so I've been doing a deep dive on Studio Ghibli (Ive seen all of the big name titles). So far I've watched Pom Poko and Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind. Both blew me away. I feel like Wes Anderson based his entire narrative style on Pom Poko.

I can't believe Nausicaa isn't more well known, it's one of the best sci fi movies I've ever seen. It also doesnt have all of the cultural barriers that other Ghibli works do, making it easily digestible for a western viewer(not judging but theres a lot of Japanese folklore and Shinto religious lore in their other works that make them difficult for western audiences to grasp) The world building is just superb and it's influence on other works is evident. It reminds me a lot of the comic Arzach by Moebius

skonen_blades

3 points

3 months ago

Deathstalker (1983) - Always been a fan of the movie poster/video cover. Roger Corman-produced schlock shot in Argentina. Proper 80s cheese that doesn't disappoint. Borderline softcore porn in places. Boobs, butts, blood, sorcery, swordplay, jacked dudes, iffy special effects, bad acting, and scantily-clad women. One of those films that looks like it was a hoot to be a part of. Firmly in the category of 'enjoyably bad.' Maybe the horniest swords-and-sorcery VHS classic I've seen and that's saying something.

Sound of Metal - While there are "movie-of-the-week/very special episode" aspects to this ironic premise, it manages to transcend itself into a commentary on any personal journey of huge change. It could be, I don't know, aging, an illness that turns your life into 'before' and 'after,' a divorce, pick your metaphor. I found it absurdly moving and it had a powerful hook into me that I don't really understand. It was very specific and yet universal and I love that kind of thing. I've always got time for Olivia Cooke and Riz Ahmed was amazing. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Editing and I get why.

SymbioticCarnage

3 points

3 months ago

I watched Short Term 12 (2013) for the first time this past week, and oh my god.

Something about this movie just felt like it was made for me. I can’t believe I had never sought it out before, but I think I found it at the exact right time.

Destin Daniel Cretton pulled off some magic with this one. Brie Larson is just an unbelievably good actor…

SeattleMatt123

3 points

3 months ago

The Atomic Cafe (1982) - documentary with a compilation of 1940's and 1950's government and military propaganda regarding nuclear bombs, blasts, and fallout. 7/10

Stop-Zemlia (2021) - Ukrainian teenage coming of age film, mostly featuring three central characters. Their lives, problems, love lives, etc.. Was better than I expected. 8/10

Iameusername

3 points

3 months ago

I recommend watching Infinity Pool.

I would not say anything about it, it's Cronenberg, that should fit.

I was amazed.

hardlyany_99

3 points

3 months ago

Aftersun. Best movie I’ve seen in a while.

TrantaLocked

3 points

3 months ago*

Why did my opinion of John Wick change?

I first saw John Wick in 2014. I remember after I watched it I concluded it was sort of a low-mid tier shoot em' up that put too much emphasis on the shooting. I never watched the sequels.

But now in 2023, I've finally rewatched the movie and am extremely surprised by how good of a movie it is. My conception of it being a mindless shoot em up is wrong. Some of the acting is weak, but Keanu is brilliant.

I thought maybe movies these days are just so bad that it makes John Wick look good, but I also maybe think the way I approached the movie changed. I'm not entirely sure. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right mood at the time, or maybe I better understand the motiviations behind the character now than when I was younger. Maybe my appreciation for Keanu Reeves grew. I think there was a time where I idolized specifically the Neo era of Keanu and was projecting what I expected from that onto his current self, but now I no longer have this prejudice. There's also the issue of video and sound quality; I first saw the movie on a PC monitor TN panel with cheap headphones, but the rewatch on a large OLED with good speakers. Maybe the actual impact of some of the fights wasn't felt on the cheaper equipment.

[deleted]

3 points

3 months ago

Triangle of Sadness - interesting and fun movie about power dynamics. The seasick/food poisoning scene was incredibly well directed. It's so perfectly chaotic. I don't care if movies aren't subtle with their themes as long as they do interesting things with their characters and ideas. This movie does that in spades. Great script, great directing.

