Gabriel has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2020.

  • Catch Me If You Can

    Catch Me If You Can

    ★★★★★

    yes: this is a true story; but — I think... it is about Steven Spielberg!

  • Galaxy Quest

    Galaxy Quest

    ★★★★★

    A very funny movie that still gives you the thrill of feeling like you are actually in space. The same compliment cannot even be given to most actual Star Trek films, which is why I’ve heard more than a few times that this is “the best Star Trek movie.” I don’t know if that is fair to say, but I’d personally much rather watch this over most any actual Trek-lore.

    Good parody is pretty impossible to find in feature length…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    So incredibly *funny* and ~tender~. Maybe one of my favorites! 

    At the very least, if the A.F.I. was the G.A.B.E., “pig fuck!” would be #7 on the top 100 movie quotes of all time

  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    ★★★★★

    Wow, I love PEE WEE movie!

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    We should always be weary of when a passion for a movie/art/skincare brand borders on unfounded obsession and becomes performative, I.E. that one summer in Chicago I had a Jaws themed bathroom. That being said, this movie really is as good as that shark-themed bathroom was sexless.

    When people hear how old Spielberg was when he made this movie, their reaction is something along the lines of, “25!? Christ, when I was 25, I barely had a well aestheticized bathroom!” —…

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    You better watch out for... da thing!

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    Only watched the second hour after coming home and it was on in living room love this movie best Al Pacino feels like a true amalgam of the fade of a hopeful mid 60’s and America’s general agreement on the dystopic level of corruption within our government. Feels prescient! I don’t know if this is the true encapsulation of post Vietnam but in my simple mind this movie is what I think post Vietnam USA must have felt like. I took…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Totoro lives in the big tree : )

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★★

    So nice that they finally get rid of the middle man and just play wrathful God here. I guess I understand how this movie is a downer, but the terror is too ludic and distanced to ever feel sad. Yes! I will use the word ludic. Sy Ableman is one of the best movie names of all time. Dutch-angled man muttering "Jesus Christ" when he picks up the torah, forget it!

    It's sad that there is already an a capella…

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★★

    Greatest, largest most personal movie spectacle ever made. An inimitable epic lauded below other cinema only because of our culture’s deep misunderstanding of movie musicals. 

    Movies should really be musicals most of the time. We’re just so campy about them as a culture that it’s almost always embarrassing. How is there no other movie musical that even approaches this sort of existential grief? Why aren’t musicals allowed to be 2001? Why did our timeline lead to Frozen 2’s only? If things…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

    Even better than I even remember, now how about that!

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Unpretentious, hilarious and endlessly watchable. One of the most thoughtful scores I’ve ever heard, seemingly abstract but the emotions it suggests are attainable by every viewer. The score tells this cosmic parable so uniquely, it’s way too forward for the academy to be able to grasp: a rejection I have no doubt in a decade from now we will all regret. It just rules! Zoetrope vibes, art for the fun of it. Makes me proud I chose “going to the movies” as my main coping mechanism.