r/movies 4d ago

Recommendation What is the Best Film You Watched Last Week? (05/15/22-05/22/22)

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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 On Sunday 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/[LBxd] Film User/[LB/IMDb*]
“Operation Mincemeat” KingMario05 "The Lion King” (1994) [CDynamo]
"Kimi” craig_hoxton “Tombstone” [fly_sly]
“The Rescue” (2021) Stormy8888 “The Thin Blue Line” IntoTheWoodsWeGo2
“C’mon C’mon” Frosty-Tension484 “White Dog” [Millerian-55*]
“Pig” JCP1377 “For Your Eyes Only” Charlie_Wax
"Marriage Story” turnoffwhatturnsmeon “The Last Waltz” Yugo86
“The Gift” JBrundy "Candleshoe” Yankii_Souru
“Zero Dark Thirty” [HardcoreHenkie] "Temptation of Eros” [AneeshRai7]
“Never Let Me Go" LilElmerGantry “The Collector” (1965) GhostOfTheSerpent
“Drag Me to Hell” [Trunks89] “Onibaba” Jade_GL

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Recommendation Narc (2002) - The under the radar crime thriller and one of Ray Liotta's best

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With the sad news about Ray Liotta, I thought I would recommend one of my favourite films of his, Narc, from 2002.

Narc takes up the mantle from the earlier Training Day, maybe a little too closely though no bad thing, as a crime thriller following the Liotta lead of old veteran and young cop duo, the undercurrent of a corrupt thread within it.

Where Training Day has the stylised California vibes of palm trees and sunsets though, Narc is an altogether more stone cold, gritty, unforgiving ride, reflecting off its Detroit winter backdrop, harsh dim light and visible breaths snapping out with every line of dialogue. Its a smaller, intimate affair, and while may not have that larger than life charismatic caricature from Denzel Washington, its close-quarters nature allows for a strong lead performance from Ray Liotta.

Narc is hardly obscure, but does go under the radar. I think a must-see for any fan of the crime thriller, touching on neo-noir, who hasnt yet dug deep enough to come across it.

Narc (2002) IMDb

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Discussion Titane (2021): the big clue most people missed.

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Spoilers and huge trigger warning for sexual abuse, obviously.

Titane is weird as hell. The main character does all kinds of shit with no clear logical reason. Impossible things happen out of nowhere without explanation. Nobody acts like even a vaguely normal person. Understandably, it was often a frustrating watch even for the people who liked it - the overriding question coming out of the cinemas seemed mainly to be 1) why was the protagonist so crazy, and how am I meant to sympathise with her, and 2) what the fuck was actually up with the car stuff?

I think however, in asking these questions, most people are missing a crucial puzzle piece that makes the entire film actually very sensible: trauma.

That trauma is a theme is not a hot take, no. But I'm going to go a step further and say that the most coherent way to read the film's characters and events is on a symbolic level, as an extremely heightened depiction of trauma's aftermath - specifically, in the main character's case, the aftermath of child sexual abuse.

Now, some people have picked up on this already, but I was personally surprised how few people seemed to notice that she was almost definitely abused as a child, most likely by her father (for instance, remember how fucking weird the examination scene was?). And this effectively explains everything - and I really mean basically everything - she does in the film.

  • The murder of her parents, despite what some claim, is not random at all. In doing so, she kills her abuser and his presumable enabler.

  • Her murdering men at the point of either rape or sexual encounters reads easily as a heightened depiction of someone who has been sexually traumatised, and consequently lashes out massively at the (perceived or real) threat of violence implicit in all intimacy when they are triggered.

  • Her rejection of femininity is a strategic rejection of the thing that, in her mind, led to her being traumatised in the first place. Yes, there's a plot reason for her doing this, but I would say it's a narrative contrivance to allow this symbolic element a presence in the film (you have to admit, the pretending-to-be-the-son bit is a pretty weird plot point on its own).

  • The way she hides from Vincent Lindon's character so frequently, although explained on a surface level by the plot details about hiding the pregnancy, is incredibly reminiscent of the reaction many abused children exhibit toward adults who resemble their abuser. Which is only reinforced by her literally being in a child's room, in children's clothing during most of these scenes.

  • Similarly, while most people saw her kissing Lindon in the end as a moment of gratuitous frenchness (hey, I thought so too at first), it's absolutely spot on with how survivors of sexual abuse will often exhibit misplaced affection toward their abusers as a survival mechanism. It also lends more support toward the idea that she never had a father figure with whom the incest taboo, as a family boundary, was actually maintained.

  • The incredible violence and body horror of her child's gestation and birth reads disturbingly well as a symbolic take on the horror of incestuous pregnancy (not saying the child is actually her father's on a plot level, but it can definitely be read as such on a symbolic level).

  • Continuing along these lines, we can read her fixation with the car - a dispersonal, dispassionate, unstoppably destructive machinic force - as the protagonist's attempt to make sense of her trauma. It is at once a way of transposing her trauma onto another source (again, really common in survivors of CSA), and at the same time lets her identify not as a victim, but with the car instead as a dispassionate force that that cannot be hurt, and possesses the power to destroy anything that might threaten her.

  • On a more tenuous point, even her own hyper-sexualisation of herself in her job, in this light, can be read as another instance of the age-old "female abuse victim gets a job as a stripper/sex worker etc" trope.

All of these, while obviously exaggerated and fantastical, have very clear analogs to very real behaviour exhibited by many who struggle with the trauma of sexual abuse. And they suggest traumatic abuse as lying, at least symbolically, at the core of her motivation. The car crash, which seems initially framed as 'the event' that sends her off the deep end, is almost a red herring in this sense - one that was potentially too effective in drawing people's attention away from the other themes at play. At the end of the day, the car crash wasn't really her trauma: it was her opportunity to run from her trauma by identifying herself and her trauma with the invincible, catastrophically destructive force of the non-human.

I won't go into Lindon's character re: trauma because that much is more clear on his part: the object of his trauma (the loss of his son) is made very explicit from the get-go. But again, the fact that his character is also so incredibly informed by trauma should be taken as a clue that the same is probably likely for the protagonist as well.

But anyway, I just wanted to add these points somewhere. I haven't really seen or heard most of them brought up in discussion around the film, and I think the resulting misconception of it as a Crazy Film Where Crazy Stuff Happens For No Reason is a disservice to the rich metaphorical elements of the film.


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The controversy around the director aside, how did you like it when you saw it for the first time?

Did you like the 2nd as much? I was waiting and waiting and waiting for the 3rd to come out only to be disappointed when it did. I guess nobody wanted to work with Victor anymore.

This could be a great series show though.

Do you know of any other little horror films that are as suspenseful and just fun to watch?


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