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Movies You've Seen Recently |OT| August 2017

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Source: Ascenseur pour l'échafaud | Jeanne Moreau (1928–2017)

July Wall of Shame:



Remember:

DO NOT just post the title of the movie you wratched. It isn't conducive at all to the kind of discussion & communication we want to engender here, because it tells us nothing of you, the movie, the impact of the latter on the former. Post scores, descriptions, essays, poems, gifs, hashtags, whatever provides you the best outlet for personal expression, you unique little digital snowflake. Also, Marvel movies are mostly shit. - icarus-daedelus

Interesting movie listing/rating sites:

Letterboxd
iCheckMovies


Our ICM group: http://www.icheckmovies.com/groups/neogaf/

Regs on such sites:

AngmarsKing701
http://letterboxd.com/blang701/

jett
https://letterboxd.com/jett/

Fancy Clown
https://letterboxd.com/fancyclown/

Anton Sugar
http://letterboxd.com/thrillho/

BaronLundi
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/baronlundi/
http://letterboxd.com/baronlundi/

Big Ander
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/big+ander/
http://letterboxd.com/ander/

brianjones
http://letterboxd.com/brianjones/

C(harles)F(oster)K(ane)
http://www.criticker.com/profile/cfk
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles...s+foster+kane/
http://letterboxd.com/cfk/

Ainsz
https://letterboxd.com/ainsz/

lordxar
https://letterboxd.com/Lordxar/

crustikid
https://letterboxd.com/crustikid/

NewDust
https://letterboxd.com/newdust/

overcast
https://letterboxd.com/overcast/

kevin1025
https://letterboxd.com/kevinlever/

Dawg
http://letterboxd.com/dawg/

demosthenes
http://letterboxd.com/mpmaley/

Divius
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/divius/
http://letterboxd.com/divius/

Dragoon En Regalia
http://letterboxd.com/dragoonenregali/

eLZhi
http://www.criticker.com/profile/d_fens
http://letterboxd.com/d_fens/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/d-fens/

Femmeworth/Miss Negativity
http://letterboxd.com/femmeworth/

HiResDes
http://www.criticker.com/profile/hiresdes

Peco
http://letterboxd.com/Dobbs/

jnc
http://www.criticker.com/profile/jakncoke
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/jakncoke/

Kilgore Trout
http://www.criticker.com/profile/Vonstreudal/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/kilgore_trout/

Kurisu1974
http://www.criticker.com/profile/kurisu1974/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/kurisu1974/

Lafiel
http://letterboxd.com/lafiel/

Linius
http://letterboxd.com/linius/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/linius/]

Madkiller
http://letterboxd.com/aris/

MELIORISM
Criticker - http://www.criticker.com/profile/meliorism/
MUBI - http://mubi.com/users/1017177
ICM - http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/meliorism/
Letterboxd - http://letterboxd.com/meliorism/

MikeMyers
http://letterboxd.com/deathscythe/

Mxgt
http://letterboxd.com/mxgt/

PhantomOfTheKnight
http://letterboxd.com/potk_ken/

Ridley327
http://letterboxd.com/ridley327/

Roosters93
http://www.criticker.com/profile/roosters93
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/roosters93/
http://letterboxd.com/roosters93/

Secret Fawful
http://letterboxd.com/secretfawful/

Sibersk Esto
http://letterboxd.com/SiberskEsto/

TheKaep/Captain Yamato
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/captyamato/

Thug Waffle
http://www.criticker.com/profile/Proximity/
http://letterboxd.com/thugwaffle/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/thug+waffle/

Ventilaator
http://www.criticker.com/profile/ventilaator/
iCheckMovies
Letterboxd

swoon
https://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/swoon/
http://letterboxd.com/swoon/

Frustrated_Grunt
https://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/frustratred+grunt/

