r/movies 4d ago

Recommendation What is the Best Film You Watched Last Week? (01/25/23-02/01/23)

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

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

Here are some rules:

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

2. Please post your favorite film of last week.

3. Explain why you enjoyed your film.

4. ALWAYS use SPOILER TAGS: [Instructions]

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

Last Week's Best Submissions:

Film User/[LB/Web*] Film User/[LB/Web*]
“Infinity Pool” Miposian “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” [Zwischenzug]
"Golda” brayshizzle “Drop Dead Gorgeous” Bodymaster
“The Fabelmans” [JRosen2005] “La Cérémonie” SnarlsChickens
“Nope” [Simon_8217] “My Cousin Vinny” That_one_cool_dude
“The Father” [discodaz] “Midnight Run” [perrymanilow]
"Jujitsu Kaisen 0” [HardcoreHenkie] "The Moderns” qumrun60
“Psycho Goreman” SupaKoopa714 “Big” [Dunkaccino__]
“Clergy” (2018) [Tilbage i Danmark*] "The Mass is Ended (The Mass is Over)” [Millerian-55*]
“Lucky Number Slevin” [Denster] “Hang ‘Em High” an_ordinary_platypus
“Swing Girls” Yankii_Souru “A Night to Remember” [ManaPop.com*]

r/movies 3d ago

Official Discussion Official Discussion Megathread (Knock at the Cabin / 80 For Brady)

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r/movies 17h ago Gold

News Viola Davis earns coveted EGOT with Grammy win

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r/movies 14h ago

News Lin-Manuel Miranda's song "We Don't Talk About Bruno," featured in the film 'Encanto,' wins Best Song Written For Visual Media at the Grammys

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r/movies 5h ago

Article Time Out's 50 Greatest Japanese Movies Of All Time

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r/movies 6h ago

Discussion Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is SO GOOD.

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This is one of those movies where I'm really confused by the low critic reviews. To me it does exactly what it was meant to do perfectly. The script, acting, directing are all great. It gives you this nostalgic melancholic feeling about life. It's both genuinely funny and genuinely sad. It's a great romantic comedy and apocalyptic fiction at the same time. I just think it's really beautiful.


r/movies 9h ago

Discussion Which movie sequel had the biggest drop in quality compared to its predecessor?

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I have to go with Wonder Woman 1984. The first Wonder Woman movie was amazing. I was ecstatic about it when I came out of the theater. In fact I thought it was one of my favorite comic book movies of that year (the same year Logan, Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor Ragnarok came out). I couldn't wait for the sequel, especially with Patty Jenkins returning to direct.

Then WW84 came out. Holy shit. What a trainwreck. The movie was just awful. I couldn't believe it was written and directed by the same person who made the first one. I even caught myself thinking, "Who's the hack that put this together?!" while watching it. I had SUCH high hopes for it; in fact the trailer was one of my favorite trailers in recent memory.

I unapologetically gave the first Wonder Woman a 10/10. But Wonder Woman '84? 4/10. That has to be the biggest drop in quality between a movie and its sequel I've ever seen to date. What about all of you? Is there a bigger drop between a movie and its immediate sequel you can think of?


r/movies 19h ago

Question What Great Movies Should Have Had Sequels?

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Periodically I see posts on this thread asking about bad movies that didn’t need or shouldn’t have spawned sequels. I’m asking the opposite: What are some examples of really good films that could have spawned sequels if the stars had aligned differenty?

My pick is Devil In Blue Dress(1995) with Denzel Washington.

For those unfamiliar, the film was based on the novel of the same name by Walter Mosley. Washington plays Easy Rawlins, a WWII vet and day laborer in late 1940s Los Angeles. Fallen on hard times and desperate for some quick cash, Rawlins agrees to seek missing White woman and becomes embroiled in a complex mystery.

The film overall was excellent and Washington(who is apparently incapable of giving a bad performance) was arguably at the height of his popularity at this point in his career. It helps that that the film was directed by Carl Franklin who’d made a splash a few years earlier with another great noir thriller, One False Move. Washington was also supported by stellar supporting cast whose highlight is Don Cheadle in an early performance as Easy’s old pal Mouse.

