Movies are awful these days, right? Only superhero movies and sequels? Yeah, no. It has never been easier to find great movies, both in the cinema and at home. Let us in.
Finding Great New Movies in the Cinema
A movie theater is the best place to watch movies: the big screen, fresh popcorn and an attentive audience. This is a hill where I will die.
The problem is that many great movies are only shown for a week or two, and if you miss them you will be missed. Stay up-to-date on the latest releases.
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When you go to a large multiplex, pretty much every screen will play the latest Hollywood movie on a big budget. I admit this point. However, these are not the only places where movies are shown. Arthouse and small cinemas tend to play smaller films that are less common. One of this year's Sleeper hits, Free Solo was actually released in September last year. It only ran in smaller cinemas. Only when it was awarded an Oscar, it broke into the public consciousness.
Many other films will become cult classics later on or will be successful. Streaming platforms will do the same. The best you can do is keep an eye on the entries in your nearest small movie theater. Sign up for the newsletter, if available. If you see a director or actor you like, put the movie on Google and see if it looks good. So I find a lot of movies that I look at.
Keep an Eye on the Film Critics
Film critics often get a bad name because their views can withstand what "fans" believe. Watch all the drama about big releases like Captain Marvel Suicide Command Aquaman and The Last Jedi . And while it's true that big, eye-catching films that deal poorly with critics can be fun, critics often have one point: Captain Marvel is one of Marvel's better current offerings, Suicide Squad and Aquaman are absolute chaos, and The Last Jedi was a welcome relief for Star Wars .
Even if you disagree with critics about the big movies, you probably agree with them a lot more when it comes to smaller films where you have no emotional investment. Almost all revered Get Out and A Quiet Place .
. Find a movie publication or even a reviewer who has a wide choice with yours and keep an eye on what they value. Especially for smaller films, critics will show previews so that the reviews appear on time so you can see them and then see the movie when it is displayed. You should also keep an eye on aggregators like "Rotten Tomatoes" and "Metacritic" to see which smaller films cause a sensation.
Finding Great Movies for the Home
It takes a bit of work to find great movies in the theater because you have such a short timeline to capture them. On the other hand, finding great movies at home is difficult because you have virtually unlimited opportunities on Netflix, Amazon, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and the rest of the Internet. It is possible, however.
Grab any best-of list you can
One of my favorite seasons is when the best-of-lists decrease. They're always great at seeing what you've missed, from big budget movies that you thought you could not find, to smaller things that you did not even know when they were released. When I'm looking for a movie to watch, I often only have Google "Best Comedies 2016", "Best Crime 2010" or whatever genre I'm watching and any year. Either you are reminded of a movie that you would like to see again, or you find something new that you have not seen before.
You can do the same thing with price lists. Choose any year and look at the best pictures or the best nominees to see if you like something.
I'm not a big fan of the recommendation algorithms of Netflix and Amazon Prime. They seem to push me either to their exclusive shows or to the same ten big budget movies that were just started streaming. Very rarely do they recommend something particularly exciting or non-obvious.
I'm a big fan of two referral sites: Find A Movie and A Good Movie to Watch.
Find A Movie This is more algorithmic and helps you to find a movie that suits your current mood, such as a movie that lets you reflect a bit on the human condition, such as … Coach Carter or Brazil .
A good movie to see uses human curation to show "highly rated but little known" films. I admire many of their choices, but the best feature is that you can filter where the movies are available for streaming – you can even filter by Netflix countries.
If you're browsing endlessly through Netflix looking for something – anything! – If you want to watch, look for a movie or a good movie you should watch.
Sometimes the best way to find a great movie is to look for something that you're not sure about. If it's good, win and expand your taste. If it's bad, bad movies can be fun in their own way, and you'll learn what you do not like. That can be just as useful. And if it's really bad, you can always turn it off.
If someone you know – or a critic you respect – recommends something that's out there and you're not sure if it fits your taste, then look at it. Sometimes it is best to find a movie to look at if you take the decision completely out of your hands.