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What's the highest rated movie you haven't seen that's not on your watchlist and why?

What's the movie with the highest average rating that you both haven't seen and also isn't on your watchlist? What's the reason you're not interested in seeing it? For me it's A Dog's Will. I haven't heard this movie's name anywhere other than the top 250, and the one person I follow who's seen it didn't review it very highly, stating that it doesn't hold much value for people outside of Brazil.

NicCageCompletionist

National Theatre Live: Prima Facie seems to be the highest rated movie on Letterboxd in general, and I’ve never heard of it.


HyderintheHouse

Don’t look at the highest rated, it’s a mess. But saying that, this made a lot of waves because it’s a Jodie Comer one actor show right? And it got amazing reviews, I guess they filmed it so it’s on LB.


NicCageCompletionist

The question literally said to look at the highest rated


Mr_Fuffy

I meant highest rated narrative feature film, but I can see how they look that as just highest rated thing.


StayWinning100x

Same here


draingang4lifee

i don’t put a lot of the hugely critically acclaimed stuff on my watchlist, i save my watchlist for things that i think look cool and will never remember the name of


Lowbacca1977

Same here. My watchlist is a lot more limited in scope


[deleted]

I thought this was common knowledge but A Dog’s Will was botted (or brigaded by Brazilians) up to 3rd. It’s pretty obvious if you look closely at the rating spread and the humor does not translate well from Portuguese. It’s a good test to see if someone will rate a movie highly just to fit in.


AdKind5446

I kind of figure eventually enough non-Brazilians will watch it due to its spot on the list to lower the score. I haven't watched it myself though, so I'm not doing my part haha. The same sort of thing to a lesser extent happened this year with Argentina, 1985. Now, that one was a pretty solid movie at least, but the visibility caused by the extremely high scores got more to watch it and the rating declined at least a bit.


HanwhaEaglesNM

Shinji Aoyama's Eureka. An emotionally heavy 220 minute film requires like a full afternoon and evening for me, the afternoon to watch and an evening process and I've personally been too busy of late to have the time to do so. Honestly, haven't been able to do any movie of the sort, and I have multiple in my watchlist, since Lockdowns ended and I returned to the office.


Tomc17389293

A Dog’s Will. I’m sure I would like it but I’m just not interested in it


GOODBOYMODZZZ

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I'm sure I'll watch it one day, but I don't care for westerns.


AdKind5446

That's a good western to watch if you don't plan to watch many. The soundtrack is what everyone thinks of when they think western movie even if they don't know it comes from this movie. I'd go so far as to say if someone is only going to watch one classic western, this should be the choice.


CaptainJonus

A Dogs Will, because I’ve never heard of it until now and other than it’s high rating see no other reason why it would appeal to me.


monoglot

Using this "[All the movies](https://letterboxd.com/hershwin/list/all-the-movies/by/rating/)" list, which filters out concerts, documentaries and more obscure stuff, the answer for me is the Filipino drama [Himala (1982)](https://letterboxd.com/film/himala/), which is now going in my watchlist.


so1i1oquy

Himala's worth your time.


HyderintheHouse

I have worries about Auto Compendica… Feels like it’s gonna be preachy and self-serious.


RipBuzzBuzz

Come and See. I find war films extremely boring, and I doubt that this would change my mind.


LonesomeHammeredTreb

It's an anti war film though and is closer to horror than excitement. Similar vibes to the video game Silent Hill 2 honestly.


77skull

99% of war films are anti-war tbf


wwwiillll

this is not even a little bit true


RipBuzzBuzz

I figured it was anti war. But you have sold it to me with the Silent Hill comparison.


Tamotan-the-Octopus

Mine is also Come and See! I know it’s probably not gonna be a fun watch and I’ve yet to be in the right mood to give it a go.


RipBuzzBuzz

I dont really ever see myself watching it, but who knows. Its probably an amazing film, but I just know it wont connect with me.


TwinPeaksLogLady

I’m in the exact same boat. I’m sure it deserves the acclaim but it’s going to pain me to give it 3 or 3.5 stars once I watch it


Chalupa_89

It's so overrated. IMHO Years ago it was a 7/10 on IMDB. Now it's the greatest thing ever... It's commie propaganda, literally. It portraits the Germans as these one dimensional villains. Which is also why I think the rating is so high, people are more brainwash to see things black and white nowadays where as back a few years people still took the time to think on why was it made and how partial the creative process was. I even think that the way they portrait the Nazis even goes as far as to glorify them. I actually saw it because there is this famous picture taken in the film and people kept posting it as a real photo.


