Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Justice League (2017)

CGI crap. Every scene is a meaningless photograph with meaningless characters. Pretty much what you’d expect from Zack Snyder.

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The Shape of Water (2017)

Part fantasy, sci-fi, drama, romance, musical, and fairy tale, all blended together with a bit of whimsy. The caricature characters, a weird mix of accents, nostalgic sets, an appreciation of classic television and film, fun edits, and a French score by Alexandre Desplat give everything a timeless, Amélie feel. The…

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Labor Day (2013)

The emotional story, gentle pacing, slow beauty, and Gattlin Griffith’s soulful eyes give the movie a wonderful, melancholic feel. And good tension in many scenes, though a bit forced at times, keeps things interesting. Brolin has a great presence. I love how in his career, he has vacillated between playing…

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Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018)

These guys both certainly have a gift for comedy and great chemistry. It’s fun to watch. You can tell that much of the show is rehearsed, but there’s just the right amount of ad-libbing and riffing and rolling with mistakes. The back-and-forth self-deprecation really defines their style. It’s really a…

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The Company (2003)

It’s Altman, so it’s aimless and boring. An almost documentary-like look at ballet. If you like ballet, see it. Classically trained Neve is impressive. I guess she and Franco wanted to add an Altman art film to their repertoires.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

As a kid, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood had unbelievably corny levels of friendliness and warmth. So over-the-top that it was often hard to watch. Who knew it was genuine and motivated such by a poignant and insightful philosophy? Rogers describes the first time he watched television. At the very inception of…

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Ready Player One (2018)

Kind of fun. The story and themes feel a lot like Avatar (entering a world as another character) and The Matrix (things you do in one world affect the other world). But it feels like a lot of story points were glossed over, perhaps because the story in the novel…

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Jurassic World (2015)

Good effects, but who cares anymore. These movies are just formulaic money grabs now.

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The Great Outdoors (1988)

Goofball, low-brow comedy, much in the same vein as Candy’s Summer Rental. Raccoons with subtitles and rock-themed circus music playing? Really? John Hughes intended to direct the picture himself. I wonder how much better it would have been if he had. Lucy Deakins is cute in a rebellious yet accessible…

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Slap Shot (1977)

Comedy from this era… Ugh. Though it’s fun seeing all the racial and gay jokes that would never be in a movie today. This is pretty much the story of Major League, isn’t it?

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