BRAT has written 120 reviews for films during 2019.

  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch

    John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch

    parents wanted to watch this for christmas eve but i had to say no because chaotic jake gyllenhaal having a breakdown while singing and gyrating and playing an okja-adjacent character is just a hair too sexy-in-a-weird-way for family time? like, i would’ve had to somehow repress my eruptive passion for mr. music and his xylophone vest in order to prevent them from (rightfully) worrying about me? i know for a fact that other people had this same problem. please don’t lock me up

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    there’s exactly one interesting characterization in this spineless retcon and that’s the choice to give poe dameron a canonical fear of bones 

  • Cats

    Cats

    unfortunately i did not hate this, and the key to that is to go in expecting plotless nonsense, and also to be pleasantly stoned. you must suspend every iota of disbelief. you must completely submit to the dancing hellcats.

    once you do that, you’ll be able to recognize this as truly AUDACIOUS filmmaking, one of those miraculous absurdist experimental studio blockbusters that defied all odds and logic to come to fruition. i admire the bold choice to omit any traditional…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    🎶when i was
    a young Roy
    my father
    took me to
    moon Applebee’s
    for 2 for $20 deals🎶

  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★★½

    made my friends go see this (one of my top 4 favs!!!) with me because it serendipitously happened to be playing the day before my birthday. when it ended one of them hesitantly said “... do you want my honest opinion” (i smiled and said no) and another said “THIS is how you wanted to celebrate your birthday??? i’m UPSET” 

    yes! it’s MY birthday and I get to pick the depressing cassavetes picture 🥳

  • Primal Fear

    Primal Fear

    ★★★½

    chicago (2002) for boys who didn’t do theater in high school

  • The Simpsons Movie

    The Simpsons Movie

    ★★★½

    petition to change “spider-pig” composed by hans zimmer to the US national anthem

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★

    Noah Baumbach’s latest feature is a heartbreaking AU in which actress Gena Rowlands divorces her director husband John Cassavetes in order to move to LA and further her film acting career. FINE, IT’S NOT REALLY AND I’M JUST PROJECTING, but the staging and direction are jam-packed with influences derived from mid-century art-house cinema, from the raw fervor of Cassavetes dramas to the florid, verbose monologues of Ingmar Bergman. In one scene, Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) meets with divorce lawyer Nora (Laura…

  • Sweet Charity

    Sweet Charity

    ★★★★

    three simple ingredients every movie-musical should have:
    1. overture
    2. intermission
    3. elaborate dance numbers ghost-choreographed by gwen verdon that consist of pure, flashy spectacle; i don’t require one iota of plot nor character development, thank you! sometimes cohesive narrative isn’t REAL and that is GOOD

  • Miss Julie

    Miss Julie

    ★★★½

    a bit baffled by the negative reviews because unstable rich baroness jessica chastain absolutely dominating her irish valet colin farrell by ordering him to toast her and kiss her shoes is exactly what i am looking for in my motion pictures? i mean, LOOK at the lboxd header!! the power dynamics between the two are deliciously intricate, constantly pushing and pulling and baiting and switching from cat to mouse and back again. 

    the incomparable liv ullman’s script (adapted from august…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★½

    robert pattinson could make dracula work but gary oldman couldn’t make edward cullen work

  • Joy Street

    Joy Street

    ★★★★

    isn't it a lovely feeling to see a familiar image and think, "i've been here in a dream!"? isn't it comforting to know that others' subconsciouses speak the same language as yours?

    this one is a must-watch. every animation by suzan pitt is a must-watch. i just found out that she died this year. did you know that? clearly, i didn't. and it's terrible that i didn't know that. in an ideal world, everyone would know that.

    streaming on criterion channel!