Niels has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

    Unlike many other biopics in the history of cinema, Spike Lee's 1992 masterpiece takes measure of every step in the life of a man not to show chapters, or steps, or highlights of his days on this Earth, but to give us an Earthly man, both flawed and gifted, both angry and gracious, both hesitant and brave. The story of Malcolm X as portrayed by Spike Lee is the story of an African American man navigating life, and making mistakes,…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★½

    Or the story about how two people so right for each other can also be so wrong. 
    Beautifully written. Devastating and real. Career best performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson and also a career-high for director Noah Baumbach. One of the best films of 2019.

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    A film that gets the little things right, squeezing life out of every scene with poetic touches. A film of little dialogue but so much emotion. About love, jealousy, Korean cultural dynamics, politics and class divisions. 
    So much allegory and metaphors in between the lines that invite a second and third viewing despite its generous running time. One of the best films of 2018.