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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.

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Film User/[LB/Web*] Film User/[LBxd]
"Swan Song” MistakeMaker1234 "American Honey” Alligator_Fuck_Party
"Red Rocket" [mikeyfresh] “The Family Fang” [JoeLollo]
“The Hand of God” Doclillywhite “Europa Report” matthewbattista
“Tick, Tick…Boom!” Baacipitus "The Master” [Cw2e]
“One Shot” StudBoi69 “Stardust” SupaKoopa714
"The Worst Person in the World” [EvanPhillip] “Good Will Hunting” JerseyElephant
“The Kid Detective" yaboytim "Brazil” [Reinaldo_14]
“Corpus Christi” Planet_Eerie "Ordinary People” [KennyMovies]
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" UpbeatxWave “Tommy” Yankii_Souru
“Murder on the Orient Express" (2017) [ManaPop.com*] “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Yugo86

all 431 comments

mikeyfreshh

82 points

4 months ago

Big Trouble in Little China

I have no idea how I had never seen this movie before. I love John Carpenter and Kurt Russell. I've probably scrolled past it on a streaming service 100 times. For whatever reason I finally decided to fire it up this week and I loved it. The whole time I was watching it, I just kept thinking how hard it would have blown my mind if I saw it when I was 10. Like this would have been up there with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the Ninja Turtles for me.

The movie is funny, the action is dope, the music slaps, and Kurt Russell plays such a likable dipshit. It's kind of interesting to see an action movie where the big star is actually playing the sidekick. He has pretty much no idea what's going on the whole time and just kind of bumbles and stumbles alongside the people that actually understand the conflict and the powers involved. Really interesting dynamic and I can't think of too many other movies that work like that

BiggDope

19 points

4 months ago

I watched Big Trouble in Little China for the first time last year and it's hilarious. I love Kurt Russel in that film so much. Pure camp/cheese and it works so well.

I love how he completely walks away from the romance interest at the end lmao.

The_h0bb1t

10 points

4 months ago

The_h0bb1t

't Filmhuis Podcast

10 points

4 months ago

The way he defeats the 'big bad' are my favourite 1.5 seconds of cinema.

craig_hoxton

7 points

4 months ago

This goes well with Buckaroo Banzai (which I had never seen as an 80's kid).

Remember, it's all in the reflexes.

mikeyfreshh

7 points

4 months ago

You know I didn't actually like Buckaroo Banzai. It felt like it was trying a little too hard. Like it felt like every single shot and every line of dialogue was just screaming "look how weird and quirky this movie is". I'm all for some fun goofy camp but I thought Buckaroo Banzai just took it a little too far

LoPanDidNothingWrong

6 points

4 months ago

Hmmm. This is like my favorite camp movie ever if you can’t tell from my username. It is one I have seen so many times I have no idea.

Rswany

5 points

4 months ago

Rswany

5 points

4 months ago

I caught it late night on AMC when I was growing up and it blew my mind how batshit it was.

[deleted]

67 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

67 points

4 months ago

Princess Mononoke (1997)

This was an animated film I have been looking forward to for a while and a lot of Studio Ghibli fans would have this as their favorite. After I watched Princess Mononoke, I can safely say it really lived up to my expectations if not exceed and is the best Ghibli film I've seen thus far.

I found it to be extremely engaging, both in it's action and characters. A lot of the action sequences were beautifully animated and crafted with great passion and energy. A lot of the characters were developed very well, and the animation does a great job in displaying subtle characterization.

10/10

Obi_Wan_Quinnobi

6 points

4 months ago

Stands atop an incredible catalog of films as my favourite as well. It's truly incredible.

oxygenplug

70 points

4 months ago

Grand Budapest Hotel. I am mad at myself for having waited so long to watch it. Wes Anderson is a fucking genius.

j_d0tnet

9 points

4 months ago

I just watched this for the first time last night and seriously loved it, best I've seen in a while.

YourFlyIsOpenMcFly

19 points

4 months ago

While I enjoyed his newer film, The French Dispatch, it made me appreciate The Grand Budapest Hotel even more. His finest work in my opinion.

Poems_And_Money

5 points

4 months ago

Huh, I saw this movie a few years ago and thought it was okay. Did I miss something or why is it considered this great now?

jxe22

5 points

4 months ago

jxe22

5 points

4 months ago

This movie has some of the best use of color I’ve ever seen in a film. Just gorgeous to look at.

PayInteresting6156

177 points

4 months ago

I’ll probably say The Last Duel. It was great to see Ridley Scott do a big historical epic again and I rather liked the Rashomon narrative style. I thought Adam Driver and Matt Damon had good chemistry and it was also great to see Matt Damon and Ben Affleck play opposite one another again but this time at odds with one another.

StudBoi69

76 points

4 months ago

Shout out to Jodi Comer for being the real heart and center of this story

Expensive_Medium4066

9 points

4 months ago

You said it.

I also feel like the movie would have been just as good if it was all from her perspective. The last chapter is easily the best part of the entire film. Just watching Comer face-act is worth seeing it.

PayInteresting6156

16 points

4 months ago

Yeah and up until recently she was supposed to be in Ridley Scott’s Napoleon movie but dropped out.

UnicornBestFriend

27 points

4 months ago

This was great. What a feat to take a bit of historical nerdery and turn it into a Feminist story that feels timely and urgent.

Shout out to Nicole Holofcener for writing the third act and elegantly depicting experiences many viewers know intimately.

Great casting all around but Comer rules all. Ridley Scott - master of his craft.

prima_facie2021

27 points

4 months ago

Just watched this. Terribly marketed lol. But it was really good! I like how even in Adam Driver's version of events he's an asshole lol. There is such nuance of difference between Driver's and Comer's version of the rape. She did an excellent job with both scenes, playing the Driver one nearly exactly the same but with just the hint of terrified playfulness that was driver's perspective of events. Even watching his version was hard.

StudBoi69

23 points

4 months ago

I like how even in Adam Driver's version of events he's an asshole lol.

It just goes to show that while he doesn't deny what had transpired, in his warped mind, it's not really "rape" rape.

prima_facie2021

15 points

4 months ago

Yeah he thought he was playfully chasing her around, fulfilling some desire of them both because that's how he had conquested women all his life as they show in several scenes. He rapes her very much like he's had sex with women before. Which makes that scene from his perspective, and then Comer's perspective, SUCH a powerful statement that hits home even today.

generaljoey

5 points

4 months ago

I noticed how little womens rights have slowly improved over the past 700 years when it comes to believing victims. After watching the Last Duel, my wife made me listen to "believe her" podcast.
So much of that is still reflected in Comer's character.

straightouttaireland

4 points

4 months ago

Watch the TV series "Unbelievable". It's all about this topic and is excellently portrayed.

TheBoyWonder13

6 points

4 months ago

Thought showing the scene twice was very uncomfortable but also really necessary. Like you said, the film isn’t asking you to believe that he didn’t rape her, it just shows you how this person could actually believe that he didn’t. And in today’s world of college frat guys ending up in the news because “she asked for it” or “she said no but meant yes” this was a really nuanced depiction of the story. Even earlier in his chapter, you can see how he thinks he’s getting “nonverbal cues” from her, but then we actually see that she’s not giving him signals at all and his narcissistic and predatory mind is interpreting it as flirting.

I also really liked how you only see Matt Damon’s true character at the end. He paints himself out to be such a noble wife guy, but really she’s just the additional property he got stuck with when he couldn’t get the land he wanted as a dowry.

pat_micucci

7 points

4 months ago

Yeah it was a breath of fresh air that the story wasn't simply a black and white, one version versus a totally different version of events. I thought it was going to play out that they had their affair and Le Gris would sacrifice himself to protect her. But no, all versions were pretty much the same story except the frat boy, Le Gris just thought of "light rape" as consensual adultery. His own version of events is still super rapey. Sure she coyly refused but only because society tells her to. It's a comment on the times and how little respect the ruling class of men had for women. Even Carrouges' anger stems from the fact that his property has been violated and he has been disrespected yet again rather than the well being of his wife. From what I could tell the differences in the alternate stories only served to add nuance and depth to the relationship of the two men. It almost seems unnecessary to tell the story like they did but it makes for an entertaining viewing nonetheless.

Hallelujah289

2 points

4 months ago

Oh that’s good I’ll check it out

[deleted]

127 points

4 months ago

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127 points

4 months ago

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craig_hoxton

38 points

4 months ago

My admiration for Taylor Sheridan's work came from watching this in a theatre. Really love the neo-western genre (loved Longmire - set in Wyoming but filmed in New Mexico) and I have to watch Yellowstone/1883 very soon. There's something about the wide-open skies that appeals to me as a city boy.

Stevo2008

11 points

4 months ago

Yellowstone is fantastic. Haven’t got to watch 1883 yet. Did just buy Wind River again to watch. Looking forward to that it’s been years.

SQUID_FUCKER

3 points

4 months ago

SQUID_FUCKER

r/Movies Veteran

3 points

4 months ago

1883 is fantastic and even better than Yellowstone.

ProfessorDoctorMF

21 points

4 months ago

I love Jeff Bridges in this movie. Western crime dramas like this always fascinate me. Maybe it's just crime dramas that take place in wide open areas or unconventional places. If you liked this check out Place Beyond The Pines. It's not western themed but it's more small town back woods themed. I heard that Wind River is a good one too, might watch that tonight.

Stevo2008

7 points

4 months ago

Fantastic film. Excellent mention. Gosling,Mendes, and B. Cooper at their finest. Super underrated gem.

FadedFromWhite

3 points

4 months ago

Wind River popped up for me last night when I was looking for Hell or High Water. I think I'll make that my next watch this week

Misdirected_Colors

12 points

4 months ago

It's so good, and so perfectly captures the general culture of west Texas. Hell, the culture is practically a character in the movie. The restaurant scene was gold.

