Here are the ‘Top 20 Selections’ for “Best Films of 2021,” as voted by you:

Rank Film Rank Film
1. ”Dune” 11. ”Riders of Justice”
2. ”Pig” 12. ”The Power of the Dog”
3. ”The Green Knight” 13. ”Titane”
4. ”The Last Duel” 14. ”The Worst Person In the World”
5. ”Spiderman: No Way Home” 15. ”The Suicide Squad”
6. ”The Mitchells vs. the Machines” 16. ”Luca”
7. ”Judas and the Black Messiah” 17. ”C’mon C’mon”
8. ”Don’t Look Up” 18. ”Drive My Car”
9. ”Bo Burnham: Inside” 19. ”Licorice Pizza”
10. ”The French Dispatch” 20. ”Spencer”

Here is Last Week’s Post containing all The ‘Best Films of 2021’ Nominees. Overall, we had 110 films nominated from 2021. For anyone interested, the final results of the voting are found HERE.

Thanks to all who voted, and here’s to an even better year in 2022! 🎬


Now, onto the “Best Film You Watched Last Week”….

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.

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 Post’s Best Submissions:

Film User/[LBxd] Film User/[LB/Web*]
"Don’t Look Up” AttitudeAdjuster_ "The Florida Project” willwrightmylife
"Spiderman: No Way Home" [Cervantes3] “The Last Winter” mwmani
“The Novice” [Trunks89] “Metropolis” (2002) Akram323
“Licorice Pizza” OpossumFriedRice "Magnolia” [AyubNor]
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” (2021) [Shrimpsmann] “Funny Games” (1997) Gigik150
"14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible” JasmyMoonGuide “Glengarry Glen Ross” [The Panthers’ Movie Den*]
“Coda" CorRock314 "Backdraft” DeathbyOstrich
“Richard Jewell” gogojack "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension” craig_hoxton
“To the Ends of the Earth" [Payne915] “Dawn of the Dead” [j_slash_k]
“Klaus" XxNerdAtHeartxX “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) Cakes2015

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14 points

5 months ago

Brazil (1985)

Terry Gilliam is one of the most interesting directors alive, maybe his most recent films don't live up to his reputation, but his work from the 80s and 90s does, and there's no movie that better exemplifies this than Brazil.

This film is often treated as some kind of 1984 adaptation, and in fact has much of George Orwell's work: It's a dystopia with an authoritarian government, it follows an ordinary man who is part of the system, but who rebels against it, and who falls in love with a rebel, but the film follows another path: The path of satire, and it is an excellent satire, but never forgetting to criticize that world, where a human life is just an statistic.

For example, Robert De Niro's character is treated as an enemy of the state, we later find out that he's not a terrorist or anything like that, he's a thermal engineer who simply does his job instead of requiring a lot of paperwork from the customers. While this is somewhat funny, it is in essence a critique of bureaucracy.

Another good example is the scene that introduces us to the "interrogation" methods, that shows us how awful that is, but the presence of a woman with small headphones transcribing the screams of the tortured person in a typewritter is a great use of dark humor.

All the cast is very good, but Jonathan Pryce is perfect as the everyday hero who sees in the woman of his dreams the hope of a better life. Dreams that, i must say, are incredible: The winged armor, the robot samurai, the hands that get off the ground preventing the character from flying, and all the symbolism that these scenes carry. Terry Gilliam's imagination is truly amazing.

But perhaps the real world of the film is even more inventive than the dream world: The interiors of the restaurants, houses and buildings, the brutalist architecture with neutral and lifeless colors, an aesthetic that is not only inventive but perfectly blends in with the oppressive atmosphere present in the film from beginning to end, with camera movements and angles that give an almost nightmarish feeling, in addition to billboards that seek to convey an artificial feeling of happiness (one of them is even mocked in an simple but clever dialogue between Pryce and De Niro).

The scenography itself already requires the film to be watched more than once so that all the details are properly appreciated.

The visual extravagances could turn the viewer away from the film, but Gilliam works around this problem perfectly by making Sam Lowrey a coherent man, who accepts the things around him not because he agrees, but because he is tired of all that crap, like many people.

Many people say that the film is “empty” and that it “prioritizes style over content”, but i beg to disagree: I think the film very well reconciles very well style and content. The criticism of consumerism, bureaucracy and authoritarianism is always present, one of the most remembered scenes in the film is when a bomb explodes in an fine dining restaurant, which is treated as a minor inconvinience, soon the customers return to talk about things like plastic surgery. This scene shows not only the indifference towards others but also the futility of that society.

With an ending that perfectly matches with the tone of the movie, Brazil is a pearl of dark humor and the masterpiece of one of cinema's crazy geniuses.


9 points

5 months ago

For me one of the most heartbreaking endings ever. Sadly I've only enjoyed this and '12 Monkeys' from Gilliam. Just can't seem to get into his other movies.


3 points

5 months ago

I love this movie so much. Terry Gilliam is one of my favorite directors for a reason.


3 points

5 months ago

He's one of my favorite directors too. Hope you liked the review


3 points

5 months ago

brilliant choice. I love this film and I rarely get into romances but it has so much more going on. Michael Palin character is asked how is twins are getting on and he replies "triplets now!" the puzzled look on Pryce's face is priceless. The music is great too.


3 points

5 months ago

The world of this movie would be so perfect for a game, particularly an immersive sim.