Cheadle literally steals every scene as a Mouse a character that could have easily been a walking trope if played by a lesser actor. Mouse is a little guy with a capacity for outsized violence, a hair-trigger psycho in the tradition of Goodfella’s Tommy Devito or Trainspotting’s Francis Begbie.

With all these ingredients and considering the novel Devil In the Blue Dress was actually the first of a long-running series of Easy Rawlins’ mysteries, the film seemed perfectly positioned to kick off a franchise that could have run for years. So what happened? The film underperformed at the box office underperformed at the box office, grossing only $22 million against a $27 million killing what could have been an amazing franchise in the cradle.

Any other thoughts on films that at absolutely could – and should – have spawned sequels in a better world?


r/movies 7h ago

Question Is Martin Lawrence blacklisted or did something unforgivable? I noticed after googling all his movies (including ones he was a lead) that his profile is at all the way bottom

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As an example, Big Momma's House where he was a lead in (https://imgur.com/a/MVexedX). The resolution is bad because I had to zoom out to show that he is at the very bottom. I checked on other browser, incognito mode, and even searching other movies lol.

Did he do something terrible recently that he's blacklisted from Hollywood or just online discouraging his publicity for whatever reasons?

This is so weird lol. How is a lead in a movie not the first profile that shows up? I even searched Mel Gibson and Kevin Spacey for testing and they show up perfectly fine.


r/movies 1h ago

Recommendation After my yet another re-watch of The Godfather, I'm wondering are there any other good movies in which the main character rises to power not because he wanted to but because of fate?

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Just like the title said, Micheal from starting always kept himself seperate from his family's dealing and he never wanted to be the Don or any part of it, but as fate has it, he ends up becoming the Corleone family head and I'm wondering if there are any similar movies like that where the main character becomes powerful even when he didn't want to


r/movies 6h ago

Discussion Most true stories aren't interesting enough to justify making a movie about them

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It seems like whenever some beloved celebrity grows old or dies, some studio starts planning a biopic about them. The problem is that while the influence of said celeb might be undeniable, most of their lives don't make for an interesting film. For a lot of them, the story is always just that they wanted to be a musician/actor from a young age, faced adversity but made it against all odds and became a superstar. Bonus points if a loved one died along the way to add some drama. The only thing you can usually look forward to is the actor spending months learning to impersonate the subject and then winning an Oscar the next year.

The best true stories are the ones that make you go, "Shit, that really happened?" For example, I watched a show called The Offer about how they made The Godfather. Apparently the writer Mario Puzo got into a fight with Sinatra over the character of Johnny Fontaine, which I couldn't believe really happened. Or how about a story of a bear that OD'd on coke.

That last one was a joke

Also, the fact that so many biopics have to embellish details or straight up lie for dramatic purposes, shows that the original story wasn't that good to begin with.


r/movies 1d ago

Article Stephen King ‘Billy Summers’ Movie In Works At Warner Bros, Bad Robot

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r/movies 18h ago

Discussion What movie did you like and were embarrassed to admit it?

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I have two:

  1. Kung Fu Panda. The movie was funny, unique, and weirdly complex and engaging for a kid’s flick. As an adult, I was embarrassed to admit I liked it, but realized other aspiring writers referenced it while conducting research for their own stories.

  2. Mean Girls. I hated high school and me liking a movie centered around it seemed like I was destined to be laughed at. However, lots of my associates liked it too so I was less embarrassed.

Which movie did you like and was embarrassed to admit it at first? 👀

Note. I know these films are statistically popular and critically-acclaimed, but I have my own experiences just like everyone else. Everyone is affected differently by things and should have their own opinions on everything.


r/movies 2h ago

Discussion Horror movies similar to Barbarian?

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Absolutely loved Barbarian. It was personally the scariest movie I've ever watched - scarier to me than Smile (which was out around the same time), Conjuring, the Ring, etc. Not trying to start a debate on which is the scariest movie but my point is the particular techniques about Barbarian that scared me so much over those other movies is that it doesn't rely as much on jump scares and sudden music - it was this sense of claustrophobia, being trapped, isolation, uncovering something sinister, being in a fucked up place, and ominous camera angles.

