goodhunterabbie has written 17 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • Looking for Richard

    Looking for Richard

    What's better than this, guys being bards

  • National Theatre Live: Fleabag

    National Theatre Live: Fleabag

    (Ooh, is LB allowing these again? Better get my rating in while it lasts.)

    Just to choose my side in the Discourse: haven't seen the show but liked the play! Coulda done without the gross fatphobic bit, but "really slutty pizza" is henceforth gonna be a regular part of my vocabulary.

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★

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

    I understand the complaints that this is too devoted to its predecessor—it's at its worst when it's slavishly imitating Kubrick's film to no apparent purpose (what is the point of making Bruce Greenwood's office a mirror of Ullman's in the Overlook?). But I think to dismiss this out of hand is to ignore just how effective it is when it takes that Kubrickian imagery and draws on it to create something new and meaningful. That conversation between Danny and his…

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★★

    There's a scare early on that the movie makes excruciatingly obvious is coming and I still gasped "Fuck!" at my TV screen when it happened.

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    ★★★★

    The smash cut from the final ship's log to Fishburne's "We're leaving" is one of the best deadpan comedy beats I've ever seen, and it's one of like three all-time-great "fuck this shit" moments he gets in the third act.

  • Lifeboat

    Lifeboat

    I'll never understand Willi, or what he did. First, he tried to kill us all with his torpedoes. Nevertheless, we fished him out of the sea . . . took him aboard, shared everything we had with him. You would've thought he'd been grateful. All he could do was to plot against us. Then he . . . he let poor old Gus die of thirst. What do you do with people like that?

    Over the side.

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine

    ★★★★

    Can Garland go back to having other people direct his scripts? (This is coming from someone who gave EX MACHINA five stars back in the day and now cringes every time they remember that.)

    The most valuable thing Boyle brings is recognizing that the script is dumb and compensating with just constant shock and awe, whereas ANNIHILATION has two good (overwhelming) scenes and a whole bunch of cheap plastic-looking footage of actors looking bored reciting bad dialogue. Garland takes his own writing seriously enough to think it'll hold the movie up; Boyle recognizes it's the movie's job to support the dodgy screenplay.

  • Barbarella

    Barbarella

    ★★★★

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

    DILDANO DESERVED BETTER

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    When Harry Met Sally...

    ★★★★

    Was ready to call it when the first 20 minutes were spent watching Harry be an increasingly toxic jackass. By the end I was melting. Yeah, sure, he never entirely loses his bro-y demeanor, but his relationship with Sally winds up being so tender and kind and adult and believable and urrrgh.

    (Teenage me is rolling their eyes right now.)

  • Henry V

    Henry V

    ★★★★

    Not the revelation it was when I was a college student diving into Shakespeare, unfortunately. Branagh does his best to make Harry likable, but he still comes off as a slimy, disingenuous bastard upon rewatch--both because of the nationalist rot at the heart of his cause and because poor Falstaff. Still, the score is a marvel, Derek Jacobi's chorus exhilarating, and the speeches, well, Shakespeare. And while the climactic battle doesn't hold a candle to Chimes at Midnight, it's still…

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★

    An absolutely perfect Gothic ghost story... that has another half hour tacked onto the end.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

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

    Not since Queen of Earth has a movie put to such good use the fact that Elisabeth Moss's smile is a fucking nightmare.