Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox

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went to film school, made some stuff I'm proud of, and now I teach movies to high schoolers.

so, you know. real into these movie things.

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  • Friday the 13th Part 2

    Friday the 13th Part 2

    This is a lot better than Part 1 - turns out between this and Halloween H20, Steve Miner can make a lean, effective slasher - and a lot of that comes down to simply have some semblance of characters. It’s way less pervy, largely because the cast of teens this time has some degree of personality beyond the objectifying gaze of the camera (which is not only still present, but arguably worse, in this installment) as opposed to the pure…

  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th

    The progenitor of by far the horniest major horror franchise out there, this movie is weirdly restrained. In my memory it was much more gratuitous, but there’s only one explicit sex scene in it, and even that is fairly tame and largely done in closeups that don’t linger on any salacious nudity. Instead, what gives this movie its sleazy reputation is the fact that everything in the first half is just hilariously sexually charged. Every single scene. It fades as…

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  • Batman and Harley Quinn

    Batman and Harley Quinn

    Jeez, this movie is brutal. It's weird and tonally inconsistent, resulting in a movie that feels super conflicted on what exactly it wants to be, with a lot of strangely deflating humor that undercuts what little dramatic tension they manage to actually build in between awkward fart jokes (seriously) and incredibly overlong musical numbers (SERIOUSLY).

    But all of that isn't even the worst of it; this movie is belligerently, insultingly sexist.

    Harley Quinn has, especially lately, often been a bit…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★★

    A serious contender for my favorite Scorsese (if HUGO and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST didn’t exist, that is). This thing is three hours long but I will sit down and watch it in full on random whims.

    A scathing, furious film that is as shocking and revolting as it is uncomfortably funny. No laughs in this come easily, and they always have a heaping side of guilt.

    The MVP here is Scorsese’s mastery of character identification. He’s so good…