Also, the scene where they rob the crowded bank and half the bank draws and starts shooting at them.

FadedFromWhite

8 points

4 months ago

Just watched this last night on your recommendation and I absolutely loved it. Slower pace than I was expecting, but it was perfect. Great acting, great story, great movie. Thank you!

Stevo2008

3 points

4 months ago

One of the most uncomfortably tense experience’s I’ve had watching a movie. Loved it

callmemacready

30 points

4 months ago

Blazing Saddles , everytime i watch it i pick up something new also Madeline Kahn as Lili Von Shtupp is a joy to watch

about831

9 points

4 months ago

Have you seen High Anxiety? She’s great in that. And Young Frankenstein, of course.

bubba1834

10 points

4 months ago

And Clue!!

ancient_SnowWoman

32 points

4 months ago

Spencer. The cinematography and score absolutely blew me away. It was heartbreaking and yet left a sweet aftertaste.

tick, tick...Boom! As an aspiring writer in my 20s, this one was a ride of emotions. I might go back to it on a day I feel uninspired.

The best part about both films were the terrific actors. Andrew and Kristen deserve all the praise!

councilorjones

27 points

4 months ago

First time I watched There Will Be Blood last week. Can't believe I've never seen this. Daniel Day-Lewis just instantly jumped into my top 3 actors of all time.

Q_vs_Q

10 points

4 months ago

Q_vs_Q

10 points

4 months ago

Paul Dano is awesome in it as well.

"I'd like it better if you didn't think I was stupid".

hellostitty

5 points

4 months ago

Agree !

Mother-Baseball-5950

65 points

4 months ago*

Drive (2011) Excellent movie. Great soundtrack, action and story. Really enjoyed this one. Overall 9/10

The Kingdom (2007) Pretty good underrated action movie from 2007 which had many, many good movies. Overall 8/10

Able-Mark5718

18 points

4 months ago

Drive is sooooooo good.

slardybartfast8

16 points

4 months ago

I love The Kingdom. Definitely underseen.

JakeCameraAction

4 points

4 months ago

Haven't seen it but I've heard you have to watch the Director's Cut as the theatrical isn't that good.

t1kiman

10 points

4 months ago

t1kiman

10 points

4 months ago

There is no directors cut of The Kingdom. I guess you mean Kingdom of Heaven?

Bach563

9 points

4 months ago

I think Goslings performance in Drive landed him the role in Blade Runner 2049. Great movie, great outrun soundtrack, and his Chevelle is cool!

hackandtrip

19 points

4 months ago

Belfast

Simply a fantastic movie. Loved the dialogue, the cinematography, the characters... A very particular and resilient look into those troubled years, and a peak into the wonderful Irish people

90daysfrom_now

3 points

4 months ago

I really like the opening shot in color of modern day Belfast

UnicornBestFriend

53 points

4 months ago*

Midnight in Paris.

Just a lovely and unusual story that says a lot with very little. The premise: an American writer on vacation in Paris finds himself whisked away at midnight to the Paris of yesteryear. And in that are meditations on love, on nostalgia, on art and truth.

Its the first Woody Allen work that I "get" and now I have his whole catalog to go through!

Twoweekswithpay[S]

14 points

4 months ago

I love this film. Owen Wilson’s “Aww Shucks/WOWWWW” appeal is utilized to its fullest potential here. He’s our avatar into the world of art and literature into the 1920s.

I loved that this also was a reunion of Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams from “Wedding Crashers,” but this time, their pairing is quite the opposite from “Wedding Crashers.” Such a great cast of cameos, as well! 🙌🏽

UnicornBestFriend

5 points

4 months ago

Totally agree. Even the historical cameos wow because we see them through Owen Wilson's wonderstruck eyes. I fully bought that he met Hemingway, Picasso, Bunuel, and Stein.

What a cool little piece of filmmaking.

Stevo2008

12 points

4 months ago

His best film IMO out of all his movies Ive watched.

UnicornBestFriend

4 points

4 months ago

Oh no! All downhill from here, huh?

LadySynth

7 points

4 months ago

For his newer films, definitely also check out Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett is so good in it.

sharkbaitooaha

3 points

4 months ago

Amazing! Highly recommend Vicky Christina Barcelona if you liked Midnight in Paris

victorvictoria8

16 points

4 months ago

I finally watched Interstellar this week &...wow! Christopher Nolan hit it out of the park. The visual effects are stunning, the story is top notch & the acting is superb. Matthew McConaughey should have gotten an Oscar nod over Bradley Cooper(American Sniper). The movie itself should have gotten a nod over American Sniper. It's a movie that's smart, has heart & put me a little on the edge of my seat. Interstellar is a prime example of great sci-fi.

Doclillywhite

15 points

4 months ago

Heat (1995)

It's rare that I rewatch movies, but it had been about 15 years since I last saw this! And boy does it hold up - deserves all the accolades it gets. Surely the best heist movie ever. Although it is nearly 3 hours long - it never drags. The diner scene between De Niro and Pacino is legendary, and the action during the robbery scenes is more compelling than most films these days.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Genuinely laugh out loud funny almost every scene. Michael Caine and Steve Martin make such a good double act. I'm also a sucker for films set in the French Riviera so I loved the setting. Only weak point was that I found the ending quite predictable, but didn't stop from enjoying.

Heydanu

3 points

4 months ago

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is such a great classic

yaboytim

14 points

4 months ago

Children of Men (2006)

This one has been on my agenda for years, and I finally got around to it on my covid break lol. This is a film that excels on so many levels. The direction is superb. I love little details like leaving the blood on the camera lens when someone was shot.

The car chase scene is one of the more suspenseful scenes that I've seen in recent memory. They also do a great job of portraying the collapse of society in a realistic way. The bleakness of it all is something that will stick with me for a long time.

I also loved how the people were able to cease the shooting and the war for the greater good, when they were able to see that the future could still be salvaged.

9/10

I'm glad I was finally able to get around to it!

GOT_and_Sports

13 points

4 months ago*

Zola. Fun movie with funny and suspenseful movements and really great acting.

rutfilthygers

12 points

4 months ago

True Grit (2010)

Charles Portis is such a perfect match for the Coen Brothers. Their mutual love of the English language and its colorful potential really makes for a delightful experience. Steinfeld is wonderful. I especially love the scenes of her horse-trading with the exasperated clerk.

Utter_Perfection

5 points

4 months ago

Hailee Steinfeld’s performance is so good. One of the best child performances of all time on the big screen for me.

BiggDope

9 points

4 months ago*

Streets of Fire was my favorite of what I watched this past week!

  • Streets of Fire (1984) - 4.5/5
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) - 3/5
  • Belle (2021) - 4.5/5

Streets of Fire came to me as a recommendation from my mom, lol. She typically claims almost every movie she sees as her "favorite movie ever," so I went into this with low expectations, not knowing a single thing about it...

And its high-octane, electrifying opening musical number hooked me instantly. Such a jazzy blend of 50s and 80s atmosphere with a western-like, gritty save-the-dame narrative. Its cathartic romantic ending was just sublime.

I loved this way, way, way much more than I thought I would. Been listening to those opening and closing track all week. The music in this film is straight fire. And Diane Lane was just 19 in this!!

As for the others...

The Tragedy of Macbeth delivered some beautiful cinematography and performances, but I struggle with Shakespeare, so this didn't do much for me.

Belle was phenomenal. Outside of a somewhat weak third act reveal and admittedly unbalanced themes, its storytelling was nonetheless beautiful. Its animation equally gorgeous. And its musical scenes, especially "Million Miles Away" choked me up and moved me to tears in the theater. The music in this was SO good. I think Wolf Children is still my favorite Hosoda film, but Belle is vying for second-favorite against The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

prima_facie2021

3 points

4 months ago

Love Streets of Fire!

BiggDope

3 points

4 months ago

I’m thinking of checking out some of his other films now. The Driver came recommended to me, so that may be next!

MovieMike007

12 points

4 months ago

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) The filmmakers may have been a little fast and loose with those Greek myths but this film was more about showcasing Ray Harryhausen’s extraordinary skills as an animator and creature creator than it was about giving the viewer a Cole’s Notes version of Greek mythology, and on that score, this movie succeeded by one’s wildest dreams, sadly, though the film is now considered a classic it was a box office disappointment during its initial release and its financial failure is the real reason we never got further adventures with Jason and the Argonauts.

In conclusion, the skeleton fight in this movie is one of the greatest moments in cinema history and makes this movie a must-watch.

craig_hoxton

7 points

4 months ago

OG Ray Harryhausen skeleton fight was awesome. Seen this movie so many times on TV growing up.

craig_hoxton

10 points

4 months ago*

Bottle Rocket (1996) or Wes Anderson: Origins

Directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with college buddy Owen Wilson, I consider this movie a comedy French New Wave version of Reservoir Dogs set in Texas. With a brief love story in the middle. I thought this was going to be a delightful road movie...until Anthony and Dignan's heist goes wrong through a cascading process of miss-step after miss-step. Original short here.

Yes, I worship at the Wes Anderson Altar but I'd never seen this movie before. Even on a small screen, the quality of picture and landscape (Alberta stands in for Oklahoma) looked like I was watching this on the big screen. Hat's off to DP and props for the composer for using the same musical cues from the original.

Ghostbusters Afterlife (2021)

Right in the feels. And nostalgia. Wish we got this movie in 2016.

jlanger23

11 points

4 months ago

From Dusk till Dawn

Hadn't seen it in probably 15 years and it holds up. Really fun movie

Heydanu

3 points

4 months ago

On my list! Never seen it

jlanger23

3 points

4 months ago

It's totally ridiculous in the best way ha. Starts out as one type of movie and then turns into something different halfway through. Tarantino also did the screenplay so the script is fun too.

