letterboxd, the vexing and sometimes OK film logging website

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I've been using letterboxd again after chatting with some younger cinephiles...if the whole thing were just the Activity page and your friend's ratings/reviews I would unabashedly love it. unfortunately ppl who are not my smart friends exist

anyway, do you use it? or read anyone on it? or? etc

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:08 (two months ago) link

i think i started referring to letterboxd as the new tumblr five years ago, so now that it has been written about in the nyt and has an ilx thread it is no longer cool, sorry

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:11 (two months ago) link

was the NYT thing recent? my acct is like.....five years old and has been dormant almost as long, lol

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:13 (two months ago) link

yeah it was like last month?

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:13 (two months ago) link

This was all very recent on the Last (x) Movies thread, so I'll cut-and-paste it into here.

Have people shared Letterboxd accounts on ILX anywhere? Mine is https://boxd.it/ENrV. I used it sparingly in the past but am logging every movie i watch in 2021.
― na (NA), Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:07 PM (two weeks ago)

I think I've shared mine before, but here it is again: https://letterboxd.com/jer_fairall/
― edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:27 PM (two weeks ago)

Have shared mine before: https://letterboxd.com/PollyPrecoder/
― Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:43 PM (two weeks ago)

https://letterboxd.com/souleraser/
― flappy bird, Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:25 AM (two weeks ago)

Mine's just two lists of favourite movies; this thread is actually my Letterbox for what I watch.
https://letterboxd.com/hunsecker/lists/
― clemenza, Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:30 AM (two weeks ago)

I like looking at those lists.
― Dan S, Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:26 PM (two weeks ago)

clemenza, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:13 (two months ago) link

i generally like it. though the excessive listing and gag reviews can get tiresome, it's a great way to know what my friends/people with opinions I respect are seeing, and general attitudes. though of course, this is the internet, so you're gonna get a lot of challops all the time

Nhex, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:14 (two months ago) link

i was very upset i could not find the original breakfast at tiffany's list today

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:15 (two months ago) link

I mainly only use it for 1. writing gag reviews and 2. 'liking' actually good reviews / getting movie recs from ppl I trust for whatever reason

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:16 (two months ago) link

my favorite letterboxd writer, bar none, is nathaxnne: https://letterboxd.com/unawarewolf/

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:16 (two months ago) link

Mainstream or not it remains one of the only good websites because it doesn’t have Sharing, any activity from people you don’t follow is below the fold and optional, and the most genius design choice is you can use it however you want: star ratings, likes, reviews, diary entries, and lists all sort of slot together nicely and each aspect is optional. Just don’t tell yourself it’s “a community” or any of that garbage, it’s just a good website.

The other good websites are Bandcamp and Lichess. This is my theory of websites.

Canon in Deez (silby), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:16 (two months ago) link

post feels kinda otm to me. it is def one of the few places on the internet where i feel very little stress

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:18 (two months ago) link

I feel some stress when I read certain types of exceptionally dumb or bad faith shit that gets a lot of shares/likes tbh

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:19 (two months ago) link

but yknow I should really just get tf over it

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:19 (two months ago) link

a few things I don't like about letterboxd

- we all know this, the TV non inclusion or semi sometimes inclusion is bad and silly and completely arbitrary
- certain types of bad takes rewarded
- a minor thing, but as with RYM, odd preferences/fetishes for certain types of content or certain stylistic or formal features. sometimes it's interesting other times it's just annoying

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:22 (two months ago) link

definitely wish that they allowed TV and episode reviews. or hell, spin off another site for that and video games. the personal logging is what i most like about it, i guess

Nhex, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:23 (two months ago) link

i use it mostly as a tracker of stuff i've watched and don't really "engage with the community" but it's a really well-designed site that is a pleasure to use if you just want to track some films and make or read a watchlist.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:26 (two months ago) link

I would be fine with one entry per series, only added once it's finished airing / being released. that also means no MCU reviews :)

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:26 (two months ago) link

i am furious that i cannot write a review of true detective season 2 on letterboxd but someone can write about the queen or the queen's gambit or twin queens the return

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:26 (two months ago) link

it's so silly

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:28 (two months ago) link

one other thing that's dumb: apparently if you log a movie without rating it, you drag down its rating

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:30 (two months ago) link

what? that's stupid. no rating should not = 0 rating.

