goodhunterabbie has written 26 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★★

    The greatest superhero movie ever made.

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    Hits different when it's a screening in the middle of nowhere, you and your girlfriend are the only ones in the theater, and there's not a single employee present to actually take your tickets so you just kinda stroll in

  • Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

    Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

    ★★★★★

    Since coming out, in attempts to make family members meet me halfway, I tell them that “I’m still me.” In a technical sense, sure, whatever. But in truth, when I think of my pre-transition self, I think of Philip K. Dick’s VALIS and its description of Horselover Fat’s suicidal friend Gloria: “Fat heard in her rational tone the harp of nihilism, the twang of the void. He was not dealing with a person; he had a reflex-arc thing at the…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    The only element of this that consistently hadn't worked for me in the past—across both my too-cool-for-it college viewing and my revelatory revisit in theaters—was Trinity's confession of love for Neo. It was a contrivance, a screenwriting trick too clever by half, something the characters hadn't made me believe.

    This viewing, that "I love you" crashed into me. Because of course it's a contrivance, just as every bit of messianic destiny and prophecy in the film is. All of it…

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    Movies are ghosts we're lucky enough to be haunted by until it's our turn to do the haunting.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    It has been an unironic goal of mine to finally be able to ugly-cry as part of transition. Tonight I introduced Art to this movie and I fucking lost it at the final scene. Merry Christmas everyone, movies are magic and so are hormones sometimes

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    A great becoming. Community born from the ashes of life under capitalism, masquerading as romance born from the ashes of our former selves. A masterpiece.

    EDIT, 7/26/2020: This movie remains a miracle. Shane Carruth is an abuser and this should in no way be excused by the quality of his art.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Remains striking all these years later primarily because it's the only Star Wars movie to operate on dream logic for a significant extent of its runtime. Dagobah starts that dream-time feeling—for most of the film we have no conception of how quickly time is passing. Luke could be with Yoda for days or months, the Falcon trapped in the slug's belly and then limping to Bespin at the same foggy clip. That atmosphere, along with all the metaphysical stuff that…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    Canny enough to root its false-accusations paranoia in a patriarchal farce rather than straight misogyny, and honest enough to make Grandier a bastard who's nonetheless deserving of empathy rather than a perfect martyr. Christianity was fucked the instant it aligned God with hierarchical power and the devil with the marginalized. Our stroll through the ashes has yet to end. (See Kotsko.)

    As a longsuffering Who fan, really wish this Russell had shown up for Tommy.

  • The Descent

    The Descent

    ★★★★★

    The best horror movie of the last twenty years? Certainly my favorite. Absolutely unparalleled use of light and shadow to create fear through negative space, blurring the lines between extreme claustrophobia and yawning pits by rendering them with equal blackness dominating the frame. When the only light you have extends but a few feet in front of your face, everything is a bottomless void.

    The crawlers draw on Lovecraft's pathological fear of devolution but completely jettison his racism, with the…

  • Night and the City

    Night and the City

    ★★★★★

    I get that this kind of description is reductive and dumb but nonetheless: in the best possible sense, this movie is the Good Time of 1950.

  • F for Fake

    F for Fake

    ★★★★★

    Think I blew the twist for the friend I introduced this to tonight, because I couldn't stop beaming like an idiot in the moments leading up to it.