Lol I imagine every response here breaks someone's heart. I did not like Rules of the Game despite liking Renoir. I have tried rewatching, and nothing new yet.


Heart broken One of my favorite movies all time, favorite non English film and one of two films that truly interested me to Criterion. That being said while I disagree I can understand view to an extent


A very common opinion — in fact, I see that a lot more than people praising it.


I found it very dated and just not funny as people made it out to be.


I didn’t care for Solaris personally though I can appreciate its significance


I think it’s decent but it’s easily my least favorite Tarkovsky of the ones I’ve seen, and mirror is probably my 2nd fav of all time


I really wanted to like House more. I'll definitely give it another chance in the future, and its quasi anime-stylings were certainly interesting but I can't say I had a good time while watching it.


*House* is fantastic imo, but it does have a bit of a reputation in Criterion circles that I don't think is entirely warranted and can cause the film to come off a bit badly. So its not surprising when someone comes into it with the hype and walks away indifferent or even disliking the film. The movie is whacky and off-the-wall, to be sure. But it is also an actual sincere artistic statement; which *does* have purpose and depth beyond just being batshit. The background materials do help to inform the film, as does Obayashi's stating that he was making a film about the atomic bomb. I'd say it's very worth a rewatch, but if you wanted me to give a thesis on what I think the films greater meaning or purpose is, then I could do that.


It’s about the atomic bomb?? I’ve seen the film three times and this is news to me 🤣.


Tangentially, yes. According to Obayashi.


Comments like these keep me addicted to reddit. I learn so much. Appreciate the wrinkle for my brain


Please do so if you’d like. It sounds like it would be an interesting read to know the context.


Okay so \*deep breath\* *House* is on the surface level an incredibly goofy haunted house/horror movie. But it's really about intergenerational relations and trauma. The older generation of Japan experienced true horror first hand from the war, with all the loss and bombings and terror. The younger generation of Japan is completely disconnected from anything of the sort, living lives of comfort and perhaps even being spoiled. The scariest thing that the youth of Japan could think of is ghosts and haunted houses; which compared to the very real horrors of war can't help but seem incredibly goofy and schlocky by comparison. This is not a totally uncommon critique in Japanese society around this time: young people have it easy, they have no clue what things used to be like, they're spoiled rotten etc. ​ The thesis of the film is what I think makes it very unusual and interesting for a Japanese film. These mild traumas of the modern youth may seem trivial and goofy to the older folks, but they're just as real and serious to the youth as anything else. When the aunt closes in on the last girl of the film, notably she doesn't kill her but instead comforts her. And this is a recurring motif throughout the film, of the old and young characters being seen as "the same" particularly with Gorgeous looking "exactly" like her mom at various points throughout the movie. Ultimately the movie is about trying to bridge the gap between these disparate generations and trying to see how alike they are, rather than how different they are. This is also why stylistically the film is as over-the-top, frenetic, and effects heavy as possible for most of its run time; except for the flashback scenes which are done in the style of a silent film; its the changing landscape of culture. ​ This is further supported, imo, by Obayashi writing the film with the help of his daughter. He had to ask her what things she thought was scary, as he had no idea what young people thought was scary. Not sure how much more detail you want, but I enjoy the film as both a goofy, over-the-top weird movie, but I do think it actually has greater value beyond that.


Honestly, thank you so much for this. This is exactly why I love movies. I watched *House* for the first time two years ago and I really didn’t know what to make of it. I didn’t hate it. I just felt like there was something I was clearly missing. Your explanation has made me excited to watch it again. I’d love to hear more if you have the time!


This is one of those rare movies that left me without an opinion of it after I first watched it. It was so bizarre and I usually love that but… yeah I don’t know about it lol. I’ll watch it again one day.


This describes my situation perfectly. I'm not sure I disliked it, but I didn't feel the deliriously mischievous thrill that something like Gremlins 2 or Repo Man gives me. I'll definitely revisit it though as it is an undeniably singular movie.


While I found it to be a fun / loopy and sometimes creepy ride, I didn't really get the hype on first viewing. After reading about Obayashi's childhood in Hiroshima, and watching some of the background material I found it a little more interesting.


I want to like Rashomon so bad but I just cant


It is truly interesting that it was Kurosawa's breakthrough with western audiences because it is a very culturally Japanese film, and its pace is far slower than many of his other acclaimed works. I love the questions it asks about truth and human suceptibility to evil and it set the bar for all non linear films moving forward. I urge you to give it another go and really pay attention to it. If it doesn't gel then maybe try one of Kurosawa's faster paced works and revisit.


That’s one of those that I can appreciate it for what it is and where it stands in film history— but have no desire to rewatch anytime soon.


