Brandon Sparks

Brandon Sparks

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Southern Filmmaker in Los Angeles.

Favorite films

  • The Blues Brothers
  • Casablanca
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • American Graffiti

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  • The Fly

    ★★★½

  • Phantom of the Megaplex

    ★★★

  • eXistenZ

    ★★★½

  • Eastern Promises

    ★★★★

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    John Carpenter's The Thing is a stone-cold masterpiece. To me, it is Carpenter's greatest film and one of the greatest horror/sci-fi films of all time. Kurt Russell is fantastic in the iconic role of R.J. MacReady, and Keith David is a perfect antagonist for him. The film is amazingly crafted from the creature effects to the production design of the entire film. Also, Dean Cundey's cinematography is wonderfully cold, capturing the atmosphere of the snowy locale.

    Watched it for our month of Body Horror on CineNation. Check out our episode on the film.

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  • Mud

    Mud

    ★★★★½

    Jeff Nichols perfectly captures the modern-day Southern Film genre through his works, but Mud is the one that leans the most heavily into the literary influences of the genre. In this, almost re-imagining of the works of Mark Twain, Mud is a coming-of-age film disguised as a Southern crime film. What makes this film so unique is that it is a coming-of-age tale for everyone involved.

    Nichols perfectly captures what it is like growing up in a Southern town. There…

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★½

    This is one of those rare times where the remake is better than the original, but the 1958 version of The Fly is still entertaining. It's campy and full of that 1950s Cinemascope aesthetic. There were some wonderful visuals in moments. Also, the ending is terrifying to me.

    Watched it on The Criterion Channel.

  • Phantom of the Megaplex

    Phantom of the Megaplex

    ★★★

    Still giving this three stars for nostalgia purposes only.

    Watched it on Disney+.

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  • Jasper Mall

    Jasper Mall

    ★★★★

    Even though Jasper Mall takes place in Alabama, the film represents most small towns in America. Jasper Mall follows various people who attend and work at the local mall. But, the mall has been decaying for years, losing store after store. The mall's lead security guard, Mike McClelland, is the main person the documentarians choose to follow, and he never gives up hope that the mall will turn around. He is an outsider to the Alabama landscape, and he is…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★½

    I think I'm fully committed to David Robert Mitchell train. I was big fan of It Follows and when I heard he was going to tackle a L.A. neo-noir I couldn't have been more excited. After numerous delays and a one week theatrical run, I finally was able to catch it. Talk about a film that swings for the fences. It attempts to pay homage the films of yesteryear, while also putting it's own spin on the noir genre.

    It's…