What was the best film you watched this week? (05/02/2018 – 11/02/2018)

The way this works is that you post a review of the best film you watched this week. It doesn’t have to be a new release, just any film you have seen over the last seven days that you feel is worth talking about. Here are some rules.

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

**2. Please post your *favourite* film of last week.**

**3. NO TV SHOWS!**

**4. ALWAYS use spoiler tags.** Report any comments that spoil recent / little-known films without using the spoiler tag.

**5. Comments that only contain the title of the film will be removed!**

Here are some great comments from [last week’s thread](https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/7v8hw7/what_was_the_best_film_you_watched_this_week/):

* [**Avatar**, the Collectors Edition version which is just under 3 hours long. I fucking love this movie. The added scenes provide more wonderful little character moments which makes it more of a complete package and nearly 10 years later the majority of the effects in the movie don’t look dated or obvious. It’s remarkable that the movie doesn’t really look like it’s aged, and it looks comfortably better than the majority of special effects in movies that have come out since the movie was first released. I’m excited for the sequels and I think they’re going to be massive. When people say the movie had no cultural impact they’re gonna be eating their words when the first poster or teaser comes out for the sequel and gets talked about by everyone. Plus the movie did a lot of good stuff for the environment and that’s more of an impact than many movies had. The story and characters are all familiar and don’t break new ground, but these parts of the movie are all executed in a way that makes me care about what is going on in the movie and the real star of the show is Pandora itself. It’s a world worth fighting for. It’s a world worth visiting. And I can’t wait to see Pandora again and to find out whatever James Cameron has up his sleeve for the sequels. Also off topic but I’ve finished the deleted scenes in the movie not too long ago and out of the hour of cut content I’d say most of it could make the movie even better. There’s really little moments like the Na’avi getting drunk which is just a lot of fun and builds the bond between both Jake/Neytiri and Jake/the Na’avi who hated him at first. Then there’s another where Jake tells Grace he has to keep going into the Avatar to be with Neytiri which is really sweet. There’s some weird stuff too like a romance between Norm and Michelle Rodriguez and a 5 minute drugged up vision sequence but overall I’d love a rerelease of the movie which is nearly 4 hours long that brings these character moments back into the film.](https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/7v8hw7/what_was_the_best_film_you_watched_this_week/dtqbg75/)

* [**Song to Song** – I was very pleasantly surprised. People have become more than tired with Malick’s super effervescent style starting with *To the Wonder*, and I totally get that, but I think *Song to Song* is actually far and away the best version of his last three features (which are almost the same movie). How so? Thematically, it feels more tangible than his previous two efforts, powerfully exploring the idea of connection — how people seek connection for different reasons, what good connection and bad connection can do to a person, and about how outer connections affect inner connectedness. *Song to Song* also has much more playfulness than Malick’s last two films, and I think this helps give the movie some buoyancy, helping the viewer care about the themes and characters, and properly offsetting the more serious/philosophical nature of the many voice-over narrations. Specifically, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and even Michael Fassbender (at least during the first half of the movie) do very well with Malick’s known minimalistic, “let em go” direction of his actors; much more than the actors of the last two movies, they seem to bring more life to the movie, rather than just looking like they’re wandering around a scene. The photography also reflects this playfulness; the use of color is breathtaking. As should be no surprise with Malick/Lubezki, the film hinges on the power of the images presented. Not only seeing the beauty of but also interpreting the cinematography is more important towards getting into the narrative of the movie than the voice-overs are. It is understandable that a movie like this wouldn’t be nominated for any cinematography awards, but I can say *Song to Song* probably had the best or 2nd best cinematography I’ve seen in the past year. If you’re at least open to Malick’s style, I would recommend it to you. Be ready to do some interpretive work though, as things will not be laid out for you.](https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/7v8hw7/what_was_the_best_film_you_watched_this_week/dtqd77f/)