Nhex, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:34 (two months ago) link

I can't personally prove that but I have heard it alleged

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:37 (two months ago) link

The other good websites are Bandcamp and Lichess. This is my theory of websites.

what about ilx i can has cheezburger

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:55 (two months ago) link

A friend of mine worked there and it was a train wreck as you might imagine

Canon in Deez (silby), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:55 (two months ago) link

1. !!

2. "A group of investors acquired the website in September 2007 for US$2 million"

3. oh

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:58 (two months ago) link

looool

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 04:03 (two months ago) link

having worked at some sketchy ass train wrecks, I salute silby's friend

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 04:04 (two months ago) link

brad thank you for the nathaxnne tip, anyone else have accts they like?

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 04:14 (two months ago) link

I've been using Letterboxd for years, but literally the only thing I use it for is to maintain the film diary I've been keeping since 1992. So I just go on and log a movie and leave. I don't do ratings or write reviews. I do follow a handful of people, but I honestly don't spend much time there. I do like being able to look up when in 1997 I saw The Ice Storm or whatever.

jaymc, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 04:56 (two months ago) link

we all know this, the TV non inclusion or semi sometimes inclusion is bad and silly and completely arbitrary

The rule I made in 1992 (when I was 12 lol) was that I only logged movies that had, at some point, been released theatrically (regardless of where I personally saw them). So no TV movies, no straight-to-video, no Netflix-only. (But film festival releases are OK.) The last year has made me rethink that, though. Esp. since there's lots of stuff in the Letterboxd database that would be easy enough to log, if I wanted to.

jaymc, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 05:03 (two months ago) link

here's mine: https://letterboxd.com/adamt/

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 05:11 (two months ago) link

Oh hey, look at that. I just assumed this thing was already passe and that's why no one ever talked about it. I use it pretty regularly, mostly to keep track of what I've watched/intend to watch (because my brain is sieve-like with respect to keeping track of such things), partly to read what others think of what I've watched (I follow some of y'all, I'm PlooplePop). I guess there's a social media aspect to it but I don't really engage with that as such.

Vladislav Bibidonurtmi (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 05:20 (two months ago) link

Oh right, the polite way of doing this: https://letterboxd.com/plooplepop/

Vladislav Bibidonurtmi (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 05:22 (two months ago) link

xp i would definitely rethink the TV/STV/streaming exceptions. i mean, even decades past, there were notable TV movies, sadly never to be seen or heard from again!

Nhex, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 05:40 (two months ago) link

i don't find Letterboxd vexing at all! it's fun! my movie watching habits got way better since i started using it. i like the challenge of trying to write funny blurbs, which has kinda gamified movie-watching

flopson, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 06:06 (two months ago) link

My frustration is actually less about the hot takes and more the dudes who seem to watch only hyper-canonical stuff and dutifully give everything five stars. Then I remember I was 18 once, too.

I think the site is best for finding out about off-the-beaten-path films rather than engaging with long reviews that could be blog entries - I'm sure there's ppl out there who do that well but I've not found much so I stick with Xgau-style capsule reviews in both reading and writing.

The stats are super fun tho my regular viewing of shorts means my most watched actors always end up being Mel Blanc or Buster Keaton.

100% would not want TV to be included, far too many places online to talk about that shit. I do agree the currently available TV should be removed tho.

Anyway: https://letterboxd.com/Reifferschizzle/

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 12:05 (two months ago) link

The lists (+ the presence of hyper-obsessive users) are one of the best features imo. Would you like to see all of the hard sci-fi films written by first-generation Italian Americans between '75 and '80? There's probably a list for that.

