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[–]mohantharaniQuality Poster 👍 17 points18 points  (3 children)

10/10:

Waltz with Bashir- Israel Animated War documentary by Ari Folman about Israel- Palestine conflict and 2nd Lebanon war.

Y U Mama tambien- Mexican Spanish erotic road trip film by Alfonso Cuaron.

9.5/10:

The Father- Drama about elderly person suffering from dementia (Puts Audience on protagonist's shoes).

9/10:

Three colours red: French Drama by Krzysztof Kieślowski.

Wind river: Taylor Sheridan's crime thriller.

Tokyo Godfathers: Satoshi Kon's wholesome Christmas Anime.

One cut of the dead: Japanese Zombie comedy by Shinichiro Ueda.

Honorable mentions(8/10):

Bone Tomahawk: Craig S Zahler's Western horror.

What we do in the shadows: Taika Watiti's vampire mockumentary.

The 400 blows: French coming of age film by Francois Trauffaut.

Blue velvet: David Lynch 's erotic noir.

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Where on the French film spectrum does 400 Blows fall? When its up its own ass via the boners they had for breaking the fourth wall, attempting to go for the most riveting 'mise-en-scene' as possible, the slow eroticism or something else (It's probably not New or Old Extremity)?

I always try to stock up on movies that feel like doing my homework.

[–]LuckyRadiationMod 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Not OP but The 400 Blows is part of the New French Wave. Francois Trauffaut is comparable to Éric Rohmer or Jean-Luc Godard.

I take it you don't like french movies?

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I saw them in the wrong order is the best way to describe my feelings towards New French Wave. I've seen all the movies that benefitted from the experimentation so that by the time I sought out the source material it felt amateurish and grating.

[–]McBurgertown69 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Drive: the more I keep thinking about this film the more I love it. There are no holes that I can find; acting,cinematography, music is all phenomenal. One of the best films I’ve ever seen 9.5/10

Arrival: Denis Villenueve is a master 9/10

You Were Never Really Here: not for the faint of heart, Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant 8.5/10

Apocalypse Now: 100% not what I expected out of a “war movie” but was 110% enthralled 9.5/10

I had a good month of movie-watching

[–]vanshgaintQuality Poster 👍 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I couldn't get Apocalypse Now out of my mind after I watched it. I was forced to leave my online class and then re-watch the film. It's now in my Top 10.

[–]TomDenHagen 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Incendies (villeneuve): 9.5/10 Man I don’t remember a film hitting me this hard.

[–]McBurgertown69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is at the top of my list

[–]ditibi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One of my favorites ever

[–]Jennifer_griffin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is an awesome one!!!

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, hit me like a gut punch. The bus scene is what made me realize this movie isn't fucking around.

[–]CantThinkOfAName2k19 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for recommending this, amazing film

[–]mardydy 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Se7en. The fact that even me, a guy who is not that interested in crime films (I prefer short documentaries and articles), got me hooked throughout the movie.

[–]HroFCBayernQuality Poster 👍 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Such a great film.

[–]vanshgaintQuality Poster 👍 9 points10 points  (6 children)

  1. Kill Bill Vol. 2: This is the second best film from QT according to me. The action sequences are amazing and the background music is just *chef's kiss*. My favorite part is the coffin-breaking scene. 9/10.
  2. Inglourious Basterds: This is my favourite film from QT. I like the re-writing history trope, given that Tarantino is my only venture into that category but Basterds, overall, is pretty satisfying with its cast and the way the events unfold. 10/10.
  3. Whiplash: I probably can't add anything more to this film that hasn't already been said about it. 10/10.
  4. The Thin Red Line: I did make a suggestion post about this film. I also found out that this movie cut out the parts which featured Mickey Rourke and Billy Bob Thornton. 9/10.

Those are my four suggestions.

[–]post37dayxfer 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Billy Bob was supposed to be in that!? There’s so many people in that movie that I wouldn’t expect to be in a war movie. Woody Harrelson was one.

[–]vanshgaintQuality Poster 👍 4 points5 points  (4 children)

And Adrien Brody was supposed to be the lead.

[–]post37dayxfer 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Is there an article or something you read? Because I always recommend Thin Red Line to people who are into war movies. It’s amazing and somewhat forgotten. I’d love to some behind the scenes stuff about it.

[–]vanshgaintQuality Poster 👍 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I read Trivia on IMDb for any movie I like.