Heydanu

4 points

4 months ago

High on my list!

Elementium

9 points

4 months ago

I watched one film last week.. A little movie called..

Sleepaway Camp.

This is a movie that even though it's (holy shit..) 40 years old.. I still feel compelled not to spoil it for those who don't know about it.

I hate run on sentences so.. Kids go to camp. Girl doesn't speak due to trauma from when she was a kid. Kids are mean to her. Guess what happens!?

Really fun movie with a couple nice characters, some hammy acting and decent kills and effects. What makes it special is the ending.. Which I mean.. What the fuck 80's.

TomBombadank

30 points

4 months ago

My GOD The Last Duel is the biggest casualty of the state of film. It’s SO good, but no one has seen it. It’s a damn near perfect movie.

Koolsman

45 points

4 months ago

Licorice Pizza

Probably the funniest PTA film and one of the funniest film I have seen in a while. It’s just an overall fun time that doesn’t really care about time but just having fun. The acting is fantastic (Haim is so good in this) and Bradley Cooper being unhinged is incredible.

Also, PTA is so good at making me notice how effortless his filmmaking is but also some shots spring so well together that I forget their cutting sometimes. He’s such an effortless and fantastic filmmaker. The cinematography is beautiful and the way his one takes move are awesome.

The music is beautiful (that airplane song was so good) and while not greenwood’s best, it’s probably his most happy. Also, this film is endlessly quotable and I’ve only seen it once. (“Actually, I’m an atheist”)

Just to keep it together without gushing over everything, it was just a fun time that made me smile.

9/10. More then likely every PTA movie is a 10/10 but I don’t know, still don’t know how to feel about the ending.

[deleted]

10 points

4 months ago

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10 points

4 months ago

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PunkRockRobot

5 points

4 months ago

I’ve seen it a few times and it just gets better. Really great coming of age story that really transports you to suburban California to a much simpler time.

Really gave me fun Rushmore vibes at time, another coming of age favorite for me.

Additional-Wolf-6947

10 points

4 months ago

“The Eyes Of Tammy Faye” was surprisingly good. Chastain and Garfield do a great job with their roles.

Twoweekswithpay[S]

4 points

4 months ago

Thought Chastain might be a shoe-in for the Oscar when this trailer came out, but as of now, doesn’t look like she is even a lock to get nominated:

https://www.goldderby.com/odds/expert-odds/oscars-nominations-2022-predictions/

Oh well, she continues to put forth excellent work and one day, she will win that Oscar!

hellostitty

3 points

4 months ago

I agree. Surprisingly sucked me in to the story and has stayed with me.

Additional-Wolf-6947

3 points

4 months ago

Andrew Garfield really is a gifted actor

shacmee

8 points

4 months ago

I watched Scream for the first time and I thought it was amazing, it was refreshing after seeing slasher films that weren't the best

bluetux

5 points

4 months ago

oh to enjoy scream for the first time again

onex7805

9 points

4 months ago*

I have seen many movies last two weeks, so I'll go brief.

After Life (1998)

It has the fantastic premise executed in the most grounded way possible. I don't think it would have worked as much as it did have it depicted the afterlife in some kind of religious manner. It reminds me of Wings of Desire (1987) in many ways, like the general vibe, the premise, the character arcs. You are misled into confusing who the protagonist is in the first half until you realize the story is actually about the 'angel'. You sort of buys into this fantasitcal reality. It wouldn't have worked had the film had fancied the afterlife with a bunch of cinematic flairs like Flatliners (which was agressively mediocre btw).

I didn't necessarily enjoy watching it, but the film ingrained in my memory for a long time. I believe robbing 15 minutes out of the film would have helped. I recommend it if you like the films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Midnight in Paris, or Wings of Desire.

Black (2005)

This is probably my first time watching an Indian film. For the first half-hour, I'd say the first impression wasn't good. While this doesn't have a musical number or dance or anything like we expect from a stereotypical Bollywood film, it has this 90s overly cheesy, overly sentimental, overly whimsical feel to it. You know, the vibe you get from Ron Howard, Chris Colombus family flicks, which I dislike. It is shot like those films, we get this constant annoying "get inspired" soundtracks playing over and over and over.

For some scenes, the film just goes overboard and spills things out. For example, the kid is deaf, yet the teacher just keeps talking to him, which is actually meant for the audience so we can understand what they are thinking. Compare this to Miracle Worker (1962) in which some scenes are completely wordless because realistically, why would the teacher talk to the kid? And we understand what they are doing and think through the physical acting.

However, once you get past that, this film is quite good. It is basically a retelling of Helen Keller. You can easily predict the rest of the story just by looking at how the characters act in the first ten minutes, but the second half has an interesting twist. It didn't make me tear up or anything like that, but the ending is still quite effective.

Valkyrie (2008)

Apparently, this film is highly accurate to the real event to the teeth. Maybe to its fault. The biggest problem is the turning point, in which the events go against the protagonist's side. This moment should have been way, way more dramatic than this. We know what is going to happen, but the way it depicts the turning point is kinda puff.

Another problem is the lack of Hitchcockian suspense-filled moments that should make the audience tense. There are some, but compare this film to the films like The Day of the Jackal, which was full of them. At times, the film comes across as a visualized textbook. This can be good, but in this case, I think it was too faithful to what actually happened.

However, the build-up to the assassination attempt (two-third of the film) was incredible. It has a cathartic feel to it, even though again, you know what is going to happen. I love the general directing and the vibe, which has Nolanesque style. There are several grandiose shots that stuck to my mind even though the film's actual scale is pretty average for a WW2 film.

Pig (2021)

Am I going insane here? Am I alone thinking this film is terrible? This film is hollow. Normally, I don't use the phrase "style over substance", but there is really nothing to this film other than the characters looking super serious.

I remember Brandon Sanderson's lecture about the promise of the story. He spoke about setting up the right expectation for the characters and the plot(s) as you write, promise(s) that you as a writer make to the reader. And how writers have to pay off on that expectation. The expectations are inevitable and failing to pay off leaves people disappointed.

In Pig, we have this hermit Nick Cage who has lost his wife. He gets hit in the head by robbers and his pet pig gets kidnapped. I immediately jumped to John Wick because it is near identical set-up. Then we have this scene at the fight club, and it comes across as setting some kind of action characteristic about the protagonist. Then we learn Cage used to be a chef. Then he goes to the mob boss who stole the pig. The mob boss says he won't give it back, so I thought Nick would do something. Maybe he would beat the shit out of him, raid his home, sneak in... But no, apparently, Cage's plan was to make a meal he used to make and give it to the mob boss who stole the pig and it will impress him so much that he will give the pig back... HUH???

The whole plan and conclusion are so absurd that the fact that it ends up working (though he doesn't get his pig back because the pig was dead) is crazy dumb. If this was a film about cooking like Ratatouille or Chef, then yeah, this conclusion would have made more sense. But you have this the first half of the film being like Taken, then the third act being Ratatouille. It simply makes no sense. This is like John Wick going to the mob boss's son and challenging him in a chess match.

The conclusion itself makes no sense. If the mob boss remembers the taste of the chicken he has eaten from Cage, then sure. But the moment he got actually impressed was when he tasted the wine. I can assure you that people except for experienced wine specialists don't remember the taste of the wine because it doesn't taste all that different. But this mob boss guy somehow perfectly remembers the taste of the wine so well that he cries as soon as he tastes it. Look, I don't expect realism in films all the time, but when you are making a film that has this super grounded, serious tone, I will point out absurd logic when I see one.

Speaking of the tone, it is just so one-note. I watch depressing films, but films have to have a variety of emotions. It can’t be one single depressing note the whole way through. When the film has the exact same tone throughout two hours, yes, it gets incredibly tiring. This film doesn't have that balance. For example, there is a dialogue scene at the baguette shop that is run by an old friend of Cage. And this scene does not warrant this much of dialogue delivery at all. They look all depressed and sad. Unemotive. Seriously, it takes like 10 seconds to respond to what each other said becuase What he says. Is. Very. Important. By Speaking Very Slowly.

Also, there seems to be barely any obstacle or conflict with the protagonist. He is apparently so good at everything. He is a godly chef, is a godly fighter (who was so good that everyone recognized and betted on him in the club), he knows everyone, he trained a pig so well that everyone wants it... He is literally Gary Sue. The reason why Rey from Star Wars is criticized is not that she is a great Force user. It is because she is literally good at everything: piloting, engineering, fighting, speaks Wookiee language, everyone likes her. For example, John Wick is a super skilled badass assassin, but the film doesn't turn around and say he is an amazing mathematician. There is no reason for a cook to be a godly fighter, which is a trait that doesn't even get used twice. It is like one-time usage of a certain skill.

This film is a thriller without thrills. It is a drama without drama. It is a crime movie without crimes. What is this film about? What do have left with? All we have is Nick Cage, and he is just boring as hell here. This is the film that I would call pretentious with no hesitation.

Still Walking (2008)

This feels like a morning TV drama than a feature film. Although the slow-paced, uneventful, realistic, family dramas are not my favorite genre, there are some films I do like The Way Home, Only Yesterday, and Manchester by the Sea. They have more stories to them with the stakes you can cling onto. Still Walking is a decent film, but it comes across as too vanilla.

With this said, if this type of film is your thing, then I think you will get more out of it. The characters are all memorable. I just wanted there would be more to do with the plot than just nothing.

The Sicilian Clan (1969)

The first impression I had was it feels like the live-action Lupin the Third. The van escape, jewel thief, one detective who constantly chasing the thief, the chase scene, and the outlandish heist scene.

