Notes on a Scandal (2006) score: 81%
If you’re an aspiring actor and need a film to study, you could do worse than Notes on a Scandal. Obviously Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett are incredible, but all the supporting actors do a convincing job too.
They’re helped by a brilliant script, adapted from the Zoë Heller novel. Normally I find it hard to respect a film if it’s overly governed by omniscient narration, but how can you not enjoy a film where Judi Dench deploys full lonely and obsessive bitch mode? She clearly relished playing Barbara’s spiraling descent into delusion, as much as you’ll relish watching it.