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

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man

    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    ★★★½

    No matter how small we may be or feel at times, we still matter in this universe.

    If I could give this a perfect score on how interesting this was to watch, I would, but no matter how interesting it may be, it was filled with obvious flaws that are mostly due to the fact it was made in the 50’s. 

    I can’t believe how the special effects held up. There’s a large portion of the film where he’s trapped…

  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★½

    “With nothing to do, no news and in terrible solitude, we were 100 unfortunates awaiting our fate.”

    Amazing details, excellent use of sound, plenty of tension and an abstract but profound message about what a POW will do to keep hope alive while awaiting for his death trial. 

    It’s refreshing to see a prison break film with no gimmicks to get the viewer involved. All we see is what our protagonist sees, all we hear is what our protagonist hears.…

  • The Burmese Harp

    The Burmese Harp

    ★★★½

    This film feels as if it’s a gentle breeze compared to other Japanese anti-war films. Although there is a few haunting moments of war brutality and a picture I’ll soon never to forget (a pile of rotted corpses of Japanese soldiers stacked as high as a mountain), the film still maintains this feeling of sincerity and lightheartedness which is fascinating to me considering the film is based around a group of POW’s. It makes sense when the film is basically…

  • Bad Day at Black Rock

    Bad Day at Black Rock

    ★★★½

    “No man is useless, as long as he got a friend.”

    A nice and short 80 minute cross-genre that blends the Western and Film Noir wonderfully. Lickety-split, once Spencer Tracy comes off the train to visit this small and deserted town with suspicious townspeople’s I immediately become invested due to the setup. It becomes apparent that some of these people are hiding something due to how they treat stranger danger (Tracy). The reveal isn’t anything shocking but it works due…

  • The World of Apu

    The World of Apu

    ★★★½

    “Who are you?”
    “I’m your... friend.”

    Now I’ll admit, that was a beautiful ending and a perfect conclusion to close out a trilogy. Throughout Apu’s whole life it has been nothing but tragedy after tragedy, so it was nice to finally see a glimpse of hope and it’s even more assuring to have his arc closed out in positive fashion. Even though I have rated all 3 installments lower than its letterboxd rating, I believe this is a must watch…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★½

    My late pops, my late mother, my family back home, my hometown friends I’ve grown up with, my Filipino friends who has a taste for American cinema, my Letterboxd friends who are just as important - Eveyone is going to kill me for this but I... I... I never gotten into the hype for these films. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand. I understand the love for this franchise and this certain character. It’s fun, it’s adventurous and Ford’s…

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★½

    Date Night

    Encouraged by Sam!

    This was easily one of the most frustrating films I ever had to sit through and I mean that in a good way. A lie can not only ruin an innocent person’s reputation but it could suck the life out of them where they’re left with an empty heart that was taken from them. These things do happen and it must stop. How quick we are to believe something without inclusive evidence. The symbolism and…

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★½

    One wordFun. The chemistry between the IMF team: Fun. The new additions; Léa Seydoux & Jeremy Renner: Fun. The action sequences: Fun. Two scenes in particular; The Burj Khalifa & The Moscow Kremlin scenes: Fun. Each scene that involves Simon Pegg & Jeremy Renner: Fun.

    Two Words: Not Fun. The convoluted plot: Not Fun. Type Casting Paula Patton & Michael Nyqvsist: Not Fun. Paula Patton bringing her profound beauty but forgetting to bring any sort of charisma: Not Fun. The one-dimensional villain who literally has…

  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly

    Dragon Ball Super: Broly

    ★★★½

    I know this is probably the most beloved and praised Dragon Ball feature film and rightfully so, but as a lifelong fan for the series this film in particular isn’t what I prefer, I hope I can explain to ease off the disappointment coming from all you true DB fans out there who expected me to love this.

    I loved the 1st and 2nd acts before the epic fight. There’s one scene in particular that sealed the deal for top…

  • Rififi

    Rififi

    ★★★½

    Expectations was exceeded but with a little bumps and bruises along the way. This will easily go down with one of my favorite heist films of all-time. It deserves all the praises of being proclaimed a “masterpiece”, considering with what it accomplishes during its time. 

    The heist scenes are riveting. I loved the tricks the film pulls with the use of no sound. During those scenes I could hear my heart beating excessively faster. Once the heist is over, seeing…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★½

    I believe it’s the incredible performances coming from JD Washington and Adam Driver that holds this film together. Their chemistry is off the charts, especially during the 1st and 2nd acts. It’s just unfortunate Spike Lee decided to shy away from their undercover work because the 3rd act was much of a letdown with Spike Lee basically preaching to his viewers. Early on there are intense scenes that involves Driver’s character in a basement where his life seems at risk…

  • Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur

    ★★★½

    An epic Hollywood blockbuster tale about the wrongfully accused seeking revenge on an evil friend... or it’s about Jesus Christ and how you can’t fight evil with evil? Either or, this film deserves all the praise and accolades it has received over time. One being the “scenes of all scenes”, that is the chariot race that still to this day transcends way past its time.

    The production is absolutely glorious and the performances are incredible. The writing is engaging and…