afabry has written 157 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • The Tales of Hoffmann

    The Tales of Hoffmann

    ★★★½

    Didn't grab me like The Red Shoes did, but quite the visual feast.

  • I Was a Teenage Werewolf

    I Was a Teenage Werewolf

    ★★★½

    Upped a half star for influence, but this needs more werewolf.

  • Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed West making a Tobe Hooper movie, why not see him make a Victor Fleming one? I felt a little more of that West slowburn here than in X. Mia Goth knocks this out of the park.

  • Bent

    Bent

    ★★★½

    Good, but doesn't quite transcend the stagey-ness. Great performances.

  • The Dreamers

    The Dreamers

    ★★★½

    You know those 3 people in your film appreciation class who were very attractive and were like REALLY into film. This is their movie. This flick probably would have had a bigger impact on me had I just gone to see it in the cinema when I was in college. But then I’d probably be just as insufferable as these three. I dug this more than Last Tango, though.

  • Blade

    Blade

    ★★★½

    Dated in soooooo many ways, but way more enjoyable than I expected.

  • Noriko's Dinner Table

    Noriko's Dinner Table

    ★★★½

    Probably would've hit me better had I realized this was a prequel and watched Suicide Club beforehand. Still, it is quite layered, but probably shouldn't be two-and-a-half hours long.

  • Walker

    Walker

    ★★★½

    There could be more psychotronic western biopics.

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★½

    A nice update of this kind of flick. Doesn't do anything too different, but it is fun and entertaining. Amazed the phone batteries lasted so long.

  • Henry & June

    Henry & June

    ★★★½

    Saw this many years ago and kind of forgot about it, other than it maybe being a little dull despite the infamous MPA rating. Yeah, it's still a little dull, but I appreciate the performances and the rightly nominated cinematography.

  • Some Came Running

    Some Came Running

    ★★★½

    Dig the suburban malaise of it all, which is a little ahead of its time. Quite the damning treatise of 50s repression. A bit sluggish, though. Well shot, but I can’t help but wonder what it would look like if Douglas Sirk directed it. As blasphemous as that seems.

  • SubUrbia

    SubUrbia

    ★★★½

    Started this waaaaaayyyyy back on VHS in the 90s and my mom turned it off because of all the swearing. Hilarious. Finally got around to it.

    Interesting to see how Bogosian overlaps with Linklater, though I think Richard is more optimistic than Eric. Maybe that’s New York vs. Texas. Anyway, there’s a n subtextual fight going on throughout that is pretty fascinating. It’s like if Reality Bites and Dazed & Confused had a baby that was raised by French existentialists.

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