Brandon

Movies are good. Except when they're not.

Favorite films

  • Tremors
  • Raising Arizona
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • The Thing

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

  • Unforgiven

    ★★★★★

  • The Night Comes for Us

    ★★★★

  • The Yakuza

    ★★★★

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

    Three stories about yearning for human connection, reaching for it, and the melancholy of missing. Really struck by the writing and how each story defies expectation. The context of these characters and their relationships to each other change so many times with each new reveal in the dialog it's impossible to predict where the truth will lie by the end. They're completely gripping. It pulls off a magic trick of telling stories that rely almost entirely on coincidence while making…

  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    ★★★★★

    Really mean, really cold, really sad. More critical of Clint's legacy characters than any film critic could be. Looks at the clash between the romanticized ideal of the west as soon in Clint's earlier movies and the cold, sad existence of the "real" thing. Killing as a dishonorable act none but the most psychotic are fit to carry out; death as an inglorious and pathetic proposition far from the way it's told in legend; living out your days as pure…

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

    Very different than what I expected. Far less focused on the hand-to-hand action than the previous films and far more focused on comedy and romance.

    Easily the most romantic of the (already very romantic) series. It's a capital R Romance this time—first and foremost this is an expression of Lana's love of Neo and Trinity. It's an artist returning to a formative work of hers and expressing what it meant to her, reconciling that against what it meant to the…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    A cute lil story about how being a kid is wonderful and being an adult sucks.

    Incredible debut for both Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman. Can't wait to see 'em in more stuff.