goodhunterabbie has written 1 review for films rated ★★½ during 2020.

  • Auto Focus

    Auto Focus

    ★★½

    Back-to-back viewings of this and Hardcore have convinced me that Schrader—elementally compelling when he touches violence and/or spiritual conflict—is basically a hack whenever he touches sex.

    At least Hardcore, for all its shortcomings, is elevated by its towering central performer and its comparatively grungy vibe. Auto Focus, on the other hand, allows its performers almost nothing to work with (even Dafoe comes across as two-dimensional), and the scene-setting is similarly uninspired, its eleventh-hour swerve into a more attention-seeking style notwithstanding.…