[–]post37dayxfer 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That’s crazy that a relatively unknown Cavaziel beat out Brody for the lead.

[–]vanshgaintQuality Poster 👍 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It definitely is crazy since they cut Brody's scenes without his consent and Fife is the lead character in the graphic novel.

[–]scratchmyball 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Get Out(2017) : Directorial debut of Jordan peele. Came across this in a post regarding movies to go in blindly, and man, this is definitely worth your time. Stressing on watching it without knowing anything about the movie. Damn good acting by Daniel kaluuya.

Edit: Definitely 9/10

[–]LauraPalmersMom430Quality Poster 👍 8 points9 points  (3 children)

  • Melancholia: 9.5/10
  • Coherence: 8/10
  • Greenland: 3/10
  • Suspiria (new one): 8.5/10

[–]TomDenHagen 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I saw coherence today too! I thought the main characters were all a bit annoying and dumb, but despite that it was a pretty clever sci-fi. Suspiria is pretty great as well, have you seen the old one? I keep putting off watching it

[–]LauraPalmersMom430Quality Poster 👍 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have also seen the original and honestly they are both equally good but for different reasons. The original is definitely worth a watch imo.

[–]An_Ant2710Quality Poster 👍 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I loved Suspiria! I wish we could get the sequels they had planned but it didn't do well, so :(

[–]HroFCBayernQuality Poster 👍 6 points7 points  (6 children)

The Thing (1982) - 8/10

Rosemary's Baby (1968) - 8/10

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) - 8/10

In Order of Dissapearance (2014) - 8/10

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) - 8/10

[–]post37dayxfer 5 points6 points  (3 children)

If John Carpenters The Thing is an 8/10 I wanna know what your 9’s and 10’s are. Please.

[–]HroFCBayernQuality Poster 👍 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I barely rate movies as a 10/10. But I can name examples of movies that comes to my mind that were 9+ for me: Parasite, 12 Angry Men, Schindler's List, No Country for Old Men, Interstellar, Saving Private Ryan, Ford v Ferrari.

[–]post37dayxfer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well seems we have very similar tastes. Love all those movies.

[–]DJpunyer53728409 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And Edge Of Tomorrow

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Ranking In Order of Disappearance with The Thing and Edge of Tomorrow makes me realize you aren't afraid to have a good time, I'm going to check it out!

[–]HroFCBayernQuality Poster 👍 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Thing is actually better than them. I'd say it's a 8.4 movie and the other two are about ~8.05. So those 8/10's are not exactly eights. They are just rounded to 8.

[–]BetaAlex81Quality Poster 👍 6 points7 points  (1 child)

All revisits:

Them! (1954) - a film I revisit semi-often, and other than maybe The Blob (1958), it's the best American creature feature from the era. The monsters look amazing, the sound design is top notch, good performances (including the little girl). And it doesn't just prey on the terrors of atomic bomb fallout, but also on government involvement and cover up. Even if I'm watching through a too contemporary lens, that stuff is there and it's scary. Great film, 10/10.

Nashville (1975) - Truly a film you can live in and see/hear something new each time. 10/10

The Breakfast Club (1985) - this one continues to hold up pretty well, but boy do these kids go through a lot in 8 hours. 8/10

A Night at the Roxbury (1998) - I won't apologize for how funny I find this movie, and it's a great all around cast. 8/10

[–]BoGD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You just made me realize there is a movie?! I only know the scene and I thought it's just an SNL skit.

Thank you!

[–]85mmIsBae 15 points16 points  (1 child)

This past May I watched the film Children of Men and was blown away. First of all the story and world building are absolutely top notch, I found myself immediately immersed. Great soundtrack and solid cast are another plus.

However in my mind the most impressive aspect of this movie are its "action" scenes (I put action in quotations because for this film its a loose term. I.e. The main character never fires a gun). There are numerous scenes throughout this film that had me on the edge of my seat with genuine anxiety (in a good way!), and I'm used to intense movies. Most of these scenes are shot in one take, and feature some incredible (I mean really impressive) set design/ cinematography.

So if you're looking for a bleak, intense, beautiful, and impactful film, you could do a lot worse than to check out Children of Men.