* [**Insidious**. Most movies don’t scare me. There’s plenty of horror movies I like, such as *It* and *The Conjuring*, but they don’t really scare me so much as entertain me in other ways. There were certainly a couple of scenes from It that spooked me like the garage scene or the opening scene, but most of the movie felt like fun horror than actual being scared of nightmares horror. And *The Conjuring* was really well made but it didn’t scare me. It was entertaining but nothing stuck with me. I really wanted to be actually scared, like heart beating, not wanting to go to sleep scared. So I talked with some friends about what they recommended, because I’ve only been getting into horror movies for the past few months and there’s lots I haven’t seen. They recommended *Insidious*. I had heard before that it was super scary when it came out but I figured with their recommendation I’d give it a try. So I waited til like 4 in the morning, dead of night, turned off all the lights possible, moved my laptop close so it was as big as could be, and started it. And man, I’m not even kidding you, less than 30 seconds into the movie I had to stop it to reconsider. The violin soundtrack is FANTASTIC. As soon as I heard it instantly spike when at seeing the woman’s shadow outside the boy’s door I just got this awful feeling of dread. Never heard a soundtrack like it, heard music like it just once before but no horror has ever had a soundtrack with spooky violins like that. So I had to stop it. I tried two more times befoer I decided I’d be a man and just watch the movie. Even now it kinda just gives me the chills, but all alone in the dark at night? That really did it for me. I thought it would be a cheesy way to watch a horror movie but wow, it really worked. I also had lots of hype built into the movie because I had heard that there’s tons of monsters, and jumpscares. Every bit of horror is actually scary, not fake scary where it’s misleading, but like actually leading to something, like the whole movie was a haunted house. And wow it really paid off. The movie itself had some flaws but as far as the scare factor goes I was superbly impressed.](https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/7v8hw7/what_was_the_best_film_you_watched_this_week/dtqfiy9/)

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95 thoughts on “What was the best film you watched this week? (05/02/2018 – 11/02/2018)

  1. jcamara February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Decided to watch The Ritual on Netflix with not so high expectations and boy was I wrong. I really enjoyed it. Start to finish. The payoff was great and one of the best creature designs I’ve seen in a while. It was also surprisingly funny at times. I also loved how the camera would slowly creep forward during the still shots. Great and scary atmosphere.

  2. braytongreen February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Singin in the Rain! Forgot how flawless the film was itself. Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire had something special while on screen together. Also forgot how funny the film actually is. The whole week I’ve been catching myself singing half of the songs on it as well.

  3. Pod-People-Person February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Bought *Wind River* from Best Buy yesterday. I’ve been meaning to get it but wanted the price to drop a little bit. Figured 15 bucks would be a decent deal.

    But yeah, this movie is haunting as shit. Renner does some career best work here while the rest of the cast shines excellently as well (Olsen, Birmingham, Greene, Bernthal, etc). Something that really caught my eye on this viewing (or ears in this case) is how unique the score is. It’s really nice stuff.

  4. TheYorkshireHobbit February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Probably have to be *Phantom Thread*, such a fantastic film in so many ways. The performances, dialogue, cinematography, Greenwood’s score and the overall story- all spot on. Such a twisted yet enjoyable tale of love, obsession and control. I’d say it was pretty great conclusion (if it truly is) to DDL’s career, he was wonderful in it and goddamn hilarious. I’m definitely going to be watching it again some time soon.

  5. dissident87 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Spider Man: Homecoming

    Caught it on Starz last night after missing it in the theater. Visually it’s definitely in that Marvel house style that they’re trying to buck with other films like Guardians and Ragnarok but it was still a lot of fun. It was refreshing to have the climax be centered on a robbery and not the destruction of all life like every other superhero film lately. Michael Keaton is always a treat and I liked that he played a bad guy with some layers to him instead of an over the top evil villain.

    RDJ clearly filmed his part in 2 days, max.

  6. AGR23 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Spotlight was a real surprise for me. At first I was gonna stop watching because I found it kinda slow but 20 minutes in I was really invested in what was happening. The acting was phenomenal. One thing I noticed was the lack of an overall score, with the exception of one theme music that lasted like 10 seconds. My jaw literally dropped in the end.

  7. Rosco13 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Finally saw Blade Runner 2049. Damn what a movie! The visuals were some of the best I’ve seen and Gosling killed it! I love how it tied into the original, and that it didn’t rely on Harrison Ford to carry the movie. One of my favorites from last year for sure!

  8. Neuronimus-Prime February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Without a doubt **Call Me by Your Name**. I think that’s saying something because I also watched two movies I loved this week: Nocturnal Animals and Se7en. I went in expecting some of the hype I saw on here to be way overblown but it’s not. It’s such a beautifully shot and blocked movie, but what I liked most is that it’s just so accessible. It’s not a gay love story, it’s just a love story, period. Every emotion that is conveyed in that movie is so universal and wholesome and the music matches the atmosphere perfectly. The last 20 min really made me think about the movie way after I watched it. First time that I’ve thought that much about a movie in a long time.

  9. TeddyYarborough February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Watched Sicario again last night after the passing of Jóhann Jóhannsson. The atmosphere and tension that is built throughout that movie is incredible. The border crossing scene is probably my favorite scene in recent movie history.

  10. noah2461 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **Ingrid Goes West**

    This one was a pleasant surprise. The trailer had me interested, but I found the film itself to be a very unexpected gem.

