Movies Where The Cat Just Fucks Everything Up
December 11, 2016 7:13 AM   Subscribe

Letterboxd is a social network for movie lovers where you can rate films, keep track of what you’ve watched, and create collections based on whatever categories you want. Here are some of the best collections.
posted by Johnny Wallflower (76 comments total) 67 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is delightful.
posted by emjaybee at 7:27 AM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


"films that have the name of a popular comic book character in the title, but have nothing to do with said character"

To be fair, there aren't too many english words or phrases left that aren't also the name of a comic book character.
posted by octothorpe at 7:34 AM on December 11, 2016 [15 favorites]


"movies in which John Goodman is not too bright but has a good heart and you like him but you kind of feel sorry for him too"
posted by idiopath at 7:37 AM on December 11, 2016 [9 favorites]


Is Letterboxd the GoodReads for movies? Because I've been looking for the GoodReads for movies for awhile now.
posted by Nelson at 7:47 AM on December 11, 2016 [10 favorites]


Neither Tony Stark nor Steve Rogers is a dad (though that is my favorite scene in the movie).

And the Charlize Theron one FTFW.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 8:03 AM on December 11, 2016


To be fair, there aren't too many english words or phrases left that aren't also the name of a comic book character.

The X-Men alone have taken up a number of nouns. (I've always wondered if Rob Liefeld came up with "Cable" when he was sifting through his bills, and came close to naming his new character American Express.)
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:24 AM on December 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


I love Letterboxd for these kinds of lists. I've made a few (I call 'em microgenres), but none are as funny as these.

Nelson, it IS Goodreads for movies.
posted by sleeping bear at 8:25 AM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


33. Movies That Are Oldboy
- Oldboy (2003)
- Oldboy (2013)
posted by glonous keming at 8:35 AM on December 11, 2016 [13 favorites]


"Movies where white people solve racism" hahahahaha omg dying over here. Thanks for this.
posted by Annika Cicada at 8:44 AM on December 11, 2016 [10 favorites]


Be sure to stick around for "Body? Meet legs." at the bottom of the list.
posted by schmod at 8:58 AM on December 11, 2016 [7 favorites]


I am amused
posted by bq at 9:00 AM on December 11, 2016


I've been on Letterboxd for a year, but I only have one friend on it and he seem to have stopped posting on it.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:03 AM on December 11, 2016


"Body? Meet Legs." is my fave as well.
posted by maryr at 9:03 AM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Kevin Spacey does have nice legs.
posted by maxwelton at 9:08 AM on December 11, 2016


Just signed up. Will take me a while to fill out reviews for stuff.

Also, you can add letterboxd to your MeFi profile, and see a list of all of the MeFites on letterboxd.
posted by schmod at 9:10 AM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


I love this.

I sort my movies by category...not, uh, quite as specific as this, but it makes it easy to find a movie to watch based on what kind of mood I'm in.

Some of the categories on my hard drive:
baseball
courtroom
dudebro
explodey-shooty
girls lol
heist & fraud
in spaaaace

posted by phunniemee at 9:22 AM on December 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


How exactly did the cat fuck everything up in Alien.
posted by dilaudid at 9:35 AM on December 11, 2016


How exactly did the cat fuck everything up in Alien.

Well in Legally Blonde, it's actually Werner who dumps Elle in the restaurant, and he doesn't get dumped until later by Selma Blair in a scene we don't see, and even though he is a self centered asshole and does make fun of Elle's education, she doesn't get to dump him for that. So they've obviously taken some artistic liberties with the categorization. Harumph.
posted by phunniemee at 9:39 AM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Netflix used to have a thing like this. It's not as funny as the ones in the link, but I made a pretty decent list of moves featuring "Evil Cubes." (The Hellraisers, the "Cube" trilogy, Star Trek Nemisis, one or two of the Transformers movies, Mulholland Drive, and maybe others I can't remember right now.)
posted by paper chromatographologist at 9:54 AM on December 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


> How exactly did the cat fuck everything up in Alien.

As phunniemee says, some artistic liberties are taken, but the cat in Alien did indirectly lead to at least one of the crewmembers' deaths.

