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:
725
Total QuickRatings:
185
Location:
Chicago, IL

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 725
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
C+ 77% Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010) " It's one of those right-down-the-middle affairs that puts its script front and center, selling punchlines and double-takes under a thin gloss of continental sophistication." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 22, 2008
C 82% Two Lovers (2008) " An early suicide attempt, complete with potent sound design, confers a life-and-death gravity on the picture that its story about a faltering manchild with a frustrated crush doesn't fully earn." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 22, 2008
B+ 92% Ballast (2008) " A doleful movie that often has a lump in its throat, but it's also a poetic and illuminating movie that earns its attitudes and effects, including the lumps." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 22, 2008
C 79% A Summer In Genoa (2009) " [Winterbottom] can't quite decide which well-trodden path to walk, either of domestic drama or of supernatural riddle, which should have been a sign that he hasn't really committed to this project." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 22, 2008
A- 75% Julia (2009) " The film has the focused derangement of a suicide bomber...but I for one am elated to see such brazenness, such mystery, and such crazy, highwire ambition back in the movie theater." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 19, 2008
C 61% The Duchess (2008) " Dibb conceived of the right, poignant atmosphere for a glimpse at rarefied 18th-century life but barely read the Cliff's Notes for whose life he was staging, or why he was doing it." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 14, 2008
D+ 54% Mamma Mia! (2008) " A chintzy valentine to the world-shaking ebullience of one's own flimsily "empowered" friendships and one's most offhanded and tarted-up whims." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Sep 15, 2008
D 83% Tropic Thunder (2008) " Tropic Thunder, full of punchlines about Milli Vanilli and Being There, stitches the tired cultural references of one generation to the utterly debased expectations of their heirs." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Sep 15, 2008
A 100% The Third Man (1949) " If The Third Man is a tragedy, it isn't just the tragedy of a hobbled city, scribbled with ruins and parsed into zones of occupation that can't communicate and don't cooperate." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Sep 13, 2008
B+ 86% Warnung vor einer Heiligen Nutte (Beware of a Holy Whore) (1971) " Beware of a Holy Whore is the film you would make if you spent the previous ten years on a steady diet of Godard and Warhol, with occasional afternoons cleared for Antonioni and every night reserved for hard drinking." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 23, 2008
C 81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) " Long ago, Allen became interested in "the artist" only as a theme and rhetorical figure. The actual making of art, whether as his subject or as embodied by his own films, no longer grips him. It may actually bore him." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 22, 2008
C+ 50% Smart People (2008) " Smart People aims [at] enlisting Quaid's intelligence and self-awareness without denying him the wit and the grins that keep him so likable on screen. He handles the role well, but you couldn't say he owns it or thrives with it." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Apr 27, 2008
B- 57% Turn the River (2008) " Turn the River, sometimes like Kailey herself and sometimes not, has a laudable habit of pulling back at the right moments and proving its mettle in unexpected ways." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Apr 26, 2008
B 45% Fay Grim (2007) " The nicest surprise of the movie is how long and how well Fay Grim works as a contemporary screwball comedy, a genre from which Hartley's diffuse yet severe sense of irony would seem to disbar him." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Jan 3, 2008
B 78% Crazy Love (2007) " Crazy Love...sidles up to us, thrills and surprises us, seduces us with the pop flavor of its mid-century paperback aesthetic and its titillating tabloid tale. Crazy Love is chummy." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Nov 15, 2007
C- 31% Making Love (1982) " On its own baby-step terms, and despite its moneyed vanilla-himbo vision of gay masculinity and desire, Making Love plays now as a bemusing anachronism but not an insulting or self-inflating one." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Nov 13, 2007
B- —— The Joy of Life (2005) " The Joy of Life offers a truncated and incomplete but a nonetheless promising start to that looming and hopefully brilliant career." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Nov 12, 2007
B 97% Groundhog Day (1993) " The movie deserves its fans, earns our respect, delivers richly on its initial promises if not always on its greater ones, and rewards multiple viewings, even as it carries a built-in joke about the typical shelf-life of repeated experience." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Nov 12, 2007
B+ 100% The Search (1948) " Both a well-modulated immersion in the experience of stunned and stranded children and a time-capsule of the scarred land and crumbled cityscapes of Germany after the war." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 18, 2007
D+ 35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) " Elizabeth: Full Throttle. Elizabeth: The Heretic. Elizabeth: Book of Shadows. Despite all the peacock kerfluffery Kapur can conjure, this remains an inscrutable film, in intent as well as execution." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 16, 2007
B 90% Michael Clayton (2007) " The multiplex needs more movies where life, work, morality, and debt comprise the constellation of adult experience, unimpinged upon by concessions to youth audiences and unameliorated by any whiff of romance." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 16, 2007
C 72% Stuck (2008) " Assumes the stance of a transfixed but inarticulate bystander to its own premise, rather than using that premise as an aperture into revelation of character, accumulation of suspense, or persuasive ethical reflection." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 13, 2007
B 72% Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) (2007) " Hallam Foe cannot be accused of concealing its investment in the dramatic heightening of sensation, the privileging of psychic logic and hormonal pulls over safer and more quotidian forms of "realistic" storytelling." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 10, 2007