    I thought Aubry Plaza, while still bringing much of her usual persona to the screen, gave a much more layered portrayal of her character than I’m used to. Ingrid being an unstable, social media obsessed young woman allowed her to use her deadpan humor in a much darker sense but she also conveyed the problematic issues bubbling beneath her surface as well. O’Shea Jackson was rather good as her delusional but kind friend, as well. Elizabeth Olsen accurately embodied so much of what is wrong with these vain, shallow social media stars and she did it well. Cinematography was good as well, and I felt that the story (while it didn’t necessarily surprise me too much) was a surprisingly in depth look at mental health and how it ties into our image obsessed society.

    Highly reccomend if you’re into dark comedies.

  11. Juan21savage February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I saw Goodfellas for the first time as i have been meaning to watch it for a while now. Incredible. All of the actors in it were insane. It has some really nice pacing and keeps the tone throughout. The narration and how Scorsese tells the story is incredible. 10/10 is what i would give it. A masterpiece to me.

  12. FlingaNFZ February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    “Your Name” (2016)

    What a beautiful movie.

  13. Karmaidio February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It was basically a Coens brother film that wasnt written by the Coen brothers

  14. dtsyk February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Hard Boiled

    One of the best action movies ever made. Mix Die Hard and Terminator 2 and you get Hard Boiled. 10/10.

  15. worm1315 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    A beautiful mind. I thought it was a wonderful portrayal of mental illness even though the hallucinations were clearly exaggerated at points. Russel Crowe did a great job in this.

  16. ratmfreak February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Finally saw *The Killing of a Sacred Deer*. I thought it was a wonderfully disturbing yet hilarious movie. Didn’t quite live up to *The Lobster* for me, but it’s a fantastic film nonetheless.

  17. _JackWilshere February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy** – Probably going to need another viewing to fully grasp every little detail that went on, but what a film. It’s exactly what a modern spy thriller needs to be.

    **The 400 Blows** – I’ve been meaning to watch some Truffaut and Godard stuff, and I’m starting with the Antoine Doinel films. This one’s very interesting plot-wise, but what blows me away is the cinematography. It feels like every scene could be used as a lesson on filmmaking.

  18. Rumo_Rala February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Valhalla Rising,

    “If you don’t belive him, why are you following him?”

    There are many ways to interpret this movie and its symbolism, sadly my englisch isn’t good enough to fully explain why I love it so much, for me it’s probably the best Nicolas Winding Refn movie.

  19. lacourseauxetoiles February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I watched Ex Machina yesterday and it was great. It felt a lot like Westworld, which is my favorite show of all time.

  20. NoBourbonOrNuthin February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The Florida Project – 3 Homeless Kids outside Kissimmee, Florida

  21. xChillphil February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    It has to be *Raw*. I rented it last night and it absolutely blew me away. I had no idea what to expect going into it, and I’m surprised by how it kept me guessing until the very end.

    It was both terrifying and utterly hilarious. Great family film.

  22. brunnock February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **Only the Brave**

    Biopic about the Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in a wildfire in 2013.

    I had no idea about hotshot crews prior to watching this. A real eye opener.

  23. teninchclitoris February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The Piano Teacher (2002)
    Dir: Michael Haneke

    This film is just magnificently, absurdly creepy and beautiful.

  24. Guyfromnewyork95 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **Blue Velvet**

    Having seen Twin Peaks and some of David Lynch’s other work, I had an idea of what to expect going into this movie; surrealism, quirky characters, and just a general sense of weirdness. I definitely got all of those elements and more (looking at you Ben). It basically plays like a more fucked-up version of Twin Peaks season 1 and 2. I love the small town atmosphere and the idea of an underlying darkness just below a beautiful exterior.

  25. nilxnoir February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    (Small spoilers)

    I saw Little Miss Sunshine for the first time. I really didn’t know what to expect going in. I just heard it was a feel good wholesome movie and after spending my week watching things like Manchester by the sea and Fruitvale station, that was what I was in the mood for.

    I was very happy with this movie which manages to combine some dark things with humor really well. The saddest scene in the whole movie for me was when Dwayne learns he is color blind, I couldn’t help but feel terrible while also laughing my ass off at his tantrum. Very unique experience. Paul Dano is really great despite basically barely talking the whole movie.

  26. _existentialyodeling February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The Trip

    Two comedians going on a drive around London, looking at different foods to write about. They were playing themselves and it was such a wholesome adventure where I sincerely laughed and loved it for everything it was worth.

  27. mstewart95 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Boogie Nights. Another fantastic PTA movie. Everyone does an incredible job, especially Burt Reynolds.

