Nick has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2020.

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil

    ★★★

    I definitely missed something. I watched the "Restored" version or whatever the version that followed Welles' Memo. So, this is probably the best version that is going to exist right?

    The acting was pretty good overall. Janet Leigh was so good. If she wasn't so charasmatic and into the role, her character would probably feel a little flat. Anytime Orson was on screen I had a huge grin. The man was a great actor and he was just so funny…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★

    The delivery of the line, "emphatic period" is delivered probably the best it could ever be. I'm impressed Andy.

    A lot of the comedy just didn't hit for me, aside from a good amount of dialogue. But man, some stuff just really fell flat for me. Theres a lot of great dialogue here. The structure feels pretty messy though.

    In terms of keeping a pretty simple narrative going forward, it just felt like they wrote themselves into a corner and…

  • Assassination Nation

    Assassination Nation

    ★★★

    Looking at Assassination Nation by itself first, I think its a very impressive debut that showcases Sam Levinson's wonderfully dynamic and dramtic style of direction. His visual style really works well with the subject matter hes chosen to cover so far. I don't think anyone is quite doing teen films the way Levinson has with this and Euphoria, but I'll get to that.

    All of that said, this film suffers from the issue that is balanced in Euphoria, being that…

  • Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

    Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

    ★★★

    "This is your brain on my sandwich". Nice. Really funny if you've had experiences with psych's. Its not doing the Vice Hamilton Pharmacopeia thing where its a genuine exploration of a drug, rather, its just a comedy special about psychadelics. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

    ★★★

    A well-done feature debut. Definitely different in tone from the other Cinestate films from Zahler, but still has that same edge and mindset. Its a good time, nothing too mind blowing but still very engaging. I think what I like most, more than anything about the filmmaking, is the subject matter. Cinestate doesn't mind releasing films that explore perspectives, subjects, and people, that other studios wouldn't touch. In this film it explores the role of armed militia's in modern society,…

  • The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    ★★★

    I was definitely more harsh on this when it came out, bur after seeing Doctor Sleep's abysmal directors cut, this is clearly one of the better things Flannagin has done despite the endless issues with this show.

    Maybe the biggest issue for me personally is the use of wide lenses and wide shots. In a more restrained directors hands, these shots wouldnt feel insistent. As if they are forcing you to notice details rather than letting you notice it yourself.…

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★★

    I'm gonna keep this short cause nobody cares about the specific ways I feel like the screenplay is weak so, let it suffice to say, that the screenplay lacks subtlty, poorly sets stakes, poorly defines characters, and just feels contrived on a story level. The worst thing the movie does is constantly shifting perspectives. Its so annoying and really doesn't work for the film. Like, is this Grace's story or is the kids'? You can't flip flop and expect it…

  • Eraserhead Stories

    Eraserhead Stories

    ★★★

    Here for the Lynch's commentary, not the bad attempts to emulate his own style. The editing and sound design specofocally comes off really annoying. David Lynch's pressence saves this, I can't say the documentary itself has any merit or even really services Eraserhead. I mean watch this for what Lynch has to say, but honestly, if you're anything like me, you've heard most of this before in a much more condensed and educational way. Go watch the Art Life, it's on Criterion and Amazon I think.

  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    ★★★

    If you want my hot-take read the last paragraph.

    I don't know. Number one, Netflix series have this terrible issue of cliffhanging. I don't know if this one is worse than Wild Wild Country in terms of that, what I can say is the story itself was broken in a very annoying way. The story is just so manipulated to for this structure and it makes me not trust the narrative itself. Already, the way the story is portrayed feels…

  • Horse Girl

    Horse Girl

    ★★★

    First off, the score to this film is... Man, they just stole Jon Brion's score for Punch Drunk Love. Like, blantantly the same thing. The big climax moment also sounded exactly like the elevator scene in Drive. Its not like they sounded similar, they were almost exactly the same. What the fuck was that?

    Other than that, this was pretty good. Allison Brie was really good, she did so much with her face to really well her character. I do…

  • Kick-Ass

    Kick-Ass

    ★★★

    Watched this for my screenwriting class. Last week was Wild Tales, this week... Kick Ass? Whatever. I liked this as a teenager and think that was the target demographic. That being said, the film knows superheroes. Far better than any Marvel movie or any traditional superhero movie really. Its like a more sexist and homophobic Deadpool that somehow manages to be less annoying than Deadpool.

    Aaron Taylor Johnson is the highlight and manages to funny sometimes, but he still wasn't…

  • Thirteen

    Thirteen

    ★★★

    I wrote up a big thing detailing all the intricacies of this movie that simultaneously made it great and terrible. I'm a big fan of Kids and a lot of people find that totally unbearable which is understandable, but that must be how I feel about this. Its just cringey, both intentionally and unintentionally which is what makes it really hard to take. The intentional cringe is brutal and honesy and I hate it, while the bad cringe is definitely…