goodhunterabbie has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Greenberg
  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★

    Put aside the at best incredibly misguided and more likely deliberately calculated choice to recast the American Revolution as a diverse movement against a white supremacist Britain, rather than a group of rich white slaveholders balking at taxes. It's not even good on the merits of its music! Miranda cannot rap worth a damn, and his inability extends to the songwriting itself—everything is mushy and clumsy, and even Daveed Diggs, one of the most technically proficient rappers alive, is left…

  • Cube

    Cube

    ★★

    Comes up with an extremely compelling explanation for a horror movie—"the government built a massive torture chamber out of pure inertia and then threw people in it because otherwise it couldn't justify the expenditure"—and then just . . . lets it drop? Shame. It was a mistake for the characters to throw that idea out there so early on, because I spent the rest of the runtime wishing I were watching THAT movie instead of a bunch of poorly written…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★

    Looooooool, what a total waste of time. The one-perfect-shot compositions and Florence Pugh are literally the only things going for this, and Aster seems to realize that because toward the end his cribbing from The Wicker Man gets utterly shameless. But of course it's a Wicker Man ripoff with symmetrical compositions and a droning score so people will say it's brilliant.

    I liked Hereditary more than a lot of people I follow on here because its pretensions were undercut by…

  • The Hudsucker Proxy

    The Hudsucker Proxy

    ★★

    Tim Robbins' face may be the most uniquely punchable in cinematic history. His dire miscasting is the primary thing to sink this whole endeavor--he plays Norville's cluelessness and boorishness at such an obnoxiously broad level that even when he's supposed to be sympathetic, he comes off as an utter clod. In most Coens movies, that would mean he's destined for a comeuppance, but parodic flourishes aside, the brothers play his happy ending straight--and in so doing completely neglect Jennifer Jason…

  • The Ladykillers

    The Ladykillers

    God, why did this have to be the one movie Hanks did with the Coens? What a waste. That said, his performance and Deakins' cinematography are the only bright spots in what is otherwise an unpleasant cacophony of racism, caricatures, and unfunny jokes.