Brendan Cassidy

Brendan Cassidy

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Film critic & podcaster at InSession Film.
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  • The Addams Family

    The Addams Family

    ★½

    I used to love this movie as a child, and yet I think all the parts I remember loving actually stem from its sequel. I could barely recall anything from this rewatch.

    The Addams Family is a movie where nothing really happens, nor does it really mean anything. It's a comedy with hardly any punchlines, where everything feels like a series of mere setups illustrating an abnormally ghastly family. That may have worked in Charles Addams's original cartoon, but not…

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    "It has a philosophy, and that's what makes it dangerous."

    It's amazing how prophetic Videodrome has become, as our world remains fueled by sex, violence, and political discourse. One could argue there's a necessity in that gratuitousness, that it actually makes us stronger people (and Cronenberg does bring that up as a debatable topic). But the real thing to fear is how desensitized we've become as result of that exposure, and sometimes it even becomes morphed into our own realities,…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire: or, How I Finally Understood the Power of Observation

    Sometimes just paying attention to someone is what matters most, and it can be very beautiful.  Which is exactly what this film is - beautiful.

  • The Wife

    The Wife

    ★★★

    I may actually like this more than my star rating suggests, for multiple reasons. More specifically, the performances by Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce are SO strong, especially Glenn Close, who by the third act may actually give the best leading actress performance of the year so far. There’s also the incredibly complex depiction of their relationship, one that questions the moralities of artistic creation, deception of fame, and familial authority. Sometimes married couples rely on each other’s successes, even…