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

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    ★★★

    On this episode of “Everybody Hates Harry Potter... Until He Has to Prove Himself By Miraculously Overcoming a Tough Obstacle That Could Jeopardize His Life” we have the dream team of Hogwarts training to take down the Noseless Lord while trying to deal with a very strict cat lady who is trying to turn Hogwarts into the Devil’s lair with pink flare.

    Straight to the point, this has the worst first hour of the series and possibly the best last…

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    ★★★

    Spaceman - “I come in peace and I must warn you all about earth’s future existence.”

    Human beings
    - “Shoot him! Lock him up! Interrogate him!” 

    Me
    - Please kill us all with your laser shooting robot, Spaceman. No need for warning, just do it. 

    It’s a breath of fresh air to see a well developed Sci-Fi film made in the 50’s decade. It’s completely outdated and the “giant” indestructible robot is cartoonishly and unintentionally funny but hey, it’s the…

  • The Lavender Hill Mob

    The Lavender Hill Mob

    ★★★

    A British heist film. Need I say more? British cinema lives for these kind of films and in this film, you could see why. It’s simply fun and lighthearted. The two men who decides to steal the gold are charismatic and likable. Honest truth, I was rooting for them to get away with it. On a technical level it can be ordinary and near the last act it started to get silly with the slapstick humor that comes out of…

  • The African Queen

    The African Queen

    ★★★

    Seeing Bogart imitate a Hippopotamus and other zoo animals was everything. Two of my favorite movie stars team up to take down a German warship but they must face the adversities from the jungle’s environment. 

    I had a good time. The adventure is there. The chemistry between the two stars is at times cute. The technical effects are limited and dated but it doesn’t matter because I’m here for Hepburn and Bogart to work their magic. It’s a silly plot…

  • An American in Paris

    An American in Paris

    ★★★

    Gene Kelly is a struggling painter and meets a woman who he falls in love with but things get tricky when she is also planning to marry his friend. It’s a romantic musical so my rating shouldn’t be no surprise but for what it’s worth, it more than succeeds for what it was trying to achieve. It’s an Oscar winner I understand because the musical and dancing numbers are fantastic. There’s also a bit of humor delivered from Oscar Levant…

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    ★★★

    Vivien Leigh is a Queen and Marlon Brando is a stud but their powerhouse performances couldn’t spark enough of my interest into this lengthy adapted play about two flawed characters that I found unlikable. It’s a 2hr film mostly set in one location with the camera and lighting crew showcasing some interesting cinematography. The dialogue is sharp. The plot can be somewhat interesting seeing the outcome of a delusional and deceitful woman along with a violent and always yelling man,…

  • Carlito's Way

    Carlito's Way

    ★★★

    Tony Montana but minus the coke and signs of a maturing soul. I’m usually a sucker for films that revolves around a character with a bad past who is now trying to do what is right and to have Pacino be that lead character made me even more excited to watch but unfortunately, and I hate to say this considering it’s Al Pacino and De Palma but I was left wanting more. 

    The performances are fantastic, as you’d expect. It…

  • Death Proof

    Death Proof

    ★★★

    A Bastard’s Work is Never Done

    “Overlooked” or “Underrated” is usually what I hear when this film is brought up. I admittedly used to love this film and would get surprised not hearing more about it when discussing QT’s filmography...well, I hate to say this but...it’s not that good and to be frank, I feel it’s overrated. I’ve seen this film about 5 times at least now and it’s to the point where I just want to skip the pointless…

  • Monsters University

    Monsters University

    ★★★

    Mayumi and Daddy’s Adventure

    Unlike its predecessor, the film is lacking those tender and heartwarming scenes. It still manages to recover with the fun and monster action. Mike & Sulley butting heads through most of the runtime can get repetitive but Goodman & Crystal’s voice acting is so good that I dismissed the complaints I had with the predictable plot. I enjoyed this sequel for what it is but there’s a part of me that is missing the spark Pixar is known…

  • Brave

    Brave

    ★★★

    Mayumi & Daddy’s Adventure 

    Listen, I completely understand the mixed reviews. A mediocre message about a brat and an overly controlling mother? This is so out of Pixar’s element that I forgot I was watching a Pixar film. Seriously, one scene with the antagonist? I’m not even sure this film has an antagonist since the witch tells her how to defeat the spell. Oh, what’s up with the boob and bare ass gag? Regardless of the obvious flaws, I managed to…

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★

    I Still Believe in Heroes

    I have some questions with this one. I thought this was supposed to end the trilogy of Captain America? Then why is Iron Man shown almost as more as Cap? Why is the film so bent on showcasing Spider-Man? Why is Zemo’s plan to have the Avengers kill each other? Didn’t Loki try that tactic in the first Avengers and failed? Speaking of Avengers, why does this feel like an Avengers movie? Who is this…

  • Goldfinger

    Goldfinger

    ★★★

    An enormously large man gets sucked out of an airplane window, a guy who is menacing because he can throw his hat, a woman is literally named “Pussy Galore”, awful extras that are supposed to be dead shown moving on the ground, extras that don’t know how to make a fake punch look real and the worst part of this is that I have to take this crap seriously. Yes, I admit, this is definitely an upgrade from the previous…