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  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Nov, 2015

    Like any Rocky movie, it follows the formula. The performances are strong, especially Stallone's. The fight scenes are well choreographed. The sense of humor is there, as are the callbacks. The missing piece is the emotional core. Maybe it's the script, the pacing, or simply the lack of a scene as powerful as the one from Rocky Balboa where father confronts his son with a heartfelt plea. The emotional driver here is slightly anemic, which is odd considering the setup. Regardless, it's a solid film that does the series proud. For those who feared a Rocky V debacle (like I did), fear not.

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting 1997

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Nov, 2015

    Robin Williams puts on an incredible performance. There are some intensely emotional scenes that make this film special. My one gripe is how quickly everything comes together after the big breakthrough therapy session. It's as if Damon and Affleck realized they were running out of time and needed to wrap it up and put a bow on it - asap.

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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.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2015

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