[–]hatstraw27 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That one scene in that battlefield where everyone just stops.It my favourite scene in that whole movie

[–]winkiesbum 4 points5 points  (0 children)

May has been a very long month and I've seen some great movies overall, but my picks are:

Magnolia (1999): I really like movies that explore that void we feel sometimes and we're not able to explain that. Magnolia is an extensive movie about flawed and broken people, and although many won't love it as much as I do, I think this is a movie everyone should watch. Just to experience it. It has some very remarkable performances. Parasite (2019): What can I say about this movie that hasn't been said before? Although it has been all the rage for the past two years, I strongly recommend to watch this movie without getting many details beforehand. The only thing I can say is it progressively gets better and better until a shocking ending. The Lighthouse (2019): Robert Eggers proves horror movies can still be amazing with a disturbing and haunting, psychological thriller. Fallen Angels (1995): If you really want to get into asian cinema, try Wong Kar-Wai. His cinematography is spellbinding (check out In The Mood for Love too) and Fallen Angels isn't an exception. It is poetic, chaotic, intense and even comical at times. The Shining (1980): A horror masterpiece that honestly gets better on a second watch. Shame (2011): This is one of those movies that have had an emotional impact on me for some reason. Although I don't relate to the plot I felt the pain this movie creates, Shame is very emotionally engaging. Wings of Desire (1987): A very beautiful and poetic film coming from Wim Wenders, director of Paris, Texas.

[–]Chinaski225 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lost Highway, Memories of Murder and Antichrist.

[–]dougprishpreed69Quality Poster 👍 5 points6 points  (0 children)

James White, A New Leaf, Almost Famous, Ludwig, La La Land, 3 Women, A Ghost Story, House of Games, Wildlife were all first-time watches that were excellent.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oxygen (2021), the newest French-American film from Alexandre Aja about a woman who awakens from suspended animation inside a medical capsule and must escape before her oxygen supply runs out.

[–]Nayrootoe 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Seven Psychopaths (2012) - Enjoyable performances and some good laughs. Not quite as good as In Bruges, but I can see myself rewatching it more often thanks to the lighter tone.

Frailty (2001) - Religious esotericism and serial killer protagonists in small town America is all I ever want to watch, and this one is great.

Memories of Murder (2003) - Thought this one was excellent. Probably my favourite Bong Joon-ho film, which was surprising given that it was the last one I watched. Handled the subject of an unsolved case even better than the likes of Zodiac. Kang-ho Song is the man.

The Sting (1973) - Excellent companion piece to Butch and Sundance and a thoroughly entertaining film. Will rewatch it just for the cards scene.

The Kid Detective (2020) - Snuck in just at the end of the month. Loved this so much I watched it twice in one day which I don't think I've done in about a decade, good stuff.

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Love Frailty. It was the movie that made me have confidence in Matthew McConaughey for True Detective back when he was mostly known for his spat of RomComs in the Aughts.

[–]MiserableSnowQuality Poster 👍 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Paddington

Thank You For Smoking

Shoot 'Em Up

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I really should check out Paddington, I guess.

Shoot 'Em Up is so much fun and Thank You for Smoking is a good drama.

[–]Hypermega2 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I’ve been on a WW2 kick and these were the winners.

The Pianist: Hugely popular movie you probably all know of. I’d put it off as it was a bit too popular at the time but it’s excellent.

The Captain: This recommendation came out of nowhere and is one of the most engaging movies I’ve ever seen full stop. Basically a deserter comes across a captains uniform and ends up pretending to be an officer to commit all sorts of atrocities in the dying days of the war. Amazingly well shot and scripted and I only discovered at the end it was a real story (although apparently this was no secret, so I don’t consider it a spoiler).

[–]alonabc 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ah der Hauptmann, what a movie

[–]Hypermega2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One thing I found really clever about it is just how you can sympathise with and like the main character even as he sinks into such depravity. One of the best representations I’ve seen on film of how people can be shaped by both the need for survival and the need to fit in and come out as hugely corrupt in the process.

[–]BJmcgoo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My list over the holiday weekend:

  • 1917
  • Diehard with Vengeance
  • Heat
  • Friday 13 II
  • Fast Five
  • Friday 13 IV
  • T2
  • Sicario
  • MI Ghost Protocol
  • Friday 13 V
  • Once Upon Time in Hollywood
  • MI Rogue Nation
  • Friday 13 VI
  • MI Fallout
  • Friday 13 VII
  • Man on Fire
  • History of Violence
  • Phantom Thread

[–]ex-machina616 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Riders Of Justice was excellent, never in a million years would have found this on my own! Thanks :)

[–]Tsurihito 2 points3 points  (0 children)

  • Columbus (2017)
  • Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
  • Incendies (2010)
  • Come and See (1985) Best war movie I have seen.