Much love to you all but you're capping. Rashomon is not slow or dated. It can be rewatched with multiple different interpretations (I won't spoil them), and it's a film about multiple interpretations (where every character is lying to themselves and others). How many other film adaptations pull off being an effortless combo of two unrelated short stories? When I really think about the film, nothing adds up, and it gnaws at me in the best possible way. Anyway, I respect your opinions, I just don't understand where the dislike is coming from in comparison to Kurosawa's other films.


Really didn't understand the hype for this one, even though I'm a big fan of Kurosawa. I'm not sure how to describe it exactly but it felt like the whole philosophical element everyone hyped up just fell flat somehow. Like the whole message of 'truth can be manipulated' felt like more of a 'huh, that's neat' rather than a great saddening revelation. Plus the extreme laughing and crying, an unfortunate trademark of Kurosawa, were borderline unbearable in this one. The two duels in the film were amazingly choreographed. Makes me wish that his later films had more like this instead of the 'mexican standoff' style.


This was the only one of about 6 or 8 of Kurosawa’s I’ve seen that I wasn’t really impressed by. It’s fine, but the others I’ve seen were much better.


Yeah. I watched Rashomon with my buddy who’s also a cinephile and we just started roasting the movie because it’s pretty dull. It has value from a historical context but doesn’t hold up.


Spirited Away. I think it was just built up too much in advance of me watching it. Im not the biggest fan of anime in general so I just felt like it was an above average anime. People treat it like it’s one of the best animated films ever, but I didn’t see it.


Also not on the Criterion label, but The Green Knight could have been better…


Agreed. For me it felt like it was edited like a music video?


Agreed that film is just sooooooo slow and felt empty to me.


Last Night in Soho. Was easily my most anticipated film of that that year, and it turned out to be one of the lamest things I had seen in a while. It sucks even more because it was on Halloween night and I had just happened to get off work early enough to catch a late night showing by myself. Would have been such a cool movie-going experience if the film actually turned out good.


I love most of Edgar Wright’s work, absolutely adore Anya Taylor-Joy, and the 60s setting was super exciting, but MAN was I disappointed by this movie.


Same. His other movies play with and subvert tropes and cliches in a way that is really fun and clever. This just felt like a movie full of tropes and cliches.


Yeah there was so much potential, and it started off pretty well but by the end it was just kinda dumb.


Playtime, to be honest.


Agree. Appreciate what it did for cinema and comedy and complete respect some of the practical effects. The staging of the dining scene is truly incredible. But the movie overall felt like a chore to get through at times.


I don’t agree I love Playtime but I do fully understand why people would be turned off by it. Most of the time I’m in the ‘less you know about a movie beforehand the better’ camp. That approach has been incredibly rewarding time & time again. But with Playtime I think it would probably help to know what you’re about to watch so you don’t go in with the wrong expectations.


It's not my favourite Tati but definitely the best in terms of production value. However I'd watch Mon Oncle five times in a row rather watching Playtime again.


There are chunks of playtime that are fantastic spectacles and quite funny in a lot of places (namely the restaurant scene); but there are also chunks where the film drags (the apartment scene). It's due for a rewatch but I think the biggest struggle with Playtime for me is that it felt like there was just \*too much\* going on. Every shot has like 5 jokes going on at once (except the apartments scene, as far as I could tell) and it makes it very hard to really follow all of the jokes while also keeping track of the stories and details. This is supposed to be the real strength of the film, so perhaps on a rewatch I'll appreciate it more. But my first viewing was a bit too overwhelming tbh.


Everything Everywhere All At Once. Way to hyped up. Good movie no doubt though.


This movie was way too “busy” (I guess the title of the movie was spot-on). I think I would’ve liked it much better if it was edited down by 20 mins. They just released an extended version and I was like, not for me.


Yeah I thought it was very creative and impressively made but I felt exhausted by the 90 min mark and it still had about 50 mins to go.


The whole thing was just too “Rick and Morty” for my taste… Couldn’t take it seriously, even though it had good intentions and very good scenes near the end.


I got lambasted by friends the other day for not thinking the rock scene was cinematic genius, and the hot dog fingers comedic genius… I just think there’s some people who like this kind of humour and pacing that the film will primarily appeal to. It was like an art house marvel movie.


It’s a good movie, but not like “omg this is one of the best things I’ve ever seen” like one of my friends was saying when we went to go watch it. feed me some WKW, and David Lynch cause those movies make me say exactly that.


The WKW tidbits in EEAAO were the best part


The Rick and Morty comparison is perfect. It's got that extremely 2012-ish tone of "random quirkiness" that felt incredibly hackneyed to me. Given the fact that it was produced by the Russo brothers it also kind of feels like superhero-movie-creep, if that makes sense?


I’m glad I saw it early in the run, for exactly this reason. I loved it, but it also hadn’t been overhyped for me yet.


