jacobstertz has written 35 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Kajillionaire

    Kajillionaire

    ★★★★½

    With Old Dolio, film has finally created a character that can match my energy.

  • I Wish

    I Wish

    ★★★★½

    I’ve heard the general rule in movies is to never work with children or animals and Kore-eda does both in this one with great success. Every character is incredibly lovable and I think that’s because they are genuine and not simply one sided. Not often can side characters have such a strong presence and not steal the show from the leads. The movie leans a bit on the whole “kids say the darndest things” trope but I’m into it and…

  • Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back

    Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back

    ★★★★½

    I’ve seen this 4 or 5 times but this was the first with commentary. The commentary brings to light a ton of unanswered questions about time and place and people involved, and puts into perspective the revolutionary nature of Dylan at that current time— it’s so easy to just think of Bob as always being fully developed as an artist, but there was a time where he was still becoming and this film is that time.

  • A New Leaf

    A New Leaf

    ★★★★½

    “Henry, would you mind terribly?” 
    “I have no ‘mind’ as far as I can tell…”

    Walter Matthau is truly one of my favorite comedic actors of any era and he’s perfectly cast to pair with Elaine May and her first feature. For my money, this is even better than “Mikey and Nicky” which is a bit overrated.

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

    Ha ha, wow.

  • Listen Up Philip

    Listen Up Philip

    ★★★★½

    Although he is never mentioned, Phillip Roth is clearly the influence here and Ike and Philip show two versions/ages of the essence of the writer; they don’t encapsulate the duality of Roth so much, but I don’t think that was the point… The film itself is a psychological study wrapped in Larry David like humor, which honestly most Larry David humor is actually a deep dive into the human mind— albeit the neurotic parts.

  • Bacurau

    Bacurau

    ★★★★½

    There’s certainly a message here and I think it centers on Brazilians not letting their Politicians or people in power, along with —and hand in hand with— gringos/outsiders take advantage of/kill them; the everyday Brazilians need to take their “powerful drug” and work together as a community to put a stop to it and take back their heritage and country from the oppressors. But, I could be terribly wrong and it could just be an offbeat film that uses a wild story as a vehicle to show an intense amount blood and gore.

  • Man Push Cart

    Man Push Cart

    ★★★★½

    More like “Man Pull Cart” amirite? But seriously, this neorealistic film is amazing and I wish I had seen it in 2005 when it came out and that sort of sociopolitical timeframe… A few things that stand out to me: the pacing for me was perfect and exactly how I like a film to present itself— a slow build up which gives me time to catch my bearings about the setting and the actors and film style before we get…

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★½

    Not your typical vampire saga. Honestly, was probably one of the funnier films I’ve seen in quite a while and it did so in a very intelligent way. Waititi is for sure a next level director and I can’t believe this has been out for 7 years and I’m just now seeing it..

  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★½

    It’s really a documentary about forgiveness, it’s many forms, and how they shake out or don’t. One thing that fascinates me about documentaries like this is how much the filmmaker becomes his/her own subject; for Bing Liu to handle it in the such a way in his first full form documentary is truly incredible and I look forward to whatever else he puts out in the future; it would appear he’s putting out a film of Ocean Voung’s novel which is a great pairing and should be highly anticipated.


    I would consider this a must see which I don’t toss around very much... or really ever.

  • Trial by Fire

    Trial by Fire

    ★★★★½

    A microscope set on the atrocity that is the death penalty.

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★½

    The film opens with scenes of a more “primitive” group of people and how they relate to nature, and then moves to a cold, dark metal room inside an extremely large u.s. navy war ship on a war path, which represents where “less primitive” people have come with their relation to nature— the whole thing is about nature, or more specifically, the natural world as we see it and how we rationalize that and with it. Is war natural or…