‘A day without laughter is a day wasted.‘ – Charlie Chaplin
Toni Erdmann (2017)
There are scenes in Toni Erdmann that, upon recalling them, it is near impossible not to convulse with laughter. There are moments that will make you laugh till you cry, cry till you laugh and cringe until you think your toes will be permanently curled as a result. It also uses The Cure ‘Plain Song’ for its closing credits, which is just perfection. Here’s my original review.
The Death of Stalin (2017)
Billed as a ‘black comedy’ – it’s one of the darkest and funniest films you will ever see. The plotting and the farce, perfectly balanced to make a corker of a comedy. Jason Isaacs steals the show, in a way that has to be seen to be believed. Click here to read my review.
The Big Sick (2017)
Based on a true story, this is the most heart-warming film on the list. It’s a big comedy, made with love about love in the worst of times. Immensely funny, very touching and truthful.
it would be accurate to say that the world underestimated just how good ‘Bridesmaids’ was going to be. Foolish considering the calibre of the cast – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa Mccarthy, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and not forgetting the supporting role that sent Chris O’Dowd into the stratosphere. That John Hamm appearance too…
A Man Called Ove (2017)
I would be very happy to devote my life to singing the praises of this film. Few films have made me this uplifted or happy-sad. A Scrooge-esque tale of a curmudgeonous old man rediscovering life as we discover his past. It’s just joyous. Here’s my original review. (Fun fact – I’m quoted on the film’s poster. And DVD case…)