jacobstertz has written 177 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Tango & Cash

    Tango & Cash

    That Ridley Scott did it again! Masterpiece!

  • Days of Being Wild

    Days of Being Wild

    ★★★★

    Very moody but not for love. 

    The whole remembering the minute thing is CLEARLY the inspiration for Al Pacino’s speech in Any Given Sunday. Also, the bird thing is the influence for the whole “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird too” thing in the Notebook. Also, this was in a way the beta version of In the Mood for Love.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★½

    “Dev Patel has some huge balls for this one— in particular that scene with the green belt and Alicia Vikander.”

  • The White Lotus

    The White Lotus

    ★★★★½

    Only 3 episodes in but this is mandatory viewing! And yes, that is the same Mike White that was in Survivor.

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★½

    What an incredible way to end an incredible movie! She’s able to keep interest and tension in such a way that it really just wows me. She’s very much one of my favorite directors and this may have been one of her best! The attention to detail and ability to make that palatable is truly incredible. 

    The only negative thing I can come up with is that the natural lighting— a fixture in most of her films and clearly very intentional— makes it nearly impossible to watch some scenes unless you are in a completely blacked out room. 

    Must see!

  • Body Brokers

    Body Brokers

    ★★★½

    Very well put together film from start to finish— everything comes full circle… It seems Swab just needs the backing to put out something truly incredible. Problem is this sort of subject matter isn’t what the vast majority wants to see— and I get that; Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream, in all their greatness, still only hit a marginal amount of people.

    Side note: the music, casting and framing are all next level!

  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★½

    I know they aren’t from Wisconsin but I know, personally, at least 50 Barb and Stars— in fact my very own step-mom still has travelers checks from when she visited the Grand Canyon in the early 00’s.

  • Congo

    Congo

    ★★★½

    Honestly, a pretty great adventure movie! Dr evil got his inspiration for “laaaazerss” )pinky to mouth( from this. Lastly, my friend (big Michael Creighton fan) said Walsh and Amy wouldn’t be beastiality because the sperm is so similar… stilllll pondering that one!

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★

    Wait, so this isn’t about “the art of drying your hair after a wash into the desired style” kinda blowout? That John Travolta  is full of shit man…

  • As Tears Go By

    As Tears Go By

    ★★★★

    A lot of dick shootings and glass stabbings. Also, there was a nod to the Top Gun motorcycle scene with Wah going to see his love— with wind swept hair and aviators— while “Take My Breath Away” plays in the background; big difference is he was riding a bus not a motorcycle… 

    The end was clunky imo— or endings, really, with the alternate and extended versions being the only supplements on the disc. The cinematography and camera work leave you wanting to be immersed even further into the Wong Kar-Wai world and that’s not something that can be said about many directors’ first attempts.

  • Rififi

    Rififi

    ★★★★★

    I won’t waste anyone’s time trying to sell them on this. Iykyk

  • The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

    ★★★★

    I kept thinking Ernest Borgnine was going to die while eating something and make that Baseketball scene even more funny. Also, I’m pretty sure my dad took all of his life/parenting advice from the morals laid down by Pike.