Jacob has written 209 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2020.

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★

    Well I guess I’ll be that one person. Obviously I’m missing something because out of all my followers I have rated this lower than any of them. It’s weird feeling so alone on such a beloved film by most but I hope my reasons may give you all a better understanding. 

    As for musicals goes this in my opinion is nothing new, in fact, I find other musical films released before this much more enjoyable. The story about Hollywood adapting…

  • X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

    X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

    ★★★

    A doctor creates eye drops that gives him X-Ray vision, it then turns for the worst when the side effects kick in.

    Definitely one I appreciate. It’s B-Movie galore but it gets the job done. It starts off pretty slow due to lack of characterization because I honestly can’t remember anything about this man that describes who is as a character other than a doctor with a name and who is trying to become Godlike but thankfully the film picks…

  • Thunderball

    Thunderball

    ★★★

    Positives: An all-out underwater war in scuba gear. Domino’s beauty. Bond escaping a sticky situation using a jetpack, yes, a freaking jet pack. Domino’s beauty. Bond actually using his brain and getting creative to get himself out of trouble. Domino’s beauty. A freaking shark pool (minus the freaking laser beams on their freaking head). Domino’s beauty. The Bahamas setting and last but not least, Domino’s profound beauty. 

    Negatives: Disposable villain and The Bond Formula where the film is just predictable and uninteresting until that epic last underwater battle. 

    Bonus Points: Domino giving the best eye candy throughout the series. Going to be tough to beat.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★

    I’m guilty for not having viewed the beloved 1978 remake so I can’t really compare the two but I can say I love how this film still stands on its own for a solid Science Fiction film made in the 50’s. The premise is interesting and the film moves at an even pace. Even though I found the first few acts sort of bland, it wasn’t due to the pacing, it was the lack of compatible characters and bad performances…

  • Pickpocket

    Pickpocket

    ★★★

    Fascinating to get an inside glimpse of the life of a pickpocketer and I believe the film is at it’s best when showcasing those themes but unfortunately I found the side plots with our main lead underwhelming, along with his wooden performance.

    As I mentioned before, the pickpocketing scenes are enthralling due to some magnificent directing. The scenes are very intense and the tricks they pull off is so neat to watch, almost seems like magic with what they can…

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie

    ★★★

    Everything Is Awesome indeed besides the fact that I now want to buy all the LEGO’s in the world but one tiny set will cost you an arm and leg.

    The animations are pretty much amazing, there were scenes I could tell that were stop motion and CGI but I find that sort of unique to blend the two and two together. The voice acting is superb. The biggest complaint I have is the message. As my good buddy Sam…

  • The Night Before

    The Night Before

    ★★★

    Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals

    I’m actually surprised I enjoyed this film for what it was. It’s easily one of the most vulgar Christmas film’s that makes Billy Bob’s Bad Santa look like a saint. Most of the stoner humor is a thing I would laugh at in the past but I’m simply tired out for that sort of humor. It seems also that Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Anthony Mackie is out of their comfort zone with how they fit into the…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    ★★★

    The Positives: 
    Great action and Snape’s arc is truly magnificent. Easily my favorite scene throughout the whole series is when I learned Snape’s true intentions. I enjoyed how the film ventured back into past films before this. The showdown between Harry and Lord No Nose was frick frackin epic. Definitely pleased with how it all wrapped up regardless of my nitpicks that I’m about to unleash...

    The Negatives:
    Part One - I love my boy Radcliffe. There is no other…

  • Beverly Hills Cop

    Beverly Hills Cop

    ★★★

    A would say this is another 80’s cheesy action comedy but some of the action had such a serious tone that I was genuinely surprised by how graphic some of the violence was. Nonetheless, the way the plot moves and the comedy still manages to make the film cheesy in a good way. I could point out all the aspects but the sole reason this film is so loved is for Eddie Murphy who has this magnetic likability that literally…

  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express

    ★★★

    Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals

    See, when I was 14 years old this film came into my life at a perfect time. It was the time where I was starting to not “believe” in Santa but that soon changed after watching this film. It instantly became an essential film to watch around Christmas. I’m not oblivious to the fact that this looks like one gigantic video game cutscene but hey, you are talking to a gamer who used to live…

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    ★★★

    Mayumi & Daddy’s Pixar Adventure

    Sorry A Bug’s Life fans out there but this is what I believe is the most underrated Pixar feature I’ve seen yet. I’m seriously baffled by the low rating on here. Other than Toy Story 4 my kid has never been so hooked into the story compared to other Pixar films. I can understand some adults getting bored and I admit this feels it is more targeted towards kids but the message is still warmhearted. I…

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    ★★★

    “Suddenly, I realized. I had learned that if you chase a dream, especially one with plastic chests, you can miss the real beauty in front of your eyes.”

    Not a huge fan for Sasha Baron Cohen but he’ll always have my respect for pulling one of the most beautiful natural red-heads in the show business, which is Isla Fisher. Seriously, kudos. Anyways, I’m usually a sucker for poking fun at PC culture and politics but some of the jokes just…