  28. Paolo94 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I watched Short Term 12. It was filled with indie movie cliches, but the acting was great, and it had a lot of heart, so I enjoyed it nonetheless. Overall a really good movie.

  29. InfiltratorOmega February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut.

    It’s been a shit week and that was great for some easy laughs.

  30. Julvib February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Apocalypse Now.

    Wow. Fantastic directing by Ford Coppola. Sheen and Brando and Duvall all killed it. Loved the cinematography. Amazing script. Very, very moving story. Wow.

  31. BartonFink February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The Ritual (on Netflix). There’s been a lot of great new horror the last few years, but this was just great, old-school, lost-in-the-woods horror with a really effective thematic approach and a pretty wild final act. Think The Descent + Blair Witch.

  32. Jack_Palance February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am


    I get the global warming metaphor but I’ll be damned if i could explain it to anyone.

  33. TheJoshider10 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I rewatched both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane after The Cloverfield Paradox and it was like I fell in love with these movies all over again.

    I remember the first time I saw Cloverfield when I was like 10 at a sleepover party with a group of people. I was genuinely terrified when shit hit the fan, because the movie did such a good job of settling you into the movie with the party scene, which made it out as if the movie was a handheld romcom. The way the movie hints at the creature and doesn’t linger on it for too long (apart from the ending) added to the sense of tension and urgency. The only complaint I have with the movie is the cliche of the big fucking massive loud monster being able to sneak up on them at the end. It felt really cheap in a movie that tried so hard to be grounded in reality and use the monsters noises to its advantage. Also for anyone who has the movie on Blu-Ray there is this fantastic in universe Maximum Movie Mode which pretty much has a map on one side which shows you the characters and monsters location within New York as the events of the film play out and it also provides some nice little in movie trivia at the bottom on things like Tagruato. It’s a fantastic companion to the viral marketing campaign of the movie.

    10 Cloverfield Lane was a fantastic thriller before it randomly became a sci-fi movie in a pretty jarring way. Literally everything before she gets outside was perfect and John Goodman really deserved an Oscar nomination for his performance as Howard in my opinion. The direction by Dan Tractenburg was incredibly precise and polished for a first time filmmaker and after this and the Portal short film he made, he needs to fucking direct a Portal film now. I like how the movie ends with Michelle finally choosing to run towards something rather than away, and I don’t really mind the alien inclusion, but the fact she blows up a ship was just too over the top in what was a very grounded movie. I think they should have just had her drive to the city and noticing the ships in the clouds like she does at the end, and cutting out that ship destruction completely. Or even better yet, have her driving towards a city only to see Clover. There we go, no anthology series, it’s an actual sequel that shows Clover survived. Also the score was fantastic and Bear McReary offered great insight in the movies special features as to why he did certain things. I hope to see him get bigger films to work on.

    It’s a shame The Cloverfield Paradox was disappointing (and personally that ending with Clover felt so fucking cheap to me) and far below the quality of these two movies even if it was at the very least enjoyable. I can appreciate how it tried to tie the previous two movies together but honestly it was completely fine as an anthology series without trying to connect them all. That said the theory that Clover was separated from her other creatures (which are the ones from the Paradox timeline) made me feel more sympathy for Clover when rewatching Cloverfield.

    Ah well, hopefully Overlord can match the standard of the first two movies, and these movies really need to start being made with the intention of being Cloverfield films rather than trying to save movies not intended to be a Cloverfield film. It worked with 10 Cloverfield Lane but I feel that’s more the exception than the rule because trying to refit a movie into something else is more likely to end in disappointment e.g. The Cloverfield Paradox.

  34. stevenxvision February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Blade Runner & Blade Runner 2049 back to back.
    Best decision I ever made.

  35. gopeto February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    After 3 years on my list I finally watched

    The day of the jackal – fantastic thriller following step by step not only the killer hired to assassinate Charles de Gaulle, but also the inenational police force necessary to stop him

    and Patton – a fantastic war movie about a man in love with every aspect of war – from the act itself to its history.

  36. Celestial_Tribunal February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Early Man. Quite recently released (Jan, 2018). The excellent animation, silly but clever puns and jokes, and the crazy goofyness makes up for the predictable plot elements. Wasn’t expecting it to be a movie about football (walked in without knowing anything) and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a film made for kids so don’t expect a stop-motion film the likes of Fantastic Mr. Fox, but it’s a great way to spend an hour and a half of your life with your family.

  37. erik_reeds February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Space is the Place which is this avant-garde sun ra futurist romp, crazy fun and wacky shit

  38. MrDudeWheresMyCar February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I watched JA Bayona’s The Impossible for the first time. Its really hard to make it through it without crying. A optimistic perspective during a very dark and brutal time.

