Nick has written 35 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★★★

    Watching this with the directors commentary track is very odd. Probably the hardest situation I've had knowing an artist I appreciate is a piece of shit. I love his films, they connect with me emotionally which makes separating the art from the artist feel even more difficult. I wish he made more movies even if he deserved to make none and ultimately, it all just feels so sad to me.

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    I haven't seen the criterion cut in a couple years but I remember it pretty well and while both cuts are brilliant, I think I prefer the theatrical cut. It feels a little bit brisker with the pace and that really helps bring out the ethereal qualities of the film focusing on existentialism and sprituality. Obviously, this is also in the criterion cut but that cut seems to bring out a way more grounded tone, excentuating the themes of the…

  • Naked Lunch

    Naked Lunch

    ★★★★★

    My favorite Cronenberg by miles. I think it comes down to the story, how its told, and the way themes are conveyed that his other films don't do. I'm just on Cronenberg's wavelength here, from the incredible details like lips not matching to the obviously mind-blowing effects, every element just works so well together as a final product.

    Its menacingly paranoid tone and stillness create this incredible sense of malaise that accentuates the mind state of our drugged out main…

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    One of the best sounding movies ever. Like so sonically perfect. From one of Jon Brion's best scores to mundane things like folly, the sound scape of this film is just the most incredible thing. It puts something like Baby Driver to shame with just how creatively they music in time with diegetic sound design. Every sound is treated with so much care. The main theme is hidden everywhere, you can even hear it when Barry is running with the Harmonium. It's just the best.

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    This film has been in my head all day so I had to watch it. I'm not Christian but this piece from Revelations has also been in my head all day:


    And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a…

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    ★★★★★

    Dear Zachary may be the most essential piece of filmmaking this side of 2000. The necessity with which the story is told (16mm, camcorder, rough editing, DIY style, etc.) makes the almost second person perspective of storytelling all the more impactful. The humanity on display here is life-affirming and moving unlike any other piece of art. It's absolutely the pinnicle of genuine filmmaking. If I could only preserve one piece of media to represent what humanity was about, this would be it.

  • Angst

    Angst

    ★★★★★

    First time watching the 87 minute theatrical cut and its clear the prologue is unnecessary. It doesn't really take away from the film because the sequence is good enough, but it just doesn't feel as focused as the 79 minute director's cut. Without that prologue, we are instantly thrust into a very oppressive and evocative atomsphere that the prologue doesn't match the prologue.

  • Roar

    Roar

    ★★★★★

    Not good.

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★★★

    Profoundly moving experience; I have not been able to stop watching this film. On one level, a more objective level, this is a beautifully tender and empathetic depiction of mental illness. It is never made exactly clear what Bill's suffering from, nonetheless, there are endless connections one can make to a wide variety of mental illnesses.

    On another, more subjective and personal level, this is a beautifully tender and empathetic depiction of the human condition. Its showing you what it…

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    My God, was I stupid teenager. The same way I dismissively thought I "got" Being John Malkovich, a similar thing has happened here. While I could recognize the merit, I had always carried the opinion I didn't really enjoy this film. What a fuckin idiot. Maybe I was just too young and dumb, because this has got to be one of the most enjoyable Kubrick films. Its fun, fast paced, and just so engaging to watch.

    I think this film…

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★★★★

    Having not seen this for a few years, it was quite the experience to return to this without remembering where it went. Since rewatching this I have subsequently watched it another two times simply because I forgot just how amazing it is to watch this story. Every element that comes together to create this film expertly measured and packed with so much feeling in every shot. And that's what I didn't remember, how much emotion is conveyed. With a lot…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    What citizen kane often doesn't get cited for is it's emotion. Of course its a film about power, the corruption of ideals, and all the other things you can find in any film textbook. More than any of those things, its about love. The search for that love and the lengths we go to satisfy our search for love. For Charlie, enough is never enough. He allows power to be his tool for aquiring love and this is his downfall.…