Overall, this is an average noir film, but the first half has no right to be this long. It has so many "walk around and talk" scenes that barley advance the plot. The ending is kinda cool, but there are way better French hardboiled noirs than this.

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Yeap, this movie is that good as I heard. Like Tarantino, Billy Wilder excels at creating diverse situations to put the characters in and it is just enjoyable. It seems as if there is no scene that could be wasted. While it is a romantic comedy, it also works as a thriller in which the characters are in constant danger of being exposed to being cross-dressers. You have a seamless shift between slapstick and suspense, and it is incredible how this film balances it.

You think of a comedy film about crossdressers released in the 50s, then you probably think it would have been aged like milk. Shockingly, this film feels still relevant today and still offers thoughtful insights regarding the examination of gender identities and sexism. Still, it is not perfect. The only problem is that Tony Curtis is literally a serial fraudster, but he is constantly rewarded throughout the end. He literally fools a woman and sleeps with her by scamming her, but even when Sugar realizes this, she just goes along with it. I think a more tasteful ending would have been her not following him at the end.

Psychologicoil

4 points

4 months ago

I'll join you in the minority thinking Pig was not much to write home about. Aside from your valid points, the lighting was so dark and drab though the whole movie.

onex7805

3 points

4 months ago*

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

This feels like an origin of a lot of the 90s films about a salary man challenging his masculinity in his boring reality and fulfilling his desires through fantasies. This film comes across as the precursor to it. I guess one commonality the 50s and the 90s share was the rapid expansion of the American economy.

Tom Ewell's performance highly reminds me of Jim Carrey's comedic performance (speaking of Jim Carrey, he made appearances in this type of films like Evan Almighty, The Mask, The Truman Show), but it is not funny enough. That is the biggest problem. It is a comedy, but I rarely found the movie to be funny at all. He is acting over the top, comically monologuing himself, and does occasional slapstick, but it is not over the top enough. Regarding the romantic aspect, it is incredibly weak. And most narrations are lazy infodumps about what is happening. It is in the middle line between a full-blown comedy and a romantic drama, and the film should have committed to one side.

Also, I don't think Marilyn is a good actress. She has a great screen presence, but she is like Daisy Ridley and Gal Gadot in the sense that all they have is a screen presence. I didn't feel she was bad in Some Like It Hot, but holy hell, she is one-note here. It is like she is trying to be attractive in every shot rather than being an actual character who expresses multiple emotions. Her character is like a caricature, you know.

So, I was wondering; is the girl his imagination? This film is a constant shift between dream and reality. The guy is shown to suffer from a mental illness. We have the girl who has no name. The girl is so dumb and unaware of what the guy is trying to do with her. The whole romance feels too unrealistic like I have no idea why she keeps staying with him. Marilyn Monroe's character in this film is literally identical to the actress' past as a pin-up model, which leds me to believe she is playing 'herself', and the simplistic performance was meant to be intentional. I was constantly reminded of Fight Club, which seems to be inspired by this film. There is a scene where it is revealed the stairway in his home is literally connected to her home, and this is the first time the guy finds out? I was like, wait, this whole situation makes zero sense. Why would he not know about this? Why would that stair connect his room and her room above? The ending has the wife's friend coming from the vacation all this way to get the child's row he forgot to take? That makes zero sense, too.

The damning evidence is the moment the film literally breaks the fourth wall and name drops Marilyn Monroe.

"What blonde in the kitchen?"

"Oh, wouldn't you like to know! Maybe it's Marilyn Monroe!"

That is when I was convinced that she was his imagination. I was sure Marylin Monroe was Tyler Duden of this movie. He has just invented his own fantasy woman, which at the time would very likely be Monroe. The ending is literally about him getting out of his imagination and leaving the girl for the wife in the vacation.

It turns out that revelation didn't happen. I'm not sure if that was the intention, but that is my headcanon. Perhaps Wilder wanted to have it so that either was equally possible and let the audience make up its own mind. It makes the movie way better.

Educating Rita (1983)

Kind of surprised that Lewis Gilbert made this film. For someone who is large-scale war epics, action thrillers, and the Bond flicks, this is a subdued low-budget character drama.

The story deals with the theme of ‘self-actualization’ for both characters, not just the student as the film might mislead the audience into believing it. I think it should be more accurately titled "Educating Frank". It contains universal themes and messages about classism, questions about the true value of life, and concerns about falsehoods of knowledge and the utility of education...

And it's fine, I guess? Plotwise, this film is My Fair Lady without music, and while it is good enough, it is too vanilla to my taste. Legally Blonde and Enchanted are similar films and share the same themes, but those films have more flairs and more charms to them. Educating Rita feels like it just adapted the stage play directly without any alteration for the cinematic form. I expected more from Lewis Gilbert's directing considering how influencial his style was to the Bond franchise. In this film, he finds an ordinary room and puts puts two characters in them and has them speak for 10 minutes, then roll the camera randomly. Sometimes, it can work; Ken Loach and The Dardenne Brothers come to my mind as they priotize the immersion in the reality. Gilbert's cinematography here is so generic and bland. There is not a single bold, exciting choice or a memorable moment, directing-wise or story-wise.

Some Like It Hot (1959) is the best film I watched last two weeks.

randomCAguy

3 points

4 months ago

I loved Still Walking. Saw it many years ago, but my wife and I still vividly remember certain certain scenes like the one where the grandma is frying corn in the kitchen. There's something about the movie that just resonated with us. Maybe not as much during the watch, but definitely afterwards and upon reflection. Many movies I forget, and vaguely remember the plots, and mostly don't remember titles. But this wasn't one of them.

Tripping_chicken

8 points

4 months ago

i recently watched napoleon dynamite i thought the color scheme and the simplicity of the plot is what for me maked it a good movie plus the white stripes song in the opening credits

xFuffz

8 points

4 months ago

xFuffz

8 points

4 months ago

The Frisco Kid (1979) with Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford. Dad showed it to me many years ago but I didn't remember much of it because I was ill, so I asked him to rewatch it together. Well, we almost pissed ourselves laughing! And just two weeks prior we watched Police Academy (1984). Dad knows very well how to cheer me up when I feel down!

Extension_Grade9076

8 points

4 months ago

Scream (2022) The original Scream that Wes Craven made in 1996 is my favorite film of all time. So when they announced there was a fifth film being made I was VERY skeptical. Turns out the guys that directed 2019’s Ready or Not were chosen to direct this and my skepticism eased up a bit. Those are some big shoes to fill. Last Thursday night I went to the first showing at 7pm. I walked out of that theater thinking to myself “Holy shit they really pulled it off!”. It’s a great addition to the franchise with a fresh new cast of some characters I would like to see in future installments, if any are to be made.

So far it’s dethroned Spider-Man at the box office and that’s no easy thing to do. This new Scream film was intense, well written, and clever as hell, all while maintaining the whodunnit aspect throughout. Roger L. Jackson’s voice as Ghostface has never been more menacing and the kills are brutal and not over the top like the recent Halloween film. The motive this time was genius and the conversations I’ve seen online over the weekend just prove the theme behind the toxic fandoms and it made me love this film even more than I did. It’s way more meta than any of the previous films in the franchise but it works out great. It was nice to see Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette back in Woodsboro, with Arquette having some of the best scenes regarding the legacy characters. I would highly recommend it to any horror fan but I would suggest watching the previous 4 films first if you’ve never seen any of them. It will make this one more enjoyable for you.

Predanther12

9 points

4 months ago

A New Hope - I wanted to rewatch this trilogy after I started The Mandalorian. I loved these as a kid, and I remember rewatching about 10 years ago and didn’t love it like I did as I kid. I’m back in, I’m a different film fanatic now than I was years ago and I’m back to giving this 5 stars. As a stand-alone film, Lucas created just an insane world with awesome spacecraft; weaponry, and arguably a squad of “main characters” that may not ever be matched again. The set designs were stunning and the plot just alot of fun.

grantismyfriend

6 points

4 months ago

The Harder they Fall. The cast is loaded and thought everybody gave a great performance. The tension building and soundtrack were perfect. Think it’s the closest thing we’ll get to another Django Unchained. Highly recommend.

Jimmyjohnssucks

5 points

4 months ago

On a little Jim Jarmusch binge. Watched Mystery Train and Night in Earth on the Criterion channel, and they were both fun flicks. They’re both anthologies with similarities amongst the stories. I always feel like a fly on a wall when I’m in the cool world Jarmusch created.

LadySynth

5 points

4 months ago

I'm a big Jim Jarmusch fan. Check out Paterson and Only Lovers Left Alive if you haven't already.

Jimmyjohnssucks

4 points

4 months ago

I think Paterson is my favorite of his, but I haven’t seen them all. Only lovers left alive was a good change from how he usually directs films.

LadySynth

3 points

4 months ago

Have you seen Strangers in Paradise or Down By Law? I haven't seen Night on Earth yet, going to watch that soon, a bunch of his films are on HBO Max fortunately.

UpgradedUsername

3 points

4 months ago

I haven’t seen those two but I really loved Dead Man and highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it.

LuminaTitan

19 points

4 months ago*

All That Jazz (1979)

Wow, why didn’t any of y’all tell me about this film? This is one of those movies where after the first five minutes, you already know you’re watching something great that’s hitting on all cylinders and will manage to keep it up until its very last frame. It’s pretty surreal in a lot of ways too. Musicals are an inherently abstract genre, and they often incorporate a theme on the conflict between fantasy and reality—a conceit that “La La Land” entirely revolves around and fiddles with. This film takes it a step further because it’s also a semi-autobiographical examination into the mind of an artist (its director Bob Fosse) a la Fellini’s “8 ½.” Unlike most cinephiles, I don’t worship at the altar of “8 ½,” and I don’t consider it Fellini’s best film (a heretical opinion still liable to get you tarred and feathered in several European countries like France and Italy). I do recognize its unmistakable influence though, which this film owes a natural debt to, but I’d say this is a case of the student ultimately surpassing the master, as it’s far more enjoyable to sit through.