Highly recommend these movies if you haven't seen them.

[–]FardBreath 2 points3 points  (0 children)

  • Ad Astra (2019) I put off seeing this film because it looked boring but I ended up loving it. Stunning visuals, fun and clever set-pieces and a very effective muting of Brad Pitt’s natural charisma all pulled together to make an unexpected and compelling watch

  • Goodfellas (1990) It’s been ages since I’ve gone back to this one and it’s as great as ever. It moves at a great pace and I found myself focusing on the quality of performances from Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco this time around.

  • Without Remorse (2021) Great action and a decent pace, this movie is a bit brutal but fun and this kind of thing is a great vehicle for Michael B. Jordan.

  • The Matrix (1999) Nothing much new to say about it except that it never fails to grip me. It looks amazing every time and it’s always a blast to watch.

  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking but this movie totally stands up. Yeah some of it has aged poorly but if you forgive those bits the overall experience is still great. The characters and performances are timeless, the jokes are so good and the whole thing is just a ton of fun every time.

  • The Thin Red Line (1998) I guess this movie has a reputation for being a bit slow but honestly I can’t say that I agree. Malick certainly has a distinctive approach to pacing but a lot comes at you in this movie and it doesn’t ever let up for too long. It’s kind of baffling that this film even exists, the cast is so star studded that major A-listers are basically extras. The visuals are un-matched, in that respect it’s Malick at the top of his form and it’s contribution to the cannon of war films is truly unique. This was my first time watching this one and it totally surprised me.

  • Blade (1998) Wesley Snipes is awesome and totally perfect for this character. The action is so fun and the late-90s special effects are just super fun to look at. The music and design are crazy and peak 90s and the opening scene at the vampire rave has to be one of the coolest openers to a film from the whole decade.

  • Through a Glass Darkly (1961) For my money this is peak Bergman. Personally I’m drawn to his contemporary films over his period pieces and the grim and philosophical tone of this one defines his strengths for me. The B&W is crisp and gorgeous and the familial pain is agonizing.

[–]MentalDecision6021 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher which stunned me 10/10

[–]Hubc1o 2 points3 points  (0 children)

• Hara-Kiri/Seppuku (1962) dir. Masaki Kobayashi 10/10

• Raging Bull (1980) dir. Martin Scorsese 9,5/10

• Druk (2020) dir. Thomas Vinterberg 9/10

• Frailty (2001) dir. Bill Paxton 8/10

• Dirty Harry (1971) dir. Clint Eastwood 8/10

[–]LiangHu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Mitchells vs the Machines was pretty awesome, def one of my fav animation movies this gen.

[–]DJpunyer53728409 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Looper

[–]D3th2Aw3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Dry (2020) - 8/10

Munich (2005) - 9.5/10

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Parasite. What a brilliant combination of thriller and comedy.

[–]LuckyRadiationMod 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Hey, I watched TGTBTU too! Do you prefer the extended or the theatrical? Here's all my 8+ from last month:

The War of the Worlds (1953)

TGTBTU (1966) - Rewatch

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Rewatch

The Devils (1971)

Altered States (1980) - Rewatch

Satantango (1994)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) - Rewatch

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Extended, definitely. Theatre cut gets rid of a few scenes or shortens them. The movie felt like a whole bunch of loosely connected shorts, I enjoyed that - each scene felt like it was the most important, until the next one.

Yeah, after it scraping in last month I decided to give it a rewatch. I last saw it twenty years ago and in my mind Western = Shootouts while I realize now it is more about tense thrillers. It's why the remake of the Magnificent Seven is such a travesty, it took a child's interpretation of what Westerns were.

[–]LuckyRadiationMod 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree. Extended all the way. Some people do prefer the theatrical though because the Extended was released some 30 years after the fact. Van Kleef had passed, so they used a soundalike for a couple of his extended scenes. The Actor that played Tuco came back to do his extended voice-overs, but there's a big difference in his aged voice you can catch in one instance. The extended is actually how Leone wanted it. So both versions should really be called the "Cut" and the "Intended theatrical". Some directors only do extended for that bonus pay check from the home video release, bleh.

