Nick has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2019.

  • The Brown Bunny

    The Brown Bunny

    ★★★★★

    I’ve struggled to my put my feelings for this film into words. I think this is because this is what pure film is: the transfer of emotion from the artist to the audience. All the loneliness and pain Bud feels is felt by us, in a way making this a type of conceptual film. The music, the cinematography, the editing, the performances, every element that makes this film a film is arranged and placed perfectly. This film doesn’t hold back,…

  • Into The Night With Harmony Korine and Gaspar Noé

    Into The Night With Harmony Korine and Gaspar Noé

    ★★★★★

    How or why Gaspar Noe ended up in Nashville when Harmony Korine is showing Trash Humpers is completely irrelevant. Just like the Trash Humpers themselves, they manifest, and I don’t think Gaspar is a bad addition to the family. Jokes aside, it’s kind of unreal that this is a thing that exists. I think a lot is lost in translation, but that doesn’t matter because Harmony Korine hijacks this and turns it into one of his films. Only it’s staring…

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    ★★★★★

    Not having viewed for over half a decade, I really didn’t remember how relentlessly brutal this film is. On every level this movie decimated me and a lot like Son of Saul, the holocaust is presented with such horror and tactility much like that film, it becomes almost too much to take. So many shots just have dead children in frame but the cinematography pays no mind. It’s so matter of fact and it makes it even more disturbing. The…

  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark

    ★★★★★

    His best deconstruction, this time of musicals, and probably my favorite from him. Not only is his deconstruction and criticism of Hollywood musicals potent and well realized, it works perfectly for his style and with the types of films he makes. It allows him to have big played up moments at the end of the film with them still feeling grounded in the world Von Trier establishes. It just works on so many levels, the Marxist criticism of labor is…

  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    ★★★★★

    For the past few weeks I’ve been in a weird funk, dealing with all kinds of shit that just made me feel completely powerless. Where I normally watch at least a movie a day, I can’t even be bothered to see anything new, so I’ve just been watching movies I know I love; until I decided to watching this again.

    I’ve seen this once before when I was 15, and having known Kaufman’s work at that point, I thought I…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    When I saw burning a few months ago I was shocked this film was as good as it was. After seeing it a second time I truly feel this is one of if not, the best movies of the year.

    While it’s not necessarily my favorite, which I’ll get into later, this is technically speaking one of the most impressive. The cinematography works incredibly at conveying the constantly shifting tone of the film, all while still just being down right…

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    Didn’t even know it was Valentine’s Day, so I had to keep up the tradition I’m sure many of us share. Is there really that many other options when alone on Valentine’s Day? 


    Anyway, like many others, this is one of my favorite movies. I must have seen it a dozen times by now, and sure isn’t losing anything; if anything it’s getting better. 

    I always forget how creative and focused the direction in this is, there are tiny details…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Finally got around to watching the new criterion cut, and off the bat I started to notice differences. I haven’t seen the original cut for a couple years so it was a little foggy on what was new. On ocassion I noticed a few editing things that stuck with the new footage. The footage added is definitely worth seeing if you enjoyed the theatrical cut.

    While I don’t think this is quite the, completely different film it was hyped up…