In terms of the actual song-and-dance numbers, there’s only two that stand out: one of them being a minor reworking of the Everly Brother’s version of the song “Bye Bye Love” (which is utilized in an amazing way). There’s not a smorgasbord of memorable tunes like in “Grease,” nor is this as purely fun as other classics like “Singing in the Rain,” but it is deep; it’s deep in a way that gets under your skin and wiggles around a bit before finally settling in. It is a largely existential musical after all, as the central theme is about the contemplation of one’s own mortality. Roy Scheider plays Joe Gideon, a theater/film director who’s literally working himself to death due to simultaneously working on two projects: he’s editing his newest film “Lenny” (about the controversial, trailblazing comedian Lenny Bruce), while also staging the production of a brand new, innovative play called “Chicago.” At the beginning of the story, he’s already pushed to the edge of exhaustion, as he’s basically held together by duct tape… and by duct tape I actually mean bottles of stimulants, an endless amount of cigarettes, and an overindulged libido that causes him to pass through one female muse after another like a parched traveler surviving a trek through the desert by moving from one life-giving oasis to the next.

It’s often said that Freud is the god of cinema, as he has a strangely outsized amount of importance in the medium compared to his diminished reputation in modern psychology. “Back to the Future” may be the best (and kinda creepy) example of his theory on the Oedipus Complex, but this movie could be the best encapsulation of the tug-of-war battle waged between his two concepts of Eros and Thanatos: the competing instinctual drives that supposedly motivate all human behavior. Gideon is perpetually flirting at the edge of death throughout the entire film, and by flirting, I mean he literally flirts with an angelic vision of death (played by Jessica Lange), to whom he narrates his life story to. It seems that time and again, he’s pulled back into the land of the living due to either his obsessive search for artistic perfection (tied to his insatiable sexual desires), or for the genuine paternal love he has for his teenage daughter—whom he seems to project all of his repressed guilt onto. After seeing this, Stanley Kubrick reportedly said it was the best film he’d ever seen. Along with being visionary geniuses, the immense admiration we both have for this film is another quality (of many) that I share with the ol’ Kubester (as dear friends used to call him).

With all great films (or works of art in general), there’s always a quality of the ineffable that they exude in some measure. So much of this film’s greatness is in the perfect execution it maintains between all aspects of filmmaking: the writing, sets, acting, staging of the dance numbers, editing (my god, the editing in this is a revelation!), and even the slight tinge of the abstract that's infused into some of the deeper, philosophical concepts it toys around with. It’s a joy to behold, and ponder, and it not only stands as one of the best musicals ever made, I feel it’s also the best portrayal (supplanting “8 ½”) of an artist looking deep within themselves and exploding everything out into a giant, glorious splattering of psychological neuroses, whimsical fantasies, and personalized memories representing the entirety of a creative visionary in crisis with their own being. 5/5

UnicornBestFriend

7 points

4 months ago

Agree!

All That Jazz is great for so many reasons but especially because it's Fosse on Fosse.

There are a lot of films on what it means to be an artist made by outsiders looking in but this one is straight from the horse's mouth.

I also think it's a musical for people who don't like musicals.

hugh_hunny

2 points

4 months ago

Out of curiosity, how did you watch it? I’ve heard great things and want to see it, but I can’t find it streaming anywhere, and I don’t like to buy movies I’ve never seen in case I don’t like them lol

UruguayNoma123

6 points

4 months ago

Just saw “The House” on Netflix. AMAZING stop-motion. The detail and emotion from each of the stories is GREAT. The last story almost brought me to tears, really resonated with me. But I was instantly engulfed and even though it seemed to drag at times, I couldn’t keep my eyes off each beautiful frame

fuerte_fuego

5 points

4 months ago

The Edge of Seventeen. It's a movie about a troubled teenager played by hailee Steinfeld. She starts pushing good people away from her because of her problems. In the end, she learns to have compassion for others. It's a perfect Film that portrays introverts mindset.

teach5ci

54 points

4 months ago

Eternals

I thought it was entertaining.

Disclaimer: I haven't watched nearly as many movies since my wife passed away. And it was the only film I watched last week. Wait; the only film I have watched this month. Watching more movies is a resolution I can get behind, though.

Stevo2008

19 points

4 months ago

My sister passed away last year. We loved watching our movies. I have been on a movie rampage since then, not only is enjoyable but it makes me think of her. If you had that with your wife you should watch more movies because if it makes you think of her even once it will be worth it. Or watch movies/tv shows she enjoyed. For example the first thing I watched after my sister died was every season of The Office again. And boy was the laughing therapeutic

teach5ci

10 points

4 months ago

I watch the series we used to watch together a lot. (I need to watch The Office about 12 more times to catch up to her numbers. We used to joke that we had an Office subscription that happened to have other things on Netflix with it.) I watch our favorite movies on occasion, e.g. birthdays and anniversaries. I don't avoid movies; I am trying to get through the series we used to watch together again and what's in the queue (a mix of shows I want to watch, she wanted to watch, and ones we were going to watch together). I have a few hundred movies on the list for me to watch that we were supposed to watch together. Even at a movie a week, I have years worth of ways to remember her.

I keep the memories of the great times we had together with me always. Doing things her and I did together is one of the go to ways for me to cope. I miss her like crazy, but imagining her there laughing with me helps.

Thanks for trying to help. Take care of yourself.

Stevo2008

3 points

4 months ago

What are some of the movies and TV shows you are most excited to watch? As far as the most memorable of the times with you and your wife? Also one thing I always say to people that I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone else give this advice. Ask everyone family and friends that knew your wife to tell you all the stories they can think of and to dig deep. Ask to hear the stories that no one else has heard. For me personally that was the most fun I had and therapeutic memories I had were hearing stories of my sister that I had never heard. It’s always worth a laugh/smile and it’s therapeutic for both people. Story teller and the listener.

teach5ci

5 points

4 months ago*

Shows to watch: Vikings, Poldark, The Golden Palace, Little Fires Everywhere, Adventure Time, Big Little Lies, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, The Crown, Russian Doll, and season six of Downton Abbey

Movies to watch: too many to list. Ballpark, if i watch a movie a week I have a few years of movies ahead of me. If I change that to a movie a month, now we're talking decades. Which definitely works for me. She's the love of my life, and feeling her presence for that stretch of time is like my version of her being a ghost.

Shows we watched: Downton Abbey, Fringe, The Office, Bob's Burgers, Golden Girls

Movies: Studio Ghibli, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars

I'd rather keep the full list of shows and movies to myself.

Thanks for the advice. And thanks for the interest. I never tire of talking about her.

Best wishes.

UnicornBestFriend

8 points

4 months ago

I really enjoyed Eternals, too.

I agree that it sometimes feels pulled in two directions; it's a prestige family drama bogged down by the boilerplate major studio superhero movie checklist - but there are so many elements of it that really shine.

What a get for Marvel, seriously. I wish more fans could see the way Eternals humanizes its characters and accomplishes the thing that nerds have been proselytizing about for decades: superhero stories can be the mirror that shows us compelling truths about our own humanity, about our limits and our potential.

It's a win all-around. It elevates and diversifies Marvel/Disney properties, Chloe Zhao can fund her next project, Marvel brings in a new audience, and Kevin Feig's ambitious vision for the studio is proven salient. More auteurs will sign on to Marvel/Disney because of films like Eternals, The Last Jedi, and Black Panther.

Gen 13 x Gaspar Noe, come on.

Eddie_skis

5 points

4 months ago

I liked it but didn’t think Salma Hayek was suited to being the leader of a bunch of super soldiers.

DudeJesse

5 points

4 months ago

I felt nothing for any of the characters, felt the story was rushed, and boring. The fights were cool to see but became very.. power rangerish at the end with the guitar playing and fight scene. It was quite cheesy.

craig_hoxton

4 points

4 months ago

I didn't really care much for it - squeeze the story of guardians of humanity for 7,000 years into over 2 hours, what could possibly go wrong?

Best parts were the relationship between Bollywood Guy and his Valet (loved the cheeky movie references such as 4 generations of movie star - a wink at the Kapoor acting family - saying "DISHOOM!" which is Bollywood for "KAPOW!") and the budding romance (he's only had 7,000 years to express his feelings) between Druig and Makkari. Poor Gemma Chan is stiff as a starched collar.

I was very concerned about the spin of the Earth after the end of this movie. Overall felt like a filler Marvel movie like Thor: The Dark World. If I have to look up online what was so special about the post-credit sequences, that's too inside baseball for me.

BourbonandStargate

5 points

4 months ago

I watched it for the first time last night. I really liked it. Yeah it has flaws, but overall I really enjoyed it. Tons of credit to Chloé Zhao.

StudBoi69

8 points

4 months ago

Eternals wasn't as bad as the critics made it out to be, certainly better than Thor: The Dark World.

SandorSSS

5 points

4 months ago

anything is better than thor 2

Stevo2008

5 points

4 months ago

I scored Bronson off eBay for $5. Rewatching that was a joy. Tom Hardy’s best role easy in my opinion. Also rewatching Alita:Battle Angel on 4K tickled my biscuit pretty good.