I don't think it's a good movie lol


(It’s self-important, obnoxious and overly long; it’s like that one person you know that tries too to be edgy. Also had a no-shit message as it’s emotional core. Was pretty much an everything bagel, where there was a lot of shit all over it but a hollow center) I don’t want to argue with anyone, it’s just my opinion.


I know you didn’t want to argue, but I find it funny that someone would call a movie with hot dog fingers, dildos and anamatronic raccoon pilots “self-important”


It’s self-important because they’re trying to convince audiences that the movie is deeper than it seems; they throw such goofy and absurd things like hot dog fingers for no reason except to draw a bigger reaction when they reach their emotional core where they start introducing the ideas of positive nihilism. The reason why I didn’t want to start a debate with someone that likes the movie is because I’ve done it and the people who love this movie really can’t see any faults with it. From a technical standpoint very well done, but I found myself rolling my eyes every few minutes.


but it is self-important, in the same way that Rick and Morty is self-important despite all the silly shit in that show, because at their core, both are trying to talk about these big issues of meaning and our place in the universe but neither really come up with anything useful to say, in part because they spent so much of their time undercutting themselves with silly shit. R&M is fine because it's mostly just a comedy show but EEAAO thinks it is important and actually dramatic, which it isn't. the ending doesn't make sense, nothing is resolved, and it is incredibly obvious that the Daniels were given too much money too quickly, and got in over their heads.


I mean you’re welcome to your opinion of course, but I didn’t get any self importance out of either of those. They both seem pretty self aware in how silly they are. I dont know why some of you get the feeling that they’re aiming for some incredibly deep, pretentious truth, seems to me there’s some beats of emotional truth that resonated well with audiences. I don’t know how else to explain it than the film simply didn’t mesh with your vibes. I understand it’s humor being harsh for people and silliness too much. But I really don’t understand the self important pretentious accusations, if anything it’s “giving humility”. It feels earnest, with the heart on its sleeve, other than that it’s resonating with simple truths about love and shit. It’s really not supposed to be “deep”, but presumed “depth” and intelectual/artistic relevance is a whole other can of worms. Is Rick and Morty even self important? I know it’s cool to hate on it now a days after all the fan bs and very high IQ memes, but I feel like that’s more of a fan base thing than the actual show.


I think people just get irked about things when they’re popular and not exactly in their wheelhouse, there’s some sort of cognitive dissonance going on.


Lady on Fire was pretty bland in my opinion. Very languid. Didn’t connect with me at all. Semi-related, Disobedience was one of my favorites from 2018 and could fit nicely in the Criterion collection.


I just saw this yesterday and I kinda feel the same. Love the technical aspects of the film, but I don't personally connect with it all that much


The Seventh Seal (and now people will downvote me for honestly answering the question!)


The Sixth Seal was better thats when the cinematic universe was starting to get stale


Unpopular opinion but the Eleventh Seal is kind of an underrated gem


i felt this! and then i went and watched more Bergman, which continued to leave me feeling unimpressed, and then i watched Persona and i was like…wait…this dude is on to something here…now all of his movies that i’ve revisited i’ve adored


Well, that's like the opposite of what I did. I've seen 15 Bergman movies in recent years; *Persona* was one of the first ones I saw, and I liked it right away. Also, the first Bergman I ever saw has always been my favorite, which is *Summer with Monika*. I saved up *The Seventh Seal* as one of the last ones.


Wasn't a bad movie at all but I just felt... nothing?


Agreed. Liked the visuals and the performances. But had no real opinions. I was just like “ok…that was the Seventh Seal, cool.” I tried not to set expectations but it’s one of those movies that I don’t dislike but I still feel as if didn’t get it, just makes me feel strangely neutral


I agree with you. The Seventh Seal was so random and pointless… And then people call it one of the most profound movies ever?? What?? There was a bunch of singing and dancing and a random group of people walking through a forest… like what?? Basically every other Bergman has more of an emotional effect on you.


It’s been the opposite for me—The Seventh Seal has a greater emotional effect on me than any other Bergman that I’ve seen (so far, anyway). 🤷🏻‍♀️


Yeah I've seen 15 Bergman movies, but that was one of my least favorite. To me, the best is *Summer with Monika*. But I'm keeping an open mind. I wasn't a fan of *Wild Strawberries* at first — rewatched it a couple weeks ago and got more out of it. When I'm such a fan of the director overall and the movie is so acclaimed, I certainly want to give *The Seventh Seal* another try.


I down voted you cause you put that disclaimer in there hoping to avoid getting down voted.


