Nick has written 21 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Clickbait

    Clickbait

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I can't stand narratives like this. They just cram fluff into their pedantic, one character per episode structure. Finally, in episode 6, we get characters we should have had the rest of the show with the Burton family. If we spent 6 episodes thinking Burton did it and then have it revealed that he didn't, that would actually be interesting. Instead we have this drip-feed plot, more interested in keeping up suspense by withholding information and progression for "big reveals", than building any kind of actual tension.

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★

    Seems like Sheridan fancies those S Craig Zahler films because the bad guys in this movie are poorly executed versions of what Zahler has been doing. Sheridan clearly just doesn't write characters that way so they stick out as super lame.

  • Cherry

    Cherry

    ★★

    I don't mind the crazyily inconsistent tone, I can accept the confused performances, I can tolerate the poorly done novel structure, and I can even go as far as to say I like a lot of the visuals, even if half of those choices fail.

    I cannot say those things make up for just how all over the place the goals of the movie are, the portrayal of drugs, and the lack of any filmic grammar. This weirdly reminds me a lot of Southland Tales and kind of makes that film seem incredibly cohesive. What a strange movie.

  • WandaVision

    WandaVision

    ★★

    The most pedantically structured show.

  • The Rental

    The Rental

    ★★

    Really confusing experience all together. It has a nice build up, the lighting is really nice, and it sets up its drama well, but that third act deflates tension like no other and this is ultimately what makes this film weak.

    The whole set up was totally irrelevant to where we ended up, it just left me wondering why all this character work was done. They spend the first hour building drama through character but then suddenly that drama has…

  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★

    Maybe I should have waited till I could have subtitles, because all of the performances are mumbled and dont know why. It had some cool effects and Christopher Abbot always gives a great performance, by virtue of his powerful physical pressence. The same goes for Andrea Risenborough who also excells at being screen pressence through her physical performances. Other than that, I really didnt like anything. Its production is fine all around, its well shot, creatively lit and directed, etc.…

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★

    The fuck was that? Was Paul Haggis delusional or was scientology just pumping him full of praise? But scientologist didn't make this movie, a lot of other much more talented people did. Why would Terrence Howard choose to play this role? Why Michael Pena? Why Don Cheeto? Brendan, what happened? How can you go from the Mummy to this?

    Okay, in all seriousness, this is not as bad of a movie as people make it out to be, but thats…

  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★

    This was just frustrating to watch. It starts out with wayyyyy too much exposition to begin. Then once exposition is over, it just gets annoying. Honestly, I really get that its influencing their decision making but thats not a good enough excuse to just have dumb shit constantly happening. Maybe if it were executed better, with a good pace, good editing, good fucking lighting, and just, the feeling that they tried. Sure, some effects are cool, but most are pretty…

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★

    Well, I went in ready to tear my hair out and that didn't happen so I guess I'm pleasantly surprised. The second act and its focus on the world it established was the closest this movie got to being an engaging film and even then, ehhhh. So the fact that this is a sequel to the shining - Kubrick's Shining - and not an adaptation of the novel, is the biggest misstep. This film has none of the tone, atmosphere,…

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    ★★

    A few well thought out set pieces - the one with the hallways way genuinely great - but too many of the spooky scenes are too conventional and held back by the pg-13 rating which it feels like it was already pushing. The scenes connecting the spooky scenes called the story was just so unengaging and typical. I could see the potential but when that potential is squandered on this far too traditional American 2010's horror film.

  • Southland Tales

    Southland Tales

    ★★

    I’ve been trying to put this (and a few other movies) into words for a while and every time I can’t do it. So let me try being brief. Performances are so bad, they blend and work for the story kind of. Sean Willian Scott was surprisingly good and the movie is best when he’s on screen. The visual look is garbage and that’s probably the biggest problem. The production and look of the film is pretty terrible with a…

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★

    Both Efron and Collins do a good job, but that’s about all the film has. The perspective of the film is unique, I think the choice to stay so closely attached to Collins character was a double edged sword though. Sure it’s a unique perspective, but I just didn’t know what I was supposed to feel in relation to the fact that we all know the man was crazy. 

    The biggest issue with this movie is just the screenplay. It’s…