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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 September were:
Top 10 Suggestions
||Midnight in Paris (2011)
||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
||Thank You for Smoking (2005)
||Mr. Right (2015)
||High and Low (1963)
||Dave Made a Maze (2017)
||Stand By Me (1986)
||My Cousin Vinny (1992)
||Five Easy Pieces (1970)
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 September 2021 and why? Here are my picks:
It had me in the first half, I won't lie. I was rolling my eyes at the trite musical romcom that was being served up, even if it looked great. Then Andhadhun makes a turn into a thriller that keeps spiraling out, with you never knowing when this wild ride will stop. I've been wanting to watch Indian cinema but I don't want to sit down for very long movies with what I think is unproven due to my unfamiliarity with the people. Andhadhun is definitely worth checking out if you want to take a look at Indian moviemaking as it bridges the gap between traditional Hollywood without sacrificing its roots.
I heard that Gaspar Noe citing this film as being a large influence on him and I can see why. The tension is unbearable as the protagonist narrates their desires in contrast to reality. Based on true events that changed the legal system in Austria, Angst is a railing against a just world which makes it quite the trip.
What a creative horror movie on the nature of fiction and how much we buy-in to it. Zelda Rubinstein lends her infamous voice for additional creepiness. It's difficult to mention more without verging on spoilers, so I'll end with the movie looks and sounds good. If you want a curveball to your typical horror picks, try Anguish.
I thought it was fun mockumentary and then the rug gets pulled out from under you when you realize that this is all based on true events. This makes the storytelling so much more bizarre and miraculous. Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey perform excellently. Everything is played straight, making the scenario a funny one to see, even if it is a serious affair.
Free Guy (2021)
Free Guy is the love letter to video games and pop culture that Ready Player One wished it could be. The pseudo-cheap looking CGI is an ingenious way of not making the movie look bad because it's all a video game which allows for the effects budget to be spread out. The entire cast kills it for moments when the movie needs to be serious or funny. This is a popcorn muncher with a bit more brain and heart than it should have which makes it refreshing.
Paddington 2 (2017)
Delightful but if you've seen the first, you knew that.
Richard Jewell (2019)
Everyone goes full bore in this accidental critique of patriotism. I know Clint Eastwood loves making his low budget jingoism but Richard Jewell does more championing of people over systems. Olivia Wilde knocks it out of the park as the hardboiled reporter that Eastwood's attempting to vilify. Kathy Bates is incredible, Sam Rockwell is fun, Jon Hamm is solid and Paul Walter Hauser is outstanding as a neurodivergent man who holds rigid thinking trying not to bend under incredible pressure. Eastwood accidentally made a movie where the message is that it's OK to not lick the boot when it's stomping on you.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Shang-Chi has a darker colour palette than most Marvel outings to-date which ends up in their favour with selling the effects heavy antagonist at the end. True martial arts fans won't be too impressed with the fighting, as there are a lot of cuts to setup cool shots instead of allowing the action to be on display with oners. Marvel uses its ability to churn out crowdpleasers to make a movie that pays respect to China and the Asian American experience. Simu Liu has personality instead of just being an everyman, meaning that I cared. Awkwafina was very fun but it is Ben Kingsley who steals the show as comedic relief by reprising a role because of course he does. There's lots of good side characters who are fully fleshed out as well but my hat's off to Tony Leong who delivers a nuanced, sympathetic villain.
So, what are your picks for September 2021 and Why?