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)

Foxcatcher (2014)

Striking and scenic cinematography and stellar performances from the three leads are regrettably wasted here thanks to a stifling screenplay: Slow-burning embers of tension are expertly stoked but as scene after scene goes by without any flames the film really starts to drag and you’re left waiting for something to happen. The massive potential of the interesting story and characters (Carell’s discomforting rich recluse in particular) is suffocated in this bittersweet film.
7/10 (Good)