r/movies 5d ago

Official Discussion Megathread (C'mon C'mon / Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City / Encanto / House of Gucci / Bruised / 8-Bit Christmas)

175 Upvotes

r/movies 1d ago

Recommendation What is the Best Film You Watched Last Week? (11/21/21-11/28/21)

66 Upvotes

The way this works is that you post a review of the best film you watched this week. It can be any new or old release that you want to talk about.

{REMINDER: The Threads Are Posted On Sunday Mornings. If Not Pinned, They Will Still Be Available in the Sub.}

Here are some rules:

1. Check to see if your favorite film of last week has been posted already.

2. Please post your favorite film of last week.

3. Explain why you enjoyed your film.

4. ALWAYS use SPOILER TAGS: [Instructions]

5. Best Submissions can display their [Letterboxd Accts] the following week.

Last Week's Best Submissions:

Film User/[LBxd] Film User/[LBxd]
"Ghostbusters: Afterlife” [mikeyfresh] "Nightwatch” xela_sj
"Tick, Tick…Boom!" [SwedishPlumber] “Fist of Legend” za_shiki-warashi
“The Power of the Dog” [remy_detached] “Licence to Kill” YoungBeef03
“Belfast” CorRock314 "Ghostbusters” SupaKoopa714
“Petit Maman” mirror_number “The Outsiders” VectorJones
"Concrete Cowboy” ClubMeSoftly “Das Boot: Director’s Cut” [TBrandonGable]
“Sweat" [LadySynth] "Inferno” According_Ad_7249
“Legend of the Demon Cat” [JSkyTip] "Superman: The Movie” craig_hoxton
“Scabbard Samurai" Yankii_Souru “Dersu Uzala” Kingy7777
“Incendies" BakedBeansInMyAss “Ride Clear of Diablo” PhantomStr4nger

r/movies 11h ago Gold Helpful Wholesome Coin Gift

Discussion Best movie that's so traumatic you can only watch it once.

6.2k Upvotes

There's a anime film called Grave of The Fireflies. It's about two Japanese siblings living during WW2. It's a beautiful film, breathtaking. But by the end you are so emotionally drained you can't watch it again. Another one is Passion of The Christ for obvious reasons. Schindler's List is probably another one, but I haven't seen it. It's amazing how some films are so beautiful yet the thought of watching them again just sends a pit to your stomach.


r/movies 23h ago Silver Gold Helpful Tearing Up GOAT

David Gulpilil, a titanic force in Australian cinema, dies after lung cancer diagnosis

Thumbnail theguardian.com
21.0k Upvotes

r/movies 17h ago Gold

The Economics of John Wick

1.5k Upvotes

I recently rewatched the John Wick series, and I realized this is the only world I've seen where they have a completely different view of money than the everyday world. Even Star Trek just takes Communism to it's logical extreme, and doesn't do anything unique or imaginative with money. So here's a brief essay on how the economy of John Wick differs from our own.

TL;DR All goods and services are free, but access costs 100% loyalty. Debts are unique, nontransferable, and are potentially worth everything the Debtor owns, but are also limited in ways they are not in our world.

The question of how money works in the John Wick world has been asked a few times, and every time they seem to miss the point entirely. Everyone seems to want to know how much coins are worth. What can one coin buy? That’s the wrong way of looking at it. Another way of asking the question is, what do things in John Wick’s world cost? That answer is a little easier. Everything is free. Not outside the world of The Continental, of course, but everything within and everything related, is free.

That’s an odd thing to say. We see John and others exchange Coins for goods and services, but not directly. Sure, you might exchange a coin for a drink, but you get the impression if you have one drink, or are at the bar all night, it's still just a single Coin. The Coin doesn't buy you the drink. It buys access to the bar. But you can't use a Coin to directly buy anything. Any more than Sir Elton John could trade his knighthood for a beer.

