Jeff has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★½

    Dat ending!

  • When Harry Met Sally...
  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★½

    It was interesting to see actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a more realist movie. MCU heads should get a kick out of how more "Cosmic" Marvel characters Brolin/Thanos and Del Toro/The Collector handled a "Street Level" character Bernthal/The Punisher (upcoming on Marvel's Daredevil Season 2). Big takeaway is that it would be fun to see Emily Blunt in a Marvel movie--I think she'd be a good Jessica Drew AKA Spider-Woman.

  • Marvel One-Shot: Item 47

    Marvel One-Shot: Item 47

    ★★★½

    My only real complaint about this quick, fun little post-Avengers yarn is that it uses Lizzy Caplan and I worry that it'll be the last we see of her in the MCU. She is fantastic of course and the theme of backlash from the battle of new York resonate, calling to mind the misused weapons of tony Stark in the first IRON MAN. It's this subtext that keeps the short from slightness as it really is just a string of…

  • Thor

    Thor

    ★★★½

    Enlisting Kenneth Branagh to handle the introduction of the Mighty Thor and the land of Asgard to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was rather inspired (though he can't resist those Dutch angles and had me flashing back to DEAD AGAIN). The Asgardian elements are given their gravitas--Anthony Hokins as Odin sleepwalks through the role *just* enough and Idris Elba does wonders with a supporting, yet crucial role. Tom Hiddleston's Loki is every bit the jealous twat he needs to be--his tragic…

  • The Fast and the Furious
  • The Legend of Kaspar Hauser

    The Legend of Kaspar Hauser

    ★★★½

    Heard a dude on the way out of this say, "That wasn't as pretentious as I thought it would be." He is right, but it is pretentious, just goofily so. It's absurdism peppered with bits that would not be too far out of place in a McKay/Ferrell joint. The B&W is just right and they got their money's worth shelling out for Gallo. Nice to see him just let loose and funny it up.

    I doubt this represents a trend in New Italian Cinema, but I can hope.