Nate has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★

    i had to knock off at least a star because i found jim caviezel insufferable. his arc as a whole both bothered and bored me but with a different actor it could possibly have worked. and some of the (what could be characterized as) cameos were goofy. a shame because most of the rest of the movie was absolutely incredible - nolte and koteas are particularly amazing here, and the cinematography is of course impeccable.

  • Léon: The Professional

    Léon: The Professional

    ★★★

    oldman is absolutely incredible, reno is a great presence, the action scenes are brilliantly done, really evocative use of nyc at the end of an era... i just can’t get past how uncomfortable the relationship between portman and reno gets. really hard to sit through some of those points in the middle, but well worth the watch.

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★

    definitely a few interesting elements, particularly the characters/performances of marlowe and augustine, and some great cinematography and evocation of early 70s LA, but there were definitely large stretches that felt frustratingly inert. might be one of those i need to sit with and get beyond the plot.

  • The Way of the Gun

    The Way of the Gun

    ★★★

    the opening scene is a misstep, definitely grasping for some of that tarantino/usual suspects easy cult status but there’s some fun here. the performances and the climax especially really carry it.

  • The Cable Guy

    The Cable Guy

    ★★★

    I’d been meaning to watch this for years, and I wasn’t quite disappointed - I have a feeling this one will grow on me as time goes by with more than enough incredible sequences (the bathroom scene alone is worth watching the movie for). It hits all the notes you’d want and many lines will stick with me
    forever. Stiller makes his mark here as well with some great casting decisions, for example. 

    Big problem though is that the movie…

  • Dinner for Schmucks

    Dinner for Schmucks

    ★★★

    this one always surprises me, it's much funnier than it has any right to be. jemaine clement steals every scene he's in, and he has a great dynamic with carell. carell as a whole is great, watching this back to back with step brothers it was interesting how much funnier i found his kind of idiot man-child thing than ferrell and reilly's, at least in this viewing. and a couple really great setpieces.

    just very overlong, didn't care about rudd's…

  • Step Brothers

    Step Brothers

    ★★★

    not as funny as i'd remembered it being... maybe i've just seen it way too many times. this time around richard jenkins came across as by far the funniest part of the movie, a lot of really great more subtle humor from him.