Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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The Frozen North (2006)

Hard to understand Dick’s own voiceover, presumably recorded when he was an old man. He’s not very good at reading his own material. Might have been worth combining all the footage to produce a more complete, succinct, well-rounded documentary about Dick and his experience.

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Alone in the Wilderness Part II (2011)

This one is mostly from the point of view of two others, giving us a bit more background on the man, which makes his life a little more interesting. But the footage is starting to get a bit boring.

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Alone in the Wilderness (2004)

Dick led a fascinating, solitary existence in Alaska. It’s amazing what kind of life he was able to build for himself. Like Bob Ross, Dick has a real appreciation for the Alaskan outdoors, and he does a good job capturing it with his modest photography skills and equipment. All the…

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Sound of Metal (2019)

Powerful. Should be an easy Oscar win for the exquisite sound design. Fantastic performances by mostly unknowns. Ahmed is fantastic in the lead, and Amalric gives the rest of the cast a solid tether. Only thing I don’t totally get is why his relationship with Louise ended. It’s implied that…

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Marriage Story (2019)

The tragic, downward spiral of broken love and divorce. A wonderfully tragic illustration of how getting courts involved can make things expensive and ugly very quickly. If there’s a better movie about divorce, I haven’t seen it. Cynical name for the title. Good drama, painful to watch. The scene where…

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Coming 2 America (2021)

Expected a disappointment, but I liked it! As good a sequel as they could have made. I even found it a bit touching. Great to get so much of the old cast back, more impressive considering it’s 33 years since the first film. So many great cameos that I had…

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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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