Aniston of the week: Along Came Polly

Still wading through those rom-coms, this week we take a look at Aniston’s pairing with ‘everyman’ Ben Stiller. FILM: Along Came Polly DIRECTOR: John Hamburg YEAR: 2004 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Polly Prince, waitress and aspiring illustrator PLOT SUMMARY: A man name Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) who is a risk-assessment analyst (non-spoiler – his job matches exactly his personality) gets married, but his wife Lisa … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Along Came Polly

My week in film: Beyond the Lights, Brooklyn and Joy

Viewed this week, three films about female lives that in different ways present the difficulties of balancing a personal and professional life. Gina Prince-Blythewood’s Beyond the Lights went without a cinema release in the UK last year, despite its excellent cast (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Danny Glover) and pertinent plot – it concerns a young R&B singer struggling with fame and self-perception – and critics … Continue reading My week in film: Beyond the Lights, Brooklyn and Joy

Aniston of the week: Rock Star

In the week that David Bowie and Alan Rickman died and lacking a film in which either starred with Aniston*, what serves as adequately appropriate within our subject’s portfolio is her part in a film that celebrated and parodied rock-star fandom, albeit with mixed results. In love with an LA-based British hair-rock band (based loosely on the story of Judas Priest) a far cry from … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Rock Star

My Year in Film: 2015 in 21 memorable moments

There’s been more than enough pieces written on the best films of 2015, including two lists (which include Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, pictured above) to which I already contributed – Sight & Sound and CineVue – so here at Cinematic Investigations, we’ll refrain from adding further to what was considered ‘best’* last year. Instead, this annual review will focus on the complete year’s viewing, including television, films … Continue reading My Year in Film: 2015 in 21 memorable moments

Aniston of the Week: Wanderlust

After last week’s exploration of perhaps Aniston’s most dramatic role, and in the spirit of the season of jollity, we look at a film that reunites the central duo of The Object of My Affection. A film that teaches us how not to live, in so many ways. Happy Holidays! FILM: Wanderlust DIRECTOR: David Wain YEAR: 2012 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Linda Gergenblatt, filmmaker (among … Continue reading Aniston of the Week: Wanderlust

My week in film: Melissa McCarthy twice plus Tangerine

Pretty soon the viewing habits of this writer will all feature the sight of a Christmas tree, tinsel, presents and/or snow, but for the last week before the festive holidays commence proper, there’s been time to catch some of the year’s lauded comedies and acclaimed dramas. Sean Baker’s Tangerine has been widely praised and discussed since its world premiere at Sundance in January. Shot using … Continue reading My week in film: Melissa McCarthy twice plus Tangerine

Aniston of the Week: Cake

2015 saw the release of a film that showcased what might be thought of as Jennifer Aniston’s most revealing and dramatic role. Ignoring the middling reviews allows an engagement with an understated and powerful performance and a chance for Aniston to take centre stage. FILM: Cake DIRECTOR: Daniel Barnz YEAR: 2014 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Claire Bennett, former lawyer PLOT SUMMARY: Claire is recovering from … Continue reading Aniston of the Week: Cake

My week in film: Carol, Sunset Song and more…

As the red curtains are soon to close on 2015, the impetus to catch up on films I’ve missed has set in. It’s also the time for ‘Best of’ lists and for my part I’ve already contributed to one – in early November I was asked to select my ‘preferred five films’ of 2015 for Sight & Sound magazine’s annual poll. Since then I’ve seen … Continue reading My week in film: Carol, Sunset Song and more…

Aniston of the Week: She’s the One

We’re six weeks into our Aniston investigation and it turns out there’s a lot of the nineties still to get through. With that in mind, we delve into what might be deemed half an Aniston, where our favourite Friend doesn’t get the screen time she deserves. FILM: She’s the One DIRECTOR: Edward Burns YEAR: 1996 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Renee, seemingly of no profession. PLOT … Continue reading Aniston of the Week: She’s the One

LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Tired Moonlight

The final screening in the mini season LOCAL/LOCALE at Edinburgh Film Guild is the UK premiere of Britni West’s Slamdance award-winning Tired Moonlight. Set and shot in West’s hometown of Kalispell, Montana, Tired Moonlight uses mainly non-professional actors and a ‘documentary’ approach to capture the atmosphere of this simultaneously ordinary and special place. The director went back to Kalispell over the summers of 2012 and … Continue reading LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Tired Moonlight