Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

An interesting reboot of the original storyline. I see how it’s all coming together, and I think I like it. Reeves is taking this franchise and running with it, and this is the best of the new bunch so far. Nicely paced. This one’s definitely slower paced and more dramatic…

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Nice little story, with a good mix of laugh and cry. With the fun characters, offbeat humor, obscure but interesting location, and Frances McDormand, it feels a lot like a Coen brothers movie. The mix of drama and comedy is delicate, though. If the comedy is any goofier, the whole…

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Phantom Thread (2017)

Awkward relationships and awkward pacing, mixed with beautiful costumes and sets, seductive camera movements, and a pleasantly simple score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. The whole thing has an odd feel. Unfortunately, it’s also slow as hell. There’s not much story here. Day-Lewis once again nails an eccentric, obsessed, and emotionally…

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

A really impressive job weaving a complex soup of characters, storylines, styles, and humor into something understandable and entertaining. Lots of credit to the Russo brothers for bringing it all together without making a big mess of it. An amazing cast of characters, and an equally amazing job juggling their…

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Outbreak (1995)

I’ve always avoided this movie because I thought it would be typical mid-90’s fare: a cheesy, melodramatic, overscripted movie with stock characters, scientific types acting like complete idiots, an awkwardly shoehorned love story, and perfectly exposed, safe cinematography. I was right. How come Dustin Hoffman stopped making real movies? Spacey…

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Black Panther (2018)

The Marvel movies I like best are the ones that are the most plausible, the ones that tell a fantastic story but remain connected to our real world. This one was a little too mystical and magical for me. The only thing connecting it to the real world are a…

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Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

Goofy fun. Jam-packed with references, including an impressive number of cameos and authentic sets from older movies. Lots of attractive starlets and a young Chris Evans.

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Heartburn (1986)

Started out interesting, with a fast-paced and charming love affair. But the ensuing squabbles are a little scripted and forced. It’s apparent that this is a personal story written by someone who’s been hurt, but instead of a story of growth, redemption, or hope, it comes across as a whine…

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Roman Holiday (1953)

The location shooting and mobile camera stand out. Lots of great shots around Rome. Loved the pacing, tension, and gentleness of the last few moments. Hepburn was a cutie, wasn’t she? Lots of natural charisma for a 24-year-old, a ringer as she’d say. It’s no wonder she got the Oscar.…

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Torn Curtain (1966)

Decent spy thriller. Dark and suspenseful, which you can chalk up to Hitchcock. The setting is interesting. This is barely a generation after WWII, things are still kind of fresh. I like all the German language. You don’t have to know what they’re saying in these scenes, and it really…

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