Brian Nicholson

The only account brave enough to post that a bunch of movies you've never heard of are just okay

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Favorite films

  • Little Murders
  • Mistress America
  • Babe: Pig in the City
  • Mind Game

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  • The Fly

    ★★★★★

  • The Birds

    ★★★★½

  • Flaming Ears

  • Daisy Miller

    ★★★½

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    Gotta bump this bad boy up to the full five stars. Post-Videodrome, Cronenberg distills his whole deal into something arguably more straightforward but still incredibly gross, anchored by two very strong performances and very impressive/completely disgusting visual effects. I’ve said before that Cronenbug as a filmmaker is most like Verhoeven and this one feels like Robocop both in its use of video effects/footage and in ending right as things violently resolve. I also usually push back against any comparisons between…

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★½

    Really love the psychodrama where everyone is acting completely bizarre for reasons that have nothing to do with the bird-apocalypse before the bird-apocalypse even really gets going and how there is no explanation given for any of it. The pleasure found in end times is in human interaction even if people are just as inscrutable as the universe is. Ask other people what’s going on and they’ll either admit they don’t know or insist that what is happening cannot possibly…

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    Wes Anderson is the live-action director whose visual sensibility comes closest to that of an animation director, and this was shot in Angouleme, a city most known for hosting the premier international comics festival. I think a large part of the backlash against Wes Anderson stems from ideas of cartoons being for children, and live-action films being the province of adults; as the director delves deeper into his art-directed minutiae, he approaches a sort of visual rigor that leaves a…

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    A movie that’s good to see in theaters because the pace of it is slow enough that you would inevitably turn it off and/or fall asleep watching it at home, but it is nonetheless very good. There’s great sound design, impressive cinematography, and a lot of great acting of the “minute reactions to someone’s bizarre behavior” variety from Nina Hoss. There’s also a strong headlining performance from Cate Blanchett, a nice role for a lady from Portrait Of A Lady…