Nick has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2020.

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★★½

    Off the bat, because this will probably be the hot button topic, the Rudy Giuliana scene is certainly not damning but is definitely questionable. The scene itself certainly served its purpose, whether that was somewhat incited by the film or not, it works for the film.

    This is the kick of edgy filmmaking that we needed. It really does a great job of riding that line and its all the more impressive with the two performances. Who would have expected…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    While there are definitely a few elements I'm left cold on, esspecially near the end of the film, I was able to stay with this film. Anyway, "figuring it out" is probably not the point. I think about the discussion about Lucy's landscape painting and her belief that you have to invision yourself looking out over the landscape to project emotion.

    Kaufman has done his job by creating the frame with creative narrative conventions that invite audience participation. Our interaction…

  • Society

    Society

    ★★★★½

    Is society the best movie ever?

    Yes.

    The beginning, and I mean the first two scenes we get, are exactly Goosebumps. Then the credits is the infamous fucking pile of orgy fucking. What the fuck? The first time around my brain literally could not put that together. Like I just had no idea what I was looking at and second time around I had been shown the truth. Like some fucked up gestalt. Isn't that kind of a spoiler though?…

  • Full Tilt Boogie

    Full Tilt Boogie

    ★★★★½

    Really interesting and unconventional behind the scenes doc. That opening with Clooney and Tarantino acting like the biggest douche bags, is the funniest thing ever, but really hasn't aged well. This movie and the world is captured hasn't aged well. Its such a bizzare artifact of dudebro energy and it feels so just so out of its time now.

  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★½

    This is one of those special movies, after one watch I can already tell. This really is a cathartic experience in its meditation of suicide, hope, and human connection. More than the catharsis, it was just a talk I needed right now. Mr. Bagheri was so good and was such a beacon of hope. Also, being filled with non-actors, the world and authenticity of the film just feel so emotionally evocative. Ultimately, though, a lot like Close Up, by the…

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey

    The Story of Film: An Odyssey

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely incredible. Its the opposite of that TBS or whatever series called "the movies". Such a well rounded view of the history of film across the world. Of course there are omissions and sections focused on films and eras I'm less interested. Regardless, it just does such a good job of creating a narrative to the journey of film. I do wish some of the sound and video were better, but maybe thats just Hulu being an absolute shit streaming service.

  • One More Time with Feeling

    One More Time with Feeling

    ★★★★½

    Benoit flexing with all that experience shooting money shots in 3-D. Really though, this cinematography is extensive and beautiful. I guess its a lot of props to ops for being so good on the fly. I can barely focus with moving subjects on film sets. Even when I'm basically focus pulling on a dolly or something its hard. Let alone making the use of focus artful, esspecially when using the strangely long lenses this film uses. Like the scene when…

  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★½

    One of those movies that just start clicking more and more with each watch. The score in this film is just so incredible, the versatility with how that main composition is used so good. Much like the Lives of Others, there is a quiet sadness in voyeuristic qualities of watching what your actions have caused.

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★½

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

    A genre study I wrote for my screenwriting class. The last paragraph talks vaguely about the film I was writing and how this film is an inspiration for my film.

    Blue and the Haunting Eminence of Grief

    While there a lot of elements that make this, and the entirely the three colors trilogy, fantastic, but what Blue does that is so revolutionary and idiosyncratic is the use of music. There is a lot of music in this film, much of…

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    ★★★★½

    I've been struggling to get my thoughts about this film out for a while. Its so unique and unlike any other film I've seen. First off, this movie smells like no other. It is absolutely foul and putred with a few moments (the ending of course) that are beyond what I thought cinema was capable of. That being said, I'm not sure this is cinema.

    There is such an immeditate quality to our pressence within the film; beautifully communicated through…

  • BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

    BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

    ★★★★½

    Theres a lot I have to say about Bojack Horseman but I'll try to keep this short. I haven't been following the show very long so over the past few months I've been totally immersed, watching and rewatching, beating myself up for not giving it a chance earlier. Suffice it to say, I love it, its the kind of story that balance the comedic irony of life and the honest despair of existence. This whole concept is beautifully depicted through…

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★½

    While I still have yet to seen Song to Song or To the Wonder, I adore the Tree of Life so much and I really like Knight of Cups despite its clear aimlessness that has marked his work this decade that puts most off. So when I hear he's going back to narrative, I was kind of nervous he'd fumble his return. I seemed to forget that his idea of narrative is still not traditional. And boy was it fantastic.…