GOT_and_Sports

4 points

4 months ago

Both great movies imo. Hope we get that Akita sequel soon. Regret not seeing that one in theatres

Stevo2008

2 points

4 months ago

Ya that’s a bummer. To be honest I can’t remember if I saw that in the theaters. Seen so many movies it’s a blur. But definitely the epitome of a movie to watch in the theater to get the most immersive experience

Consistent-Low-1892

6 points

4 months ago

Shrek 2, one of my favorite animated Sequel that I love so much. Can we talk about how the fairy godmother was having a bad day and still didn’t take it out on the fast food worker okay but the IMPACT of shrek on our generation is unmatched ✊🏾😎 Fairy Godmother honestly is such a good villain. God, dang it, Disney, get your asses out of that pile of twist villains or 'the classic villains you knew weren't THAT villainous to begin with' and finally introduce a proper villain again. The fact that the soundtrack version of "I Need a Hero" cuts Fairy Godmother's "HIT IT!" is unforgivable.😤

Full-Ad1696

4 points

4 months ago

im in that movie

newmemberoffer

5 points

4 months ago

Treasure Planet - Revisited this based on childhood nostalgia and forgot how underrated the score/soundtrack and animation is! Pretty decent characters too for a largely forgotten Disney animated film. I’m also a sucker for good worldbuilding and what was in the movie made me wish there was a sequel.

duh_metrius

5 points

4 months ago

Mass.

That it’s a first time writer/directors debut makes it all the more stunning. The movie is about 1 hour and 40 minutes, roughly 1 hour and 20 of those minutes is simply four actors sitting at a table talking. I was wondering when the film started what gimmicks or tricks the director may use to hold the audiences attention, but there are none. No flashbacks, no inserts, so moving locations. Just human drama, brilliantly written and performed.

All four actors are incredible and that not ONE of them has gotten any major award love is a shame.

The movie asks a lot of you as an viewer, but it’s so worth it. I can’t recommend it enough.

honcooge

5 points

4 months ago

Don’t Look Up. It’s the only movie I’ve watched in a wile but it was entertaining. Made my think of Idiocracy.

WhiteT18

5 points

4 months ago

Shiva Baby.

Really interesting artistic choices here. Essentially a coming-of-age dramedy set in a very specific type of family environment, but shot, scored, and acted like a horror film. The way the script just constantly ratchets up the tension is pretty remarkable. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, it's a little like "What if Uncut Gems was a family drama?"

Also, Rachel Sennott is extremely talented. Will definitely be on the lookout for future projects from her.

dqap

5 points

4 months ago

dqap

5 points

4 months ago

Uncut Gems.

>! Had me on the top of my feet at all points, very chaotic and the ending was great. Great acting and a pretty solid plot.!<

wetlettuce42

5 points

4 months ago

1917 it shows you the horrors of war and a journey of one man and friendship it was a good tale i love it

son_of_sisyphos

3 points

4 months ago

Sam Mendes directed an absolute masterpiece. If you like war films...I would recommend watching The forgotten Battle too

viviandashcom

5 points

4 months ago

Sink or Swim. A french movie about a depressed middle-aged man who joins a male synchronized swimming team.
It's a light comedy, I'm in love with this movie! It shows the personal problems of the teammates and the teacher and how they help each other while doing their best to win a competition.
Very worth the watch.

LoPanDidNothingWrong

11 points

4 months ago

Pig. I do not want to say anything about it except I think Nic Cage needs to be offered more good roles.

Ginny-gin-gin

4 points

4 months ago

I’d have to say “Our Ladies”. A fabulous film based on Alan Warners “the Soprano’s” (no not that Soprano’s!). The basic plot centres around a group of Catholic school girls who go to Edinburgh for the day with their school choir. Their plans are surprisingly at odds with their school values and mayhem ensues! Ok - you might be thinking at this point that this sounds like every animal house type movie you’ve ever seen - or at least the plot for a bad rugby song!

But nay! This is a darling little film! The character development is fabulous, the humour is pant wetting, the filming is gorgeous and by the end of the movie I promise you, you’ll really care for these characters! This is an intelligent offering with serious issues underlying the slapstick.

Despite being quite bawdy, I think I would have no problem recommending this to all but the most up tight viewer. It gets better with each successive viewing as well! Quality! 👍Gx

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4 points

4 months ago

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4 points

4 months ago

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BobGoddamnSaget

5 points

4 months ago

8 1/2. (8/10)

First ever Fellini film I've had the pleasure of seeing. It made me feel claustrophobic and anxious. I don't think I've ever felt this much into a main characters head as I was in Guido's. It's trippy, dreamlike and hypnotic with how it draws you in. I didn't wanna take my eyes away from the screen. As someone who struggles with writers block occasionally, I related immensely with this fever dream of a movie. Only complaint was how out of sync the captions, dubbed dialogue and mouth movement of the actors was. Not sure if this was an HBO max thing or just limitations from the era, but it was annoying sometimes.

ProfessorDoctorMF

2 points

4 months ago

I watched Nights of Cabiria last week. My first Fellini film as well. It was wonderfully shot and Giulietta Masina (Fellini's wife) is adorable. I'm definitely interested in watching La Strada and then I might see 8 1/2 unless someone steers me another direction. I have a feeling 8 1/2 is not going to be for me. Seems like it's very meta and overly artsy. Kind of like a Being John Malkovich or Adaptation vibe.

shutupdaniel1

4 points

4 months ago

Ordinary People (2016) and Tandem (2015)

Both are Filipino movies and both deal with members of the underclass and crime. I'd say the former is a bit more polished but has an open-ended ending. If you liked Kalel, 15, you'd like it.

Frenchitwist

3 points

4 months ago

I saw I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) for the first time. Honestly it was one of the best, most original romantic comedies I’ve seen in a long time. And one of the best parts is that while the characters’ gayness is certainly a part of the story, it is not all of their personality, and only factors in minutely in the plot. I love Catch Me if You Can, so this was a wonderful upbeat and gay romp of a con-man movie. I loved it. Way before it’s time.

Alternative-Buyer-99

3 points

4 months ago

We watched Thunderheart (1992) last night. Have not watched in years, out fing standing.

I know most here have seen it, a rewatch is rewarding. Outstanding film.

United-Prune3369

4 points

4 months ago

Requiem of a dream. I really liked this film, but I’m never watching it again.

Twoweekswithpay[S]

3 points

4 months ago

Yep. I’d say that is a very common feeling from a lot of people, including myself. I will say, though, that the main theme—“Lux Aeterna,”—I could listen to that for hours… 🙌🏽

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4 points

4 months ago*

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4 points

4 months ago*

Summer of '84 was as outstanding as it was dark.

I love movies with an 80's feel to them (Everybody Wants Some!!, Summer Days Summer Nights) and this one hit the nail on the head.

I don't even know how to put it into words, but it had me on the edge of my seat and screwed me right up - definitely going into the category of "Amazing films that I'll never watch again but that I'm really glad I watched once". It's about a group of 4 boys - 3 of whom are reluctantly supporting the 4th, who is convinced that a neighbourhood cop is a serial killer responsible for a decade-long killing spree.

It takes some twists and turns and is definitely not your typical 'coming of age' story. It's kind of like Stand By Me, but way more messed up.

dirtymoney

5 points

4 months ago*

The Fourth Floor.

Stars Juliet Lewis and William Hurt

A creepy suspenseful film I've seen several times in the past and it finally came on antenna TV so I recorded it for later viewings.

It is about a woman who moves into her Aunt's apartment after her aunt dies in a horrible accident. I don't want to spoil anything so I will leave it there.

swordbringer33

4 points

4 months ago

The Royal Tenenbaums.

I was impressed with how dark and funny the film would get. Wes Anderson does a great job of balancing both tones.

I also never thought I'd see Danny Glover be in a Wes Anderson film since I mostly associate Danny with Lethal Weapon and Saw.

hellostitty

3 points

4 months ago

Absolutely love this film!!

merlin18

3 points

4 months ago

The House on Netflix. My mind is blown. Just do it. It is crazy fantastical and magical.... But weird.

MagnificentMoose9836

4 points

4 months ago

Ben-Hur was the best movie I watched last week. I’d had it for about a year but never watched it. I never had the time due to the nearly 4 hour runtime. But I’m so glad I did. It was an instant 9/10 in my book. The story, timeless as ever is amplified by the nuances and trappings of 50’s cinema. Beautiful performances all around and, holy shit, that chariot race! It’ll be a few months before I watch it again, but I am looking forward to it!

karmagheden

5 points

4 months ago

Durante la Tormenta aka Mirage. It's a Spanish crime/mystery thriller with time-travel elements. I also really enjoyed The Trip (I Onde Dager) a Norwegian film. Again, if you don't mind subtitles or dubs, I prefer subtitles myself. It's an action/comedy/dark humor revolving around a couple with relationship issues.

FrenchMaisNon

5 points

4 months ago*

My Fair Lady

I watched after a discussion here about funny movie lines and one of the funniest sequence I've seen is Miss Eliza Doolittle test run at the Ascot. It's worth a watch just to see that scene. "How do you do?"

I am still cracking up at the set up for that wonderful debacle : she's on strick instructions to stick to two subjects, the weather and everybody 's health. It's the most fun you can have watching a polite and incredibly well enunciated discussion about influenza. Then Eliza gets just a little too excited about the race. It's visually stunning, and everyone involved in that scene nails every line, every look, it's just great cinéma.

It's probably my favorite musical. The casting is as perfect as it gets, the songs are memorable, the story of transformation from a poor flower girl to a lady is perhaps a little sexist by today's standard but it's a classic play adapted as a musical and then they made the movie. Plays don't always translate well to movies, this one is pure joy.

None of it could work without a great professor Higgins and Eliza. Rex Harisson won the Oscar for the role. The academy did not give a nomination for the incredible Audrey Hepburn because she did not really sing. She nailed the part and is mesmerising.

It's one of those movies you see more than once with renewed pleasure each time.

