Tim Brayton

UW-Madison PhD student, and film critic at AlternateEnding.com

Favorite films

  • Casablanca
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • His Girl Friday
  • Suspiria

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • Top Gun

    ★★½

  • Gosford Park

    ★★★★½

  • Memoria

    ★★★★★

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    It's not an original thought to suggest that this is a film about a former whiz-kid hot shot getting old enough that he needs to hand things off to a new generation, despite the reasonable fear that they won't be up to the task, is less about Navy Fliers than it is about Tom Cruise spending decades of accumulated superstar goodwill to ask to please, please remember the awesome pleasures of well-made popcorn movies in an old-fashioned register that still…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★½

    I don't even know what to do with it, honestly. As a narrative, it switches between incomprehensible and dull, though at least the first half-hour and the last half-hour race by at top speed. As an action movie, it has some amazing aerial cinematography - indeed, some of the best aerial cinematography in the history of the movies - which doesn't cut together at all, so there's no real sense of who's doing what in relationship to who else. Though…

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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★

    In retrospect, of course Warner Bros. wasn't going to put out a movie that genuinely grappled with Fred Hampton's revolutionary politics, and it's on me that I was idiot enough to wonder if they might. Instead, despite a couple quotes from Marxist literature, and one appearance each by the words "socialism" (at the start) and "proletariat" (at the end; also, I might have missed a "proletariat" in there, I wasn't really thinking to count it), this mostly turns Hampton into…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

    I appreciate the deep emotional resonance this has with so many people - I even witnessed it with my own two eyes; the young lady two rows ahead and three seats the right was sobbing so hard at the end that she needed two friends to help support her as she walked out - while being totally at a loss to comprehend what in God's name could possibly be causing it. The whole thing struck me as too overdetermined and…