Nick has written 44 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    Spencer is a very rich and enjoyable film. Enjoyable in that its like a very pretty and polite version of Festen, but nonetheless, it was the thing that made me miss the theater. It's just overall well execute and seeing all these elements come together so well it made miss that experience of going into a movie and actually having a great experience. Its not a perfect movie but hearing the score with the visuals in the theater really is…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★

    Once again, Adam McKay makes something that I know a lot of people will like but just doesn't land for me. There are a few solid performances that carry a lot of the film. Leo is once again showing to be a better comedic actor than dramatic, Jonah Hill is pretty funny as I feel like he usually is, and Mark Rylance is probably the best of the lot, really just standing out as nailing his character. Jennifer Lawrence feels…

  • The Scary of Sixty-First

    The Scary of Sixty-First

    ★★½

    Not totally sure what all was intentional and not intentional, but I definitely think the "fucking wow" moments hit how they were supposed to. The B-movie elements really merge with the genuine attempt at filmmaking here and it doesn't always work though. It probably comes mostly from the writing, both in the weirdly crude dialogue and clunky story structure. The progression of story is just weirdly jilted, while the dialogue feels very edgy teenager-esque.

    I liked pieces of a few…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★

    I feel like the writing is what brought this down for me. The cinematography felt kind of inconsistent also, but i'll take the good with the bad there. The writing is just kind of all over the place with the story it's trying to tell. The tone just swings so much between the building story in the second act. One moment, its very sad and then all of sudden, we get mis-matched music and cut to a silly hijinks scene.…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★½

    Jonny Greenwood really is the best part of at least two pretty darn good movies this year.

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★½

    While this was gross and pretty darn good, it feels like this gets progressively less engaging as it goes along. The first act is really strong, but by the time the second act is in motion and Seth starts to change, things start to get repeditive. And by the time we're in the third act and Seth is full fly-man, the repetition of Seth saying to "never come back" just really got old. The last fifteen minutes definitely picked things…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★½

    In theory, I love what this film is doing. The exploration of memory and the past and past memories that aren't even yours, should be right up my alley. But something about the execution just didn't quite click for me on first watch. While it really is very elgant in how it brings up these subjects, I feel like I was left wanting more from this aspect of the film narratively. Its fine that its a very loose film, but…

  • Nitram

    Nitram

    ★★★★

    I think as far as covering the real story of Martin Bryant, this doesn't quite do the whole of the story justice, despite really nailing the story that is told. A more wholistic and typical version of this film would go through the events that lead Bryant to the Port Arthur massacre with more fidelity to the real story. But this is a lot more focused in on Nitram, his experience with mental illness, and his family, opposed to adapting…

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    ★★★★★

    Dear Zachary may be the most essential piece of filmmaking this side of 2000. The necessity with which the story is told (16mm, camcorder, rough editing, DIY style, etc.) makes the almost second person perspective of storytelling all the more impactful. The humanity on display here is life-affirming and moving unlike any other piece of art. It's absolutely the pinnicle of genuine filmmaking. If I could only preserve one piece of media to represent what humanity was about, this would be it.

  • Let Me In

    Let Me In

    ★½

    The music and the way its used is maybe the worst aspect of the many failing elements that are this film. This is esspecially apparent after watching the Swedish film yesterday. Clay Jensen and his older brother played by young Karsten Runquist being bully the kid is pretty great.

  • All Too Well: The Short Film

    All Too Well: The Short Film

    Very disconnected from reality. I think it's really funny when the visuals are exactly what's being described in the song lol.

  • Thir13en Ghosts

    Thir13en Ghosts

    ★½

    Classic.