The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” boasts a magnificent, a visually resplendent setting, and a plot that goes down easy. It’s an extraordinarily inoffensive film; there’s not really anything divisive, daring, or unexpected here. It’s a simple, fairly enjoyable film, not aiming to be anything more. I suppose I enjoyed it well enough. I really do…

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Adam Sandler delivers a perfect performance (not often I find myself saying that) in one of the more overlooked films of the great P. T. Anderson’s career. Sandler portrays Barry Egan, a neurotic, socially anxious introvert who struggles with the expectations of his family. Sandler’s irritated persona is grating in many of his films where…

Two Night Stand (2014)

I watched this film mainly because I wanted to see more of Miles Teller, and see if he had much range beyond the performances I’d already seen of him (which I really liked). I really wish I’d chosen another of his films. There obviously wasn’t much of a budget to throw around (the vast majority…

Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood is one of those films with such a unique premise that nearly all conversation surrounding it is bound to focus heavily just on the idea of the film, risking ignoring much of the film itself. I think the premise (filming the film over twelve years, with actors naturally ageing) played into Linklater’s naturalistic style…

Mulholland Drive (2001)

In many ways the best articulation of Lynch’s pet themes and ideas, even down to its strange and troubled production history. It was originally meant to be a TV pilot for a spin-off from Twin Peaks, though this concept was scrapped before production. When the pilot (which forms around two thirds, if not a tad…

The Theory of Everything (2014)

For the vast majority of its runtime, “The Theory of Everything” is a very conventional biopic…but it’s a well-executed one, with great performances and an enjoyable atmosphere and direction, and I found myelf quite happy with it in the theatre. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones garnered a lot of acclaim for their performances, and they…

Moneyball (2011)

I basically never watch sports movies. I love Sorkin’s film scripts. Happy to say that I really liked Moneyball. The specifics of baseball hold absolutely no interest for me, but Sorkin manages to make the film work strongly as the story of trying to revolutionised an industry stuck in tradition. Brad Pitt is great as…