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Please recommend one film that you think is a must watch and a short description about it.

Mine is Short Term 12. Just heard about it today and streamed it. So. Many. Feels.

It's a great story about a home for troubled kids.



Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Is definitely a must watch movie that almost never gets a mention.
It's directed by Paul Schrader which he considers

"the best film he has directed. "It's the one I'd stand by – as a screenwriter it's Taxi Driver, but as a director it's Mishima."

Anyone who enjoys this movie should check out Mishima's books too, which unfortunately some are untranslated.

Another thing that makes it great is the soundtrack by Philip glass.


Well, there so many... and I'm not even a cinephile.
Do you really want a extensive list?
Sure other people here have even more references.

Maybe the Top 3 MUST-WATCH movies would be better.


I'm not OP but I wouldn't mind as long as you add a description to the titles


one keeps the bloat down unlike the other movie thread.


OP here.
I just want lainons to recommend one at a time because then it just becomes a huge list of movies and it wont seem impossible to go through them. Their's a anime recommendation thread like this with just one recommendation and a description and it went way better than the other ones.


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Mine is Alatriste. It's an adventure film set in the early 1600s about a Spanish soldier/007 and his shenanigans during the Eighty Years War.

Maybe it's my favourite movie because I like history and war movies. It's the ideal combination of the two.


Is that based Viggo? Gonna have to check this out.


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Also to contribute to the thread, The Deer Hunter for those who haven't seen it. Old classic.

On the surface it's a Vietnam war film but it's actually about friendship, growing up, what it means to be a man, etc.


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Gonna suggest some nightcore movies for you people. Note: I consider a nightcore movie a movie that partly or heavily relies on inflicting the same/similar feelings to those felt in the nighttime. Most of these are primarily set in low-lit areas or night.

Set mostly during night, a story about an unempathetic, mirroring man whose name is Lou. He strives to be the best at what he does, and he is willing to do anything it takes, even if other people's lives are at stake. The movie features commentary on the media industry and is mostly praised for the lead performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, who is awesome in pretty much everything.

Not as visually dark movie, still mostly set in dark areas, and most of the crucial scenes take place in low-light environments. This movie is about a young jazz drummer who wants to become "one of the greats" and is willing to put endless amounts of work into it and his teacher, whose main goal is to push everyone to their limits. Their personalities clash, making it a strong emotional ride. J.K. Simmons as the teacher is spectacular and the movie features one of the best third acts in recent movie history.

Visually-very cold. A man's daughter gets kidnapped and he is willing to go as far as it takes in order to get her back. The police aren't moving fast enough for him, so he tries to do it himself. A very dark movie, even when something seems to be moving forward, hope seems to be barely there. Might be a niche, but people here are likely to enjoy it.

Pan's Labyrinth
A fantasy movie, set during war time. A stepdaughter of a brutal military officer escapes into a dark fantasy world. Hard to explain it without giving too much away. It's in Spanish, but the monsters are extremely well created and it features, in my opinion, one of the most tense scenes in a fantasy movie, period.


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Mystic River
I don't remember much about it visually, but the story is about three childhood friends re-united by a family tragedy of one of them. It's a crime drama, and the tone of it is extremely bleak. One of Clint Eastwood's good dramas, don't watch this one if you want to feel happy. Basically everything in it is top notch.

Inside Llewyn Davis
A musical by the Coen brothers. It might not be a night movie per se, but it is very much about loneliness and inability to cope with world as it is. It's not exciting, but the dialogue is amazing, and the music, as long as you don't particularly hate folk music, is mesmerizing, with a lot of meaning in the lyrics. The main character is a pitiable man with some charm, who ultimately doesn't fit in the world as it is.

Let the Right One In (Swedish, not to be confused with american remake "Let Me In" which manages to subtly manages to turn the intent of the movie upside down, even going as far as having inverted colours in the credits.)
Essentially, a coming of age story about a boy who meets a girl who happens to also be a vampire. He has a lot going on in his life with his parent's split and bullying, so his newfound friend changes a lot about him. While it is a great simple movie on surface, it also has a second layer about the true nature of certain characters. It's dark in tone and in aesthetic, but it can also be very pleasant in it's own way when it comes to the interaction of the two main characters.

