Hunter has written 31 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    ★★★★½

    Featuring eye-meltingly beautiful cinematography by Adriano Goldman, Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of "Jane Eyre" evokes Terrence Malick and Stanley Kubrick. Mia Wasikowska captures the Christian suffering and self-respect found in Charlotte Brontë's titular protagonist, and Michael Fassbender gives Orson Welles a run for his money in depicting the pathos hidden beneath the tough exterior of Edward Rochester.

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★½

    Contrary to what critics polled in "Sight & Sound" say, "Vertigo" is not better than "Citizen Kane". It's not even Alfred Hitchcock's best film, but it might be the most "Hitchcock" movie Hitchcock ever made. Critics love it because the film speaks to their obsessive personalities. Filmmakers love "Citizen Kane" because of its daring innovations, which continue to inspire the creative to this day. The influence of "Vertigo" should not be downplayed, though. Without it, we likely wouldn't have many great films by the likes of David Lynch, Brian De Palma, and Steven Spielberg, or not as we know them at least.

  • Our Hospitality

    Our Hospitality

    ★★★★½

    Buster Keaton blends locomotive creations, the South, and dark humor here in a combination that would prefigure his greatest movie, "The General." The plot is a play on the Hatfield & McCoy conflict, with Buster playing the scion of a family who haplessly arrives in the crosshairs of his bitter rivals. Of course, he falls in love with the daughter of his enemies, and also discovers that, since they pride themselves on their Southern hospitality, they won't kill him as long…

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★★½

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa's tale of ghosts spreading suicidal depression through the internet has aged exquisitely. It's an unexpectedly apocalyptic ghost story, looking at the internet as something that would tear apart the fabric of society, atomizing individuals to the point of misery. The internet in the age of social media has become defined by rage, which has caused some to say this movie missed the mark, but I don't think it has. The internet allows users to construct their own reality, away from the world, and like the people who contact the ghosts in "Pulse," they seem to disappear from reality, leaving only a trace behind.

  • Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

    Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

    ★★★★½

    H.P. Lovecraft's influence on Shusuke Kaneko really comes out in his third and final "Gamera" film, which is also the best of his trilogy. You have doomsday cultists, an ancient world-ending slumbering god-creature, but even Lovecraft's old ones are no match for the Terrible Terrapin. Kaneko contributed to Brian Yuzna's "Necronomicon" anthology film along with names like Christophe Gans, so it isn't surprising to see something like this from, but it's interesting to see it make its way into a "Gamera" film. Don't miss this one.

  • The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal

    ★★★★½

    It's impressive when a movie manages to keep you on the edge of your seat without the usual tricks in the suspense playbook. Fred Zinnemann is one of the rare directors from the old Hollywood studio system who managed to hang on and adapt after its demise.

    The movie plays like a sequel to Gillo Pontecorvo's "Battle of the Algiers" in both style and subject matter. Adapted from a novel by Frederick Forsyth, a cabal of French generals, angry over…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★½

    Remember when horror movies were fun? When they could be scary AND funny, and not just depressing exercises in inflicting nihilistic misery upon the audience? Watching this again in the theater with my wife, who had never seen it, was the sort of moviegoing fun I hadn't experienced in awhile. Laughing and screaming, fully engaged. Jamie Kennedy's movie geek character, Randy, having tons of fun watching "Halloween" captures what these kinds movies are all about, but the culture has lost…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    Looking forward to seeing how the fourth movie tries and inevitably fails to retcon and/or reclaim all the memes from this movie.

  • Ride the High Country

    Ride the High Country

    ★★★★½

    A terrific western with performances from Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea that are subtly heartfelt beneath their tough exteriors. Sam Peckinpah's subsequent westerns would shift the paradigm of the genre with slick editing and blood squibs, but here he directs lions of the genre in a traditional piece that stands tall next to the work of the great masters like Ford, Hawks, and Boetticher, without the added fireworks that would come to be associated with his name.

    Mariette Hartley gives…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★½

    This probably isn't the greatest time to revisit this movie as far as current events go...

    The existential angst that soaks "The Seventh Seal" to its bones was way more appealing when I was in college than it is for me today. Through my eyes at thirty-five, the film reflects the failure of the Lutheran church in Sweden, the seeds planted by Martin Luther having born the bitter fruit of agnosticism, ultimately giving way to atheism. Ingmar Bergman's father was…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    Terrific action cinema that is exciting, beautiful, and moving.

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★★★½

    A serial killer movie that mostly eschews gruesome shocks in favor of the effect the crimes have on the family of the narcissist behind them. Zac Efron captures Bundy's charm, adding to the film's dramatic tension. Everyone knows the monster Bundy truly was, yet his disarmingly deadly charisma is what continues to fascinate and ultimately repulse. It's hard to believe this is the same filmmaker who directed "Blair Witch 2", but Joe Berlinger has made it apparent through his documentary work that true crime is where he shines.