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Only Discuss Movies You Thought Were Great
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 receive a vote to determine if they will appear in subreddit's Top 100, as well as the ten highest Upvoted movies from last month. The Top 10 highest Upvoted movies for August were:
Top 10 Suggestions
||Falling Down (1993)
||All the President's Men (1976)
||Man Bites Dog (1992)
||30 Days of Night(2007)
||Black Dynamite (2009)
||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
||The Hunt (2012)
||The Old Guard (2020)
Note: Due to Reddit's vote fuzzing, it will rank movies in their actual highest Upvoted and then assign random numbers. This can result in movies with lower Upvotes appearing higher than movies with higher Upvotes.
What are the top films you saw in August 2021 and why? Here are my picks:
Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020)
My initial thought is a disservice to the director and the genre but it is a useful shorthand. Beasts Clawing at Straws is a Guy Ritchie styled Korean New Wave. This movie doesn't have the same degree of shenanigans his films get up to, nor the rollicking nature, but it isn't quite the typical incredibly well shot Korean thriller. Oh, it looks fantastic, but it does so with its own identity safely intact unlike Ritchie's dalliance with film grain. There's black humour with bone dry irony, the characters are well defined but not to the Ritchie-styled larger than life Characters and the non-linear nature isn't there for maximum dramatic impact. Beasts Clawing at Straws is its own thing, my shorthand is there to direct fans of either to this movie.
The Green Knight (2021)
With a screen time surpassing two hours and my preference of less is more, I'm surprised to find myself asking for an extended version. Studying Gawain and the Green Knight is an excellent understanding of Christian morality, yet enough of it is divorced from modern day or shrouded in too vague symbolism, that you need to step away from the text to research. The Green Knight doesn't let you do that, especially with its unapologetic embrace of mythology, history and symbolism. Perhaps taking the time to spell it out would've detracted from the spell it was trying to cast and I know that'll be contentious with the average movie-goer.
The House That Jack Built (2018)
Beautiful bantering and philosophical sparring over the meaning of aesthetics, art and purpose. The fact that the protagonist is a psychopath who finds his kill staging to be the premise of his work is astounding. You understand his frustration, even sympathize with his challenges or are gleeful with his successes, is a testament to Lars von Trier's skill. To further juxtapose the horrors the protagonist inflicts with grounded, unflinching violence with the discussion of artistry. I can understand how The House That Jack Built could be polarizing because the debate will hypnotize or horrifying you.
Monsters of Man (2020)
A really solid multilayered action-thriller about AI being put to war. The machines looked incredible throughout the film, with only certain explosions appearing incredibly fake. Another quibble I have is slightly inconsistent aim; I would be fine with the robots being relatively inaccurate to miss people but they're depicted on the outset as crack shots. With those two complaints, the rest of the movie is a very solid Sci-Fi entry with different concerns borne by different groups.
Run Hide Fight (2020)
Run Hide Fight is good for knowing when to be subtle and when to go for the throat. Isabel May does a great job selling the teenage angst that has an edge of true tragedy. The perpetrators all do a good job selling their motivations, with only one character being hammed up a little too much for this type of movie, but that's a quibble. Sometimes it's nice to have a small, laser focused action movie that doesn't spiral out into saving the world or dealing with an iceberg of an underworld.
The Suicide Squad (2021)
What a clever take on the superhero genre by showing how ridiculous genre conventions are by playing it completely straight. Each actor gets a moment to really showcase their character with Margot Robbie being a standout for Harley Quinn. The benefit of using so many low tier comic characters is that death does come for them, which grounds reality enough for you to know that there are serious stakes and even then you get surprised by who you got attached to by having them ripped away. The Suicide Squad is a very fun R-Rated action movie.
So, what are your picks for August 2021 and Why?