Nick has written 20 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2019.

  • Julien Donkey-Boy

    Julien Donkey-Boy

    ★★★★½

    Initially I took issue with Korine's complete lack of care for the dogma rules, but as I've watched it a few more times this hasn't really been an issue. He definitely gets like a C- at following the rules because he just makes a Korine movie. If this wasn't a Dogme movie, it'd look pretty much the same.

    This is Korine at his most depressing and painfully human. People critique Korine for exploitation but I just don't feel that way.…

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★½

    I wish I had this movie in High School, it really feels like it would have connected with my angsty ass more than it did now. This is definitely the type of movie that connects with you and if it doesn't, I could imagine this being kind of annoying. Thankfully, in my case the film really resonanted with me. I love Schultz' two films he's made thus far, and after the realitively conventional style of It Comes at Night I…

  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★½

    Bela Tarr certainly makes films uniquely his own. His trademark black and white cinematography is of course utilized brilliantly and with such virtuosic ease. The sun not rises over a town following the collapse of communism surely works wonders with his style in Werckmiester, but his style just feels so perfectly applied to this story. The dower search for meaning in Tarr’s final film is left on such a dark note which doesn’t surprise me, but the rejection of meaning…

  • The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter

    ★★★★½

    Such a wholistic view of the soldiers experience. Cutting in at the end of their time in war is such a restrained, intelligent choice that sets the film up to explore so much more than the direct experience of war. 

    The cinematography is so incredible, the first like 5 shots all had my jaw dropped. The performances are amazing, though Walken as Nick steals the show for sure. Just so genuinely impressed this movie exists and for a sophomore effort…

  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    Well rounded and thorough in its exploration of this very interesting individual. This is what narrative film could never do in terms of a character study. Whether you like the character or not, the film is presented in a very open, objective way, that allows both sides to cohabitate in an area of discussion. This is, perhaps, one of the best character studies I’ve ever seen. 

    Only major issue with the film is the pace. I felt like it could…

  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    ★★★★½

    Oof. I could see how people, my film professor being one, finds this movie sentimental to an almost comical level. This was certainly a movie for me though. I really felt like the first parts dealing with childhood directly did a lot of the heavy lifting, that emotional moments in that ladder half. That side of the film was just more nostalgic and by having the character remember it it already has a nostalgic longing that I’m sure many of us share. I have my issues, but my first experience with this was just so moving when the teenage version wasn’t making that pouty face.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    Yeah, the fact that I saw this in a Regal blows my mind. Of course I had heard about the aspect ratio but I was not ready for how incredible this would be on the big screen. The texture of the image and environments invoked the best works of Tarkovsky and Bergman. Everything everyone has said about the performances and narrative is true, it is an incredible ride. I need to see this again, the dialogue is quick and hard…

  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66

    ★★★★½

    I only saw Vicent Gallo’s films for the first time 4-5 months ago and since then, I’ve been incapable of putting my feelings toward his film’s in words. I watched Buffalo ‘66 first so I’ll talk about it first, I guess. Wow, even having seen it 6-7 times now, I’m still blown away at what I’m watching. After seeing it for the first time as Gallo would have intended, alone 2 AM depressed and desperate for any kind of emotional…

  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★½

    Can someone please confirm Lars Von Trier has seen this film? Something tells me he’s love it for a lot of reasons. A lot like First Reformed, this film is sort of making a film in the same vain as Bergman or Tarkovsky. Obviously First Reformed is much more intextual in how it relates to those films, but that’s not really the goal of this film. Visually and sonically, this film has reached perfection. One of the best looking and…

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★½

    Bergman’s films make me feel so much better being alive. Through the silence he presents, I find the most comfort. The struggle to live is and will always be. In Samuel Beckett’s play “Endgame” our main character states “the end is in the beginning, and yet we go on”.

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★½

    My biggest issue with this film on my first watch was that there were too many characters and I wasn’t able to attach to any of them. On subsequent watches, it has shown to be quite the powerhouse in character and emotional connection to character. Not only is it one the best war and action films, but it comes with a surprising emotional kick that I didn’t expect. That score works wonders and inspires so much emotion alone. Genuinely just such a perfectly constructed, satisfying experience.

  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    I am a person who enjoys watching, talking and writhing about film, I often take a very formalistic approach to film. The presentation and the thought behind that presentation is what I find most important and powerful about film. Something I feel myself often neglecting is the sense of emotion the film instills, because after all film is art and art, in my eyes, can have a profound impact on the individual just through the act of experiencing the emotions…