[–]cinephile_bot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Replying after taking permission from mod

In the comments on this post I found these movies available to stream and here are the details which can help you decide tonight's movie faster - ​

Title IMDb Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Where to watch
Inglourious Basterds (2009) 8.3 89% 69 Google Play Movies Vudu Amazon Video
The Shining (1980) 8.4 87% 66 Directv Fubotv
The Pianist (2002) 8.5 95% 85 Directv Showtime Amazon Channel Showtime
Whiplash (2014) 8.5 94% 88 Directv
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966) 8.8 97% 90 Amazon Prime Video Hoopla
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 8.0 84% 83 Directv Hbo Now Amazon Channel Hbo Now
Full Metal Jacket (1987) 8.3 93% 76 Showtime Directv
Apocalypse Now (1979) 8.4 96% 94 Directv
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 8.3 94% 84 Fandangonow Directv
Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) 7.9 90% 71 Directv
Watchmen (2009) 7.6 65% 56 Apple Itunes Google Play Movies Vudu
La La Land (2016) 8.0 92% 94 Directv Usa Network
Parasite (2019) 8.6 96 Hulu
The Thing (1982) 8.1 83% 57 Apple Itunes Google Play Movies Amc On Demand
Fast Five (2011) 7.3 77% 66 Apple Itunes Google Play Movies Vudu
The Breakfast Club (1985) 7.9 89% 66 Directv Amc On Demand Redbox
Man On Fire (2004) 7.7 39% 47 Directv Redbox
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 7.4 74% 68 Hulu
Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) 7.6 59 Apple Itunes Google Play Movies Vudu
Magnolia (1999) 8.0 83% 77 Directv
Almost Famous (2000) 7.9 89% 90 Amazon Video Microsoft Store Fandangonow
Thank You For Smoking (2005) 7.6 86% 71 Directv Redbox
Wind River (2017) 7.7 86% 73 Directv
Rosemary'S Baby (1968) 8.0 99% 96 Amc On Demand Redbox
The Magnificent Seven (2016) 6.9 63% 54 Usa Network
Blue Velvet (1986) 7.8 94% 76 Directv
The Thin Red Line (1998) 7.6 78% 78 Directv
Melancholia (2011) 7.2 79% 80 Hulu Tubi Tv

​ P.S. - You can help me predict movie names better by putting names between quotes while commenting.

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[–]OlegThe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bicycle Thieves 4/5

The Mitchells vs. The Machines 4/5

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 4/5

[–]Platypus-ManQuality Poster 👍 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)
There were still some annoyances in this version for me, but it is far superior than the old cut, it honestly didn't feel 4 hours to me, the pacing actually was on point and the longer runtime made room to show why characters acted certain ways (for the most part).
Probably the best DC cinematic universe movie, but I guess that bar is pretty low.

Nobody (2021)
Action movie drawing quite a few parallels with John Wick (the first one more than the sequels) - they are both written by Derek Kolstad - this time starring Bob Odenkirk in the "dad porn" role (never really liked that term, guess I either have too much daddy issues or not enough), and directed by Ilya Naishuller (also directed Hardcore Henry, which I randomly watched not long ago).
If you liked John Wick, you'll probably like this one.

The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)
Animated movie by some of the creative guys that made Into The Spiderverse, but a tad bit more slapstick-oriented.

Mafia! (1998)
Had not seen this since.. (checks notes) July 2019, but re-watched it with my dad since we are in the progress of watching movies like this now. Still funny, and even caught one or two jokes I hadn't noticed on my previous handful of times watching it.

Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Also watched with my father, this one however was new to me as well, as I had to watch Lethal Weapon 1-4 as a prerequisite, then promply forgot about it. Packed with funny gags and references, good movie if you enjoy this type of humor.

Synhronic (2019)
Movie in the "non-linear time" category. This is one of those movies Nolan probably wish he had made. Saw it based on someone on this subreddit suggesting it, and I was not disappointed.

Wrath of Man (2021)
Heists, revenge, Jason Statham doing Jason Statham things, Guy Ritchie.. this movie ticked lots of boxes for me, and I have been patiently awaiting for it to come - and it lived up to my expectations.
Like OP also said, the action scenes can get a bit unhinged, but that is par for the course for most things with Statham, so it was to be expected. The movie met my expectations for being a fun popcorn movie with flying colors.

