Standard Paul Rudd comedy with a fantastic Steve Carrell performance. The movie shows glimpses of brilliance, but I don't believe its a strong enough story to garner laughs all the way through. The whole dinner sequence is just quite awkward and probably the least funniest part of the film. Easy watch, but there are much better comedies out there.
Powerful film about maternal grief and motherhood. The first 30 minutes are extremely powerful, including a harrowing performance from Vanessa Kirby. You have to commend Mundruczó direction of the opening scene and I also loved Benjamin Loeb's camera work. The powerful start slightly hinders the rest of the film, as I think it falls slightly flat in the second half. Nevertheless, the film is a vehicle for Kirby to showcase her phenomenal talent.
This is a superb rom-com which I think may have passed a few people by, as I don't think its had the same longevity as Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, Noting Hill etc. Richard Dreyfuss is electric in this and I found myself constantly laughing whenever he was on screen. Perhaps some of his performance is slightly over the top, but he creates a memorable character, which sometimes these types of films are unable to do.
Such a brilliant idea for a film, which Hitchcock delivers exquisitely and is helped by a great performance from Stewart. Keeping the camera inside Stewart's apartment throughout the whole film is genius and really adds to the tension. For something that is 65 years old, its held up pretty well. I do believe that Vertigo has slightly more suspense to it, but this is still a must watch and clearly shows why Hitchcock was so revered.
Timeless film with a fantastic screenplay that has gained more and more relevance as the years go by. Loved Peter Finch's well deserved Oscar winning performance, whilst Sidney Lumet's fantastic direction helps paint a rather accurate picture of the immorally corrupt, commercial media corporations. I'm sure Network will get remade in the next 15 years.
Not sure I can recall such a harsh film, with some gut wrenching scenes where you are rooting for Sidibe's character to escape from the horrid situation she has found herself in. This isn't a pleasant watch, however its hard not to admire the astonishingly good performances across the board, most notably Mo'Nique as the abhorrent mother. Mariah Carey was also surprisingly convincing. Impressive screenplay and I think the film will age well over the coming decades.
Gripping story with a fantastic Daniel Day-Lewis performance. Its not overly complex and is a simple telling of the aftermath of the Guildford bombings. Once it has finished you will find yourself googling 'did that really happen?'. Postlethwaite is awesome as DDL's father. Could be the best British film of the 90s?
This is a solid film with a talented cast, however it is simply too long. If a romantic drama is closing in on almost 3 hours, you really have to buy into these characters, which unfortunately I didn't. There is of course some chemistry between Fiennes and Scott-Thomas, however aside from a few scenes, nothing really demonstrated their love for each other. Contrary to popular opinion, I actually found Binoche's character really annoying, whilst Dafoe's role did generate some interest, but was rather unexplored. The scene with Dafoe's integration was rather odd, with the way it was filmed not being in keeping with the rest of the movie. Simply put, its an ok film but there are much better love stories out there.
Flummoxed by the good reviews on this? I guess for someone who has no interest in the game of baseball and not the being biggest fan of Kevin Costner's body of work, then this probably wasn't the right film for me! The deeper meanings of the film have good intentions but I just found it quite dull and had no real interest in the characters. The ending attempts an emotional climax but it just did not resonate with me, mainly because I don't get anything from Costner's rather wooden performance.
Always put off watching this as I thought it look dry, boring and just too long to grab my attention - I was very wrong! This has to be one of most beautiful movies ever filmed, every shot is a painting and you can really see why its left such a legacy in cinematography. Its a fantastic story which keeps you engaged throughout and touches on a variety of genres/emotions. I also really loved the use of a narrator. Whisper it quietly, but this could be Kubrick's best movie
Probably Christopher Nolan's only un-Christopher Nolan film, but I think it could be his best and definitely the most underrated. This doesn't have the usual over complicated Nolan storytelling, but it does have three fantastic performances from Pacino, Williams and Swank. Found it to be engaging and clever, whilst the Alaskan setting is simply beautiful.
Enjoyed this way more than I thought I would, although its probably not something I'd re watch. Incredibly creative story with fantastic visual effects. The 3D stuff didn't really take off but clearly a landmark film.
Astonishingly brutal tale of an adventure gone wrong. Four fantastic lead performances along with John Boorman's gripping direction, help create a sense of genuine tension and horror as things start to unravel. With the way the cinematography is set up, you always feel like someone is watching them as they plunge down the Chattooga rapids. Jon Voight and Ned Beatty are immaculate in this.
Not one of my favourite Tarantino flicks, but still one to be admired. The soundtrack is brilliantly creative - putting Spanish guitar to Japanese martial arts, whilst Robert Richardson's cinematography is as you would expect, masterful. Its a story with instantly memorable characters and visuals, with classic Tarantino violence at the heart of it.
Everything about this film is top class, from the production design to the ensemble cast, but putting all things aside, this is the Warren Beatty show. He puts in an electric performance, demonstrating the insanity and brutality of Bugsy Siegel, yet providing the audience with a few subtle laughs along the way. It doesn't get 5 stars, as although I think its a brilliant sceenplay, it felt like they made Siegel the victim and didn't highlight enough the atrocities and pain he caused to numerous people.
An interesting take on British life during WW2 and probably the first film I've seen which shows the protagonists benefitting from the destruction and carnage of war. I like that you get the perspective of characters at all ages, from 10 year old Billy to their Grandfather George (wonderfully portrayed by Ian Bannen), however some of the acting was slightly soap opera quality. One of the more under the radar Best Picture nominees but definitely worth checking out.
I think the basic structure of this film is really promising and it had the potential to a insightful commentary on suicide, the baby boomer generation and lost hope, however I think it does fall a bit a flat. I wasn't a fan of the ending and it simply became a guessing game of who will sleep with who. The characters, to me, were rather unlikeable, specifically Jeff Goldblum as Michael, so I didn't really find myself rooting for anyone. William Hurt stood out for me and you can see why he went on to dominate the 1980s.
Well crafted screenplay about the power of media and mans moral compass. With a set of brilliant performances, Fiennes, Turturro and Scofield garnered most of the praise, but I thought Rob Morrow was great as the investigator - I'm surprised he didn't go on to create a more acclaimed body of work. Although set in the 1950s, the story is still relevant today, with scripted reality and every day people selling their souls for fame/money, at the forefront of global television.
Always put off watching Les Miserables, as on the surface it is not really my cup of tea, however it was much better than I expected. The actual story itself is engaging and you can see why its stood the test of time. I wish there was more of Anne Hathaway, who was phenomenal, and less of Eddie Redmayne, really don't think that was a strong casting decision. Can't understand why Russell Crowe gets so much stick for this performance, sure, his singing is a little off, but I quite liked his portrayal of Javert.
Really enjoyed this film even though all the space chat was way over my head. Paxton and Bacon were great in the supporting roles and Tom Hanks puts in a fantastic performance that I think gets overlooked compared to his other 90s roles. Thought the CGI holds up really well for being almost 25 years old - my 2nd favourite space film behind Gravity.