GringoJones

You’re right in that most WWII movies depicting the horrors of the Holocaust generally don’t try to show the Nazis as balanced humans. However, to suggest that this movie glorifies Nazis is not only objectively incorrect but completely contrary to the intent and purpose of the film.


Chalupa_89

>objectively incorrect glorification is not objective.


Wellidge

It’s based on an actual SS Unit, the Dirlewanger Brigade, and their actions in Belorussia. If you think the wanton slaughter of innocent civilians glorifies them I suggest you get your head examined.


Chalupa_89

Dirlewanger did not have hot blonde female soldiers in his unit. And they did not look nearly as handsome as portrayed in the movie


Wellidge

It’s not a documentary, is it? You’re free to have some poetic license when making a film. I fail to see how this glorifies the Nazis, either.


Chalupa_89

Are you trying to see my point of view or trying to win an argument over my personal opinion?


bolshevik_rattlehead

Come and See was on my watchlist for a long time, too. It’s really excellent but you need to be in the right mood.


bradenboiii

Come and See like a lot of people’s seems to be, my second is Parasite.


Mr_Fuffy

Come and See although really good is a hard watch, so I get why people haven't seen it. I'd definitely recommend Parasite though.


bradenboiii

lmaooo i’ve been meaning to watch Parasite for so long


Beplex

Dekalogue


Emotional_Run9778

Come And See, it's a bit long and it is about war. those two factors don't go well together for me


[deleted]

Great question. 1. Come and see - Klimov 2. Seven Samurai - Kurosawa 3. Into the Spiderverse - Rothman/Ramsey


Mr_Fuffy

I love all three but I can see reasons why you wouldn't want to watch all of them. Itsv since it's sort of a kids movie, seven samurai since it's super long, and come and see since it's a really hard watch.


sweaty_palm_trees

Coco. I’m not into new kids movies. No offense.


LongClaw14

I know it’s a cartoon but Coco really isn’t that much of a kids movie


[deleted]

Yes, yes it is. I'm not saying anything about the movie itself. But just because you think a movie's good doesn't mean it's not a kids movie. I dislike when people say "this isn't a kids movie" when it very clearly is.


StayWinning100x

What they mean is it’s not *strictly* a kids movie. It’s definitely mature enough that adults will get something out of it too.


LongClaw14

I didn’t strictly say ‘this isn’t a kids movie’ but anyone who’s watched it can clearly see that it deals with themes that would resonate with adults more than it would with kids


GOODBOYMODZZZ

It's a kids movie that adults can enjoy just as much.


sweaty_palm_trees

I might give it a shot. I think I’m quicker to assume it’s a kids movies if it’s 3D animation as oppose to 2D. For some reason. Plus the whole Disney thing. But I should probably challenge my assumptions.


awlawall

The Social Network. I just don’t give a shit


Mr_Fuffy

Makes sense. I think it's pretty good but certainly not finchers best like a lot of people say.


3lmtree

the godfather, cause i'm just not interested in mafia movies.


Mr_Fuffy

I felt like it was a movie that I had to watch but I definitely could've gone my whole life not watching either.


3lmtree

Hah, yea, that pretty much sums up how I feel about it. I might watch it one day, but if not, i'll be okay.


Mr_Fuffy

I think it makes sense to see if you'll like it but if you don't like the first very much, part 2 is just the same movie but even longer.


MackMadSlow

LA LA LAND I can’t get over watching a musical closed it after the First Lady started singing somebody convince me it’s worth it please!


Mr_Fuffy

Have you not liked musicals in the past or just don't think you'd enjoy them?


MackMadSlow

Don’t think I will enjoy them but I love Ryan goslings work and I enjoy Emma stones as well


Mr_Fuffy

I think it's worth a shot then, and although I haven't seen it, it seems like it'd be a good entry level musical especially if you like the actor's.


HyderintheHouse

The opening sequence is one of very few that are traditional musical theatre fare. There’s one other where Emma Stone is trying on clothes? And the rest of the songs just feel different, either more jazzy or more understated.


StayWinning100x

If I had to convince someone to watch La La Land or Tick Tick Boom, the latter is the better movie for sure.


charleyismyhero

It's not if you don't love *love* musicals. The opening sequence will be like torture and the singing and dancing overall is substandard.


jonasjunis

2001: A Space Odyssey I'm not a big sci-fi fan.