  39. HeroZany February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Silent Voice

    I’ll have you know, I only cried twice.

  40. 18bluefilm February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I, Tonya. Ok, so… I always believed that Tonya Harding knew something was going on during the Nancy Kerrigan thing. How could she not have known? Still to this day, I thinks she knew what was going on, even after having seen the movie. It made it seem like Harding was the victim in all of this.. but I gotta say I did like the movie. It was fun and entertaining and I found myself laughing in a whole lot of scenes. Great performances by the entire cast especially by Allison Janey and Margot Robbie. It was a well made movie in presentation and direction as well.

  41. fluorescent_noir February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    So, full disclosure, I’ve never really been bought into the superhero film craze. Never felt the need to see one in theaters, and I don’t avidly follow releases as they come out on blu-ray. The last superhero movie I remember watching and truly enjoying was Thor, but then my interest in the genre sort of petered out and I never watched another one until last night.

    I was looking for something to watch OnDemand, and noticed that **Wonder Woman (2017)** was just added to the premium channel line up. I figured, what the hell, and put it on. I was totally unprepared for how much I would enjoy it!

    I loved the filmography. The way the lighting and contrast was so different in Themyscira compared to the dark and gritty vibe of “our” world once Diana arrives in it. I thought it was a really empowering story, especially in that final showdown when Diana (and the viewer) is confronted with all the evil that humanity can be responsible for, but chooses to consider the good they are capable of instead. I was unexpectedly moved by it and it sort of ignited within me a desire to begin familiarizing myself with the movies I’ve missed.

    So I moved on next to **Man of Steel (2013)** this morning, which I think I liked just as much as Wonder Woman. The filmography in this wasn’t quite as strong as Wonder Woman (to me at least), but I truly got a kick out of the story. Full disclosure, I’ve never read any of the Superman comics, or seen any other Superman film, but I liked this a lot as his origin story. His showdown with Zod was impressively catastrophic. Part of my problem with Superhero stories is that I rarely *feel* the danger, but when Superman was facing off with Zod and found himself so evenly matched, even I began to wonder how it was going to be possible for him to win. Bonus points for Henry Cavil, who might be the most delicious actor I’ve ever seen on screen.

    Then, because I was already there on the couch and everything, I queued up **Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).** I thought this was definitely the weakest of the three films, unfortunately. Jesse Eisenberg kind of ruined it for me in some ways. I just didn’t buy him as a convincing narcissistic and psychopathic billionaire. He felt miscast to me. Still, I really enjoyed the showdown between Superman and Batman, and the final fight sequence. “Is she with you?” was a great moment that I got a good laugh out of. I was definitely not expecting the outcome of the final battle though and was somewhat impressed that they took the story to that dark a place.

    I might start familiarizing myself with Marvel’s movies soon, but it’s been a nice weekend of catching up on DC’s roster of films.

  42. petzl20 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **What We Do In The Shadows** (2014), Dir by Taika Waititi.

    Being a *Spinal Tap*, *Flight of the Conchords* fan and a general fan of Jemaine Clement, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this film already. But when I did, I immediately went out and watched it.

    I wont spoil the novelty of it except to say: It’s a superb parody. It’s a New Zealand *Spinal Tap*-style pseudodocumentary, but with vampires.


  43. swaytov February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Ingrid Goes West and I say that in a weekend that I also watched The Ritual and Taxi Driver (why does every Scorsese movie have to be atleast 30 mins too long). There are so many things that make this movie so great but to me this is the acting performance that should make Aubrey Plaza a legitimate star she was incredible.

  44. Redditer51 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The best and only film I watched this week: Get Out. Stellar movie.

  45. poliscijunki February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I saw A Fantastic Woman. Such a beautiful and heartbreaking movie. I think Daniela Vega would have been nominated for Best Actress if this had been an American film. Her performance is absolutely captivating.

  46. ClapsForFairies February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The Man from Earth. One of the greatest “what if” exercises I’ve ever seen put to film. (even if, technically, it looks like it was shot on digital).

  47. khaljose February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    FINALLY watched Godfather, Goodfellas, and Shawshank Redemption. Fuck, what a trip.

  48. Cinemaphreak February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    ***Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon*** (which admittedly was the *only* new film I watched this week) – as someone who grew up about a decade late to read the magazine, it was fascinating to get the backstory of where so much of the entertainment I did grow up with (early SNL, ***Animal House, Caddyshack, Vacation*** and the entire career of John Hughes) came out of.