Vladislav Bibidonurtmi (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 12:10 (two months ago) link

https://letterboxd.com/glumdalclitch/

glumdalclitch, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 12:59 (two months ago) link

If Letterbox had a recommendation engine I'd be all in, but outside of meme lists and pithy gag reviews I'm not sure I've much use for it. I've been using Movielens for the last decade for movie discovery and it hasn't done wrong by me so far.

I have no couch and I must stream (NotEnough), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 13:06 (two months ago) link

I use the Activity feed as my de facto recommendations guide

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 13:35 (two months ago) link

i’m like nearly on the verge of paying for a subscription just for those sweet sweet activity feed filters

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16:41 (two months ago) link

The fav streaming services feature is also good, and they’ve started sending notifications when something on your watchlist appears on one of your services.

Canon in Deez (silby), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16:46 (two months ago) link

I'm really unclear on what the actual benefits of a paid membership are. Like, if it included the ability to get really fiddly with the filters or, say, compare the content of different lists, I'd pony up in a heartbeat.

Vladislav Bibidonurtmi (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16:47 (two months ago) link

doc casino is an excellent letterboxd follow btw

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:12 (two months ago) link

As are you! ILXors unsurprisingly showing the other users of that site how it's done.

Vladislav Bibidonurtmi (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:16 (two months ago) link

I would go "pro" just to check it out but I don't want it to say "pro" next to my name, that's nerd shit

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:18 (two months ago) link

some of my other favorite writers:

- claire diane: https://letterboxd.com/fieldmouse/ (doesn't update often, but when she does, watch out. responsible for the most beautiful film criticism i've ever read, this review of nightmare on elm street 3: https://letterboxd.com/fieldmouse/film/a-nightmare-on-elm-street-3-dream-warriors/ )

- scumbalina: https://letterboxd.com/scumbalina/ (if you want earnest well-written discursive five star reviews about shot-on-video horror, look no further)

- sydney: https://letterboxd.com/campbart/ (a lot of the writers i love on letterboxd have an almost stream-of-consciousness thing going on, but sydney's reviews are all precision, and she has the best taste on earth. currently going through a bollywood thing, very cool to keep up with)

- j0siah m0rgan: https://letterboxd.com/josiahmorgan11/

j@ke c0le and j0sh l3wis are also very good but are very popular on the site. m@tt lynch ostensibly shares a lot of my taste and priorities but i think he's just terrible. i don't exactly know why i'm google-proofing but simon did it earlier and it seems like a good practice lol

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:20 (two months ago) link

one of the appeals of letterboxd when i joined was finding all of these trans writers writing these beautiful reviews that explore both their own identity and the hidden or not-so-hidden depths of trashy horror films. i assume that is not covered in the nyt piece but that's the no. 1 reason the website is so so valuable to me

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:24 (two months ago) link

My updates have gotten extremely sporadic, but here's me: https://letterboxd.com/ephender/

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:29 (two months ago) link

brad thank you for those, most of the ppl I'm encountering online who use it are like 19 which is.....cool but not all the time lol

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:33 (two months ago) link

very much appreciate the change from "no likes" to "no likes yet", let us down easy letterboxd

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 13:34 (four weeks ago) link

I've started compiling an 'Acid Horror' film list for my own amusement/reference. Any additional suggestions would be welcome - you'll see the kind of thing I'm after:

https://letterboxd.com/wardfowler/list/acid-horror/

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:16 (four weeks ago) link

Neat list!

Hausu feels like it should fit. I'm not well versed in psych-horror but House seems kind of ultimate

https://letterboxd.com/film/house/

davey, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:26 (four weeks ago) link

xpost!

God Told Me To? Death Bed? Hausu? Feel like I need a bigger sample size to know what fits and what don't.

Clem McFlannery's Clam Phlegm Cannery (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:26 (four weeks ago) link

So clearly Hausu, then.

Clem McFlannery's Clam Phlegm Cannery (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:27 (four weeks ago) link

The Virgin Sacrifice (J.X. Williams)

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:34 (four weeks ago) link

would Alucarda count?

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:38 (four weeks ago) link

Don't know how strictly you're hewing to that particular early-to-mid-'70s era but Possession (1981), perhaps?

