r/movies 5d 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 5h ago

News AMC Theaters to Change Movie Ticket Prices Based on Seat Location

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r/movies 5h ago

Media First Image of Song Kang-Ho in 'COBWEB' - centers around an obsessive director who wants to recut a film he made in the 70s to perfect the ending | A film by Kim Jee-woon ('I Saw the Devil')

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r/movies 23h ago Gold

News Viola Davis earns coveted EGOT with Grammy win

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r/movies 5h ago

News ‘The Backrooms’ Horror Film Based On Viral Shorts By 17-Year-Old Kane Parsons In Works At A24, Atomic Monster, Chernin & 21 Laps

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264 Upvotes

r/movies 11h ago

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

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r/movies 21h 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 1h ago

Discussion If you're looking for more Pedro Pascal after watching 'The Last of Us', I'd highly recommend watching 'Prospect'!

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Prospect is a low-budget, high concept sci-fi film that's more akin to a space western. It's got some extremely interesting visuals, cinematography is great, and set design/costume design are really solid. I won't sit here and act like it's the greatest thing I've ever seen, but it's a solid little flick that I think a lot of people may have looked over. Pedro Pascal's performance pretty much single-handedly convinced me that he'd be a great Joel - and that's held true so far!

For those of you that have seen it already - what did you think of it?


r/movies 12h 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 2h ago

Article Nicolas Cage Horror ‘Longlegs’ Casts ‘It Follows’ Star Maika Monroe, Black Bear International to Launch Sales at EFM

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r/movies 2h ago

Spoilers Question about Banshees of Inisherin with a minor spoiler

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Right before Siobhan has that heartbreaking talk with Dominic, Siobhan is seen in a wide shot standing at the edge of the lake with her shoes off. Did anyone else read this as an implication that she is contemplating suicide?

She sees Mrs. McCormick across the lake and they wave to each other, but then it looks like Mrs. McCormick is gesturing for her to visit? Or is the "banshee" trying to get Siobhan to step into the water?

Also, in her encounter with Padraic, she predicts that 1 or 2 people will die before the end of the month, but is undecided if one or both of Siobhan or Padraic could be one of those people.


r/movies 3h ago

News Olivia Colman, Woody Harrelson to Star in Bob Dylan-Inspired ‘Girl from the North Country’ Movie for ‘Banshees of Inisherin’ Banner Blueprint

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r/movies 1h ago

Discussion Russell Crowe needs a new agent.

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This guy was heralded as one of the best actors of his generation and one of the last true A-list movie stars pre-Internet era, prior to things becoming so splintered. I remember I was a kid when Gladiator came out and he was just one of those actors whose name attached to a film immediately gave it a high level of recognition and pedigree.

Now? He just directed and starred in a film called Poker Face that is sitting at 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. He shows up and chews the scenery in glorified cameos for films like The Mummy, Greatest Beer Run Ever and Thor 4.

I get that he’s lost his leading man looks and is kind of embracing the potbellied Marlon Brando character actor era of his career, but he could still do so much better even if that’s what he is going for. He could really reinvent himself as a great character actor but I feel like the roles he’s been taking on just haven’t been up to snuff. His last memorable role for me was in The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling. They had brilliantly funny chemistry together and I’d love to see him take on more projects like that. He needs to work with guys like Shane Black, or up-and-coming auteurs who could give him a Tarantino style reinvention. I think he would do great in a film by S. Craig Zahler, for example (imagine him in a role like that of Vince Vaughn role in Cell Block 99).

I dunno, I just feel like one of our best actors has been relegated to straight to video type dreck in a really weird way.

(He should be making movies, making shows and fighting ‘round the world, too.)


r/movies 2h ago

News ‘Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen Joins Nicole Kidman, Gael García Bernal In Prime Video Thriller ‘Holland, Michigan’

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r/movies 1h ago

News Robert Dalva, Oscar nominated editor, passed away.

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r/movies 4h ago

Discussion Lesser known greats from the 30’s, 40’s and 50s?

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I am a sucker for classic film noir and detective movies. Humphrey Bogart is my favorite actor of all time. I feel like I have watched most of the classic films from the era and have started branching out to other great actors/actresses of the time. This past week I watched all of the Thin Man and Mr Moto movies. That got me started on watching The Verdict and No Highway In the Sky etc

What are some great classics from this era that might go unnoticed today?


r/movies 35m ago

Spoilers Contact (1997) is my go-to cry-movie. What's yours?

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I don't cry easily. Barely cried when my each of my parents died. Even in a crappy situation as I am in right now I don't self-pity or anything like that. I just am. Contact (1997) came up in a comment section a bit ago and I went and watched it yesterday. It's one of my favorite movies because the main character, Elle's, love interest, is diametrically different from her ideologically. She's an avowed atheist, he's a staunt Christian. And their chemistry is off the charts.

My favorite moment in the movie, which just makes the tears stream, is when Ellie says "they should have sent a poet." She is also tearing up in that scene and her personal emotion flows. And the tears come further as she meets with the aliens who present themselves as her dad. It's just, a great set of circumstances that really trigger me emotionally.

