Brian

Brian

Film and media studies academic.

Favorite films

  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  • GoodFellas
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Third Man

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  • Bobi Wine: The People's President

    ★★★★½

  • 20 Days in Mariupol

    ★★★★★

  • Past Lives

    ★★★★★

  • Adalen 31

    ★★★★½

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  • Bobi Wine: The People's President

    Bobi Wine: The People's President

    ★★★★½

    34th film of 2024: Bobi Wine the People’s President (Bwayo&Sharp, 2023) this is a riveting political documentary nominated for Best Documentary feature for the 2024 Oscars now on Disney+ that captures the rise of Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine who becomes a voice for the people as he crafted politically conscious music, ran for Parliament and was elected and then finds himself in the crosshairs of the illegitimately elected Museveni who has ruled the nation for 30 years with an…

  • 20 Days in Mariupol

    20 Days in Mariupol

    ★★★★★

    33rd film of 2024: 20 Days in Mariupol (Chernov, 2023) an incredibly powerful and moving documentary that is extremely tough to watch but so very important and when watching it, the fact that it was selected as a nominee for the 2024 Oscar Best Documentary feature is more than appropriate. The film was shot by a group of Ukrainian journalists working for the AP who were on the ground to document the beginning of the invasion and found themselves like…

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  • Raven's End

    Raven's End

    ★★★★★

    29th film of 2024: Raven’s End (Widerberg, 1963) now on Criterion channel Swedish director Bo Widerberg’s engrossing slice of life drama set during the summer of 1936 in the working class neighborhood called Raven’s Head in Malmo offers a film that explores how dreams and poverty can collide and the impacts of economic precariousness on youthful idealism and dreams. Widerberg once more draws upon the style of British kitchen sink realism for this film but unlike The Baby Carriage he…

  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie

    The Super Mario Bros. Movie

    ★★★

    94th film of 2023: the film is quite fun and filled with lots of Easter eggs to the history of the series of games and the Nintendo console. The animators also do a really nice job of bringing the spirit and aesthetic of the games to the animation.

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