goodhunterabbie has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2019.

  • Ninotchka

    Ninotchka

    ★★½

    I love Ninotchka with all my heart and I want so much better for her than what this movie gives her.

  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    ★★½

    Songs are still lowest-common-denominator garbage, Olaf is still the most annoying thing on earth, and the stabs at social commentary are muddled at best. But it has the virtue of being much weirder than the original and Elsa has some cool superpower stuff so whatevs.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★½

    An overabundance of talent toiling to save an extremely vapid screenplay. Really want to rate this higher for Hoytema's images alone, but everything else plays like a checklist, right down to the literal use of Let me go with a deeper "subtextual" meaning and the laughably obligatory "relationship" with Liv Tyler in which she has like five lines total.

    Utterly beautiful, almost entirely empty. Give me Gravity and its whiz-bang approach to the same themes over Gray's sonorous attempts to ape Malick badly any day.

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★½

    Stairwell brawl is an all-timer, a brutally slapstick exploration of just how long it really takes to beat someone to death with your bare hands. Everything else is a chore. Not even the slick, superficial candy coating of neon is enticing, compromised by the washed-out ugliness that also plagues the John Wick film that was unfortunate enough to be codirected by Leitch.

    And those needle drops? A fucking crime against humanity.

  • Annie Hall

    Annie Hall

    ★★½

    "I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man. I can hardly bear to talk to him. He has the Chaplin disease. That particular combination of arrogance and timidity sets my teeth on edge.

    "He is arrogant. Like all people with timid personalities, his arrogance is unlimited. Anybody who speaks quietly and shrivels up in company is unbelievably arrogant. He acts shy, but he’s not. He’s scared. He hates himself, and he loves himself, a very tense situation.…

  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    ★★½

    Fuckin' theatre kids, man.

    Overwrought in the most boring of ways--Branagh's operatic flair, so effective when coupled with the right material, is rudderless at the hands of a truly mediocre screenplay, and despite its scope feels dishearteningly tawdry. That said, the all-too-brief scenes involving Franken-Elizabeth are stunning and worthy of a much better film.

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★½

    No matter how sloppy a Tarantino script gets, I'm apt to enjoy it. And indeed, there is fun to be had here--the comic beats largely work, and the standoff between Walken and Hopper is, in terms of construction, flawless.

    That said, Jeeeeesus Christ, this is like Tarantino's id just vomited all over the page. At first I was willing to believe Oldman's character was QT parodying himself, but then the aforementioned Sicilian scene came along and bulldozed that idea. It's…