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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
April 16th

Directed by: Juzo Itami
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People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
April 16th

Directed by: Milos Forman
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Directed by: Joel Coen
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People who added this item 364 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Hard Eight (1996)
April 16th

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
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People who added this item 2721 Average listal rating (1571 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
April 15th

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
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Directed by: Juzo Itami
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People who added this item 412 Average listal rating (269 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0
April 5th

Directed by: John Waters
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People who added this item 95 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
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Directed by: John Waters
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
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Directed by: John Waters
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People who added this item 1294 Average listal rating (730 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
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Directed by: John Waters
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
April 2nd

Directed by: Nagisa Oshima
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
April 1st

Directed by: Wes Anderson
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People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
March 31st

Directed by: John Waters

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People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
March 30th

Directed by: John Waters
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People who added this item 342 Average listal rating (204 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
March 27th

Directed by: John Waters
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People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
I Am Divine (2013)
March 26th

Directed by: Jeffrey Schwarz
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
March 26th

Directed by: Steve Yeager
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March 18th

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
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People who added this item 602 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
March 13th

Directed by: John Waters

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People who added this item 337 Average listal rating (204 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
March 7th

Directed by: John Woo

A Better Tomorrow precedes The Killer, which was probably the turning point of what people know John Woo films to be. The Woo-isms are there, such as the spectacular violence in wonderful slow motion. I don't know if I've seen more satisfying looking squibs. There are a few scenes in this that will stick with me, it was my first time seeing them but they were instantly iconic to me. This is a smart thriller, they build a sense of family and loyalty, and it's put to the test in Hong Kong's underworld. I kind of want to watch this again right now.
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People who added this item 183 Average listal rating (363 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
March 5th

Directed by: Taika Waititi

I think there's a lot of good in this movie... somewhere. The opening scene is tremendous visually, it gave me the same feeling as Mad Max Fury Road, like I was watching a heavy metal album cover. I wish we could have kept up with that. I understand this film to be a bit of a hard left, I didn't watch Thor: The Dark World because I have about 5,000 movies I'd rather watch but my point is this is a comedy. It's funny and it's also not funny, which I think is a common thing in Marvel films. I think my major sticking point is I didn't feel that there were any stakes, maybe a side effect of the comedy, I felt that Thor: Ragnarok was completely inconsequential, and when you're making a movie that's part of a big comic book film series, what is it if not important to the overall story? It's not like we're saying anything important here. Yeah, I'm just kind of left feeling "who cares". I don't know if this is any better or worse than other Marvel movies of the day. What I do know this has in common with every other Marvel movie is terrible music.

Edit: I forgot to mention Hulk's voice sounded like it went through a free "voice deepener" phone app.
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
March 1st

Directed by: Johnnie To

I'm very impressed. I don't expect much out of Asian gangster films but here we have some really distinct characters that don't get muddled and a really fun to follow story. On top of that the gunfight scenes are completely wonderful. Like, top notch. I kind of want to watch this again right now. I don't know much about this Johnnie To fella, but I do know he made some Chow Yun-Fat romantic comedies in the '80s and I would actually kill people to see those. Someone please help me.
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February 28th

Directed by: Ulrich Seidl
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People who added this item 74 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
February 28th

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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Yakuza (1974)
February 26th

Directed by: Sydney Pollack
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People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
Twin Dragons (1992)
February 21st

Directed by: Ringo Lam, Hark Tsui

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People who added this item 788 Average listal rating (404 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
February 16th

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
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People who added this item 657 Average listal rating (394 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
February 14th

Directed by: Terrence Malick

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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Danger Pays (1962)
February 13th

Directed by: Kô Nakahira

So I paid $50 for Tokyo Mighty Guy and this was also on there. So there you have it. No, but actually on the menu of the disc it interspersed scenes from both films, I couldn't tell what was what, but I knew I definitely liked what I saw. Visually, it's wonderful. It's '60s Japan. You know what you're getting into here. However, the film's just... kinda boring. There's one scene I remember well, and another that I can't remember if it was in this or Tokyo Mighty Guy.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
February 13th

Directed by: Buichi Saito

My expectations were FAR too high for this film, but it seriously ticks all my boxes. First I was sold just on the poster. Look at this fuckin' guy. Akira Kobayashi's charisma comes through in a single image. It's also about cooking, is Japanese and was made in the '60s. I ALSO FOUND OUT AFTER PUTTING IT ON THAT IT'S KIND OF A FUCKING MUSICAL. How is this not my favorite movie? Well, I don't know, I'll have to watch it again to figure that out.
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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
February 8th

Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Thai and Malay film is so interesting to me, what little I know about it. To me, it seems like an influence of New Taiwan Cinema but I'm sure it's not so much of an influence as it's just the way that it is in South Asia. This film is mostly just about a vague idea, that being Weerasethakul's memories of growing up in hospitals, as both of his parents were doctors. The film faced censorship for depicting doctors drinking alcohol and kissing among other slightly less trivial things. It's interesting, the country's values.
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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
February 8th

