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Posted by2 months ago

What is the Best Film You Watched Last Week? (09/21/22-09/28/22)

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:

FilmUser/[LBxd]FilmUser/[LB/Web*]
“Moonage Daydream”[jcar195]“Red” (2010)That_one_cool_dude
"Pearl”[Couchmonger]“Idiocracy”Conservative_Aussie
“Meet Cute”Last-Username_Left“The Player”[Denster]
“Barbarian”123jazzhandz321“Total Recall” (1990)LPMadness
“Three Thousand Years of Longing”JohnGillnitz“Enemy Mine”gonshairlinee
"Decision to Leave”[HardcoreHenkie]"Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains”[RottenPop.com*]
“The Last Days of Capitalism”vulcan_on_earth"An American Werewolf in London”wilsonw
“Shin Godzilla”Jade_GL"The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” (1974)callmemacready
“Hell or High Water"TheTurtleShepard“The Incident” (1967)OverThereByTheDoor
“Train to Busan”Lady_Disco_Sparkles“The College Girl Murders” (1967)[Millerian-55*]
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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Donnie Darko - Really really loved this one. Funny at times but also super dark, and Jake Gyllenhaal continues to be one of my favorite actors. Couldn’t keep my eyes of the screen and not sure I entirely understood it all but I think it will be super rewatchable. A new favorite! - 10/10

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Wow this one was dark and a heavy watch, but also paced incredibly well for being such a long movie. Pretty simple mystery plot but it has so many layers and I love how the separate storylines all converged. Probably my second favorite Fincher behind Se7en. Still need to watch The Social Network though - 9.5/10

Frances Ha - Super sharp and witty comedy. Short and sweet which I greatly appreciated, and Greta is always a treat - 8.5/10

Panic Room - Another Fincher that I hadn’t seen yet. Really intense and exciting, but not as good as his other top-tier work. Definitely a fun time though and some of the camera work was cool - 8/10

Look Both Ways - Pretty standard Netflix movie but I overall enjoyed it! With this and Do Revenge it really showed me how talented those Riverdale women are and I hope they continue to get more interesting work. - 6.75/10

Lou - Another standard Netflix movie but it was alright. Allison Janney in a John-Wick style role was cool af, and the dog was awesome. The rest was kind of meh but I’m not mad that I watched it - 5.75/10

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Fincher fan. I avoided Social Network for years. Low expectation. I was VERY happy with it.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Re: “Donnie Darko”…

Hey, don’t feel bad. The overall concept of the film went completely over my head when I first saw it. One of the few films that I just couldn’t grasp upon initial Viewing. r/whoosh material, for sure…🤯😖

On the other hand, though, knowing some of the analysis, behind the film, makes for rewarding rewatches later on.

The use of “Mad World” is still one of my all-time favorite needle-drops! 🎶🎶🎶

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I’ll have to give Panic Room another shot. I’m a type 1 diabetic and the wristwatch glucose monitor she had wasn’t a thing when this was made and it totally took me out of the movie. Now that that tech is real maybe I’ll enjoy the movie more.

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Big fan of Donnie Darko

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For me it was "The King". It was also a movie that I rated 8 points, which is quite rare for me.

It was straightforward, had a great ending and I think Timothee Chalamet might be on his way to a new superstar.

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I think he’s already there haha!

But I totally agree, this movie was just amazing. Really conveyed the sense of the burden he was stuck with, and it was just a beautiful movie. Also I’m a huge Pattionson fan (as I’m sure everyone is), and his performance was amazing. Especially love the scenes between Chalamet and Pattinsons characters.

“Little English balls. And the tiny cock!”

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Not familiar w who played Hotspur, but the performance was intense.

