Jacob has written 73 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2020.

  • Rio Grande

    Rio Grande

    ★★

    John Wayne shines as the Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, his regiment along with his son who he hasn’t seen in 15 years defends settlers against some bad tribes attacking. 

    I haven’t gotten around seeing most of John Wayne’s work but I can see why through 3 films of his I’ve seen so far that the legend was beloved by many because he has this likable screen presence that is hard to ignore. With that said, other than John Wayne there…

  • Secret Beyond the Door

    Secret Beyond the Door

    ★★

    A woman and a man meet. They get married without really knowing each other. The man has dark secrets. The woman is skeptical about his dark secrets.

    Sorry to the Fritz fans out there but for me, this ain’t it. It’s literally the same plot as Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Spellbound but much more slow and uneventful. Joan Bennett is stunning though.

  • Grease

    Grease

    ★★

    One of the most agonizing movie experiences I’ve ever had. Click the link below to see first hand of what my facial expression was during the whole runtime. No exaggeration either. 

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    The characters, the dialogue, the plot, the awfully flat lip syncing, the whole show was a huge ball of cringe. I fell asleep, I kept reading other negative reviews to make sure I wasn’t loosing my sanity. Just know that I’m not alone on this.

  • The Reckless Moment

    The Reckless Moment

    ★★

    A mother tries to cover up her daughters accidental murder. 

    They gender switched the character roles and gave “the man of the house” to the momma and Joan Bennett literally carried the plot and film as a whole on her dang shoulders. Take away her performance then there’d be no reason to watch unfortunately. The film noir aspects are about as dry and tasteless as hard licorice. No scenes stuck out to me nor gave me that wow factor I…

  • Glen or Glenda

    Glen or Glenda

    ★★

    This felt like I was watching a training video for a job I didn’t really want but it pays the bills so you decide to go through the exercise anyways. 

    The acting is abysmal and wooden. In its defense the film does imply that these are not real actors but seriously, c’mon, I couldn’t bare it any longer. Direct these people, please! 

    Why is the film using a horror theme by bringing Bela Lugosi on board delivering creepy lines in…

  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    ★★

    Gremlins again comes through with the amazing effects and designs of the little monsters but unlike its predecessor the effects unfortunately can’t save the absurdity that this film possesses. It’s downright dumb and sloppy. The campy fun and dumb town with dumb but warm towns people is now substituted with cheap Wall Street wannabes inside a generic futuristic office building filled with terrible actors. There is a Hulk Hogan cameo and I’ll have to place it up there with the most corniest and pointless cameo of all-time. Phoebe Cates and the gremlins are the saving grace from complete waste of time.

  • Caught

    Caught

    ★★

    I’d thought I’d give this a full review instead of using it as a platform to inform you all of a personal family matter and letting my emotions of a heartbreaking loss get the best of me. I just would like to respect the art. Let’s just keeping praying 2020 and the future starts to heal. Anyways the show must go on...

    “Caught” is about a naive woman who falls in love with a egotistical husband who only values money.…

  • They Live by Night

    They Live by Night

    ★★

    A “honest” robber falls for a sweet woman and they decide to go on the run to start a new life. 

    Before I start, I want to express that I understand why this film is loved by most followers. It has that sweet and innocent romance that we all root for. There are plenty of cute scenes between the two where it sets the viewer up for the tragic climax so that all viewers with the big hearts will weep…

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    ★★

    How rude for someone to place a hidden camera inside someone’s house without telling them. Not only that but why place the hidden camera in a house occupied by a spiritless woman who is emotionally lifeless due to the fact that her personality lacks any common characteristic a normal human being should have when life gets a little boring. When life gets dull and boring what do we do people? “Nothing!” Nope. “Start hooking!” Nope. “Kill people!” Nope. We don’t…

  • Daisies

    Daisies

    ★★

    BEWARE: DO NOT WATCH IF YOU ARE A GERMAPHOBE AND SOMEONE WHO VALUES ETIQUETTE BEHAVIOR. ALSO, DON’T WATCH WITH A EMPTY STOMACH. 

    Two care free teenage girls decide “nothing matters” and decide to spoil themselves since the world is so spoiled...

    I understand the message but the way it was formulated was distasteful and obnoxious. There were some scenes that I thought was clever. The mocking of the train sequence we always see in romance films is clever. The food fighting scene was fun. The visual scissor scene was interesting. The colors and visuals made this bearable. I digress.

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    ★★

    Drifter meets a beautiful young married woman...who happens to be married to some old fat guy...and they fall in love...and they plot to kill old nice fat man...I wonder how’s it going to end...what could possibly happen in 2hrs...

    Possibly one of the most conventional noir films I have seen in quite sometime. So conventional that I almost fell asleep due to its lack of originality. The performances were even lackadaisical. Lana Turner is stunning but I’m not going to…

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot

    Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot

    ★★

    I give permission to Sergei Eisenstein’s dead body to resurrect and come give me a beating for not enjoying one film of his. Sorry Sergei fans but I do not like his films at all, if you do, more power to ya. Like the great band War has said “Why can’t we be friends?” even when we don’t enjoy something someone else does.