Austin Abbott

allegedly named after someone my mom saw in the credits of an old Tarzan film

Favorite films

  • Vertigo
  • Old Joy
  • Right Now, Wrong Then
  • Chilly Scenes of Winter

Recent activity

  • The Northman

  • Little Odessa

  • Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors

  • The Untouchables

Recent reviews

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    I went to the theater hoping for a violent and cool Viking revenge folktale with “and Willem Dafoe” being a freak and that is exactly what I got and for that I am very grateful. I think swords and volcanoes are cool and fighting is cool and I like weird fire dances shot on film. This is what I like to see when I go to the movies.

  • Little Odessa

    Little Odessa

    Sometimes you see things that you feel like you should have seen 15 years ago at the exact right time. Revelatory to me, everything I want in a film. So worn in and fresh at the same time, brilliant sound design and photography, a distance to the characters that feels like the distance they feel from each other, but with the moments of weight hitting the same as they would for them too. Quiet but not small, heightened but not…

Popular reviews

  • Build the Wall

    Build the Wall

    Very cool to see Swanberg strip back to one camera no budget mumblecore with a wiser vibe after several years of much larger (relatively) budgets for studios. This was a good one.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    A miracle of a film. The beauty of tackling young love on screen is that it’s both universal and completely individual. Everyone has it but it feels different for every single person. On paper, this feels minor but it’s really a culmination of everything PTA has ever done. This a shaggy hangout film, so it shares blood with INHERENT VICE, but it also is about a kid in constant forward motion, driven by a desire to keep hustling and stay…