Thousands of movies are released each year. Some are able to achieve financial and commercial success, whereas others not so much. From an audience’s perspective, every movie cannot fulfill the demand for each viewer. Each person has a different taste when it comes to cinema, and that translates into the success of a particular title or franchise.
For instance, many of us are not a big fan of Dwayne Johnson movies – they make us feel dumb – and that’s normal. However, we can’t generalize it as for the masses, that form of content seems to be working, and that’s the reason why the movies are so successful at the box office.
Today, we’re going to review a subreddit, which is one of the established movie-related communities on Reddit. It’s called r/MovieSuggestions. As a viewer, you don’t need to connect with everyone but just a few who are keen on helping you out. This is the place where you’ll meet like-minded individuals as far as content is concerned.
My recent experience on r/MovieSuggestions
My recent experience on this subreddit was a post updated just 6 hours ago. A user posted a query asking fellow members suggestions regarding Korean/Japanese movies in crime, mystery, thriller, slow burn, or suspense genre. He mentioned that he had already seen movies such as ‘Mother,’ ‘Oldboy,’ ‘Memoir of a Murderer,’ ‘I Saw the Devil,’ ‘The Wailing,’ ‘The Man From Nowhere,’ and ‘Parasite.’ This post garnered 74 upvotes and over 35 comments within a few hours.
About r/MovieSuggestions – Community & Members
r/MovieSuggestions is an amazing platform for movie lovers. You can share your experience, ask for suggestions, recommend movies, and interact with fellow community members. The community has 165,000 members, out of which 300-500 members are online at any given time. This subreddit was created on August 14, 2011, and has been stagnant in recent times. It’s slightly smaller than r/TrueFilm and significantly smaller than r/MovieDetails, but those subreddits cater to a different audience, and so I feel that this community shouldn’t be judged on the basis of its membership.
How to access r/MovieSuggestions?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/MovieSuggestions’ in your search bar and join the subreddit; however, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/MovieSuggestions
Even at 165,000 members, we can’t consider r/MovieSuggestions to be a small community. With more than 10,000 active members every day, it’s important that the community works within the set guidelines. And for that reason, it has five moderators – ‘hammsandwich,’ ‘Jokiesamoster,’ ‘Tevesh_CKP,’ ‘gonzoforpresident,’ and ‘AssistantBOT.’
Why should you follow r/MovieSuggestions?
The content standard on this subreddit is pretty high. You can’t just post anything you wish. You’ve to work within the confined framework. Some interesting content rules that I like on the page include ‘Suggesting a Single Film,’ ‘Including the Films Title’ in the post, ‘Don’t review a film in detail,’ ‘Provide just one suggestion every 24 hours’, ‘Don’t repeat a suggestion which has been used in the last three months,’ ‘Do not include the barred entries.’ Such strict guidelines only elevate this subreddits position in my view.
r/MovieSuggestions is not the most active community, but it’s not dormant either. There are hundreds of new posts each day, and there’s a considerable amount of interaction on each of these posts. But having said that, it’s engagement rate – especially upvotes – is abysmal. It is far below the likes of r/TrueFilm or r/Entertainment. When you’re posting content, don’t expect more than 20 people to respond to your posts. And that’s when it’s your lucky day. Otherwise, 5-10 comments on a single post is a staple r/MovieSuggestion engagement rate.
Browsing & Navigation
Since not many users are active simultaneously on this subreddit, browsing and navigating experience is smooth. Though I’m quite disappointed with the overall design approach – logo and the cover, I don’t have much to complain about because I don’t spend a lot of time on r/MovieSuggestions. A positive aspect of this subreddit is that it doesn’t have rich media content, and thus you can even browse efficiently on a data connection.
I like it when subreddits go out of their way to improve the overall browsing experience. On r/MovieSuggestions, in the sidebar, you’ll find ‘Similar Subreddits’ section where you’ll find a plethora of similar subreddits such as ‘Animesuggest,’ ‘AustralianFilm,’ ‘CanadianFilm,’ ‘Documentaries,’ ‘Flicks,’ ‘Ifyoulikeblank,’ ‘IrishFilm,’ ‘kdramacommends,’ ‘KoreanFilms,’ ‘IgbTV,’ ‘movieclub,’ ‘Muricanized,’ ‘NewJerseyFilm,’ ‘NewZealandFilm,’ ‘NotintheMovie,’ ‘tipofmytongue,’ ‘televisionsuggestions,’ ‘underratedmovies,’ and ‘VODBestOf.’
Filter by flair
Lastly, since the content on r/MovieSuggestions is not that diverse, you’ll just find three options via Filter by Flair – ‘Announcement,’ ‘Suggesting,’ and ‘Requesting.’ Though these are much, they cover the essence of the page, and there’s nothing more I’d demand from the mods or the community. A suggestion page should strictly be about those three things, and thus I don’t have anything to complain about.
Important rules you must know before joining r/MovieSuggestions?
As a movie lover, you might be eager to join the r/MovieSuggestions community. But as we learned above, the community is strict in regard to the content you post. Thus, make sure that whatever you’re posting follows the community guidelines. For that reason, below is a list of important r/MovieSuggestions rules that you must know:
1. Be excellent with each other
2. Be mindful regarding spoilers
3. Don’t be rude, harass someone, or ignore the subreddit rules. This might lead to banning
4. There’s a Zero Tolerance Policy against piracy, so make sure you don’t share any pirated content on the subreddit
5. Submission should be tagged properly via the filter and should be to the point.
6. Don’t provide more than a list of 25 entries unless the OP has specifically asked for it
7. You can only link posts to credible sources such as Letterboxd, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, or Wikipedia.
In my opinion, the design is the worst part of this page. I don’t like it when the mods and community don’t put effort into making their subreddit standout. The default Reddit logo on r/MovieSuggestions is similar to r/entertainment and other subreddits. It’s disheartening to see that a subreddit with such a mass appeal can’t take time out to add a quality group image and a cover photo.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit:
1. Films similar to the theme of this GIF? – 808 upvotes
2. I just saw the movie parasite (2019) the Korean one. And it blew my mind. I have literally seen thousands of movies (Hollywood, Bollywood, French). But this was something different. – 587 upvotes
3. Spirited Away was one of the all-time greatest movie experiences of my life – 552 upvotes
4. So nobody needs to ever ask again. 99 mind-fuck films – 499 upvotes
5. Knives Out (10/10). Need some more recommendation like this – 505 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020:
1. “In Bruges” is a very good movie if you like dark humor and a good story – 491 upvotes
2. Ready or Not (2019). Most underrated movie of the year. Intense and hilarious thriller about a working-class girl marrying into a wealthy family who forces her to unknowingly play a deadly game of hide and seek on her wedding night. – 469 upvotes
3. Suggest me a movie which you consider perfect or 10/10 – 419 upvotes
4. I watched a film lately called ‘eight grade.’ I thought it would be a rubbish teen movie, but it turned out to be a truly profound film. – 418 upvotes
5. If you like the neon visuals of Blade Runner, check out Ridley Scott’s yakuza crime flick Black Rain where he shot Osaka like it was Los Angeles in November 2019 – 407 upvotes
Watching movies has become more than just a form of entertainment. We see ourselves in characters, storylines, and that’s how we resonate with a movie. Even from a neutral perspective, you expect every frame to be a well-thought painting, which tells an amazing story. Even outstanding films which garner critical appraise won’t be of everyone’s taste. So, it’s hard to distinguish between what’s likable and what’s not. At the end of the day, be it r/MovieSuggestions or any other platform, the quality of a film is utterly contingent upon your personal interpretation of the art.