David Lynch cobbles episodes from his cancelled TV show with newly filmed footage, and stirring up a ground-breaking masterpiece with colorful, dizzying, and mysterious editing. Mulholland Drive is one of the rare occasions where you are frozen in awe after watching a film that is beyond definition and unlike any other film ever made. Naomi Watts and Laura Harring maintain the film's mystery giving real performances that benefit from Lynch's complex writing of characters. Mulholland Drive is the first film that feels like a dream, and equally, makes you as frustrated when it ends as when an excellent dream does. If you love 50's era Hollywood,watch this film immediately! Lynch evokes the classic feel of Sunset Boulevard without making it a period piece, and contemplates on the difficulties of having a successful career in Hollywood.
Dallas Buyers Club is a film that is a big raspberry blow to the government and capitalist with another brilliant performance by Matthew McConaughey. Matthew McConaughey may never give an equally perfect performance, because there is a lot of that rodeo Ron Woodroof in him already. His character even changes throughout the film setting up McConaughey's biggest challenge yet. Essentially, Ron discovers he has AID's and figures he can open up a company selling memberships to others suffering from the same disease to be treated with medication that is not FDA-approved. Jared Leto plays his transvestite business partner who gives perhaps the best performance of the year relying on no gimmicks. He doesn't play a transvestite, he plays a woman with a lot of depth and nuance. There is a bit of 70's southern atmosphere created nicely by Jean-Marc Vallée that introduces viewers to an alternative to the typical disco portrayal. Although sometimes a stiff-on-formula biopic, Dallas Buyers Club depends heavily on the performance which deliver more than what's asked.
Now You See Me's likability depends on the audience's willingness to be tricked and to believe in the absurdity. Unfortunately, I do not think anyone could not believe what happened in this film enough to follow and to enjoy it. Louis Leterrier directs a sort-of passive-aggressive revenge flick against corporate greed which works for the most part due to the exceptional cast. If you picked anyone on the street and asked them to cast this film, I think you would get the same result. Leterrier bursts with energy, but does not have the talent to craft a good film.