I avoided most of personal preferences when writing this, so if anyone would like a differently stylized suggestions, I can change how I do it. I am a bit of a cinephile, so I consider all of these to be great achievements in one way or another, and I think that they can be appreciated even by people who are not too interested in the subjects portrayed.


why did you open a second movie thread



The purpose of this and that thread are supposed to be different. That thread has people listing a bunch of movies they like while this thread is supposed to have people recommending 1 movie they think is a must watch.

So people only recommend movies they hold up to extremely high standards.


You can post multiple images in one post.


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>Waking Life (2001)

It's very dense and would be problematic to be short about it but basically it's about dreams about dreams, and I personally found this to be a must watch atleast once a year, again and again.

Lots of themes like lucid dreams, existentialism, morality, reincarnation, movies, etc.


this is a film that is really underated.
>Mother (2011?)
its a korean thriller movie that follows a mom as she attempts to clear her mentally challenged son, who has been accused of murdering a school girl. Movie is a bit long, but is really well put together and tells a great story. Ending is the best part. A must watch for anyperson intrested in foreign films or drama movies.


I am fully aware, but I didn't have other movie posters from the second part of the post on my computer. Posting one image per post also seems more aesthetically pleasing, at least for me.

Seconded very much, it's great. I also think that it's from 2009, but I am not completely certain.


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Jonathan Miller's "Alice in Wonderland" (1966). Simply the best screen version of "Alice in Wonderland" ever made. Music by Ravi Shankar.



Dude hacking banks got framed, he gets away while betraying his friend.
Years later he has started a pentesting company and gets contacted by suites.


Koyaanisqatsi - Life out of Balance

Soiund Philip Glass - no speech, but will leave you speechless!

Another strong film (with very little speech) - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

These 2 films say so much with so few words!

Both are visual master pieces so if you can find a HD version, well worth it!


Alice by Jans Svenkmajer is also worth the watch. Crazy, dark, stop motion with random objects.

see clip


Taxi Driver

The story of a lonely man who tries to cope in a sea of filth and degeneracy.

Very relatable film. Out of all the movies I've seen, Travis Bickle is the character most like me.


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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Story follows the life of a young medical student in Russia under rule of the czar during WW 1, its descent towards the February Revolution, the following Civil War and later life under communism.
What sets this movie apart is the portrayal of how these times change him, his, society around him and his resulting struggles of trying to live according to his ideals.

If i had to pick a best film of all times, this would be it.


I hope you are aware that while Travis Bickle is the protagonist, you shouldn't feel similar to him. In the movie, it is shown that he is unable to cope with this world and doesn't understand it or fit in. I am not saying that you are a bad person for not relating to him (though, statistically, you are probably more likely to have mental issues), but rather that you shouldn't really be calling it a "must-watch" film for the fact that it is relatable.

I do think that it is one of the most essential movies to watch for its cultural presence, though.

Sidenote - does anyone here want a movie suggestion? I am somewhat good with them and if you want one, just tell me what kind of movie you want and I'll probably find something for you.


>does anyone here want a movie suggestion?
Are you still here lainon? I came back to this thread because I want to watch a couple movies but don't know which.
I'm >>715
Some themes I like: lonely astronauts (gravity, moon, love), lucid dreams (inception, dreamscape), creepy and interesting protagonists (nightcrawler, the machinists) and /cyb/ (strange days).
I don't like cheesy action scenes (shootings and explosions for the sake of it) and predictable or over the roof plot twists (one guy in the crew is a traitor, guy meets girl then an hour of drama then guy sexes girl).

For now I'll watch waking life again because when I don't remember it being about dreams like that lainon above said.


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Thanks you anon. Didn't watched three hour long movie without feeling bored since Seven Samurai. Amazing how REAL and truthful it manages to be. Right in the feeeeeeeeeel.

About Kurowasa, I would recommend watching either Rashomon or Seven Samurai, then Kagemusha and Ran. Hope is scarce in each one of those, but the two first really are top caliber if you want to watch something more than an excellent drama settled in medieval japan.


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If.... (1968)

Authority vs. anarchy, the past vs the future.
Moving, funny, surreal and thought provoking. They don't do cinema like this any more.


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Must have movie? It really depends on what you want to see. Do you want to see classics? Do you want to see political movies?

If I would have to choose I would say 2001: A Space Odyssey and, as a political movie I would suggest The Emperos naked Army marches on and Life of the others


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The Fall

Explores a young girl's imagination with gorgeous cinematography.

