The Letterboxd film roundup (seen in 2023 so far)

Hey everyone! In an attempt to extend In Search Of Media beyond a music-first blog, I’m going to be starting a monthly film roundup based on the films I’ve seen and logged on my letterboxd account (insearchofmedia). The first one though, will be a roundup of all 18 films I’ve seen so far, so it’ll be long, but I hope you get some recommendations from the list and come back eager to discover new ones. without further ado, let’s get into it!

Lake Mungo (2008)

One of the more unsettling films about grief I’ve ever seen. I love how the puzzles to the story was assembled gradually through the lens of each character’s perspective, and it shows how distorted and different people’s perception and experience can be, dealing with grief and trauma. A few loose ends tho, probably could have spent more time exploring some of the storylines, but other than that, I’m impressed! (4/5 ⭐)

This Place Rules (2022)

Can’t believe the US is a real place. Pretty much just Channel 5 on a bigger budget, interviewing more delusional and dangerous people than ever before. Nothing I didn’t know before, just entertaining af and worth it for the weirdos. (4/5 ⭐)

The Square (2017)

This film is so hilarious yet so anxiety-inducing. The Square here being the tragic metaphor for a man’s life, seeking to push boundaries but unwilling to take accountability for his own actions. The first words he speaks in the film are lies, and it just goes downhill from there. Superb dark comedy / thriller that’s worth everyone’s time. Excited to watch the other Ruben Östlund films. (4.5/5 ⭐)

Greener Grass (2019)

Absurd, over the top, but pretty enjoyable all the way through, in my opinion. The ending wasn’t amazing, but the story didn’t matter too much for it to dampen my views on it. (4/5 ⭐)

Barton Fink (1991)

Out of all Coen Brothers films, this is probably the most dream-like I’ve seen. Witty, but intense at times and it really picked up in the second half. Good-to-great in their filmography. (4/5 ⭐)

Force Majeure (2014)

Surreal, abstract yet intricate film about the clear lack of accountability, denial of wrongdoing and manipulation that the protagonist gets away with. An intense yet oddly deflating outcomes of the film, the absurdity of the comedic scenes makes for an enthralling and immersive watching experience. The setting in the French Alps is ❤️. (4.5/5 ⭐)

Last Night in Soho (2021)

Cool, psychedelic, dreamy with a colourful backdrop of both 60s and present day Soho, London. A bit fragmented at times, it still was a pretty captivating watch. (4/5 ⭐)

Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

Visually stunning, tho the story seemed quite incomplete, with a lot of characters not getting the closure that I think was required / needed for me to really love it. Way too long as well. (3/5 ⭐)

TÁR (2022)

Watching a narcissistic and privileged protagonist unwilling to face the consequence of her actions was pretty delightful. Beautifully shot, brilliantly written and perfectly paced, this film was a masterpiece of subtlety. (5/5 ⭐)

Barbarian (2022)

Not gonna lie one of the funnier horror films I’ve seen recently. So many quotables and was pretty gruesome as well. Characters were a bit uninteresting but hey, if you can balance that out with great entertainment, fine by me! (4/5 ⭐)

The Menu (2022)

A wild delicious satire that’s goofy, ridiculous and unpredictable from start to finish. A lot to digest thematically, but was also thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish for me. One of Ralph Fiennes’ finest performances I’ve seen as well. (4/5 ⭐)

Skinamarink (2022)

Didn’t know what the fuck was happening half of the time, and the visuals gave me a headache but unique film experience nonetheless and it was pretty eerie throughout. (3.5/5 ⭐)

Pusher (1996)

The low-budget, gritty and raw “worst week of a man’s life” type thriller is one of my favourite genres and boy did Pusher deliver. No likeable characters whatsoever, brutal violence at times and great acting from Kim Bodnia as Frank and Mads Mikkelsen in his film debut. Fantastic piece of cinema (4/5 ⭐)

Red Rocket (2021)

hilarious, uncomfortable, beautifully shot – this film is Sean Baker’s funniest so far to me. Mikey Saber Has got to be one of the worst people I’ve seen on film in a while but is such a great character. 

Too many great lines to quote but “I kind of write donut jokes on the side. It’s one of my many talents” cracked me up. (4/5 ⭐)

Near Dark (1987)

Pretty satisfying 80s vampire horror film, apparently one of the defining films of the genre (didn’t know that). Gruesome, decent characters and all-round good entertainment. (3.5/5 ⭐)

The House of the Devil (2009)

Brutal, frightening and super eerie throughout, The House of the Devil was entertaining and pretty much kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. (4/5 ⭐)

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Well, finally watched this one. Visually stunning, evocative and spiritual, this is a really great watch, though some of the humour was a little corny and a bit too Gen Z for my liking, but other than that, great! (4/5 ⭐)

Speak No Evil (2022)

Shaken to the core after this. Well shot and all, but one of the most disturbing and uncomfortable films I’ve seen in a while. Not sure I can even say I ‘liked’ it, but it is very well directed, with terrific acting. (3.5 / 5 ⭐)

And that’s the list! To the next month of interesting watching!

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by. I run In Search Of Media with the aim of giving a platform to independent beatmakers, rappers and talented musicians. I also hope to make this a home for music discovery, interesting film analysis, exhibition reviews and other interesting content for all of you guys to dive in to. I hope to start a podcast and documentary-style project soon. If you're looking to be a part of this creative project, please go to the contact page and drop me an email, or connect via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. I also write for 'Music Is My Sanctuary.' Thanks 🙏

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