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  • Ella Enchanted 2004

    ★★★ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2014

    Once I get over the incredibly poor special effects and some poor performances, I'm drawn in by some decent kid-friendly humor and (a young) Anne Hathaway's charm.

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    Quiet intensity. Kind of Drive + Winter's Bone + The Place Beyond The Pines.

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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!"