Brick it up!

Everybody loves movies, right? So let’s talk about a movie. One of my favorites. Brick. (In the interest of full disclosure, it is rated R, and drugs and murder play a large role in the plot.) What? You haven’t seen it? Well, go watch it right now. I’ll wait.

You back? Sweet. What did you think? Pretty good, right? Not all of you watched it? That’s okay if you didn’t – I’ll just try not to spoil anything for you. Brick is a classic film noir movie with all the hard-hitting action and old-school slang you’d expect, despite the fact that it takes place in a modern-day high school, with high school students taking the place of the usual characters. Our lead character, a loner with private eye tendencies, is a kid named Brendan, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

I don’t know if it would be considered a cult classic, but if it is, I am definitely a member of that cult (as is my father, who introduced me to the film). One of the reasons that it’s so awesome is its rewatchability. I could watch it every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (two other movies you should go watch), you will notice something new every time you watch it.

It has really great (low-budget) special effects that work really well (It’s amazing how many uses a plastic garbage bag has), interesting locations, cool dialogue, memorable characters, and people getting punched in the face. What more can you ask for?

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