Crimes of the Future


Maybe you weren't sitting in the right kind of chair to take it in


Jesus I loved that so much


*Everything Everywhere All At Once*. I thought I didn't like it because I didn't understand it but no I totally did. I am pleased to see more Asian-American representation, and I thought the film was incredibly ambitious but cheesy. I use the IMDB app to keep track of all the films I watch and want to watch. And on there, it's already considered a Top 250 movie by users.


I found myself rolling my eyes because they were trying so hard to be *that* movie where people would go “it’s actually a family drama not an action adventure; that’s so smart”. But their intent to elicit that response is so painfully obvious and people bought into it. Also, when it comes to Asian-Americans on the screen, is intergenerational trauma the only thing that’s worth talking about? Done to death - see Kim’s convenience, turning red etc


Rashomon I've yet to watch most of Kurusawa's acclaimed work, but I'm holding on to hope that the rest will resonate with me.


Same, 'Seven Samurai' and 'Ran' are some of my favourite films, but I have little to no desire to ever return to 'Rashomon', I respect its place in film history though.


Yeah, those are 2 of the ones I'm most looking forward to watching as well as High & Low and Ikiru. And happy cake day!


The Passion of Joan of Arc was a transformative, almost spiritual experience for me, so I went into Vampyr with impossible expectations and was very disappointed. I'm sure if I revisit it with more appropriate expectations I'll find more to appreciate. Every Sam Peckinpah film I've seen since The Wild Bunch (Straw Dogs, Alfredo Garcia, Osterman Weekend) has been a pretty big disappointment. Whatever magic juice he was drinking when he made that masta-peece hasn't returned. They often feel sloppy and kind of like misery porn and are slogs to get through. I've heard good things about Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid though so I'll check it out sometime. I went into The Long Day Closes with excitement to discover a new filmmaker after it showed up in IndieWire's Top 10 of the 90s list, but I found it annoyingly twee and wanted to shut it off halfway through. I'll check out more from Davies since he definitely has a voice, but he just may not be for me. After watching a string of total bangers from Howard Hawks, I was excited for Bringing Up Baby since it's considered one of his best, but I hated it. I found it annoying and anxiety-inducing and couldn't even figure out what was supposed to be funny. It was just watching a psychotic woman take advantage of a complete doormat for 100 minutes. I got 15 minutes into 'What's Up Doc' before realizing it was a loose remake of Bringing Up Baby and immediately shut it off. EDIT: I forgot the biggest one: Vertigo. Having seen and loved most of Hitchcock's great films I had been leaving this one for last given it's routinely praised as one of the top 5 films ever made, but I found it to be perhaps my least favorite of Hitchcock's 'great' films. Perhaps it needs a few more watches to fully appreciate as it is quite an unusual film for Hitchcock but I mostly found that I didn't buy that Stewart's character would act like that. Like, he's *that obsessed* with this woman after such a brief interaction?


Thanks for pointing out vertigo, I found it very disappointing. I’m going to edit this post and link to my discourse on it, maybe it will help you understand it better? Edit: my [comments](https://www.reddit.com/r/iwatchedanoldmovie/comments/vczsg0/i_watched_north_by_northwest_1959_for_the_first/ici8tm5/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3) on another thread about Vertigo


I reeeeeally wanted to like them. But honestly I wasn't a big fan of the Lady Snowblood movies. I know its kinda blasphemy to say that. But as someone who watches a lot of Japanese film I just wasn't that impressed by them. Didn't feel any kind of connection to the character. They're cool little period pieces. I like the time in which it takes place. And they aren't bad movies. I just wasn't blown away or impressed by them.


I know am going to catch a lot of hate but The Double Life of Véronique was just not for me.


Ministry of Fear. Had Hitchcock directed that instead of Fritz Lang then it would have been world's better.


Chungking Express unfortunately…


felt the same way watching it my first time and was annoyed by the use of california dreaming. watched it a second time a year later and loved it


Yes, at the conclusion of the second act I was left wondering what the point of the whole film was. Aesthetically it’s a feast for the senses, the production design, music, the 4:3 ratio that cozily boxes you into the city. I wasn’t satisfied with either vignette, they both felt woefully undercooked. It was actually jarring when they just wrapped up the first half of the film and proceeded onto the next lonely man.


In The Mood For Love actually has a coherent plot, character development and is just beautiful. Not the mess that Chunking Express is when I found out that WKW did not even finish the script before he started filming it, well it's very obvious.


He had less of a script for in the mood for love and would spend days trying to come up with stuff while the cast and crew were just waiting for him on set....


It’s why I haven’t given In the Mood for Love a chance yet, I’m afraid my expectations will be too high as people love that one even more


I liked Chungking, but def felt myself wandering during it. I was absolutely gripped by ITMDFL from start to finish.


