jacobstertz has written 171 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Tomboy

    Tomboy

    ★★★★

    Very much an achievement. I can’t remember a movie that uses less dialogue and more everyday interactions to tell a story.

  • La Ciénaga

    La Ciénaga

    ★★★★

    If Grey Gardens had a caravan of Argentinians living there and not the Beales.

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★

    Very alternative, very cool. I’m not positive I understand everything.

  • Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

    ★★★★

    The fact they were able to hide Tarzan’s butthole from being shown is a complete triumph, but the amount of dick and piss they showed was too much. 

    I think this would make a good entrance into the criterion collection— I think it’s got that attention to detail and relentless pursuit to try to be factual/realistic.


    Possibly the best ape acting I’ve seen to date, or they found some of the most realistic ape costumes I’ve ever seen… damn near can’t tell the difference.

  • Quiz Show

    Quiz Show

    ★★★★

    Basically Network (1976) but with balls.

  • 21 Up

    21 Up

    ★★★★

    21 is such a weird stage. The women in this episode are the most interesting— they have this weird confidence mixed with bursts of big time insecurity.

  • Seven Up!

    Seven Up!

    ★★★★

    I’ve seen this a few times and every time the sort of class division is so apparent at such a young age 🥲

  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★★★

    I’m a sense this was basically a jackass movie in format.

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★

    Well, that was pretty grusome… Macgruber has throat rips, Bradley Thomas has smileys.

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★

    Jack Lemon was a very original actor and I can see why so many people speak to highly of him, but I can’t help but wonder if he would make it in todays Hollywood. The movie itself, very well done with the tracking shots and almost artsy framing— it felt like it was newer than the 50’s but was still hanging on to many aspects that make a movie seem distinctly from the 50’s.

  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    ★★★★

    I like the format of this one. Maybe a bit out there for some people, but I feel like if you hang in there the sort of meta/frame only strengthens the second half/ending. Aubrey Plaza literally and figuratively acted her panties off. Chris Abbott was Chris Abbott in a bigly way, but it’s really Plaza’s movie.

  • Easy Money

    Easy Money

    ★★★★

    Expertly plotted which makes it no surprise it was first a book. Would have been 4.5 if not for the ending… maybe too Hollywood for how well and believable everything was set-up.