Freeza Under The Shower
https://letterboxd.com/futs/

Serpentine
http://letterboxd.com/Serpentine/

AlternativeUlster
http://letterboxd.com/altulster/

Infernostew
http://letterboxd.com/Infernostew/

KAKYBAC
http://letterboxd.com/le_rowe/

TreyoftheDead
http://letterboxd.com/MrTrey/

TheOnlyOneHeEverFeared
http://letterboxd.com/MadManWithaBox/

Rhomega Beta
http://letterboxd.com/rhomega/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/rhomega/

daydream
https://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/daydreamde/
http://letterboxd.com/daydreamde/

mariachi507
https://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/mariachi507/
http://letterboxd.com/mariachi507/

omgkitty
http://letterboxd.com/omgkitty/

ZombAid82
http://letterboxd.com/Zombaid/

MoodyFog
http://letterboxd.com/SamyTwoTimes/

Pachimari
http://letterboxd.com/Pachimari/


- Post your top 5 of July!

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1. What's your favorite Movie?
2. Who's your favorite director?
3. Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
4. Favorite Genre(s)?
5. What's your favorite performance in film?


- Unsure of what to watch?

ICM has a compilation of many official movie lists with lots of interesting recommendations. Or you could ask members in the thread; we don't bite. Participate!

---
July thread.
 

Divius

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Watched 24 movies in July

TOP 5 NEW VIEWINGS OF JULY
5. /
4. The Picture of Dorian Gray
3. The Misfits
2. The Lady from Shanghai
1. Dunkirk

MOST VALUABLE REWATCHES
Spider-Man 1 & 2
Lord of the Rings 1 & 2

WORST NEW VIEWINGS OF JULY
White Men Can’t Jump
The Mummy
Wonder Woman
 
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Ghost in the Shell. Not as bad as it could have been or as some internet pundits were suggesting, nowhere near good enough to put it past just average at best.

There's a ton of the movie that has themes and ideas that never get fully developed, the fascinating philosophical issues about identity and what it means to be human—ideas that cry out to be explored in a film like this, yet they never get beyond surface level at most, or just abandoned. It's somewhat structured as a poor collage of memorable scenes and characters from the original films and TV series absorbed from their original thematic context and thus, lacking those original meanings. The action is boring and doesn't work like it did in the original, just like said themes.

On the plus side, it looks visually spectacular, and some of the supporting cast works, but thats nowhere near enough to save this film.



Best of July?

Spider-Man Homecoming
The Big Sick
Hounds of Love
Dunkirk
The Beguiled.
 

darkwing-buck

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Was in a WW2 mood since dunkirk and saw Kojima retweet this old war movie called, "Cross of Iron", directed by Sam Peckinpah. I didn't even know Peckinpah made a ww2 movie, nonetheless The Wild Bunch is one of my fav films ever so I had to check it out. Madness, this film is filled with madness. It basically follows a german reconnaissance patrol in the western front and it's troubles with a glory hound commander who signed up to get a iron cross (German Army's Medal of Honor).

It's rare for a movie to follow the german side, and this one does it with a good amount of humility. The troops are mostly made up of german wehrmacht, basically just regular grunts and most of them are anti-nazi. Even the antagonistic glory hound commander is anti-nazi which I thought was neat considering most war movies portray German soldiers as mindless killing machines.

Without spoiling anything, this is a straight up anti-war movie. The violence is a lot and doesn't shy away from women and children getting shot or blown up. Gritty and unflinching is pretty much Peckinpah's MO. I was reading an article and it said that Orson Welles once stated this was, " the greatest anti-war movie ever" and Quentin Tarantino was inspired by this film for Inglorious Bastards. Underrated gem for sure.

Highly recommend 8/10

BTW the intro for the film is incredible and the music contrasts with the depressing tone of the film

 

UrbanRats

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Watched John Wick 2.
Good stuff; Keanu is indeed starting to show his age though, i wonder how many other action movies he can withstand.
Also, NYC has more Hitmen than possible clients or targets, apparently.
Finally, Lawrence Fishburne has like 10 lines, but is the best thing about the movie, the guy is just on another level of charisma.
 

