Braden

💙 Aspiring film person trying their very best 💙

Favorite films

  • Inland Empire
  • The Truman Show
  • Blue Velvet
  • Synecdoche, New York

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  • Queen of Diamonds

    ★★★★

  • My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★½

  • Long Weekend

    ★★★

  • Elephant

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  • Queen of Diamonds

    Queen of Diamonds

    ★★★★

    “I’m exhausted, I have to go”

    Flowing sombrely and slowly between increasingly long, static shots, Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds contrasts its dry, alienated imagery of the desert with the glowing colours of an equally bleak casino as it follows the perspective of a blackjack dealer in a desolate America. It’s almost completely plotless, focusing on the character through her sullen everyday life and taking time to fixate on extended sequences of cards and burning trees, building a dejected atmosphere that captures…

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★½

    “I mean, on the contrary, I'm looking for more comfort because the world is very abrasive.”

    Taking place entirely within a restaurant as Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory have a conversation, My Dinner With Andre encourages the viewer to more or less insert themselves into the dialogue and make sense of their own feelings about the perspectives and views. Rather than necessarily feeding any ideas it places you in an individualistic position that allows for your mind to slightly wander,…

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  • Elephant

    Elephant

    “Well this is it. We're gonna die today.”

    I have a great deal of respect for Gus Van Sant but I’m so confused as to how this ever won the Palm d’Or. Elephant is a fairly short film about the events surrounding a school shooting that feels like it’s over before it even begins, never seeming to really establish anything other than the basic premise. From all I’ve heard the aim was to demonstrate the senselessness of violence, but the…

  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★★★

    “I think I could turn and live with animals. They are so placid and self-contained.”

    Robin Hardy’s enormously iconic The Wicker Man is a magnificently crafted, perfectly refined horror movie that sophisticatedly weaves creepiness and suspense into its brilliantly written narrative; creating effective tension through performance and delicate filmmaking even with its seemingly light-hearted, often almost comedic tone, never relying on expected tropes, imagery, or any violence until it absolutely needs to. This incredible subtlety allows ultimately for one of finest,…