B- 86% Control (2007) " Parades so many smart, savvy strategies for avoiding the typical music-bio pablum that it's particularly dispiriting when the middle and end of the film so dully and incorrigibly embrace those very clichés." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 8, 2007
C- 68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " The evidence of talent persists in Anderson's work, but the prognosis of terminal solipsism and emotional dilettantism draws ever fuller support." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 8, 2007
B+ 72% Lust, Caution (2007) " Lust, Caution spins a satisfying and surprising yarn, and the formal and visual motifs are more ambitious and ambiguous here [...]than anything in Brokeback." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 8, 2007
C+ —— The Good Fairy (1935) " This strange, uncertain film doesn't augur or embody Wyler's subsequent trademarks so much as it calls them into relief through their very absence." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Sep 25, 2007
B 89% Zodiac (2007) " I'm impressed with Fincher's delicate formal and tonal control in Zodiac's best passages...but sometimes this restraint feels like a gag in the movie's throat, or a damper on its affective potential." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Sep 15, 2007
C+ 72% En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (2007) Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Sep 14, 2007
A- 85% Donnie Darko (2001) " The film...asks the question: what if the universe as we live it, not just as we theorize it, really isn't as we imagine it? In making the mundane as bottomless as the cosmic, Donnie Darko has the guts to remain a riddle itself." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 4, 2007
B- 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) " An ideal movie for DVD: you can pick and choose moments and lines to revisit while ignoring, or trying to ignore, the thematic compromises, hectoring impulses, and structural handicaps that start to engulf the film." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 4, 2007
C- 69% Freedom Writers (2007) " Ironically, the film features almost zero teaching. Despite much pedagogical posturing, it doesn't teach us much, either." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Aug 4, 2007
D 56% Vacancy (2007) " Trite and opportunistic in its feints at intellectual weight... Best, in fact, to mine from the crumbly ore of Vacancy a drinking game plated in gold." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted May 2, 2007
C 69% Year of the Dog (2007) " The film is simply too inconsistent in its writing and inadequate in its playing to click with an audience, or even to click with itself." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Apr 30, 2007
A- 100% Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927) " Beautiful and engaging, if factually dubious... Built, shot, and scripted to entertain literally anyone, from a 4-year-old to a nonagenarian member of its own original audience." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Mar 23, 2007
F 55% Alpha Dog (2007) " As it happens, not all dogs to to heaven. Some go straight to hell, and Alpha Dog gets there faster and stays there longer than most." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Mar 4, 2007
C 93% The Lives of Others (2006) " The formal mechanisms are so obvious and impersonal that they flatten our modes of thinking and feeling almost as much as the propaganda films that a regime like East Germany's would have approved." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Mar 4, 2007
B- 84% Breach (2007) " Breach builds toward a few crucial moments where we get inside the mind of a turncoat long enough to sense his arrogance as well as his acrid despair." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Mar 3, 2007
B+ 66% Black Snake Moan (2007) " Black Snake Moan finally, is a comedy of faith and faithlessness, in their religious and also their sexual dimensions...A consummate act of jerking our collective chain, and making us love it." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Mar 3, 2007
F 65% Apocalypto (2006) " A web of death-drives, false devotions, lofty pretenses, auto-plagiarisms, sound but inarticulate craftsmanship, and lowest-common-denominator provisions of trauma as entertainment." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Dec 5, 2006
A 96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) " Singleton strips his art of almost all ambiguity in the service of thematic and emotional and political transparency.... A tragic purgation of pity, anger, and fear." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 26, 2006
A- 100% Cool Hand Luke (1967) " Thematic ambivalence and episodic structure start to feel like major virtues: Cool Hand Luke is one of our most lived-in and pleasurably paced odes to nonconformity." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 15, 2006
A- 80% Hud (1963) " These questions are richer than they might have been in Hud because Newman...creates Hud as a sum of conscious choices, not an animal or an icon." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 15, 2006
B+ 88% Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat) (2007) " An unusually patient and good-natured portrait of rural/urban crossover...of clinical, spiritual, and popular perspectives, of romance and absurdity and barely voiced grief." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 14, 2006
0 72% Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate) (2006) " The obvious, meticulous deliberation with which Ceylan has framed his images and timed his edits does not conceal the banality of what he produces." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 14, 2006
C 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) " The backloading of the film's intelligence isn't sufficient reward for having made it through 100 minutes of capricious indulgence." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 14, 2006
C- 11% All The King's Men (2006) " Plays as a veritable autopsy of itself; to watch the movie is to watch it go wrong, to observe the tempting gleam of the film that might have been grow ever dimmer." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 14, 2006
D- 69% Hollywoodland (2006) " Never makes a case that Reeves' death is worth probing, or even mourning; as on Superman, his humanity is utterly stifled by lousy production values and unrewarding stunts." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 14, 2006
A- 63% Home for the Holidays (1995) " Has a spirit and an ostensible shapelessness that are pure Cassavetes, enveloping a script that only seems to reach for the precise calculations of 1930s screwball comedy." — Nick's Flick Picks
Posted Oct 2, 2006
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