Just watch the trailer, and believe me when I say the movie lives up to the promise.



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Damn, I've never heard of a lot of these movies
It's tough to pick just one, especially one that isn't a classic which I assume people have seen

I'll go with Johnny Mad Dog (2008)

It's about a group of child soldiers in the Liberia and their path to the capital to overthrow the government. Their leader is Johnny Mad Dog, though there's an adult who is their overall commander
Also a side-story about a girl and her family trying to flee the violence

Things I like about the movie are the sheer insanity of it
These are all young kids running around with AK47s - a lot of them are wearing ridiculous outfits, including one dude who fights in a wedding dress
The violence, the drug use...watching it without subtitles (they speak some English but an African form that's hard to understand) added to the madness

Some other interesting things are touched on: the ineffectiveness of the UN, the spoils of war (or lack thereof), and kids living in a very unforgiving, cruel environment


I read that thinking, o great another alice in wonderland, no thanks - but then you said Ravi Shankar and now im very interested

Love his live performance at the Kremlin


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The Congress (2013). It's a movie of movies, everything big from the last century (Steamboat Willy, Dr Strangelove, Barry Lyndon, Alice in Wonderland, Titanic, I could go on) appears in one way or another in this epic movie. Don't even watch a fuarrrking trailer, you'll spoil the fun. It's really best if you haven't seen anything of it yet because it's a ride half the movie is an acid trip. HD recommended. If you haven't seen much from the last century, you won't see how incredibly detailed it is. It's not a "scary movie" where they only reference popular culture of the now (and make all sorts of lame jokes). Quite the opposite. It has feels and it has fantasy. IMHO it's the best non-asian movie since The Matrix. Based on the novel "The Futurological Congress" by sci-fi writer Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006). Starring Robin Wright (Princess Bride, Forrest Gump, White Oleander) as Robin Wright herself.


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Although I don't think there's any film that people "must" watch, I'm gonna cheat a bit and recommend two: a new film, and an old film.

The new film is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher, 2011). The plot is about a hacker and an investigative journalist who team up to solve a decades old mystery. TGWTDT is populist trash elevated to art through craftsmanship. Fincher's direction is perfection, taking a detached, non-judgemental, approach to the material that unexpectedly gives the film a great warmth and humanity. It's an art film disguised as a thriller/mystery film and highly watchable. Comes with a gorgeous soundtrack, moody cinematography, a comfy setting, and feels.

The old film is Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959). Pickpocket channels both Dostoyevsky and Camus in a character study of a young man who turns to crime. Bresson takes an act that is seemingly mundane - pickpocketing - and constructs extraordinary and unforgettable sequences out of it, all in a taut 75 minutes of film. If only computer hacking could be made so visually thrilling. Literally one of the best films ever made.


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>So. Many. Feels.
What if I have too many feels? What if I just just want the feels to go away? Damn you Wes Anderson, it happens every god damn time. It's just some silly comedy until its over and then all I want to do is curl up into the fetal position and cry myself to sleep.


I haven't watched the 2011 remake.
Maybe thats because I only heard bad things about it.
I really liked the books and the 2009 films, though.


I think I can relate to your TGWTDT feels.
Please share films with similar feelset/your top 10 in general.
Or share some books.

(bcs you have my literary taste)

I can recommend Syriana, very watchable/engaging.


oh and I can also recommend Largo Winch, it's fun to watch/=


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Das Boot.

The way I see this film, is a sort of an exploration of hmanity and life in general. One of the things that I answer when asked for my favorite film (along with 2001, of course).


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>culture shock


I advise OP to watch this one too, it might try to be deep a little too hard at some points in the film but it's still a fantastic experience.


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first I wanted to say Tokyo Godfathers but i figured everybody here already watched it so I'll add Mr. Nobody, it's a movie about possibilities and growing up. I recommend watching this sober and more than once.


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Babel, its about hope in the face of absolute despair. I have needed it more than once


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Wristcutters: A Love Story

A not so depressing film about a man who committs suicide and is sent to an afterlife where everything is the same but just a little shittier. Also has Tom Waits in it.


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The Secret of NIMH.

It's about a mother field mouse who tries to save her son from pneumonia and discovers some secrets along the way.