From Xenopedia: [Jones the cat] was indirectly responsible for the death of Brett; when the latter pursued Jones through the ship's cargo hold, seeking to catch him so that he would not be accidentally picked up on the motion trackers being used by the crew to hunt the Alien, the cat inadvertently lured him into a room where the Alien was hiding. Jones saw the Alien drag Brett's body into the air shafts.
posted by glonous keming at 10:05 AM on December 11, 2016


"Movies where white people solve racism" hahahahaha omg dying over here. Thanks for this."

Schindler's List? Seriously?
posted by I-baLL at 10:07 AM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


Movies in which the male lead woos the female lead by doing things which in real life would be creepy but are which apparently charming in the world of film.
posted by HoraceH at 10:18 AM on December 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Can't go wrong with body meet legs. Best would be if reanimator is in there somewhere.
posted by benzenedream at 10:21 AM on December 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


I've been on Letterboxd for a while, link is in my profile. Almost at 2000 movies.
posted by octothorpe at 10:54 AM on December 11, 2016


"Movies where friendship, kindness and optimism save the day, in a radical departure from the tone and message of the beloved book."
posted by idiopath at 11:19 AM on December 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


woody allen films in which a dull white man cheats on his lover with a “kooky young woman” and complains about his life

I'm really surprised that there are only 11 films in this category.
posted by octothorpe at 11:53 AM on December 11, 2016 [18 favorites]


Just hoping Hollywood execs take note and flood the market with cat movies. Ceiling Cat vs. Godzilla would make a bundle!
posted by sammyo at 12:22 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I started in on Letterboxd a few months ago, but the daunting task of adding every movie I've ever seen was stymied by both my memory and their title-search-only interface. "All I have to do is remember all of the movies' names, NBD."
posted by rhizome at 12:49 PM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


I started in on Letterboxd a few months ago, but the daunting task of adding every movie I've ever seen was stymied by both my memory and their title-search-only interface. "All I have to do is remember all of the movies' names, NBD."

I don't use Letterboxd since I've been on IMDb since it started, but the better trick is often to find some movie buff who seems to like roughly the same stuff but has rated a ton of films and just click through their lists, rating the movies you recognize to start with, then repeating the process with new friends or whenever you're bored.

I know quite a few people who use the site extensively who've made some really useful and interesting lists, often featuring lesser known films, so it can be a valuable service I gather, I just am loathe to switch myself since the rerating process would take forever for little real gain. I just browse the site on occasion instead using my friends pages as a starting point.
posted by gusottertrout at 1:12 PM on December 11, 2016


"Incomplete list of movies that use the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” to express the mental state of a character whose grip on reality is deteriorating"

SUPERCUT PLEASE
posted by gwint at 1:12 PM on December 11, 2016 [17 favorites]


rhizome: "I started in on Letterboxd a few months ago, but the daunting task of adding every movie I've ever seen was stymied by both my memory and their title-search-only interface. "All I have to do is remember all of the movies' names, NBD.""

I've just picked the pages for actors and directors who I know that I've seen movies of and go through those to find the ones that I remember seeing. So I picked say Robert Redford and went through the list of his films and marked off all the ones that I've seen; then I did the same for Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, etc. Similarly with directors like Kubrick, Spielberg, etc. It probably took me six months to finish logging all of the films that I've seen in my almost 50 years of viewing.
posted by octothorpe at 1:24 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]








Movies where the protagonist just flies the fuck away at the end

Thelma & Louise? Really? dark,dude,really,really dark.
posted by sammyo at 2:29 PM on December 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


First, there are some great films here - how good was All Is Lost? - and second, my opinion that Woody Allen is one of the worst people alive has been further cemented.
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:37 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


To be fair if you are suddenly forced to cook dinner for someone, pasta puttanesca is a totally valid choice. It's quick, easy, satisfying, and most of the ingredients are shelf-stable.

I got my recipe from a legitimately mad geoscientist, so shut up.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:54 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


> To be fair if you are suddenly forced to cook dinner for someone, pasta puttanesca is a totally valid choice. It's quick, easy, satisfying, and most of the ingredients are shelf-stable.

FWIW, I added 'Six Degrees of Separation' as a suggested addition to that list.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 3:15 PM on December 11, 2016


I searched for Movies Where Paul Dano Gets Beat Up and I'm almost surprised there's only ten of them.
posted by eykal at 3:30 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Movies Where Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" Is Used Pretentiously
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:40 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


What would be great for (my use of) Letterboxd would be a Shazam where it detects the movie from 20sec of video. "SEEN IT"
posted by rhizome at 3:45 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


glonous keming:
33. Movies That Are Oldboy
- Oldboy (2003)
- Oldboy (2013)
- Pietà (2012)
posted by chinesefood at 4:29 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I started in on Letterboxd a few months ago, but the daunting task of adding every movie I've ever seen was stymied by both my memory and their title-search-only interface. "All I have to do is remember all of the movies' names, NBD."

