Jacob has written 163 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Ice Age

    Ice Age

    ★★★★

    “I don't know about you guys but we are the weirdest herd I've ever seen.”

    There used to be an age of time where an animated film could fit a charismatic cast of characters with fantastic chemistry, witty & quotable dialogue for adults & children, heartfelt messages about family & friends, tearjerking moments that makes you say “awwwww”, adventurous action that makes the journey fun and awful animations that makes you feel old but grown to love & reminisce... all of that in under…

  • The Train

    The Train

    ★★★★

    Just like a real train, the film takes awhile for it to build up that speed but once it gets going, it’s a ride you never want to stop. John Frankenheimer and Burt Lancaster is a great duo to have when creating an action war film. Both of them were made for films of this nature. Lancaster manages to hop on one leg throughout the whole last act while also killing nazis. It’s epic in every way possible. 

    The stunts…

  • Kwaidan

    Kwaidan

    ★★★★

    Masaki Kobayashi directing a horror anthology film? Say no more fam, I knew this was going to be a hit. I was going to do a review for each of the four folk tales separately but the core components for each of them is supernatural and is about death. Each tale has a ghostly presence about them and Kobayashi and his crew makes each story distinctive with haunting visuals and amazing but also mythical set pieces. The colors lured me…

  • The Haunted Mask

    The Haunted Mask

    ★★★★

    Very disappointed in Letterboxd for not putting the rest of the episodes from the greatest horror show for kids for me to log. Seriously, I wouldn’t be on this app logging films with you all if it wasn’t for this show. It paved the way for my love for the horror genre and got me to love film in general. If you guys can, please contact the crew of Letterboxd and ask them nicely to have the rest of the…

  • My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady

    ★★★★

    The Godmother of The King’s Speech & Pretty Woman.

    I was coming into this ready to expect the outdated and offensive social themes that this film showcases. It seems that the negative reviews are the ones claiming this is “evil”, “misogynistic”, “poisoned elitist” and I have to say they’re right but ummmmm, that’s sorta the point isn’t it? 😂 The film certainly isn’t praising it, instead it’s exposing it. So I’m very confused that people take this film so seriously when…

  • Charade

    Charade

    ★★★★

    So it’s like Roman Holiday set in Paris but directed by Hitchcock?

    Seriously, kudos to Stanley Donen for blending the romance, the mystery, the thrills, the comedy, all under 2 hours and somehow made it extremely fun. This is my first time seeing the Queen of all Queens star in a thriller and I couldn’t be more happy with her performance. Audrey again brings that alluring charm of hers and with some major company by her side that matches her…

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★

    Oh I see, this was the Great Grandaddy of “Se7en”, “Memories of Murder” & “Zodiac”. 

    Easily one of the greatest mystery thrillers I’ve seen in the classic era. I see that most viewers enjoyed the first half of the film, rightfully so as it sets the tone with uneasy life-defining decisions that could break everything a man slaved for. Give up your life savings that could place your family in poverty or save a kid that isn’t even your own blood…

  • Il Sorpasso

    Il Sorpasso

    ★★★★

    “Did you see L’Eclisse?”
    “Yes.”
    “I fell asleep. Had a nice snooze. Great director, Antonioni.”

    A self-effacing man randomly goes on a 2 day road trip with an enthusiastic & rambunctious man who gives him the best 2 days of his life. 

    This is one of my first “Commedia all'italiana films” and I have to say, this was a complete delight. This is a must watch when life gets you down - if you minus the unnecessary tragic ending - but…

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★

    “What befalls others today, may be your own fate tomorrow.“

    Masaki Kobayashi may be the best director I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch work. His films are unlike any other films I’ve seen with how his film moves, looks and plays out to a flawless degree. The gorgeous cinematography, knowing precisely to use sound & score, the zoom-in & zoom-outs, the close ups & long lingering shots, capturing each emotion on the faces of his characters, the intense action with knowing when…

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    An Autumn Afternoon

    ★★★★

    Some of you already know that I started the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die List last year and most of the films I have tackled have been more of a task than a pleasure, even though I’m always excited to watch each film out of mere curiosity. However, there are films from certain directors that I am skeptical of seeing because I know I’m going to be left disappointed. Yasujirō Ozu is not one of those directors,…

  • Lola

    Lola

    ★★★★

    “There's a bit of happiness in simply wanting happiness.”

    What a delight this was for me. I was not expecting a French New Wave film to captivate me to this degree. Each collected character and line of intellectual dialogue resembled a slice of life with extreme delicacy. It’s one thing to have heavily sophisticated dialogue but to have it seem so real and relatable makes this so pleasantly enjoyable. This film isn’t just focused on our leads and their reacquaintance,…

  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★★

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

    Mayumi & Daddy’s Pixar Adventure 

    I needed this. Somehow Pixar took my big brother and I’s life when we were also trying to cope with our dad’s passing and turned it into a movie. Only they cut him in half and made us elves and placed us in a magical, beautiful and clever world where dragons are cute and unicorns are scary. Of course I’m kidding but when you connect with a film so personally, it’s the sole reason why I…