    I knew many of the names and even some of the faces (Tony Hendra was the band’s manager Ian in ***This Is Spinal Tap*** which was co-created by Christopher Guest whom Hendra had help cast in the *National Lampoon’s Lemmings* the show that put John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Guest on their path to SNL just a few years later).

  49. DownplayRev February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **The Exterminating Angel** (1962)

    In the confines of a single room, 20 members of Spain’s upper class find themselves strangely unable to leave the parlor and return home. Left to their own devices, they descend into a ravenous hypocricy and each of them brings forth their innermost darkness in Luis Buñuel’s sharp, surreal satire which, for all its fleeting fantastical elements, remains a grounded, scathing deconstruction of the high society.

    The thing that most surprised me about The Exterminating Angel is how it deals with the one obvious natural weakness of its premise. Surely seeing all of these characters, no matter how well-developed they are, remain trapped in a single small room for days on end would become incredibly boring, but The Exterminating Angel realizes that the environments of the wealthy and oblivious are inextricably linked to their own lives, symbolic of their profuse levels of vanity and self-absorption. As the guests grow weary and restless, their surroundings become more disheveled and it works to keep the story dynamic counter to the static setting.

    Joyously tongue-in-cheek about its portrayal of these people and their hypocrisies, The Exterminating Angel builds upon the characters’ stress levels with increasingly long and bizarre stints of madness, enough to satiate the most committed of interpreters, but the overall message is one that is not particularly difficult to comprehend. Success in the terms of making such an experience visually interesting is a resounding plus, but in the incredibly subversive conclusion lies the film’s bleakest and most biting satirical element, and while The Exterminating Angel is still good aside from that, one masterful swoop of a socially conscious mind makes it ever more worth the while.

  50. Big_Dick_Boychuk February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Blade Runner 2049 was Beautiful. Better than the original IMO.

  51. darthgamer15 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The Godfather. After noticing that literally everyone loved this movie, I had thoughts in my head about seeing it, but there was not a single copy in the local library….and one day, it finally came in.

    Enthusiastically, I checked it out, got on the car, went home, rolled down the screen, turned on the projector, turned off the lights, made some popcorn with extra butter, and put in the DVD…I will never forget what unfolded in front of my eyes that day.

    The acting here is exceptional. Marlon Brando is as charismatic as can be, and the character of Vito Corleone is such a likable one, and one that you can really, REALLY understand. Al Pacino, who plays Michael Corleone, is insane. Even though the role itself is subtle, towards the end you really get a feel for what he was aiming for in the first place. Very well written character and very well acted.

    The story is so well written. Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola do a fantastic job of giving us an idea of the world around the Corleone family and also what’s going on inside every last member’s heads. Every loss in that movie is unexpected and tragic in the best way possible, and when Michael steps up to take revenge against those who robbed his family of its legacy…the scenes that unfold are magnificent. [Keyword: Baptism. Best scene ever.](#spoiler) I don’t care if the movie’s three hours long – I couldn’t take my eyes off the damn screen because every last second of it was tense, emotional, informational, and spectacular.


  52. tommystjohnny February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I usually bring a few movies to my dad’s house once a week and let him pick one for us to watch. I’ve brought Paris Texas a few times and he’s always chose one of the others; last night though we finally watched watched it and it was as excellent as ever, and my dad liked it a lot too! The last time I watched it was after Sam Shepard died last year so it’s been a little while. The monologue at the end may just be my favorite of all time. Harry Dean’s performance is fantastic – he has such a calming presence on screen that’s it’s almost cathartic to watch. The kid is great in it too.

    Last weekend we watched The Apartment (I just got the new Arrow release) and that has legit become my single favorite movie of all time. So it’s been a couple good weeks of movies for me.

  53. SQUID_FUCKER February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **Bomb City** – This movie was excellent. It’s based on a true story of the tragedy that struck the small town of Amarillo, Texas in 1997. The film is centered around the local youth, a group of punks and a group of jocks, and the mounting tensions between them. I assume some people will remember this event and know what I’m talking about but for the sake of those that don’t, that’s all I’ll say. It was gorgeously shot and acted and was a really powerful film. Reminiscent of movies like Fruitvale Station and American History X (I know this wasn’t a true story but Bomb City definitely evokes some of the same feelings). I’d highly recommend this to everyone who liked the other two films I mentioned.

    Honorable mention for best film I saw this week has to be **Small Town Crime.** It was almost the best but got edged out by Bomb City late last night. Either way, definitely worthy of a mention and John Hawkes is fantastic as an alcoholic ex-cop whose life is in shambles when gets tangled up in a murder mystery and can’t help himself from trying to get to the bottom of it. Great performances from Robert Forester, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer and Clifton Collins Jr.