Clem McFlannery's Clam Phlegm Cannery (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:47 (four weeks ago) link

If we're allowing more modern, Mandy and Black Rainbow seem like good ones. Possessor from last year has a similar vibe.

I have no couch and I must stream (NotEnough), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:56 (four weeks ago) link

Thank you for all your suggestion - I will update! Other contenders: El Topo (though that could fit on an Acid Western list), I Drink Your Blood. I don't especially want to set limits, but I guess I'm particularly looking for films where the overall vibe is that the cast and crew could well have been tripping while they made it.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:11 (four weeks ago) link

It's still sitting in my ever-growing stack of unwatched movies but Simon King of the Witches seems like a contender:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fax1uhZxvEA

Clem McFlannery's Clam Phlegm Cannery (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:16 (four weeks ago) link

Do you have a copy of Nightmare USA, Ward? I'm sure that's filled to the brim with what you're looking for.

Clem McFlannery's Clam Phlegm Cannery (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:17 (four weeks ago) link

Thanks OL, I do indeed. Still waiting on the second volume!

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:22 (four weeks ago) link

A Field In England? Or is that aping the aesthetic too self-consciously?

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:45 (four weeks ago) link

there's only one scene that really qualifies but it's so good i gotta recommend house on sorority row for this list

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 16:08 (four weeks ago) link

I think Field in England is more folk-horror-revivalism, tho obviously there is crossover here - Blood on Satan's Claw in particular has some fairly trippy stuff near the end, though that feels more like the work of canny exploitation opportunists rather than mind-expanding tru believers.

Another one - Last House on Dead End Street

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 16:31 (four weeks ago) link

Field in England is Mushroom Horror obv.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 16:48 (four weeks ago) link

Blue Sunshine! Even though it's kind of lousy imo

flappy bird, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 18:47 (four weeks ago) link

it really is lol

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 18:49 (four weeks ago) link

I recommend nathaxnne's review of Transformers: The Movie, which I read the other day and which is very good.

― Stefan Twerkelle (Old Lunch), Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:13 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

wow

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 19:16 (four weeks ago) link

As to Ward's query, perhaps these would qualify:

Messiah of Evil (1973)
A Name for Evil (1973
Eden and After (France, 1970)

Jean Rollin's entire oeuvre..?

Josefa, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 20:30 (four weeks ago) link

xp to davey:
It Follows?
Happiness of the Katakuris?

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 19:22 (three weeks ago) link

hmm, It Follows is paranoid as heck but IDK if it's has the psychedelia quotient. Haven't seen Happiness of the Kakutanis but that looks like a fit. That one's going on the watch list. I'm wracking my brain for more titles but coming up blank. I'll ask Jasmine, she's more of a horror buff.

davey, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 19:41 (three weeks ago) link

You've got a couple of Rollins' in there already but I'd definitely recommend The Iron Rose. What else are you gonna do after imbibing quantities than hang around a graveyard?

Also Luigi Bazzoni's Footprints on the Moon (Le Orme), 1978

or something, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 20:03 (three weeks ago) link

altered states (and probably lair of the white worm too, though i haven't seen it)

na (NA), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 20:06 (three weeks ago) link

Probably worth scouring 366 Weird Movies for nominees.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 20:17 (three weeks ago) link

Lair of the White Worm is definitely trippy but also intentionally goofy and camped-up. I watched it not that long ago, don't remember most of it, and yet feel like I'd enjoy watching it again.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 21:31 (three weeks ago) link

just saw a comedy so brilliant and ahead of its time i was moved to finally write more than a one-liner in a letterb*xd review.

pls like and subscribe.

https://letterboxd.com/daveyshindig/film/mystery-team/

davey, Thursday, 25 March 2021 10:54 (three weeks ago) link

h8 to self-promote but i think this movie broke my brain, it was on another level

davey, Thursday, 25 March 2021 10:57 (three weeks ago) link

i'm sincerely confused about whether you liked it or not

Nhex, Thursday, 25 March 2021 12:26 (three weeks ago) link

perfect ;p

davey, Thursday, 25 March 2021 13:22 (three weeks ago) link

(i did not)

davey, Thursday, 25 March 2021 13:22 (three weeks ago) link

fr i find it a little depressing to see how many people give 4- and 5-star ratings to so many movies that are objectively terrible

davey, Thursday, 25 March 2021 13:30 (three weeks ago) link

Eh, ratings are personal. There are lots of "objectively terrible" movies I will give high ratings because they're pinnacles of the form!