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

I wouldn't recommend reading this if you plan to see the film. Comparing Phantom Thread to PT Anderson's other works yields interesting results. Despite how different I find this film to be I feel like it's actually made me a fan of PTA. I'm not even sure why I like this movie, there's seemingly nothing about this film that isn't surface level. There's a moment right at the end that is presented as if it's supposed to be a twist and... it's not? It's just... something. But I was always intrigued, always wondering what the character's were thinking, where it was going next. I was never bored.
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January 29th

Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi

Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi I would think are the two most prolific filmmakers whose most common theme is the plight of women. Now, Ozu would always take the modern approach and Mizoguchi was more of a fan of what I assume to be Edo period. I mention Ozu because I find it really interesting that so much of Japanese cinema was dominated by stories of women and the hurdles of their time, be it the 1960s or the 1600s. I don't bat an eye at this, I hardly noticed it until now but if this were the case in current day I'd find it pretty shocking. I mentioned Mizoguchi's approach being different, the word that comes to mind is "dire". Oharu's story begins with her lover being beheaded for being of a lower caste, she is banished, sent away to be a mistress and her decline never stops for all 130 minutes. To write a story so dour must have been tortuous for Mizoguchi, it being based on his reality, as it was for me to watch. The Life of Oharu is a good film. I think there is some consideration to be taken for the time period, as "bad gets worse" bothers me as a theme nowadays, but it never feels like that's all it is.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
January 28th

Directed by: Edward Yang

Edward Yang is the greatest director of all time. Now I don't know if I mean that because y'know, Ozu exists, but this is Yang's first feature and it's impossible to imagine that being true. Instantly a master. That Day, on the Beach is a contemplative, complicated construction and it's really astounding in every way a film can be. I can't really say much about it, so that's it. Thanks.
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January 25th

Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro

If you told someone to come up with a plot of something Guillermo Del Toro would make, it would be this. So you should know exactly what you're gonna get, and if you liked Pan's Labyrinth I think you'll like this. The Shape of Water has actually made me ask myself an interesting question when I was comparing the two, because I always thought of Pan's Labyrinth as a kid's movie, but I initially wouldn't say the same for this movie. I won't say why, but I find it to be interesting that that was my instinct, and I'm definitely questioning myself for it. But if it weren't for The Oscars I don't think I would have ever gotten around to seeing this, and I think it totally fits in as a Best Picture nominee. There are moments of brilliance and moments of painful overtness. It's probably exactly what you expect, and coming from Del Toro I wouldn't call that a bad thing.
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January 24th

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

This more closely resembles the movies I like than any other Best Picture nominee so far. I feel like there was an attempt to look like an Eric Rohmer film, maybe they were just going for authentic '80s France, but either way I appreciate it. It still falls into the trappings of modern films but definitely not as much. It seems that Europeans are still trying to make good films even if they are being influenced by America too much. I'll probably rescind my 8/10 at some point but right now this movie made me feel stuff so it's a good.
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January 23rd

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Now I'm not really one for "concepts" but I'll admit the premise of this film had me interested. Strong premise. I guess credit to Martin McDonagh because you never truly know where his stories are going next, but this one just felt unfocused. I don't want to say too much about what happens but it's really all over the place. While I do think Three Billboards feels different than the rest of McDonagh's catalog, at the same time it makes me feel like I've outgrown his films. This movie's dialogue is just so obnoxious and yet I find the characters to be memorable and charming. I'm feeling a lot of conflicting things about this movie. It's bad but I like it?
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
January 23rd

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

So I guess this is what Spielberg makes now. Even though I really liked Bridge of Spies I wasn't looking forward to this one. I couldn't even tell you what this movie's about. Journalism? I guess? I can tell you Meryl Streep does the good acting. Throw her another statue. This is the most boring film I've ever seen in my life. I'm exaggerating. Fuck. Don't watch this movie.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (113 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
January 23rd

Directed by: Joe Wright

So the Academy Award nominees are out and here's your typical historical biopic. If you've seen one of these, you've seen them all. Eccentric individual is put in a position where all of their peers and superiors doubt them but they're proven wrong in the end. But not just that, somehow every film like this one feels exactly the same, go watch The Good Shepherd from 2006 and you'll feel like you're watching the same movie. All that said, the actual subject matter of Darkest Hour is moderately interesting and as embellished as I'm sure it is, it almost makes me patriotic for the UK. It does what it's supposed to, it's very surface level but it's not the worst of it's kind.
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
January 16th

Directed by: Agnès Varda

The fact that this was Varda's first film just completely blows my mind. Would you believe that some imagery later made iconic by Ingmar Bergman would be seen here first? Varda was a photographer before she decided to make this film and surely the talent would transfer over but that hardly explains the way the camera moves. The only explanation is Varda is a visionary savant who was born to make films.
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People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
January 15th

Directed by: François Truffaut

People say Truffaut has no real discernible style, and I would definitely agree that he doesn't have a singular, overarching style his entire career, but that's not to say there's no flair to these films. It is interesting how he never seems to do anything exciting visually on purpose. There's definitely a lot of fantastic images in this film (and others of course) but it's never in a way that screams "look at this" like it is with most directors. His style is in service to the story. A story which I have no clue about. Nowadays, everyone wants to say something with a film and even moreso audiences expect a film to have something to say. Bed & Board just sort of happens. It is a continuation of the Antoine Doinel character but Truffaut has changed so much as a filmmaker, these films don't resemble each other at all. He would continue to do so.
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People who added this item 207 Average listal rating (117 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
January 15th

