James

Filmmaker.
Instag: brodie8288

Just a struggling filmmaker learning to write critical essays on films he watches.

Favorite films

  • GoodFellas
  • Brazil
  • Boogie Nights
  • Buffalo '66

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  • Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

    ★★★★

  • Death Rage

    ★★★

  • Street Law

    ★★½

  • Wake Up and Die

    ★★

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  • Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

    ★★★★

    -With all due respect, I think a lot of the reviews on this one are fundamentally flawed. It seems there's a lot of expectations placed upon the film squarely because of Arrow's new artwork. It's a brightly colored manga-esque illustration that insinuates Sailor Suit and Machine Gun is something akin to Edgar Wright mashed-up with Takashi Miike. In reality, the film has much more in common with something like John Cassavettes' The Killing of a Chinese Bookie than it does…

  • Death Rage

    Death Rage

    ★★★

    -And so this ends my November poliziotteschi binge. Hopefully we'll get more titles released within the next year, because all this month did is leave me wanting more.

    -Death Rage's case features a blurb that'd leave the viewer to believe they're in for Death Wish 2...before that actually was a thing. In actuality, we get Yul Brynner being a suave badass for 98 minutes. It's a definite switch from good old Charlie Bronson's grizzled, dry, world-weary smartass shtick...but hey, when…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    And I thought Midsommar was the feel-good movie of the year...

    -Feels a little more pertinent than reviewers are giving it credit for. It stands as a huge "fuck you" to Trump while highlighting the importance of mental health (and how we TOTALLY disregard it in the US).

    -I feel like I don't need to say anything about Phoenix. He's a genius. A true artist.

    -Yes, there's a LOT of Scorsese "stuff", but it doesn't use his visual language. I…

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    ★★★½

    "You know what I want?"
    "Another set of balls and some extra fingers?"

    -Let's be real, this isn't John Hughes' best. That distinction is planted firmly with The Breakfast Club (fight me). In fact, rewatching this after so many years makes me realize how messy it is: the various throwbacks to scenes that we never saw, John Candy's random black eye towards the end that disappears, all those little inconsistencies that you could argue Steve Martin could've done instead.

    -What…