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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  • Witchcraft 16: Hollywood Coven

  • Leatherface

    ★★

  • Vortex

    ★★★★½

  • Tommy

    ★★★★

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  • Witchcraft 16: Hollywood Coven

    Witchcraft 16: Hollywood Coven

    One of the most aggressively self-loathing franchise films I have ever seen; it's a meta-narrative about the making of a barely-disguised fake Witchcraft movie in which virtually every scene has at least one gag that comes from a place of poisonous self-mockery, lambasting these movies for their bad writing, acting, production values, you name it.. That's not remotely my favorite mood, but the Witchcraft series makes for a particularly deserving target, and it helps that - to my almost indescribable…

  • Leatherface

    Leatherface

    ★★

    Falls into an awkward spot where it's pretty well garbage as a Texas Chainsaw prequel, but mostly satisfactory as a tremendously unpleasant gore-forward horror picture. And the latter would be easier to appreciate if the former didn't weigh so heavily over the final act.

    Even the better version of the film still has some significant problems, you understand: the cinematography is awful, the script barely exists, and it has a profoundly boring stretch in the middle. But I do think,…

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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…