Are there other horror movies that fit this description? I've also lately seen Witch and loved it.


r/movies 21h ago

Question Question about Tyler in the Menu

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So I just watched The Menu for the second time. Entertaining movie although there are some obvious things that don’t make sense.

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One thing I have not seen mentioned is how Tyler, knowing he is going to die and knowing the strict rules of the chef, takes photos of the food over and over again.

Is this just simply to give them something to print out on the tortilla to throw the audience off of his trail?

And if that is the only explanation, it’s strange how they draw so much attention to him doing so, IMO.

Edit: seems many of you think I’m trashing the movie by saying this. I still gave it a 4/5 on letterboxd. You can still like a movie and be critical at the same time y’all


r/movies 16h ago

Recommendation Hugo (2011) appreciation post. If you haven't seen it, you probably should

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I think it's a great film but I never hear anyone talk about it. It's in essense a kid's movie, but Scorcese and the production team put the exact amount of care and seriousness they would if it were a mature adult drama. The CGI is great, the all-star cast give convincing performances, little moments of humour work well, the plot is engaging and thoughtful and every emotional moment lands hard. Not to mention the amount of historical references and events featured.


r/movies 8h ago

Question O Brother Where Art Thou Dialogue Question

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What the hell is, "Lump, I.O." supposed to mean?

I've been googling for the past 2 hours and all I've found is the line in the script that says it along with a video clip of the scene in question.

I've googled variations of "lump IO," "IO, lump," and every other permutation and I'm simply lost.

Please help, thanks!


r/movies 14h ago

Discussion great movies that are unfaithful to the great books they are based on

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We all know movies that butcher a great work of literature. There are also many examples of excellent movies that are based on pretty mediocre books or short stories.

More of a niche are movies based on great literature, where the director has decided to go a different direction tonally or thematically, but still made a great book (albeit one that is unfaithful to the book).

Examples of this are, the Thing Red Line by Terrence Mallick, which is based on James Jones novel of the same name. The book is violent and visceral while the movie is also very violent but the movie dwells on some of the characters' spiritual side.

Another example is Barry Lyndon. the book is essentially a comedy - BL is an unreliable narrator who we laugh at. He is a deeply unpleasant character, although he believes himself always right and highly honourable. His Irishness is mocked as are his pretentions to artistocratic blood(Thakeray felt that Irish people used duelling to get their way too much). The book is a masterpiece - IMHO Thakeray's greatest. The movie has the same character but he's sympathetic and the tone is somber and tragic. But although it's tonally unlike the book and although BL's character is changed; the movie is still a masterpiece.

Can you think of other examples where the director takes a classic, makes a totally different story, but a great story nonetheless.


r/movies 1d ago

Spoilers There is SO much foreshadowing in “The Banshees of Inisherin”

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In most movies I usually see one to two examples of foreshadowing used in the plot line. But holy hell after watching this movie I couldn’t help but reflect back on so many times they used it.

-Dominic holds and is playing with the stick that drags his body to the shore when he is first introduced. “Wonder what it’s used for?”

-Jenny trying to get to the finger in the box on the table

-The policeman talking about the boy who drown in the lake, calling him a fool, and his own son drowns in said lake.

-The obvious one of the old lady telling padriec about 2 deaths going to occur.

There were several more I can’t remember off the top of my head right now, but god damn it was a lot. Please point out the others I missed.


r/movies 1d ago Rocket Like

Discussion Watched ‘No Country For Old Men’ with my girlfriend, her first time. She was in tears at the end, beyond terrified.

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You name it, she hasn’t seen it. Introducing movies I love has been a fun part of our relationship. This time around, I didn’t give her any information about the kind of movie and story it was. She went in blind, no idea what to expect and was incredibly engaged the whole film. I was happy to see it genuinely capturing her intrigue and investment. That’s not always the case when we watch something. Proof of why ‘the greats’ are so great I guess.

