Jeff has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    It's a really exciting time to be someone who loves boundary pushing pop art cinema. I'm glad to be living through this and might just have a kid so that it can share in the greatness that looks to lie ahead.

    On a side note, I rode Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! last week and it was joyous, the most *fun* short form screening/theatrical experience I've had in years (not including "Lamfanti Presents" programming).

  • Team Thor

    Team Thor

    ★★★★½

    This is just great and has me very excited for the next wave of Marvel movies.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    Wow. I was worried going in due to the poor response from certain "Film Twitter" superstars, but they are either playing a practical joke and pretending not to like this due to "sloppy" directing or complaints of "corporate" filmmaking or they're just, like, wrong. I may write more after seeing it again in IMAX.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★★½

    A great man once said, "I love it when a plan comes together." Watching Joss Whedon's masterful work stepping into Kevin Feige's vision for the MCU is pure bliss. This is true pop culture at its best--comparisons to RIO BRAVO are apt indeed. Whedon's knack for capturing oddball personalities and the ease that grows with camaraderie is unparalleled. I'm still astonished how all the character's egos were managed so proficiently, but then in some ways Loki is the Whedon surrogate,…

  • Iron Man

    Iron Man

    ★★★★½

    Downey is so perfect and all the right notes (Black Sabbath!) get hit on the way to the finale. Stark's transformation from clueless playboy to playboy-with-a-conscience works thanks to Downey keeping the character's cockiness in tact. There is no real humility on display, rather a redirected hubris that is a hoot to cheer for. Bridges is a great baddie and tying Stark to his father's legacy lends an unspoken emotional undercurrent. Gwyneth, as ever, is transcendent as Pepper Potts.

    As filmmaking goes, it moves just fast enough and gets out of the way of the personalities onscreen.

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    ★★★★½

    Second viewing was even more emotionally fraught. Carax's vision is simultaneously old-fashioned and forward looking, an elegy shrouded in broken hope.