Jacob has written 9 reviews for films during 2019.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Requires some patience to sit through, and I may only see it once, but what a watch it was! So great and incredible, with some of the best acting of the year from Pattinson. All in all a beautiful powerhouse of a film, we should all be thankful for how weird and unashamed Eggers is.

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★★

    A decent film that took a little too long to get to the heart of the matter: the thrill of racing. Perfectly fine cinematography, some cool work done during the Le Mans race. However, the film could’ve done without its last 20 minutes. Condense it down and Ford V Ferrari could’ve soared. Currently, a good but not great film in a year of such incredible contenders.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Incredible film best viewed with no information or spoilers beforehand: which was how I saw it. The cinematography, set pieces, and acting were phenomenal. A bit trying at times - the usual with foreign sensibilities, but through any cultural differences shines this incredible film. Easily deserving of best picture and best director. A reminder that original films can triumph in 2019.

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★★

    Fun movie, not quite as good as the original, but still had enough body-changing humor and great acting to keep me entertained. If this is as standard as blockbuster Hollywood gets, I guess that’s okay.

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    Incredible feat of filmmaking from Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins. A bit slow at times, but the third act is so spectacular that I punched my friends in excitement and had my jaw on the floor. Some of the most beautiful shots in recent memory, and the sheer amount of effort put into the planning and production of this film marks it as a lesson for filmmakers to come.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    Marred with pacing issues, convenient and uninventive plot for plot’s sake, and an overall lack of imagination, the final Star Wars film hits a few great notes but doesn’t really add up to anything worth remembering.

  • Dark Waters

    Dark Waters

    ★★★

    Great acting from Mark Ruffalo, and an incredible script / true life story. Other than that it is a cut and dry film that isn’t particularly unique. Its message alone makes it a film worth watching.

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★★

    An absolute tour de force of incredible visuals and actors. I was a wreck walking out of this film. Some of the best dialogue and conversations I’ve seen in a movie - with it’s fair share of unique cinematography. A soft ending, one that may or may not wrap everything up, but perhaps that’s the point...

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★

    Great look at the tumultuous task of fatherhood, how to avoid becoming one’s father, and love in its many forms. Wasn’t incredible, compared to the lineup of 2019 films, but great enough to be considered at least top 25.