All the top 10 lists Nick has scripted for WatchMojo.com, the 7th largest YouTube channel in the world throughout 2014.
Nick's weekly film review column at Filmfestivaltoday.com.
A comic strip sadly inspired by the real life of Nick Spake.
About Nick Spake:
At the age of fifteen, I launched NickPicksFlicks.com, a website dedicated to the art of film. Since then, I have worked as a published film critic for Arizona State Press, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Film Festival Today, Arizona Filmmaker Magazine, and East Valley Tribune. Entertainment writing has also given me the opportunity to interview several big name celebrities, including Emma Stone, Chris Evans, J.J. Abrams, Emma Roberts, and various others. My life hit a roadblock in 2013 when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but I refused to let having cancer prevent me from writing film reviews and finishing college with a 4.0 GPA. In May 2013, I graduated from Arizona State University, achieving a BA in Theatre and a minor in communications. Teaching me just how precious life is, my disease further influenced me to reach out to others through my writing. Today, I'm happy to say that I am currently cancer free. As of September 2014, I have worked as a freelancer writer for WatchMojo.com, which recently surpassed 6 million subscribers on YouTube. This video content site has acted as a creative outlet for me to write top ten lists about movies, television, video games, and pretty much everything else. Out of the hundred scripts I've contributed to them so far, I'm primarily proud of the Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time, Another Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials, and Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014. In 2015, I joined the Flickreel family as a staff writer. I'm overjoyed to be on the team and can't wait to bring you all more movie reviews.
5 Stars= It's Simply the Best
4 Stars= Totally Rocks
3 Stars= Rad
2 Stars= Bad
1 Star= Terrible
Zero= Totally Sucks
Just Reviewed Ted 2 and Max-June 26th
Just Reviewed Inside Out, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Dope-June 19th
Just Reviewed Jurassic Wolrd-June 12th
Just Reviewed Spy-June 5th
A generic boy and his generic dog **1/2
If there’s even a little bit of a cynic in you, then prepare to be at war with yourself watching “Max.” On one hand, this is a heartfelt, innocent family film with solid life lessons. On the other hand, it’s so cliché, corny, and manipulative. If you’ve ever seen a movie about a boy and his dog before then you’ve seen “Max.”
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Good times with cancer ****1/2
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” explores the darkest reaches of Cancer and the moments of humor that make the experience a little less unbearable. Like “50/50” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” it’s a beautiful film for any young person that’s been affected by the disease in some way. What’s more, it’s a film for anybody that adores cinema.
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I've decided to endorse your park ****1/2
A forth “Jurassic Park” movie has been in production hell for so long that eventually interest faded. Actually, after “The Lost World” and “Jurassic Park III,” most people likely didn’t have much interest to start with. When the trailer for “Jurassic World” hit, though, they started to sing a different tune. Not only did it look like this could be a worthy successor to “Jurassic Park,” but the most tremendous movie in the entire franchise. “Jurassic World” lives up to its mind-blowing trailer, not to mention its title.
Back in 1993, blockbusters didn’t get any bigger than “Jurassic Park.” While Steven Spielberg’s glorious creature feature is still probably the best in the series, “Jurassic World” manages to make its setting feel grander than ever imaginable. From the second we enter the park gates with John Williams’ iconic theme booming, the audience is overcome with a chilling sense of nostalgia and enormity. Especially on the IMAX screen, the dinosaurs harbor a vast presence that ranges from awe-inspiring to frightening.
Chris Pratt broke out as an unlikely action hero last year in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He continues to shine here with the perfect balance of everyman, wise guy, and badass as Owen, a Jurassic World employ who’s succeeded in training a pack of raptors. When a genetically engineered dinosaur called Indominus rex breaks loose, Owen is the ideal candidate to round the beast up. Accompanying Owen is the park’s workaholic operations manager, Claire, who is simultaneously stuck up and lovable thanks to Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance. When her nephews (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) are put in danger, she goes from tightly wound businesswoman to maternal survivalist.
“Jurassic World” revisits many of the original picture’s themes, such as scientists playing god and parenting. At the same time, the film explores numerous new intriguing themes, like animal instinct and the bond people can develop with beasts. There’s also plenty of modern technology integrated into the plot, although it is odd that dinosaur cloning existed before smart phones in this universe. Director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly of “Safety Not Guaranteed” along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver of the exceptional “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” penned the screenplay. They give us everything one would want from a “Jurassic Park” sequel over twenty years in the making with great moments of depth, wonder, clever callbacks, and subtle humor.
Of course what people want above all else all from “Jurassic World” is dinosaurs. It totally delivers in that department through incredible buildup and payoff. The filmmakers go beyond simply having the characters run away from these prehistoric monsters. They think of a ton of inventive scenarios involving Gryospheres, aerial pterodactyl assaults, and a final showdown that’ll have you applauding. Every time you think “Jurassic World” has topped itself with one set piece, it’s awesomeness keeps accumulating until the film plays its trump card.
Some blatant product placement and a cliché villain played by Vincent D'Onofrio aside, this is stellar summer entertainment from start to finish. Lately, we’ve been getting countless remakes, reboots, and belated sequels. “Jurassic World,” as well as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” is a textbook example of how to revive a franchise, paying homage to predecessors while also being fresh. The park has been officially reopened and chances are you’ll want to go for a second ride immediately after.