Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Val (2021)

An interesting profile of an interesting guy. It’s personal, historically interesting, with a blanket of melancholy over the whole thing. Sad to see Val in his state, but glad he was able to help put this together while we still have him. Must have been an editing nightmare, with so…

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Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Very stylish, but that gets old very quickly and it ends up being just a pile of shit. Part Kill Bill, part Baby Driver, and part The Professional, with the glorified violence, theatrical lighting, blazing colors, gratuitous slo-mo, exaggerated sound effects, melodramatic score, and horribly stereotyped villains that we’ve become…

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The One Where They Get Back Together (2021)

A documentary, a sequel, a love letter, an emotional tribute to a sitcom that touched millions. An amazing collection of show clips, backstage footage, bloopers, interviews, with masterful editing weaving it all together. A subtle, slow variation of the show theme at the end adds a nice accent. Glad that…

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Biography: Chris Farley – Anything for a Laugh (2019)

Nice profile of a big, funny guy.

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Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

A creepy, intimate look at a psychopath. The exploration of his character is interesting and the collection of security camera footage is impressive, but there are way too many melodramatic interviews and useless cutaway shots to Facebook posts, search bars being filled, and lingering cityscapes. It’s all useless filler. This…

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Collective (2019)

The hallmark of a good documentary is interesting and emotional subject matter, well-assembled footage, and an invisible camera. This documentary succeeds on all levels. It truly is an impressive collection of footage. The most private, emotional, and potentially dangerous conversations are captured with quality and care and, often, with multiple…

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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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