I recently re-watched Stranger than Fiction a pleasantly quirky movie about a man who starts to hear a narrator’s voice in his head describing his everyday life.
Entertaining stuff with some good performances by the likes of Will Farrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman and Maggie Gyllenhaal as an agit-prop biscuit baker.
The scene where Farrell serenades Mags with Wreckless Eric’s Whole Wide World is one of the most romantic and sexy moments I’ve seen on the screen for a while. Ms Gyllenhaal is quite something. Crumbs! I’d hob-nob with her any day!
Much as I love American movies, I have my prejudices about Hollywood and its bombastic, explosive, fast and furious tendencies. This rather literary movie seemed more like the kind of thing they would make in France or Britain somehow.
Some American directors like Woody Allen or Gus Van Sant and also actors have made a career of going against the grain.
What I’d like to hear about is any other films, directors, actors etc you can think of that push the envelope, break the mould or have surprised you in some way,
A few suggestions: