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

  • Dreams

    Dreams

    ★★★½

    Ingmar’s 15th attempt to normalize dalliances, polyamory, affairs, entanglements and general hanky panky. 

    The amusement park scenes were incredible and a situation where Bergman’s risks paid off in a bigly way. Also, Harriet Andersson in the scenes in Otto’s apartment really shows off her skill and Ingmar’s ability to showcase it.  The music — aside from that scene where Doris plays the record — is fairly understated from his earlier films and it seems Ingy Pop (ready Iggy Pop) is…

  • A Ship to India

    A Ship to India

    ★★★½

    With his third film, Mr. Bergman clearly elevates his craft. The characters here, in particular Johannes, Sally and Kapten Blom, are very well developed as we see them act out the classic “hurt people hurt people” narrative. But with Alice, the stories fulcrum, we get a bit different of a character study; the straw that stirs her drink isn’t the same as the other three’s. Was this for story development? Tell us something about Bergman? Both? Probably both...

    Another clever story…

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Smiles of a Summer Night

    ★★★½

    Bitches be crazy, and as it turns out, this holds true all around the world and during every time period.


    Best part is when Desireè’s mom says there is a little breast milk and semen in the wine and then pounds her glass. But Fuck it! Midsommar, am-I-rite?!?

  • Compulsion

    Compulsion

    ★★★½

    This film (adapted from a play, which was adapted from a novel) deals with a ruthless murder deemed “the Crime of the Century” and the prosecution and pending death sentence that follows. The film focuses on the potential death sentence and concludes with a clear opinion on the morality of the whole thing.

    What it doesn’t sure up for us is what the hell did Artie mean by “we agreed to explore all possibilities of human experience” when pleading the ethos of his and Judd’s relationship — if it means what I think it means, Artie is for sure the pillow princess in that scenario.

  • Dressed to Kill

    Dressed to Kill

    ★★★½

    Said to be the first great movie of the 80’s and boy does it describe the 80’s; some questionable police work and even more questionable psychiatry and even more questionable treatment of women and even more questionable treatment of the trans community. 

    Other than all of that, this move is technically great in almost every way

    I guess you could say it’s a snapshot to compare with the progress we’ve hopefully made.. 

    Sean Connery (R.I.P.) was set to play the role…

  • Defending Your Life

    Defending Your Life

    ★★★½

    I once stole my older sister Cassie’s chocolate roses that she got from her boyfriend, Tim Luke, and I gave them to my 5th grade girlfriend, Shannon neè Stenlen, who ate them on the spot and tossed the plastic stems. Yikes, I really wouldn’t want to stand trial for that one... 

    “You wouldn’t understand. I don’t mean that as an insult — I mean that literally!”


    “You know those night clubs by the airport?” “You mean the strip clubs.” “Yeah, I coined the phrase ‘all nude’... just said ‘nude’ before... doubled business in a month.”

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★½

    Do people really wash dishes like that? Have I been doing too good of a job? All those people walking past her and not a single one stopped her...

  • Harper

    Harper

    ★★★½

    “You were hired by a bitch to find scum.” 

    The one hired is Paul Newman, the bitch is Lauren Bacall, and the scum is pretty much everyone else. Newman’s take on the private eye is enjoyable, sarcastic and subtle. The film is expertly shot by Conrad L Hall (Road to Perdition, American Beauty, Butch Cassidy, In cold Blood) in one of his earlier master strokes.

  • Children of a Lesser God

    Children of a Lesser God

    ★★★½

    Not, I repeat NOT!, the sequel to Altered States (1980) but a darn good movie nonetheless.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★½

    “Here’s the thing, we know seagulls aren’t technically endangered —and to be honest we don’t really like them either — but we’re gonna have to say no to using any real seagulls around Rob.”
    -on-set PETA advisor

  • The Mouth Agape

    The Mouth Agape

    ★★★½

    With that amount of yogurt consumption Im sure her gut health was very strong.

  • Superbad

    Superbad

    ★★★½

    Jonah Hill, or Seth, is morally baseless but he ain’t wrong in his reasonings.