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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2015

    I kept waiting for the hysterical chant of, "ANIMAL! ANIMAL! ANIMAL!" at the end.

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2015

    Our two main characters are emotionally vacant. They need each other and they also need Mark's brother for similar reasons. The film is quiet and creepy. I didn't know the ending of this real life story, so the creepiness felt odd until the very end.

    Speaking of creepy, how about all the makeup? Was it necessary? Most viewers won't know how any of these characters look in real life, but they will know how the actors normally look. I found it distracting for a good 30 minutes into the film. I still can't decide if the makeup work was intentionally terrible or simply terrible.

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  • Traffic

    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

    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!"