Brandon Hardesty

Brandon Hardesty

Favorite films

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Up

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  • Aniara

    ★★★

  • Louis C.K. at The Dolby

    ★★★★½

  • Good Time

    ★★★½

  • Django Unchained

    ★★★★½

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  • Aniara

    Aniara

    ★★★

    Despite how utterly bleak this story is, it kept me hanging on for some small amount of hope, but by the end, I felt empty. Again, I love a good hopeless story, but sometimes they can border on delivering a first-hand experience of serious clinical depression.

    I also continue to be surprised at my visceral reaction to children in dangerous situations in movies. On a deep level, I hate it and turn away almost with the same involuntarily reaction one would have when they're about to vomit. I wonder if all relatively new parents feel this way.

  • Louis C.K. at The Dolby

    Louis C.K. at The Dolby

    ★★★★½

    One of maybe three comedians who still make me laugh. Hard. People might not want to admit it, but the man is still the GOAT.

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  • Clerks III

    Clerks III

    ★½

    When I was a teenager, I went through a lengthy Kevin Smith phase. I feel sad writing that sentence, the fact that a filmmaker's work could be considered a "phase" in my life, like pookah shell necklaces or goth makeup, but that's how it feels. I adored Clerks, Dogma, Clerks II, and I remember the time I borrowed "An Evening with Kevin Smith" from someone at my own dead-end retail job, cackling at Smith's retelling of his contribution to "Superman…

  • Vesper

    Vesper

    ★★★★

    Where did this movie come from?

    It's mind-boggling to me that a film this deeply rich and immersive has all but flown under the radar, at least where I stand.

    The world-building here is off the charts. The script provides just the right amount of exposition in an organic way to firmly and confidently orient the viewer while, at the same time, leaving strands of unexplained elements to give it a sense of depth and awe. It doesn't stop at…

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