goodhunterabbie has written 45 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★½

    My sister had never seen this before and didn't know a FUCKING THING. Going to treasure all the moments she put her hands over her mouth and gasped. Movies are immortal.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★½

    Like watching an entire medium reawaken to its own promise.

  • Violet Evergarden: The Movie

    Violet Evergarden: The Movie

    ★★★★½

    My Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0—overstuffed, superfluous, at times outright damaging to what came before, but in most moments almost everything I needed, which is enough to forgive it those moments when it stumbles.

    Not a tool, but a person worthy of her name—and whose love, however undeserving its object, is ultimately bestowed not by orders but by grace.

  • Nashville

    Nashville

    ★★★★½

    Apocalyptic.

  • Yentl

    Yentl

    ★★★★½

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

    All their studies of the law and somehow not one of these people came across the sinful concept of a threesome?

  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    Jingoistic bullshit baked to perfection, all clenched jaws and swagger as it delights in its characters' hard-earned competence. McTiernan and De Bont are a perfect match for the material, camera movements and editorial juxtapositions expertly ratcheting up tension and conveying scale. Couple that with unsurpassed model work and set design and you're left with a flawless windup toy, the exact opposite of the bloated American empire it lionizes. Connery is effortlessly watchable, Baldwin twitchy and arrogant in a way that…

  • The McPherson Tape

    The McPherson Tape

    ★★★★½

    Takes the inherent paranoia of videotape as a medium and magnifies it a thousandfold through almost nothing but suggestion—everything is murky, every fuzzy piece of the background a potential threat patiently waiting to grab you. Maybe the scariest part for me was when Mike turned on the radio in an effort to drown out the voices in everyone's heads—I genuinely have no idea whether the radio was actually saying "Open the door" over and over again or if my brain…

  • Paranoia Agent

    Paranoia Agent

    ★★★★½

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

    John Wick: "I did all this for a dog."
    Tsukiko Sagi: "Cute."

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    Simultaneously an excoriation of and a love letter to everything that happens to wander into its frame, a scathingly petty indictment of the art form Welles felt had abandoned him that cannot hope to hide his unyielding fascination with its possibilities. It's no mistake that the film-within-a-film, intended as a mockery of Antonioni and his peers, is the most stunningly beautiful footage Welles ever shot—he can't help but fill even his put-downs with exuberance. First and foremost, he must give…

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    We lost the movie musical when we lost the ability to be tasteless. Moulin Rouge is in this respect the apex of the form—it's an abomination of indulgence, not only willing but determined to stamp out any remnants of subtlety with bombast. The first forty minutes seem designed to push reasonable audiences to their breaking point—cuts are constant and frenetic, every performance is broadened past caricature and into the inhuman, and comedy is not relief but an assault of canned…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Where Chapter 2 was a masterpiece, a perfect fusion of visuals, physicality, and theme, this installment settles for merely being one of the best American action movies of the decade. The knife room brawl in particular still has not gotten old upon a fourth viewing—the sheer delight the film takes in extrapolating the levels of carnage possible with a single instrument is contagious. That's the modus operandi for the entire runtime—where Chapter 2 gave us a John who'd perfected gunplay…

  • The Grand Bizarre

    The Grand Bizarre

    ★★★★½

    Camera $200
    Lights $150
    Location permissions $800
    Rugs $3,600
    Editing software $150

    someone who is good at the economy please help me budget this. my family is dying