Holzwurm1

The Godfather. I really just have zero interest in it - one day maaaybe


ReddsionThing

Going by the Letterboxd Top 250, mine would also be A Dog's Will, but I haven't heard of it until now, and it doesn't really pique my interest, to be honest. The highest rated one from the list is Everything Anywhere Everyone All at Once, which I was mildly curious about, and then the hype about it kept building more and more and is still kind of annoying, which made my interest gravitate toward zero or below. I might see it some time, but not in the near future.


EdWoodnt

I will never understand this mentality. Not saying that you *have* to watch EEAAO, but why does seeing that a lot of people love a movie make you *less* interested in it?


ReddsionThing

1. Because I hear about it all the time, and it's annoying (emotional reaction). 2. Also, quite frequently the most popular things are also the lamest (not all the time, I love a good amount of the most highly acclaimed movies), but there's also some in there that are mediocre at best, like 'Into The Spider-Verse', which I watched a while ago years after the fact. 3. Also, if something is overhyped to the nth degree (like EEAAO currently is), you tend to develop expectations to it that are way too high, so I prefer to wait until the dust has settled to go in in a more neutral way. ([https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HypeBacklash](https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HypeBacklash)) It's cool for people to have unbridled enthusiasm for something, but many of them don't realize that this can lead to unrealistic expectations for people who are on the fence. 4. Internet hyperbole has gotten so god damn nuts that people treat anything they enjoy as their religion, and it's a like literal sin to utter anything critical about it. These tendencies in fandom make me reject the object of these people's affection almost automatically, sort of on principle, until I can watch it myself free from the madness and form my opinion. 5. [https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HypeAversion](https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HypeAversion) <- Also, a combination of those factors explains it pretty well. See 1/2/3 6. Lastly, I'll completely admit to being a contrarian, I just can't turn that part of my brain off, I like to be free from popular opinion/peer pressure/majority persuasion (as wiktionary calls it [https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/contrarian](https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/contrarian)) as much as possible.


EdWoodnt

Thanks for the explanation! Can’t say I relate to your points- I’m more prone to having the hype for a movie pique my immediate interest while not allowing it to impact my actual opinion of the film- but it’s interesting to hear others’ perspectives on the subject.


ReddsionThing

I can't explain it any better. Some rabid fans interpret it as 'hating' on something, but I just don't like hype. I get hype for things I'm really interested in, regardless if they're brand new or really old and I discovered them a while ago.


Mr_Fuffy

I love the movie, but it's definitely understandable that the absurd amount of praise it gets would make you lose interest in watching it.


Novel-Various

The Godfather because I don't like mob movies.


NovaInfernus

Godfather, it seems so boring for anyone who isnt a 40 year old dad and I'll probably never watch it


DramaticFinger

Nah it's pretty great. I'm in my 20's, and first saw it at 22 and thought it was a blast. Its pretty fast-paced despite the length too. Out of curiosity, what seems boring about the movie to you?


joelluber

I'm 40 now (but not a dad), but I definitely liked it when I saw it as a teenager (and as a college student, and as a 25-year-old, etc.).


bolshevik_rattlehead

Tampopo. Maybe I’ll watch it this evening.


TheWallStreetBurner

Microcosmos (1996) Haven't seen it yet because I just added it yesterday. Really want to though


mikeri99

*A Dog’s Will (2000)*


DrStr4ngeIove

Probably Lawrence of Arabia. It’s a very long film and I need some preparation to do that being a father of a 2yo girl. Also, there’s always a long movie I want to see more, the most recent was Scenes from a Marriage. I haven’t seen Fanny and Alexander as well for the same reasons.


cRush0r

12 Angry Men - Not on a streaming service I use


Faze-Flamingo

The passion of Joan of ark (1928) It has to be the right time for me personally I do own it on disk though


t4dominic

Jeanne Dielman. Never felt the mood to get through it.


SimplyThatGuyOrigin

A Dog's Will. I don't know why, but it always felt like a straight to TV movie and I don't really care to see it.


jcmurie

Come and See. I just can't find the time or stomach to watch it. My wife saw it in college and said it was very good and important, but wishes she never watched it


mynameisjeff77777

This is a hard one for me cause I’ll give anything in the top 250 a shot but the highest one I didn’t have added was Central Station so I just added it on the watchlist


[deleted]

Happiness off the top of my head. The subject matter just makes me hesitant to watch it. A friend who regularly watches some pretty disturbing and shocking shit told me to never watch it so it’s just not a high priority for me.