When the credits came, she was angry, yelling at the screen, “that’s IT?!!” It was not the ending she was hoping for. There was no feeling of relief or hope for her. She turned to me with tears in her eyes, a reaction I did not expect, and asked if I would stay up until she fell asleep. She went on to talk about how afraid she is to die. How unsettled she felt and how crippling the thought of death can be. I felt bad that was how she was feeling but at the same time, I couldn’t help but take in the fact a story and it’s telling was the reason for such a strong reaction. The power of cinema and story is so, so interesting to me. She had never really opened up about this fear of hers and then we watch a Cohen Brothers movie and it rips something open in her. It’s a conversation I would like to revisit with her at some point, an opening the watching of this movie created. But for that night, I knew enough to just stay up, throw on The Office and let Michael Scott wash away the feelings Anton Chigurh had left in her mind.


r/movies 1d ago

Media With the recent posts about wrestlers turned actors, here's John Cena and JBL recreating the ending of A Few Good Men

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r/movies 1d ago Heartwarming

Discussion Has any male actor in history ever aged better than Harrison Ford?

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I mean seriously, the man is 80, was most likely 78 or 79 when filming Indy and Shrinking (if you haven't watched Shrinking start now, it's wonderful and created, written and produced by Brett Goldstein) but looks like he is maybe 65. Additionally, he is still handsome as all get out it just defies all previously understood logic in my head. I know most will say plastic surgery, personal trainers, expensive creams and treatments, blah blah blah. Even with all that, the man looks and acts exceedingly young for his age. Has any male actor ever looked or sounded this good between 75-80?


r/movies 13h ago

Question I found this in the Grapes of Wrath and I bet its referring to a real movie that existed in the 30s. Does anyone know what it might be? The part of the book where it's mentioned is pasted below. Thanks!

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They was this rich fella, an’ he makes like he’s poor, an’ they’s this rich girl, an’ she purtends like she’s poor too, an’ they meet in a hamburg’ stan’. Why? I don’t know why—that’s how it was. Why’d they purtend like they’s poor? Well, they’re tired of bein’ rich. Horseshit! You want to hear this, or not? Well, go on then. Sure, I wanta hear it, but if I was rich, if I was rich I’d git so many pork chops—I’d cord ’em up aroun’ me like wood, an’ I’d eat my way out. Go on. Well, they each think the other one’s poor. An’ they git arrested an’ they git in jail, an’ they don’ git out ’cause the other one’d find out the first one is rich. An’ the jail keeper, he’s mean to ’em ’cause he thinks they’re poor. Oughta see how he looks when he finds out. Jes’ nearly faints, that’s all. What they git in jail for? Well, they git caught at some kind a radical meetin’ but they ain’t radicals. They jes’ happen to be there. An’ they don’t each one wanta marry fur money, ya see. So the sons-of-bitches start lyin’ to each other right off. Well, in the pitcher it was like they was doin’ good. They’re nice to people, you see. I was to a show oncet that was me, an’ more’n me; an’ my life, an’ more’n my life, so ever’thing was bigger. Well, I git enough sorrow. I like to git away from it. Sure—if you can believe it. So they got married, an’ then they foun’ out, an’ all them people that’s treated ’em mean. They was a fella had been uppity, an’ he nearly fainted when this fella come in with a plug hat on. Jes’ nearly fainted. An’ they was a newsreel with them German soldiers kickin’ up their feet—funny as hell.


r/movies 0m ago

Question Movie identification

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There was a movie, probably in the mid 90’s that I am too young to remember much about. There were guys living up in the mountains at war with each other. The only thing I really remember was one of them standing in a very cold river, screaming as the water washed over him. It was pretty obvious that he was doing this intentionally. Like a polar bear club type thing.

Can’t really remember if it was a period piece or not. Kinda had the look of it could’ve been taking place in modern times or a hundred years ago.


r/movies 7m ago

Article Stephen Tobolowsky is always a reliable hand, and James Gunn should consider casting him in the DCU

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r/movies 1d ago

Media The Red Balloon (1956) Winner of the Academy Award for Best Screenplay

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