Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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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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Your Name (2016)

Fun concept. The concept of interdimensional communication and love is reminiscent of Interstellar, and there’s an opportunity to make something really emotional here, but the story falls a little short, and it’s all a little too magical for me. Portrayal of gender roles will surely outrage today’s sensitive crowd, as…

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Hidden Figures (2016)

The filmmaking and dialogue are basic, science is dumbed down, and the race thing is a little on the nose.

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Tulip Fever (2017)

Interesting backstory for the film. Shot over three years ago. It’s not great, but not as horrible as everyone’s making it out to be. Part may be my attraction to this period of Dutch history. The story is a bit aimless at first, but the complicated love triangles eventually gain…

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Mudbound (2017)

A really well-made, authentic period piece that just feels right. Mostly steady camera and minimalist music and score allow us to concentrate on the characters and story. Pacing is perfect, editing is clean. It’s beautifully shot, with loving detail paid to the costumes and smaller sets, though I feel like…

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The Florida Project (2017)

As a meandering, art-house film set in Florida, this is the new Moonlight. Hardly any story, mostly a shaky camera following some kids around. If that was the goal of the film, well done. But it’s not for me. Despite the lack of story, the last scene did have some…

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