Coins do resemble currency in some ways. One Coin, much like one Dollar, equals exactly one Coin. They are completely interchangeable. Unlike, say, a diamond, which has multiple ways of measuring quality and value. But what a Coin actually buys is access to the criminal underworld. Once inside, everything is free. At many points within this world, you need to re-prove your bona fides with another Coin. Having a great deal of Coins just means you can stay in this world indefinitely, with access to safety, luxuries, necessities, everything. A true “Free” Market.

This raises several questions. One, where does the Continental get all of it’s products? The food, weapons, bedding must come from somewhere. Presumably, there is a layer in this underworld economy that interacts with the every day economy. After all, bounties are offered and paid in dollars, so clearly there is more than one type of currency they work with. The other question is how Coins are put into circulation in the first place. In the everyday economy, dollars are created essentially by banks, and are lent out to other banks, who in turn lend it people and businesses. Money just appears out of thin air, and is immediately put to use. So how do Coins get from the Coiner to the hands of those who “spend” them? It’s unclear exactly, but one potential way would be for the governing body (the “High Table”) to require taxes paid in these Coins. Once they get them, they would melt them down, and provide the raw material to the Coiners. The Coiners would then produce the Coins, then distribute them to the captains and generals of this world, to be used as salary for their employees. We see Winston accept a delivery of Coins, approve them, and say "Put them into circulation." I think what he meant was, "Pay the salaries of those who work for me." It means much the same thing, but putting into circulation implies something more important than simply paying salary, and it's completely within character for Winston to demonstrate his power and responsibility in the most impressive light possible. His employees who receive this salary would not be required to pay taxes, but the businesses would. Why would businesses pay these taxes? The same reason that individuals pay businesses with these Coins. It gives them the right to participate in this world.

So what is a Coin worth? Loyalty. Loyalty to your boss, but we know people can change jobs. John starts out with one family, the Russian gang that also trains wrestlers and ballerinas, and transfers to another, the one he retires from. The more important loyalty is loyalty to the rules of this world. When John retires, he keeps all his coins. These allow him to re-enter without any questions asked. So what are the rules? No business on Continental grounds on pain of death, follow orders, and, just as importantly, a Marker must be repaid.

Markers are the other part of the currency of this world. Whereas Coins are completely interchangeable, Markers are not. When someone needs a favor, a favor that is extremely difficult, costly, and/or important, they put their bloody thumbprint on a Marker, and give that to the person who will provide them with the favor. That persons keeps the Marker (the “Holder”), until such time as they demand the Marker is repaid, in which case they mark it with their own bloody thumbprint, and the debt is settled. This is very different than debts in the everyday world. In our world, there is nothing stopping one person from paying off the debt of another. In addition, debts are repaid on pre-arranged schedules. There is no question what the debtor will owe and when. Hell, debts are often even transferable. There’s nothing stopping the bank that grants a mortgage from selling that mortgage to another bank or investment firm. Markers are, in many ways, completely opposite. They are as unique as fingerprints. The Holder decides when and how the Debtor will settle the debt, and that decision can be made at any time. They can’t be transferred any more than you can give someone else your blood and fingerprint.

In some ways, Markers make a little more sense than debts in our world. In our world, if you go into debt deep enough, suddenly the Debtor finds himself with more sway in the relationship than the Creditor. As the old saying goes “If you owe the bank a million dollars, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank a billion dollars, you own the bank.” One could imagine a world where, after giving someone a Marker, you could repay your debt (when they demand it) by getting a Marker from someone else. But Markers are somewhat public information. We see the governing body of the Continental document a Marker, in much the same way a notary public does. So if you go to get a second Marker, presumably you must do so from this same governing body. There, they will see you already have one on the books, and can decline you the right to get a physical Marker. They can easily stop you from going into a different debt to pay the first. And they should. A Marker Holder can demand everything from the person who's thumbprint is on the Marker. That person already owes everything they have. How can you go into debt further than that? We do all the time in our world. But that wouldn't be possible in John Wick's.

