TheNicsperiment

TheNicsperiment

Favorite films

  • Vertigo
  • Winter Light
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • La Dolce Vita

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  • Payback

    ★★★½

  • The Matrix

    ★★★★★

  • Bats

    ★★★

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★

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  • Payback

    Payback

    ★★★½

    Brian Helgeland's 1999 directorial debut, Payback, is a love letter to 1970s crime thrillers. With a dark blue filter over his lens, and grime caked over his sets and his characters' moral compasses, frequent scribe Helgeland seems to relish his first chance behind the camera. Even the majority of elements where the studio took control out of Helgeland's hands, like the addition of a hard-boiled voiceover or a more cathartic, palatable ending, generally work. As Porter, Mel Gibson seems to…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    The Matrix is just as revelatory now as it was 25 years ago. A cyberpunk masterpiece, perfectly conceived, casted, & executed. A visual, aural, & philosophical work of art. Hang every frame in the Louvre. THIS is 1999! Not just a foundational film for the year, but a cornerstone.

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  • Bats

    Bats

    ★★★

    Everyone involved in Bats knows exactly what kind of movie this is and seems to want the audience to have as much stupid fun as possible (and they all seem to have had fun themselves). Diamond Phillips, Meyer and Leon quip about, run from, shoot at, and blow up a bunch of gnarly animatronic bats. Bob Gunton is a mad scientist. The film ends with massive explosions. I miss the 90s.

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ½

    I think this is my least favorite film