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

  • Mädchen in Uniform

    Mädchen in Uniform

    ★★★

    If the headline “One of the earliest narrative films to explicitly portray homosexuality” doesn’t poke your interest in 2020 then I don’t know what will. This is seriously ground-breaking filmmaking. At a time in the 1930’s where this subject is basically forbidden the guts it took Leontine Sagan to make this is admirable...if only she could’ve made it more romantic than political. *sigh* I was really wanting to love this since I’m a fan of romance with same gender as…

  • La Chienne

    La Chienne

    ★★★

    I’ve never thought I’d watch a film based around 3 of the most despicable characters ever displayed on screen and yet still be affective with the storyline. We follow three unlikable characters: One being a artist who is a absolute coward, a deceiving woman who is manipulating the artist, and a lying free loading abusive boyfriend who is pimping the deceived woman. They all intertwine with each other while the plot unfolds. My biggest negative is even though this is…

  • Le Million

    Le Million

    ★★★

    Another Rene Clair film that isn’t better than my first viewing of his but just as enjoyable. Clair’s style I see have this sense of charm in situations where a character is fighting some type of oppression which makes his films so easy to watch. He brings light into dark themes for example; when something unfortunate happens the singing starts with this happy tone to it to tell you everything is fine, it’s just life ya know? Anyways the story…

  • Animal Crackers

    Animal Crackers

    ★★★

    My first Marx Brothers experience. If you don’t know who they are they are basically the 3 stooges. Brothers who takes slapstick and goofball comedy to the max. There is plenty to laugh about with the snappy dialogue and the clever jokes but there is also many flaws. Sometimes their animal like characters gets so annoying I just wanted to punch them in face. The editing can be terrible at times as well, there are scenes that drag out longer…

  • L'Âge d'Or

    L'Âge d'Or

    ★★★

    One word: Unpredictable. 

    Luis Bunel...we meet again. I’ve read this guys films are his dreams put in motion and that kind of makes sense even when his films don’t. Unlike his other films this one was hilarious. Here are some examples of the absurdity that is displayed;

    1. A real large cow randomly laying on a bed.
    2. Randomly dropkicking a old blind man.
    3. Sucking a statues toes 😂
    4. Kicking a dog like a football.
    5. Throwing a…

  • Little Caesar

    Little Caesar

    ★★★

    Don’t let the rating deceive you, this is a film that must be watched once for Edward G. Robinson’s performance. Even though his voice is quite annoying his performance as Little Caesar is incredible. He literally carries the film on his shoulders. Here and lies the problem, his performance is the only aspect of the film I enjoyed. There are some moments of story that caught my attention for instance some scenes where he arises from being a nobody to…

  • Blackmail

    Blackmail

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Here I am with you all at the end of the long journey through the 1920’s. I’ve completed all the films from the 20’s that each Letterboxd list has, until they add more I don’t see myself returning. It wasn’t necessarily a fun ride but it was a ride definitely worth trying. I’ve seen some incredible classic films and I’ve seen some films that makes me pull my hair out which I already don’t have a full set of hair…

  • Pandora's Box

    Pandora's Box

    ★★★

    Louis Brooks gives a great performance as Lulu who the film basically revolves around. She is a conniving woman who gets what she wants and when she doesn’t she will throw temper tantrums to get it. Louis plays this character so well and it doesn’t help that the men she persuades all have their reasons considering how beautiful looking she is. Even her haircut is manipulating, not sure if it’s weird or it absolutely works for her. I love how…

  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    ★★★

    Don’t let the rating fool you. The last act is possibly some of Buster’s best work. I couldn’t help be reminded of Johnny Knoxville from Jackass because I know Buster had to have gotten some cuts and bruises for this one. I’ll say it, this is Buster’s best film if we are talking about the production and stunt work but this is also Buster’s weakest when we are mentioning storytelling, the first and second act drags like no other. Still,…

  • The Kid Brother

    The Kid Brother

    ★★★

    Harold Lloyd is definitely the “Kid Brother” compared to Chaplin and Keaton but he still shines especially with the fight scenes. There is a fight scene on a ship that is the best choreographed fight scene compared to any Buster and Charlie’s films. If you are looking for another spoof film from the 20’s that delivers some more slapstick laughs then here ya go.

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    ★★★

    Unique groundbreaking animations using silhouettes. The colors are fascinating. The inventive technique is incredible. Everything is fun to look at and to wonder over but the story unfortunately isn’t that compelling. I’m doing a quick review since some things at home isn’t going so swell. I also want to be feeling 100% for my viewing on Metropolis. Still, this is one I can appreciate and I think it deserves at least a one watch for its ideas and it’s vintage visuals.

  • Wings

    Wings

    ★★★

    Jack - “Dave, You know there’s nothing in the world that means so much to me as your friendship.”

    Me - Dude, you have a photo of his girlfriend in your locket necklace you wear for good luck...I call Bullshit lol

    Basically Michael Bay’s 2001 film “Pearl Harbor” but without Josh Hartnett. This is the first Oscar Best Picture winner and to be honest I can see why especially during that time where action shown like this was very rare.…