Brian Schmid

Brian Schmid


Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Annie Hall
  • L'Avventura
  • Last Year at Marienbad

Recent activity

  • Old


  • The Return


  • Repast


  • Nomadland


Recent reviews

  • Old


    OLD (2021, 8/10) - Shyamalan, at full tilt. Devilishly simple, delectably disorienting. I thought the over-tidy ending sucked, but that’s sorta feels like the price of doing business for the overwhelming cosmic madness leading into it. I am spent. One of my favorite conceits in all of media is "this terrifying, impossible thing is happening to people and we never get an answer for it", so this was a full 9/10 before the denouement (which I was even ready for…

  • The Return

    The Return

    Sumptuously-filmed, hauntingly simple story of the emotional scars & unknowable enigma of family bonds, of connections, of abuse, of distant fathers, fleetingly engaged and just as suddenly gone. A mesmerizing story of the wounds we never get answers for.

    The film's detractors take issue with how little information the film gives us, but I think that's essential: absentee parents hold such a fragile emotional sway; these boys are instinctively drawn or repulsed by this random person without really knowing why. As…

Popular reviews

  • Syndromes and a Century

    Syndromes and a Century


    "Normally I sing about teeth and gums, but this album is all love songs"

    With SYNDROMES & A CENTURY, Apichatpong Weerasethakul sorta-makes his own version of Tarkovsky's MIRROR: a fractured, beautiful, cyclical autobiography in cinema. Tarkovsky's film was concerned with the whole: inward-facing, but dealing with lost innocence, a desperate search for God and the scope of human existence. Early in on his film, Weerasethakul seems much more interested in the part, the details, the specifics, the ground-level, the things you…

  • 100 Girls

    100 Girls

    Neil LaBute’s one great film, the incendiary and brilliant IN THE COMPANY OF MEN (1997), is a film about a pair of ignorant, mean-spirited upper-middle-class white misogynist men ranting their frustrations I all but despised for 98% of its runtime before its climactic revelation made me recontextualize the entire film up to that point, entirely for the better. Writer-director Michael Davis (SHOOT 'EM UP)’s 2000 college sex comedy 100 GIRLS has much the same content for its first 98%, but…