Nick has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2020.

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★★★

    Profoundly moving experience; I have not been able to stop watching this film. On one level, a more objective level, this is a beautifully tender and empathetic depiction of mental illness. It is never made exactly clear what Bill's suffering from, nonetheless, there are endless connections one can make to a wide variety of mental illnesses.

    On another, more subjective and personal level, this is a beautifully tender and empathetic depiction of the human condition. Its showing you what it…

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    My God, was I stupid teenager. The same way I dismissively thought I "got" Being John Malkovich, a similar thing has happened here. While I could recognize the merit, I had always carried the opinion I didn't really enjoy this film. What a fuckin idiot. Maybe I was just too young and dumb, because this has got to be one of the most enjoyable Kubrick films. Its fun, fast paced, and just so engaging to watch.

    I think this film…

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★★★★

    Having not seen this for a few years, it was quite the experience to return to this without remembering where it went. Since rewatching this I have subsequently watched it another two times simply because I forgot just how amazing it is to watch this story. Every element that comes together to create this film expertly measured and packed with so much feeling in every shot. And that's what I didn't remember, how much emotion is conveyed. With a lot…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    What citizen kane often doesn't get cited for is it's emotion. Of course its a film about power, the corruption of ideals, and all the other things you can find in any film textbook. More than any of those things, its about love. The search for that love and the lengths we go to satisfy our search for love. For Charlie, enough is never enough. He allows power to be his tool for aquiring love and this is his downfall.…

  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★★

    This is one of my favorite movies from the last decade. I love nostalgia on film, and this among the best. The sense of longing for a better time, an escape from the present we are currently trapped within. I find it quite odd (almost perverted) that this is a film I go to when life is hard. It's one of the most personally affecting movies I've seen. If you've never been prompted to cry by an aspect ratio, it…

  • For Sama

    For Sama

    ★★★★★

    I'm stunned. This is the kind of film that really puts things in perspective. I don't want to invalidate my first world problems but I sure felt pretty terrible about myself watching this. In so much turmoil and suffering people live and want to live. That to me is just such a profoundly beautiful thing to see. I really haven't cried that much in a film for a long time and at the end when I felt I was numbed to the experience, it burrows deeper and reaches something transcendent yet universally eminent.

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★★

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

    Let me start with the only (extremely superficial) issues I have witht yhis film:

    -I don't quite get how Lou ended up outside in the morning. I know that shot was improv so perhaps Noe doesn't give a shit. Regardless, she disappears after she cuts herself so anything could happen.
    - Daddy isn't the most believable a few times, particularly when he's ignoring Selma and toward the end.
    -Gazelle isn't the most believable at least once, specifically when Lou is…