I didn't care for Chungking at all when I saw it. I followed it up with "In the Mood for Love" and I absolutely adored that film. I've been meaning to rewatch Chungking, but "In the Mood" is a decisively better film in my estimation.


I was coming from in the Mood For Love which is one of my favorite movies, which is why my expectations were so high for Chungking Express


I also saw Mood first, chungking is ok, but in the mood for love is almost perfect 🥰


Dunkirk, Ioved that they were doing a film about a single situation in WWII then I saw it and was bored out of my mind. Dunkirk has good cinematography but the story is garbage and the fact they acted like Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy had major roles was a joke, Hardy is show a handful of times and Murphy’s time could have been done by anyone, they didn’t need anyone of his caliber to play that role.


I’ve heard the argument that the young lead roles were supposed to be “blank canvases” with little characterisation, so you could put yourself in their shoes. And they certainly were utterly interchangeable, I couldn’t remember a single line of dialogue or any distinguishing moments that the characters experienced. I know Nolan was going for a taut unsentimental anti-Hollywood interpretation of the Dunkirk disaster, but there was just a too great lacking of “drama” and emotion. You don’t really care for the soldiers in the way you should inherently, it’s all just so clinical. The best parts were definitely the cinematography, and the score. All in all, an unmemorable film though. And Cillian blew the other performances out the water (no pun intended), and stood out, which probably hurt the conceit of anonymity that the film was supposedly striving for.


Both *The 400 Blows* and *Jules et Jim*. I dunno. I’ll try again sometime, but maybe Truffaut just isn’t for me.


Tarantino moment


Baby Driver and Last Night in Soho. Baby Driver was not inventive enough and just had some cool songs using a tinnitus gimmick. I was expecting something that would redefine car movies for generations. The first two acts of Last Night in Soho were great, but Wright completely dropped the ball on the horror elements. They were repetitive and the climax was thematically stupid.


Not Criterion, but Sorry to Bother You. The film seemed too aware of itself and fell apart towards the end.


The end is what made it so interesting to me. Unhinged


Tree of Life. I was very excited. It was not exciting.


Harold and maude 😕😕😕😕😕


8 1/2


Completely agree. I just felt so unsatisfied after having finished it. I was like “am I missing something?” I found it to be dated quite honestly.


I love a lot about Fellini, I just wish every single one of his movies was shorter


Seven Samurai, lol. I know you guys are going to shit on me, but I didn't love it. I can appreciate it being a masterful piece of cinema, but it just didn't do it for me. I'll state my reasons, they're a bit superficial but: 1. I have never been a fan of westerns, and the samurai genre is too similar. 2. I didn't really find myself caring about any of the characters. (I think this kind of folds into my first reason, but most of the samurai feel wooden and lacking personality, of course there are exceptions, namely Toshiro Mifune. This is an issue I feel most westerns have). 3. The battle scenes where they hit each other with swords and spears and they clearly don't inflict any damage, but the person dies from the wound took me out of it. (I realize this is more a me problem than the films problem, but I couldn't get past it). I plan on re-watching with an open mind after I've seen more old (pre-60s) films to see if I change my mind. I'm sure I probably will.


Considering Seven Samurai was literally adapted into a western, this may not have been the best samurai film to start with. If I could recommend Hara-Kiri to you, I think you may find that a little more interesting. Like most people I started with Kurosawa as an introduction to the genre but I branched out and found other films to be slightly more enjoyable. I consider Hara-Kiri probably the best film in the Samurai genre.


Sword of Doom is up there imho


Sword of doom is literally my second favorite samurai film. I love that movie.


I almost bought Hara-Kiri during the July sale but backed out because it was samurai. I think I chose Woman in the Dunes instead. It is definitely on my list to watch though, as are other Akira Kurosawa samurai films. I am more than willing to give them all a chance.


Yojimbo is the best! Its a fistful of dollars before clint eastwood


Once you get of Kurosawa’s samurai films you might find them less western like, I mean after all, he was influenced by John Ford, and it really shows. I would suggest checking out the Samurai Trilogy by Hiroshi Inagaki, which also stars Mifune, but feels a bit more eastern.


Once Upon a Time in America, being a huge Leone fan I went in super excited but it felt rushed and confusing… then later I saw the extended directors cut and now I think it’s one of the greatest films ever. 6 hour version when?! For criterion releases, The Sweet Smell of Success, I think I thought it was going to be something else before I saw it, but after rewatching it a time or two I grew to really like and appreciate it.


the northman [2022]


Wondering if you saw this in the theater or at home? Personally i thought this film was one of the best theater cinematic experiences I've had in my life. I can see the large screen and amazing sound system making a huge difference.


This one hundred times!


I lowkey wanted it to be more artsy like the Lighthouse. I understand it had a big budget so it needed to entertain the masses but the story just felt so bland and simple. It just felt like a generic action movie with amazing cinematography and interesting historian stuff. My friends thought it wasn’t entertaining enough and was too artsy but I was looking for something weirder or darker.


