Branson has written 145 reviews for films during 2021.

  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Congrats to Ian Curtis. Did not think he was gonna get out of this one.

  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    This is Elaine May catching you watching The Godfather and forcing you to smoke the whole pack. Sublime.

  • I Haven't Got a Hat

    I Haven't Got a Hat

    Back in the 30s Warner Brothers were not the cool studio yet. It was still Fleischer City. Warner’s’ main strategy at this point was just shoving a bunch of kids onto a stage and letting them compete for affection like how Royal Tennenbaum raised his children. From this primordial ooze crawled forth Porky, a porcine child with a real stutter. Audiences -unable to kill Herbert Hoover themselves- were delighted to watch an ugly child struggle publicly. Warner had finally found its voice: cruel.

  • Blood Rage

    Blood Rage

    The good twin looked like Connor O’Malley which is insane because the evil twin looked nothing like him and they were both played by the same man. Another Hollywood miracle. Le sigh...

    Louise Lasser is an actress all her own. I can’t tell if she’s good or not. I don’t think it’s relevant either way though. This script called for her to play an emotionally disturbed mother and she committed to it so hard that I think portions of the…

  • Buccaneer Bunny

    Buccaneer Bunny

    Yosemite Sam doesn't get a tenth of the respect he deserves as a heavy for Bugs. He's his perfect foil. Elmer is so stupid and babylike that he sometimes causes the less cool directors to choke in fear of making Bugs Bunny look like a bully, blind to the secret of Bugs's power: he is a bully and so are you. Daffy is too dynamic, he needs so little that he robs Bugs of his urgency. All Bugs has to…

  • Nocturama

    Nocturama

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I was fine with the kids having no clear ideology. That’s where I fall on the “how do we feel about these kids having no clear ideology?” spectrum. It’s not about the specifics of their beliefs, it’s about the inability of them to articulate themselves or think through the consequences of their actions and the state’s inability to engage with them as anything other than interchangeable targets to be shot dead with no dialogue.

    Back half is great, but to…

  • To Duck.... Or Not to Duck

    To Duck.... Or Not to Duck

    I love seeing these two together. There's a real "teacher assigning a project in May that you know won't be due before the grades go out" energy when it's just Daffy and Elmer. Daffy doesn't love Elmer the way he loves Porky and so he gets to be even crueler. Jones would overplay this later on down the road but when he has the dials right it's really wonderful. You can tell Jones doesn't love this short, which helps. He's…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    Caught the end of it while Nicole watched for the first time. Missed the beginning because I was teaching myself Spanish Bombs on guitar on the other side of the apartment. Still didn’t dislike it but it once again didn’t do a lot for me either way. All in all, I preferred learning the song. But that’s just me. I’m a born student.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    These guys care so much about magic, it’s crazy.

    Probably my favorite Nolan. Not a ton of competition on that front but it’s a fun movie that plays to his strengths (serious guys who live in a puzzle they could walk away from at any moment if they were normal) and only indulges a few of his weaknesses (no wife is safe, several characters give their farewells with slightly reworded “here’s to the wild ones” speeches.) All in all, it’s about two hours long and the accents are all over the place, which I am forced to love due to the glass house I live in.

  • Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur

    Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur

    This one made me extremely sad as a child. Not sure why, it’s a rather sanguine affair. Possible that the implication of “billions and billions of years ago” sent my brain down a dark thought hallway. The idea that people used to live without McDonalds and television was really depressing to me as a kid, which is an unbelievably bleak thing to consider.

    People ask why this caveman and dinosaur didn’t come back in other shorts and I’m here to set the record straight. They died. “But Branson, why didn’t Daffy die, too?” Because he survived.

  • Barbarella

    Barbarella

    Nowadays perverts of this stripe have to live in one bedroom homes lit by lava lamp with lawn flamingos out front to warn people not to trick or treat there. But back in the 60s they could land Jane Fonda to elevate their go-go porn sketch comedy movies and walk around with their heads held high, smiling the way the British do when they think about eating dry beans on wet cabbage. Every scene in this movie is a surreal…

  • The Others

    The Others

    Patient and deliberate, a film where you can tell everybody does chores and reads the Bible. Lots of films like this are heavy on atmosphere and light on actual scares. Sometimes that’s nice. Really enjoyed The Innocents. But sometimes it’s nice to see that Dimension Films logo up top so that no matter how stately the film’s pace you can never 100% rule out that a crazy guy might jump out and stab somebody in the neck. That Miramax sheen…