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brat has written 30 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • Midsommar



    my first night at college, a friend and i took our first weed cookie from a girl we'd just met. 2 hours later we locked ourselves in my dorm room, laid on the twin beds, and tried our best not to die. after my friend decided to go back to her own room to sleep (it took her a solid 3 minutes to get the key in the hole), i was alone in the dark and nothing felt real. i…

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest


    roger thornhill refusing to pay a $2 DUI ticket but taking the time to tip the waiter $2 before running from the cops is chaotic neutrality at its finest

  • Eyes Without a Face

    Eyes Without a Face


    fantastic flick! unforgettable, influential gore and imagery that inspired filmmakers for years to come! i will say, however, that selecting a jaunty theme suspiciously similar to the curb your enthusiasm one was a boldly distracting move for a french horror film from —and i can’t stress this enough— 1960 (?!)

  • The Headless Woman

    The Headless Woman


    a beautifully composed manifestation of one woman’s gnawing guilt and paranoia. director lucrecia martel’s recurring visual motif of objects in the foreground “cutting off” our antiheroine Vero’s head stands out in particular — like the film’s purposefully meandering and hazy events, the title is cryptic and ripe for discussion. a possible Medusa allegory? the untamed, almost serpentine hairstyle on the poster suggests so. on the other hand, Vero’s bourgeois status in a politically unstable and class-divided Argentina potentially recalls Marie…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    fav thing about john wick is how he only follows the absurd assassin rules that he deems acceptable. 

    the director: yeah i’ll get you to casablanca. first i gotta brand you with a hot iron tho
    john wick: totally fair and cool 

    berrada: walk across the desert until you can’t walk anymore and the elder will save you. or he won’t! idk
    john wick: ok sounds good

    the elder: chop off your own finger and give me your wedding ring…

  • Snatch



    the role of mickey o’neil: messy irish boxer may have been literally written for brad pitt, but it was figuratively, spiritually, and ideologically written for colin farrell

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2


    YES i’m officially on the john wick train!!! chapter 2 is unafraid to revel in the silence of its fight scenes, only punctuated by punches and grunts, instead of relying on cloying, fast-paced music to incite excitement. every fight kicked my ass, but the subway sequence in particular jammed a pencil into my aorta, and the mirror room duel yanked it right out. i’m on the ground hemorrhaging blood but i’m completely at peace with dying at the hands of mr. john wick. in fact i’d prefer it

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke


    cool hand luke ate 50 eggs? ok. brad pitt ate 40 cocktail shrimp for a scene in ocean’s eleven. you realize how many shrimp that is? because i didn’t and had to google a pic for reference and actually found one. i’m freaking out. he didn’t have to do it but he did. he did that for the art. for us. AND that was REAL LIFE!!!!! how many eggs did paul newman actually eat for this. i bet it wasn’t…

  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie


    this is my fav track off the new vampire weeekend album :)

  • My Brilliant Career

    My Brilliant Career


  • The Private Life of a Cat

    The Private Life of a Cat


    (screened on 16mm at NW Film Center)

    sitting in an auditorium half-full of people and watching this documentary featuring close-up shots of a cat giving birth FIVE (5) times was a surreal communal experience. no one really reacted during the first two births because we're Mature Cinephiles, but the energy shifted after the mom cat pulled the third kitten out of her own Hole and licked the placenta off -- there were some "ugh"s and "again?"s. by the fourth, i…

  • High Life

    High Life


    an unholy mixture of both nihilism and optimism that only claire denis could pull off. it's a literal dog-eat-dog world out there, and the awful events happening in this film (systemic abuse of prisoners, rape, negative health effects from radiation, deadly experimentation) are happening every day in real life. in one early scene, the ethical implications of sending prisoners on a suicide mission to a black hole are reduced to dispassionate conversations between citizens on Earth, much like our reality.…