Hot film takes? What are they?

  1. There are a number of movies that I bought as a teenager that I haven't watched in 10-15 years that I'm afraid to rewatch because I'm afraid I won't like them as much as I used to.

  2. I've been doing this lately and it's been a treat rewatching things from my youth. Takes me back and is reigniting my deep love of cinema. Highly recommended

  3. some movies are enjoyed more after watching rather than during watching. an example for me is: “last year at marienbad”. i enjoyed it a little while watching but i found myself liking it way more when thinking about it later after i watched

  4. I’d never had gotten into film as much as I did and still do if it wasn’t for my brain remembering 400 Blows and me deciding that maybe I needed to rewatch it and open myself up for different experiences

  5. Nope was a bit like this, it was a very flawed spectacle film but once I found out about a couple of hidden details that hughlight the themes, my appreciation for the movie grew by quite a bit

  6. I was excited to see Wes’s next film is titled Astroid City. Was hoping he’d do a sci fi with practical effects but it’s a romance at an astronomy convention. Never change, Wes.

  7. I mean, do we need Wes Anderson to make sci-fi movies for the sake of variety? (hell, Isle of Dogs was at least sci-fi adjacent anyway) Bergman and Ozu pretty much stayed in their own lanes for most of their careers, they were still great filmmakers

  8. I love Wes’ early films, but once he got openly cartoonish (people being struck by lightning, ski slope chases), he lost me.

  9. I really enjoy Jim Jarmush but I bought Stranger than Paradise and loathed it, despite the fact that I tried so hard to like it. It’s the only criterion film I have I wish I could return.

  10. This is a relief because Stranger Than Paradise is the only Jarmusch movie I’ve seen and I wasn’t a fan. That makes me feel better going forward with his filmography.

  11. Jarmusch is incredibly hit or miss for me. I love Night on Earth, Only Lovers, Ghost Dog, and Mystery Train. Couldn't stand Stranger than Paradise, The Dead Don't Die, and The Limits of Control (which I really had hopes for because the soundtrack is incredible, tons of Boris tracks)

  12. Lol I did the opposite, got about halfway through Jarmusch's filmography before I realized I didn't enjoy anything past Stranger Than Paradise (and I haven't seen Permanent Vacation)

  13. Agree with your performance take. I really get annoyed when doing an accurate impression of someone is considered a great performance. I get nothing out of seeing well-known events recreated by a Hollywood celebrity.

  14. Agree with everything except the Rashomon take, wild to compare the two but you really went for it so I appreciate it.

  15. I agree with those first two. However, I cannot stand Avatar. I never enjoyed a moment of it. I’d rather watch Ferngully. Same movie but done better.

  16. Nolan is one of the most overrated directors ever. Memento was really really good tho. That's his best film and Prestige is good. Everything else seems so fluffy and blahh

  17. I don't know what you call it when critical opinion changes a few years after a movie's released, but it bummed me out that people called Boyhood a gimmick when it really was just the natural progression of Linklater's obsession with how moments and memories hang in time.

  18. I agree about Linklater using time in a more humanistic way but I love the time gimmicks Nolan uses. So I'll take 'em both. Lol I also agree about the fictional character vs real people point. 🖖🏼

  19. Avatar is disliked because it is a fabulous Pandora tour film and a lousy movie with a lead that is a charisma black hole.

  20. Just watched rashomon the other night, it wasn't my favorite Kurosawa. I still gave it a 4/5 on letterboxd but this was the first of his films I rated below the average rating (I think it's sitting at like a 4.2/5). Still need to watch the last duel, but it seems like a movie I would like

  21. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter (the only Hannibal I'm familiar with) isn't actually that scary. I found Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now and (of course) Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange a lot more chilling.

  22. If his performance had been limited to just Silence of the Lambs, I think he would feel much scarier today. In Hannibal and Red Dragon (films I definitely love), he got a chance to ham it up and chew the scenery which greatly reduced his threat in a lot of ways.

  23. Sofia Coppola is one of the best in her generation of American filmmakers and Marie Antoinette is possible the most underrated movie I’ve seen.

  24. I only care about Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man films. All the rest are simple cash-grabs with too much actions and no character depth or deeper themes.

