Jacob has written 143 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • Elf

    Elf

    ★★★½

    Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals

    Like my good friend Sam has said on here, it’s filled with innocent humor that all ages can enjoy and dialogue that is eternally quotable. Timeless and iconic work from Will Ferrell who seemed to be a whimsical boy trapped inside a man’s body who’s sugar intake helps me cope with my own failures at dieting. Also, who would’ve thought Deschanel & Ferrell would make for a delightful couple on screen. It’s an essential Christmas classic for me and almost everyone close to me. It’s sweet, it’s innocent, it’s fun but most of all it’s jolly.

  • A Christmas Story

    A Christmas Story

    ★★★½

    Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals

    I never understood the hype around this film as a kid, even kids who were the same age as me loved and talked about this film being the Christmas best but I could never jump on board that train. I’ve always found Ralph and the story so boring, I mean, as a kid watching the whole story seems so plain and simple, Ralph just wants a darn BB gun and the whole film is based…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    ★★★½

    This film starts out fantastic with an incredible wizard war in the sky but then turns into a depressing backwoods story with the 3 amigo’s trying to survive in what feels like a post apocalyptic world filled with bad guys. Which for the most part worked due to some remarkably cute scenes with Hermione and Harry. I’m sure everyone who has seen this film knows the scene with Nick Cave’s song playing. I swear, I don’t think there is another…

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★½

    The Theory of Everything: Upgraded

    Right off the bat, this is a must watch for Sci-Fi dweebs like me. It has the excellent visuals, the electronic and wavy soundtrack, the high dosage of adrenaline action, epically brutal violence and a wicked A.I named STEM. 

    What will turn some people off is the narrative. The exposition is heavily used where it could get tiring, plus the revenge plot can be a bit overused BUT the energy this film gave me made…

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★½

    Is it just me or does this installment showcases some of the most sharp and crisp special effects throughout the series? Even though the plot is basically a setup for one final pay-off twist, I found the film so eye-catching to watch. The light brown and warm yellow color palettes makes the film an essential watch in the fall and winter time. Must mention the soundtrack that caught my interest. Definitely my favorite score from the series so far. The…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★½

    I’m so conflicted with my true feelings about the Marvel franchise. One part of me absolutely loves seeing these characters all together kicking Thanos’s ass but another part of me feels empty with nothing but disbelief that it took this long for actual risks at hand and I hate to say this but I still wasn’t satisfied. “I love you 3,000” was endearing but why wait to kill off certain characters when it’s most expected? I mean, I know why,…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★½

    Date Night

    Pros:
    Lady Gaga’s singing.
    Lady Gaga’s acting.
    Lady Gaga’s eyes.
    Lady Gaga’s laugh.
    Lady Gaga.
    “It's you I idolized, it wasn't dad.” - Okay, that scene got me.
    Sam Elliott’s tears.
    Bag of frozen peas scene. 

    Cons:

    The Grammy Scene was idiotic. Was I supposed to laugh, cause I did and I felt bad for doing so.
    The ending montage was cheese hell inferno.
    The forced self pity for a drunk. - (after so many failed attempts)
    The fact that this film feels like a 3 1/2 hour biopic.
    Not fully understanding why he’s a drunk. 

    Nonetheless, still a great film.

  • The Game

    The Game

    ★★★½

    The Most Dangerous Animal of All

    The Game had to walk so that The Truman Show could run. Hard to review this movie without spoiling anything so I’ll keep it brief to the ones who haven’t seen it, before venturing into spoilers. It’s good, it’s a David Fincher film, it’s a must see film at least once. 

    SPOILERS!!!!!!SPOILERS!!!!!!SPOILERS!!!!!!!!

    Isn’t the big brother always the one pranking the little brother? At least it was for me. I had a big brother…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★½

    As some of you may know when I started my Marvel journey I started on a good note, I was even questioning the Letterboxd users who gave a Marvel film a low grade. I first want to apologize for doing so because it’s starting to come to me as of why there are some who see the Marvel Films differently. With that said, I completely understand why people adore these films and they’re no doubt fun and at times glorious,…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★½

    I Still Believe in Heroes 

    After second viewing, the humor that worked so well first time around didn’t hit me as much as I wanted to but I still laughed out loud at a couple of gags. Thor is funny at times but his care-free demeanor seemed too much of a personality switch just for the sake of something different that he seemed more like a spoof character than a superhero. I get it Marvel, fans were bored of him…

  • Atonement

    Atonement

    ★★★½

    Atonement works in many ways due to its technical wonders and sincere performances from a stellar cast but for the best of me, I couldn’t believe how cheesy and weird this film was. Knightley and McAvoy was perfect, along with the rest of the cast. On a technical level the film is extremely well made. There is a one-shot scene that showcases the brutalities of war, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. 

    Like I mentioned before, I’m just not into a heavy melodramatic…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★½

    I Still Believe in Heroes 

    Grey’s Anatomy meets Inception who then meets The Matrix. This is one mesmerizing spectacle of some of the best visuals I’ve ever seen. Cumberbatch is such a great actor who can give a pretty boring character that is Stephan Strange a little more flare than your ordinary actor. When the Doctor becomes a master sorcerer is when his character became likable for me, which is the point of this origin story for his character. The…