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neuroticism to ease (vibe shift cinema)

56 films

Movies where someone undergoes a vibe shift from neurotic/anxious to a sense of confidence and ease. This is different from…

  • TÁR
  • Gallipoli
  • Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Broadcast News
  • Urban Cowboy

First-Time Views of 2022

143 films

50 near the top are the cluster of favorites, but this isn't a ranked list; this is too comprehensive to…

  • 8½
  • Adaptation.
  • Alien
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Almost Famous

favorites very much in progress

163 films

definitely not ranked. alphabetical to avoid that problem. a stock-taking of sorts, updated infrequently

  • The Mosquito Coast
  • Gattaca
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • City of God
  • Strange Days

best new-to-me 2021

52 films

either actually good or weirdly memorable viewing experiences of 2021, don't take the ranking too seriously

  • The Five Venoms
  • Paddington 2
  • Fireworks
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Titanic

kurosawa zoom group: complete recommendations

143 films

This list won't be of use or interest to anyone outside our little Zoom viewing group, so if you're not…

  • Drunken Angel
  • Stray Dog
  • One Wonderful Sunday
  • The Quiet Duel
  • Scandal

Kurosawa Zoom Group Views

78 films

Films viewed as part of Kurosawa Zoom Group (feat Andrew, Elliot, Kim, Jackson, Jonathan, Lauren, Ray, Roger, Ryan). Watched selections…

  • Runaway Train
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • The Warriors
  • Chappie
  • Sweetie

Wilford-Stevenson Cult Classics

23 films

bonkers movies that are either obviously or secretly good with mega rewatch value

  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Parasite
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Top First Time Viewing Experiences of 2020

55 films

I stand by the top ~15-25, but after that it's more a collection of memorable viewing experiences rather than actual…

  • The Candidate
  • Medium Cool
  • R.P.M.
  • Ace in the Hole
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • Seven Samurai
  • Ikiru
  • One Wonderful Sunday
  • The Quiet Duel
  • Rashomon
  • Heat
  • Downsizing
  • Reds
  • Fame
  • Midnight Cowboy

Top First-Time Views of 2019

60 films

only loosely ranked, mostly just favorites clustered at the top

  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
  • Blume in Love
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Léon: The Professional
  • The Best of Times