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honestly, Avatar. movie came out when I was 11 and my mom isn’t a sci-if fan whatsoever so I never got to see it in 3D. saw it on blu-ray and thought it was a pretty looking movie, but a mediocre plot. once I found out this rerelease was being shown in 3D I knew I had to go see it to figure out what kid me was missing out on and lo and behold I was missing out on a lot. my point still stands about the plot. it’s pretty bad and any actor not named Sigourney Weaver or Zoe Saldana is stiff as hell in this movie. but the way literally every single scene is crafted for a level of depth is unlike anything I have ever seen in a movie. I admittedly smoked a lil reefer before going in and it just completely blew my lil stoned brain away with how intense that 3D was. I totally get the hype now and am very much excited to see the new one. the plot could suck in the new one too and I won’t even be mad as long as the 3D is as good as the first. I did see an extended look at the new one at the end of the first one in the theater and it looks like it’ll definitely be as good, if not better. visuals are even more insane as you’d expect. James Cameron, while not being my favorite director, is one I immensely respect.

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The film was so good in IMAX 3D. I just watched it last night. I never watched the film fully before, we watched it during last days of school in 2010 but it being almost 3 hour film I never watched the last hour of it. I loved how the film immerses you to the world of Pandora. So glad that I got to finally watch it in its right format. I used to think that the film was overrated and compared it to smurfs and Pocahontas but damn it is just tight ride.

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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

This one surprised me in the best way possible. The trailer would seem to indicate a lightweight-ish dramedy of sorts. But the movie gets very deep and emotional as it confronts themes of relationships and our longing for personal desires. Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack are fantastic throughout as more and more layers of their backstory are revealed. The final shot is simply perfect.

9.5/10

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Haven't even heard of this, I'll give it a try.

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Nightmare Alley (2021) - Bit of a slow burn but the beautiful set design and cinematography keep it from ever feeling boring or slow; not to mention the brilliant acting, particularly from Bradley Cooper. Fantastic and satisfying pay off at the end and easily one of Del Toro’s best (imo). 8/10.

Bullet Train (2022) - Very fun film and one I would recommend for a chill movie night in. Superb cast and performances from Brad Pitt, Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor Johnson. Lemon and Tangerine need a spin-off! 8/10.

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

District 9

The recent Avatar 4K re-release made me want to revisit the other science fiction, best picture nominee, critical darling, from 2009 about as a selfish asshole who learns empathy by transforming into an alien.

Oh how the times have changed for poor Neill Blomkamp. In 2009, he really did feel like the next Ridley Scott.

But forget Chappie, forget Elysium, and forget Demonic because his first movie is still a triumph. It feels almost like a grungy, contemporary retelling of Speaker for the Dead.

In 1982, a group of alien refuges called ‘Prawns’ manage to strand themselves in Johannesburg. Separated from humans in a slum called District 9, the prawns are managed by Multi-National United, which will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent Jake Sul… I mean Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9.

One thing that District 9 does better than Avatar I think, is showing how painful empathy actually is. He doesn’t get to ride fun dinosaur creations or partake in some cool Prawn mating ceremony. No, Wikus has to slowly be made to feel all the pain his people have caused the Prawns until he’s literally living in a tin shack, and reduced to eating cat food from the garbage.

While flawed, Neil Blomkamp’s movies are weird, intriguing and a little bit sad. That being said I don’t know what the fuck was going on with Chappie. Maybe that one’s due for a revisit as well.

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District 9 was the first R-rated movie I saw in theaters (raised Mormon) and it was like drinking from the firehose. It shook me, and I loved it.

Recently I went back and watched it again just to see if it was really as emotionally gut leveling as I remembered or if I was just an innocent teenager being affected by his first heavy movie. It still hits hard. The way it displays the casual brutality of humanity and how we treat our undesirables is tough to stomach. I wish we had more sci-fi gems like this one.

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2022)

Is this my favorite film of the year?

This is a 90 minute movie about a stop-motion shell just talking and going about his life. And it is perfect. Like, it gets soooo much right. I haven't seen childlike wonder represented this well in a film in a while. Marcel's innocent understanding of the world is so beautiful to witness, and they do it without making him feel like an idiot. Seeing him be introduced to the larger world and be in complete awe of it, hearing his thoughts on every day things; it's like having a very articulate 6-year-old tell you about their life. I felt like a proud father every time I saw Marcel like stand up for himself or reassure Dean or do anything 'mature'. The unfiltered purity of this protagonist fills me with such joy.