TissueBox

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Freshest New Watches of July:

1. Baby Driver
2. Cafe Society
3. Erin Brockovich
4. Bagdad Cafe
5. Dunkirk

Ah, Cafe Society... it really has this cream-like, drifting feel to it. Once again a pleasant non-surprise with nothing new to say and nothing new in how it says it except in photography, casting, and content, and it capitalizes on it the best it can. A better and more tender dream-chasing romance than La La Land.



Also, when it's Wright you can't go wrong. The one to beat from the cornucopia that is the current box office quality blockbuster storm. Although it's probably Wright's worst film yet -- and highly, highly recommended. When's the spiritual sequel?
 

Markitron

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Finally watched Get Out. Not as amazing as I would led to believe but still a really tense and original film. Thought it was funny that all the white people in it were liberals as opposed to racists. I'm sure there was some kind of message in there.
 

pauljeremiah

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Top 5 of July

  1. In This Corner Of The World (この世界の片隅に)
  2. Dunkirk
  3. War For The Planet Of The Apes
  4. The Big Sick
  5. The Beguiled

What's your favorite Movie?
The Road Home (我的父亲母亲)

Who's your favorite director?
Stanley Kubrick

Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
I don't really have any. I have favourite performances by actors/actresses but never really picked one single person as my favourite.

Favorite Genre(s)?
Drama, War Films, Crime, Thrillers, Animation, Comedy.

What's your favorite performance in film?
Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds.
 

mariachi507

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Last month really flew by for me. Saw some great flicks as well.

Top Five New Watches of July:

1. Persona
2. Memories of Murder
3. Days of Heaven
4. Three Colors: Blue
5. War of the Planet of the Apes
HM: Baby Driver

Top Rewatches of July :

The Dark Knight
12 Angry Men
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Child's Play
 

overcast

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Top 5 Watches of July.. I literally watched 5:
1) Baby Driver
2) War for the Planet of the Apes
3) I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
4) The Beguiled
5) Spider Man Homecoming

Not too crazy about those last two. Got a lot to catch up on. Also August has great new releases. Logan Lucky, Good Time, Detroit, I guess fucking Annabelle? Always down for a horror flick and that's getting great early reviews.
 

Ventilaator

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Oct 1, 2010
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I heard dubbed versions of songs from Moana and oh my fuck, why is that even allowed?

Cinemas around me only show dubbed versions of animated movies. I've asked them about it and their response is that whenever they show the movies in the original language, they basically can't sell any tickets. So they just don't bother and only show them dubbed. That meant that I didn't see Moana until it was released on disc because I wanted to see it as intended. Loved the movie, 5 stars.

Now I heard how the dubbed version sounds and if I had given up and seen the movie that way it would have been a 1 star pile of garbage. My brain and ears were actively upset about the random noise that for some reason I'm listening to. The lyrics sounded like they had given the performers the english lyrics, started recording, and asked them to translate on the fly.
 

Boogs31

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Watched 8 movies in July

1) The Big Sick (9/10)
2) Paddington (8.75/10)
3) Spiderman: Homecoming (8.5/10)
4) War for the Planet of the Apes (8/10)
5) Dunkirk (7.5/10)
6) Atomic Blonde (6.5/10)
7) Gifted (6/10)
8) The Lovers (6/10)

Also re-watched Shaun of the Dead (Still Awesome)
 

Messofanego

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Was in a WW2 mood since dunkirk and saw Kojima retweet this old war movie called, "Cross of Iron", directed by Sam Peckinpah. I didn't even know Peckinpah made a ww2 movie, nonetheless The Wild Bunch is one of my fav films ever so I had to check it out. Madness, this film is filled with madness. It basically follows a german reconnaissance patrol in the western front and it's troubles with a glory hound commander who signed up to get a iron cross (German Army's Medal of Honor).

It's rare for a movie to follow the german side, and this one does it with a good amount of humility. The troops are mostly made up of german wehrmacht, basically just regular grunts and most of them are anti-nazi. Even the antagonistic glory hound commander is anti-nazi which I thought was neat considering most war movies portray German soldiers as mindless killing machines.

