Right, I know I always do these and then end up stopping but I will try my damndest to stick to it this time round! (Famous last words).
Loser (Amy Heckerling, 2000)
Jason Biggs stars as a dorky college student on a scholarship, who is friendly, warm-hearted and nice, and thus, completely out of place amidst his boozy, hedonistic dorm mates. He falls for the equally lovely Mena Suvari, someone who is struggling to pay her way through college as well as having an affair with Greg Kinear’s college lecturer. Kinear’s character has reasonable amounts of swagger and allure, but he treats Suvari like absolute turd, and for that, I – and the audience – are completely championing Biggs to get the girl. It’s a fairly simple film and the majority of characters are sketchy clichés, but there is fun to be had in the cute moments shared between the two romantic leads, as well as the canny use of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag as the film’s theme tune.
Date Night (Shawn Levy, 2010)
Well, well, well. I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to see this film, because I’m a big fan of the leads (especially the goddess Tina Fey), and they have wonderful chemistry in this film. The movie itself had me cracking up from start to finish (I was watching it on my iPod on the bus and got many a curious look, but I don’t care). The plot is fairly unusual – a married couple who are on the verge of slipping into monotony stray from the sidewalk on their weekly “date night” and go to New York City for an evening meal rather than staying in the suburbs. In order to procure a table at a prestigious restaurant, they masquerade as another couple. Unbeknownst to them, this couple are embroiled in a blackmail scheme, and soon their planned night out goes very differently from how they imagined.
The cast and script are essentially what make this film; the jokes are a mixture of simple sex jokes and occasionally, the more pithier, wittier ones. The supporting cast is immense; James Franco and Mila Kunis cameo as the “real” couple and their on-screen bickering makes for very entertaining viewing. Mark Wahlberg and Ray Liotta also made me laugh a lot, and Leighton Meester is somewhat under-used, but just her presence satisfied me. But the central focus of the film is the two leads, and their performances are cracking. Good, feisty fun.
Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman, 1961)
Heartless (Philip Ridley, 2009)