Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

Everyone’s back except Renée Zellweger. Amazing job returning with most of the original cast, but Zellweger’s obvious plastic surgery and skinniness are jarring when she’s supposed to be playing the same character. If this is the new Bridget Jones, maybe work that into the story an explain the transformation. And…

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My Left Foot (1989)

Touching portrait. Shame how, in this day and age of internet research, we know that the ending as a bit misleading and it wasn’t quite so happy for Brown. It would have been more powerful if the truth had been told. Day-Lewis is exceptional, but we already knew that. He’s…

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Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Difficult subject matter to do comedy with, but Waititi pulls it off. It’s an interesting mix of comedy, drama, and action that works. Can say I’ve seen a movie like it. Great performances from the kids. Archie Yates is one of the cutest, funniest fat kids that we’ve seen in…

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Togo (2019)

Touching tribute to a heroic dog. This is standard Disney material. Cute animals having dainty moments with happy music, while one diminutive, rebellious underdog with unflappable spirit rises above the rest. The structure is also pretty standard, with the story jumping right into the action with flashbacks to establish character.…

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Parasite (2019)

First half is wonderfully simple, fun, and theatrical, perfect for a stage play. But then things get awkwardly sexual, and both the family and story lose their innocence. Things suddenly dark and twisted and graphic, and by the end, it almost feels like we’ve watched two different movies: the first…

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Knives Out (2019)

Why do all the great detectives have such distinctive accents and wordplay? When was the last time you saw a brilliant detective with a standard American accent just telling it like it is? Interesting cast of characters. I’m sure Craig and Evans both loved playing against type for a change.…

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1917 (2019)

Intense and humbling, like Saving Private Ryan and any good war movie. An amazing accomplishment of camerawork and editing. The shortest unbroken shot was 39 seconds long, while the longest single continuous shot was 8 1/2 minutes long, both of which are impressive. The steadicam shots through trenches and houses…

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Joker (2019)

Artsy, weird, intense, disturbing. We’ve never seen a superhero movie as dark and twisted as this one. Beautifully shot. There is some magic here. Great character study. Joker is solidly developed with rich backstory, his descent into crazy is wonderfully paced and deep. This is the first act of a…

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Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

A bit fast-paced, with wall-to-wall dialogue and dizzying scene changes, almost like there’s a rush to wrap up the story and franchise as thoroughly and as quickly as possible. Maybe it had to be like this. Maybe there was just too much for Abrams to do, too much ground to…

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Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Damon and Bale play off each other nicely, with Damon pulling off a Bill Clinton accent and a believable performance. But it is Bale, with colorful wit, a charming accent, and goofy facial expressions, who steals the show. Miles has his own dramatic arc, and I found myself wishing the…

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