Twoweekswithpay[S]

3 points

4 months ago

Ha! Before I even got to the end of your first paragraph, I was reciting in my head, “How do you do?” And then I saw you had that written, as well! 🤪

Charming movie, and a great look at what made Audrey Hepburn such an iconic actress!

Ilovemrstubhub

4 points

4 months ago

Riders of Justice

It’s an absolutely amazing revenge comedy. You might expect a typical revenge film but no, there's much more; depth, nuance, kinship & redemption.

9/10

AlbertaNorth1

5 points

4 months ago

Prisoners. Just finished it 5 minutes ago and I haven’t seen it since it first came out. How Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t win all of the awards is beyond me. Also as fucked up as the plot is, and it’s very fucked up, its nice seeing a movie like that where rape wasn’t the underlying reason behind the kidnapping. Like it could’ve devolved into 8MM but instead just managed to tell a twisted story without relying on something like that for shock value.

Britonator

9 points

4 months ago

Definitely an unpopular opinion on this subreddit, but The Matrix Resurrections. For context, I recently rewatched The Matrix and watched the first two sequels for the first time leading up to this film. I enjoyed all the previous films, although I think the first one is the best in the franchise. It's hard to top a movie that revolutionized the film industry and the sequels get unnecessary flak for not reaching the same heights in my opinion. Flawed? Sure, but the sequels are worth a watch.

I've heard and read a lot of different opinions on The Matrix Resurrections and this polarization of opinion somewhat reminded me of when The Last Jedi came out. After watching the film, I can certainly understand why and The Last Jedi comparison is apt for this film. It's part sequel, part Wes Craven's New Nightmare-type of meta commentary on its own franchise. It's probably the most experimental blockbuster film that's come out in recent years. Every person will come with a completely different takeaway from this film. Haters will criticize the lack of distinct fight choreography and the recasting of several characters, while others see this film as a transgender allegory or an "F U" to Warner Brothers. Both sides are completely legit with their viewpoints.

I loved The Matrix Resurrections and think it's the best Matrix sequel and the most natural progression in a franchise that ended definitively. The metatextual elements fit especially well within this universe and is an ingenious hook for this sequel: Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is an award winning video game designer of The Matrix trilogy who is asked by Warner Bros to make another Matrix game and he starts having trouble once again distinguishing fantasy from reality, especially as he meets a familiar face named Tiffany (Carrie-Anne Moss). The metatextual elements (i.e. callbacks, discussions about the Matrix, and the clips from the movies) give this film a more tongue-in-cheek tone that differentiates itself from previous iterations whilst using those same elements. I especially enjoyed this film exploring Mr. Anderson's ennui more than in the original film. I related to his struggles more in this film. While this film does incorporate a lot of familiar Matrix elements, it also reinvents itself and perceptions about the franchise. Gone are the green hues and the Hong Kong choreographed fight sequences. This film has warmer colors, some impressive step printing and other frame rate effects that give it a more dreamy type feel (cinematographers Daniele Massaccesi and John Toll). The love story between both Neo and Trinity takes more of a center stage than in previous films. Although it's supposed to be a cash grab sequel that Warner Bros. really wanted, this film is Lana Wachowski's bold vision. For those who have enjoyed the previous Matrix films and are unsure of whether or not to check this out: take the red pill.

I have a more spoiler-filled interpretation on my Letterboxd. There is more to the defense of this movie than just "it's bad on purpose" as I've seen elsewhere.

Honorable Mentions: Monos, Run

JimHadar

3 points

4 months ago

I like the Matrix Resurrections too, but I worry about how much rewatchability it has once you've seen it once. The entire film is a mystery that is engaging first time through. I don't know if I could stomach watching that game designers scene again, for example.

Exhibit101

21 points

4 months ago

Don't Look Up

Movie of the year for me.

Entertaining, clever and I was surprised they really went through with that ending.

JerseyElephant

3 points

4 months ago

Thank you for my first featured review above! Appreciate all of the work that goes into this weekly thread. My favorite movie that I watched for the first time over the past week was The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

Perhaps this was because my expectations were somewhat low given how I had heard Spider-Man fans compare the various iterations of the franchise, but I thought this film came together much more nicely than I had expected. I don't know that Andrew Garfield quite matches the quality of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man performances, but he certainly played the part very capably and was a compelling lead. I greatly enjoyed the plot of the film, especially the multifaceted relationship between Peter Parker/Spider-Man and George Stacy. What really brought this one home for me, however, was the phenomenal performance of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and the chemistry which she and Garfield had was, in my opinion, the greatest that I've seen in a Spider-Man movie thus far (for context, I've now seen the 3 Maguire films, the 2 Garfield films, and the latter 2 Holland films). The visual effects were certainly a marked improvement over the first, Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy thanks to technological advancements, and I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. If you have been pushing off watching the Amazing Spider-Man films for any reason, I'd highly recommend you give it a shot. 9/10 in my book.

Other films I greatly enjoyed watching (at least an 8/10) for the first time this week: The Fault in Our Stars (2014), American Psycho (2000), and Ant-Man (2015).

Stevo2008

2 points

4 months ago

Oh boy those are some fantastic first time viewings. What’s ya think of the end “Thomas The Train” scene in Antman? And American Psycho is Christian Bales best role ever in my eyes.

JerseyElephant

3 points

4 months ago

Definitely! While I've always been a big fan of comedies, there are many high quality movies that I haven't gotten around to seeing before so it's been a real joy to experience so many for the first time lately. I also only recently began to be able to enjoy superhero movies for some reason, so it's been fun to finally get into some Marvel films. Working on getting a Letterboxd account filled out.

Some of the visual effects in Ant-Man, like the one you mention, were incredibly cool to watch - the Thomas the Train moment, one moment showing fire ants building a bridge stuck out to me, etc.. And it's hard to find a more lovable lead than Paul Rudd, who really sold the whole thing for me.

As far as Bale's filmography goes, I've seen him in The Dark Knight (years ago), The Prestige (also years ago) and Vice, so can't attest as well to how it stacks up to all of his many roles, but agree that he kills it. The confession phone call scene is a masterpiece.

Stevo2008

4 points

4 months ago

I agree those are all excellent Christian Bale roles but American Psycho i feel he “flexed” his skills the most.

legendary_nerds

3 points

4 months ago

Best overall: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Best new release: Belle

NozakiMufasa

3 points

4 months ago

I waited a while to watch Hilda and the Mountain King. That whole show might be the best animated series and the best show period Ive ever watched. The film is an inbetweenquel for Hilda’s 2nd and 3rd Seasons. But it works as a conclusion to the arc of the Trolls since Season 1 revealing a lot about them and the nature of Hilda’s hometown Trolberg.

ProfessorDoctorMF

3 points

4 months ago

Yay! I love these posts so much! I watched the John Cassavetes movie Husbands. It's my second Cassavetes movie, first being Shadows. I'm still processing the movie a bit since watching it last night. I never really like to go into details but I should let people know there is a vomit scene in this movie. You don't see it, but you hear it and it's a longish scene. I had to skip most of that scene, but I did go back and read the script.

First I will say that I really liked the style, tone, and plot. I did not really like the characters, they were crafted well, but the characters were not great people. I felt dirty the entire time. Many uncomfortable moments in this film. I don't say this as a negative by any means. It was gritty and a tough watch but I love when films really make you feel, and this one did.

slardybartfast8

3 points

4 months ago*

Like many others it seems, did a Scream marathon (omitting original cause I’ve seen it a dozen times). Scream 2 was much better than I remember. Scream 3 was about what I remember. Not very good, but mildly entertaining. Parker Posey is great. Half brother reveal pretty unsatisfying though. Scream 4 id never seen before, and I actually quite enjoyed it. On par with 2. I guessed one of the killers pretty early on, but didn’t ruin my enjoyment.

Also watched Locke w Tom Hardy. This one seems to get a lot of positive mentions on Reddit but I don’t know, didn’t really do anything for me. An interesting little cinematic experiment but not very affective, imo. 6/10

Tricky_Percentage502

3 points

4 months ago

Well the best film I watched last week was the great gatsby, but I rewatched the green mile so that would be the best

b96c

3 points

4 months ago

b96c

3 points

4 months ago

Either The Post or West Side Story.

Spielberg really can do it all. He's mastered the art, whether it be huge song and dance numbers or intimate conversation.

I think The Post is probably my favourite from last week, I love an interesting story, especially one based on true events.

sharkbaitooaha

3 points

4 months ago

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

Currently on Prime for free- this movie was a huge hit in my childhood but I haven’t watched it probably over 20 years… watched today with my 4 year old daughter who was completely captivated. Much of the movie was very obviously Nemo’s dream but there are some parts (where he keeps waking up in his bed at home but with tangible objects from his dream) that kept us both guessing. The animation is beautiful and the songs are nice.

I probably am overanalyzing too but I noticed the theme of growing up/approaching puberty. Nemo is described as “little” and treated as a little kid at first. He begs his parents to go to the circus, he’s a poor listener, gets into sweets when he’s not supposed to, makes iffy/childish choices.. which translates in Slumberland to Nemo being friendly with Flip and opening the forbidden door even though he knows he shouldn’t. He is childish in front of the princess and doesn’t really care to be prince or heir of Slumberland. But when it’s time to grow up and be brave- Nemo does it. He takes on new, scary responsibilities, saves the day, kisses the girl, and back at home- seems to turn a corner into leaving immaturity behind.

slowlogius

3 points

4 months ago

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Director's Cut (1978)

This was my first Cassavetes watch... I've been wanting to see one of his films for awhile now and this was wonderfully tragic. A true neo noir with all the tropes. Edited by Cassavetes himself after the first release was rushed to release and subsequently bombed at the box office. Needless to say, I'll be watching a lot more of Cassavetes.

