Nick Newman

Living epitome of the three-star film you nevertheless throw a heart.

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  • The Sparks Brothers

    The Sparks Brothers

    First time a movie’s made my ankles hurt from foot-wagging. Septuagenarian Russell Mael lifting weights and doing squats as funny as any image in Edgar Wright’s filmography.

    I am the person who will beam when Christi Haydon appears so there are qualms about not enough time for Angst In My Pants, Gratuitous Sax needing its own doc, etc. This also sits as evidence of one specific fan's perspective, and at ~140 minutes I didn't detect skimping; within that runtime I'm…

  • Phil Spector

    Phil Spector

    Friend shouts “did coke with his daughter tho!” at David Mamet’s credit.

    Fully alienated the group trying to defend this as a kind of bad-taste masterpiece.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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

    (Though they are clearly marked.)

    • Significant that this is the first Tarantino period film set in his lifetime, specifically when he was six. Hollywood often seems to be seen through youthful eyes, amazed at the existence of the world itself, turning a wind-whipped convertible drive, the aural wallpaper of radio ads and snippets of songs both unknown and not (dig that inversion of "Mrs. Robinson") as spectacle. How many sound-image combos in his canon are as exhilarating as Polanski's…

  • F for Fake

    F for Fake

    Convincing the audience your girlfriend is hot enough to horn-up Picasso into 22 portraits... ultimate flex.