Jacob Neff

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Christian, husband, father. Film enthusiast. Software developer. Bible student.

Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Princess Bride
  • War and Peace
  • Mary Poppins

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  • When the Cat's Away

    ★★½

  • The Barn Dance

    ★★★

  • Personal Shopper

    ★★★

  • The Holdovers

    ★★★★

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    Now that's how you do a villain’s origin story. Make him feel both heartbreakingly inevitable and terrifyingly real. Nolan’s groundbreaking Dark Knight trilogy has rightly been praised for its intentional groundedness compared to other more fanciful comic book movies, but even those films look like Tim Burton's vision of Batman in comparison to this grim and gritty 1981 version of Gotham City. The oft-cited Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy influences are plain to see and woven deeply into…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Imagine if you could recreate your memories of childhood, of your home life and your neighborhood, of the activity around you, full of rich, immersive detail. You wouldn’t merely see the living space along with its furniture and decorations; you’d see the people living there, the people who meant the most to you and those whom you found unusual. You wouldn’t merely hear the conversations; you’d hear the sounds of daily routines and activity in the surrounding neighborhood. There would…

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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★

    Unique take on a ghost story with Kristen Stewart's character Maureen in the thankless role of personal assistant to a wealthy celebrity. I didn't like Maureen much and questioned a number of her actions, the nudity was pointless and excessive, and the plot and message, if any, were beyond cryptic. But the suspense and mystery had me engaged, if ultimately unsatisfied.

  • The Holdovers

    The Holdovers

    ★★★★

    I'm grateful this quickly settled into the story of the troubled but promising student, the grumpy & alcoholic but encyclopedic history teacher, and the lonely lunch lady who lost her son in the war, because the discount Breakfast Club knockoff it started as had me annoyed already. Everyone was just the right amount of irritating, but not so much that you don't care about them as people and their individual plights. As layers of the onion slowly are peeled back, that connection only intensifies.

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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    Yes, Padre, I denied. I’m an apostate. Years ago. I could have died a good Kirishitan. There was no persecution. Why was I born now? This is so unfair...I’m sorry…

    Surely, this is one of Scorsese’s most breathtaking films visually, with Rodrigo Prieto’s evocative, high-definition cinematography rivaling the art of last century’s master Japanese filmmakers. The lush landscapes full of gorgeous earthy blues, grays, and greens stretch out into fog and rain, interspersed with buildings of exquisite human craftsmanship. Amidst…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★★

    Believe the hype, folks. A Quiet Place is one of the best acted, smartest written, remarkably family affirming, heart-wrenching, heart-stoppingly intense experiences you'll have at the movies. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt knocked this one out of the park.

    The strong family dynamics, precise and elaborate tension building, and intense emotional cost make John Krasinski's directorial effort much more than just another scary movie with cheap thrills. He makes us care deeply for every member of this family and their…