Jacob has written 388 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • I Am Cuba

    I Am Cuba

    ★★★

    Was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this due to its very propagandish subject matter but each story is dealt with immaculate cinematography that is absolutely breathtaking to gaze at. Many, many, many tracking shots that are just simply mesmerizing and truth be told, without the camera work, I’m not sure that I’d be as engaged into the story as I was, which brings me to what this film represents.

    As some of you may be aware, I do not…

  • Simon of the Desert

    Simon of the Desert

    ★★★

    It’s funny, if I wasn’t so used to Luis Buñuel’s style, I would’ve rated this lower but since this is what he does and since I’ve seen so much of his work, I can’t help but respect him cause he has been around for a long long time and each film gives me a big laugh at the end of them. 

    Buñuel may be the master at religious satire, I don’t think it’s a question. He’s simply great at displaying…

  • A Shot in the Dark

    A Shot in the Dark

    ★★★

    My first Pink Panther experience (besides the one with Beyoncé) and what a relief this was to watch something that I could just sit back and engulf the silliness. This type of slapstick comedy and parody isn’t necessarily my favorite so I wasn’t expecting to love it but I also wasn’t expecting to enjoy it and it turns out that this had a couple gags that tickled the gut. 

    If you’re not familiar with the Pink Panther series then get…

  • Seance on a Wet Afternoon

    Seance on a Wet Afternoon

    ★★★

    A demanding wife schemes up a plan to kidnap a child from a rich family in order to make her more famous as a medium and she gets her obedient husband to help her.

    Yea, as you can tell the motive is extremely silly and obvious that it’s damn near impossible for that plan to succeed but I gotta hand it to our two leads who sale this bizarre premise and completely baffled me with surprise by how intrigued I…

  • The Pawnbroker

    The Pawnbroker

    ★★★

    Phew, depressingly good. The story follows a pawnbroker who is a completely broken human being because of his past being a prisoner at a Nazi concentration camp. The film shows quick miss-if-you-blink flashbacks through the mind of this character as he faces trials of his own during his life now as a pawnbroker. Not much to praise with this film but the performance from Rod Steiger must be noted because I feel that his talent as an actor carried this…

  • Topkapi

    Topkapi

    ★★★

    4th film from Jules Dassin I’ve gotten the pleasure to review and each film has been a success for my viewing experience. This guy is a master at displaying some sort of crime, whether it be a heist, prison break or a detective murder mystery, his films are all extremely well made and very precise on visual details. When the heist finally takes place, the film becomes condensed with tension as the camera cuts back and forth to pivotal details…

  • Shrek

    Shrek

    ★★★

    I never jumped on the hype train for Shrek. I thought it tried way too hard to be different from all the other animations by crapping on the Disney classic fairy tales. It’s a bold move and it’s one that has the respect from almost everyone who watches it but just like my first viewing as a kid, it’s still just as annoying with tons of unfunny sexual innuendos, unnecessary cursing, a donkey that won’t shut up, an ungrateful ogre,…

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★

    Dog lovers beware, this is the film that started that unfunny joke about Asians eating dog, I’m just fair warning ya. 

    Well, I suppose around the mid 60’s I assume that anything goes from here in the realm of cinema because this has easily the most nudity I’ve seen from the 60’s era and anything before it. That’s to say, this whole film is nasty considering from a character standpoint and plot points. Two female murdering thieves who is a…

  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    ★★★

    The live-action combined with the animations, all dancing and singing along the painted backgrounds was simply and purely sublime. There is magic here, no doubt, but it all got so tiring for me as I was never a fan for these fantasized live-action Disney classics in the first place. The full display of imagination and the joy coming from sheer happiness can be explored and obtained to the ones who allows it but with such a long runtime, countless dancing…

  • Deconstructing Harry

    Deconstructing Harry

    ★★★

    I’m not very familiar with Woody Allen’s work as I’ve only seen a few films of his but I’m fully aware of his stardom in the realm of writing and cinema, so I was sorta excited to see this considering the amount of star power on board and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed due to some fun energy the film gives off along with some witty dialogue that I assume Allen ‘s films are known for. 

    The stacked…

  • Babel

    Babel

    ★★★

    I can’t help but admire Alejandro González Iñárritu for tackling multiple themes, cultures, social issues and ethnicities all in one film. Each 4 stories that in someway interlink with each other are filled with tragic circumstances. Come fill your tank up you misery porn addicts because there is so much of that here that you can even share some of that misery we love to watch so much to our friends and families but that’s what makes it entertaining and…

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★

    Upon rewatch my feelings hasn’t changed. A part of me loves seeing this stacked cast having fun crawling, shooting, sweating, cursing, bleeding and cracking jokes as they’re all on the verge of bleeding to death but the other part of me feels betrayed to have this stacked cast just... having fun crawling, shooting, sweating, cursing, bleeding and cracking jokes.

    I’m fully aware that I contradicted myself but it’s true. The shooting, the crawling, the cussing, the jokes, it all gets…