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brat has written 236 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    jack dylan grazer has the power to save the child comedian industry and the ONLY reason he hasn’t yet is because no one wants that

  • All About Eve

    All About Eve

    ★★★½

    a stage adaptation of all about eve starring gillian anderson and lily james featuring an original score by PJ harvey is a divine gift from sappho herself 🌈 everybody say THANK YOU SAPPHO by tucking in your shirt and pouring an offering of iced coffee into the aegean sea

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★½

    (1978 version)
    hm! probably my personal least favorite cassavetes so far (until i eventually watch Husbands), but the artistry of the intimate camerawork, ben gazzara’s subdued performance as club owner cosmo vittelli, and the swirling atmosphere of his beloved burlesque house is undeniable. here, cassavetes explores the frustrating paradox of cosmo’s wanting to make meaningful art, as shown by his relentless dedication to the quality of his girls’ act rather than their Tiddies, versus his needing to use their Tiddies…

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★½

    one of my favorire things about old movies is how much comedy is gleaned from people falling down. cary grant was willing to pratfall on his face like 12 times a scene and THAT’S why he’s an all-time great <3

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★½

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

    brad pitt: if i was at the manson murders i would’ve stopped them. no offense but i’m different

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    speaking strictly as a Brad Pitt obsessive first and human second: i’m satisfied! i’ve been waiting since Lt. Aldo Raine said “Grat-zee” in 2009 (1944?) for a comedic Brad performance as earnestly playful and laugh-out-loud ridic as this one. not to imply that he hasn’t been funny since — he’s BEEN funny — but now he’s funny on the big screen again, baby! 

    Cliff Booth does everything Brad is famous for: he takes his shirt off, gets in fistfights, repeatedly…

  • Point Break

    Point Break

    ★★★½

    ashamed to admit i only watched this so i would fully understand the part in whiplash where miles teller screams “FUCK OFF JOHNNY UTAH TURN MY FUCKING PAGES BITCH” because guess what .... this was gay as hell and i liked it!!!! THE ROMANCES ARE CUTE!!!! i know the surfer girl love interest is really only there as a plot device/to show that johnny and bodhi are technically “straight,” but i’m not mad about it because she has a pixie…

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★½

    marvel knew the only way they’d get the thirsty arthouse dorks to the theater was to cast *insert acclaimed actor i have a big crush on here* as an unhinged villain and goddammit i’m the thirsty arthouse dork who actively chose to fall for it. people on here are complaining about the amount of exposition but i for one will NOT critique that because it meant we had the visual and auditory pleasure of watching jake gyllenhaal speak. i wish…

  • Girlfriends

    Girlfriends

    ★★★½

    need more movies about the devastating loneliness + loss of emotional intimacy + perceived abandonment/betrayal of gal pal break-ups because uhhhh they really do be like that :/

  • The Color Wheel

    The Color Wheel

    ★★★½

    over the years since his sophomore feature, alex ross perry’s spitfire dialogue has only grown more poetic, his claustrophobic close-ups more controlled. 

    as he juggles the black tones of nihilism with the spice of surrealism, colors blur, lines blur, lines cross. a thick slurry of sludge, sluicing into a 9 minute 40 second quiet implosion of a long take. 

    reminded me of when my little brother and i were in the backseat of my dad’s car on the way to…

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    ★★★½

    the detail in the animation is the best of the franchise (thanks to roger deakins’ naturalistic lighting advice and tech advancements), which helps to keep the flimsy plot afloat — the only truly memorable parts are that ending (YES I CRIED) and when the dragons are flirting with their cute lil mating rituals (YES I CRIED). was admittedly apprehensive about the addition of the pretty lady dragon (DOES SHE EVEN HAVE A NAME BESIDES “LIGHT FURY”?? WHO IS SHE) but DAMMIT these crazy kids are truly in love!! #LetToothlessBone

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★½

    jake gyllenhaal as mysterio is so powerful that he made me watch this movie that A. he’s not even in and B. he probably hasn’t seen himself