Tim Brayton

Tim Brayton

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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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  • Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    ★½

  • Careful

    ★★★★½

  • Jungle Cruise

    ★★½

  • A Season in France

    ★★★★

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  • Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    ★½

    Much trashier than 1973's Gawain and the Green Knight, which naturally enough means that it's a great deal more fun. The Cannon Films energy is very strong here, starting with its mystifying decision to coat Sean Connery in glitter after having dressed him to look like a Christmas-themed He-Man villain, to its maddeningly repetitive synth score to the "they were cheap because they're so old" grave-robbing involved in parading Trevor Howard and Peter Cushing around like this. And then there's…

  • Careful

    Careful

    ★★★★½

    The earliest full-fledged "Guy Maddin film" is also one of the most confident: a fractured dream of history, drenched in perverse sexuality that feels inevitable and stable in the moment of watching it, built into a movie that celebrates decayed and dying film form as both time capsule and parallel universe. This has, on top of it, some of the most actually beautiful images in the director's career, richly faded colors covered in a heavy storm of grain; and the…

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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…

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    There are so many horrible fucking things to hate about this movie's second half, it could break your body and soul to try to focus on all of them. So I am fixating obsessively on one tiny little stupid detail: the nun from Ken Russell's The Devils gets a whole lot of screentime, standing as she is right behind Don Cheadle. So basically every single time the film cuts to him, we see her waving her arms and cheering madly,…