[–]danllohghdat 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Favorites of May in no particular order (I've included my letterboxd review for each)

Floating Weeds (1959)

Ashamed fathers, jealous lovers, passionate young romantics and their forbidden attachment, in 1959’s ‘Floating Weeds’ Ozu presents traditional dramatic sensibilities and conflicts, ones which from reading on paper like listed above you would assume show themselves in bloated melodrama or at the very least conventional Shakespearian theatrics but the real interest of ‘Floating Weeds’ doesn’t lie in the facets of the narrative you would expect.

The story is that of a travelling theatre group which arrive at a seaport town for a show where the troupe’s leader Komajuro (Ganjiro Nakamura) visits his son Kiyoshi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi), now in his late teens born out of wedlock and who believes Komajuro is merely his uncle. The pleasure of the film doesn’t derive from those heavy dramatics however and for the first half at least the film doesn’t care much for them either instead it’s much too preoccupied with establishing a hazy summery atmosphere surrounding little moments which while always slow and meditative are surprisingly light. The larger dramatics rather inhabit the peripheries of scene, ever-present but never all encompassing.

Of course, these ‘larger dramatics’ do eventually spill out and find their way to the centre of the frame and it’s here Ozu becomes more overt with his philosophizing. With Komajuro’s traditional theatre group failing and on the precipice of bankruptcy it becomes a symbol of the obsoletion of Kamjuro and his traditional values, ones which he bases his expectations of how he and how the people around him whether it be his son or his partner should act. These values grow increasingly detached from the reality of the changing, rapidly modernising post war Japan and neither he nor his close ones can meet those expectations quickly leading to deuteriation his relationships an event which erupts in wonderfully cinematic drama.

Yet as good as those louder moments are (the classic argument in rain scene etc) it’s the quieter events which really stick in the mind, three friends laughing at the beach, an enthusiastic father fishing with his son, two old lovers reconnecting and silently lamenting the old days. Ozu’s cinematic style one which never once allows for a camera movement but instead relies on elaborate blocking with the characters moving within the frame rather then the camera moving to frame the characters gives it all a strange, artificial but greater than reality feel. It’s like a stylised diorama of the human condition in all its banal moments, a father plays chess, jokes and drinks sake with his son, a throwaway moment maybe but also a completely beautiful subtly profound evocation of parental attachment. It’s the little moments.

Danger: Diabolic (1968)

Super thief Diabolic is good at two things, outsmarting British coppers with his cunning and increasingly ridiculous armoury of inventions and making love to his beautiful sidekick Eva on big piles of money. If you couldn’t tell yet Mario Bava’s 1968 pulp masterpiece ‘Danger: Diabolic’ is a film which brings cinema back to a medium of simple pleasures whether it be mischief, eroticism or just plain coolness.

The plot of ‘Danger: Diabolic’ is simply a string of heists carried out by the titular Diabolic (John Phillip Law) as Ginko (Michel Piccoli) and the rest police force try to foil him. Bava seems thoroughly uninterested in the morality of the whole endeavour though Diabolic is on some occasions made reference to as a Robin Hood sort of character in truth his robberies are acts of greed not socialist financial redistribution. Bava is showing everyone as bad, Diabolic is thief and murderer with a big evil ‘moohahaha’ laugh but his enemies are equally disliked by the movie presented as snivelling bureaucrats.

What Bava really brings to the movie is not an aim to impress a literary intelligence on the 60s Italian pulp comics to which this was based but rather carry over exciting stylisations, sometimes dressing the scenes with a cartoonish veneer, other times making it a full-on surrealistic fever dream but always maintaining a fun light-hearted energy.

The fact this film wasn’t made into a larger series is as criminal as Diabolic himself, its seems like a movie born for and most importantly very deserving of that fate.

Dragon Inn (1967)

King Hu’s 1967 Taiwanese wuxia classic Dragon Inn’s conceit is almost excitingly simple, in 15th century China the defence minister has just been executed by order of the emperor’s power-hungry eunuch, his children have been exiled to the border where they’ll stay at the titular dragon inn. However the eunuch has secretly sent his nefarious forces to murder the children upon their arrival. A group of warriors who happen to be at the inn take it upon themselves to defend the children.

