Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (IMDb)
The excellent opening sequence here gives us an immediate feel for each character, setting the stage for an achingly beautiful and genuine film family portrait with a powerful message of authenticity over perfection. The film epitomizes the dramedy genre; each aspect blends naturally with the other in favour of story and character development instead of cheap laughs and sentimentality, but I’ll never not cry happy tears during the climactic scene of this wonderfully-written and well-acted movie.
8.5/10 (Amazing)

Zombieland (2009)

The zombie-apocalypse setting here is mined for a truckload of blood, guts, and morbid humour. Eisenberg’s methodical, matter-of-fact narration creates a hilarious contrast with the savage goings-on, and his shy and paranoid Columbus paired with Harrelson’s rash Tallahassee makes for a fun duo that (predictably) teams up with two street-smart sisters. The plot is weak, but combine the film’s excellent horror-comedy with a short-lived Bill Murray cameo and you still have a very enjoyable romp.
7/10 (Good)