jacobstertz has written 77 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • 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.”

  • Son of a Gun

    Son of a Gun

    ★★★½

    Ewan’s back fringe is worth the price of admission— so is the movie too.

  • Out of the Furnace

    Out of the Furnace

    ★★★½

    The EXACT reason I gave up bareknuckle boxing.

  • Suzanne's Career

    Suzanne's Career

    ★★★½

    I really enjoy how Rohmer takes on pretty intense storylines while creating an atmosphere that is laidback, enjoyable and easy to follow.

  • The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    ★★★½

    Really utilized his his time wisely and kept the story tight with a very clear and enjoyable story arc.

  • The Gambler

    The Gambler

    ★★★½

    James Caan’s character had it all— by all accounts smart, consistent person— until he gets sucked into the throws of addiction and becomes THE gambler. And then he hits a bit of a fork in the road, crumbles under the pressure like a loser beta and that’s basically the movie.

  • A Fish Called Wanda

    A Fish Called Wanda

    ★★★½

    Sooo Jamie Lee is a babe and also a fish?

  • Starting Out in the Evening

    Starting Out in the Evening

    ★★★½

    A bit meandering and you get to see Frank Langella’s dick, so there’s that…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★½

    The two things that stood out to me: what would the atmosphere of this movie have been like if it didn’t have the comedy aspect to it? The whole story was a hard pill to swallow from beginning to end, and it would have been 10x more jarring without the humor. The second, which also goes towards atmosphere, is the poppy and ironic soundtrack which was able to delivery poignant lyrics with straight pop instrumentals and make the viewer feel all sorts of way, much like the movie itself.

  • Love and Monsters

    Love and Monsters

    ★★★½

    Okay, so, awesomely entertaining but was certainly meant for a younger demographic than myself. With that being said, the special effects were really incredible and there were a lot of laughs and fun to be had throughout the entirety of this pseudo-Herculesesque epic.  My only qualm is that Joel’s message at the end— which for the viewer, is meant to mean don’t be afraid and get out and live your life how you want and with out settling— is going…

  • Sunset Song

    Sunset Song

    ★★★½

    I feel like a lot of period pieces are either tacky or try to cater to the modern audience by doing too much in the story or making it anachronistic— this does neither. Sunset Song unflinchingly stays true to itself, it’s story and it’s pace, which I’m grateful for. Most of the drama comes at the hands of men and their ill treatment of women (it does make an effort of highlighting that it’s not all men), the horror that even a…

  • Cocoon

    Cocoon

    ★★★½

    It’s got Tommy Boy’s dad, the guy from Police Academy and the die-a-beat-us guy. It also has the least savvy aliens in film history. It’s a bit slap stick/silly but it’s hard to not root for three mischievous geriatrics— and their montage of going off the diving board to VERY 80’s music is what cinema is all about!