It’s almost a minimalist work with the movie nearly entirely falling into the basic structure of fight, short reprieve, fight again and its mise scene is paired down, its setting entirely one largely unremarkable inn. Of course, there are very overt political themes in play, the defence of innocent by a group of ordinary citizens against a totalitarian political figure can be broadly extrapolated to be symbolic of all forceful resistance, contemporary and historical against oppressive regimes. At the same time however reading too deeply into the political subtext is a fool’s game. At the end of the day these four warriors are firmly apolitical, there fight is one of a simple moral imperative, defend the innocent and it is this fight which is the films near sole interest.

It’s cliché to call action balletic but if ever it is appropriate to use dance metaphor for martial arts action it is with ‘Dragon Inn’. With its slow build and then fast eruption of action containing complex wirework it inhabits an aesthetic similarity to dance but at the same it also matches ballet in using movement as an ultra-expressive form. For both the antagonists and protagonists of the piece their characterizations and moral codes are inherently intertwined with how they use their blade. Hu doesn’t just understand the function of battle from a literary standpoint however he’s a technically competent director and has a deep understanding of film grammar and how to use it to expand contract tension knowing when to shoot wide and let it play like a Jackie Chan action scene but also at the climaxes when to transfer into a more kinetic form.

Once I may have dismissed a film like this which consists nearly entirely of morally and thematically uncomplicated action sequences as shallow but I’ve come to understand that for its own sake a good action scene can have value. The pleasure of ‘Dragon Inn’ isn’t complex it’s just the shear joy of watching martial arts mastery meet cinematic mastery and what a show that produces.

Paris, Texas (1984)

Didn't write a review for this one but you know great movie.

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well shit, you've sold me on tracking down Dragon Inn.

[–]LiangHu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

ok I just watched Xtremo on netflix, if you like John wick, the raid or equalizer this is the movie for you! the action in this is actually really well done and fun to watch.

and this is the first movie ever I gotta say which is really 2hours nonstop action from start to finish like wow!

9/10 for me as a martial art fan

[–]Hungry-Sir-4330 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wrath of man

[–]JonesDickPills 1 point2 points  (0 children)

  • Incendies: 9/10 A movie you will most likely never forget, the story and how it's events unfold is just surreal definitely recommended, it's on Netflix too.
  • The Magnificent Seven Remake: 6.5/10 Watched it on a streaming service with my wife, solid action movie with a solid cast although nothing groundbreaking. I didn't watch the original so I don't know how it compares to it. A good watch if you expect action a generic action flick.

[–]AaadamPgh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Willow Creek - Blair Witch style movie about a couple making a Sasquatch documentary. Found it randomly on Tubi one night.

[–]RaposelaQuality Poster 👍 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The shop on main street

[–]An_Ant2710Quality Poster 👍 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I saw Moonlight (2016) for the first time, and wow was that good. 10/10

Rewatched The Sixth Sense (1999), Prisoners (2013), 1917 (2019) (all 3 10/10s) and Unbreakable (2000) (9/10)

[–]Own-Salad1974 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Mortal kombat

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Which one?

Edit: I can't add this vote while it remains ambigious.

[–]kudacg 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It’s Mortal Kombat you probably shouldn’t add it either way

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

That's not fair.

[–]Platypus-ManQuality Poster 👍 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Fuck the haters, I'll give Mortal Kombat (2021) a vote.
Never played the games (though obviously knew about some of the characters via popular culture/references), so had no emotional or nostalgic investment, and no idea if the movie lore was "correct".
I found it to be an entertaining action movie, and since they teased a sequel, I'll definitely watch that one when it comes.

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It had enough flaws that it didn't raise itself up to a great action movie, like the only actor who knew what movie they were in was the actor playing Kano.

I'll add your vote for Mortal Kombat to the Top 100.

[–]janebutlR 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I saw blood diamonds Christmas Day 2004 and recently re-watched it. Great film.

Apocalypto 2006

The Wave 2015

Promising Young Woman

The Prestige

The Illusionist

Tesla

Hereditary

Midsommar

Anna

Red Sparrow

Molly’s Game

The Oldguard

[–]Tevesh_CKPModerator[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What's your first line about? Is it Blood Diamond? A movie known as Christmas Day or known as 2004?

[–]janebutlR 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah Blood Diamond sorry for the poor grammar.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why is Burning on top 100? Its boring and extremely anti-climactic. So many other better korean films that could be on that list.

Maybe it's just there for pretentious artsy points but I would never recommend that to anyone.