The first and arguably best film of Don Bluth who also did All Dogs Go To Heaven, Land Before Time, and An American Tail.


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It taught me more about life and never giving up that any other movie.


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Just got back from watching The Revenant.

Based on the story about Hugh Glass, if you don't know who that is read about now!

I felt Tom Hardy as the villain was kinda forced, but goddamn was the cinematography amazing!


very surreal film that's basically a floating camera following multiple characters that happen to pass by

>Holy Motors

another surreal film about a man that rides around in a limo and acts out others' lives as a job


Holy Motors is a strange one indeed... I'm certain that I didn't understand some of it but it's certainly a great watch nonetheless. It's like 20 movies in one.


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This is a must watch for animation fans :
It's called the king and the mocking bird so you can imagine what it's about. It's got some of the best animation.


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First film is Jacob's Ladder, a psychological thriller directed by Adrian Lyne. It's about a Vietnam veteran who suffers from strange hallucinations. It constantly changes your perception of what is real and what isn't. It was a direct influence of Silent Hill.

Second is Pi, another psychological thriller but this time directed by Darren Aronofsky (his debut). It's filmed in high contrast black and white, and follows a number theorist trying to find patterns in the stockmarket. Also has an awesome DnB/Jungle soundtrack put together by Clint Mansell.


If you like metaphysics, please don't watch this movie, unless you enjoy repetitive, cliche, and unfounded metaphysical conjectures.

No offense meant personally to the lain who posted his preference, of course.


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Visitor Q.
Strange. The first time I saw it was alone in a theater with the projectionist. Has that 2000s vibe and seems to be shot on a camcorder from the time. Deals heavily with sexuality and confrontation.
I found it worth my time.


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Tree of Life. I've never been more touched, seen something that's hit me so close. I knew immediately after seeing it that it would be likely the most important movie I ever will see.

Most people I know hated it. But I think at least a couple of you lainons will be as touched as I was.


i watched this whole movie stoned. Big mistake.


"The deer hunter" is a classic.


I went into this expecting a war film, and after a rather boring first half, things got REAL on a psychological level


I've seen maybe the first 10+ minutes of this and it already grabbed me. I've been debating ever since wether I should pirate it to get it out of my head or to try and find it in a store because it looked so insanely promising.


Do it. absolutely worth it


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It makes me sad but in this comfy, nostalgic way that leaves me oddly happy

Any thoughts on Grand Budapest Hotel? Not as good as Moonrise IMO, but beautiful shot/designed, fun(ny), and hits my historical-cultural erogenous zone (dat early 20th/late 19th century Central Europe)


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> Secret of NIMH
> Mr Nobody
> The Congress
I watch NIMH about once a year, the others even more since their releases, because I haven't seen them as many times yet.

I recommend Headhunters (originally Hodejegerne). It's about a high class art thief who gets into some shit way over his head (that will have a dual meaning after you watch the movie). I don't think I've yet seen a Norwegian film I didn't like.


I've never had the sensation better described. Nostalgically morose, but comfy and oddly content.

The Grand Budapest was a masterwork. My favorite of his work is Fantastic Mister Fox. I connect very personally with the characters in a way that I hadn't before in a film, and haven't set.


I get you.
The Japanese have a name for that funny kind of sweet ache, "mono no aware".
It makes Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō really hard for me to read because it gets me right in the feels.


Because of the way we think in words vs. the way we think in the abstract... have you ever had an emotional feeling or an intellectual concept without a name, something so vague that you barely processed it? and then suddenly you learned it had a name, and then realized it's always been there? I think that's what you just did for me.

I'm not expressing myself properly here but I'm trying. Some of the articles I saw list "mono no aware" as an "untranslatable term".


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The act of seeing with ones own eyes.

Its a 40 minute soundless documentary of forensic pathologists performing autopsies on three or four different people.

It sounds repulsive but is strangely beautiful. We see their corpses but not their faces. They cut into their chests and saw through the brain pan, and we see their heart and their brain, but we do not get to learn what they did in life. Who they were.

It's a must see to help remind yourself someday we'll all be ashes.


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The movie LFO is about some guy that finds the secret to control people with sound, and of course he abuses his power. It's very /cyb/.



I can't find it anywhere. Do you have a trusty link?


No. I originally watched it on Netflix, but the recently removed it.