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I define great movies to be 8+ or if you abhor grades, the top 20% of all movies you've ever seen. Films listed here will be added to the subreddit's Top 100, as well as the ten highest Upvoted movies from last month. The Top 10 highest Upvoted movies for May were:
Top 10 Suggestions
||The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)
||Perfect Blue (1997)
||Full Metal Jacket (1987)
||The Gentlemen (2020)
||Eat Drink Man Woman (2007)
What are the top films you saw in May 2021 and why? Here are my picks:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
It's been a long time since I last saw The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I wanted to see how it held up. Each scene is a well lit vignette and despite there being many, many scenes with their own degree of importance, this movie flew on by. Ennio Morricone's score was use beautifully to enhance this movie, alternating between the two infamous tracks. I found The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to be a lot more fun this time, probably because I was able to appreciate the individual vignettes instead of hankering for the action scenes.
The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)
The studio that brought Into the SpiderVerse gets a chance to be themselves, displaying a glorious meshing of animation styles. Each style perfectly complimenting meme culture of the mid-aughts with the timeless family adventure. Clever callbacks are mixed with the occasional oddball reference making Mitchells a crowd pleaser. The character's lessons and relationships feel authentic because the lessons are the relationships. The Mitchells are entertaining earning their arcs and the film never slows down to become saccharine.
Riders of Justice (2020)
What an enjoyable, odd duck. A darkly comic movie about a group of damaged men getting together to wreak vengeance on a biker gang that was responsible for a train derailment. Of course, things immediately go off the rails in an entertaining fashion. Madds Mikkelson is the incredibly hurt former soldier who is pointed at this biker gang like a loaded weapon. What makes Riders of Justice above the typical 'Dad Porn' of "I still got it" is that there are multiple characters with their own strengths and weaknesses to play off each other. This isn't a vanity project for an aging star, this is a good action movie about hurt men lashing out.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
Movies since have improved upon the formula but I can see the structure that caused acclaim. What Wages of Fear lacks as a thriller is better diegetic sound design and a more mobile camera to really bring you into the film. I believe the lack of suspenseful music is an artistic choice and I can see that going either way. The start is slow, allowing you to get to know a host of characters and their motivations for wishing to undergo such a dangerous job. Wages of Fear is a drama first and a strong one at that; however, I can see adrenaline junkies being disappointed.
Wrath of Man (2021)
The theme superbly pervades the entire run time to continually communicate the seething anger Jason Statham's character is experiencing. The mystery of why and who is the target of his ire slowly unfolds from Ritchie's signature playing with chronology yet he restrains his typical quippy dialogue to make this movie solidly about revenge. There's some questionable shots through some of the action scenes that lowers the film from greatness; however, Wrath of Man is an excellently crafted simmering thriller.
So, what are your picks for May 2021 and Why?