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  • The Muse

    The Muse 1999

    ★★★ Rewatched 22 Aug, 2016

    Such a flimsy premise. Still has some great Albert Brook's lines that keep it funny. The ending suffers the fate of most of Brook's films - run out of steam fast, limping to the finish line.

  • The Rookie

    The Rookie 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2016

    The score soars and manipulates with the best of them. And, like most sports films, this one isn't really about sports. It's a bit more complex than telling another underdog story. The last five minutes are a bit regrettable in that everything is wrapped up rather neatly when the rest of the film shows that even when dreams are chased, the mix of emotions can be overwhelming.

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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.