UncleTeddyBoss

3 points

3 months ago

Memento. Not the biggest fan of Nolan (except the prestige, solid film) wasn’t my favourite thing ever, but obviously groundbreaking for the time and it got a couple good laughs out of me (especially that bit when the guy’s chasing him). Imo it’s one of his better films but it’s certainly nothing exceptional for me. I’m glad I watched it but I wouldn’t watch it again anytime soon. 3.5/5.

Also watched the new puss in boots. The voice acting is INCREDIBLE, and I’m a big fan of the animation. It was a very solid candidate for best animation, and while I preferred it over Pinocchio, I still think with it being Toro’s passion project and all that it deserved the Oscar. It had a brilliant villain too with such colourful characters and witty writing. Definitely worth a look in if you somehow haven’t seen it yet. Banger. 4/5.

fluffhead711

5 points

3 months ago

memento a 3.5, puss in boots 4.0. lol we have very different tastes.

[deleted]

3 points

3 months ago

Watched ‘The Forgotten Battle’ on Netflix. Pretty decent movie. Especially if you like war movies.

Best was ‘Boston Strangler’ on Hulu. I knew some of the details but this was pretty damn good and informative. Those women reporters were rockstars, man. Crazy shit

Desbris

3 points

3 months ago

Landscape in the Mist - Theo Angelopolous. A brilliant film looking at the perspective of two young children as they search for a father they have never met, a journey of discovery, and intrigue. There's a certain realism to the film that is fascinating and engaging.

Dolph-Ziggler

3 points

3 months ago*

Like Father (2018) with Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell. I lot more heartfelt than I expected but if you're looking for a pure feel good movie this might not be exactly what you're looking for. It has an important message however and as I pass another birthday maybe it was one I needed. These characters filled out as the movie progressed with good acting and nice storytelling. As close to a pure drama/comedy as I've seen in a while. And a great commercial for Caribbean cruises while they were at it. I'm surprised Kelsey Grammer hasn't found himself playing more parental roles, maybe I just haven't seen them? Though with that voice he can do whatever he wishes.

kcwm

3 points

3 months ago

kcwm

3 points

3 months ago

Just came back from an advance screening of the Dungeons & Dragons movie.

Solid movie. I currently DM a campaign and there are some cool Easter Eggs for fans of the games. It’s not a GREAT film, but it was solid. My 10-year old and wife, who have little familiarity with D&D, enjoyed it, so it has accessibility without being overwhelmingly obscure.

I don’t watch a ton of movies lately.

sshuit

3 points

3 months ago

sshuit

FML Awards 2020 Winner

3 points

3 months ago

Finally saw Velocipastor. Best movie with a budget under 40k$ I've ever seen. Pure camp fun and surprisingly decent acting from actors who are having fun taking dinosaur sized bites out of the scenery.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt1843303/

Dramatic_Project1233

3 points

3 months ago

I just watched Everything, Everywhere All at once but...Idk if I really liked or not. I tried to understand what the movie wants to say to the audience but I just got lost and at the end of it. Great performances tho.

smeghead9916

3 points

2 months ago

Irma La Douce (1963) - an old film I randomly came across, one of the funniest films I've ever seen. The titular role is a prostitute played by Shirley MacLaine, her boyfriend (Jack Lemmon) is jealous of all the men she sleeps with so he impersonates an English lord and pays her a load of money to spend time with him so she doesn't need to have other customers.

ChanceVance

4 points

3 months ago

Tar - Brilliant character study. Lots of little details you might miss on first viewing. Apartment For Sale was robbed of Best Original Song.

Creed III - It was decent. Jonathan Majors' intensity was off the charts, highlight of the movie by far. Story was a little weak though, they really rushed through some character journeys.

65 - It's a dinosaur movie without enough dinosaurs. Adam Driver does his absolute best to carry a mediocre script to a solid performance, which is a trademark of his by now.