Nhex, Thursday, 25 March 2021 14:27 (three weeks ago) link

fair enough. i think some things are just bad period even if plenty of people like them. but my roommate likes that movie and i don't hold it against him

davey, Thursday, 25 March 2021 16:26 (three weeks ago) link

Spoken like a true ilxor

Canon in Deez (silby), Thursday, 25 March 2021 16:39 (three weeks ago) link

thank u silby, i like that ilk

davey, Thursday, 25 March 2021 16:59 (three weeks ago) link

I went through the two "last x movies" threads, copied everything I posted there since 2012--~1,000 films (there are duplicates)--and I'm making an effort to log them onto Letterboxd. As I think some people said above, I don't like the rating system. I have to go up or down on all the things I rated 6.5 or 7.5 on ILX, both very common ratings for me. Anyway, hope to have them logged in about two weeks. Then I'll start on the films I saw in the first 50 years of my life and never saw again.

clemenza, Monday, 5 April 2021 21:48 (two weeks ago) link

Now that’s a retirement activity if I ever heard one!

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 5 April 2021 21:49 (two weeks ago) link

Retirement + pandemic + move to small, isolated town: basically, I'm going crazy.

clemenza, Monday, 5 April 2021 21:49 (two weeks ago) link

https://phildellio.tripod.com/letterboxd.jpg

clemenza, Monday, 5 April 2021 22:03 (two weeks ago) link

lol

Nhex, Monday, 5 April 2021 22:14 (two weeks ago) link

I only recently started using the rating system again after abandoning it about a year ago in favour of either "liking" a film or not. Most of this was motivated by discovering that I have a pretty bad memory even for things that I've watched in the fairly recent past--did I only sorta like The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry when I watched it a few months ago, or did I actually dislike it?--but I kind of like believing that history will care about what I vaguely thought about some second-tier noirs and 80s teen films, so I'll play along.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Monday, 5 April 2021 23:59 (two weeks ago) link

I think of the star ratings as snapshots of how I felt on a certain day and fully expect them to change with every watch.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 11:13 (two weeks ago) link

Every movie I see is a five-bagger tbrr

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 12:13 (two weeks ago) link

yeah but six bags is the highest rating, we talked about this

davey, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 12:20 (two weeks ago) link

1950s version, from Yasunari Kawabata's Snow Country (which, truthfully, is boring me):

But even more than at the diary, Shimamura was surprised at her statement that she had carefully catalogued every novel and short story she had read since she was fifteen or sixteen. The record already filled ten notebooks.

"You write down your criticisms, do you?"

"I could never do anything like that. I just write down the author and the characters and how they are related to each other. That is about all."

"But what good does it do?"

"None at all."

clemenza, Monday, 12 April 2021 14:12 (one week ago) link

stop yucking her yum, Kawabata

this is pretty self-indulgent but I'm enjoying the "how I letterboxd" profiles, this dude in particular has some great lists:

https://letterboxd.com/crew/story/how-i-letterboxd-justin-laliberty/

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 12 April 2021 14:42 (one week ago) link

Blame me, not him--I cut the passage off before this:

He knew well enough for her that it was in fact no waste of effort, but somehow the final determination that it was had the effect of distilling and purifying the woman's existence.

There's a whole ad campaign right there. Letterboxd: distilling and purifying the existences of film lovers since 2011.

clemenza, Monday, 12 April 2021 14:49 (one week ago) link

Justin's an interesting dude.

Nhex, Monday, 12 April 2021 17:06 (one week ago) link


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