  25. "Peter Parker... brilliant but lazy!" hits harder than any other emotional beat in any other superhero movie. A genuinely great moment from a genuinely great actor.

  26. Seriously, the discourse around No Way Home is just baffling to me. Even marvel haters say it’s one of, if not the only,legitimately good/great movie marvel has released since endgame and just don’t see how it stands apart from the rest in anyway.

  27. Ive said it time and time again, but I can't stand how they made Iron Man, Peter Parker'S rich father figure in the MCU. I can't stand it

  28. The newest one was entertaining enough. Me personally, I do not like movies with ridiculous amounts of CGI.

  29. His films all have a distinct style that a lot of people get confused for repetition, but you don’t see the same thing with other directors that do similar things all the time in their film.

  30. Everyone crowns Spielberg as the king of bubble-gum films, but anyone who thinks that CLEARLY has never watched a Robert Zemeckis film

  31. idk if that's really a hot take because the movie just is that way because of how much had to be cut due to censors, its not intentionally that way

  32. When Orson Welles made The Other Side of the Wind, he did such a good Antonioni impression that TOSOTW managed to suck just as much as Antonioni's own films do.

  33. Dude knows how to make a movie. But I sense a serious lack of passion in his last 10-20 years. Catch Me if you can is probably my fave, or close encounters

  34. I haven't encountered this. Anybody who discounts the importance and contribution of Spielberg in the pantheon doesn't understand film

  35. Idk... I mean, I genuinely like a few of his films, but if I read through the entire list of films he's directed, the vast majority are films you'd have to pay me to sit through again. I like him just fine in adventure mode, I hate him in "historian" mode.

  36. Ok but I really think Schindler's List would've been a better movie if it wasn't a Hollywood movie and was made in Germany

  37. I think she should've kept directing too, or at least tried a little bit more. But directing seems like such a beast of a job to do. Maybe she just didn't want to do it again.

  38. Not criterion but the predator franchise is a loooooot better than it gets any respect for. Predator and prey are the peak of action-horror movies. Predator 2 is a fun ridiculous film and danny Glover was amazing. The other two were bad but not nearly as bad as some other 80s franchises got in the 2010s

  39. Breathless is an overrated exercise in breaking conventions. Not an enjoyable film experience and I don't understand why people love Godard so much

  40. Nolan seems to only be concerned with the big moments. He’s a really talented filmmaker, but his movies feel very cold to me.

  41. I don't get Quinten or Speilberg hate. But, Nolan lives for the twist way too much, that you expect it coming. And outside Memento, they aren't particularly great.

  42. There are tons of good reasons to hate Tarantino movies! I completely understand why people like them so much, I totally get that it's just that they don't appeal to me personally, and there is obviously something there to get such popular and critical acclaim. But fuck me, his movies are so bad. I hated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood so much.

  43. Tarantino gets too much hate from hardcore cinephiles who are resentful of his popularity and the fact that he relies heavily on the techniques and style of past directors that’re significantly and unjustly lesser known to the masses. Tarantino’s great, and so are most of his films.

  44. I believe he’s be the first to tell you who inspired what as well. Which holds merit in and of itself. He recognizes great filmmaking and pays homage, all whilst delivering a product that is entirely Tarantino.

  45. Quentin Tarantino retiring from filmmaking (if he sticks to it) will be on par with how I felt when Derek Jeter retired from the Yankees. Sure I’ll continue to love movies and going to movies, but knowing it’s the last time I’ll ever see a new QT movie will be to know that I’ll never feel that way in a movie theater again. I hope he changes his mind, I truly believe he’s as great now as he’s ever been

  46. I don’t mind his films except the literally over-the-top violence, just doesn’t resonate with me. But he is skilled for sure.

  47. Is that really a running theme in his screenplays? I can't think of anything other than a couple moments in Synecdoche, New York.

  48. Many Hollywood Blockbusters do, and always have had a place in the Criterion Collection. People tend to complain whenever an even remotely mainstream movie is announced. They forget, or many don't know, Criterion has been releasing these hits since the 80s, many of which have aged like fine wine, but were just regular popular movies at the time.

  49. While I get that Chungking Express is a good “vibe” movie, I did not gravitate to it as much as 99% of the people on this sub have. It was just okay for me.

