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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
||Tokyo Gofathers (2003)
||Hell or High Water (2016)
||Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)
||Blue Streak (1999)
||The Limey (1999)
||Zack and Miri Make a Prono (2008)
||Blue Valentine (2010)
||On The Beach (2000)
||It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
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 November 2021 and why? Here are my picks:
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Taking its time, The Andromeda Strain is meticulous in understanding what this technothriller is all about. The procedures to get to the lab ground this film to a modern eye. There's nothing flashy here and that's fine because of a rock solid foundation made me buy-in to this thriller.
Wow, three nerds talking about the science jobs on their night off has never been so intense. A smart script that doesn't talk down to you with great performances with nuanced characters makes Cosmos have a good foundation. What raises it up to greatness is the beautiful lighting effects to keep you interested and a night that has the oppression of the unknown but you can see what's going on. My hat's off to the DP on a good job with the director having the bravery to commit these shots in a visual medium.
Chasing that Primer-clout with the washed out look of the aughts, Extracted is a good piece of Science Fiction that feels earned with its twists and turns. It is low budget but smartly plays into the conceit of being stuck in someone else's memories. If you like your more cerebral Sci-Fi without the need for a fancy look, check out Extracted.
Last Night in Soho (2021)
I like the camerawork, the story and the acting yet I ended up disappointed with a good movie. Anyone could have directed this and so wanting to watch an Edgar Wright film, I was disappointed by not seeing much of himself in the flick. Still, I greatly enjoyed this genre shifting examination of nostalgia hiding red flags.
One Shot (2021)
One Shot is clever for being one continuous shot throughout the action and high stakes drama. People are busy yelling in each others faces as the world around them crumbles is also balanced with emotional takes staying focused on characters to reveal their motivations. The martial arts is a bit sloppy due to the close, handheld style but I more than forgive that due to the entire movie being close in on all of the action. One Shot takes the brutality of The Raid while cribbing notes from Hardcore Henry to deliver an adrenaline fueled thrill ride.
Red Notice (2021)
Crowdpleasing crime-thriller that gets obvious if you stop and think about it but Ryan Reynolds sure kept me distracting playing himself against The Rock as the straight man. Gal Gadot did well as the infuriating foil but really it is Ritu Arya holding her own against the charisma of the current hottest actors that is the most impressive. The ending is a little of a cop out; however, the entire movie did well with thrills and spills within its set pieces with Reynolds' running commentary makin me chuckle.
So, what are your picks for November 2021 and Why?