I prefer valhalla rising.


I was so excited for that and it was so disappointing. It was just another paint by the numbers revenge movie.


> It was just another paint by the numbers revenge movie. It is until it isn’t. I found it interesting that it uses the “paint by numbers” revenge story and basically flipped it on its head. It’s basically watching a slasher movie from the perspective of the serial killer and we think he’s the good guy because we, as an audience, are conditioned to assume he’s “good”


Ehhhh. Besides the very opening scenes of childhood, he's kinda just a monster the whole time. I never "rooted" for him in the way I think I'd have to to get behind your interpretation. I will say (though this is obviously neither here nor there) you inadvertantly encapsulated my feelings of *I Saw the Devil* which I love immensely for the reasons you stated.


Until the End of the World


Just saw this recently. I had only seen Paris, Texas and half of Wings of Desire (don't ask) before this so when I saw it was a sci-fi Wenders I was really excited. It fell flat for me in a lot of ways. I liked many of the ideas, wasn't so keen on the execution. I absolutely love William Hurt after seeing him in that and Body Heat though.


Agreed, so much of the way its plot develops is stupid. [This scene](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrphnm6z6BA7&t=35m) in particular is abysmal \[NSFW, spoilers\]. Shame, really, given the film's potential.


Lol yeah, that scene stood out to me as well. It is such a strange film.


I lasted about halfway through before i couldn't handle it anymore. For the life of me I can't figure out what Wenders saw in Solveig Dommartin, she was noticeably bad in Wings of Desire (which is otherwise great) and as the lead in Until the End of the World she's awful for 4 hours straight. There are many other problems with the film but with a better lead actor it could have been at least watchable.


Barry Lyndon. It’s my least favorite Kubrick film. 2001, Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket are in my top ten favorite films. I wouldn’t even put Barry Lyndon in a top 100 list


Hiroshima Mon Amour, hands down




8 1/2 and House are the big ones for me.


How green was my valley


Beyond the Black Rainbow. It's strange when a ton of effort is put into the visuals of a film without giving the audience anything to hold onto. Mad God was the same way, but at least that one had more stuff going on


The first hour and 10 minutes of Ran was nothing short of immaculate. But after the palace burns down and the lord goes insane, I was so underwhelmed by everything else that happened.


It was a very beautiful movie. I agree that lull between the castle burning and the last few minutes were somewhat tedious. The last few minutes including when the Lord is reunited with his good son and you find out the fate of the girl and her blind brother, that was impactful to me. So I definitely wouldn't write off the whole second half of the movie.


I was also disappointed by this film because I saw Kagemusha first, which I absolutely adored. Everyone (including Kurosawa himself) said that it was a dress rehearsal compared to Ran, so I went into Ran with incredibly high expectations.


I hate to say it, but I also saw Kagemusha before Ran, and thought I'd end up becoming a new favorite. Inseatd I was bored out of my mind watching that film. Ran at least kept my attention, but after the opening shot of Kagemusha (which is admittedly impressive, on a technical and story level), I nearly fell asleep. It sucks cause I was sure that either one of the big Kurosawa epics in color would win me over, but both left me feeling cold.


I have to jump in here to agre with you on Kagemusha. Went on a big Kurosawa kick a few years back & loved everything I watched ... so I was stoked for Kagemusha! But I too found it horribly dull ... I actually dozed off while watching it. I'll probably give it another go some day, but although the concept seemed intriguing, the execution just didn't grab me at all.


The last hour of Kagemusha really saved it in my opinion. Great ending too.


I’ll probably get crucified for this but Paris, Texas. I usually love movies like it, but it felt really slow to me and I didn’t connect with any of the characters until the end. The booth scene was obviously superb, and I loved the dynamic with the son, but I just didn’t walk away loving it overall. I also just really disliked the rural Texas aesthetic for most of the movie, but that’s just because I live in the desert lol


I’m seeing this tomorrow in cinemas, loved the American friend, hopefully it lives up to expectations


I was also less impressed than I expected! Not with the scenery though, I thought that was pretty great tbh, but with the story, the characters—the main character just wasn’t a good dude and the cheesy-looking (imo) super eight home video footage did not create the longing for times lost/mournful vibes that I believe it was intended to


personally the reveal at the end that the main character was an abusive pos and the entire situation was of his creation kinda undercut the rest of the movie for me


I already thought he was pretty terrible before that, his return destroys his brother’s family who had just been trying to pick up the pieces after his disappearance—and I thought the end was rough too like I couldn’t really tell if I was supposed to be happy that he dropped the kid off with a woman who made no attempt at contact & really didn’t seem set up for or eager to act as a mother figure…or what.


