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The Remains Of The Day

I’m an Emma Thompson-fan, an Anthony Hopkins-fan and Hugh Grant and so on. Plenty of people, therefor, to make this film worth while, right?

I know it has won prizes and people were full of it. I just couldn’t find it. The story keeps dragging on for over two hours.
When I was in my early teens I would have loved this film. I hated the Hollywood-formula where they would always, always live ‘happily ever after’. I loved Welcome To The Dollhouse for that very reason. In the end, nothing had happened to make Dawn Wiener’s life even remotedly better.

The same here, really. Two people from a house staff who only seem to look at the quality of work they both deliver within that house, have to appear as if they do so without any emotion.
Except that’s not the case. Anthony Hopkins, who plays Mr Stevens, the head of the household, makes sure his father, William Stevens, gets hired by his employer. With this step, he is no longer objective.
Emma Thompson, playing Miss Kenton, notices immediately. And this is where they are of for a wrong start.
Mr Stevens doesn’t actually allow anyone to even doubt his father being unable to fullfill his duties. It is not until his father’s ill health simply collapses, that he is forced to see that. And still then, both Mr Stevens and his father, don’t actually agree on the possibility that the job is over.

The affections Mr Stevens has for Miss Kenton are so well hidden that a few of the scenes that do make it clear, also point to the fact that Mr Stevens is not worthy of her feelings for him: someone who tries to hide it that well, for the sake of the job that needs to be done and so on, is far too much in love with that job, to ever feel any duty towards his subject of affection.

Of course, this is entirely my opinion on such matters, not especially on the film. I did think the film to be too long. For that time it was perhaps normal, nowadays it tends to get a bit long, that many speeches during dinners and people agreeing, disagreeing and noticing the staff won’t open their mouths as that’s simply not their job.

It’s also nice to see Christopher Reeve walking and being his lovely self here!

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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Notting Hill

An utterly sweet, but quite unrealistic depicting about the love between a super moviestar Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) and a travelbook salesman William Thacker (Hugh Grant).
After meeting for the first time in his travelbookshop, there’s initially no spark at all between Anna and William. He likes the fact that there is a moviestar in his bookshop, yes, and he does like her appearances, but other than that, no. She is really only there to buy a book.
Then they meet again in the streets. Given that this is after William accidentally empties a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice on her white top, this isn’t the friendliest of meetings. It becomes more unlikely when she agrees to go to his house to clean herself up. And from there it takes more unlike turns. Aside all those unlikely turns, it actually is a very sweet and cute film.
The circle of friends and family that William has around him is so charming, so cute and so funny (Emma Chambers as William’s younger sister is a true gem!) that you completely forget that you don’t ever get to meet any of Anna’s friends or family. They aren’t introduced to any of them, nor does his family. It’s just her and her diva behaviour that, at some point, drifts them apart until she realises she cannot behave like that around someone she actually likes. That life isn’t a filmscript where someone can just yell ‘cut!’ if it’s not going by plan.

The music to go along with the film is as nice and smooth as the rest of the film.

It’s a proper watch, just don’t mind the unlikelihood of any of it happening for real, and you’ll be fine 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Did You Hear About The Morgans?

This film, starring Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss and various others, has a cast that I’d normally expect more from. Not all of them, I’ll admit. And I don’t expect any acting from Sarah Jessica Parker, which is exactly what happens. She’s just a spoilt brat having to move due to unforeseen circumstances, and just like her character from Sex and the City, she’s not actually capable of adjusting to the new situation.
Hugh Grant is the one who knows how to make both their lines work. He’s not that good either, but his way of acting is more like he’s realised he went to the wrong party and now he’s gotta deal with it. Which is a description of him in most of his films really. He can do that and he does the job well.
Sam Elliott is typecasted so obviously that he really barely needs any other dressup. Mary Steenburgen as his sidekick works perfectly.

So, that’s about the actors. Now the story: the Morgans, an estranged couple, find themselves being a witness of a murder on one night, where Mr Morgan has desperately tried to get Mrs Morgan to have dinner with him again. Due to the fact that the murderer has seen the Morgans being a witness of his crime, he tries to kill the Morgans. Since the killer turns out to be a high profile criminal, the Morgans are offered a place in a witness protection program. Mrs Morgan doesn’t want this to be a shared accommodation, but there’s no choice there.

Actually Sarah Jessica Parker’s attitude is the most annoying one in this film. She walks around like she ended up on the wrong set, including the ‘you cheated on me!’ drama. Though at first you sympathise with that, in the end it turns out she’s been no better herself, and you end up hating her even more because she’s such a hypocrit.

I’m sure there’s worse films than this one, it’s just not that far behind.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Actors and actresses

I’ve liked watching films from a young age. Pure for entertainment values, though I did like to believe I had a chance of being in a film once myself.
Of course, that didn’t happen.
Instead, I always rented films when I felt like it. Especially after I moved out of the house, it was such a deeply satisfying business! It took me a while to notice, however, there were actors and actresses that guaranteed a film to be a joy to watch. And those who offered quite the opposite. Note that I’m an avid film watcher but NOT, I repeat NOT a theatre visitor. I watch films in my own home, on the couch, with access to my own opinions and foods and distractions and so on.

