jacobstertz has written 264 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Bound

    Bound

    ★★★½

    Toss this one on the list for one of the top low-budget directorial debuts. Caesar and his accent really killed! and the two ladies got off in their own way too!

  • Mass

    Mass

    ★★★★

    An unrelenting, tour de force of acting and story that should be required viewing in order to make everyone a bit more empathetic— I always hear “it’s important to start a dialogue about social issues” as a way to sort work through them as best we can; this movie is exactly that.

  • Starlet

    Starlet

    ★★★★

    I happen to know a lot of porn stars very intimately— and old people for that matter— and this is by far the most accurate portrayal to date. Bravo! Hurrah! Huzzah! Sean Baker should be considered an object of great panegyric!

  • Frantic

    Frantic

    ★★★½

    Romulus Polanski generally just does a great job. This is a very underrated addition to the thriller genre and anyone making a thriller could take notes on its pacing, tone and story arc.

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★½

    I need my faith restored in humanity after watching 2+ hours of seeing someone continually do bad things and expect positive outcomes— and usually get them. I’m not sure the moral of the story but I’d guess it falls somewhere in line with if you think “good things should happen to good people” as a rule of life— and therefore some sort of higher power; god, karma or schlotsky’s deli giving you extra pickles on accident— then you’re only going…

  • The Interpreter

    The Interpreter

    ★★★

    It has some things going for it but the story and in particular the freedom Kidman’s character had, while being a sort of person of interest, was sooo unrealistic— also her successful avoidance in the moped chase scenes was wild; did they bring in a stunt double for that shit 😅?

  • Everest

    Everest

    ★★★★

    Doing Krakauer dirty like that was an intentional choice… but, I’m sure it ended in more books sold so “all’s well that ends well” or something like that.

  • Seven Years in Tibet

    Seven Years in Tibet

    ★★★★

    Really is one of the worst accents I can bring to mind… but still a very good movie and again, touches on a very important story.

  • 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

    14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

    ★★★½

    Honestly, didn’t look super difficult— one foot in front of the other— seems like the funding and logistics were the hardest part. Full disclosure, I’ve hiked many a state park trail and some have been upwards of 3000’ in elevation gain which I did in mere hours with bad footwear.

  • Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss

    Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss

    ★★★½

    The majority of this documentary is people just talking about how good at music Juice was— I’m guessing anyone watching it probably already knows he was good… it was a pretty all access pass into his life which was pretty dope.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★½

    What a mess… only saving grace is the kicker from the replacements was a good casting.

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★½

    Just want to give a prayer to stuff