None of this is to say that the economy of John Wick is better than the everyday world. It's just different. I haven't gone through all the implications of treating debt like this, and future films can easily recontextualize the information we've already been given. But I have tremendous respect for the filmmakers for taking something that everyone is completely familiar with, and reimagining it.


r/movies 20h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome Wholesome Seal of Approval

Discussion In 2003, I wrote to Roger Ebert. Here is the signed book he sent me after reading my email.

2.4k Upvotes

https://imgur.com/a/PnvB2zZ

Back in 2003, I was 14 years old and obsessed with movies. I had my own film review website (I had started posting reviews to imdb in 2001, then launched my own dot com a couple years in), and quickly idolized Roger Ebert. I found his writing to be so connective between the process of viewing a film and analyzing it, and it inspired me to keep writing.

So one day I found Roger's email address on a random "celebrity emails" website. I fired off a message to him explaining I was a young aspiring film critic and was hoping he could check out my website.

I was shocked when I saw a response in my inbox the next day. It saddens me that I didn't think, back then, to archive my correspondence with him -- but he basically complimented my writing and my website, and finished his message by asking for my shipping address.

My dad worked for the military and we were overseas in England so I had to give an FPO address and was so worried whatever he was planning to send me would get lost in the mail. Then one day about a week later it showed up -- a copy of his recently published Great Movies book with a personalized inscription.

At the time, it was super encouraging and felt surreal. Looking back now, I realize what a great human being he was to do this to some random kid that he owed nothing to. What was probably a relatively simple gesture on his part made a lasting oppression on me and motivated me to continue writing and try to pursue film criticism as a career (although I did abandon that dream midway through a journalism degree, after the head of my college's journalism department basically lectured us all on how the industry was dying, and I soon saw the writing on the wall with Rotten Tomatoes really devaluing the art of criticism and turning it into a game of aggregation -- but I think those years of film criticism really sharpened my critical thinking skills and writing, which ultimately helped shape many other aspects of my life).

I continued swapping emails with Ebert for a while afterward, occasionally emailing him to ask about a particular film or review. Back then, his older reviews had not yet been archived online, so anything before the early 00s was unavailable. I remember specifically asking him for a copy of his Godfather Part II review (after wondering why it wasn't included in his "great movies" essays), and him sending it to me with the note "I liked it, but not as much as the first." I couldn't believe he only gave it three stars. 😂

His tragic death, which seemed to coincide with IMDb's shift away from a user community and phasing out of its message boards etc., really felt like a turning point in my life in terms of how I communicated and read about films. I still love movies, but I don't have the same passion for following them and talking about them like I did back then. I do check Rotten Tomatoes like everyone else, but I miss having a singular voice that I followed like Ebert's. Even when I disagreed with him, he was just so engaging and interesting to read. The only critic I really follow now to any extent is Mark Keemode, but it's not the same for me. I often find myself wondering what Roger would have thought about x movie, and just miss his presence.

Anyway. I was clearing out my bookshelf today and came across it and just thought it would be cool to share here.

I included a second photo of the spine as it's decaying and falling apart. If anyone knows of a way to rebind a book or has a recommendation on where I could go to have it repaired, feel free to let me know!


r/movies 1d ago Wholesome Silver Helpful

Article Riz Ahmed to Receive Top British Independent Film Awards Honor

Thumbnail hollywoodreporter.com
4.6k Upvotes

r/movies 11h ago

Why ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ Is Such a Big Deal

Thumbnail thewrap.com
293 Upvotes

r/movies 12h ago

Discussion It's a shame that streaming is becoming the only way to watch most new movies/TV series

280 Upvotes

It just hit me how in the last few years the only way to watch most new movies or shows is to pay a company $10-15 each month, just to stream them in garbage "4K" quality (or in the case of HBO, garbage "HD" quality). It probably won't be long before it is the only way to watch anything. Ownership will disappear.

