Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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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 ()

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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Reno 911!: The Hunt for QAnon (2021)

I smiled a couple of times, maybe. Love seeing the old crew back together, but it’s just not that funny. Smaller roles by more well-known comics do not help.

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Palm Springs (2020)

A Groundhog Day rip-off that is less creative and less funny. If we’re supposed to take the whole story seriously and feel for the characters, what’s the deal with the dinosaurs? They get out of this metaphysical dilemma by blowing it up? What’s redeeming about that? Samberg can be so…

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Paris, Texas (1984)

Definitely something different, maybe one of the better movies to come out during a very awkward time for movies. Wasn’t sure I was on board at first, with things moving so slowly and Stanton’s vacant, emotionally unexpressive performance leading the way. Stanton has never been one of my favorites, with…

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

Surprisingly dark, not the story I expected. But the biggest issue is that the story and characters are a little too simple. There’s not much going on in this movie. Mr. Rogers, who by all accounts really was a great guy, is a little too perfect here. Chris Cooper is…

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