Nick has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2019.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★½

    Really didn't enjoy this movie. It was so blantantly stuck between the spectacle of something lime Gravity, and the reflective loneliness of Solaris. Brad Pitt constantly moans about his dad but I never got any understanding of what he was feeling. Ruth Negga is brought in for liks twenty of the most annoying minutes of this contrived film. The look and general world that was created was interesting, but the story was just so insistent on being there, it just overshadows the story being told in the background. Cool to look at, annoying to think about.

  • Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    ★★½

    I really struggled staying engaged with this. I finished a 150 page screenplay I’d been writing during it so that was nice. I like Starry Eyes and what’s best in that, the gore, is just as good in this. The effects were all gross and pretty disturbing. It felt much more well thought out in terms of violence than something like Child’s Play from this year. That being said, I may be slightly biased because when Amy Seimetz showed up…

  • Guava Island

    Guava Island

    ★★½

    Yeah, this was definitely not a movie for me, but it very easily could have been and that’s what I find the most frustrating about this. The first act (if you could call it that) does a really great job at building a textured tangible world that could easily house a feature film. Sadly, this movie has no focus in terms of the screenplay. The story they chose could have even worked but they would have had to actually flesh…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★½

    “Viggo you pull this car over right now so we can have an argument in the rain!” I’ve been trying to catch up on the Oscar noms and it’s been rough. This is a fine movie. It’s shot fine, edited pretty well, acted great, but what grinds my gears more than best picture is the screenplay win for this. What? The screenplay felt like it was structured by a child and the heavy handed way themes are delivered, was just…

  • Behind the Curve

    Behind the Curve

    ★★½

    Super average documentary. I felt like the cinematography was a little distracting and just didn’t seem very important to the filmmakers. The editing was probably the best technical thing but the only thing that kept me legitametly invested was the budding romance between flat earth youtubers. Hilarious. 

    I wish they talked more about flat earth beliefs, but that was just for ammo in my arsenal. The themes of not judging people are obvious and most of the other things the…

  • The Fountain

    The Fountain

    ★★½

    This the second time I’ve seen this, and it’s the second time I’ve been disappointed. I really want to like this movie, because there is a lot of cool ideas and moments but it’s ultimately just too messy. 

    Talking about some technical stuff, the cinematography is beautiful, but doesn’t add much more for me beyond that. There are a lot of close ups that’s just feel out of place and way too prevelant. It just felt like Arronofsky was trying…

  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

    Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

    ★★½

    Honestly nothing special, I’m really getting tired of cookie cutter mini series exploring a fiturbed case, only for it to be totally pointless in its analysis. I really got nothing other than, Ted Bundy was dillillusional, which if you have half a brain you could figure out. The way the story was paced was manipulative and doing the Netflix tactic of bait people with something that isn’t very interesting but make it look interesting. I thought the presentation of the…

  • The Undefeated

    The Undefeated

    ★★½

    I don’t think I have ever seen a John Wayne movie before and I think I know why. As an actor he has nothing to offer other than his macho personality that today, looks and feels like a kid playing cowboys. The story was interesting but oh my God, there is a lot of nonsense constantly thrown in there that is just lame. As with Shenandoah north/south relations are moderately interestingly set up, but never executed in in any way…

  • The Littlest Rebel

    The Littlest Rebel

    ★★½

    Pretty well made for its time, definitely doesn’t hold up. Not even a little. There’s some good performances and the cinematography is pretty great, but not much else. I’m not a musical guy, so watching this as a movie for my history class, I was more focused on this films failings in portraying an authentic Civil War image. Lots of themes play into the concepts of lies and truth, only for this film to be an example southern nostalgia being used to romanticize a troubled past.