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

  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'

    Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'

    ★★★½

    JAPANESE DUB

    This was so much more of a pleasing viewing than my last DBZ entry. Unlike Battle of Gods, this film instantly knows to tone down the ridiculous humor that was so corny before. The 3D Animations this time around is much less vibrant and shaky which makes the fighting feel much more smoother and easier to follow. The writing in this film is beyond better in comparison to other installments, it’s extremely sharp-witted and much more sophisticated. Some…

  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★½

    DATE NIGHT

    The Girlfriend and I had a great time with this one. I found the relationship between Grace Kelly and James Stewart so cutely relatable. My girlfriend was mentioning how stunning Grace Kelly’s wardrobe was and that outer beauty of hers matches the elegance and I for one can’t blame her, that girl is easy to look at and you don’t need binoculars to see that. She not only has the looks but it is her fun charisma that…

  • Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound

    Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound

    ★★★½

    Another fantastic installment to the series. Bojack is another forgettable villain with not much to offer but it’s the Z Warriors that pick up the slack. Everyone chimes in on the action including a laughable attempt with Yamcha but what sets this great is the nearly perfect beginning with the Z Warriors fighting in the tournament. 

    Trunks & Tien fight off and I thought that was oddly awesome and apparently Trunks gets another fight worth noting with one of Bojacks henchman,…

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★½

    "Without mercy, man is not a human being."

    I’m sorry, but I would show no mercy to the old lady in the Letterboxd backdrop. Nonetheless, I get the point. What a beautiful film, inside and out. It’s technically sound, the message is profound and I was glued to my laptop screen for each second. Even though I’m not too fond of misery porn, I couldn’t help but sympathize with these characters, especially the women.

    What I appreciate most is that…

  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

    Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

    ★★★½

    JAPANESE DUB

    “Even in Hell, you won’t see a show of butchery as entertaining as this.”

    I admit, Broly is a sadistic, murdering psychopathic behemoth that puts all other villains to shame when it comes to power but I couldn’t help but laugh each time he sees or hears Goku. The guy is obviously on steroids to have that much uncontrollable rage burst out of nowhere by just seeing someone’s face that you’ve never met. It’s too silly, sorry. 

    Anyways,…

  • The Big Heat

    The Big Heat

    ★★★½

    Can we please resurrect Gloria Grahame and base a movie around her character as the female version of Two-Face? I mean, I’m not sure if it would work since she still manages to look incredibly beautiful with half her face melted off, when the scar is supposed to make Two-Face a more menacing looking villain. I’d still watch and still be transfixed by her beauty...

    Movie? Oh yea, movie. Fritz Lang has a keen eye and ear for crime. His…

  • The Band Wagon

    The Band Wagon

    ★★★½

    Not you average musical. A film that is pretty “ordinary” through most of the runtime but it is the final dance sequence that wins it for me. How they mixed the Film Noir with the musical number was not only unique but super fun. It also helps by giving one of the most heartfelt closings for a character who is struggling to make a comeback from being a superstar in a different era of theatre. This plot is so overused…

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★½

    “Isn't life disappointing?”

    Some of you optimists out there may think that quote above is misery porn at it’s finest but no matter how optimistic as a person I am or like to believe, life in general has a way for strengthening us, putting us in a situation we don’t control, and for some who deals with life’s unexpected tribulations, it can be difficult to comprehend its meaning. Yasujiro Ozu’s films presents these issues that almost all traditional families goes…

  • Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug

    Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug

    ★★★½

    JAPANESE DUB

    “SLUGZILLA” more like it. Kinda underwhelming but still lots of fun. The beginning starts off great with Gohan reeking havoc on Lord Slug’s henchman who looks like space octopuses? Huh? I’ll get back to that, about the villain designs. Anyways, the beginning is great, out of all the people Chi Chi comes outta nowhere and drop kicks two octopus Stormtroopers which was awesome. Piccolo then makes a grand entrance at the perfect time (as always) and gives us an…

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★½

    I love war movies. Just something about the history, the bravery, the aftermath, the grievances, the heartbreak, it all gets me in my feelings. When I need to really “feel” something, I watch a war movie. It’s always been that way but what I despise the most is a war film that revolves around a love triangle. With the many components to use to make a war film, I find the cheapest way is using the love triangle. Thankfully this…

  • Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge

    Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge

    ★★★½

    JAPANESE DUB

    “I find you entertaining!”

    This was around the time when Goku turning Super Saiyan was a huge deal for kids like me to jump outta their seats. The series basically builds up to that moment. It’s the same with this film. Goku gets beaten to a pulp and has that self-awakening moment where he transforms into the imperial Super Saiyan that we all love and he absolutely destroys his opponent. Regardless of my high rating that is simply…

  • The Best of Youth

    The Best of Youth

    ★★★½

    “I watch the midnight sun sink towards the horizon, then it stops and doesn't enter the sea. I think of my father, mother, and you, how you've always said that everything is beautiful.”

    Where do I begin with this 6hr - two part film that is basically about the cycles of life beginning with the carefree youth? Well, one can’t really decipher each aspect that makes this great due to the amplitude of that insane runtime but I can say…