Hot Take: Sally Field delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in an unexpected and delightfully quirky film. Hello, My Name Is Doris is the most surprising film so far of 2016… and one of the best.
Typically, I’m cynical when it comes to what I like to refer to as “Indie film porn” such as Hello, My Name Is Doris. Last year’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Mistress America, Grandma and The Lady in the Van were all overrated disappointments overly praised by those who can’t help themselves when it comes to limited releases destined for an art house run. The last two — Grandma and The Lady in the Van — featured performances by actresses with deep resumes (Lily Tomlin in Grandma and Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van) who did their usual solid work but, for some unknown reason, were given Academy Award nominee-like praise.Read More →