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

  • Beginners

    Beginners

    I want to say something articulate but I spent half this movie just thinking Mélanie Laurent is so fucking radiant every time she showed up onscreen.

  • Shadow of the Vampire

    Shadow of the Vampire

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The "Historical Accuracy" section of this movie's wiki article takes great pains to confirm that no one involved in making Nosferatu was actually killed by a vampire, and I think that's beautiful.

  • Dark Star

    Dark Star

    ★★★½

    The best web series of 1974.

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★½

    If this were content to stick to the home-invasion level it'd be an admirable little suspense flick. Instead, Haneke decides breaking the fourth wall = Important Thematic Content and makes me want to punch him. Still, his smug, vapid nods at the postmodern can't derail Watts and Roth in all their sweat-soaked, traumatized glory.

    Additional points for baby Mason Verger already doing what he does best.

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★½

    Third act is still a bit of a whiff--the choice to cold-open with most of the emotional catharsis rather than, y'know, leaving it as the emotional catharsis, is crippling. And while the visuals carry hints of the neon-drenched ballet of carnage that is Chapter 2, for the most part they're a drab, mundane affair. Still, can't argue with those action sequences, and if you can't be a masterpiece then being a prelude to one is a good consolation prize.

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★½

    Impeccable filmmaking centered on a singularly uninteresting protagonist. There's nothing unique or arresting about LaMotta's downfall--he's a bully and an abuser without a spark of anything more, and while De Niro plays him to the hilt the movie is handicapped by this void.

  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    ★★★½

    Founders around the halfway point and never really recovers--I tend to give older movies a pass on being "problematic," but the extremely fast-and-loose way it treats consent doesn't sit right with me, and its treatment of Jacy slides from funny and sympathetic to downright ugly. Still, plenty to like here, and it's no surprise that it launched several careers.