Jacob has written 179 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2021.

  • True Lies

    True Lies

    ★★★

    The perfect dad movie doesn’t exi…

    The influence that pours out of this film is so awesome. It amazes me how far the action genre has come. There is a restroom fight scene in this film that obviously influenced the one in “Mission Impossible: Fallout” and it’s hard not to compare the two. In this one, it just seems so flat and the bad guys are standing still waiting for big Arnie to punch them but somehow there’s still this…

  • Chappie

    Chappie

    ★★★

    Say what you want about the film but Neill Blomkamp is a director I absolutely love. For me, District 9, Elysium & Chappie is a trilogy that every nerd should rave about. Blomkamp’s eye for Sci-Fi will always have my respect, although his films are flawed (this one being his most flawed) I can’t take my eyes off the visuals, the storytelling and the bloody action.

    I understand why this film is usually pooped on (although I’m surprised by its mellow…

  • Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    ★★★

    As of yet, I’ve still haven’t seen his “masterpiece” that many claim to be, which is “Heat” but ever since I watched “Collateral” so many years ago, I fell in a trance with Michael Mann’s style of directing. I just love the look, the sound and the all-around grittiness of “Collateral” and although the personal attachment I had with Collateral is nowhere to be found in this film, I still appreciated his trademark style shown throughout this film. If you…

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★

    A24 called and they want their movie back.

    Easily one of the most bizarre films I’ve seen in quite some time. It plays as a dark comedy but there are tension-filled scenes during the last act when things gets real serious. It’s not until the last act that I was loving what I was watching. The heavy handed dark humor will probably turn some people off as it almost did for me, I just felt if this film took itself…

  • Hereafter

    Hereafter

    ★★★

    “One cell. One person. Always.”

    I feel that I’m in the group of people who hate this film and finds it a complete bore but I also feel that I’m rating it lower than I what I really want because there are moments, very brief moments that lingered with me as I’m writing this, moments that tugged at my heartstrings. 

    I remember renting this film a long time ago and fell asleep after the Roland Emmerich beginning (a tsunami of…

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    The Manchurian Candidate

    ★★★

    As for remakes go, this is a fairly solid one due to some fantastic performances from a stacked cast and psychological elements that wholeheartedly creeped me out. There is a scene on a train where Denzel Washington’s character starts having nightmarish hallucinations and watching this alone at night, that sequence gave me quite a scare. That’s to say, this film has some very dark moments, one in particular involves a drowning that just adds more tension to the plot. The…

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    ★★★

    Never would’ve thought Whoopi Goldberg’s smile would be the warm essence that completely melted my heart into liquid gold. Seriously, although this film is incredibly hard to watch at times, if you need a good pick-me-upper, Goldberg’s smile will get the job.

    It appears Spielberg can do just about anything in the realm of cinema, not like we’ve already known that but in case you didn’t, no matter what he touches the guy can do no wrong, for the most…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★

    Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” but the commercialized version.
     
    I just don’t understand the hype. I still think it’s a fun, well paced, full of energy and sorta cute movie that has a kick-ass soundtrack but I still just don’t understand how this film is so loved by so many. It’s just as dumb and cheesy as any other Fast & Furious film. Corny romance, cringe dialogue, silly characters and mediocre acting. 

    I love me some Edgar Wright. His films are…

  • There's Something About Mary

    There's Something About Mary

    ★★★

    Raunchy, vulgar, offensive and completely absurd… exactly how I personally would want my rom-coms to be. 

    It’s the cleverly funny writing that gets the most praise out of me. For an example: “I was in and out of the hospital, stayed for just about two weeks.” - quick lines like that make me laugh hard because they’re so ridiculously stupid but also genius. I know that sounds contradicting but it’s true! 

    And the line delivery along with his timing, Ben…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★

    Kinda bummed out with this one considering I had so much riding on it. I sometimes cannot stand when a film has a kid character who ages and the film always has an adult version of that kid who looks completely nothing like the kid that started the film. It’s distracting but I completely understand how hard it is to get an adult that looks identical to the kid. With that out the way, I was super pumped to hear…

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★★

    Date Night

    Before I begin, it must be known that I used to be a gigantic fan for Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, so I was sorta anticipating for an exciting return from Snyder to the Zombie genre. Other than an extreme amount of major plot holes, an unnecessary lengthy runtime, distracting and annoying shots where almost every frame is out of focus, Snyder’s very lame humor that takes all the seriousness away from a dangerous situation which makes…

  • The Living Daylights

    The Living Daylights

    ★★★

    Would have to agree with my LB buddy Sam on this one (although my rating is lower than his), this is an upgrade compared to the Roger Moore versions in terms of tone, story and overall character. No more silly action, a more serious approach to the story, no more painfully cheesy one-liners and finally a Bond who doesn’t sleep with every woman he sees (for the most part).

    My biggest complaint is... well... just like most Superhero films (besides…