Nick Newman

Nick Newman

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

Favorite films

  • The Inner Scar
  • The Lady in a Black Dress
  • Martin
  • God's Comedy

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  • Trails

  • The Guard from the Underground

  • Barbary Coast

  • Dune: Part Two

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  • The Guard from the Underground

    The Guard from the Underground

    One of Kurosawa's first entries into out-and-out horror. Pretty clear he was still trying to master the mechanics of what makes something scary — the injuries and kills are notably far more brutal than almost anything he'd do hence— but some basics in scene construction (how long you hold a shot, how you pace an actor's movements) are really a bit ruddy. I love certain sequences, plays with depth of field, or the weird geometries (a slant of light on…

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    Dune was both titanic and interminable, which constitutes (for better and worse) a perfect distillation of the source. Likewise this is a masterpiece of design — Truffaut’s for-every-scene-a-new-idea maxim applied to spaceships, costumes, weird walking sticks or sound effects going fwoop-fwoop-fwoop — but rote in actual imagination, a faraway world of first impressions.

    Probably best summarized by the fact that nobody says “the sleeper has awakened” when Paul passes out for three minutes, not weeks — existential, cosmic wonder isn’t…

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  • F for Fake

    F for Fake

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

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    James Cameron's The Mother and the Whore
    James Cameron's Inland Empire
    James Cameron's As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    Kate Winslet does underwater sign language with a whale, and some scenes — one? 12? — later I think this movie hinged its plot on that whale's ability to see the future. Edie Falco drinks coffee in a giant mech suit.

    I zoned out because something looked cool. Something looked cool because I zoned out.…