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  • McFarland USA

    McFarland USA 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    We all know the drill. It's an inspirational sports movie, and yet it does just about everything right without laying on the melodrama extra thick. It's a much slower burn than I expected. Very few scenes are over hyped. Kevin Costner is perfect in this role.

  • Selma

    Selma 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2015

    The speeches are the highlight. Everything else feels over done, to the point where it makes real events feel fake. Oddly stylized violence and over the top sound effects are two of the biggest culprits. Every moment seems like it's meant to feel enormous, making no moment carry the weight it should. The history is devastating on its own.

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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!"