Jacob has written 212 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    ★★★½

    Should I make a Rick Dalton joke? I don’t think I will. This movie is great enough to not have me make a corny joke that might bring the movie down. This was a pure and top-tier prison break film that was surprisingly fun and adventurous? Question mark because POW, murdering, death and suicide isn’t supposed to be fun to watch, is it? Well, with wisecracking one-liners, the charismatic characters with optimism written all over their smiles, McQueen majestically riding…

  • Hud

    Hud

    ★★★½

    So apparently my daughter woke up early and surprisingly wanted to join in on this movie with me. So there is this scene that almost leads to a rape and I didn’t want her to see it of course so I placed my hand over her eyes. Afterwards we discussed on how to defend yourself, God forbid anyone is in that predicament but she said the funniest thing that not only made me crack up but made me very proud.…

  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★½

    I don’t want to spoil or give anything away so I’ll be brief. The film follows a wealthy young man who hires a new servant. It then becomes a battle between the upper and lower classes with psychological horror thrown into the mix. My favorite highlights is the genre bending, tone shifts and the wonderful performances that brings this first sophisticated, then nightmarish trip to its unforgettable climax. If you are a fan for Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” and is a fan for the psychological genre, then this will serve you well, pun intended.

  • The Exterminating Angel

    The Exterminating Angel

    ★★★½

    I have to hand it to Luis Buñuel, during his time there is no other director I’ve seen that remotely comes close to his boldness and imagination. 

    This premise alone is fascinatingly unique and original. A group of rich people are unable to leave the room for some inexplicable reason. (Yes! Thank you! Finally something different! More of this bizarreness from the 60’s please) Anyways, where was I? Oh, yes, this film is whacky and as some of you are…

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    ★★★½

    Did 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” & “Stagecoach” had a grand baby because this definitely resembles some of their features. I never knew that I needed this combo but here I am, 2021 watching two iconic legends of the genre do what they do best. 

    James Stewart & John Wayne is like a coin. Stewart is Heads and Wayne is Tails in terms of who I like most. I have to say, Wayne regardless of his offscreen drama, I love the…

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★½

    Now this is how I like my Left Bank/French New Wave. A protagonist who is flawed but is in no way unlikable or annoying. Cléo has every reason to be paranoid, superstitious, upset and terrified because waiting for test results on whether or not you have cancer can put the most sanest person at an unease state of mind. But the film also shows she is vulnerable to all these interesting people she meets all in the radius of these…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★½

    Mayumi & Daddy’s Pixar Adventure

    What a way to end this Pixar adventure (until the next one is released) with my daughter than to have a film that she hardly understood. Yes, this was confusing for my kid but with her childlike innocence, she finds enjoyment out of anything animated. Heck, It took me a little bit of exposition for me to understand the multiple layers of other worlds like “The Great Beyond, The Great Before & The Zone” and the rules…

  • The Guns of Navarone

    The Guns of Navarone

    ★★★½

    There would be no “Inglourious Basterds” without the Guns of Navarone. There’s plenty of war action, adventure, team chemistry and all around fun to be had in this film. Each team member has a special set of skills that allows them to be interesting and likable. The performances are just as grand as their characters are written up to be. Even though Gregory Peck leads these men, not once did I feel he was more important than the men ranked…

  • The Virgin Spring

    The Virgin Spring

    ★★★½

    Incredible performances, religious and philosophical themes that yourself can dissect after viewing, and wonderful cinematography. The rape scene was hard to watch and the lack of score definitely made it harder to bare. The revenge that takes place is filled with great tension as myself was hoping these scumbags will get what’s comin’ to em. Bergman tackled this subject with great poise and direction. Starting to fully grasp this man’s talent behind the camera.

  • The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales

    The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales

    ★★★½

    A perfect blend of dark comedy and horror. Very well written and a performance from Arturo de Córdova that had me empathizing with his character. He played the innocent, even-tempered, well-spoken husband superbly. For a film about a husband who has possibly the most nightmarish wife ever, there’s hardly any yelling or overly melodramatic sequences that gets tiresome. Instead the film is expertly paced with clever dialogue and relatable circumstances when facing the Devil in female form while also facing…

  • Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

    Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

    ★★★½

    JAPANESE DUB

    Needed a much needed short break from 3hr epics, 3hr Italian Neorealism films and French New Wave films that absolutely wore me out mentally. This little adventure is the breath of fresh air that I was desperately seeking for. 

    The gang is back on another fun adventure but this time around they attend the World Martial Arts Tournament hosted by the one and only Chaozu and they must keep the Dragon Balls out of the hands of Master…

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★½

    I’m still pissed at Baxter for never repaying Dr. Dreyfuss for not only being the best doctor of all-time but also a very best friend. Seriously, best neighbors ever. I think all of us can learn something from them. 

    Shirley MacLaine & Jack Lemmon is a perfect match for a romance. They’re both lively spirits soaking all of the fun and sprinkling all of their magic onto us. Simply put, they’re adorable and I loved every second of their performance, no…