Nick has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2021.

  • 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.…

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills


    I'm shocked. This was so much more enjoyable, creative and interesting than Halloween (2018). It has this electric pace and looses focus on our main characters in favor of something bigger, that reallu worked here. It just felt much more like a real movie than the rehashed, embarassing 2018 film. It did its own weird thing with the city and side characters, and I'm sure that really won't work for a lot of people.

  • Squid Game

    Squid Game


    Thoroughly enjoyable, though the final product feels rushed and lacking polish. This is most notable in the editing. At least once, I noticed gaps in the editing timeline among a huge number of horrible cuts. This also extends to the pacing and structure of the show. It relies heavily on the modern conventions of tv structure, leading to the story not flowing right as a whole and making the story uneven. Personally I want each episode to have a staisfying progression in itself and this just does not do that outside of a couple instances.

  • Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass


    Once again, Mike Flanagan delivers something with promise that loses its sense of gravitas as it goes on. The first episode establishes the horror as something within ourselves very effectively. Whats more scary than realizing you are capable of the most horrible acts? Flanagan has used this techniquee with addiction in both Hill House and Dr Sleep, but this had the most promise after that first episode. Then it disappears.

    Not that the exploration of religion, community, and modernity wasn't…

  • South Park Vaccination Special

    South Park Vaccination Special


    Me. Service was a really good gag.

  • Southland Tales

    Southland Tales


    There are a ton of elements I liked better in the theatrical cut than the cannes cut; primarily the bizzare tone and pre-title sequence. I think the doomsday scenario interface does a really good job of quickly putting your feet in the world. I also think the progression early on feels better in the theatrical cut. That said, the cannes cut is definitely a better movie. Its just that some of the personality is lost in the process.

    Maybe Arrow…