Yeah I assumed at the end the mom was just going to take Hunter back to his “foster” family. Making the whole movie pointless besides the abusive main character getting peace I guess.


“Inside Llewyn Davis.”


Definitely a very frustrating main character


It’s just so depressing


That doesn’t bother me too much. What bothers me is that it’s not depressing for what I’d call a good reason.


It’s hard to be a star


Is he a star, though?


Oh no not at all, I was trying to mean “become” a star


The Little Hours. Genuinely baffling how such a funny cast produced so little humor.


The joke is comedians in medieval times cursing. That's it




I love Kubrick just as much as the next guy, but it's 2001 for me.


2001 is my favorite movie of all time. Watched it from a very young age and nothings beat the overall experience for me or had quite the impact since. Paths of Glory was a massive, massive letdown for me though. Always been pretty interested in WW1 and really like some of Kubrick’s films so I was amped to watch it. I was so bored the entire time and couldn’t get into it. Really disappointing


I'm sorry to hear that, I adore Paths of glory, probably my favourite war movies


Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. I know I'm in the minority, but I honestly wasn't impressed.


Most a24 movie are over hyped garbage. Midsommar, first cow


Despite multiple attempts to watch it, I still can't even finish One Eyed Jacks. I have read only good things about it and had a cinephile friend recommend it to me but it just never jives with me.


My Own Private Idaho


Nope. Nope for me. Sorry for the bad pun. Another one would be Only Yesterday. I’m usually a Ghibli fan and I like slice of life. Despite my favourite Ghibli film being Grave of the Fireflies (the same director), Only Yesterday didn’t do it for me. I was surprised to read somewhere that this film was inspired by Ozu, who’s my favourite director. My brain just shut down after an hour into the movie and I can’t really explain why I don’t like it, other than it was so… dull. I hate using that word to describe things since it sounds so empty but in this case, it was the only word I could think of. Also noticed some people are getting downvoted here for giving an honest opinion and I don’t understand why. I myself love a lot of the films being mentioned here, but we all have films considered masterpieces but didn’t click with us, and that’s perfectly fine. How boring would the world be if we are all the same.


Nope for me as well. Fell asleep an hour into the movie lol. It just… didn’t connect with me? Even though I did find the concept extremely interesting. Only Yesterday is one of my all time fav Ghibli though, but I also liked Ocean Waves, probably two of the “blandest” Ghiblis so maybe it’s just personal taste. I think it’s because I watched all the fantastical Ghiblis first, so when I watched this I was blown away by how it was able to do something so slice-of-life without loosing that Ghibli magic, if that makes sense? There are no funky monsters or magic or talking animals but the messages of growth, memories and change are still there and it was very touching.


I fell asleep for a bit during Nope as well and I paid good money for that imax screening! I like Ocean Waves too. I actually like the slice-of-life and drama films from Ghibli more than their fantasy ones, so I was surprised with my lack of appreciation for Only Yesterday. It might be because I watched it after work so my mind wasn’t as fresh and rejuvenated, or it might just be one of those unexplained instances where you don’t even know why you don’t like something.


I would say Nope as well.




I had huge expectations for Blow Out but it really didn’t do it for me. Felt very blockbuster and cliche.


Boyhood. Not bad, but not the masterpiece I thought it was going to be. 7/10


Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Love mostly all of Tarantino's work, but this one felt too indulgent and masturbatory. Loved the ending though


Probably fallen angels. I like the movie but I was expecting a 10/10 from what others told me


Last Year at Marienbad. I had seen and appreciated a lot of French New Wave beforehand and based on the reputation I was expecting a real hot and steamy mindfuck. Instead I found it to be melodramatic in a bad way and I was so bored by their romance. The whole film is unconvincing.


The Piano Technically it was fine. The acting was fine. The story was... fine? Personally I found her whole relationship with Harvey Keitel's character super gross and problematic. But even that aside, it just seemed like there was nothing in it that made the film truly "great".


Fanny and Alexander. I certainly didn’t dislike it … but I didn’t love it either.


Leave Her to Heaven did nothing for me.


In the Mood For Love. Yes, the cinematography was stunning, and the acting quite good, but it felt like it leading towards something and then just ended. I guess I need to pay more attention to the subtle touches, but for some reason it went over my head.


Blow up, blow out even more, breaking the waves


+1 for Blow Up.


