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[–]Eav 2 insightful - 2 funny2 insightful - 1 funny3 insightful - 2 funny -  (7 children)

Two overlooked gems from 2017 that Ive recently seen and can't get out of my head: "Thoroughbreds" and "Ingrid goes West". They are an excellent double feature. Both explore the psychopathy/narcissm endemic in modern society, and both are considered "black comedies". I find the portrayals within deeply unsettling, brilliant acting jobs (particularly Aubrey Plaza as "Ingrid") I didn't experience these films as comedy at all. I think both films are a kind of litmus test, as I have noticed viewers and critics alike tend to be evenly split on whether theyd just watched a hilarious satire or a satirical thriller. I favor the latter interpretation. Both are writer/director jobs, and both are stunningly adept debuts which deserved way more attention. I particularly think Plaza was robbed of an Oscar nom, and Thoroughbreds is one of the most taught, well-staged 1.5 hours I've seen on screen. The soundtrack is particularly off-beat, almost alarmingly so. Of the two, if I had to chose, I'd go with Thoroughbreds. I have not successfully totally vanquished the disturbing implications of its well-healed from my mind in the two weeks since I've seen it. A must watch for sure. Especially for those hip to truths which constitute the genuine realities of life on Earth.

As for "Ingrid", I can guarantee it is one of tge most wrenching pieces of film to watch, in the way that I found it impossible to remain seated throughout. Everyone that watched with me had the same experience. Be that pleasant or not, it certainly affects deeply.

Both did.

[–]Mnemonic 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (6 children)

I heard of Thoroughbreds through https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbJVd5C8OU0&t=775s and seems to fit your description as well and as well as. {pretty sure that's english}

[Though I am a little upset because are you a just launched sentient AI? How can these just released movies be your "What's a movie you could rave and gush about for LIFE that you 1000% recommend despite others maybe/often underrating it? And I wanna hear it's importance to you!" ?]

[–]Goober_notorious2[S] 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (0 children)

Lol! I wonder the same thing... like when you come across a "list of great movies" but they're just the movies that people are promoting from that year...haha

[–]Tom_Bombadil 1 insightful - 2 funny1 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 2 funny -  (4 children)

It's either a bot, or some internet savvy Amish kid in the midst of their Rumspringa.

[–]Goober_notorious2[S] 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (3 children)

(I started to reply the other day and got distracted) That cracked me up, and now I really think it would suck these days to have Rumspringa with the movies that are out now because, when I look back at movies I saw in the theater as a kid, a higher percentage were/are actually great movies, but I feel like, as an adult, way more movies that I see in the theater just suck lol.

Speaking of movies and since your name is Tom Bombadil...I was considering including runners-up in my original post, and would have definitely included Lord of the Rings which I was obsessed with for years :)

[–]Tom_Bombadil 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (2 children)

Tom Bombadil is much more interesting and enigmatic in the books. They are much better than the movies.
I feel like the movies vulgarized the message of the books by glamorizing the battles, and minimize the pervasive sense of loss and tradgedy that is the real essence of the tale. If you want a real sense of the message that Tolkien wanted to convey then read "The Children of Hurin". It's about 100 pages. It was completely by his son Christopher from his uninsured writings. It's a masterpiece.

[–]Goober_notorious2[S] 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (1 child)

Awesome, thanks! I should re-read the Lord of the Rings series again now that I'm an adult... to be honest I freaking love audiobooks so that is my goal there lol. When I did read the books wayyyy back, I actually loved The Hobbit book the most (yes, it was an audiobook but I still have extremely good memories of listening to it with my family) but I didn't like the new Hobbit movies as much as I loved "the origies" when they came out. Thank you for your Insight!! I like thinking/talking about lotr, it's been a while, and I could go on and on, but I don't like to type :P

[–]Tom_Bombadil 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (0 children)