Brandon Sparks

Brandon Sparks

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Host of the CineNation Podcast
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Southern Filmmaker in Los Angeles.

Favorite films

  • The Last Picture Show
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • What's Up, Doc?
  • Sneakers

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  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    ★★★★

  • Dracula: Dead and Loving It

    ★★

  • Life Stinks

    ★★½

  • The Mob

    ★★★½

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  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★½

    I watched Top Secret! early on during COVID, and I wasn't a big fan. But, I noticed a lot more in this rewatch. The directing team of Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker create some sensational visual gags. They fully commit to the visual comedy of the film. The only thing that compares to the fantastic visual comedy is the electric performance from Val Kilmer. He is not given much to do as a character, but Kilmer is able…

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    ★★★★★

    It is honestly a marvel this film works as well as it does. The cast is fantastic, but what makes this work so well is how much they commit to capturing an authentic look of the era. The production design is superb, and it is crazy what all they went through to finish this film. It is a wonderful collection of sketches that are tied together by a loose narrative. The film would help usher in a new era of comedy.

    Watched it on Netflix for CineNation's series on Parody Movies

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    Scream is one bloody good time. With the best cast since the original, and the sharpest script since then as well, this "requel" stands up as possibly the best sequel within the franchise.

    I was worried that without Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson in the driver and passenger seats, this could be a misfire. And, does our current world need another Scream? Luckily, I was wrong, and the world does need a few cinema loving teens and Ghostface to poke…

  • Jasper Mall

    Jasper Mall

    ★★★★

    Even though Jasper Mall takes place in Alabama, the film represents most small towns in America. Jasper Mall follows various people who attend and work at the local mall. But, the mall has been decaying for years, losing store after store. The mall's lead security guard, Mike McClelland, is the main person the documentarians choose to follow, and he never gives up hope that the mall will turn around. He is an outsider to the Alabama landscape, and he is…