Charles Bramesco

Charles Bramesco is a freelance film and TV critic living in Brooklyn. A former staff writer for Rolling Stone, he's been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Guardian, and many other fine publications. His second book, Colors of Film: The Story of Cinema in 50 Palettes, will be published in the US on March 14, 2023.

All Articles From Charles Bramesco

“Miller’s Girl” Is the Ultimate So-Bad-It’s-Good “Dump Month” Movie

Is it overwrought melodrama, or self-aware comedy? Who's to say?

“The Iron Claw” and the Tragedy of Toxic Masculinity

Director Sean Durkin takes some liberties in his depiction of wrestling's Von Erich family, but they ultimately pay off

Should We Feel Guilty About Liking the “Saw” Movies?

The 10th installment of the horror franchise tries to justify its villain's homicidal tendencies

Harmony Korine Set Out to Revolutionize Cinema With “Aggro Dr1ft.” Instead He Made Something Terrifically Stupid.

The director's latest is an impulse-driven, almost childlike approach to image-making

Richard Linklater’s Delightful “Hit Man” Features a Star Turn From Glen Powell

It's the most charming rom-com we'll see until...the next time Powell appears onscreen

Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers” Is an Instant Holiday Classic

The lonely Christmas tale premiered at TIFF over the weekend

“The Boy and the Heron,” Hayao Miyazaki’s Final Film, Is a Profound Tale of Loss

The "Spirited Away" director's latest made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend

“The Royal Hotel” Turns Toxic Masculinity Into Horror-Movie Fare

Kitty Green's thriller is stirring — until it paints itself into a corner

"Passages" Director Ira Sachs Wants to Bring Sex Back to American Cinema

The filmmaker describes his movie's controversial NC-17 rating as "censorship"

What's Up With Those Really Long Standing Ovations at Cannes?

How did we get to a point where five straight minutes of applause is considered a "lukewarm reception"?

“You Hurt My Feelings” Is an Excellent Examination of Ego and Self-Esteem

Nicole Holofcener's latest asks us to ponder what's more important: honesty, or support?

"Beau Is Afraid" Is a Dementedly Ambitious Look at Mommy Issues

Is the director simply having a laugh or baring the innermost contents of his private psyche?

Gregg Araki Wants Gen Z to Get Acquainted With “The Doom Generation”

The '90s cult classic returns to theaters in search of a new audience

How the “Inside” Team Turned a Manhattan Apartment Into a Prison

The film's director and set designer explain how the penthouse Willem Dafoe's art thief winds up trapped in acts as another character

It’s a MILF’s World. We’re Just Living in It.

From "MILF Manor" to "80 for Brady," randy older women are having a moment in pop culture. But is it empowering, or have we simply traded one fantasy for another?

“Babylon” Is a Massive, Ambitious Spectacle

Damien Chazelle's ode to Hollywood's Golden Age is the evil twin of "La La Land"