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  • A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    Quiet, maybe too quiet. Focused on the struggles of achieving "the American dream" and doing the right thing amongst corruption, both external and internal. Relationships aren't explored enough to resonate emotionally. Themes are given precedence.

  • Galaxy Quest 1999

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jan, 2015

    By Grapthar's hammer... what a savings

    Works on several levels. Funny and smart, but not too smart for its own good. Great mix of casting.

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  • Traffic 2000

    ★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jan, 2013 1

    Is something wrong with my TV? It's all blue, then orange, then grainy, then ultra clean. Oh wait, nevermind. I'm watching a Soderbergh film. A very good one mind you, but definitely held back a bit by some overt soapboxing.

  • Vertigo 1958

    ★★★ Watched 19 Aug, 2013 3

    I'm still scratching my head. How is Vertigo considered one of the best films of all time? It's not even close to the top of my list of the (limited selection of) Hitchcock films I've seen so far. The cinematography is innovative and the acting strong overall, but the pacing is glacial. Hitchcock tends to love his scenes of two people talking about nothing in particular for long periods of time. Vertigo takes this to the extreme and then its final reveal isn't all that revealing. It's less "Ah-ha!" and more "Finally, the end!"