jacobstertz has written 89 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • 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 Denver 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.

  • 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.

  • Broken Flowers

    Broken Flowers

    ★★★★

    TBH I would have just stayed with Laura and Lolita until that well ran dry…

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★

    I’ve seen this multiple times and genuinely really like it; so much so it would be a five star movie if it wasn’t for:

    -Eddie dropping a very vulgar n-bomb 
    -I get it was the early seventies, but the music is a too much at times and overrides the dialogue, which is basically all this film is 
    -Speaking of dialogue, there are repeated lines that Yates— or whoever —just decided to keep in the movie 

    Other than that it’s really…

  • Behind the Candelabra

    Behind the Candelabra

    ★★★★

    This may have one of the most hard to pin tones in all of Soderbergh’s filmography, which is realllly saying something, and I’m very much here for it. Damon and Douglas are incredible in that there is such a mix of emotions they have to present while literally always running the risk of the film turning into some sort of unrelatable, comic biopic.

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★

    Having seen Red Dragon before this, it’s very interesting to see the differences in stylistic choices. With that being said, I like the art direction of Manhunter quite a bit more and Farina and Noonen were very effective castings.

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire

    ★★★★

    Boyle brings a ton of fire power and it works in pretty much every way.

  • Waiting for Guffman

    Waiting for Guffman

    ★★★★

    Libby Mae Brown: “What New York really is, is it's an island, with lots of people, lots of different people... I hope to maybe meet some guys, some Italian guys, and maybe watch some TV.”

  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★

    Less ridiculous than Cold War but still ridiculous— in a good way that is.

  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★

    At its core, it’s a film about date rape.

  • La Collectionneuse

    La Collectionneuse

    ★★★★

    Rohmer does such an incredible job of mixing sexual and intellectual intrigue in a way that doesn’t come off as speaking down to the audience.