Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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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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That Thing You Do! (1996)

As an actor, Hanks’ roles have been very funny or very dramatic. This movie, though, is quite plain. Neither funny nor dramatic. It’s well-made, but there’s just not much to it. Why is that? Did Hanks just want some safe material so that he could give directing a shot and…

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Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016)

Not a documentary of the biology and history and legality of the procedure as much as it is a profile of women who have dealt with it. A delicate, even-handed look at a very complicated social issue.

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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

This is a quality production. The story is deep and well-told, the effects are all motivated and realistic, and the musical numbers are well-choreographed and shot. The live-action retelling is new territory, but tis is one of Disney’s best. Watson does a great job. Overall, it’s a great cast, with…

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Keanu (2016)

Silly movie, but these guys are funny. Good cat footage.

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

A fun continuation of the story. If you liked the first one, you’ll like this one. Is the whole girl power thing is a joke? It’s a confusing message for those who take it seriously. A guy helps them make it all happen, and being slutty is ultimately what allows…

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Seven Samurai (1954)

A rich story for its time, with a nice, slow build to the climactic battle scenes, dynamic camera movements, and innovative lens choices. There are a lot of qualities here, and I see how the film has a place in film history. But it’s all a bit slow by today’s…

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