  50. I was really disappointed when I first watched it tbh. I was turned off with WKW for a while after that but I gave 2046 a chance recently and loved it

  51. Rob Zombie’s Halloween II is wildly underrated and easily the second best film in the entire franchise just after the 1978 original

  52. I remember seeing it the first time and hating it. When I did a huge franchise rewatch before the 2018 film came out, I ended up LOVING it! It’s so insane and brutal and like a total fuck you that I admired it much more than a lot of the earlier films (other than 1, 3 and 4).

  53. love this take. i’ve always defended that movie. loved the way it showed the reaction and effects of trauma.

  54. I remember enjoying his 2 okay bc of how off the wall it was but I keep hearing takes about the directors cut being absolutely incredible. I should probably revisit them at some point.

  55. Paying $30 for a god awfull movie like Pink Flamingos is stupid and completely against the appeal of the film. The movie should only rightfully be viewed by downloading a sketchy pirated copy in 144p which comes with 100 viruses

  56. Godard hasn’t made a good film since the 1960’s. Conversely, Truffaut’s post-60’s work is often better than the films that made his name.

  57. Inconceivable to me. Almost all my favourite Godards - Passion, Detective, Every Man For Himself, First Name Carmen, Hail Mary - are from his 80s period. Most are now available on blu-ray which really bring out their beauty and unique aesthetic. I strongly encourage you to check them out if you haven’t.

  58. Counterpoint: Godard is still making experimental art films in his 90s and Truffaut made only a handful of films that aren’t historical fiction and rom coms for middle-aged people.

  59. Godard lives off his New French Wave Work and rightfully but god damn His Post “La Chinoise” and “Weekend” work are such fucking Bores

  60. Lowkey I find many Wes Anderson’s films to be a lot of stylistic posturing. Like a singer with a beautiful voice that can’t make a good song. I have immense admiration for him but for all his artistry I’m halfway from indifferent towards him. Let’s see what his next film promises.

  61. I posted an actual post abt this but it got zero traction so I’ll say it here: There should be WAY more modern action movies in the criterion collection.

  62. The Fast & Furious franchise is consistently entertaining and a lot of fun. Even it’s worst movies (2 and 4) are entertaining to watch. Movies don’t have to be works of art to be appreciated. Sometimes I want to indulge in some fried chicken or a cheeseburger. The FF movies rank as the best for consistency and most entertaining franchise.

  63. Fast 2 is one of the most homoerotic action movies I’ve ever seen, right up there with the original Top Gun. For that alone it’s worth its weight in gold to me.

  64. 100% agree. Watching movies is such a personal experience that what it all really comes down to is if you enjoyed it or not. That means something different to everyone and most of us can enjoyany different things.

  65. I don’t think “F&F movies are entertaining” is that hot of a take. If you were to call them contextually rich character studies, then you’d have something.

  66. Yeah stuff like the transformers movies are awful, but every now and then he turns out something like The Rock or Pain and Gain which I think was severely underrated.

  67. Michael Bay’s films are incredibly watchable. Perhaps they aren’t {good} in a traditional sense, but from a narrative standpoint they hit every beat in a succinct and digestible fashion and remain engaging.

  68. I think he makes horror films for people who don’t typically watch horror. That’s not a bad thing, I love them, but I’m always surprised by people who are genuinely scared of his films. I almost view them as being more thriller than horror to be honest

  69. His output is really mixed. There’s the occasional great film, lots of mediocre and some truly terrible ones. Maybe if he didn’t write a film every year like he did for a while and instead worked on one script for longer, the results may be fewer but better films.

  70. Woody Allen is like Clint Eastwood for me on this. I loved Richard Jewell. I LOVE Match Point and Blue Jasmine. But both directors are inconsistent as hell and I can name just as many weak movies as strong from both.

  71. Def think Jackie Brown is his best and most artistic. He’s at his most restraint. OUATIH is great too, seems a bit more gentle. I think his best films take place in LA, and aren’t as concerned with Tarantino for Tarantino sake.

  72. I’m scrolling through this thread and found that I agreed with peoples opinions to the point that I didn’t find any of them to be a “hot take.” Even OP’s opinion is pretty standard after you’re out of high school.

