The Jacket (2005)
Reminiscent of many of my favorite films including “The Machinist” (which also has Jennifer Jason Leigh), “The Butterfly Effect”, and “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”. Cannot believe that Daniel Craig was actually in this film. Sort of wish Keira Knightley stuck to the healthier looking physique she had in the film. I have an unspoken love for Adrien Brody. The man can carry films like nobodies business.
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
If Ben Stiller as “Greenberg” was at one end of the socially awkward spectrum, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Jack would be on the other end. Quiet and meticulous, Hoffman journeys into the new life of dating. As he learns how to swim and cook to impress the woman his friends set him up with (Amy Ryan), he is forced to witness the harsh reality of relationships in the form his best friend (John Ortiz) and wife (Daphne Rubin-Vega) and their dwindling train wreck of a relationship. Awkward and convincing, “Jack Goes Boating” is sincere and I love that Hoffman chose to direct an independent feature.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Jane Eyre (2011)
Jane Eyre is a quaint little novel adaptation that brings the desire and passion of its main characters to the surface of the film over any other element. Mia Wasikowska proves a niche in these specific period tales, much like her leading role in Alice In Wonderland last year. Michael Fassbender remains my favorite part of the film, fitting his part and the period more than any actor performing in a period piece in recent memory. His coy responses and levelness of facial expressions lands him as the perfect candidate for these roles. For a two hour film, the director has a way of holding your attention with flashbacks, up and down time in action, and constant emotional shifts in his characters.
Jason Bourne (2016)
Jason Goes to Hell – The Final Friday (1993)
I am hard pressed to even say this is a “Friday the 13th” film, with Jason Voorhees no longer existing and his “spirit” possessing anyone that the black snake monster coming out of his mouth can successfully attach to. “Jason Goes to Hell – The Final Friday”, as dismal as this film becomes, contians three elements that are actually quite enjoyable: (1) the opening of the film, where the FBI lures Jason out by baiting him with a lonely, lovely female, naked in a light-less bathroom, (2) the hitchhiking teenagers, who are openly headed to the Camp Crystal Lake woods, with plans of “smoking a little dope, having a little premarital sex, and getting slaughtered”. And finally, (3) [spoiler] the ending where Jason’s mask lays on the dirt and Freddy Kruger’s hand comes up from the ground and pulls it under, with Freddy’s trademark laugh concluding the film.
Film perfection! Even at two hours long, the suspense is always building. Second to Jaws, Richard Dreyfuss is my favorite part.
J. Edgar (2011)
DiCaprio delivers yet another career defining performance. Many actors have played characters twice their age, yet few have literally become those characters, and DiCaprio disappears into his older version of J. Edgar. Armie Hammer’s performance does not translate quite as precise, but works regardless. The plot has moments of lag, but the subtle handling of J. Edgar’s personal life is effective, topped off with sincere, heart wrenching moments that prove successful.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Jeff Who Lives At Home (2012)
“Charming” and “quirky” are two perfect descriptors for Jeff, Who Lives at Home. Ed Helms and Jason Segal have a far better chemistry than I could have ever given them credit for prior to this film. Though the comedy is somewhat lax, the heartfelt sentiment is present throughout. Susan Sarandon’s portion of the film is somewhat eyebrow raising, not quite meshing with the rest of the film, but the brother dynamic matched with the crazy afternoon plot line sets this film apart from its Indie neighbors.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Jim: The James Foley Story (2014)
Jingle All the Way (1997)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Joanna (short) (2013)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)
For a documentary that delves into the life of Joan Rivers, this film is exquisite. Before viewing the film, I knew very little about Joan and her illustrious career. Now I respect her and her career significantly more. Her relationship with Johnny Carson was the most intriguing portion of the documentary, especially how it ended. Joan appears to not hide anything and it is hard to dislike this one.
Joe Dirt (2014)
Joe Rogan: Triggered (2016)
John Carter (2012)
Basically a rehash of Disney’s fellow live action fantasy, Prince of Persia, John Carter is far too wild and inconsistent to ever hold a bit of originality. Taylor Kitsch, for starters, should not be carrying an action film, and filling a film full of CGI characters only seems to work correctly if you’re James Cameron (which I don’t really even agree with). Beyond all of those flaws, there’s still absolutely nothing to hold onto. As much as I hate not finishing a film, I turned John Carter off and never looked back.
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018)
John Q (2002)
John Tucker Must Die (2006)
John Wick (2014)
“Jolene” is the perfect vehicle to launch Jessica Chastain, with her stellar appearance in every scene, through every range of emotion, through every tribulation a young female could endure. Reminiscent of the on-going feel of “Catch Me If You Can”, Jolene (Chastain) travels the country from lover to lover, hitting road block after road block, whether through death or simply poor judgment. Without Chastain, the film would be lifeless, an on-going saga which drags on a bit too long but with the willingness to put herself completely into the role, with no shame, and a commanding presence in her very first starring role, Chastain proves early on why she’s such a successful actress.
The Judge (2014)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Still completely enthralling, “Jumanji” opened the door for films like “Night At The Museum”, putting adults and children through impossible challenges in an interesting and visually effective way. With a solid plot based around a possessed board game, we are never told how it became cursed, but we also never feel the need to ask. “Jumanji” finds its legs, still, over 15 years later with its ability to get dark and ride that line between kid’s movie and the sinister, where characters could die.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Jumper was absolutely perfect for me. It has everything: action, comedy, love, hate. It scared me when the action started so soon in the movie, but then when it never stopped I was amazed. Awesome soundtrack. The Fray never sounded better during the love scene. This was overall a perfect movie. See it!
Great cast, but fell far short of my expectations. Amy Adams was the shining star of the film, but otherwise, the rest of the cast was lackluster. Ben McKenzie was the typical hick and I really wonder if that was necessary. He really needs a shot at something big. He’s such a good actor, why does he get stuck in crappy supporting roles?
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book (2016)
Juno was amazing! It reminded me of napoleon dynamite but with a story and a well known, right-on cast. Each cast member really owned in this movie. This is the beginning of great things I feel for Ellen Page. Nothing bad to be said about this movie. I wanna see it again.
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Jurassic World (2015)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Just Go With It (2011)
For starters, by now we should have learned from films like “She’s All That” that just by putting glasses and baggy clothes on a gorgeous woman, does not mean she becomes unattractive. Jennifer Aniston is always attractive. Period. The film could have been half of an hour shorter by taking out the stupid bits (like the Sheep.P.R. bit… dumb) and making me roll my eyes less. The film gets a little too ridiculous, which is common from Sandler films and most of the funny parts were just randomness. Pretty much just good for the scenery… if you know what I mean.