Nick has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2022.

  • Amour

    Amour

    ★★★★

    The worst use of a slap sound effect in all of cinema is strangely found in a Haneke movie. All of the sound in this film is very strangely mixed. A lot of it really works esspecially in tandem with the edit. The folly and sound effects sound recorded so close to source, while also being put at the top of the mix. Its very strange and has a interesting effect on the film. It gives it a weird kind…

  • Paranoid Park

    Paranoid Park

    ★★★★

    I manually cropped this to 1.33 and it definitely felt different.

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    ★★★★

    While not my favorite Van Sant, I love this so much and its really good despite the first act being rushed and romance being banal and uninteresting. I also don't really love the score. The soundtrack is amazing though. Its all the scenes with Sean and the last scenes with Will and Chuckie that make this so emotionally moving.

  • Welcome to the Dollhouse

    Welcome to the Dollhouse

    ★★★★

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

    Did Ralphy kill himself because of what Dawn saud? What's with that last shot of him in Dawn's dream sequence where his lip is busted and his eyes are sunken? We never see him again. Maybe he got beat up in a cut scene? Maybe I missed something?

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★★

    Unbelievably beautiful. This is the kind of sci-fi that I care about. Reminds me very much of Tarkovsky and specifically Solaris with the films focus on memory.

  • Nitram

    Nitram

    ★★★★

    While I'm still struggling with the many of the less than faithful elements, it was less bothering on rewatch. What still bugs me is that this film roots itself in the real life events a lot, but definitely portrays the events in a hyperbolic way. This is most notable personally with the appearance of Martin Bryant and the relationship between him and Helen.

    That said, this film is going for much more and the chatacter in this film is externalizing…

  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour

    ★★★★

    This a great movie on a lot of levels and does post 9-11 New York so well. Just cut the Anna Paquin stuff and we're all good. I love Hoffman here, but that whole subplot just doesn't work and probably feels weirder 20 years removed from its release.

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★

    While I'm still not a huge fan of the exhibition style release of the film in U.S., I'm happy there seems to be a strong reason for this choice. It plays into the story and actually makes the themes more expressive simply because you can't just see the movie again in a few months. Hypothetically, at least.

  • The Climb

    The Climb

    ★★★★

    Top tier director commentary track.