Jeff B

Jeff B

Favorite films

  • Before Sunset
  • Rushmore
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Aftersun

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  • The Holdovers

    ★★★★

  • Fremont

    ★★★½

  • The Insider

    ★★★★½

  • Amanda

    ★★★½

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  • Amanda

    Amanda

    ★★★½

    The Italian April Ludgate, sort of?

    Benedetta Porcaroli is fantastic as Amanda, a young woman who feels like the black sheep of her family, and struggles to make social connections, especially with people her age. The film makes some interesting connections between class and happiness that don't feel fully fleshed out. In general, I'd call it slightly underwritten, though to its credit, that narrative minimalism does allow Porcaroli to really shine. Her face is so subtle yet expressive, and speaks volumes of Amanda's loneliness. The film is decent, but it's star is utterly compelling.

  • Poor Things

    Poor Things

    ★★★★★

    I had a blast. Poor Things is a visual feast, featuring those unsettling fisheye tracking shots also seen in The Favourite, as well as dozens of gorgeous static shots that could easily be paintings. The impressive style is easily matched by just a doozy of a narrative; one that's simultaneously high concept and accessible. There's a ton of sex, a ton of legit laugh-out-loud moments. The film has just the right balance between uncomfortable and satisfying.

    Bella Baxter, as full…

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★½

    I'm almost embarrassed reading my original review of Columbus. While it's certainly an honest portrayal of what I felt at the time (loved it and still do), it's also a review that misses so much of what makes Columbus great, not to mention containing opinions I've altered since.

    So let's get one thing out the way, this movie is damn near perfect. Kogonada knows exactly how to tell this story. It takes total control to simultaneously let your story breathe…

  • A Special Day

    A Special Day

    ★★★★★

    "I wouldn't say I'm anti-fascist. I just think fascism is anti-me".

    What an extraordinary line of dialogue in an equally extraordinary film. This is an incredibly moving story with a political backdrop that seems to inform most of the drama yet never overwhelms or takes away from the humanity at the film's heart. The color palette perfectly evokes the mood of a country blindly in love with a fascist regime that has no place for "outsiders". I love the cinematography,…