Nick Newman

Living epitome of the three-star film you nevertheless throw a heart.

Favorite films

  • The Inner Scar
  • The Lady in a Black Dress
  • Martin
  • God's Comedy

Recent activity


  • Secret Beyond the Door

  • The X Files: I Want to Believe

  • Safe

Recent reviews

  • The X Files: I Want to Believe

    The X Files: I Want to Believe

    Probably a better series-to-cinema translation than Fight the Future, which excelled in separating itself from the show as a proper summer-movie experience. Carter channels lower-register Monster of the Week plotting, characterization, narrative instincts into the appreciably harsh vibes of a January release — returning to Vancouver obviously helped— but like my favorite episodes ("all things," "Never Again," "Paper Hearts," "Milagro," "William") also convincingly about belief resting on the razor-thin line between fear and desire. In context of the original run's…

  • Safe


    In 1985 Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote about Fox and His Friends, "At one point the camera is even stationed on a floor a moment before the hapless hero slips and falls, in sadistic anticipation of his mishap. As with much of Fassbinder's work, his cruelty complicates rather than negates his mordant, on-target social analysis."

    I will bet actual money Todd Haynes had that somewhere in mind staging wide shots with Julianne Moore that constitute, roughly, 40% of this movie's two hours.

Popular reviews

  • F for Fake

    F for Fake

    Convincing the audience your girlfriend is hot enough to horn-up Picasso into 22 portraits... ultimate flex.

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    James Cameron's The Mother and the Whore
    James Cameron's Inland Empire
    James Cameron's As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    Kate Winslet does underwater sign language with a whale, and some scenes — one? 12? — later I think this movie hinged its plot on that whale's ability to see the future. Edie Falco drinks coffee in a giant mech suit.

    I zoned out because something looked cool. Something looked cool because I zoned out.…