Jacob has written 84 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    Okay, I’ll admit it. After several rewatches the film somehow gets better & better and Lou Bloom is now in my top 5 favorite villains of all-time list. Gyllenhaal gives arguably his best performance I’ve seen, I say arguably because he has so many performances that could be favored by so many of his fans, including myself, I honestly don’t have a concrete answer for which performance of his is his best but his transcending performance as the greedy, menacing Lou…

  • Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly

    ★★★★½

    Story time, bare with me if you will. I remember anxiously waiting for this to come out into theaters and when it did, you bet my ass I was there, unfortunately my friends turned me down and I went alone, “fine, even better” I said to myself. There I am alone in the theatre about to watch a Brad Pitt gangster flick shocked by the lack of viewers. “Not a good sign.” I said but I’ve always had this sense…

  • Of Gods and Men

    Of Gods and Men

    ★★★★½

    “Remember that love is eternal hope. Love endures everything.“

    I welcome you all to my favorite foreign film of all-time. There is a specific scene that transcends past the realm of cinema. One of the monks puts on Tchaikovsky’sSwan Lake” on the phonograph, afterwards he grabs 2 bottles of wine to share with the other 7 monks at the dinner table. The camera slowly motions from face to face, each monk gently smiling and laughing, enjoying what could be…

  • Doubt

    Doubt

    ★★★★½

    Good Friday

    “There are people who go after your humanity, Sister, that tell you that the light in your heart is a weakness. Don’t believe it. It’s an old tactic of cruel people to kill kindness in the name of virtue. There is nothing wrong with love.”

    I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve watched this film and I have yet to come up with a definite answer on what to believe. Did Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) touch…

  • Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★★½

    I can’t think of another film that has this kinda star power that is this well-balanced, well-driven, well-directed, well-acted, well-written, well-shot and well-sounded for my well-being. 

    Easily the most coolest and stylish heist film that I’ll ever get to see. Damn, this one is bittersweet. Early 2000’s is a bygone era and this is one of cinemas all-time relics for the dying age of Movie Stars.

  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    ★★★★½

    There are just some films that immediately after it ends, I’m left wondering why things panned out the way it did and I’m completely shell shocked, tired, speechless, hopeless and wishing for a different outcome than what I’ve just seen on screen. Films of this caliber that completely rips apart my heart are the ones that stay forever. If you ask me about my condition that I’m in now, I’d say completely broken. 

    I feel as if I don’t need…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    Mission: Impossible - Plutonium Wars

    How do I know that Mission: Impossible - Fallout is my favorite action movie that has been released since 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road? Well, I’m not sure how I’ll explain it into words, but using the great go-to line from Ethan Hunt “I’ll figure out.”

    With so much positives to express in such little time, I hope I can do the impossible. The camera man literally skydiving with Tom Cruise for not only the…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★½

    Family Night

    “Hold onto to your butts.”

    Sometimes I come across a film that is so loved and so known that there isn’t really anything new or interesting to add. I believe this is one of those films. It’s one of the greatest popcorn movies of all-time and I feel there is no other film that will surpass it in that category. Even if you’re not a fan, you’re still aware of its iconic and legendary status. I’ll keep repeating…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    ★★★★½

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

    “Been alone much since you got here?”

    What does it feel like to grieve? I’m sure everyone can paint their own picture to that question but for me, it feels like being on an isolated, stormy and dreadful island with the only hope or gleam of light is that facing the brutal reality that you have been trying to dismiss all along because you much rather live in some dreamlike world you built for yourself instead of facing the pain…

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    ★★★★½

    Dad’s bags aren’t going to make it. 

    Wes Anderson. What more can I say about this understanding man. He simply gets the concept of family, love, grief, suicide, death, traveling, culture, heartbreak, adventure and this time, spirit. Somehow, him and everyone on board brings it, film after film. This was the last film of his that I haven’t seen until now and I’m ashamed it took this long because this is easily one I can relate to the most and…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★½

    I remember my buddy and I ditching school to go see a movie. This was the only film that was showing that would be fitting for our taste. We had no idea what to expect. I was only 17 and my knowledge for movies was none. I actually had to talk my buddy into seeing it because I seen the trailer before. I remember that day like if it was yesterday because of the conversation that was had afterwards. We…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★½

    In spite of an unhealthy amount of rewatches, Fincher’s masterpiece is still one of the most exhilarating mysteries I’ve ever seen. I’m just as much obsessed with this film as the 3 protagonists who are consumed and affected with the Zodiac case. Actually, I don’t know if I will go that far but I definitely love this film. 

    The masterful editing and incredible use of tension is used flawlessly. There is a scene where the detectives question their suspect alone…