Brian Formo

Brian Formo

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Favorite films

  • Mother Joan of the Angels
  • Looking for Langston
  • A Legend, or Was It?
  • The Cremator

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  • Where the Wild Things Are

    ★★★

  • Mudhoney

    ★★★

  • Factotum

    ★★★

  • Shadow of the Vampire

    ★★★½

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  • Deep Cover

    Deep Cover

    ★★★★½

    “Money doesn't know where it comes from, but I do. If I keep it, I'm a criminal. If I give it to the government, I'm a fool. If I try and do some good with it, maybe it just makes things worse.”

    Deep Cover starts and ends with blood money. Crumpled and ugly, handed over. Director Bill Duke and Laurence Fishburne, who plays an undercover cop, charge head first into a Deep State drug conspiracy. "Follow the money" is not…

  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar

    ★★★★★

    Morvern Callar has one of the bleakest cold opens of any film. We see the titular woman (played by Samantha Morton), as she wakes up with her boyfriend dead from suicide on the floor and a computer screen that says "READ ME." The note instructs her to "be brave" and to send his novel to various publishers he's listed. That's the plot portion of the opening, before we even get there we lay with Morvern on the floor, her fingers…

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  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are

    ★★★

    The first woman whom I was certain I would marry—with a button cute last name you wouldn't believe is real—she and I broke up while driving to the theater to watch Where the Wild Things Are. I was shocked, stunned. It was my first relationship that lasted more than 1.5 years. The first where we both met each other's families. I pulled over to the side of the road and tried to convince her to take a step back and…

  • Watcher

    Watcher

    ★★★½

    Predictable but both the pacing and Maika Monroe are absolutely fabulous. Sparse and squirmy. Tense and atmospheric. With the foreign country setting providing an extra layer of paranoia and awareness that one is not being listened to and that people might be talking poorly about you right in front of you. The setting of Romania and the emphasis on the importance of words tickles me, because that's one of my favorite aspects of the Romanian New Wave: language.

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho is an atrociously plotted attempt at reclaiming the giallo as a "good for her" meme. Anchoring two time periods, there's a horribly scripted romantic subplot at a fashion design university (in modern day London) and a woefully underused Anya Taylor-Joy, as a woman who desires to be a nightclub singer (in 1960s London). The haunted-flat portal connection between the two stories is a just-go-with-it approach that would be easier to swallow if it leaned more into…

  • X

    X

    ★★

    X looks great. It has the 70s look and feel down pat. And Brittany Snow is aces.

    Its thematic premise — that porno and horror films are kind of similar in that the audience just wants to "get to the good stuff" and "the good stuff" in both are a vice: the kills, the position or nude star that you like, story or intro be damned! — is academically intriguing. Ti West's film within-a-film about the making of a porno…