Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

This is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for girls, focusing more on emotional problems than just pure craziness. Nice cast. Ryder is impossibly cute, even when she’s crazy. She’s a pretty good actress, too. It’s a shame her career would go downhill shortly after this movie, due to what…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Probably my favorite of series. A nice continuation of the story, I think, though with any extended franchise, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the characters and place names. The Star Wars formula seems to be fantastic effects, mostly unknown actors turning in slightly campy performances, cheesy dialogue,…

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Atomic Blonde (2017)

All style, no substance. Characters trying to outcool each other with dialogue, Tarantino-esque levels of nonsensical violence, and a 80’s soundtrack that is so in your face that it’s Baby Driver annoying. The punches and kicks and plot twists don’t matter because I don’t give a crap about any of…

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Shot Caller (2017)

Seems like Waugh and Coster-Waldau’s trying to channel Bana’s Chopper or Hardy’s Bronson or Mikkelsen’s Pusher, but Coster-Waldau’s just not as cool. Bernthal, Donovan, Hardwick, and Bell all deliver quality supporting performances. Cool shot with his face covered in blood at the end.

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

Not a whole lot of story, but it’s kind of fun. Franco’s good, portraying Wiseau’s weirdness with a gentleness and innocence. Too many shaky, handheld closeups. The reenactments are impressive. I wonder how Wiseau is handling all of this attention. Everyone really is laughing at him, but at the same…

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Lion (2016)

Beautifully shot, well-paced. The quality acting, leisurely pace, and minimalist score really let us soak everything in. Heck of a debut for director Garth Davis. So nice to see Patel finally take on a dramatic role, and he nails it. He carries this film and proves that he can hang…

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Away (2016)

Takes a while for it all to come together, but it’s kind of sweet with an emotional ending. Spall is the real-life Droopy.

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Icarus (2017)

Started out like Super Size Me, where Fogel is a guinea pig in the spirit of documentary research. But it quickly changes course to a much larger story about Rodchenkov. This is the real meat of the film. In the end, the guinea pig segment is just a distraction that…

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Tower (2016)

An interesting story that most young people probably haven’t heard about, but I have mixed feelings about the animation and reenactments. The clean, colorful animation and the stark, white backgrounds for some of the interviews sterilize the whole experience. And the interviews with the younger versions of these adults are…

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Lots of silly, light-hearted humor from Waititi, and a few giggles. But I think that making the whole thing a light comedy is a dangerous choice. One of the reasons the Marvel movies have been so well-received and successful is because there is a concerted effort to make the stories…

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