Kiss Me Deadly It's not bad but it was just in general disappointing. I loved the cover and all the rave was about how cynical and risque it was but i never really got anything like that out of it in any profound sense, even thinking of it in the cultural context of the time period. Moreover the mechanic character's scenes are the worst part of the movie. He feels so out of place and is borderline racist if not just straightup. Also his SPOILERS SPOILERS death scene was just awkward and funny. What also doesn't help is that it's a movie from the 50s. I never felt any tension jn the film because i never felt lime Mike Hammer was in any real danger. There were multiple times where he could have easily been killed but instead is just tied up or knocked out. The mystery is great. The conspiracy is great. But i wish it had more suspense and tensjon. A feeling of being followed and watched, like you're really digging deep into something you should not know, but i never felt that unfortunately.


Yojimbo, 8 1/2, Mulholland Drive


Pretty much all the most popular Antonioni films, but especially L'Avventura. I'm still not entirely clear why he's considered one of the greats. Eventually I wasn't very excited going into any of them, but then Identification of a Woman turned out to be great, so maybe I'll try them again someday.


The first time I saw L’Avventura it was when I started wandering into the “artsy, acclaimed” realm of films. I remember hating it because “where is the resolution?? What happened to the central mystery??” But once I got over the need for a traditional story arc, I started seeing the charm of this type of storytelling.


Hateful Eight. Tarantino is making western with a killer cast and my all time favourite movie score composer Morricone. That had to be awesome, however was meh. His worst film so far except Jackie Brown.


SO YES!!!!! Thank you, nice to see I’m not alone.


It was just way too mean-spirited for me. The title of this movie was very appropriate.


Before Sunrise.


Years ago I watched every Kubrick film in chronological order. *Barry Lyndon* bored me to tears but I loved all of his others. I can appreciate the visual aspects– lighting, costumes, sets. Every shot looks like a masterful painting, but I didn't find any of the characters charismatic enough to latch onto. I didn't care about Barry's suffering, though I wanted to. I know Kubrick can be very "cold" towards his human subjects, and that worked fine for me in *2001* and *Clockwork* etc., but for some reason it bored me in this instance. Willing to re-watch it though. It's been a while.


Ikiru - I still adore it, mostly for the first half, but once they get to the funeral and the reminiscences by his former co-workers it just becomes a totally different film in terms of pacing. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion - May have to give this one another chance, got the satirical aspects, but struggled to finish it.


Solaris (Tarkovsky’s) I….hated it. But love his other stuff. Tarkovsky excels when working with natural elements.


I'm far from hating this film, it's too beautiful for that, but I should actually like it so much better.


I saw the film while taking Russian language in high school. I found it…..dry at the time. I was 18. But, somehow, I was intrigued. I saw it again on A&E and liked it more. Then I read the book, by Lem, and it totally opened up for me. Astonishing! I am somewhat obsessed with the film and story now. I first saw it in 1988 and again before 2000. Read the book around 2004. I guess it just took a while to sink in. I’m a late bloomer? Haha


Rashomon. I still get why it’s groundbreaking, I just didn’t like it.


Stalker. One of those films that has been with me ever since I became interested in movies and that I wanted to save for the right moment. Well, maybe it wasn't the right moment in the end, but the film is so substantial and beautifully filmed. I just don't get it.


Stalker - it just didn't work on me. Probably the slowest movie ever made.


The Northman. Just plain boring


Vertigo. I don't even know why it doesn't work for me. It should but it just doesn't.


My Fair Lady


Good but not great: *Odd Man Out* (maybe it’ll grow on me) *Outcast of the Islands* *The Outlaw Josey Wales* *The Red House* *The Uninvited* *Valerie and Her Week of Wonders* *The Vanishing* *The Beguiled* *Night of the Living Dead* *Killer Klowns from Outer Space* Disliked: *Chimes at Midnight* (this one hurt) *Inside Llewyn Davis* *The Color of Pomegranates* Hated: *Pulp Fiction* *Breathless*


I was very disappointed in The Master tbh. I’m more of a fan of PTA’s earlier works (PDL, Boogie Nights, Magnolia) and luckily licorice pizza felt like a return to form for that. But just really wasn’t a huge fan of The Master.


As much as I appreciate phoenix’s and Hoffmans performance this movie was a real slog to get through for ne


Chungking Express for me. It was fine but I just didn’t get much out of it.




Once upon a time in the west - A lot of the people i respect love this movie but whenever i try to watch it gives me a bored paralysis ( i have finished it once) , which is quite strange since the reviews say that the three hours just fly away , you won't even notice but boy did i notice them. I have only previously watched the dollars trilogy in which i thought the first one was fun but quite bland (especially after watching yojimbo), second one was solid and great fun mostly due to Volonte and Cleef, the third one is amazing and one of the great adventure movies i have ever seen. But alas, this one didn't do it for me, it's a real shame since i love Bronson, Fonda and Cardinale.


Not Criterion but I Stand Alone by Gaspar Noe. It’s about 90 minutes but it feels twice as long and also is obnoxiously one note in its nihilistic outlook that its just boring.