Without spoiling anything, this is a straight up anti-war movie. The violence is a lot and doesn't shy away from women and children getting shot or blown up. Gritty and unflinching is pretty much Peckinpah's MO. I was reading an article and it said that Orson Welles once stated this was, " the greatest anti-war movie ever" and Quentin Tarantino was inspired by this film for Inglorious Bastards. Underrated gem for sure.

Highly recommend 8/10

BTW the intro for the film is incredible and the music contrasts with the depressing tone of the film

I loved Straw Dogs and Wild Bunch, I should watch this. Sounds brilliant.
 

Glass Rebel

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Best movie I saw in July: Dunkirk
Worst movie I saw in July: Valerian
Best rewatch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
 

NoeinJ

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Top of July:

1. It Comes at Night
2. Dunkirk
3. Baby Driver
4. War of the planet of the apes
5. Spider-man: Homecoming

It was great month for me. I loved so much It comes at night, Dunkirk and Baby Driver. Everyone of them was full of emotions; depression, sadness, happiness...

1. What's your favorite Movie?

Maybe one of these: Alien, Blade Runner, Spirited Away, Pan's Labyrinth, Seven Samurai, Shame, Old Boy.

2. Who's your favorite director?

Hayao Miyazaki, Akira Kurosawa, David Fincher, Guillermo del Toro, Chan-wook Park, Denis Villeneuve.

3. Who are your favorite actors/actresses?

Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Jack Nicholson, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Min-Sik Choi.

4. Favorite Genre(s)?

Everything goes, soft spot for scifi and animations.

5. What's your favorite performance in film?

Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner.
 

Net_Wrecker

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Another piss poor movie month for me. Dunkirk and Baby Driver were ok I guess. Spiderman was bleh whatever. Still haven't seen War For The Planet of The Apes. Nothing beyond those. Gonna have a packed Q4 when all the stuff I've missed hits streaming/blu-ray


Rewatched Antonioni's L'Avventura recently, and it's still great.
 

thenexus6

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My July:

01 Project A2
04 The Founder ***
09 Spiderman Homecoming ***
10 Lego Batman ***
22 The Quiet Family
23 The Terminator
26 Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang ***
28 The Neon Demon ***
29 Terminator 2
30 Okja ***

*** = first time watches.
 

Ridley327

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Top 8 new watches, no particular order:
-Baby Driver
-The Red Balloon
-Dial M for Murder
-The Big Sick
-They Live by Nigt
-Land of Mine
-Dunkirk
-A Ghost Story

Most valuable rewatch: Kiki's Delivery Service

The "Fuck This Thing in Particular" Award, feature-length: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The "Fuck This Thing in Particular" Award, short-length: Logorama

Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four: A decent look into the making and unmaking of the most famous comic book movie bootleg. It was nice to see them get as many people as humanly possible to talk about the film and its lack of release, but it does suffer a bit at times from getting all of them to essentially air the same grievances back to back to back without any anecdotes to go along with it. It is nevertheless a fascinating look into how people can game the system to their advantage, even if means wasting time and money to do so, leading to a situation like this that still surprises even 25 years later. Given how the actual films have gone, this is basically the best Fantastic Four film by default.
 

Zousi

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You’ve logged 69 entries for films during July 2017.

Top 5 New Watches:

1. Johnny Guitar (1954)
2. The Unknown Soldier (1985)
3. Dunkirk (2017)
4. Le Silence de la Mer (1949)
5. Nightmare Alley (1947)
 

Fancy Clown

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Top 5 of July:
1. Straw Dogs
2. Dunkirk
3. Baby Driver
4. Dial M for Murder
5. Zatoichi and the Fugitives

Best rewatch:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
 
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I have honestly not watched a single movie in July.

Been busy watching shows on Netflix. Mainly Star Trek TOS (so many references that suddenly make sense) and Deadwood at this time. I can see what might be endearing about the latter, but it's not the kind of show that would benefit from having a movie still long after it initially ran.

