Branson has written 221 reviews for films with no rating during 2020.

  • Joint Security Area

    Joint Security Area

    Heartbreaking. Oof.

    Park Chan-wook’s got such a big heart but doesn’t overplay it. But it’s there and it’s a part of every scene.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    I’m the scarecrow, cowardly lion rising. Moon in “that’s a horse of a different color!” guy.

    Just a little joke on letterboxd. If you’re into astrology you could’ve been talked into eugenics if you’d been born in a different era.

  • 24 Hour Party People

    24 Hour Party People

    Insanely bad vibes. But the vibes keep getting worse and worse until suddenly you’re listening to the Happy Mondays, the worst that vibes can scientifically get. And then you’re free. A million cute little filmmaking tricks (the film stock shifting to suit the era, the gimmicky cameos, the asides, the Happy Mondays eating KFC to imply heroin use, etc.) but they work because this movie couldn’t care less about impressing you. Its only goal seems to be to see how…

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

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

    I love that after the reveal Ruth Gordon just stays that way. It wasn’t an act. She’s just like that and additionally she worships Satan.

  • Some Like It Hot

    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe was a great comic actress. Everybody got to this before me, but I’m dutifully punching my card in at the take factory to say I agree.

    Loved Joe E. Brown and his medically large mouth. Think I’m gonna go back and watch his early 30s baseball movies, maybe shake loose a couple dozen followers on here.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Probably never going to bother watching this. I just saw multiple people complaining about the Cro-Mags shirt in 1984 and I wanted to say: oh my god shut the fuck up you drips. Who cares?

  • Safe

    Safe

    This soundtrack is an absolutely brutal takedown of mid 90s yuppies. Imagine if Carol wasn’t “own a famous chair” rich. She’d be so fucked.

    I love that we spend the whole movie sympathetic to Carol and her disease, always seeing people’s cruel dismissals from her perspective. And then about 2/3s of the way through we see a guy suffering way worse than her and it’s like “yeah, he’s freaky.” I loved it. So mean.

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    I love that CC isn’t actually an especially great guy. He’s well meaning but completely ineffectual and unquestioning of the toxic ladder he’s at the bottom of. His niceness is never presented as anything stronger or more profound than that. He’s simply nice. Were he to move up this ladder he’d wind up as no more than a chipper variant on the horny bosses who shuffle in and out of his apartment. Even when he’s stepping in front of a…

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    I rented this in high school, hungry for those video textures and didn’t get enough of them so I fell asleep a few minutes in. That’s okay though I was on a basically experimental dosage size of adderall so I’m allowed to have done shit like that.

    It’s sort of a shame that James Woods is so great in this. Would be politically convenient if he was just a talentless hack who sucked in everything but it doesn’t work like…

  • Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

    Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

    Love all these pre-Mel Blanc Merrie Melodies where everybody sounds like some asshole who may or may not be drowning. It’s like when you listen to old Dr. Demento episodes and you can hear the landscape Weird Al emerged from. You already knew he was good but it underlines how special they both are.

    Exciting to imagine that in 1931 you could put a character like Foxy up on the screen and not immediately find yourself ripped apart by sniper bullets courtesy of Disney’s legal team. The frontier lasted longer than many imagine.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    Watched about three minutes and turned it off, which was the plan all along. We have so little power in this world it’s important to do what we can to tell Netflix not to do this shit.

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    That one cop fucked up so bad, jesus.