Gabriel has written 10 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2019.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Better than most all movies!

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    This is unequivocally the very good one that convinces me into thinking all the other ones have a similar magic. 

    1<2<3<4<5>6>7>8>9?

    More interesting, though, is after watching this til 3 AM last night, I had a dream that the first twenty minutes of episode 9 was about a bunch of Nickelodeon cartoons living in on “Planet 9/11”. I wrote an impassioned Letterboxd review saying “we don’t want cartoons, we want Star Wars.” You all liked it; thank you!

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    I spent an entire Chicago summer playing Pokémon Go. No not like you Michael or Sarah, who downloaded at brunch and played that afternoon and bragged about it at work only on Monday. I dedicated, at the very least, 200 hours trying to collect all of generation one.

    But I couldn’t do it. There were three regional Pokémon that you could only collect if you were in Europe, Asia, or Australia. So I never got them. Mr. Mime. Farfetch’d, Kanghaskhan.

    And…

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    Paid four dollars to watch this again on Vimeo!

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★★

    Truly fuck anyone who says they don’t like “musicals”. Specifically this movie is why I think musicals might be the highest art form and absolutely the form that is most untapped for its potential. A pure unpretentious vision made by renaissance artist so confident and skilled that he never has to abandon the film’s cabaret comedy base, even when its final numbers start to carry the massive, celestial magnitude of 2001. Heartbreaking, hilarious and so monumental it’s hard to even…

  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★★★

    In someone else’s hands adapting this wine book could’ve been culturally useless, but Alexander Payne turns it into an unmissable aughts time capsule with sharper, angrier satire of American decadence than anything else in its decade. An absolute cartoon for the most part, Payne is so vicious to his two leads we are granted the right to pity these irredeemably problematic middle aged white American men so entrenched in their own sauce every day is a new, unique crisis of…

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Seen with an absolutely slammed crowd at the Music Box. It was as if Jaws was pro-wrestling. So many laughs and screams. What a gift! THE GREAT AMERICAN MOVIE!

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Ahahahahaha!!

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    All this John Wick 1,2,3: Parabellum yabbering...and yet — here it really is... the ‘Coin Hitman’ cinema we almost forgot...one of the best* (*movies) to ever got damn do it** (**move)!!

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    ★★★★★

    A miracle. Tim the enchanter changed my life when I first saw this as an 11 year old sleepover boy. And it’s still the most wild, audacious shit around. People are still running around making movies like there’s rules to follow when this came out 35 years ago.


    Edit: more years than that