Nate has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

    ★★★★★

    it’s been a minute since i watched shogun assassin so i need to rewatch to be sure, but after sword of vengeance, i got really hit by how much of a difference there is between the sequence of films proper and that dubbed mashed-up piece of art; maybe i should be more ashamed that i wasn’t expecting that.

    that said, this is an amazing movie and kicks things up having taken full advantage of the first film to set the…

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    ★★★★★

    glad to have finally marathoned the first 3 lone wolf and cub movies after having loved shogun assassin. sword of vengeance sets things up beautifully - a lot of elegant simplicity in the revenge plot and the characters and full advantage taken of some remarkable rural shooting locations set up alongside the wild violence and dark humor. 

    the sound design is something that i particularly love re: the simplicity. during the swordplay scenes there’s very little sound outside of musical…

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    hard to describe how perfect everything about this one felt. might add some additional thoughts later/upon a repeat viewing.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    only movie that’s made me cry upon repeat viewings as an adult

  • Society

    Society

    ★★★★★

    i fucking love this movie

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★★

    I mean it’s hard not to say just what everyone else had said right? brilliant in every way and i hate to go with talking about influence like “any sort of action/thriller/sci-go movie that’s come in the last near 40 years wouldn’t exist without it” but it really is true and the thing is, it’s still better than the vast majority of what came after.

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    i am emotionally wrecked, smiling with tears in my eyes, throughout the final act every viewing. one of the most achingly beautiful pieces of art i’ve ever seen. i remain happily surprised that something so breathtaking actually achieved some level of recognition (not that that recognition actually means anything, but if it made more people watch it beyond the art house scene then,..)

    every actor, every choice made by the filmmakers, does justice to the story of chiron’s development into…

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    boogie nights improves every time i watch it, as you soak in all the little details, character moments, bits of overlapping dialogue, and the immersive sense of place established in mapping the valley porn scene of the time. wahlberg’s combination of naïveté and bravado have almost never been better used (with the exception of perhaps the other guys and pain and gain, but those were much less subtle) and burt reynolds and moore are incredibly affecting as the parental figures…

  • The Long Good Friday

    The Long Good Friday

    ★★★★★

    a classic. hoskins is a force of nature, giving a performance that should be seen as as iconic as those of pacino and de niro in similar roles.

    further, beyond an amazing score and brilliant direction, the film functions brilliantly as an allegory for the empire in decline, particularly in the way that it weaves in the struggle of the ira against the brash and cunning, yet ultimately brutish and foolish machinations of the patriotic “corporation”. this is something that,…