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Brian Kirchgessner

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Author Details

Brian Kirchgessner is a writer based in Tempe, AZ. Graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Film and Media Production, he worked as a freelance film editor before transitioning into film journalism as a result of his lifelong love of watching and writing about movies. 

Industry Focus

Brian Kirchgessner is a writer at Movieweb, having worked for the site since 2023, primarily working on the features team. He has always had an interest in looking at popular films through an analytical perspective and examining why current trends resonate with audiences, and how film history informs said current trends. 

Favorite Media

Brian's favorite movie of all time is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Other favorites include Apocalypse NowThe Dark KnightBlade RunnerGoodFellasHerMagnoliaThe Empire Strikes BackRaiders of the Lost Ark, and Toy Story
He's primarily a fan of speculative or philosophical science fiction and psychological thrillers, but he loves a good animated movie or superhero flick every now and then. 

Latest Articles

A collage between Cillian Murphy's Oppenheimer Jiro Horikshi from The Wind Rises 1
This Underrated Hayao Miyazaki Movie Pairs Perfectly With Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer perfectly compliments and contrasts with Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, making for an interesting double feature.

The cast of Elf including Will Ferrell as Buddy, James Caan as Walter, and Zooey Deschanel as Jovie 1
Elf: Does the Modern Christmas Classic Hold Up 20 Years Later?

Buddy the Elf has been with us for two decades now. Does his film hold up?

The Boy and the Heron characters including Mahito and The Grey Heron, voiced by Luca Padovan and Robert Pattinson in the English cast 1
The Boy and the Heron: What Happens to Mahito in the End of Studio Ghibli's Mysterious Movie?

The Boy and the Heron is finally in US theaters, and Miyazaki's film has some important messages within it.

Kristen Stewart as Bella and Robert Pattinson as Edward in the Twilight movies 1
After 15 Years, Has Twilight Completely Changed Its Reception?

Twilight, the vampire romance series, has become outright nostalgic. Was it really as bad as people made it out to be?

Porco Rosso and Donald Curtis fighting in Porco Rosso 1
Fans of Hayao Miyazaki Should Check Out His Underrated 1992 Gem

We all know and love Hayao Miyazaki's movies, but Porco Rosso is often overlooked.

Godzilla in Godzilla Minus One, looking to the side toward the camera, with its mouth open, showing its tongue and large teeth. 1
Godzilla Minus One Ending, Explained

Let's break down the ending and ultimate meaning of the giant lizard's newest film, Godzilla Minus One.

Iman Vellani as Khamala Khan in her Ms. Marvel suit, with a red scarf and blue and red armor, wearing a blue eye mask with a large tower in the background in Ms. Marvel. 1
If the Young Avengers Come to the MCU, Here's Who Should Direct

Are you there, God? It's us, the Young Avengers.

Why Fantastic Mr. Fox Is the Perfect Thanksgiving Movie 1
Why Fantastic Mr. Fox Is the Perfect Thanksgiving Movie

Wes Anderson's stop-motion classic has all the makings of a seasonal classic.

John Cena in a suit and tie with a shocked face, and Wile E. Coyote holding a sign saying  1
Why the (Short-Lived) Cancelation of Coyote vs. Acme Is Bad for the Film Industry

Coyote vs. Acme may live again, but the repercussions of its brief cancelation continue a worrying precedent.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen wearing black armor with a quiver of arrows behind her as a mockingjay spreads its wings in the background for The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay 1
Why Did The Hunger Games Disappear From Popular Culture?

A decade ago, The Hunger Games was inescapable. Why did it become a relic, and can it return to form?

Link standing on a rock overlooking Hyrule in a poster for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 1
How Could The Legend of Zelda Translate to Film?

Nintendo's crown jewel is finally coming to the big screen. How could they make it work as a movie?

The original Avengers line-up, including Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and the Hulk. 1
The MCU's Biggest Strength Has Become Its Biggest Weakness, How Can They Fix It?

Shared universes might finally be starting to become a liability. What's the new way forward?

Four characters in The Virgin Suicides wear school uniforms and carry notebooks with backpacks on. 1
Fans of Sofia Coppola Should Check Out Her Underrated Debut

As you prepare for Priscilla, now is the perfect time to revisit one of Sofia Coppola's best movies.

A poster for Malignant with a small red knife about to pierce a woman's eyeball. 1
Malignant: Why You Should Revisit This Horror Movie on Halloween

James Wan's divisive supernatural horror flick is actually much better than you remember.

Killers of the Flower Moon with Lilly Gladstone, Leo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro on a poster. 1
Killers of the Flower Moon: How Martin Scorsese Did One Thing Different From His Past Movies

Scorsese's latest movie arguably follows in the Goodfellas and Casino mold, but it actually couldn't be more different.

An edited image collage of three movies including The Hurt Locker, Young Frankenstein, and Blade 1
Every Movie Leaving Max in November 2023

This is your last chance to check out these classics before they depart Max.

Killers of the Flower Moon with Lilly Gladstone, Leo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro on a poster. 1
Killers of the Flower Moon Ending, Explained

We break down the devastating ending of Scorsese's newest masterwork.

Martin-Scorsese imagining a shot while directing. 1
Everyone Is Wrong About Martin Scorsese's Prime and Here's Why

Over 50 years into his career, one of our greatest filmmakers only seems to be getting better.

The Nightmare Before Christmas characters stand atop a mountain with the moon in the background. 1
Is The Nightmare Before Christmas Worth Watching in 2023?

It's been exactly 30 years since The Nightmare Before Christmas Released. Is the once cult classic now an outright classic?

The pirate crew in Our Flag Means Death looks at something above them while they are standing on their ship with an island in the background. 1
How Our Flag Means Death Season 2 Shares a Connection With Avatar: The Way of Water

We might have James Cameron to thank for the now iconic mermaid moment.

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