  54. prosandconners February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    *The Last Picture Show* (1971)

    An absolutely marvelous and stark coming of age film.

  55. TehChid February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am


    I’ve seriously been waiting a whole year to watch this and it was absolutely phenomenal.

  56. Justice1993 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Baby Driver. Edgar Wright is just brilliant.

  57. DodgeHickey February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Cloverfield Paradox.

    Give Chris O’Dowd an Oscar.

  58. Clockworkoy February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I decided to watch Black Mass on a whim, and I found it rather interesting. I’m not much into Mob/gangster stories but watching how this one guy managed to manipulate the FBI into doing his dirty work is pretty surreal. And Johnny Depp took me by surprise. Say what you will about his personal mistakes, but I really do believe now that he certainly can act. He just needs to work with other people besides Tim Burton and his pirates crew in order to take things more seriously. I think he might actually do a decent job as Grindelwald in the next Fantastic Beasts movie.

  59. Andrew_Fire February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Saw Hamburger Hill again and i can say it’s my favorite vietnam movie.

  60. I-_-II February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Sommeren ’92

    A very authentic film about Denmark’s way to the European Football championship. If you care about football at all, I highly recommend it.

  61. Soulw4x February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Mission Impossible (1996)

    After the superbowl trailer, the new one jumped in front of Annihilation for my most anticipated movie of the year!

  62. CpnLag February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Mazinger Z Infinity. Went to the limited release today and it was excellent

  63. marteaga312 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Watched a lot of good ones this week but I’ll go with *Field of Dreams.*

    I never watched the film, maybe because I’m not a huge baseball guy. But the film is a lot more than just baseball, it’s about dreams and family. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up at the end.

    Honorable mentions go to: *A Futile and Stupid Gesture* (really enjoyed how they made fun of the biopic genre)

    Dishonorable mention goes to *The 15:17 to Paris*

  64. BossHutch February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The dark night was just put back in theaters in my town and it amazes me how perfect this film is. Getting to see it in theaters for the first time instead of on tv was a real gift. Nothing compares to seeing it on the big screen.

  65. estacado February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **Bad Day For The Cut**. The story is set in Ireland, where this farmer guy lives with his elderly mother, takes care of her, and somewhat tied down because of this. One night, he finds his mother murdered in their house. Thinking it was an attempted robbery, he moves on with his life, but then a couple of guys come to his place and tries to kill him. Thus begins his journey on finding out what the hell is going on. It’s funny at times, violent at times, and engaging throughout.

  66. spacednlost February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **A Ghost Story** – Watched this last night and can’t stop thinking about it. The Director is very much in the Jarmusch school as he basically frames a scene and that’s it. But he does it beautifully. Warning: there’s a very long scene of a character eating a pie. I didn’t time it, but it seemed to go for at least ten minutes. And I totally get what he was going for. That’s one of the beauties of this. You get into your own head and it gives you time to think. It’s a horror movie, a time travel movie, a love story. It’s wonderful.

  67. Smoothmoose13 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The best film I’ve watched this week was Cold Skin, directed by the always fantastic Xavier Gens. It’s a bleak thriller about a meteorologist who travels to a remote island to monitor wind speed (or something like that), and discovers a race of aggressive fish people that come out at night and swarm the island.

    It’s a perfect companion piece to The Shape of Water, albeit with a different perspective. The special effects makeup is top notch and the soundtrack is really intense – had me on the edge of my seat at many points of the film.

  68. menevets February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **Before We Vanish** – The story has been done before, but there are enough variations and quirks to make it a worthwhile trip to the theater.

  69. Salty956 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The nice guys.

    What a good movie. Funny, interesting, with good story. I don’t know it just works. When it ended I wished it didn’t. I wish more films like this one were made. Pure fun.

  70. creepygamelover February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **The Post** It was a compelling historical movie with great actors. I was actually surprised how much I liked it.

    **The Greatest Showman** Second time seeing it, enjoyed it just as much and the theater I went too had a better sound system than the first one I went to, made the music even better.

  71. dcnassau February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    A Dark Song. I forget what drew me to borrow it from the library but it seemed like decent fare to check out on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. It could have easily fallen into cliche, low budget (or independent) fare but it such great restraint that it kept me wondering what would happen next for 100+ minutes. I was especially stricken with their (spoiler?) physical representation of demons versus angels. It’s always interesting to me to see how art presents (how do I want to say it?) spiritual beings.

  72. Alaharon123 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    **Room** I love how the movie is from the point of view of the kid, but really about the mother so you get the childhood innocence telling this horrific story and seeing everything happening sort of from the sidelines. Also, Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson are both really good in this movie.

