Nick has written 34 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2019.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★½

    "Because fuck my family". I live for quotes like this. This reminded me of Fasten in the best possible way.

    This was way better than I was expecting and I don't know why my expectations were so low. I really like Brick, Looper certainly isn't bad and Rian is hot off of being the patsy for Disney so he's earned some favors.

    The structure is pretty clean and the story is doled out at such a good pace. I get…

  • Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

    Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

    ★★★½

    Don't believe the clickbait articles that say this is like the most disturbing thing ever. It's dealing with very disturbing events but I don't think the documentary really presents the film in a way that digs into you. I recently watched Suicide Landscapes and while I didn't love it, the artistry utilized in getting under your skin is so interesting. This doc doesn't do that. I feel it mostoy appeals to anger and self-rigteous feelings of seeing justice. The doc…

  • Coherence

    Coherence

    ★★★½

    Really tough revisiting this after years. Loved this so much as a teenager, one of my favorites from when I was like 15. The concept is really cool and actually feel like the writing is pretty good. Characters have character and their characters interesting and service the narrative just fine. I wish their struggles were more related on a themeatic level to all the conceptual stuff brings in. The permanence of our actions is such an jnteresting theme and it…

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★½

    Satisfying and generally well-made, this film surprised me with its focus on such a small time. It was thoroughly creative and shot well, the biggest issue is it didn't feel like Breaking Bad. The digital images in this film don't match the rough and gritty film images show captured. Nothing mind blowing but satisfying and logical conclusion to Jessie's arc.

  • Landscape Suicide

    Landscape Suicide

    ★★★½

    I mus admit, I'm not familiar with Benning's so I very well may have missed the point. Even so, this is a very affecting film that really uses the medium of film and the concept of duration to really place the audience in a specific headspace. I felt lonely, hopeless, lost and disturbed throughout the film. It portrays its story of two murders in a way that we undeestand what is being shown, but it is much more about how…

  • Gully Boy

    Gully Boy

    ★★★½

    My Masala unit in class started and listen, I did and perhaps still do, think this isn’t a type of film for me. But oh my god, this was actually good and enjoyable! The best surprise was how diegetic all the music numbers were. I feel like in other Masala films I may not get the comfort of this diegesis. The performances are good and all the characters are understandable and relatable. I think there are some culturally things dealing…

  • The Accused

    The Accused

    ★★★½

    (Scattered notes)

    Jodie foster is so good and full of life. Genuinely so impressed with her performance and ability to fall into a character. 

    The courtroom writing is really bad and way too theatrical for sure. 

    The writing overall, especially character stuff, is good just the courtroom stuff was really distracting. 

    It’s shot all right, not too showy but not boring to look at. The close ups in particular are extremely gorgeous. 

    The use of music is pretty good and…

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★½

    Not being much of a fan of Zahler, I really wasn’t expecting to like this but I was genuinely surprised with how much more we’ll put together this was than his previous. Mel Gibson, regardless of whether he should be in movies, fits the role really well. Vince Vaugh gives a much better performance than his first collaboration with Zahler. The way the movie is shot and the consistency with how it’s delivered go a long way. The biggest issues…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    I really don’t know how to feel about this movie. I was pretty detached before going in so the whole experience feels kind of distant. It was shot shockingly well and really proved me wrong in my pre-viewing judgments. The visual look was consistent and unique which made the whole movie a lot more believable. Of course,  Joaquin was good whatever. My biggest issues with the movie is just it’s insistence on being both a DC movie and Taxi Driver. It doesn’t mesh well after one watch. I need to see it again to really articulate anything.

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★½

    This movie meant a lot to me when I was a teenager. Not to sound condescending, but this just feels like a movie I’ve grown out of. What once felt like a profoundly deep look into “at risk” youths. In reality, the writing is way too try hard (for lack of a better term). Almost immediately after starting the film, I could tell the writing was just inauthentic in terms of the counselers. 

    Bree Larson, as the years have gone…

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    ★★★½

    Absolutely fantastic wire-work, it makes this film the perfect example wuxia. It’s not really a genre I enjoy, but this is certainly a film I can appreciate. It’s shot gorgeously as all Lee’s films are. The performances are great and having seen a few more wuxia films in class, it’s cool to see these actors elsewhere. It made much clearer Lee’s individual take on the genre. There’s a flashback that lasts a long time 40 or so minutes in and…

  • Lost River

    Lost River

    ★★★½

    What does Ryan Gosling know about poverty? In all seriousness though, I like this movie. It’s clearly leaning on a few filmmakers (Lynch, Korine, Refn) and it does so very heavily. The destroyed buildings and dilapidated streets recall nearly all of Korine’s films. The terrifying and endlessly odd villain is straight out of a David Lynch film. The way characters talk and the odd stilted dialogue feels so much like Refn’s more recent work. Despite how heavy Gosling is leaning…