Brian J.

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Storyteller/Guitarist/Jiu Jitsu Practitioner 

Favorite films

  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Sorcerer
  • Alien
  • JFK

Recent activity

  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator


  • The Dirt


  • Bye Bye Barry


  • Wind River


Recent reviews

  • Bye Bye Barry

    Bye Bye Barry


    A glimpse into the legendary career of Lions RB Barry Sanders, with some excellent archival clips and glib commentary from a wide range of players, fans, and celebrities. He mentions that he left the game due to a lack of passion with a losing team, but it seems like there’s more to the story Amazon/NFL Films didn’t want to get into, leaving it nice and easy to digest for the average viewer. The doc makes a decent watch overall, but its generic framework makes it feel like an incomplete pass. Watched via Amazon Prime streaming.

  • Black Book

    Black Book


    Excellent WW2 espionage adventure with Paul Verhoeven’s signature excessive, stylish flair. The move works on a number of levels, but excels as being a romance and an all-out wild adventure. Makes a great companion piece to Inglorious Basterds. Watched via 101 Films Blu-ray.

Popular reviews

  • The Beach

    The Beach


    Always had a soft spot for this movie, despite its many flaws. It seemed to have an edge in 2000, and its rogue, adventurous spirit spoke to me. I love the journey to the island, the decadent photography, the lush, romantic Angelo Badalamenti score—it's all very slick and dangerous feeling, like you’re there with Richard and Etienne and Francoise on this mysterious and incredible treasure hunt.

    But not long after they get the island, it all starts to unravel. Slowly…

  • Natural Born Killers

    Natural Born Killers


    Natural Born Killers has aged into a timeless slice of psychotronic satire that literally sizzles with stylish ultra-violence and Oliver Stone’s over-the-top, spectrum-defying visuals. Like all great satires, its themes have only become more timely and recognizable with the progression of the modern age.

    It’s also impossible not to feel the Tarantino/Avary vision lurking here, their collective tone and energy, despite Stone’s desire to make the material his own. Regardless of what that initial screenplay was or what it could…