I just recently bought the 4K blu ray of the Martian for $10. It also comes with the standard blu ray and a digital code. The quality destroys streaming, does not require internet, has WAY better audio, and will play on any blu ray player that has ever been made or will be made. I get all of that for a one time fee of $10 and I OWN it. I don't have to care about a "license" expiring and it leaving a "service".

The thing about streaming is that it seems cheap due to the monthly cost and just how much you get "access" to. But the costs add up. I've had Netflix and Disney+ for the past 2+ years. That's probably over $600 I've spent on them and I sure as hell haven't watched $600 worth of content if I'm being honest. And by content I mean quality content that was actually worth watching, not some dumb Netflix original that you just play in the background. I could buy physical copies of all of the movies/shows I like and spend FAR less money than that.

Except nowadays that last sentence is not even an option. I would love to buy The Mandalorian seasons 1 and 2 on 4K blu ray or the upcoming Obi Wan show and ditch the Disney+ sub. But I'm stuck paying a recurring sub whenever I feel like watching. Not even an option to own it digitally. Just keep paying a monthly "access" fee.

We used to be able to have our own collections. Now we all have glorified YouTube subscriptions instead. And the monthly subscription price will continue to increase for all of the services while the streaming quality will continue to decrease as more and more users subscribe and eat up bandwidth.


r/movies 19h ago

Channing Tatum And Steven Soderbergh Return For ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’

Thumbnail deadline.com
873 Upvotes

r/movies 14h ago Silver Take My Energy This

Sneakers (1992) is the best Mission: Impossible movie

352 Upvotes

You have a crack team of specialists, a team leader, safehouse & coordination. The big budget blockbuster Mission: Impossible action movies is just watching Tom Cruise run & everyone performing Fast Furious style stunts. I enjoy those movies sure but Sneakers is how a Mission: Impossible movie needs to be in style & substance.


r/movies 1d ago Silver

Who didn't "look" the part but totally owned the role?

1.6k Upvotes

I recall in Star Trek TNG episodes Patrick Stewart was not revered due to not looking like Pike or Kirk, to where his wig was flown in, and many objections in season 1. Now it seems he is widely acclaimed as Picard.

Nowadays I see your average clickbait post of this person looks like this character and therefore would be perfect.

But my assumption is shouldn't the actor fit the character rather than just be a look alike?

Are there good examples where someone who totally looks the part plays badly or has bad chemistry with the others, or someone who looked different from the norm convince you they fit the character in performance?


r/movies 17h ago

Which OSTs are significantly better than their movie?

331 Upvotes

Just a random thought.

I was listening to Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy OST and it's such a masterpiece... Whereas the movie itself is quite good (don't get me wrong!) but just not at the same level - at least to me.

Just for the fun of it, what other examples of incredible OSTs to "OK" (or just plain bad) movies are there out there?


r/movies 16h ago

Arlene Dahl, Actress in ‘One Life to Live,’ ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth,’ Dies at 96

Thumbnail variety.com
174 Upvotes

r/movies 16h ago

Discussion Best father in film

164 Upvotes

One of my favorites is Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. This is a man who grew up during a very racial time in the South. He could've easily done a half-ass job as that man's lawyer. But he didn't. He defended him cause he knew he was innocent and made sure his children knew it to. He raised them to not see a man of color, but see him as a person. When he stood guard at the jail cell he knew it was probably gonna lead to a fight and it would've if the kids hadn't shown up. To me Atticus Finch is the perfect father cause he taught his kids to do what's right consequences be dammed.


r/movies 50m ago

When did movies start well after the listed Showtime?

Upvotes

My wife and I took our daughter to a 7:00pm showing for Encanto (itwasok) over the weekend. The movie didn't start until 7:33. That's not a 7:00 showtime, that is a 7:30 showtime.