  73. The best thing Criterion does is repackage old films that most audiences would never have seen along with fascinating interviews and even the radio play versions of the stories.

  74. Just to be a devil's advocate here, I've always felt contrarian takes about Wes Anderson that amount to 'he makes the same movie over and over' are a very basic and frankly unfounded criticism of his work. He has a very distinct style that he utilizes in all of his films, sure - anyone can see that. It doesn't take a film studies degree to identify his personal style. But to say that Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom are similar, or that either of those films are similar to like, The Royal Tenembaums or The Grand Budapest Hotel or Fantastic Mr. Fox, I don't see it! You've got films with a specific visual style and color palate and A-list casts, but beyond that, they're totally different in terms of what the film is about. Moonrise Kingdom follows adolescent love as it transcends class, a hormonal force strong enough that it threatens to fully overrule its protagonists' common sense. Rushmore, we have a precocious and charismatic youth who wants to network his way into a better life but can't be bothered to put in any sort of work for it, acting out a total fantasy of romance in competition with a grown adult who can navigate industry and business like a champion but struggles to compete with a never-been-kissed 15-year-old where dealing with women is concerned. The Royal Tenembaums distills generational family drama, a whole family of dysfunctional overachievers who bend over backwards for their father's approval all while fully aware of his deep personal flaws. I could go on, but it comes to this: recognizing that Wes Anderson's films have a common aesthetic and sensibility to them seems to register to a lot of people like 'ah ha, I'm smarter than these movies - I bet the next movie he makes will have Edward Norton and Bill Murray talking in a monotone in front of a perfectly symmetrical set' and that sort of 'I finished the test early, I should get to go ahead and leave class' attitude towards his work is mutually exclusive to really appreciating him as a director. Not only does he MOSTLY make very strong films with a keen eye for personal drama and humanity, he does it with a visual style that elevates the work. I'm not saying he's Ingmar Bergman or something but I am saying he's a vital American auteur that I think many people are quick to dismiss for what I view as petty reasons.

  75. Most movies shouldn’t be much longer than 2 hours. After 3 hours it better be amazing if I’m going to consider watching it.

  76. In 2021 alone, they put out The Tragedy of Macbeth, Red Rocket, C'Mon C'Mon, The Souvenir Part II, and After Yang, all masterworks. That slate alone earns them insane respect in my book.

  77. If a film has a narrator there’s a 99% chance I’m gonna hate it and likely will tune out 5 minutes into it.

  78. I'm not a fan of Tokyo Drifter. It has a really cool, flashy style but the plot is way too convoluted and was a headache to decipher personally.

  79. Is the second supposed to be a hot take? His last three films were on numerous best-of-year lists in their respective years

  80. People on this sub should be embarrassed when they post their massive collections that contain not a single movie directed by a woman.

  81. I mean, Criterion shares some of the blame. I just scrolled through their releases by spine number, I don’t think there were more than 10 women directors in the first 500. They’ve decided to do better, but there’s a lot of lost ground to make up

  82. Neil Marshall's "Doomsday" is better than "Fury Road". It's better paced, is more creative, has a sense of direction and environment that MMFR doesn't have.

  83. you know what? i may disagree with you but i find that to be a very fair and valid point to take. everyone has different tastes so i definitely get why he might seem repetitive to some and groundbreaking to others.

  84. Good Time (2017) is incredibly overrated by the film communities and felt like a college student film by directors who thought they were being way too smart and cool. Has some of the worst sound mixing ever too, even worse than Tenet.

  85. The Criterion Channel should let us watch everything offline. None of this streaming-exclusive nonsense.

  86. On devices like iPads, you can download films to watch offline. I was on a four hour flight recently and watched two or three movies without wi-fi.

  87. I disagree that DiCaprio sucks, but I do agree that his win for The Revenant was a participation trophy. He should have won for Catch Me If You Can or The Aviator.

  88. M is fine but it kinda just... ends? It was so jarring watching it in a theater. Some lady says something immediately after the kangaroo court scene, and then the projector turns off.

  89. I don't think anything else he's done is even close to the Before trilogy, and I really like all of his movies I've seen.

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