goodhunterabbie has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2019.

  • 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.

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Skipped the Oscars this year to watch this for the first time on 35mm. That was a good decision.