Jacob has written 95 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2020.

  • Brighton Rock

    Brighton Rock

    ★★½

    A British gangster film noir about a psychopathic gang leader Pinkie Brown that is based around his downfall for his recent murders. To keep it bluntly, I did not enjoy this film due to its lifeless characters. The gangster and noir elements are there which works well but for the best of me I did not care. This film is based around Pinkie’s paranoia and his romantic fling with the most unbelievable romance I’ve seen in some time. First of…

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ★★½

    My thoughts:

    1st, 2nd & 3rd Act - “This is possibly the worst cast of characters and performances I’ve ever seen. Why’re they talking like that? Why does it feel like I snorted cocaine before watching this? Who edited this?”

    *When they start singing* - “This is possibly the most beautifulest films I’ve ever seen. Oh my goodness, do I love this film? My heart is melting! This is so visually striking!”

    In conclusion, I hated and loved this film. Other…

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★½

    A group of nuns are sent to a small village up in the Himalayas to set up shop but some nuns soon to question their vows. 

    I was looking forward to this because I find the nuns devotion to god and how they help less privileged people with Gods grace extremely heartfelt and brave but unfortunately the direction of this film solely focuses on the nuns love interest. The mesmerizing cinematography and beautiful location is some of the best from…

  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    ★★½

    “Dairy of a Bored Suburban Cheating Wife”

    4:03 PM August 1st, 1945

    Today while I was alone away from my husband having a sit down having a lovely coffee this man walks in with a nice face that I fantasized sitting on because I have no control over my thoughts. Then I got something in my eye and he used his finger to get it out but I couldn’t stop thinking “what if he used that finger for something else”…

  • I Know Where I'm Going!

    I Know Where I'm Going!

    ★★½

    A woman travels abroad to marry a man but is trapped in a small city in Scotland and becomes infatuated with another man. Basically your usual romantic drama with some Scottish culture in the mix.

    I must have hit a rough batch of 40’s films that I can’t enjoy due to its very clear-cut style of genres. As a huge fan of Scottish bagpipes and dreary weather themed films I found this very fascinating to gaze upon. The locations are…

  • Detour

    Detour

    ★★½

    I’m starting to see a trend here with 40’s noir films - Base the story around a crime and have flashbacks before the crime took place and have the main character narrate the past events in such a cheesy poetic manner where it feels the narrator is basically telling you the whole plot - “As the drops dripping down the windshield like tears.” - I’m sorry but that is just an example of pointless narration with nothing to add to…

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    ★★½

    Pretty colors, warm beautiful house and old family traditions that makes me reminisce, some catchy songs, but not my cup of tea. I feel bad for rating Judy Garland films so low but I can’t force myself to love a genre that I’m not too fond of. Musical melodramas works in some ways but to have a story about a couple sisters trying to find love and a family having to make a decision to move out of their home into another beautiful city sounds like something I have seen before countless of times...

  • Project A: Part II

    Project A: Part II

    ★★½

    Dragon is back! Yes, I’m excited because I enjoyed the first one and now after viewing this sequel, I now appreciate the first one even more. I’m not sure why the sequel is on the 1001 Films You Must Watch list and not the 1st one. This one is much more serious in its tone which takes the fun out of what made the 1st one so enjoyable and when there is slapstick it’s not as clever either. For instance,…

  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    ★★½

    Cary Grant running around for 2 hours in one room.

  • A Canterbury Tale

    A Canterbury Tale

    ★★½

    A sweet tale about three strangers who randomly travel upon a small town and investigate a odd occurrence of a guy who smears glue into women’s hair...yea.

    It’s honestly much deeper than that. The three strangers all have a tribulation in their life that is wrapped up nicely at the end. There are very few scenes that are heartwarming and fun but hey, at least that are “some” other than none. My biggest nitpick is the pacing and uneventful plot.…

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    ★★½

    As beautiful as this film was and as epic this story is...I still managed to drift off into a deep sleep...twice. 

    The story follows General Candy and flashbacks that range about 40 years of his life that includes a German friend and three different love interest that is so confusing because they’re played by the same actress? Would anyone want to touch up why this film took that route? 

    There is legendary technical work here that shines through out the…

  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★½

    Dumbo’s cuteness and the love of the mother is the only reason for my rating.