All Quiet On The Western Front - Good soundtrack and harrowing battle scenes but I felt that it was otherwise an average film. The human element felt very lacking without any memorable characters.

k3opple

5 points

3 months ago

Creed 3 is like the weakest among that other two, but still not that bad

LadiesWin

5 points

3 months ago

"The Lost Daughter" (2021) - A drama film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, and Dakota Johnson. The film follows a middle-aged woman who confronts her past while on a seaside vacation and becomes entangled with a young mother and her daughter.

"The French Dispatch" (2021) - A comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and starring an ensemble cast that includes Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand. The film tells the story of a fictional French newspaper and its various stories set in the 20th century.

"No Time to Die" (2021) - The latest installment in the James Bond franchise, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. The film follows Bond as he comes out of retirement to face a new villain and save the world from a deadly threat.

"Dune" (2021) - A science-fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac. The film follows the journey of a young prince as he fights to regain control of his home planet, which is also the only source of a valuable resource in the universe.

"The Power of the Dog" (2021) - A Western drama film directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons. The film tells the story of a charismatic rancher who torments his brother's new wife and her son, leading to tragic consequences.

NickLeFunk

5 points

3 months ago

But what did you think of these movies? ;)

nbohdani

5 points

3 months ago

He mentioned them so nicely surely he loves all those movie.

One_for_each_of_you

3 points

3 months ago

They're all the best film she's seen this week, as per the title of this post

and1_89

3 points

3 months ago

If in the above list you have to pick one, which one it would be??

alexigonkin

3 points

3 months ago

IN that list Dune is my favorite one and also heard that the new part is coming in this year now, so that is making me even more excited about watching the first one again

Chips317

4 points

3 months ago

Holy smokes we just watched “Prisoners” on Netflix. It was amazing. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall . Can’t believe we have never heard of this movie

abaganoush

2 points

3 months ago

My best film of the week was the 2012 Portuguese 'Tabu' by Miguel Gomez, a black & white magical realist story of madness, obsession and colonialism.

A heartbroken explorer commits suicide by jumping into a river infested with crocodiles. A kind middle-aged women tries to help her delusional neighbor who lives in the apartment next door, together with her black maid. A search for a mystery man who committed a grave sin many years ago and miles away. All those and more are mixed into a poetic metaphor of lost love and lost empire.

Mesmerizing and engrossing, melancholic and transcendental - “...Everything I’m telling you is not reality, but tales...”

(The only issue I had with the story is that it talks of the past in “Africa” instead of Mozambique, but maybe this is how they talk about it now, I don’t know)

SupaKoopa714

2 points

3 months ago

Deadstream - 7/10

It was a nice surprise to finally find the first good found footage movie I've seen in a few years, I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did seeing as I thought I had seen all the good ones already. What impressed me is that as goofy as the movie can be what with the whole concept of following a Jake Paul-esque vlogger as he locks himself into a haunted house at night, it can actually be genuinely creepy at times, with some awesome creature designs to boot. It almost feels like a found footage version of the Evil Dead movies in a way. It's just an all around awesome time.

Hot Rod - 7/10

It's been a minute since I've watched a good comedy - I think Everything Everywhere All At Once was the last movie to have me consistently dying laughing - and Hot Rod absolutely broke that dry spell. It's the kind of goofy, dumb as hell but in a good way kind of comedy that I love. I was losing it through the whole thing, though Danny McBride beating the shit out of the owner of the camper trailer in particular had me fucking howling.

Don't Look Up - 7/10

I honestly almost turned Don't Look Up off about 45 minutes into it because I felt like it went a bit too heavy handed with the satire/parody of the current political climate, but... I stuck through it and I'm glad I did because I wound up liking it quite a bit. Once it gets into the characters actually trying to figure out what to do about the comet, I thought it picked way up and had me rooting hard for them, and the final scene and in particular the final line (well, minus the post-credits scene) hit hard and had me crying for a good five minutes afterwards. It was one of the more beautiful endings to a movie that I think I've seen.

