Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Tenet (2020)

Classic Nolan fare, with a clever, mind-bending, intense story, polished lighting, photography, and editing, seamless and impossible effects, and a heavy, droning score. I think I’m with most people when I say that the story was hard to follow. There are so many things happening to so many people in…

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Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Jenkins and Gadot did an admirable job with the first one, but they both lost a lot of cred here. The story is an absolute mess, to the point that it’s hard to care about any of the characters. Pascal does his best, but his character… grants wishes? That what…

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The Lighthouse (2019)

Beautiful, but very weird. What you’d expect from an art film. As a period piece, it’s exceptional. Sets, costumes, the beautiful photography, pacing, and performances all seem truly authentic. Really great historical flavor. The magical combination of suspense, madness, and creepy birds is reminiscent of Hitchcock. The simple framing, moments…

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Death to 2020 (2020)

Sadly funny. Well-written, a lot of rapid-fire puns. Fishburne’s voiceover is deadpan perfect. Only the English could pull off something this smartly critical and witty. Amazing how they got so many of these stars to participate, interesting how so many different personalities were successfully directed to deliver the same kind…

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

A nice continuation of the Prometheus story, and a really good opportunity to continue the story further. Would love for Scott to tie things up with one more film to complete the trilogy. I know I’m in the minority here, with most critics and viewers destroying this film. Yes, sloppy…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

I liked the first Godzilla in Legendary’s MonsterVerse a lot more. This one got a bit silly, and now I’m a bit worried about the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong. A very thin story with lots of strange and stupid plot leaps. Titans make hurricanes? And not just any hurricanes, category…

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

Robin was a great mind and spirit, wasn’t he? Thorough and thoughtful. Great to have so much voiceover from Robin, and so much great commentary from his friends. Would have been nice to dig a little bit deeper into the darkness that drove him, though. I think there was something…

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Uncut Gems (2019)

Dark, twisted, disturbing. You know it’s going to be intense going in, with a compound fracture and a first-person colonoscopy five minutes in. Every scene has a frenetic energy, a tension, an urgency, a nightmarish sense of dread, thanks to good writing, dialogue, editing, and photography. The retro synth score…

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Overboard (2018)

Some light comedy. Faris pulls it off, she’s almost like the new Goldie Hawn. Which is not really a coincidence since this is a gender-swap remake of Hawn’s 1987 movie? Derbez is pretty funny. I’m surprised he hasn’t worked more in American comedies.

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

The ultimate cringefest, with some funny moments and others with real shock value. Definitely harder to for Cohen to play Borat now that everyone knows the character, but he pulls it off. I don’t know how he got through this without being jailed or killed. A lot of additional footage…

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