In my opinion, Susie Sarandon has always been one of the most instantly likable actors on the planet, but even her biggest fans would admit that her attempt at a Brooklyn accent in The Meddler is absurd at best. Apart from that baffling choice, she is charming in this film, even if the story treads familiar territory all the way through. There's a large cast of welcomed faces, but most of them barely have a chance to do more than say hi and maybe have a cup of tea before they vanish.
The forgettable meter is high with this one.
No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.
As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of…
I know I'm in the minority with my opinion that The Aviator is Martin Scorsese's absolute best movie in over twenty years, probably since Goodfellas. It's a jaw-dropping marvel to witness in all aspects of filmmaking.
There isn't a single performance that misses the mark (unless you really want to count Gwen Stefani), the score by Howard Shore is one of his absolute best, the visual effects are tasteful, the cinematography is gorgeous and graceful, and the subject Howard Hughes…