Directed by: Joachim Trier

More often than not I don't like movies like this one. I wouldn't say it's exactly like what one would expect from a bleak Scandinavian drama about a recovering drug addict, it's not just bad getting worse the whole time, in fact it's not that at all. The film is only 90 minutes and somehow feels even shorter than that, instead of trying to depress you with the protagonist's misfortune, the film lingers on the happy moments with a quiet reflection on his strife always on the back of your mind. It all comes together in the ending which seemed a little hamfisted and preachy to me at first, but if you think about it in context of how the film opened, and the other vignette sequences in the film it's brilliant.
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People who added this item 87 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
January 15th

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

This film is an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending. Thinking about it under that title makes it a little bit more interesting to me. I would describe this film as interesting though, certainly moreso at the beginning. There's a lot of potential here, but it just kind of descends into meandering, and not interesting meandering. I don't know if that's the fault of the playwright or Sidney Lumet.
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People who added this item 1637 Average listal rating (924 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
January 11th

Directed by: Woody Allen

(This is going to sound very familiar) The first 4 minutes of Manhattan could be taken away and designated as it's own little short film and I would love that. I'd honestly recommend the movie just for that. The film appears in black and white like Woody Allen's character describes how he sees it in the opening, and there's something about New York in black and white that elevates it and makes it so charming. Otherwise, I'd say this is pretty standard Woody Allen fare, which is to say it's really good.
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January 10th

Directed by: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

The first 10 - 15 minutes of this movie are so fucking fantastic, so epic in scope, unfortunately the film gets quite a bit less interesting visually and otherwise afterwards but c'mon, this is Powell and Pressburger, you know it still looked amazing. This film was definitely almost a favorite of mine, the story I think nowadays would be seen as "preachy", I would be guilty of this probably, but the message is so genuine and so lovely that I don't care if they hit me over the head with it.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Columbus (2017)
January 9th

Directed by: Kogonada

I feel like I'm being especially critical of the film because I know Kogonada from videos he's made before, but honestly this whole thing is so predictable under that lens. The whole concept is so meta, the movie's about shapes so there's your license to put the shapes in the rectangular shape of the film. I mean, it looks nice, I don't love the editing, but that's because it's a film made in 2017 and this is how things are now. I was inspired to watch something new by what I said about Rome, Open City and I don't know if it's me who has the problem or if there's a legitimate lack of inspiration and creativity in the present. I'm blowing things out of proportion. The movie's alright. Certainly better than anything I'd make.
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People who added this item 414 Average listal rating (240 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
January 9th

Directed by: Roberto Rossellini

From Franco to Mussolini. From what I understand this film started the Italian Neo-Realism movement. Rome, Open City was filmed in secret from the National Fascist Party, using real environments and no sets at all, which is an incomprehensively stark difference from films of the time. This film is beautiful. It has such wonderful, deep characters and Anna Magnani is a treasure. Rome, Open City makes me hearken for a time when cinema was relevant to the culture and really mattered.
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January 8th

Directed by: Carlos Saura

1967. Francisco Franco's fascist regime is still ruling Spain and Spanish cinema reflects that. This film is also dedicated to Luis Buñuel who I am a lot more familiar with. What I'm saying is I don't honestly get what the film is going for, as I didn't with any of Buñuel's of the era. They're very similar and I love the tone and look of both, and that would be more than enough, but there's an intriguing story here reminiscent of Vertigo, and while I'm not sure what it really means, I know I enjoyed the ride. Spanish cinema is a bit of a blind spot for me, and I need to remedy that.
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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
January 5th

Directed by: Hou Hsiao-hsien

Typical of New Taiwan Cinema, and moreso of Hou himself, this film is a meandering, aimless venture designed to rebel against the Taiwanese cinema of the '70s. Of course, we're already 6 years into the '80s, so Hou had already established his style with The Boys from Fengkeui among others, but Dust in the Wind is a large step further in the same direction. We're shown the young people of a confused, faceless Taiwan struggling to find that identity that their elders have already given up on. They'll find much the same in the end, and I'll not find much of anything in this film. You can still have substance in a film like this, I've seen it many times, Dust in the Wind, without it's amazing visuals wouldn't have much else.
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Films per decade:
1930s:
1940s: 3
1950s: 3
1960s: 6
1970s: 9
1980s: 9
1990s: 8
2000s: 2
2010s: 13

Most watched directors:
John Waters: 8
Ulrich Seidl: 3
PT Anderson: 2
Juzo Itami: 2

January - 21 watched
Best - The Grapes of Wrath
Worst - The Post

February - 11 watched
Best - Days of Heaven
Worst - Twin Dragons

March - 10 watched
Best - A Better Tomorrow
Worst - I Am Divine

April - 12 watched
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