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Film Bros / Cinebros

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Film Bro or Cinebro is a derogatory slang term for a man who prefers movies that are thought to be outside of the Western cultural mainstream, similar to a hipster but specifically about films. Typically, they are generalized as liking older movies, foreign films and the films of auteurs including Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson and Christopher Nolan. After the derogatory idea of a "film bro" became popularized in TikTok parodies, it saw pushback from people who felt that the enjoyment of non-mainstream films shouldn't be stigmatized.

Origin

On December 13th, 2017, Vice[1] published an article titled "How to Know If You're A Cinebro," which outlined some tenets of what constituted a "film bro," though the archetype had been understood as part of the hipster subculture prior to their article. Some qualifications Vice laid out included:

There are only four kinds of movies you’re not embarrassed to like, max:
- The Fuck Yeah! Mind-Fuck Movie (Inception, Oldboy, Mulholland Drive, Primer, Fight Club)
- The Yeah, It's Disturbingly Violent But We’ll Still Call It Art Movie (The Raid, I Saw the Devil, The Revenant, maybe A Serbian Film, any Quentin Tarantino film)
- The Extremely Average Guy Gets to Be With Extremely Beautiful Women Movie (Scott Pilgrim vs The World, 500 Days of Summer, and almost every Judd Apatow film)
- The Enough Display of Vulnerability, but Not Too Much Movie (Lost in Translation, Annie Hall, and Boyhood)

On April 6th, 2019, Urban Dictionary[2] user slaatu posted a definition for "Filmbro" that defined the term as a man who believed their taste in movies was superior to others, even though the films were relatively mainstream (shown below).


filmbro Person who views themself as a huge film nerd, while having mostly surface level knowledge of movies. Their favorite movies include such underrated gems as The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction, Inception and Jurassic Park. They also adore the MCU "Logan should have been nominated for best picture!" -filmbro by slaatu April 6, 2019

Spread

Over the following years, the term evolved to essentially encapsulate men who tended to like films outside of the cultural mainstream, and it was particularly directed towards men who did not care for movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was fueled in part by a now-infamous op-ed penned by director Martin Scorsese in November 2019[3] in which he argued that Marvel movies aren't "cinema," saying that the oversaturation of superhero movies quash bolder and more inventive movies from lesser-known filmmakers and studios.

It was further fueled by a meme that spread in January 2022 titled, "Film Bros When You Tell Them You Want to Watch a Marvel Movie." That month, a TikToker posted a derogatory post about cinephiles, inspiring recaption memes referencing various films by describing their plot details and characters.


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Though the initial TikTok was mocked on Twitter, it evidently spawned several imitators. On June 27th, 2022, Twitter user @cleooffilm[4] posted screenshots of several other TikToks that appeared to mock cinephiles, gaining over 350 retweets, 1,600 quote-tweets and 11,000 likes in two days (examples shown below).


film bros when you say ur fav movie is paddington 2 and not some six hour long russian war film from 1932 with graphic imagery and no plot or dialogue GIGITAA + 87.6K e 1966 K 3792 699 Film bros when you tell them your favorite movie is surfs up and not some 40's Italian film about the loss of a man's bike in the midst of + poverty 4397 70 99

The posts kickstarted discussions of Film Bros on Twitter over the following several days, with many seeming to argue that the stigmatization of certain films as "film bro" movies was unwarranted. On June 27th, Twitter user @bambipaesan[6] tweeted, "Filmbro’s definition shifting from ‘guy who watches Pulp Fiction daily and won’t shut up about Tarantino’ to ‘guy who watches anything that isn’t a blockbuster’ is kinda crazy," gaining over 1,400 retweets and 18,000 likes in two days (shown below, left). That same day, user @eveharmswrites[7] tweeted, "The insinuation that enjoying non-American films makes you a “film bro” is so depressing lol," gaining over 1,900 retweets and 31,000 likes in a similar timeframe (shown below, right).


Ryan @bambipaisen ... Filmbro's definition shifting from 'guy who watches Pulp Fiction daily and won't shut up about Tarantino' to 'guy who watches anything that isn't a blockbuster' is kinda crazy. 2:11 PM Jun 27, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

In what was likely meant to be a troll post, Twitter user @paynushaver[5] posted an Iceberg Tier meme on June 28th that placed very well-known directors including Scorsese and Kubrick as the "most obscure" tier of "Film Bro" levels, gaining over 1,700 retweets and 8,000 likes in one day (shown below).



Various Examples


film bros when you say you like a movie because you actually enjoy it and not because it has 48291 layers of hidden meaning + 50 8 O ana 2 @thedevils1971 ugh this film bro tried to get me to watch a film made in a f- f foreign country cleo @cleoofffilm. Jun 27 i found more of these and they're all completely wrong and/or stupid Show this thread film bros when you say ur fav movie is paddington 2 and not some six hour long russian war film from 1932 with graphic ef 87.6K 1966 Film bros when you tell them your favorite movie is surfs up and not some 40's Italian film about the loss of a man's bike in the midst of poverty ... because it has 48291 layers of hidden meaning 4397 +Co ot 100 sovietblobfish @sovietblobfish film bro (slang, derogatory): person interested in the craft of film, alternate definition: person who wishes to engage with the art of other cultures Film bros when you tell them your favorite movie is surfs up and not some 40's Italian film about the loss of a man's bike in the midst of poverty ALT 4397 70 00 ... film bros when you say ur fav movie is paddington 2 and not some six hour ALT ng russian war film from 1932 with graphic 87.6K 1966 Film bros when you tell them your favorite movie is disney's atlantis and not a 122 minute long film adaptation about the story of an unstable clown who is a failed stand up comedian + 761 28 20 pretentious film bros when someone says they would rather watch a comedy than a 15 hour black and white polish film that critiques capitalism + 596 9 24 1

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Nox Lucis
Nox Lucis

We seem to have hit the point where the "-bro" suffix works on some kind of Soyjak logic, whereby it can be attached to any other group or interest in order to portray it as derogatory while nonetheless being uncritical and void of deeper commentary beyond a clear dislike for the people it pertains to.

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