Brian

I love movies, but I have more blind spots than a Mack truck without its mirrors. Trying to slowly but surely correct this!

Favorite films

  • Amélie
  • The Dark Knight
  • Her
  • Sunset Boulevard

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  • Beginners

    ★★★½

  • Insiang

    ★★★★½

  • Voyage of the Rock Aliens

    ★½

  • Thelma & Louise

    ★★★★★

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  • Beginners

    Beginners

    ★★★½

    I wanted to like this more - on paper it’s a very me movie. And some sequences are great - every time I got a “this is what the sun looked like in 2003” I was delighted. But the romantic chemistry between McGregor and Laurent never felt right, and in a romantic movie, that’s something that has to be there for it to work correctly.

    But everything in this with Plummer and Goran Višnjić? Sign me up. There’s also a scene in here between Plummer and McGregor about giraffes and lions that is excellent and moved me deeply. Maybe a 4 on next watch?

  • Insiang

    Insiang

    ★★★★½

    Chalk this one up under movie that goes to unexpected places - I thought in the first 15 minutes I knew where we were headed, and by the end I was absolutely gobsmacked. The final two scenes in this are overwhelming and amazing, and if nothing else comes out of this challenge, I will have seen this because of it.

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  • Nursery Rhymes

    Nursery Rhymes

    ★★★★

    The first minute and a half of this I thought it was going to go one way, and then the next three minutes it went another. For me, that’s an accomplishment with a short - to be so absolutely surprised by its direction. What at first seems to be drunken ramblings are something else entirely. The simple camera work here in particular was something to marvel at - I can’t imagine how long it took to get this nearly continuous shot. Loved this.

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★★

    This to me is a master work because it feels so realistic - both of the main characters here have so much life and history to them that I almost feel like it’s OK that we don’t really get much of a portrait of their marriage despite the title. I say almost because it does feel to me at times that the strings are being pulled a little too hard for Adam Driver’s Charlie - we are told how Scarlett…