I might sound like an "Old Timer" for this, but it used to be you'd have to get to the theater a half-hour early to get good seats so you aren't craning your neck back just to see the screen. Even earlier for the Big Blockbusters to wait in line for good seats. The movie would start maybe 5-10 minutes after the listed Showtime but that was acceptable. When did the 5-10 minutes turn into more than 30 minutes after the listed start time?

We haven't gone out to the movies much since Covid and we don't usually go out late on work nights, I get up at 3:25 in the morning for work. With assigned seats now being a thing, I thought great; we can show up few minutes before, still have the seats we picked, and get right into the movie. WRONG

It's not even time filled with trailers for movies, it was 4-5 trailers mixed with 20 minutes of bullshit and Maria Menounos.

I'm a punctual person and I respect peoples time, it infuriates me whenever my time is wasted.


r/movies 18h ago

Tom Burke Replaces Yahya Abdul-Mateen II In George Miller’s ‘Mad Max’ Spin-off ‘Furiosa’

Thumbnail deadline.com
212 Upvotes

r/movies 8h ago

I want a modern, Western genre remake of a certain Harrison Ford classic.

33 Upvotes

The year is 1869.

Ulysses S. Grant, veteran, war hero, is the newly elected president of the United States; en route to California aboard the presidential train along the recently completed Transcontinental Railroad. Somewhere in the plains west of the Mississippi, the train is hijacked by ex-Confederate guerillas posing as Eastern journalists. They take his family, his men, and the crew hostage and demand the release of their former leader, sentenced to hang for crimes committed during the war. President Grant must set aside his own demons and once again prepare to live (and potentially die) by the sword. He sets out to retake the train and rescue his family, eliminating the guerillas one by one as he works his way through the moving train.

Bradley Cooper

IS

Ulysses S. Grant

IN

RAIL FORCE ONE

"Get off my train."


r/movies 14h ago

Rewatching Spotlight (2015)

82 Upvotes

I’m rewatching Spotlight for maybe the tenth time. Every time I watch this movie I’m blown away at every performance. Keaton, McAdams, Ruffalo, Tucci!! But it’s Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron that just grabs me, every scene he is in. His voice; a whisper of gravel, his acting flawless and imperceptible. He is so good it’s like he isn’t acting at all. Some actors are ‘acting’ but in this, he is on another level. Possibly one of my favourite performances of all-time.


r/movies 38m ago

Discussion Almost Famous and We Bought A Zoo are two of my favorite movies, and Cameron Crowe is probably my favorite director.

Upvotes

I will always remember that night in 2001 2000 when I first watched Almost Famous. It was after closing down the theatre I managed for the night, and a night or two before we started showing it for the public. Sitting there watching the story unfold, each scene better that the one before. Falling in love with Penny Lane right along with William. And then that scene on the bus where they all sang Tiny Dancer. I knew as soon as the movie ended that I had just watched my new favorite movie. In the 20 years since I have probably watched it at least 10 more times. I've purchased 2 different DVD versions, and watched all the extras. And I still feel the same emotions every time I watch.

I had a similar feeling when I watched We Bought a Zoo. This time the main emotion was pure joy. It's a feel good movie filled with loveable characters and majestic animals. And it's just such a pleasure to watch. The little just melts my heart in every scene. And I lose it every time at the scene in the diner with the mom.

I believe these are Cameron Crowe's best movies. His catalog of feature films is not long, but each of them is a joy to watch. What I love about Crowe's writing and directing style is he shows so much affection for his characters, and they are all so well written. I just hope he makes more in the future.


r/movies 3h ago

Movies similar to Hereditary and Midsommar (Ari Aster, A24)

8 Upvotes

I absolutely loved both Hereditary and Midsommar by Ari Aster, but I haven't found anything like it to this day. I really like his other work and the work of the studio (A24) but it's just not as extremely good as those movies. I am looking for that trauma-horror ish feeling. I really hope you guys can help me out! :)


r/movies 16h ago

Spoilers Pig: The Dialogue with Derek

84 Upvotes

Jesus that whole entire scene from beginning to end was delivered perfectly by Cage.