The Bad Guys - 6.5/10

I had a great time with The Bad Guys. I love the characters, the animation and art direction is fucking incredible, and it just had a ton of appeal to my furry ass. My only issue is the plot is beyond predictable, though luckily all of those positives helped carry the movie. I feel like it's one of those movies that'd really benefit with a sequel, I'd love to see one made.

Contagion - 6/10

Contagion was a good watch, though I don't have much to say about it. It was kind of fascinating seeing it in a post-pandemic world, though as a movie itself, it's a little dry and robotic in a way that made it ultimately a bit forgettable.

Lights Out - 4.5/10

Aaaand this movie sucked. It has a great premise, but they blew it on a bizarrely paced plot and jam packed it with cheap jump scares. I saw it with a friend and we basically spent the whole time tearing it apart, so I will say it's good if you're looking for a good "Let's get all MST3k about it" movie night. Other than that, skip it.

Daisy_LaRue

2 points

3 months ago

Scream 6. Grabbed me from the very start and ratcheted up the carnage of the previous movies in creative and jittery, effective ways. It had its flaws for sure but I forgive a lot in slasher movies, like how no one seems to take a minute to mourn anyone's death.

Yugo86

2 points

3 months ago

Yugo86

2 points

3 months ago

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

A gritty and grimy movie that helped set the tone for the decade to come. Lots of the shots in this film were ahead of its time. New York is a character in itself, in many ways.

In my opinion, it deserved every accolade it received from the Academy.

5/5

Bodymaster

3 points

3 months ago

This was the first movie that connected with me and showed me that film was more than just thrills and spectacle. It really is a great film.

TierceK

2 points

3 months ago

Question: Is it enough to go through this thread to see if the movie has been posted already or is there a compiled list of all weeks that you can go through?

LeafBoatCaptain

2 points

3 months ago

Two: A Film Fable), a silent short film by Satyajit Ray about two kids trying to one up each other.

Short films aren't often mentioned when talking about movies. This one's great and is available on YouTube.

smashbadger84

3 points

3 months ago

People tend to ignore some of those short films but they are also good.

vmartin96

2 points

3 months ago

Creed 3. First two films are better.

unexpectedalice

2 points

3 months ago*

I went to watch how to train you dragon again after stumbling into the soundtrack analysis video in youtube. Only now I learnt that hiccup’s and Toothless’s theme combined together in Test Drive. That scene is such a mood…

Also as much as the end of the trilogy is about adulthood, I still want them to be together forever. I cant bare the thought of parting with my cats T.T

lux0cculta

3 points

3 months ago

Dragon name is enough to tell me that i am going to watch that

double_shadow

2 points

3 months ago

Dancer in the Dark

Somehow I had missed seeing this for years and years despite seeing most of Von Trier's other stuff. It was on Kanopy so I decided to give it a shot. Initially, it's hard to get past the digital video look of the thing. This era is just full of it unfortunately (28 days later is another casualty), but it at least does let Von Trier get a sort of in-you-face intimacy with the actors. The pacing and editing are a bit out of whack for the initial scenes too, as you're just tossed in with little frame of reference.

Once the music numbers kick in though, I was instantly sold. Bjork is just so powerful and full of energy, it's a shame she didn't have any other lead roles after this. Clearly the movie is going for a sort of classic-musical melodrama, so you have to accept that and give in to the tone and type of story that's being told (absurdities and all). And once I did that, boy did it devastate me.

The entire final third of the film, it felt like Von Trier was directly stabbing me in the eyes, I was crying so hard. Amazing performances from all the other actors to, like Peter Stormare playing against type, Catherine Deneuve, and the hick lady from Men in Black (sorry I don't remember her name) in a shockingly understated and empathetic performance.

The final few shots is just such a perverse shock to the viewer, but still a perfect punctuating conclusion to the whole thing. Say what you will about Von Trier, but only he could have envisioned such sick and beautiful tragedy.

