Bryan West

Bryan West

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Attention-deficit Illustrator, Cartoonist, and Podcaster. Fueled by 70’s movies, James Bond, and Comic Books.

Favorite films

  • The Long Goodbye
  • Brick
  • The Big Fix
  • Chinatown

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  • The Last Mercenary

    ★★★★

  • Maximum Risk

    ★★★★★

  • Dr. No

    ★★★½

  • Stranger Than Fiction

    ★★★½

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  • Full Contact

    Full Contact

    ★★★★★

    Chow Yun Fat plays a biker tough who specializes in switchblade combat. Full Contact has everything I want in an an action movie. Consistently surprising and innovative in both the narrative and the execution. Ringo Lam fills his action sequences with inserts and odd details that make his set pieces feel alive. Easily one of the best action movies I have ever seen.

    Also, avoid the dubbed version, not only are the performances crap, but the music is different and it really fucks up the vibe of this movie.

  • Small Soldiers

    Small Soldiers

    ★★★★½

    I haven't seen this movie since I watched it in theaters. I liked it then, but didn't expect much on a rewatch. Surprisingly, I liked this more as an adult. The strange blend of Robocop-style satire(yes, this movie opens with a commercial for a OCP-style military contractor) and Toy Story schtick works surprisingly well. The effects have also held up really well, they only use CGI when they have to, and there's tons of great animatronics and puppetry to tie everything together.

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  • Krull

    Krull

    ★★★½

    Much like Lynch's Dune, the star of this movie is the production designer. The story is a retread of various myths and legends, but for no other reason than "that's what Star Wars did". The cast doesn't pop at all and there is zero chemistry between ANY of the major players. Despite all that, I love watching Krull because of the crazy sentient spaceship/mountain, crystal spiders, demonic alien villain, norm-core cyclops, and flying horses on fire. In an attempt to…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★

    I purposely went into this blind. I was afraid it was going to be another John Wick-Off, but I was pleasantly surprised to find something softer and much more thoughtful. This is a movie about loss, but even more so, it's a movie about the things we love.

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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★★

    All movies should start with someone SCREAMING the name of the film over blazing techno music and end with "halcyon on and on" by Orbital.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★½

    Andrew Garfield plays a Silver Lake hipster version of The Dude or maybe Elliot Gould's Marlowe from The Long Goodbye. Under the Silver Lake is a whiny, hilarious, disturbing noir that feels more like Lost Highway than The Big Lebowski. This movie is the last thing I was expecting from David Robert Mitchell, but Under the Silver Lake clearly shares the same DNA as It Follows in both form and content. As much as this movie didn't FULLY come together…