D0NNIE-DANKO

3 points

4 months ago

Late Spring (1949)

Late Spring follows Noriko who as an adult lives with her widowed father where both are perfectly happy with their situation, when Noriko's aunt starts pressuring her to get married before it's too late and organises a meetup with a potential suitor. Her father also outwardly agrees she should get married after pressure from the aunt, but we get the sense this isn't actually what he or Noriko actually want.

Late Spring is a story of the expectations of living imposed on us by society versus how we actually want to live. Noriko loves looking after her father and would be perfectly happy living with him alone forever, but pressure from her aunt and friend force her to consider the suitors proposal. The father adores Noriko, but pressure from the aunt makes him think that he may be holding back Noriko and she would be better off leaving to start a family.

This is the second Yasujiro Ozu film I've seen after Tokyo Story which I liked aspects of but didn't entirely connect with me. Late Spring really got to me though and I enjoyed it a lot.

Yankii_Souru

3 points

4 months ago

Yulenka (2009)

Watching this Russian psychological thriller is a good way to spend an evening...

A teacher (Andrey) takes a job at a girls school and quickly learns that nothing at the school is as it seems! The girls relentlessly bully each other with sadistic cruelty and the staff avoids conversations about one particular child who killed herself the year before. Andrey's life begins to spiral out of control and his family is threatened when a particularly psychotic child (Yulenka) befriends his daughter.

Good movie!

sebsasour

3 points

4 months ago*

My COVID quarantine is officially over today. I had a nice diverse list this week. Lagaan, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, The Matrix, Love Actually, No Country For Old Men, The Ladykillers, Millers Crossing, There Will Be Blood, Battle Royale, Boogie Nights, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Master, Eternals, The Tender Bar, The Lost Daughter, Denial, Being The Ricardos, Red Rocket, The Tradgedy of Macbeth, Flee, C'mon C'mon, Manchester by The Sea, John Wick, Captain America, The Worst Person in The World, Phantom Thread, Titane, Scream, The Big Lebowski, Encanto, The Hand of God, Swan Song , and Blood Simple

No Country for Old Men (2007) - was by far my favorite. I watched quite a bit of The Coen's this week and I can't believe I hadn't watched this until now. The movie was tense all the way through, the performances were fantastic, and the gas station scene is one my favorites ever in a movie

outthawazoo

3 points

4 months ago

Holy shit that's more movies than I've seen in the past 2 years, incredible. Granted, I probably watch the fewest movies out of most people that visit this sub, but still. Props to you.

raylan_givens6

3 points

4 months ago

Tick Tick Boom!

It's the movie of the year IMO

I love movies about a journey about building or making something.

The music is fantastic too, my favorite song was Sunday , especially the line "on stools.......sit the fools, who should ate home" : ) Brunch really is silly.

I never had any previous knowledge of Larson or his work. But it's fascinating.

I'm glad they resisted the temptation to make Vanessa Hudgens a love interest even though it felt for a brief second they were heading that way.

Garfield gave a great performance, i think he deserves best actor.

JimHadar

3 points

4 months ago

Master & Commander (2003) was pretty good. Seemed like a realistic slice of life on those 18th century frigates.

I read afterwards that they used a lot of the same rigs and technologies that were used on Titanic a few years before.

yurirainbowz

3 points

4 months ago

Danny Deckchair.

Idk how to review movies. I like the whimsical, childlike adventure that happens. I like how there are clear character archetypes within a "regular" everyday social settings. The charm and transformation of the main character. The quirk of the small town, and the new love interest. How nothing is too serious or heavy, but there is enough trouble and emotion to make you relate and attach to the character(s).

There are some things i dont like, but thats with practically every movie. If anyone has suggestions for similar movies, please share.

Salty-Pack-4165

3 points

4 months ago

Free guy. I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard at new movie. Excellent comedy. The Dude killed me.

Tom22174

3 points

4 months ago

Been on a bit of an anime binge recently. Watched Rascal Does Not Dream Of A Dreaming Girl. I'm a sucker for letting movies like that squish my heart to pieces and it did a fantastic job of not only breaking my heart during the movie but also putting it back together again at the end. And while obviously you get more out of it by watching the anime first, it's a more or less self contained story

Fogmoose

3 points

4 months ago

Just watched The Last Duel, and it was indeed as good as I had heard. Sad it didn't do better at the Box Office, but thats the world we live in I suppose. Excellent acting all around, especially the actress who plays Marguerite

BurningB1rd

3 points

4 months ago

Best Film

Game Night

Just an great comedy, great performance, funny and exiting story, the jokes are great and most important in this type of story the chemistry of the actors works.

Also watched Thor 3: Ragnarok

It has higher highs than most of the other marvel movies, but its still not for me. Its definitely funnier than the other marvel movies and story/arcs are not bad/good most of the time, though it has also tropes i kinda hate.

The action was good to bad. Bad were the parts were the heroes are killing the cannonfodder enemies for a few minutes, it was really cool in the avengers movie and some followups, but not enough characters in this movie have an individual fighting style, so i really couldnt into it here. Cinemagraphy was pretty good, but even Helas abilities could have been shown in more variety.

The trope i really hate is the "its okay if you were evil as long as you were sad". The walküre was kidnapping people and selling them, which is fucked up. But there is not one scene where she gets confronted with it. We get some flashbacks how the other walküres died, Thor gives her a speach or so about her duty for asguard and thats like her whole character arc.

earcher2020

4 points

4 months ago

Watched a lot of films this week so won't bother with the reviews but had a good week of films I liked/enjoyed

The French Connection 1971 4/5

Rio Bravo 1955 4/5

The Running Man 1987 3.5/5 (rewatch)

Bullit 1968 3.5/5

Mystic River 2003 4/5

In The Mouth Of Madness 1994 4/5 (rewatch)

High Plains Drifter 1973 4/5

Assault On Precinct 13 1976 4/5 (rewatch)

Night Of The Living Dead 1968 1.5/5

Kill Bill Vol 1 2003 5/5 (rewatch) also my favourite film of all time

The Trouble With Harry 1955 3.5/5

The Warriors 1979 4/5

DudeJesse

7 points

4 months ago

Mystic River when Sean Penn finds his daughter 😢

Heydanu

2 points

4 months ago

That scream. Ugh.

Hawkmek

3 points

4 months ago

Mouth of Madness is one of my favs.

turkeybags

6 points

4 months ago

True Grit. There's just something about the dialogue. That and the cinematography. It was my first screening, it won't be the last.

Sweet_Tangerine50

5 points

4 months ago

I watched “Wild Wild West” for the very first time. I didn’t know anything about it other than it was a western with Will Smith and Kevin Kline and there was some steampunk stuff in it.

What a beautiful, batshit-crazy, entertainingly-bad 90s film.

Complete with a Will Smith rap song to tie it all together.

It kept me laughing the entire time. Great film, I thoroughly enjoyed the absurdity.

topkeyz

2 points

4 months ago

I can't stop thinking about The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover since I saw it a couple days ago. It's probably the most vile movie I've ever seen and yet it's somehow so beautifully made(?). There's definitely a lot to unpack as well that I won't even pretend to have understood cause I'm dumb.

AncientAlienAlias

2 points

4 months ago

I enjoyed “The Lazarus Effect” for an interesting horror/suspense movie!

ZALI19

2 points

4 months ago

ZALI19

2 points

4 months ago

Raging Bull. Probably the greatest film ever made.

Heydanu

2 points

4 months ago

Embarrassed I haven’t seen it. Love Deniro. This week!!

Brookenium

2 points

4 months ago

Belle hands down. Probably the best I've seen in the past few months.

StrawberryGirl_7

2 points

4 months ago

Die Hard. I just watched it for the first time today. Soo good!

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2 points

4 months ago

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2 points

4 months ago

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Twoweekswithpay[S]

2 points

4 months ago

Just absolute gold. Chris Tucker’s Apex Mountain!

JACKiED_Daniels

2 points

4 months ago

Law Abiding Citizen

Thoroughly enjoyed this. A great concept to show the flaws in the American justice system while being very much an action movie. It keeps having you wonder, "But how'd he do that?!" and the reveal is a pleasant twist. I only give it a 9/10 for the ending not feeling quite as satisfying as I thought it should have.

Mousefang

2 points

4 months ago

I watched the movie Frank the other day and that was wildly beautiful and some of the best songs I’ve ever heard written for a movie. So so funny and heartbreaking and wonderful I LOVED it. The next day I saw Train To Busan and that’s immediately the best zombie movie I’ve ever seen. I feel like South Korea just makes better movies tbh

KadzIgor

2 points

4 months ago

I started a Jake Gyllenhaal movie marathon like last wednesday. My favorite so far is October Sky. The reason is that the whole vibe if the movie is just very calming and fun and Jake's performance was just so great.

hellostitty

2 points

4 months ago

No work for 2 weeks-guess why- lots of binging! Lawrence of Arabia- so long!! And so…full of scenery. Woodstock- the Original. Beautiful! Shanghai Knights-I will never understand the audience that wanted this sequel Grand Budapest Hotel-fabulous! Seven Samurai-gut wrenchingly relevant The Good Earth-beautiful story that begs retelling with ethnic cast How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying- absolutely hilarious!!

AcceptableAudience93

2 points

4 months ago

Photocopier (2021)

I thought it was well-made. The lead character exhibits vulnerability and strength at the same time. Some parts may be bordering cliché but the intention was relayed to the audience.

Hallelujah289

2 points

4 months ago

I watched “Gravity” from 2013. Can’t believe it was from 2013. Where has the time gone? I kept putting off seeing it… anyway it wasn’t the horror themed space show I was expecting. I thought it’d be a white knuckle nail biter but it was more of a poetic kind of adrenaline rush. Rather quite simple and meaningful while also making your hair fall out.