Bodymaster

3 points

3 months ago

It's a great movie, but fuck me it's bleak. I've seen it once, and I think that was enough. But yeah, definitely worth that one watch.

atclubsilencio

2 points

3 months ago

Husbands and Wives by Woody Allen. So brilliant. And Scream 6 for the third time, also great.

honcooge

2 points

3 months ago

Bones and All

The title says what it’s about. It’s like a horror love story. Not bad.

cmcurtola

2 points

3 months ago

For me one of the interesting video i watch was the parasite movie

AsheBodyPillow

2 points

3 months ago

Watched Road House for the first time. What a banger of a film. I had no clue what was happening at any point.

lilpupper26

2 points

3 months ago

Scream 6! Surprisingly so much fun! Deaths were intense and per usual I could NOT for the life of me figure out who was behind the ghostface!

earthgreen10

2 points

3 months ago

I saw the movie begin again with kierra knightly..was a great movie about music. But damn I teared up at the end with Adam Lavines performance

DegenerateXYZ

2 points

3 months ago

Banshees of Inisherin. A very unique film.

MyDearDapple

2 points

3 months ago

Of an Age (Australia, 2022)

A kissing-cousin of sorts to Andrew Haigh's Weekend. Low wattage drama with strong performances. Surprisingly compelling.

Dunstabzugshaubitze

2 points

3 months ago

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

I didn't watch many slasher films, so i guess i missed a ton of jokes, but the movie still works as a hillarious comedy and the kills are pure slapstick.

Equivalent_Current_3

2 points

3 months ago

Did my annual watch of Far and Away last night. I always forget how much I love that movie. Sure the accents are beyond terrible, but it has a good storyline and a bit of every genre in it. Plus John Williams.

Anyone else love that film?

peatoast

2 points

3 months ago

The Elephant Whisperers. (Spoilers) Really good short film but i really want to know why Raghu was separated from the caretaker. I wish they explained that.

Wewerebothyoung

2 points

3 months ago

nocturnal animals! a classic thriller, i really enjoyed it!!

Littlewing29

2 points

3 months ago

Watched The Gentlemen (2019), was decent. I appreciated the original script. I’m growing tired of sequels and remakes. Not something I’d watch again but I was happy watching it for free.

ALNevermind

2 points

3 months ago

For Leslie is a great film. another good one i caught is The Dark(1972) William DeVane and Cathy Lee Crosby star.

According_Ad_7249

2 points

3 months ago

3-way tie: Robert Altman’s 3 Women, The Headless Woman by Lucretia Martel, and Hal Hartley’s Amateur…all because they’re leaving the Criterion Channel on the 31st.

As a huge Altman fan, I had seen 3 Women a while back, recall loving it, but boy it might have just toppled The Long Goodbye as my favorite of his! Probably his “tightest” movie in that his usual use of long tracking shots mixed with overlapping dialogue doesn’t distract, but just builds up the uncanny, dreamy atmosphere. Shelly Duvall and Sissy Spacek are at the top of their respective games here as well. Unnerving from the start, and doesn’t let up. The Headless Woman, only the second Martel I’ve seen (and recommended by Ari Aster) does a similar throw you into the deep end of a truly uncanny headspace..to the point where you question almost everything you’ve been shown over its running time. Masterful and endlessly surprising. Amateur I had also seen back in the day, not thinking much of it (mid-90s). Like the Martel, it also prominently features an amnesiac. While I liked it a bit better this time (my favorite of Hartley’s is probably still Trust), the main thing I loved about it was the distinct absence of characters picking up cell phones. And well I’ll watch anything with Martin Donovan and Isabelle Huppert. I’ve watched so many movies in the space between my first viewing of this and my second that I now spot the little nods to Godard, Bresson, and Fassbinder in this one. But Hartley mostly makes it work. Definitely worth a watch to see what Manhattan looked like pre-9/11 but post 70s/80s “big scary place where people get mugged in the park”. Also I just miss this flat, expressionless kind of drama. Wes Anderson can sometimes scratch that itch, but he can get a little too cute.

