Nick has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2021.

  • Nitram

    Nitram

    ★★★★

    I think as far as covering the real story of Martin Bryant, this doesn't quite do the whole of the story justice, despite really nailing the story that is told. A more wholistic and typical version of this film would go through the events that lead Bryant to the Port Arthur massacre with more fidelity to the real story. But this is a lot more focused in on Nitram, his experience with mental illness, and his family, opposed to adapting…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    I really loved this. The score and cinematography are outstanding. They function so well together at creating a real texture and atmosphere to the film. The washed out look of the exteriors is particulary evocative and breath-taking in the opening with Diana arriving. It was instantly striking from the first frame and kept that focus until the last frame.

    The story itself is nicely contained but never feels limited as well. The focus on Diana just worked with the way…

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★★

    Making a massive step forward in his craft from the Ritual, David Bruckner has really impressed me with his sophmore feature. Where the Ritual had promise in how Bruckner established a dreadful tone but failed to follows through in many departments, the Night House doubles down in tone and excels in many of those weaker parts of his debut.

    To start, I think what might contribute the most to the crushingly oppressive tone that makes this the most visceral horror…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

    The music and the musical structure annoyed me a lot less on rewatch. Still think there are issues with the flow, but the pace didn't sag the way it did initially.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special

    ★★★★

    Fantastic. Much more emotionally resonant in the themes of parenthood and letting go than I remembered. Wish I could see this in the theaters again because the score in tandem with the visuals is so powerful.

  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★★

    Here's the biggest issue with Hard Eight: by the time Clementine and John have kidnapped the man who refuses to pay Clem, its only 50 minutes into the film; just about 10 minutes since their romance began and a little over an hour when they leave. What takes 15 mintues in the film, takes 20 pages in screenplay, which would easily translate to over 20 minutes of screen time.

    What this means is Clem and John's characters don't really have…

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★

    One of the best scored movies I've ever seen. So perfectly used in the most basic sense of "audio/visual".

  • El Topo

    El Topo

    ★★★★

    Great structure. While I can't help but feel distant from a lot of this, when it hits it hits. The middle chunk surrounding the four masters is just inconsistent, having some of my favorite and least favorite scenes.

  • Bleeder

    Bleeder

    ★★★★

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

    Holy shit... When Lenny stands up Lea at the movie theater, she is standing next to a poster for Lars Von Triers the Idiots. Was Lenny going to see the Idiots on a first date?!?! I mean, that would probably be the movie Lenny would want to see. Absolute legend.