Also it would get a looooot of backlash for using racial curse words nowadays, whereas back in 2004, the only good Muslim (or poc that didn't serve) was apparently... well, you know the rest. It was not a fun time. It is however, the reason I sat through a broadcast of Lawrence of Arabia though. Like friends asking to go do stuff and going: "no, I NEED to see the rest of this movie". Compared to the times, it was so nice.

There, take that random movie related story instead.
 

kevin1025

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Top 5 of July:

1) War For The Planet of the Apes
2) Dunkirk
3) Mulholland Drive (rewatch)
4) Doubt
5) Christine

And my first movie of August (since well over half of it was after midnight):

The Trip

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travel the English countryside and experience the food, the people, the labyrinthine roads, and their Michael Caine and Bond impressions. That may sound slight when reading, but it leads to a movie I was smiling throughout, it was just a really damn good time. I think Rob was the more fun one, since he was the more enthusiastic with Coogan playing the more straight man who joined in from time to time (I can't figure out if they're playing characters of themselves or just straight themselves, haha), but there was a surprising amount of subtext in between the meals, and worked very well.

I found out after finishing it that the movie(s) are cut down versions of the show version... so I think I'll go show version from here on out. It's too good to watch condensed versions (though if you rather watch an hour less version, this one is great)!
 

Pachimari

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Top 5 of July
1. Spider-Man: Homecoming
2. The Breakfast Club
3. Alien
4. John Wick: Chapter 2
5. Dunkirk

Rewatches
1. The World's End
2. Spider-Man 3
3. Rosita

Worst Movie in July
The LEGO Batman Movie

I probably won't watch that many movies this month, since I am catching up on a bunch of tv shows.
 

Gastone

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Top 4 July
Dunkirk
King Arthur - Legend of the Sword
Wonder Woman
War of the planet of the apes

Worst July
Spiderman : Homecoming

Top rewatches
Star Wars
Star Wars : The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Rogue One
Dune
 

Icolin

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Top 5 of July:

1. Dunkirk
2. War for the Planet of the Apes
3. Spider-Man Homecoming
4. Baby Driver
5. It Comes At Night

Best rewatch: Apocalypse Now

Worst Movie in July

It's a rewatch, but definitely The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
 

Rei_Toei

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Watched Life as a House (2001, Irwin Winkler) and for some reason it's kinda hard to put to words how I feel about the movie. It's of an era (late 90s, early 00's) that was so different in what movies were produced, what atmosphere they have, that really makes me wonder how I would've experienced it if I had watched it back then (I would've been 18 at the time). It stars the very young Ian Somerhalder, Jenny Malone and Hayden Christensen (Christensen, by the way, has the creepiest IMDb profile pic ever, why did his agent put up a Madam Tussauds replica up as a pic?) together with some 80s/90s icons such as Kristin Scott Thomas and Kevin Kline. It cuts corners, characters are underdeveloped (Christensen plays a insufferable goth edgelord, always angry because teenage reasons) and his dad (Kline) lives like a beach hobo with a joyless job and a whole lotta mid-life crisis rage untill cancer strikes and he decides he's done building architectural models, he's gonna build a house. There's also some (light spoilers) random developments such as Christensen prematurely ejaculating
on Malone while kissing her, Malone hitting on Kline, Malone's mom fucking with Malones boyfriend, who is also Christensens pimp
- whole lotta sexuality surrounding Jenny. Still, I can't hate on this kinda film, I'm nostalgic about them a bit.
 

Icolin

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I've been in these threads for awhile, and haven't done the introductions yet for whatever reason, so here we go:

1. What's your favorite Movie?

I can't pick 1; here's my top 10 though (top 5 are in order):

1. Tree of Life
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
3. Blade Runner
4. Goodfellas
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
6. Aliens
7. Thin Red Line
8. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
9. Spirited Away
10. The New World

HM: Badlands, Days of Heaven, Her, Lost in Translation, Apocalypse Now

2. Who's your favorite director?

Terrence Malick. HM: Nolan, Jonze, Kubrick, Scorsese

3. Who are your favorite actors/actresses?

Daniel Day Lewis, Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain.

