Nick has written 27 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    While this was awesome and so watchable, I was kind of bummed I didn't get that kick of anxiety everyone was talking about. My roommates did and were throughly frustrated by the characters constantly talking over each other, but it just didn't do it for me. I need to see this again but I can ddfinitely say the Safdie's are gonna go far. This is a more digestible and accessible film than Heaven Knows What and Good Time and hope…

  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★

    The biggest issue I had with this film on first watch, was not being able to identify with the main character. I never got that hook that engaged with the series of events. This time, I was still distant but much more with the film. The score is incredible and used so well. Sonically speaking, this is an absolute masterpiece of sound design. I really felt the paranoia and distrust so much more. Still think I may prefer the loneliness…

  • The Childhood of a Leader

    The Childhood of a Leader

    ★★★★

    On rewatch this film works much better in terms of gripping the viewer and making them invested. Knowing where the film ends really helps me personally follow and understand what I am supposed to be getting out of each scene. This film is talking about a lot of things in very similar ways as Haneke's the white ribbon. Knowing that makes the whole experience much more engaginh.

    The score is brilliant and used with care. The performances esspecially the child…

  • Piercing

    Piercing

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is definitely not the film I thought would follow the Eyes of my Mother, but Pesce has really shown he's got range with this film. Its like this film is caught between being two types of films; the restrained and austere style from other borderline films, and the schlocky b movie it is pretending to be. I can't really complain though, I feel like this disparity may just be a first time watch thing. Its so unique and stylized…

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★★

    Really enjoyed this film. It’s just such a well-crafted film that asks to snuggle up real close and get to know these characters. The story is super light and that does lead to it dragging a bit toward the end, but the narrative just allows these characters to flourish. In terms of pacing and story structure, this film has the issue I’ve had with all of Fassbinder’s films. That issue is that the passage is very sporadic and the film…

  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★★

    The visual storytelling is so beautiful and impressive. However, I think the second half of the 2nd act and opening of 3rd stumble and can’t really lean on the visuals. I wish this was a more consistent movie but it’s kind of scattered at times, which feels super unnecessary for a very quiet prison break film.

  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In

    ★★★★

    This movie is incredibly weird. It does a lot and at times I think it’s just too smart for me. What I can say is that the story and the way it tackles revenge is unique. It’s such a good story and on that level it can’t be faulted. If a wild story with themes of identity, sexuality, and revenge it’s perfect. On a personal level, I don’t really like the cinematography or style of how Almodovar shoots movies. The…

  • The Host

    The Host

    ★★★★

    Even in his blatant monster movie allegory thing, Bong does incredible things with characters and absolutely gets the best performances out of his actors. Song Kang-ho gives amazing performances constantly, but this is perhaps his most surprising. The way grief is portrayed in this film and by that character esspecially, is so brutal yet hilarious. Of course the allegory part is pretty on the surface but that one hundred percent works because it gives Bong room to play with the victim side of the relationship.

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★

    Kurowsawa, thus far into viewing his films, is timeless. This film still feels relevant and contemporary in terms of the story. The filmmaking is very well done, albeit I’m still confused with his jerky pans while dollying. The performances are convincing and bridge the language barrier by being so damn emotive. 

    The main things that hold back my enjoyment in this film are almost all story. In the first act, when the child is missing, everybody seems to be ignoring…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    I haven’t really been blown away by any of Bong’s films, I need to revisit Snowpiercer, it was fun but dumb from memory. Okja was a little too out there for me to get into. Memories of Murder is really the only one of his films I loved. Even then, I had some reservations. This, from what I’ve seen of his films, is his best. It gets started quick and plot just keeps going full speed until the end. 

    The…

  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★

    While this film is fantastic for the most part (the performances, look and sound of the movie) I really feel like the plot gets dragged down by the character of Jeremy. It felt like his character was suppose to highlight something in Johnny I just didn’t see. Really great film with a great sense of self.

  • Mister Lonely

    Mister Lonely

    ★★★★

    Absolutely fantastic. I mean I have some criticisms, some of the editing and acting were pretty eh (a feeling I always get with actors in Korine films but it wasn’t as bad as Spring Breakers or Beach Bum in that regard) and the last 20 minutes or so really petered out, but that does change how thoroughly enjoyable watching this movie was. I wish that the nuns (and always Herzog) were more connected to the main thread of this film…