Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Anything Else (2003)

It seems like everyone in this movie is supposed to be Woody Allen. They’ve all got the same schtick: overly neurotic, nervous energy, monotonous philosophical drivel. In other movies, his actors can sometimes pull this off naturally (like Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris), but in this one, everyone seems…

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Pretty much everything that I had hoped for in a sequel. Villeneuve treated the story with reverence, paying homage to the original film and extending the story, visual style, and score with great care and creativity. A sci-fi epic. Villeneuve is helped by a rich, deep story with nice pacing,…

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Hold On (2016)

Well-shot. Definitely captures a mood, but not much of a story. Shorts can have more story than this, right? Characters and performances are authentic. Dagelet is entirely believable, and a talented musician to boot.

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Wind River (2017)

Nice little story in an exotic location. Well-made and beautifully shot, except for some needless shaky cam during some of the more emotional scenes. Casting and performances are all good, though there seems to be some occasional mumbling.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Good cast. I think this one helped make Cera an icon for our hipster generation. Lots of goofy but quick humor, whimsical editing, fun graphics, and some pretty good fight scenes. Don’t know much about the graphic stories, but this was a fun movie.

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Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

So formulaic and cheaply made. Statham’s still cool, but his movies are really getting shitty. For an old guy, he can still move. And Alba still looks great. Michelle Yeoh is wasted. Poor Tommy Lee Jones.

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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

90’s cheese.

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The Peanuts Movie (2015)

A collection of all the Peanuts plotlines over the years. Cleverly intertwined, but there’s not much story. Animation is really good, faithful to Schulz but updated with subtle 3D effects.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

With the same creative team and a similar title, I thought this would be more of a sequel to Cloverfield. But while the themes and feel of the film is similar, the connection between the two stories is not really there. There is talk of a third Cloverfield film, which…

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More American Graffiti (1979)

Definitely a slice of the 70’s, both in its subject matter and style. The split screens, changing aspect ratios, and psychedelic animation are a bit distracting. Charles Martin Smith is kind of funny.

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