Nick has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2021.

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★

    Once again, Adam McKay makes something that I know a lot of people will like but just doesn't land for me. There are a few solid performances that carry a lot of the film. Leo is once again showing to be a better comedic actor than dramatic, Jonah Hill is pretty funny as I feel like he usually is, and Mark Rylance is probably the best of the lot, really just standing out as nailing his character. Jennifer Lawrence feels…

  • 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.