afabry has written 36 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★½

    I liked the family drama stuff more than the spy stuff, though the James Bond reference made for good foreshadowing. The action isn't bad, I just felt like I've seen it all before (this is the 24th MCU film, after all). First film I got to see back in the theater, so that was cool.

  • Come to Daddy

    Come to Daddy

    ★★★½

    Has a kind of pulpy "normal guy in an abnormal situation" kind of feel. Probaby would have made a good Jim Thompson book. Wish it had a better title, as I couldn't get the Aphex Twin song out of my head while watching.

  • Two on a Guillotine

    Two on a Guillotine

    ★★★½

    I recently heard a podcast describe William Castle as a Goth Walt Disney. Castle didn't direct this, but it's certainly borrowing from him. It stars Disney stalwart Dean Jones, even though it's a Warner Bros. pic. So it's easy to imagine this as a sort of William Castle's Haunted Mansion. Castle however would have cut 22 minutes of the fat though. Not bad, but most Castle flicks are better.

  • The House on Sorority Row

    The House on Sorority Row

    ★★★½

    Pretty solid slasher effort. Had I seen this when I was a teenager, it probably would have made a bigger impression on me. Definitely has some Black Christmas vibes, but the last 15 minutes are pretty great.

  • The Stepfather

    The Stepfather

    ★★★½

    Better than expected. Very 1980s, but not in a bad way. Feels more crime thriller than horror, probably because Westlake wrote it. And it's probably better than expected because of Westlake's writing.

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★½

    Ever get the feeling a movie is out to just really mess you up? That is Possession's goal. Fascinating and one of a kind, but I couldn’t shake the feeling I was watching a lot of really intense theater class acting pieces.

  • Miracle in Milan

    Miracle in Milan

    ★★★½

    Apparently Neo-Realism Fantasy is a thing. Well made, and I'm sure delightful for some, but a little saccharine for me.

  • Unsane

    Unsane

    ★★★½

    It isn't amazing, but it certainly doesn't suck.

  • Red Beard

    Red Beard

    ★★★½

    Hospital drama
    Though visually striking
    It is a bit long

  • On Dangerous Ground

    On Dangerous Ground

    ★★★½

    Not sure this aged well.

    A good example of noir in the "crime melodrama" vein. Might be a little bisected, especially since Lupino shows up just before the halfway mark. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Neat camera work, and pretty good direction (some of which is Lupino's uncredited work). As much love as Bezzerides gets, the script seemed a little off.

  • Pyewacket

    Pyewacket

    ★★★½

    Atmospheric, and does a good job of getting into your head. Not sure teenagers are really like that. I can see why there have been some comparisons to Hereditary, but they are fairly different in motive.

  • The Letter Room

    The Letter Room

    ★★★½

    Enjoyable. Felt kind of like a Raymond Carver story.