1: THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
This film is up there with my all time favourite comedies. This is a very clever comedy full of top performances from a really great cast featuring, Aaron eckhart, rob Lowe, Sam Elliot, Robert Duvall, Maria bello, William H Macy
The film follows “Nick Naylar” a spokesman for a large tobacco company, as he travels around promoting tobacco by telling lies and twisting arguments, and at the same time he still has to try and remain a role model for his 12 year old son. This film just shows us how easily we are led from truth and the lies we will believe if we they are spun right.
Extremely funny and really intelligently written “thankyou for smoking” has become a classic since its release in 2005.
2: LOVE LIZA
This film is just remarkable . Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the legendary Kathy bates star in what can only be described as a comedy about suicide. Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a young web designer who’s wife suddenly commits suicide . He finds a suicide note under his pillow and can’t bring himself to read it . Although it doesn’t sound that funny and maybe I’m describing it wrong but what happens in this film is so believable and the events that happen are often hilarious . This film is a classic in my book and was the first leading role for Phillip Seymour Hoffman , who I believe to be the finest actor alive today.
3: LARS & THE REAL GIRL
Ryan gosling stars in this strange and unusual American comedy about “LARS” a pleasant but strange office worker who lives in a modified garage that’s next to his brothers house in a small quiet American town. when surfing the web one night he stumbles across a sex doll and has it delivered to his house. When the dolls arrives “Lars” immediately starts up a relationship with the doll, and what happens is a very unusual but pleasant chain of events.
A really good, heartfelt comedy suitable for all ages (I think) the acting is fantastic and the story has a really good meaning behind it. Will have you feeling sad about a sex doll in the same way we all nearly cried when “Tom hanks” lost “Wilson” his only friend in “cast away” willllllllllllllsssssssssssssooooooon.
A ordinary comedy about ordinary guys who go on a wine tasting trip across California. This film is genius and laugh out loud funny and very believable, which makes it all the more enjoyable. Fantastic performances from “Paul Giamatti” and “Thomas Hayden Church” sideways is one of the finest comedies to be realeased in the last 20 years.
5: JACK GOES BOATING
Anybody who knows me personally, knows that I am a huge “Phillip Seymour Hoffman” fan. I think of him to be the finest actor alive today, he always delivers us some very unusual but absolutely stunning cinema, and in my opinion he was the only fucking good thing about the entire “mission impossible” franchise. Ever since I watched “love Liza” I have been so intrigued by his sorrowful, yet loveable and colourful characters he plays onscreen.
So, “jack goes boating” puts “Phillip Seymour Hoffman” in the directors chair for the very first time, and it seems very clear from the start that the man has learnt some amazing techniques over the years.
It’s the very simple story of “jack” a limo driver in NYC who agrees to go on a date with a woman he has never met called “Connie”. They immediately hit it off and “jack” agrees at the end of the night to take her boating when summer arrives. “Jack” can’t swim and Is terrified of water so he turns to his best friend to teach him how to swim and overcome his fear. That’s all you really need to know about the story. Anybody who is a fan of any of “hoffman’s” previous work will be nothing less than blown away by another unique performance, only this time we get to see the film as he imagines it and the result is near perfection.
A very simple story acted out by the finest actors, and an astonishing soundtrack that features some of the greatest artists around today.