Nick Davis

Nick Davis

""I've seen you wrap things" — Carol White, Safe "I love you" — Carol White, Safe " ." — Ada McGrath, The Piano"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Assistant Professor of English and Gender Studies at Northwestern University
Favorites:
The Piano, Morvern Callar, Safe, When Harry Met Sally..., Persona, Pinocchio ('40), Singin' in the Rain, The Scarlet Empress, Laura, Meshes of the Afternoon, Aliens, Crash, Harlan County U.S.A., The Thin Red Line, Citizen Kane, Velvet Goldmine, Dancer in the Dark
Publications:
Nick's Flick Picks
Total Reviews:
724
Total QuickRatings:
185
Location:
Chicago, IL

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 724
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C+ 62% Salt (2010) " Shame about the nonsense at the front end and the dunderheaded ending, but the middle act was worth the ticket price." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 15, 2010
B 66% Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010) " Camera movements, graphic matches, and strange tonal balances carry a lot of expressive weight in this story about chance encounters, creepy follow-ups, and abrupt changes of heart." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 15, 2010
B+ 88% The Abyss (1989) " The Abyss gains in some ways from its own Achilles heels, in a way most movies don't... its formal technique, its reckless obsessiveness, and its gutsy emotionalism are what I can't stop turning over in my mind." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 4, 2010
C 90% Cropsey (2010) " The conceptual, even poetic inquiry that percolates in the opening scenes gives way to flat-footed and unresolvable detective work that makes the filmmakers too important." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jul 29, 2010
A 67% Cremaster 4 (1995) " Barney's outlandish mise-en-scène, forever emphasizing the organic, the amorphous, the massive, the adhesive, and the fluorescent in quite literal ways, also retains those very qualities in my memory." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted May 19, 2010
A 75% Cremaster 1 (1996) " Barney's outlandish mise-en-scène, forever emphasizing the organic, the amorphous, the massive, the adhesive, and the fluorescent in quite literal ways, also retains those very qualities in my memory." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted May 19, 2010
A 83% Cremaster 5 (1997) " Barney's outlandish mise-en-scène, forever emphasizing the organic, the amorphous, the massive, the adhesive, and the fluorescent in quite literal ways, also retains those very qualities in my memory." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted May 19, 2010
A 77% Cremaster 2 (1999) " Barney's outlandish mise-en-scène, forever emphasizing the organic, the amorphous, the massive, the adhesive, and the fluorescent in quite literal ways, also retains those very qualities in my memory." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted May 19, 2010
A 65% Cremaster 3 (2003) " Barney's outlandish mise-en-scène, forever emphasizing the organic, the amorphous, the massive, the adhesive, and the fluorescent in quite literal ways, also retains those very qualities in my memory." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted May 19, 2010
D+ 69% Shutter Island (2010) " Sadly, a horrible case of reverse-proportion mandates that the actors with the largest parts give the weakest performances, including yet another limp outing from DiCaprio." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Feb 22, 2010
B- 82% XXY (2007) " Even when the film overdoses on its own downcastness or on dubious similes and symbolisms, you can feel why the characters as well as the filmmakers are humbled in more than one way by the conceptual intricacies and the high emotional stakes of the essent" — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Feb 10, 2010
B 88% The Curse of the Cat People (1945) " One of those movies that coheres more interestingly because of its own odd heterogeneities, largely because the brio and friskiness of the filmmaking remain fairly constant over the short 70 minutes, even as the idioms keep moving around." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 25, 2010
B+ —— Wing and a Prayer (1944) " Feels tougher and more focused as it continues, and it editorializes much less obviously than most movies of its genre and period do about who on screen is to be admired and who is to be regarded with unresolved ambivalence." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 18, 2010
B- 85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) " Our second chance in Awards Season '09 to watch a world-class film technician and not-infrequent producer of great movies make a big, awkward lunge for that Entomology Ph.D. he has always wanted." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 17, 2010
B- 100% Experiment Perilous (1944) " I wish that the strongest passages of Experiment Perilous were more representative of the film's overall achievements. It's practically an essay in the boons and the perils of starting off wonderfully." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 17, 2010
B 100% Jane Eyre (1944) " The whole picture seems to fuse a relentless, revisionist Mercury Theater "take" on Jane Eyre to an obvious attempt on the part of Fox to ride the post-Rebecca wave of Gothic romantic mystery." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 17, 2010
C 91% Crazy Heart (2009) " Crazy Heart finally disappoints because it's so manifestly a character in search of a movie." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 12, 2010
C- —— Mrs. Parkington (1944) " Proof that the Academy has always a reserved a certain quota of its major nominations for films for which I doubt even their makers wished profoundly to be remembered." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 8, 2010
B- 78% 12 (2007) " I've sampled this core material twice now, and even left to my own devices, I'm still a hung jury." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 3, 2010
C+ —— Hairy Ape " One of those films that profits in some tiny but intriguing way from being such a bastardization of the source material." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 3, 2010
A- 90% Pandora's Box (1929) " The film...is more interested in the waywardness of almost everyone's longings and in their failures of self-preservation than it is about Lulu's particular immorality or recklessness." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 3, 2010
F 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " One of the sourest experiences of my movie year, not a mindless sequel, but...the needless dumbing-down, almost gleeful sacralizing, and generic homogenizing of an established property so that it can yield mindless sequels." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 1, 2010
B- 100% 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957) " 12 Angry Men has some shrewd observations to sell about argumentation and group behavior, but they're not the ones of which the film seems most proud." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Dec 28, 2009
C- 96% Miracle on 34th Street (1947) " I kept wondering: what would Jesus think about this movie, a kiddie pic that indicts America for losing sight of the one person that Christmas was always supposed to be about, and that's Santa." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Dec 28, 2009
B 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " Frequently plays as though Daniels conceived it as a mash-up of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Rob Marshall's Chicago... Finally and semi-subversively denies that 'everything is a gift of the universe.'" — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 18, 2009