4. Favorite Genre(s)?

Sci-fi, Westerns, whatever the fuck Malick's movies are

5. What's your favorite performance in film?

Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now.
 

lordxar

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I watched 17 films last month.

Best new watches:
1. Rogue One
2. Moonrise Kingdom
3. Following
4. The Player
5. Pieces

Best rewatch
12 Angry Men

Disappointing shitshow
1. Kuso...literally a shitshow

Good but not as good as I'd have liked
1. Take Shelter
2. Insomnia 1997
3. The Alchemist Cookbook

The Player I had to commit a moviegaf sin and watch this in chunks because I was tired as fuck Sunday when I started it. I'd say it was a tad overlong which was probably caused by the Hollywood bullshit this ripped on but a lot of it fell flat for me. I liked the overall story but it could have lost about 20 or 30 minutes easily.
 

Messofanego

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Top 8 new watches, no particular order:
-Baby Driver
-The Red Balloon
-Dial M for Murder
-The Big Sick
-They Live by Nigt
-Land of Mine
-Dunkirk
-A Ghost Story

Most valuable rewatch: Kiki's Delivery Service

The "Fuck This Thing in Particular" Award, feature-length: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The "Fuck This Thing in Particular" Award, short-length: Logorama

Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four: A decent look into the making and unmaking of the most famous comic book movie bootleg. It was nice to see them get as many people as humanly possible to talk about the film and its lack of release, but it does suffer a bit at times from getting all of them to essentially air the same grievances back to back to back without any anecdotes to go along with it. It is nevertheless a fascinating look into how people can game the system to their advantage, even if means wasting time and money to do so, leading to a situation like this that still surprises even 25 years later. Given how the actual films have gone, this is basically the best Fantastic Four film by default.

What did you think of Land Of Mine?
The Player I had to commit a moviegaf sin and watch this in chunks because I was tired as fuck Sunday when I started it. I'd say it was a tad overlong which was probably caused by the Hollywood bullshit this ripped on but a lot of it fell flat for me. I liked the overall story but it could have lost about 20 or 30 minutes easily.
The Altman film? It's only 2 hours long. It's such a fun Hollywood satire, I love it.
 

Ridley327

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What did you think of Land Of Mine?

The Altman film? It's only 2 hours long. It's such a fun Hollywood satire, I love it.

I'm glad you asked!

Land of Mine: Tense and terrifying from beginning to end, and filled with genuine pathos that ensures a real sense of investment in each of the characters and their fates. The story might be a bit too conventional, but how it's told is rather breathtaking at times, particularly as the visual storytelling does a great job of instilling the fear of just how close to danger they are at all times, while also allowing for a lot of great non-verbal character work that fleshes them out without having to stop the film to explain. Very impressive drama, though I think that I might be genuinely afraid of beaches now.

After seeing Dunkirk, I feel like that this would be more the kind of film that people that didn't like it, wanted instead, as it's very much character-driven. As I mentioned, the biggest issue I had with it was the conventional way that they approached it with, but I do give it a lot of credit for not being particularly kind to the Danish army and their treatment of German POWs.
 
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Saw a few things this past month:

28 - 3 Idiots
27 - Taare Zameen Par/Like Stars On Earth
26 - The Lives of Others
17 - Slow West
14 - The Circle
14 - War for the Planet of the Apes
12 - The Lost City of Z
09 - The Lego Batman Movie
09 - Spider-Man: Homecoming
06 - GoldenEye (Rewatch)
05 - Alien: Covenant
04 - The Room

Best one was Taare Zameen Par, the one I enjoyed the least was The Circle, unsurprsingly.
I'm gonna try to go through my watchlist in the next few months. I've been missing out on older movies lately.
 

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Woo, second straight month on the wall of shame!