And beyond this, I love found footage/mockumentary films. And films about filmmaking. And pretty movies. And movies with great engaging dialogue. And casual movies where nothing much happens. And this does all that and more sooo damn well, while being so adorable and cute and mature. It's just a really special film.

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I agree with everything you just said. Watched Marcel about 2 weeks ago and absolutely loved it.

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Well, the only film I've watched in the last week was Pinocchio, so I would have to say the 2 minutes that Pinocchio spent staring at a pile of horse shit was the best film.

It's been a while since I've seen the original, but i don't remember the morality being so thinly veiled. The story had a timer set every 5 minutes to explicitly say that Jiminy was Pinocchios conscience, and I mean that very literally. As in the characters specifically say "Jiminy is your conscience" over and over again.

In a movie set in 19th century Italy, only 1 character has an Italian accent, and he's so stereotypical that I expected him to be carrying a plate of spaghetti. Hanks flows between his 100% Tom Hanks voice and a thick caricature, Jiminy speaks with an American Southern accent, the puppeteer has an English accent, and her puppet has a French-Parisian accent.

The most fascinating part was where they dropped the ball. Pinocchio is given an apple and told that his teacher will love it. He drops the apple into a pile of horse shit (a fitting metaphor) and I thought he was about to pick up one of the turds to give to the teacher (which could be a fun off screen gag where we don't see him hand it to him, but only see him get kicked out of school). Instead, Pinocchio stares at the horseshit for a few minutes, and Honest Jim comes along and grabs the apple that's still covered in horse shit and takes a bite. He doesn't acknowledge its covered in horseshit but simply takes a few bites and tosses it off screen. If an apple lands in a pile of horseshit, I need payoff to that Checkhovs Horse Shit.

Pinocchio has no agency over any of his decisions. The original was very much about temptation and consequence. In this one, he is very literally dragged through the second act (as in dragged by Honest Jim by his cane) one set piece to another. He doesn't participate in any of the debauchery on Pleasure Island (if you can even call it that, they drink "root" beer, eat candy, and throw rocks at clocks (more on that in a bit).

The clocks had the potential to be an interesting metaphor. One of them literally has Gepettos face on it. If Pinocchio throws one rock, suddenly he has some moral consequence and has metaphorically shunned his father. Instead he tells his buddy not to do that. Fuckin nerd.

Gepetto, where to start? Well this film takes place over a day and a half. He's losing his mind from the loss of his wife and child. Understandable and an interesting story. The man is so nutso though, that its hard to sympathize with him. He builds a wooden boy and within hours decides he should go to school. He sends him off on his own without walking him or letting anyone know a "different" boy is coming. When Pinocchio doesn't come back that night after a few hours? He sells all of his possessions and goes to find him out at sea. Well, first he packs up his cat and goldfish (in its bowl) and goes wandering through town during a thunderstorm. I really wanted lightning to strike that fish bowl.

Also, Pinocchio has unlimited stamina and paddlefeet. The visual is played as fun, but is grating.

The sad part is, the lady puppets eyes move like Pinocchios, suggesting that she may or may not have conscience. The movie doesn't address this, which leads me to think...

They thought there would be a sequel.

This movie was a pile of horseshit that should have been handed to a schoolmaster.

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3000 Years of Longing was the best movie out there right now that probably isn't for everyone and that's a shame.

But it really is one of the sweetest love stories I can think of in recent memory. And exceptional filmmaking, which is all you can expect from George Miller.

Aside from that, I really thought Thor: Love and Thunder was fun and I'm not just going to jump off the fun ride to complain about nonsense because I don't care and want to have fun. Also Christian Bale is easily the best MCU villain to date.

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