afabry has written 58 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service


    I watched this because I had heard that there was a surprisingly realistic portrayal of depression. I think that is correct. It doesn’t take a huge chunk of the runtime, but it is certainly there. Pretty cool for something marketed as “children’s entertainment” in the US. I realize Miyazaki films aren’t so pigeon-holed elsewhere. It’s also quite lovely and the art is outstanding, as I suspected it would.

  • The Gunfighter

    The Gunfighter


    The best westerns examine what the American West means, and what sucks about it. Peck's gunfighter, a famous outlaw, at 35 is tired of that life and just wants to settle down. The west won't make that easy. I like to pretend Jimmy Ringo and the Waco Kid from Blazing Saddles are from the same chain of fast gunners.

  • Thief



    Cool and stylish, but not lacking in depth thankfully. I enjoyed this, but it probably would have hit me more positively when I was a college freshman. Not it is that kind of movie, but it certainly has things in common. I'm not in love with the ending, but, you know, the 80s.

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert


    Haunting. Fascinating use of color. Vitti's performance is something else. I liked this, but I can't help but feel like it has all the traits of a "foreign art-house" film that people tend to dislike. I was into it though.

  • A Fistful of Dollars

    A Fistful of Dollars


    Not quite as good as Yojimbo, but pretty good. About as archtypal a western as possible.

  • The Parallax View

    The Parallax View


    Great 70s thriller. It would be quite difficult to make today, with all the casual airplane comings and goings. Also just very 1970s in general, but in a good way.

    Fun trick to save money on an explosion: pan the camera away, shake it vigorously, then add an explosion sound effect.

  • Casino



    Didn't quite live up to the hype for me. Still good, though. About as Scorsese as it could get. Really dug De Niro's suits.

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle


    Gritty little neo-noir that lived up to the hype for me. Robert Mitchum was the man.

  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape


    Lived up to the hype, I think. Great cast, well directed, just kind of cool. Perhaps longer than it needs to be, but a good flick for a lazy Saturday or Sunday.

  • Gimme Shelter

    Gimme Shelter


    Patton Oswalt considers this a horror movie. He might be onto something. Rewatching this time, I found myself really seeing the end of the "sixties" as we romanticize them. Jagger's face at the end is still iconic.

  • Cinderella



    Being not a fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein and most of Disney's 90s output, I did not expect to like this. But I did.

  • Luca



    As an Italian, this might hit different for me than it will for others. It may not aspire to much, but it succeeds. A great film for summer. Not gonna lie though, it reminded me of Call Me By Your Name more than a few times. Seems I'm not alone in that. I think it's a good thing.