Top 5 new watches of July
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Lifeboat
4. The World's End
5. The Big Sick


Top 5 rewatches of July
1. Moonrise Kingdom
2. The Incredibles
3. WALL-E
4. Toy Story 2
5. Toy Story

Jules and Jim (1962): Rewatched in tribute to Jeanne Moreau. Raoul Coutard's cinematography and Claudine Bouche's editing are a real stylistic jolt compared to how most films from this period looked; you can also feel Wes Anderson frantically scribbling down notes, as the aesthetic influence, particularly in the early segments, is obvious. I don't know whether this is what Truffaut intended, but I've always read this film as partially a cautionary tale about Jules and Jim mistaking Catherine's mental health problems for a quirky, free-spirited personality.
 

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Top new watches in July:

1. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
2. Kubo and the Two Strings
3. Colossal
4. Passengers
5. Ghost in the Shell (2017)


Worst new watch in July:

- Ratchet & Clank
 
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Saw 16 new movies and 2 re-watches in July.

Top 5:
1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
2. Dunkirk
3. War for the Planet of the Apes
4. Spiderman: Homecoming
5. American Psycho

Worst new watch:
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

The two re-watches were Kong: Skull Island (still a blast, will pop in the 4K version I bought once I buy an Xbox One X for the 4k player) and Moana (which I am hoping Disney will re-release in 4K because I'm so picking that up to watch on the Xbox One X 4k player).
 
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The Player is great, but Short Cuts is definitely Altman's best.

For sure. I have a soft spot for The Long Goodbye, which has my one of my favorite acting performances of all time with Elliott Gould. God he's so cool in that movie.
 

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So first watch of August in for me..

The fate of the furious
Overall pretty decent. Getting kinda fed up with the whole "family is everything" cringe lines from Disel, but action was over the top and entertaining. Best bits were Johnson and Statham exchanges. And Nathalie Emmanuell. Cool to see Theron as a villain as well.
 

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The Wall (2017) - 6/10. Interesting little low-fi thriller for Doug Liman. Incredibly unfussed from a direction standpoint but a nice showcase for Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena was well cast as his pal. Feels weirdly long despite being just 88 minutes and the ending rubbed me the wrong way.
The final stinger felt like a cheesy B-movie tag.
Would've been just fine with a cut to black as soon as the chopper arrived in the dust.
 

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Rest of my July dump:

Dunkirk is quietly Nolan's most ambitious film yet. Brilliantly blending his modern style with old-school filmmaking of the war epic, he breathes new life into his quirks that were beginning to feel old hat. Nolan avoids the pitfalls that have plagued his most recent works and delivers a harrowing experience quite unlike any contemporary war films or any of Nolan's other films. Keep in mind, this is clearly a Nolan film; his idiosyncrasies are evident in nearly every frame. By shifting away from self-important characters and pompous monologue, his cryptic characters finally come off as truly human, no matter how small their role is. More importantly, the setpieces are simultaneously horrifying and enthralling, taking audiences on a journey through war.

The IMAX cinematography is utterly stunning, and the sound in it makes it feel like planes are actually flying above or shots are firing right behind you. It has a similar issue to Interstellar that sometimes the mix prevents one from hearing the dialogue, but this aspect fits the disorienting nature of war Nolan is trying to capture. When it comes down to it, seeing this film in IMAX should be one's top priority, as it utilizes the format better than any other film I've seen.

The acting ranges from servicable to excellent, but the actors are not the star of the film here; it's the direction. No one stands out as bad, and when trying to pick a highlight, it proves impossible with how even-handed it all is. If one had to find a complaint with the entire enterprise, it's the land segments are slightly less engaging than the sea and air segments, but those segments are still exciting in their own right. The score by Zimmer is also good, but doesn't stand out as much as they have in Nolan's past works.