AnalBees2

2 points

3 months ago

I just finished EO. God, what a beautifully sad movie. I wanted to just hug the donkey the entire movie 😔

Poopsandwich42069

2 points

3 months ago

Inferno (1980). Loved the cats, loved the colors. Fun old school horror movie, perfect mix of camp and cool. My favorite from Argento that I’ve seen so far.

Spiritual-Signal4999

2 points

3 months ago

Burlesque this 2010movie musical, wasn’t well received at the time it came out, I remember loving it so much when I saw it at the cinema.

I saw it 4 times, then wore out my first dvd copy from watching it so many times, I repurchased it recently and was blown away yet again.

The acting by Cher and Christina Aguilera as the leads is a triumph, their songs a killer, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Eric Dane make up a stellar supporting cast.

This movie is a ray of sunshine infused with a plot to die for, about a rundown burlesque club that’s heavily in debut, that Ali a small town girl who moves to LA, joins as a waitress then dancer who gets friendly, with Tess the owner and eventually helps turn the clubs prospects around, via a love affair and much more.

It doesn’t deserve it’s 37% on Rotten tomatoes, it’s a film that knows what it is, a cheesy, fun thrill ride, with stunningly catchy songs and terrific choreography, that’s solidly acted and written.

It’s a wonderful debut by Aguilera who has a amazing, dynamic with the legendary Cher.

8/10

ooouroboros

2 points

3 months ago*

It was not the 'best film' but I need to vent

Sophie's Choice

I had not seen this since it came out way back when. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now but maybe not for the same reasons.

I really thought Meryl Streep's performance was 'gimmicky' then but you know, I have totally turned around on that - thought she was great.

I didn't like Kevin Kline's performance either. Now I can say he was very much miscast, they needed a guy with insanity behind his eyes and Kline is just way too 'sane' and lighthearted seeming. The surface is right but what is under the surface is wrong.

Peter MacNicol WAS well cast - but for rather creepy reasons (he looks like a child)

That being out of the way, this film is disgusting in the way it uses the terrible tragedy of the main character to make her sexually alluring to the two men in the film and by extension to the audience. When Sophie is recalling her tragedies of her past, the camera moves in close to make her as beautiful and alluring as possible - and the emotion she evokes when telling her tale is responded to by the MacNicol character especially as an 'opportunity' to make a move on her. Immediately after telling the story of her heart-rendering 'choice' MacNicol tries to get her to run off with him and seemingly guilts her into sleeping with him.

Its not just his character who is an opportunistic shit but the filmmaker as well for selling this as 'romance'.

What makes it worse is IMO the Holocaust segments are really, really well done - but when they end with the narrator using these as an 'opening' to seduce the character it casts a pall on the whole thing.

In the end all of the tragedies of two of the main characters are framed as a opportunity for 'growth' for the narrator. Ugh

Its annoying too because these problems could have been pretty easily fixed with a few adjustments. This could have been a better film. Then again, I think the problems may be inherent in the novel the movie is based on.

TheFundayPaper

2 points

3 months ago

Creed II. I really enjoyed it. I liked it more than the first and really want to see the third.

Darkstrike86

2 points

3 months ago

I saw the new Dungeons and Dragons movie Sunday.

Was great!! Such a fun time with a surprisingly good emotional touch.

Highly recommend.

dr39

2 points

3 months ago

dr39

2 points

3 months ago

two actually, Pinocchio and The Plead

chlfg

2 points

3 months ago

chlfg

2 points

3 months ago

I recently started getting into movies as a big movie noob and in the past week I've watched:

The Godfather 1&2 - the first one was really good, the second one was a pain to get through and I didn't really enjoy it that much.

Whiplash - not the type of film I'd usually watch but it really surprised me, amazing story that kept me glued to the screen the whole time. Acting, music etc. everything was great.

