Jake Calta

A young filmmaker, composer, & cinephile.

★★★★★ - Absolute brilliance
★★★★½ - Great, just 1 problem
★★★★ - A damn fine film
★★★½ - Fun, but noticeably flawed
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  • Rock Rock Rock!

    Rock Rock Rock!

    ★★★

    There is no way around it. This one is bad. Like Daddy-O bad. But it wasn't the financial storyline that broke the bank for me, pun most certainly intended. It's not particularly dangerous, only immaculately stupid, but be warned, this is coming from one of those dirty capitalists lol. All I'll say is this: Tuesday Weld running a pint-sized Ponzi scheme because she is positively braindead on the topic of arithmetic was not what I was expecting to find in…

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★★

    Okay, so not only did this improve upon another viewing, it's rocketed up the list. Poltergeist is a film that is as stylish, fantastical, & shocking as it is deeply heartfelt. With Tobe Hooper in the director's chair & Steven Spielberg producing & cowriting, the stage is set for a jaw-dropping, yet emotional experience. The cast is fantastic, with JoBeth Williams stealing the film with her scene amongst the parapsychologists for the first time as she cries out desperately to Carol Anne. That…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    WHAT. A. FILM./10

    My first actual theater experience of 2019 (always go to theaters late in the year, idk), and what an experience it was. Dafoe and Pattinson are impeccable in Robert Eggers's sophomore feature, The Lighthouse. The grim pastoral Dreyeresque qualities of The VVitch are melded into a maritime setting and an expressionist grandeur that recalls everything from Murnau to Laughton's Night of the Hunter. The descent into madness is so mesermizing I couldn't leave my seat. Every frame…

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★★

    Instead of a fuller review, I just wanted to take a moment to speak on one key element of Manhunter that I adore: the atmosphere. From its lush analog synths to Dante Spinotti's blend of intense color & tenebrous lighting, what Michael Mann has made here is a beast of a film unlike any other. I don't think I've ever been as haunted by a film as I have with Manhunter. It gets under your skin, embracing you all the while.…