Dunkirk is easily Nolan's best film in nine years, with his ambition finally being accomplished in nearly every way. It's a stunning achievement; a brutal assault on the senses that puts audiences right into World War II and how petrifying it was. One can hope Nolan will continue with this type of "experience" film with his upcoming projects, but if he doesn't, Dunkirk will still exist as the best war films and best summer blockbusters in years. A larger achievement than almost anyone could've expected, and one that I cannot wait to revisit as soon as possible. 10/10

I half-watched A December Bride with my mother, but it was a bad Hallmark movie, so moving on.

"Loving somebody this much hurts."

Watching The Big Sick hurts at points. The raw emotion put on screen is more memorable than any comedy the film throws at you, and it's all the better for it. Showalter, Nanjiani, and Gordon put forward a remarkably story that feels shockingly real even ignoring its autobiographical nature. Tearing up in this film is almost a guarantee, as the characters hurt thanks to their love of their families and each other.

This is not to say the film isn't funny; it is obviously a dramedy in every sense of the word, giving huge laughs in heartfelt scenes and not afraid to jab you in the heart during a comedic setpiece. Nanjiani puts his soul on display here in a delightful way, proving to be a strong dramatic actor in the process. Hunter and Romano steal the show, and prove they have been absent from the screen for far too long. Showalter's direction is solid, although one might wish he could add some more visual flair to the proceedings. The script, performances, and editing are so strong though that one can easily ignore this.

The Big Sick is a great romcom, sure. Calling it that though seems to be an insult to its ambition. It's a hilarious comedy, a thrilling romance, a soulcrushing drama, and one of the most startlingly authentic films put out recently. Showalter, Nanjiani, and Gordon's work tackles parenthood, family, and what it means to actually be willing to love, and yes, hurt. It's a phenomenal dramedy that works in spite of any visual strengths, and a truly wonderful film. 9/10

The No Man's Land sequence is one of the most awe-inspiring sequences in superhero cinema. Wonder Woman remains an incredibly fresh take on the origin story upon a third rewatch, thanks to strong performances, sweet action, and Jenkins' strong directorial voice. Still fantastic. 8/10

More fun than the prior feature-length rendition of this franchise, its brevity helps with the sheer wacky cartoon fun to be found here. Puppy! is a fun CGI short that plays with traditional animation slapstick hallmarks in a sadly promotional way. Infinitely better than what follows it though.

The Emoji Movie is absolutely horrendous. The animation is lazy, the voice-acting for the most part is dull, and it all reeks of a sinister corporation deciding what is best for humanity’s next generation. Easy morals executed in the worst ways possible and the most obnoxious side character ever to disgrace an animated film. The plot is an annoying combination of Wreck-It Ralph and The LEGO Movie, literally taking songs from both films’ soundtracks. These songs score Spotify and Just Dance! respectively, a part of the mediocre advertising that permeates the film. The only thing that marginally entertains is the subplot with Gene’s parents, which is also wholly predictable but at least amusingly voice-acted. Going hard on The Emoji Movie seems unfair; it’s been clear since its announcement nobody wanted this movie and it would always be the target of derision. However, after seeing the Internet’s least favorite film of the past year, I have to sadly agree with them. The Emoji Movie is a derivative bore that feels like active torture to watch. It could’ve strived to at least reach a “meh” quality, but alas, it only reaches the quality of the Emoji portrayed by Sir Patrick Stewart. 1/10

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins is a fun childhood revisit, but it has the misfortune of getting old before the third act even begins. The jokes are fun here and there and the bad animation/music cues adds a lot more humor to it, but ultimately it builds up to a headache that no amount of nostalgia or cheekiness can heal. That said, one should definitely finish as the William Shatner end-credits song is really fun. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins launched a long-forgotten animated series, and perhaps the movie should join it in the ruins of time, if it wasn't moderately enjoyable and featured a great end credits scene. 4/10

Doodlebug is an average student short for its first two-thirds, but then the final bits of it reveal the genius and fun Nolan would bring later on in his career. A much better look at his roots than Following, and a solid short. 6/10

Top 5 July First Watches:

1. Dunkirk
2. The Big Sick
3. War for the Planet of the Apes
4. My Life as a Zucchini
5. A Ghost Story