Brian

Brian

Favorite films

  • Benediction
  • Gertrud
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • Day of Wrath

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  • The Sweet East

  • The Beast

  • Illusions

  • Poor Things

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  • The Sweet East

    The Sweet East

    Everything’s a joke to you.

    And so it is! If only the jokes were funny. Alas, laughs are as scant as the cults are numerous in The Sweet East, a tedious ramble through American absurdity worthy only of the sneer its non-protagonist casts to everyone she meets. Gifted cinematographer Sean Price Williams, in his directorial debut, lends his images the gorgeous fuzzy tactility I already knew from his work on Owen Kline’s Funny Pages, but where that movie’s gag reel misanthropy…

  • The Beast

    The Beast

    Extravagantly refracts James’ tortured narrative of romantic pessimism for different epochs of social dread. Bourgeois marriage, climate catastrophe, incels, cellphones, AI, Dasha Nekrasova: the monsters are all here, and they’re terrorizing Léa Seydoux (alongside sensitive and beautiful twink angel George McKay) into one of the most stunning performances I’ve seen in a contemporary movie. Her kaleidoscopic portrayal of the irrepressible anxiety that haunts the romantic soul is so powerful that it’s almost a shame Bonello has encased her in such…

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  • The Whale

    The Whale

    When Brendan Fraser’s character Charlie laboriously stands up for the first time in the film, we are presented with a view of a sweat stain between his massive shoulders that has neatly formed the shape of a whale’s tail. This image is scored to the most portentous horn-and-string arrangement this side of Strauss’ Zarathustra. I think this moment tells you most of what you need to know about The Whale, a movie at once hateful, hackneyed, and silly. Aronofsky’s back with his…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    Since I saw this movie back in October, I’ve been given to making admittedly incendiary remarks about it online. This recently culminated in a Twitter fiasco wherein I was told, among many other things, that those who criticize this movie have thus far proved incapable of explaining their dislike. As far as I can tell, the burden of proof should be on those who like this movie to explain themselves first, particularly since it offers such a lukewarm retread of such…