  73. JuanFran21 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The only new movie I watched this week was Maze Runner: The Death Cure, so that’s my best? It was painfully average and dragged on WAY too long. On the bright side I also re-watched Hot Fuzz this week, so it wasn’t completely wasted 😀

  74. blazomkd February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The fellowship of the ring, had a shitty weekend so nothing like some middle earth to get into better world 🙂

    After this time still tear up to the music and Boromir death 🙁

    Next week TT

  75. alanmarquesleal February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I finally watched 2001: a space Odyssey and I cannot stop thinking about this movie. I once tried to watch it last year , but the dawn of the man was hard to get past by, but just as marvelous big book preparing you for the best is yet to come, this movie delivered my favorite moments in movies ever. The evolution of the man is the theme I paid most attention during the first viewing. I’m gonna have happily to watch it other times to grasp its meanings a little deeper. I’m a sucker for anything space-related. I love Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy and I didn’t know what I was losing not watching this movie. The docking scene might be one the neatest thing I’ve ever seen in movie. The beautiful blue danube, the rocket on a waltz with the space station, the fact that the rocket synchronized the movement with said space station, among other things, made this scene flawless. Hal 9000 scarred me a lot. Might be the most effective villain ever: so few lines, yet such a powerful fear. I’m still processing this movie after some days, but it’s now my favorite ever.
    Also, I know this will be controversial, but after watching Shape of water, Casablanca, and Citizen Kane this week also for the first time, I still think 2001: a space Odyssey is the best.

  76. carlostandfound February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Watched Burn After Reading for the first time, glad I did. It definitely has that Coen Brothers punch to it, I was laughing my ass off for much of the runtime.

    Also, I knew [Pitt’s death](#spoiler) was coming since I hang out here a lot, but *goddamn.* Still got me.

  77. mobiletfa2 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Wonder thought it would be super stupid but it turned out to be actually quite interesting

  78. penguinpiss72 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I watched Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957) last after watching a heap of movies on Friday. We had crappy weather so I stayed in and watched so much ranging from Sunshine to Rushmore, and ending with this. I can say without a doubt that it reached my top 25 films within minutes. And is easily one of the most heartwarming and beautiful journeys I’ve experienced in film yet.

  79. NutritionFAQs February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Primal Fear – The acting in that movie is great, especially Edward Norton’s character. Great ending too.
    Also watched the new It and actually thought it was better than the original.

  80. lemonylol February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Kill Bill. Haven’t had much time to watch anything because I moved this week but finally finished up and it’s definitely Tarantino’s masterpiece.

  81. utopista114 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    “El Verdugo” (The Executioner), 1963. Luis Maria Berlanga.

    Outstanding black comedy about a guy that needs to take a job to keep his government-sponsored flat. The job? You guessed it.

  82. powercosmicdante February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I watched 12 movies this week but my favorite has definitely gotta be La La Land. I’m not usually into musicals, but since I loved Whiplash and knew Chazelle directed this one, I knew I had to see it. Wow, just fucking wow. It felt like a live action Disney movie at times. I think I like it even more than Whiplash, which is saying a lot.

    Honorable mentions to rewatches of Alien and Aliens. I haven’t seen them in years but they’re both still excellent movies and some of my all time favorites as well. Anomalisa is another runner up, and even though I find it a lot more streamlined in comparison to Synecdoche, NY, it was definitely a damn good thought-provoking film that I plan on watching again.

    I’m also trying to watch 365 movies this year, [my letterboxd diary is here](https://letterboxd.com/VenomSnake5891/films/diary/) in case anyone wants to see.

  83. Greenman851 February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The revenant. Outside of the struggle gore from Leo it’s just about perfect. It’s so beautifully shot. I could watch it over and over.

  84. toshirolim February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Shaolin soccer. Good ol’ cantonese humor

  85. THIRSTYGNOMES February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Just finished Darkest Hour. Oldman is fantastic.

    Unfortunately also watched justice league…

  86. real-glitter-boy February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    rewatched After Dark, My Sweet one of my favorites of all time.

  87. ProfessorXjavier February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The Ritual. First 1/3 was frightening enough on its own.

  88. YapPac February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Kill Bill (as in both films.) I’ve seen snippets here and there, but I’ve never watched the entire thing until now. And the reviews don’t lie, this is a great movie. Especially the cinematography.

  89. 80PercentAshamedOfU February 12, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Black Panther. I had the privilege of attending a Marvel advanced screening and the movie was amazing. I’m not crazy about the superhero trend, but it was satisfying to watch. It had a great plot, stunt choreography, acting, visual effects, a good score/soundtrack, and a positive message or two. Awesome film.

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