Considering the site doesn't have anything remotely close to a recommendation engine (other than checking lists of other users), it works a lot better as a diary than a raw list of movies watched. Movies I want watch to log go into a list, movies I want to watch for the first time go into the watchlist.
After 4 years there, logging around 150 new movies every year on average, if they're ever adding recommendations, I think it would suit me more than a list of movies I barely recall watching when I had the flu back in '92.
posted by lmfsilva at 4:52 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


This 36 second movie is my favourite movie in which someone explains complex concepts of time and space using common office supplies, so no need for a Letterboxd list of studio-produced ones.
posted by ambrosen at 4:58 PM on December 11, 2016 [7 favorites]


Classic literature but with ~teens~ is 100% my jam.
posted by corvine at 5:55 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


The lists made by rodent are p good and several have been linked above.
posted by kenko at 6:15 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Except … who could think Black Swan was 100% heterosexual with no gay subtext? Who is the person she imagines making this mistake? Someone who knows absolutely nothing about the movie?
posted by kenko at 6:17 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


extrenuous circumstances!
posted by great_radio at 6:36 PM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


who could think Black Swan was 100% heterosexual with no gay subtext?

Um. That list includes films like Top Gun, Fight Club and Jennifer's Body, and has the description "Psssshh.... no gay subtext to be found here. None at all!"
posted by brianrobot at 7:04 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]




Is there a category yet for Tom Cruise Overcomes Being a Horrible Dick Thanks to a Patient Woman and Saves the Day with a Touch of Humility and a Winning Smile
posted by phunniemee at 7:15 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Oooh, Oooh, I want to sign up just to do "Movies in which Liam Neeson plays a Catholic priest"! (The Mission, Silence, Lamb, Breakfast on Pluto, an episode of The Simpsons, arguably The Chronicles of Narnia (and Prince Caspian and Dawn Treader) where he's the voice of Aslan, arguably Gangs of New York where he plays a Catholic named Priest, and arguably The Phantom Menace because, come on, Qui-Gon Jinn is totes a Jesuit.)

Could make it longer as "Movies where Liam Neeson plays a religious figure" and shorter with "Movies where Liam Neeson plays a Catholic missionary and shit goes horribly wrong."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:23 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Classic Horror Films and their trash remakes starring Chloe Grace Moretz

Half-tempted to start sifting through the remakes to see if there's a common producer or somebody who's got a thing for imagining CGM in just about every horror movie ever, and wondering what the next one will be: "Hear me out--Chloe in The Omen, because if you read the Bible really carefully, the Antich--hello? Hello?"

To be fair if you are suddenly forced to cook dinner for someone, pasta puttanesca is a totally valid choice. It's quick, easy, satisfying, and most of the ingredients are shelf-stable.

From Serious Eats' recipe: "'Puttanesca' literally translates to 'in the style of prostitutes,' supposedly because the pungent aromas of garlic, anchovies, capers, and olives tossed with pasta were how Neapolitan prostitutes would lead customers to their doors." "Quick, easy, satisfying", you say?
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:25 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


"Is there a category yet for Tom Cruise Overcomes Being a Horrible Dick Thanks to a Patient Woman and Saves the Day with a Touch of Humility and a Winning Smile"

It was sort-of undermined by the sequel category, which includes, "Wait Nicole Kidman Totally Wasn't Infertile," "Katie Holmes and the Surprise Divorce," "Mimi Rogers Seems Perfectly Nice," "Dating Penelope Cruz Was Not a Publicity Stunt," and other greatest hits of the genre.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:33 PM on December 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


extrenuous circumstances!

extraneous + strenuous + extenuating?
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 7:34 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Evil Cubes

Does the Cosmic Cube count? Then a slew of MCU films.

posted by Insert Clever Name Here at 8:14 PM on December 11, 2016


Movies where the protagonist just flies the fuck away at the end

Amazing that this list includes none of the many film adaptations of the gospels.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:47 PM on December 11, 2016 [9 favorites]


I've been using Letterboxd for the best part of a year, and I can confirm that it works well as a movie log / watching diary for yourself even if you choose to ignore all the social network aspects. Just in case you were looking for something like that, and not another social network.
posted by RedOrGreen at 10:17 PM on December 11, 2016


They left out the first and second versions of Cat People, not to mention The Curse of the Cat People.
posted by eye of newt at 11:09 PM on December 11, 2016



Except … who could think Black Swan was 100% heterosexual with no gay subtext? Who is the person she imagines making this mistake? Someone who knows absolutely nothing about the movie?