So here, my opinion on a few of my favorites and my non-favorites. This list could be added to due to watching more films or realising I’ve forgotten someone 🙂

Jack Nicholson, the actor in the first film I bought (‘As Good As It Gets’). He has been known to be a successful addition to a film. I did used to buy any film that had him in it. Pleasure to watch and usually good acting.

Helen Hunt: good actress in usually good films. She is pleasant to look at and doesn’t just take any role, as far as I can see. Ofcourse, What Women Want wasn’t the best film, but she made it work.

Catherine Zeta-Jones: lovely to look at, unfortunately not reliable on her own. She did pick several shit films. If she’s surrounded by other good actors who I know will be good, I’ll watch it.

Kirsten Dunst: hardly ever plays a pleasant person and is even less reliable. Lots of others surrounding her (like in ‘Mona Lisa Smile’) do tend to make her better. I don’t mean to say she is not a good actress, but as she hardly ever plays a pleasant person, I at least need someone to have that vibe to be able to watch anything she plays in.

Maggie Gyllenhaal: excellent choice of characters, usually picks her films with care and acts her ass off. For a film, that’s quite pleasureable 🙂 For her, I’ll buy a film.

Jennifer Aniston: though I liked her performance in Friends quite a lot, she never seems to play a different role than that of Rachel. Only ‘The Good Girl’ is a bit different. And there it’s still mostly Jake Gyllenhaal making her fun. Jennifer Aniston is anything but a reason to buy a film. She usually picks very shitty ones. The moody, Rachel-like type. It gets old after ‘Friends’. If you don’t even like that series, don’t watch a film with her in it.

Tyne Daly: this actress has marvellous principles and somehow this reflects bloody well in her work. I’ll watch anything with her. She does mostly tv-work. I very much loved her power of acting in Judging Amy. If not more people became social workers after seeing her in action, I don’t know. She was the best commercial for it on her own.

Helen Mirren:  fantastic actress. Has made some unfortunate choices filmwise (‘Arthur’, WTF??) but I loved her in RED. I’ve also seen several interviews with her and she is just so funny and feminine. Really picks the bull at the balls if necessary. Love that.

Mel Gibson: until ‘What Women Want’ he was messfree. Then it started and it never really healed. Unfortunate. Films made during the 90s or before tend to be good, after that: not so much.

Whoopi Goldberg: I loved her in ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ and ‘The Color Purple’. She doesn’t always necessarily choose the best films, but for her I’ll buy a film.

Meryl Streep: is such a perfectionist that a film with her is nearly always good. You even forgive her for a weird choice as ‘Mamma Mia’ or a dreadfully dull one as ‘The Iron Lady’.

Angelina Jolie: great actress, not always the best films, but she acts great in them. I won’t necessarily buy a film with her though. If other actors that I know are good are in it too, then yes. Angelina has a name of being quite active in a film which makes it nice, but if there’s basically no story-line, well…what’s the joy of watching it then, eh?

Jim Carrey: aside from the few OKish films he made, he’s just not the actor I wanna see. He doesn’t really act, is just a wild monkey. He has his moments in films, but if you’re already potty-trained, it gets old quite quickly.

Melissa McCarthy: I totally loved her in Gilmore Girls. She is just such a spontaneous and happy character, no matter what she plays. She has attitude, but it’s a sweet one too I loved her most in ‘Bridesmaids’.

Lauren Graham: also from the Gilmore Girls. Hasn’t had the best picks in scripts, I think. I do like her, but somehow she always ends up in religious crappy films. Which I don’t understand, as she had such a delightful free of mind character in Gilmore Girls.

Richard Gere: was good in 90s films, but kind of lost his hotness after that.

Hugh Grant: I’m sorry he doesn’t like to act, but the guy bloody well knows how to deliver a line. I will buy a film with him in it. The guy is just such a natural. Except for that one film that I can’t even remember the title of, yes. He was very bad in that, but thankfully he noticed and he never did such a stupid thing again. So woohoo!

Emma Thompson: because of various other British actresses, she popped out for me a bit later, to be honest. I do love her distinct voice of humour, the character she brings along whenever playing a role. She can be anything. Dramatic, funny, weird. I haven’t seen her sexy. I think? But after this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJF22bluCRE and her ‘clash’ with Stephen Fry on QI, I can’t say that I don’t love and adore this lady. It’s impossible.

Cameron Diaz: a flirty actress. Flirty with live, I mean. She doesn’t really pick her films with care as far as I can see. Which means not all of them are necessarily good or entertaining. I did like Charlies Angels and In Her Shoes, but I hated The Sweetest Thing. I can’t call that acting. She has a very slender figure and knows how to dance, which seems to get her most of the parts she’s going for. And it has to be said: it’s nearly impossible to stay still if she starts moving her bum around.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Films, Opinion

 

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