Another movie might be the end of Big Fish. But this one gets me good. I've seen the end of Big Fish enough that it doesn't hit as hard.


r/movies 8h 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

Recommendation I Love My Dad (2022): one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in years, based on a wild true story

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To all of the people out there looking for a hilarious comedy that isn’t afraid to be cringey, awkward and uncomfortable, i strongly recommend I Love My Dad. There are 3 major things about this movie that make it unique:

  1. It’s about a deadbeat dad (brilliantly played by Patton Oswalt) trying to get in touch with his estranged son… so he creates a fake online profile and catfishes his son into a relationship!

  2. As if that concept isn’t crazy enough, it’s all based on a true story.

  3. The film co-stars James Morosini, who also wrote and directed it… because it’s based on his own life and relationship with his father!

Because the film is based in Morosini’s reality, it actually comes across as a more grounded and character driven look on this bizarre tale. While it doesn’t shy away from some raunch and mean spirited cringe comedy, by the time the film ends its surprisingly sensitive and emotional. In addition to Oswalt, who gets to use his hangdog persona to give dimension to a terrible yet somewhat likable nut, there are hilarious supporting turns from Rachel Dratch and Lil Rel Howery. Morosini himself is a decent actor, his somewhat awkward screen presence helps make the depressed gullibility of his character believable.

The film is also pretty well made too, and has some of the best examples of how to make texting cinematic. Rather than show text bubbles onscreen or have actors recite them, Morosini has characters suddenly appear when texted and has them actually talk to each other. This both gives the online relationships some personality and heft behind them while also leading to some memorably goofy gags. This is one of the best comedies of the digital age, and i look forward to what Morosini does next.


r/movies 1d 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 12h 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 4h ago

News Evan Rachel Wood, Josh Gad & Anthony Carrigan Set For Murder Mystery ‘The Adults’ From Filmmaker Alex Winter

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r/movies 6h ago

Discussion What is the Best Courtroom Drama?

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What do you think is the best Courtroom Drama?

I recently watched Inherit The Wind and I must say I love that movie, Spencer Tracy and Fredric March really preform masterful performances in that film and Gene Kelly really holds his own with the 2 Stars.

I also watched Witness For The Prosecution, with Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietch, and Elsa Lancaster. Based on An Agatha Christie Story. Laughton really portrays a stubborn ass in the film, and I love him for that and I think it is his best performance. His banter with Lancaaster is also good.

There is also 12 Angry Men, Judgement At Nuremberg, Anatomy Of A Murder, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Verdict, A Few Good Men, My Cousin Vinny that are also great. Even Passion Of Joan Of Arc is also a courtroom drama, a very biased one, but a courtroom drama.

What do you think is the Best Courtroom Drama and explain why?

How come they don't make them like they use to?


r/movies 8h 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 9h ago

Recommendation Body Double(1984)

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The  camera lies all the time; lies 24 times/second-  Brian  De  Palma

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Jake  Scully(  Craig  Wasson) a struggling B-Movie actor, is having a tough time. His girlfriend is caught sleeping with another guy, he has been fired by the movie director for messing up a shot, and kicked out of his place, is looking for a place to stay. He does get to stay in a bizzare pad, that looks more like some flying saucer, courtesy Sam Bouchard a stranger he met in the bar.

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As he settles down in the pad, he peeps upon a female in the opposite appartment doing a sexy, strip dance, through his telescope. And soon becomes obsessed with her, spying on her daily. And he follows the female Gloria  Revelle(  Deborah Shelton) all over Los Angeles, as he discovers a rather nasty stranger too stalking here.

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And one day, he finds the stranger, creeping up to her apartment, but too late as she is brutally done to deah with a drill. Feeling depressed, and also guilty about not able to prevent her murder, he chances upon a porn star, Holly Body(  Melanie  Griffith) doing  the  same  ”self  masturbatory”  routine,  he  had  witnessed  in  the  apartment. And that makes him curious enough to explore the connection, leading him into LA's seedy porn world, that could throw up the answers to the mystery.

Body Double is cheesy to the core, especially the scene where Gloria is murdered, her terrified expression is more chuckle worthy. But then I guess De Palma intended it to be so in this cheesy homage to Hitchcock's Vertigo and Rear Window.

Loved the opening scene, where we are tricked into believing that its a vampire movie, but ultimately turns out to be a B-movie shooting, where Jake is playing the vampire, and messes up the shot due to his claustrophobia. We see that claustrophobia again in a superb shot, when Jake is stuck in a tunnel while shadowing Gloria all over LA(referenced from Vertigo).

The movie basically traverses two worlds, the B-Movies and Porn, both marked by excess, wildly over the top, ridiculous stuff. As in another of my favorite scenes, when Holly and Jake, get into a smooch, and she throws her head back, the director shouts out.

Where’s the cum-shot? I thought we were doing Body Talk, not Last Tango

Body Double is not a classic thriller, even the twists and turns are pretty much predictable. But De Palma's visual style makes it worth a watch, especially the scene where Jake shadows Gloria, and the murder scene too well shot. It's the kinda old fashioned 80's cheesy, over the top thriller flick, that can be quite fun to watch. Go for it.


r/movies 1d 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.