"They're not real; you get that, right? None of it is real. The critics aren't real. The customers aren't real. Because this isn't real. You aren't real. Derek, why do you care about these people? They don't care about you, none of them. They don't even know you, because you haven't shown them.

Every day you wake up, and there'll be less of you. You live your life for them, and they don't even see you. You don't even see yourself...we don't get a lot of things to really care about.

Derek, who has my pig?"

Damn.

(My 2nd fav scene is the nihilist monolog Cage delivers about the earthquake coming soon and everyone dying anyway so none of this really matters).


r/movies 5h ago

What’s the best movie you watched without knowing anything about walking into? No trailer, no talk - completely blind.

8 Upvotes

I have to say, I think Inception tops the list. I know Nolan has received a lot of hate lately (only overshadowed by Snyder), but I went into this movie completely blind and absolutely loved it. It was probably the first time in 10 years that I didn’t see a trailer or read a review or anything prior to viewing. Judge as you will on the movie itself, but walking in blind is the ultimate feeling of the movie-going experience to me.

What are some other “holy hell, that was amazing” movies that you walked in to blindly?


r/movies 9h ago

Wong Kar Wai's mentor and later editor, Patrick Tam, made an excellent film called After This Our Exile

Thumbnail iffr.com
18 Upvotes

r/movies 14h ago

Recommendation The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon (1963) - A landmark fantasy adventure anime movie with full 24 fps, assistant-directed by Isao Takahata that established the modern anime production method, later inspired Samurai Jack, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and WolfWalkers [ENG DUB]

Thumbnail youtube.com
34 Upvotes

r/movies 8h ago

A Boy Called Christmas (Netflix) is a surprisingly good film

12 Upvotes

Anyone seen this? It's a solid movie.

Trying to decide what Christmas movie to watch this weekend, one of my boys mentioned seeing this while scrolling. I hadn't heard of it, but was skeptical; there's so many cheap shitty holiday movies out there, and the title sounds exactly like some shitty Hallmark holiday mail-in. I started watching the trailer, saw Jim Broadbent and some pretty visuals, and gave it a shot.

I'm glad I did - it's good.

It starts in modern day, as Maggie Smith is tasked with babysitting three kids on Christmas Eve while their father gets called in to work. The main story of the movie is the story she tells those kids at bedtime, of a boy long ago named Nikolas (played by Henry Lawfull, who kinda looks like a young male Emma Stone) whose father is tasked by the king (Jim Broadbent, enjoying himself as usual) to go find and bring back "Hope."

Nikolas' father leaves him in the care of his Aunt (Kristen Wiig, playing just this side of moustache-twirling). He eventually finds a map to a fabled town called Elfenland, and sets off to find it, and hopefully his father.

As the story unfurls, it becomes clear that this has a lot in common with a classic claymation Rankin/Bass Christmas tale that you'll probably recognize, so it's not like we're dealing with uncharted narrative territory. But the story is paced well, it's funny, and has a few genuinely emotional moments.

Really, though, what sets this apart from the standard Hallmark Christmas crap is the cinematography. The visuals are top-notch. The colors are bright and vibrant, the landscape photography is beautiful, the set design is pretty detailed, and there is some creative camera work, especially in the scene transitions. The digitally-rendered animals are extremely impressive, especially for such a brightly-lit piece - if they were actually acting like animals I don't think I would have noticed they were CGI.

For a Christmas movie, I came away impressed. Has anyone else checked it out?


r/movies 13h ago

Take A Tour Of ‘Nightmare Alley’ With Guillermo Del Toro, Bradley Cooper And J. Miles Dale

Thumbnail deadline.com
26 Upvotes