Nate has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • Thief



    this is one that’s gonna stick with me and i’m already liking more the more i think about it. ESPECIALLY the less you think about the movie as a heist movie, which i kind of went in with, instead as a character study. frank is one of the most incredibly compelling characters i’ve seen, and there’s no other movie i’ve seen that really gets into that archetype’s psychology so perfectly.

    it’s interesting too bc mann actually tries this again, to…

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades


    watched this along the first two and while it’s still awesome it’s not quite at the same level - much more punctuated in terms of its violence and devotes itself more to an exploration of its world with the different disputes, contracts, ethical quandaries, etc.

    this was really intriguing but it takes til the last 15 or so minutes for things to explode - i would normally think of this as great pacing but the first 2 did well at…

  • Go



    first time watching in like a decade; better than i remembered, a lot of great young actors doing their thing (olyphant in particular) and some really fun vignettes.

  • Casino



    not perfect by any means but propulsive, excessive, and fun. great performances all around, and a great repeat watch. i suppose it just lacks a certain sense of importance that puts it a step above (i certainly think some folks’ opinion that the movie is among the greatest indictments of capitalism on film is more than a bit overstated) but hey, i must have seen all 3 hours of it at least a dozen times.

  • Hard Target

    Hard Target


    john woo nails it, transforming a mediocre script and jcvd’s limitations with his artistry into a well-crafted gem much better than most american action movies of the time - especially those to which hard target would probably be unfairly compared (like most seagal garbage). there’s a real beauty and flair here, and beyond that it’s just a lot of fun. immensely underrated, just wish there’s be a way to find and restore the directors cut.

  • Heavy Metal

    Heavy Metal


    really stupid, really uneven, but a lot of fun. the animation is absolutely gorgeous and worth the watch alone, really makes me want to dive into that era of so-called adult animation.

    i might argue that this is the greatest comic book movie ever made in that it encapsulates the sum experience of reading a comic book as an adolescent. need to see if it holds up to repeat viewings.

  • Bloodsport



    the ideal of a van damme movie, pretty much plotless and brainless, nice ass shot, fun to watch with friends

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge


    one of those movies i’d gotten to know secondhand through cultural references, particularly the dialogue being sampled in a few different hardcore/punk bands’ songs (dystopia’s “love // hate” being the one that really comes to mind). upon actually watching it i was struck by how messy it actually was, but it’s still quite good.

    definitely was written without a true sense of what it was actually trying to say (the vaguely characterized ex-radical teacher was kind of a step in…

  • Deep Rising

    Deep Rising


    a hell of a lot of fun, great dialogue, casting, kills, and sommers's self-conscious style elevate it a cut above being the alien(s) ripoff i guess it's been accused of being. i'd watch an entire film on the mercenary crew by itself, and idk, i really liked the little touches like the shotgun pumping at the end.

    that said, the cgi is pretty awful, there's a bit of repetition in the last act, but its so damn entertaining for what it is that all that is forgivable. definitely deserves a better rep within the b movie canon.

  • Society



    had this on my list for years and man it did not disappoint. a truly effective piece of horror. genuinely nightmarish from start to finish, builds this supreme sense of unease into that last act. more than enough people have accurately described what the film leads to but the less you know going in the better.

    and all the while, the laughter at the insanity you’re watching gets stuck in your throat when you realize that the satire/allegory/whatever the fuck…

  • The Blob

    The Blob


    a whole lot of fun - hilarious, nicely subversive, incredible kills/effects, charming performances (love beau billingslea’s goofy lines at the end). one of those movies i wish i’d seen a long time ago, and definitely something i’ll be revisiting when i have 90 minutes to kill.

    only real criticism i’d have is that there did seem to be a few rough edits in the first half of the movie, i’d bet there was a decent amount left on the cutting room floor.

  • The Mask

    The Mask


    Watched this when I was 5, thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever seen, then never saw it again until now. I think I laughed just as much as I did then. It works much better than anyone could necessarily imagine, there's something really fun and unique about the production and performances - I mean, really I could just list off little things like the mullet-ponytailed henchmen, the boss torturing Zed with the golf tee, Richard Jeni's strangely magnetic performance, the senator from the Sopranos doing the detective thing, with Jim Carrey never-better just barrelling through it all... just really worked for me.