C- 40% Donne-moi la main (Give Me Your Hand) (2009) " It's almost hard to see the movie inside all the recycled beats and diaphanous construction, much less to feel its pulse." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 14, 2009
B+ 95% Mary and Max (2009) " I'd be a sucker for most movies where a strategic slick of rooster s*** plays a decisive role in enabling an emotional communion, or where a young girl thinks to ask, "If a taxi goes backwards, does the driver owe you money?"" — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 12, 2009
B —— Partners (2009) " Partners has its fingers confidently on the pulse of what is heedlessly passionate and what is utterly desultory about late adolescence and extremely nascent "adulthood."" — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 11, 2009
D 71% Lovely, Still (2010) " Lovely, Still made me feel sorry for its venerable stars, despite my fondness for their legacies and my gratitude for their committed best efforts through most of the film." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 11, 2009
B+ 100% My Neighbor, My KIller (2009) " Few documentaries are quite as rigorous and artful in exposing the complex stakes behind pointing a camera and a microphone at scenes of profound social injury." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 10, 2009
C- 75% The Eclipse (2010) " The Eclipse shoots willy-nilly for too many registers of fear, and it never emanates a confident sense of what we are learning about these men and women by watching them panic, shudder, and second-guess themselves." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 8, 2009
C 43% Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (2009) " Plays like a middling installment of some softballed international portmanteau like Paris, je t'aime, but maddeningly inflated to at least ten times the recommended scale." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 7, 2009
B 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) " Paranormal Activity has the universally craved but preciously rare knack among modern horror movies of seeping into the skin and the cerebellum." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 5, 2009
A- 80% Georgia (1995) " Might be my favorite example of a movie that compels you toward binaristic assumptions but keeps outwitting them, with its immersed conviction in the palpable, sonic, psychological, atmospheric world that it inhabits and constructs." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 30, 2009
A- 97% Spirited Away (2001) " Spirited Away exalts the young girl Chihiro's uncanny experiences into an adventure that is as thrillingly ambiguous as it is vividly soundtracked and illustrated." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 25, 2009
C- 77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) " The Coens are like party acquaintances who keep changing the subject and then staring at you quizzically when you can't follow the thread, or when you stop wanting to follow it, but who then block all your exit routes from their obnoxious conversation." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jul 22, 2009
C 88% Two Family House (2000) " Unfortunately, the look, pace, and structure of the film stop feeling elegantly restrained and pass into something like boilerplate mediocrity." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jul 22, 2009
D+ 50% Chéri (2009) " Lying on a mattress and staring out with inarticulate wistfulness is to this film what answering the phone and marveling at the odd stag were to Frears's The Queen." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jul 15, 2009
B- 25% Mission To Mars (2000) " Whatever's shoddy or limp about Mission to Mars, however conspicuous while the film unfolds, all becomes admirably pale as the full viewing experience recedes and the good stuff emerges in proud bas-relief." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jul 14, 2009
B+ 64% La Captive (The Captive) (2003) " For the high-minded, literary, and formally invested viewers who are receptive to how she works and what she worries about, the film offers a starkly insinuating exercise in the contemplation of love." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jul 7, 2009
B+ 81% Wonder Boys (2000) " If Douglas and Hanson have aimed to make Grady as simultaneously weary and jazzed...as Bob Dylan's Oscar-winning theme song is, they have come enticingly close, with marvelous highs along the way (not just the narcotic kind), but they haven't fully got th" — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jul 1, 2009
B- 61% Adoration (2008) " No one else would have made a film about these people, exploring these ideas and taking these kinds of mysterious risks... but it all amounts ambiguously to being either the best of Egoyan's weaker films or the shakiest of his good ones." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jun 30, 2009
B+ —— The Battle of Midway (1942) " As provocative as a new (and an old) way to contemplate Ford as it is seminal as a time-capsule for martial history and for wartime image-mongering and tribute-paying in the days before television." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Mar 19, 2009
B+ 100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) " Mr. Jordan has the right kind of love for itself: it isn't self-glorifying or self-fetishizing so much as it is contagiously warm toward its characters and besotted with its tenderly ambitious script" — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Mar 13, 2009
B+ 94% The Wolf Man (1941) " The Wolf Man's tantamount pleasures are its economy and speed, its silvery manipulations of light and shadow, and the panache with which the lighting, the story, and the rich cast navigate [its] tone." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Mar 10, 2009
C- 63% Changeling (2008) " Writer J. Michael Straczynski and director Clint Eastwood keep abducting their own movie and flagrantly replacing it with a different one." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Nov 12, 2008
D+ 88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) " If this movie is as patient, delicate, and introspective as it pretends, what to make of all the bludgeoning, obvious tactics that keep serving to remind us of its impeccable tact?" — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Nov 11, 2008
A 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) " Brazen and witty and starkly serious...Synecdoche stands in relation to Kaufman's best previous screenplays in the same way that David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE stood in relation to Mulholland Drive." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Nov 11, 2008
B 96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) " Waltz with Bashir represents another honorable stride toward this gestating breakthrough in adult animation, though I'm as disappointed as I am pleased to call it 'honorable.'" — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 29, 2008
B 64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " Lively with color but dotted with chic black-on-white motifs, splashed with escapist enticements without losing its grip on James's curdled spirit, suggestive of interesting fragilities in the time-honored MI6 chain of command." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 28, 2008
C+ 69% Delta (2009) " Delta, quite easy to laugh at, and deserving, at least, of impatience if not contempt, has a keen eye and a flexibility of expression as well as subtle intimations of depth that are worth sounding out." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 26, 2008
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