Um. That list includes films like Top Gun, Fight Club and Jennifer's Body, and has the description "Psssshh.... no gay subtext to be found here. None at all!"


I think Kenko knows the intention of the list but can't imagine anybody missing the gay subtext of Black Swan.
posted by Pendragon at 5:13 AM on December 12, 2016


Because I have zero interests in life apart from film, I use Letterboxd almost every single day. I've found a ton of amazing films on there just looking at what the people I follow have been watching. Here is my profile, and my lists are here. The only list I've done that is anything like the ones most linked to here is movies shot in that house from A Talking Cat!?!
posted by tomorrowromance at 5:39 AM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Frankly, Black Swan has gay text. Maybe subtext too? But unlike e.g. Star Wars, it has unambiguous homosexual content.
posted by idiopath at 7:20 AM on December 12, 2016


Um. That list includes films like Top Gun, Fight Club and Jennifer's Body, and has the description "Psssshh.... no gay subtext to be found here. None at all!"

I'm not saying that there's no gay content in Black Swan. There is. But it's not subtextual, it's … what's that stuff that's like subtext, but it's all right there on the surface? I think it's called "text"? Yeah, it's textual. Whereas one could imagine A Straight watching Top Gun and not picking up on the homosexual subtext, and thus its inclusion is warranted, it is literally impossible to imagine that happening with Black Swan.

And I am a very imaginative person, let me assure you.
posted by kenko at 8:25 AM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


this made me laugh harder than I expected: Christmas movie posters with white heterosexual couples wearing red and green
posted by numaner at 12:53 PM on December 12, 2016 [6 favorites]


I'm glad I'm not the only one that confuses Seth Rogen and Johan Hill sometimes
posted by numaner at 1:07 PM on December 12, 2016




Apologies for the misread, kenko
posted by brianrobot at 8:10 PM on December 12, 2016




prepmonkey: "The Great Smokey Good Time County Express Movie Chase"

That was my father's favorite film genre.
posted by octothorpe at 8:46 AM on December 13, 2016


Love these lists. The wood chopping one being my personal favorite.

I'm also on Letterboxd and use it daily if anyone would like more friends--

http://letterboxd.com/haveanicesummer/
posted by haveanicesummer at 11:38 AM on December 13, 2016


I'm glad I'm not the only one that confuses Seth Rogen and Johan Hill sometimes

That's nothing compared to Vince Vaughn and Diedrich Bader.
posted by lmfsilva at 6:03 PM on December 13, 2016


Oh, that's easy: Bader is the talented one.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:12 PM on December 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


I mean, they don't look alike at all. I just get their actual names confused. It's not like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes
posted by numaner at 10:47 AM on December 23, 2016


When I was a kid (long before IMDB) I used to get Paul Newman and Steve McQueen confused and then I saw The Towering Inferno and finally got them straightened out in my head.
posted by octothorpe at 7:39 AM on December 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


"Movies in which a character shaves his beard to symbolize getting clean, or learning to live correctly, or having learnt some kind of moral lesson, or some other such bullshit"

Wow, that list is weird. The person making it seems to be really angry about it while also missing the point of the shaving. I haven't seen all of these films but the ones I did see, like Dr. Strange, the shaving symbolizes that the character now has time to shave. If I get busy with something or go on a long trip then I don't shave and so when I get back home, my facial hair tends to have grown out. So I shave. I'm not shaving to symbolize anything. It's the end of a journey and I can get back to shaving. I mean, Cast Away? I didn't see the movie, but I'm guessing that Tom Hanks didn't shave on the deserted island that he was stranded on. Heh, Jumanji? Is the person who made this list trolling?
posted by I-baLL at 8:17 PM on December 24, 2016



ha ha ha. This is so something I would end up doing.

I got bored at work and organized all these 2016 posters by color, here you go.
posted by Jalliah at 9:46 PM on December 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


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