jacobstertz has written 32 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    ★★★★

    Certainly runs the risk of being too didactic and maybe it is... nevertheless, it’s a very realistic portrait of the perils of trying to get ahead in a system set up to see you fail —the success of that system inherently depending on it. The system on display is clearly capitalism and it paints a dark picture of how that can truly kneecap even the most deeply loving family, break their spirit and impact their mental and physical health. 

    The…

  • After the Storm

    After the Storm

    ★★★★

    “After the storm” is a pretty cut and dry metaphor for the message of the film; so often we wait for some part of our life to clear up before we can proceed — when in reality we’ve been proceeding the whole time — it’s just that we’ve been living part of our life in the future where our hopes and dreams are filled with envy for what is to come, ultimately staining the present by living life through that…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★

    Jimmy Stewart is basically the man. I read he and others were extremely upset they added color to this film. Well, I watched the color version and I can’t say I feel all that guilty about it... sorry Big Slim Jim; no offense was intended — R.I.P.


    Also, this is really THE great Christmas movie. It’s not your typical background Christmas movie... if you want that, tune into TBS where they are so shitty they run the same trash for like 48 hours straight.

  • Good Morning

    Good Morning

    ★★★★

    When Minoru said, “no snacks for a long time now...” I felt that. 

    Ostensibly a fart joke movie, but probably the best fart joke movie - full disclosure, I haven’t seen many others... or any others. 

    Gossip and talking, and communication as a whole, are on display here. How do we receive information when what is being said isn’t the true intent of what the person is saying. For example, saying “good morning” to someone doesn’t necessarily mean anything about…

  • The Tenant

    The Tenant

    ★★★★

    It’s all just so messed up and inconceivable and totally Hollyweird; no, I’m not talking about the actual movie.

    Polanski, from Chinatown to this, was possibly the hottest director in the world  then he had intercourse with a minor and ran —like the ratbastard he is — taking with him any chance of getting a US funded future film.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    Paul Raci gives an incredible performance. 


    Truly what I’m looking for in a movie. A tribute to the recoup, rebuild, retire, and relearn. People in band are sheltered which means they aren’t so susceptible to the outside, which leads them to growth others can’t comprehend. It’s a mix of East and West Philo that resonates.


    Hearing the world through what is going on in his head is a huge part of the film, and not what most want to generally hear in a film as it can be off-putting — and that’s to shame!

  • Heart of a Dog

    Heart of a Dog

    ★★★★

    A tender rumination on life through, and with, the eyes of our bestfriends. 

    Side note: this shows the true power of cinema to everyone. 


    Everyday you hold onto your story more..

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★

    At the end Rick basically tells Laszlo that Ilsa came on to him and, well, the papers he’s about to give him aren’t free —slick Rick always brings the dick— and Laszlo just shakes his hand... In other words, Laz knew he filetted Ilsa and was just like, “ah, well, touché ol’ chap. Put er there!” and reaches his hand out. 😅

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★

    Judy Garland has the best voice in film and tv history.

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★★

    in·con·ceiv·a·ble
    /ˌinkənˈsēvəb(ə)l/
    adjective
    not capable of being imagined or grasped mentally; unbelievable.

    He’s definitely using it right. Anyways, this was nice to look at but not very funny or dramatic if that’s what they were going for.

  • 35 Shots of Rum

    35 Shots of Rum

    ★★★★

    This one makes the viewer work pretty hard for an uncertain payout. Not much of a story is very fastidiously unfolded to us about characters that I’m not so certain many can relate to. The music is disjointed and uneven— what the hell is up with the over use of the music bookending the film?

    With that being said, this film is mesmerizing, original and fulfilling in a sort of indescribable way. It’s a great example that stories are really…

  • Betty Blue

    Betty Blue

    ★★★★

    - The inspiration for the hit song  “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. 
    -Katey Sagal said Betty was her inspiration for Peg Bundy. 
    - Beatrice Dalle, to this day, still thinks it was a soft core porno; apparently LSD has left her in 1986 when she auditioned for the role. 

    Interesting how when women go crazy in film they tend to hurt themselves where as men seem to hurt others.

    And at the end when everything is at its worst for…