Nikolas Friedrich

Nikolas Friedrich

23 / student of film & theatre

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    ★★★½

    Quite baffling how much less this is interested in exploring Harry's interiority than Azkaban, doesn't necessarily help that Newell's direction has none of the formal precision & wondrous sense of time/space Cuarón brought to the franchise. This still works, for what it's worth, as a bunch of thrilling set pieces chained together, has a delightfully hammy performance by Brendan Gleeson and almost makes up for its lack of substance by executing one of the most emotionally horrific moments of this series…

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★★

    Probably helps that this is the best of Rowling's books, because it clearly marks the beginning of where this story is headed both tonally and thematically (also the time travel stuff's just really neat), but the way Cuarón develops a visual language for the emotional turmoil of these children, Harry most prominently of course, by re-imagining the Hogwarts grounds as this intricate cabinet of mirrors that they have to navigate through & make sense of on their own, in order to…

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    Fucking phenomenal. The movie I've been waiting to see all year. Almost had to leave the theater halfway through because I was on the verge of a full-blown panic attack. Whether or not it was the movie itself or just my excitement over how good it was I do not know. Definitely one of the tensest, most awe-inspiring theatrical experiences I've ever had. Possibly James Gray's best film.

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