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Based out of Chicago, IL, Cinema Romantico is the work of one man, Nick Prigge, a man who sometimes prefers to refer to himself in the third person.

Upon seeing Last of the Mohicans one fateful summer night many years ago he realized he yearned for movies that, above all else, moved him and, thus, set forth on an eternal cinematic crusade for, in the words of Werner Herzog, The Ecstatic Truth. The great film editor Dede Allen once called herself a "gut editor - intellect and taste count, but I cut with my feelings." Borrowing her phrase and tweaking it, he likes to think of himself as a gut film reviewer - intellect and taste count, but he reviews with his feelings.

A member of the Online Film Critics Society, he reviews new movies, older new movies and classic films on this blog. He offers various forms of rantings & ravings and blog-form essays & dissertations and sundries about any items film-related that may catch his notably peculiar fancy. He has also written for Slant Magazine, PopMatters, and the defunct blogging bar and lounge Anomalous Material. He is decidedly not Rotten Tomatoes approved. 

He is a lover of scotch, a drinker of coffee, a devotee of Nebraska Football (despite having been born & raised in Iowa), a disciple of Bruce Springsteen, an apostle of Lady Gaga, and a proponent of Parisian café culture.

You may follow him on Twitter @NickPrigge where he does his best to condense his idiotic musings to the allowable 140 characters. You may contact him at


  1. Anonymous9:02 PM

    I really enjoy your blog. You have an excellent writing style and I am genuinely surprised that your not a well-paid professional critic. I had a slow day at work and reading your reviews helped me get through it. I especially like your Friday's Old Fashion. Great variety of articles and reviews!

    I also like the image used for your blog banner. It is subtle, but still powerful. Is that an image from a movie, or is that a personal pic?

  2. Thank you! Very kind words! I'm genuinely glad you enjoyed the reviews.

    The image on the banner is from "Lost in Translation", one of my favorites. And I feel like that image does a pretty good job underscoring the title of my blog - it captures a certain wistful romanticism.

  3. Your reviews put most movie critics to shame. I could never hope to write as well as you do! All one can do is be themselves :)

  4. Thanks, man. Really kind words. I appreciate it. Thanks for reading! Truly!

  5. Anonymous3:13 PM

    You are probably much too young to remember this, but today my Gopher football team got its much deserved revenge from an 84 to 13 beating back in '83 at the hand of your Cornhuskers. To be honest I don't think the Huskers should have moved to the Big 10 conference. I don't think they will ever be able to dominate in the Big 10 like they did in the Big 12.

  6. Ha! Yeah, I didn't enter my Cornhusker fandom until 1986 so I never saw that infamous game. I've certainly heard and read about it in the years since. And is why, if I'm being honest with myself, games like yesterday are Nebraska's just desserts.

    Plus, Minnesota deserved it. They outplayed us and they and their coach have been through a lot this year. Good for them.

  7. May I suggest you consider reviewing _Ashby_ ? It wasn't reviewed favorably and I love it as much as Elizabethtown.Please.

  8. Hi Nick, long time!
    I've just returned to blogging after a four-year hiatus. I was looking back through my old comments to see which bloggers are still active. Great to see that you are! Will start catching up on posts I've missed :)

    Claire @ Cinematic Delights (

  9. Hey, Claire! Welcome back! The blogosphere has changed a lot in the last few years, I think. I can't really keep up with my fellow bloggers the way I used to - too busy these days. I've thought about packing it in but this thing is kind of a solace for me, I guess, especially this year. Hope it's the same for you...