Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Gifted (2017)

The story is a bit formulaic, and the characters are a bit stock. It’s the performances that give the film a bit of warmth. Evans has looks, coolness, and subtle control of his expressions to effectively convey a full range of emotions. Grace is charming. Duncan is really good in…

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Wonder Woman (2017)

The relatively inexperienced Patty Jenkins takes on a huge project and does great. As Zack Snyder’s visually masturbatory direction threatens to cheapen the DC universe, Jenkins’ more traditional direction and storytelling allows for good character development while still remaining faithful to the Snyder look and feel. People and places are…

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Adam (1992)

Cute.

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Not Without My Handbag (1993)

Weird, almost Tim Burtonish. But it’s slow and drags a bit, even for a short.

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Wat’s Pig (1996)

Not bad. I’ve seen this story somewhere before.

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Creature Comforts (1989)

Park establishes what would be his signature claymation look. I love how the audio track is made of actual interviews of people. It definitely feels natural.

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Achtung Baby: A Classic Album Under Review (2007)

For a big fan, it’s an interesting look at the band during a transformative period. Playing music samples in the background would have been a great way to liven up the critical interviews, which tend to drag a bit.

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The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)

A tragic story about the injustice of war, one man’s existential journey and exploration of the failings of humanism in wartime, and a harrowing descent into madness. Thought-provoking, but a bit slow. Epic in scale, especially when considering that this long work is only part of a trilogy. Director Masaki…

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The Redemption: Kickboxer 5 (1995)

Direct to video is right. Dacascos is a nice specimen from the same mold as Brandon Lee, but this is a pile of crap. Odds of hitting three numbers in a row on that roulette wheel is 1/50,653, or 0.002%.

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House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Mystical kung fu with extravagant costumes on beautifully decorated sets, with slow-mo and and wire work to heighten the action, much in the vein of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The formula is getting old. Ziyi Zhang is a treat, and the kung fu is decent. But the story is lame,…

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