Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Nope (2022)

Beautiful photography, effects are impressive, and Peele is really great at creating tension and suspense for a few moments at a time, but all these little moments don’t support a very good story. Carnivorous alien spaceships? Why are they here and what do they want? Where is the media or…

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Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Nice to get all the old stars back, I guess, but the story and dialogue is awfully goofy. A spell that has the power to destroy the universe is interrupted by Peter Parker being annoying? And now his motivation is to make all the bad people from the old movies…

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What Is a Woman? (2022)

It takes balls (no pun intended) to take on this topic, as it’s certainly controversial and messy, but I wish Walsh was a little more sincere in his approach. Dramatizations of fishing and kicking a bulletin board and waking up in the middle of the night, along with melodramatic cutaways…

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Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

Animation is good, but story is thin, characters are not that interesting, and the editing is dizzying. A few smirks.

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Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

A wonderful sequel, even more impressive considering it’s been 36 years. Kosinski has done a really good job honoring the story and style of the first, with many of the shots and scenes playing clear homage. Kosinski’s filmography is also a testament to how versatile he is. So far, so…

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Ricky Gervais: SuperNature (2022)

Simultaneously irreverent and insightful, Gervais really pushes the envelope but maintains the funny. Wish he would have stuck a bit more to his central theme, though. The tangents are all enjoyable but make me wonder why he created this title for the material.

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The First Wives Club (1996)

A comedy essentially about feminist empowerment. A sneaky line to walk, as questionable moral stances can be masked with laughs. There are perhaps some double standards at play here. Would love to see how a “The First Husbands Club” movie would work, where men punish and blackmail and humiliate their…

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Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

A combo of Richard Proenneke and The Revenant, with some 1970’s weirdness.

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American Outlaws (2001)

Farrell had a magnetism, even back then, and does OK with the accent, sounding American though not all that southern. Interesting how they made no mention that James was shot in the back of the head. But the movie’s not so great. The Moby score at the beginning and end…

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

I really liked this as a kid, and the gags still hold up today. Amazing how Nielsen was able to come out of nowhere to crank out a string of light comedies at the end of his career. Weird seeing OJ in it now, after everything that has transpired since…

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