Welcome to H’s movie corner, a first in what will hopefully be a monthly roundup of movies watched by myself and C. It will include ratings and a blurb for each film. You will notice not all if any of the movies are new or latest releases, this is because we use LoveFilm by Post (Amazon Instant Video) to get discs delivered and then watch at our leisure. Hopefully, it will help you, the readers with viewing recommendations for cosy nights in.
The Drop: A drama about a robbery gone bad in a bar starring Tom Hardy, who can’t seem to do anything wrong at the moment, until The Drop that is. His acting and American accent were a little off the mark and the story although not terrible, had moments of suspense that ultimately turned to mush, even the climatic ending was ruined by a ten-minute comedown. A shame too as it’s also the late James Gandolfini’s last acting role who plays a decent supporting role let down by a poor story. 6/10
A Most Violent Year: Picture New York 1981 the worst year in the city’s history for robberies and the backdrop for J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost) film A Most Violent Year. Now add to this backdrop one ambitious immigrant Oscar Isaac fighting to protect his business and Jessica Chasten as the fiery wife in this story and you have one hell of a movie, full of suspense, gritty genuine cinematography and a plot that demands attention and keeps you gripped. 8/1
Still Alice: A hauntingly realistic and captivating performance from Julianne Moore who plays a linguistics professor who discovers she is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The story follows her, and her family’s journey as their bonds are tested when she is diagnosed. Not the most cheeriest of movies to watch but none the less, an outstanding watch for its acting caliber with supporting roles from Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart + more. A brave piece of filmmaking for highlighting what is ultimately a rarely spoken about the disease. 7/1
The Hundred-Foot Journey: This one was most definitely one of C’s recommendations for a midweek viewing and not something I would have ever chosen to watch, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the fresh story line and a cast of new faces. The story stars the Kadam family who leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from a Michelin-starred eatery, who just so happens to be owned by the delightful and still going strong Helen Mirren. An entertaining watch with a decent cast and story to keep things moving at a steady pace, my only criticism is the story drags its heels a bit to much with a running time of 2h 4m. 7/10
While We’re Young: Despite a low 6.4 score on IMDb this adult comedy-drama from a personal favorite director of mine Noah Baumbach, deserves more credit than it’s been given. The story may be a little easy to predict from the first 20 mins in but that doesn’t stop it from being a must watch. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play the middle-aged couple who’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried enters their lives. The evolving plot thickens to a climactic comedy ending and I won’t say more than that. 8/10