jacobstertz has written 48 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2021.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★½

    Anthony Bourdain meets John Wick meets Babe meets Fight Club meets the Giver. Certainly enjoyable but makes too many leaps narrative wise to be great for me.

  • Palmer

    Palmer

    ★★★½

    Sometimes a movie like this just hits the spot, even if it is a bit cookie cutter and unrealistic. Alisha Wainright and JT had some interesting chemistry, which was apparently the case even when the camera wasn’t on them…

  • Bad Education

    Bad Education

    ★★★½

    There’s an argument to be made —and my boy Neil has made it— that it’s better to burn out than fade away and these el trasho’s certainly didn’t just fade away. Maybe they burnt out THEN faded away; maybe that’s what happened here.

  • 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.”

  • 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 & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb & 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!

  • Convoy

    Convoy

    ★★★½

    Before Marvel, DC or even the free agent universes that brought us the likes of Hell Boy and Spawn, there was —for a period from 75’-78’ and again in 98’ with Black Dog— a different hero we Americans looked up to… and that hero was Truckers! You know, road tractors, honey wagons, flatbed Cowboys, concrete princesses, road dogs, gear gammers, and —you guessed it— convoyers!

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★½

    Interesting idea to sort of hit the milestone horror decades… let’s see if the 90’s kids have the same nostalgia for the late 70’s. 

    Overall, as a Netflix movie, it holds up really well and is genuinely enjoyable to watch and even more so if you catch the constant use of homage.

  • Girlfriends

    Girlfriends

    ★★★½

    Frances Ha was a very clear upgrade to this and borders on straight theft in a lot of ways. With that being said, other than seeing how influential this movie is, I’m not sure I was blown away like so many others have been.

  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    ★★★½

    Yaba daba do(n’t) or you’ll end up in a Thai prison.

  • The Mosquito Coast

    The Mosquito Coast

    ★★★½

    Very worth a viewing. One of the few protagonists who is unlikeable yet he’s still able to effectively push the plot. My favorite line: “I think of you when I go to the bathroom.”