Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

Fun. Surprisingly good effects.

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The Big Sick (2017)

Respect for Nanjiani. He’s charming and funny, the story he’s telling is personal, and it’s told with real heart and humility. Kazan is fantastic. Romano and Hunter are perfect in supporting roles.

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Honeyland (2019)

A slice of life in remote corner of the world, blurring the line between documentary and scripted story. As I watched the film, I thought it HAD to be scripted. How could a crew capture so many private, emotional moments with characters so unaffected by the camera’s presence? That’s the…

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Lady Bird (2017)

Mildly entertaining, but despite quick pacing of scenes and dialogue, the story doesn’t really go anywhere. Saoirse turns in a very natural performance, except for the accent. It’s passable but generally sounded a little forced and overenunciated. She almost pulled a muscle in her face trying to pronounce some of…

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Richard Jewell (2019)

A polished film by Clint Eastwood that honors the man in a way that he probably hasn’t been honored before. Admirable job combining real footage with new stuff. Hauser does a great job, amazing that there was an actor so perfect to play this guy. Rockwell is always good. Hamm…

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Beautifully shot, with seamless, natural-looking lighting and painterly photography that make some frames look like they could be paintings all on their own. Nice, long takes give every scene a slow, pensive feel. But there’s maybe a bit too much of that. There are moments when the beautiful images make…

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Little Women (2019)

A classic story about young women coming of age, historically significant because it’s a feminist story from a feminist author when women were not allowed to be feminists. The detail and tenuous connection of scenes to the larger dramatic story suggests that a lot of the material is autobiographical, and…

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Babe Ruth (1998)

Prob the best of the Ruth documentaries, with the deepest exploration of his character and personality. Schreiber’s voice is just so silky. We dive right into his career, skipping over his his early life, then jump around a bit, from his “called shot” to his start in Boston and then…

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“ESPN SportsCentury” Babe Ruth (2000)

No doubt an impressive and interesting historical figure. Just wish this was longer, slower, more in-depth, and had less of the sappy, melodramatic music.

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

A few good lines, funny if you’re a fan of Zach and his show. But when the outtakes are funnier than the movie, that’s a sign that maybe the movie wasn’t so funny.

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