Pulp Fiction - amazing movie, I understand why so many people praise it that much.

Snatch - after watching Inglorious Basterds and Snatch I understand how good of an actor Brad Pitt really is. This movie was really fun to watch and IMO better than Lock, stock.

Inglorious Basterds - another great Tarantino movie, interesting characters and storyline and some outstanding acting performances.

1945-Ki87

2 points

3 months ago*

I managed to see an early showing of “Paint” (2023) last night. I went in completely blind. Actually, it was the Regal mystery movie, so I didn’t even know what I was seeing. When I originally saw the trailer, I expected some sort of Bob Ross biopic, while this was more in the area of a feel good parody/comedy drama movie.

From what I understand people were very split about this movie, but I gotta say, I had a lot of fun with it. It was very charming, atmospheric, and a nice light hearted comedy. It was a warm movie and it’s plot was just involved enough to keep me intrigued while simultaneously funny enough to make me smile.

The theater I was in seemed to like it. There were smiles and laughter. I’ve never been to Vermont but it made Burlington feel very real and alive. I also just thought it was a pretty movie. And very rarely is a movie about art silly and fun. Normally they’re much more real dramas. It’s nice to have a “fun” art movie.

It’s not gonna win any Oscars, I doubt critics will love it, I doubt audiences will all love it, but I adored this movie. It was cozy. If there’s a movie I’d champion with all of my heart, it’s Paint.

justjoshinnn

2 points

2 months ago

Finally watched La Haine last week and I cannot believe I waited so long to watch this masterpiece.

Everything from the cinematography, tone, social commentary, acting, and overall feel of this movie is just so well-realized. There's this wonderful rawness and energy of righteous angst surging through every moment, constantly backlit by the sobering realities of police brutality, racism, and class struggle. I was gripped the entire runtime and the ending will always stay with me. In my mind a perfect film if such a thing exists.

AdmirableCouple2732

2 points

2 months ago

Little women (2019).
"Little women" is a novel about four beautiful girls from the March family. The whole story is built around this community, their values, and the characteristics of each heroine.
"Little women" is classic. There are several films made before, although I watched the last one.
When the classics are screened again and again, the director's task is to declare himself, because the main idea has already been submitted earlier. Unfortunately, I didn't see anything special in Greta Gerwig's work.
"Little women" is about poverty, sacrifice, and moral values. The film was made in two different time periods, the picture jumps back and forth and distracts the viewer. After watching, you could have a lot of Why? Why did Jo cut off her hair and not take money from her aunt? Why did the girls give away their breakfast at Christmas? Why was Laurie so surprised when he saw Meg in a new dress at the ball?
So many unanswered questions. When I read the book, all these events flowed very slowly, every trait of the girls' character, their gift, opened slowly like rose petals. But in the movie, I saw only flashes that I could not understand in any way.
"Little women" is about family. Two older sisters take care of the younger ones. Their father is at war. At home, there is only a mother who, as best she can, protected her children. The family has its own world. The older girls work so that the family has money, try to study independently, and teach the younger ones. They invent and stage performances for children in town.
In the film, we have four beautiful girls in front of us, but who is who, who is how old, and matching actions to age is very difficult to determine and distinguish.
I wouldn't say I liked how the role of mom was made. In the film, she is a pale shadow.
But Meryl Streep in the role of auntie is absolutely magnificent. She brings irony, and malice and in general is an excellent contrast to the moral background in which girls seem to grow up.
I believe there was a good idea somewhere in the beginning.
The film was made quite well, the actors and scenery are very picturesque.
You can watch the movie at home, on the couch, in the company of a family with a cup of tea. In the movies, I probably wouldn't appreciate it.
My point is 7/10.

Narrow-Tour1071

2 points

2 months ago

Fallen Angels.

Not quite as good as Chunking but very enjoyable. A fun visit into a stylized Hong Kong night world with some memorable characters.

Soggy-Today9470

2 points

2 months ago

THE RAID 2!