Sunday, September 17, 2006

Film Night

I'm having a quiet, do as little as possible weekend because the next few weeks are going to be so busy. So last night we stayed in with some films, this weeks DVDs from my film rental services.

First up, Romance and Cigarettes - rented for the OH who wanted to see it when it was out at the cinema. He wanted to see it because James Gandolfini is in it and as he loves the Sopranos, he believes the man can do now wrong. I, on the otherhand, was never convinced as it involves singing and we just aren't big on musicals. I was trying to keep an open mind. The first song & dance number was alright - quite charming in its way. But then there just didn't seem to be much plot - by the end of the film I still didn't know who half the peopel were or what their story was. This might have been because the OH tired quickly of the singing, so kept fast-forwarding scenes, so I might have missed some details along the way. We actually shaved a good 30 minutes of the film, viewing it this way.

And I wll admit, at the risk of being cast out of polite society forever, I can't stand Kate Winslet. I don't think she is a great actress - she reminds me of friends I had at school who went to drama clubs, a bit stagey & over the top, and her accent in this was shocking - another one from the Daphne Moon school of posh actress doing somewhere oop north accent.


Anyway, the next film was A History of Violence, which I vaguely remember having had quite good reviews. Despite not being one for screen violence, I really enjoyed this. The plot was fairly simple, but interesting. Also before it started, I mentioned to the OH that the Pearl & Dean music at cinemas makes the start of the film more exciting, so he turned off the lights and sang this before it started, which did seem to put me in the right mood for film watching!

I received the brochure for the London Film Festival yesterday. So many films. Years ago, in another career, I managed to blag a press pass to the LFF so got to watch loads of film for free. So when the festival comes around now, I read the brochure and plan what I want to see, forgetting that now I have to pay for it. I always like to go and see at least one film, but its so difficult to know what to pick. Its also the Raindance Festival soon which I have worked at in the past - they are having a special Ramones evening which I would have loved to have gone to, but its on while we are away. Damn.

7 comments:

Natalie said...

Is the second film the one with Viggo Mortensen in?

The film festival is good but I had to watch an awful weird film called Hotel there about 5 years ago, and it freaked me out. It had David Schwimmer and Rhys Ifans in it and it was odd, odd, odd.

SandDancer said...

Yes, it is the one with Vigo Mortensen.

And this is really weird, but I saw Hotel at the film festival then too and absolutely hated it. I wented to walk out of it so much but I was stuck in the middle of a row and couldn't escape. I had to sit there through the directors talk as well.

Natalie said...

Blimey! We must have been in the same showing!

Rhys Ifans was there, as was the pretty actress with the bum chin. (What's her name?) It was so messed up I couldn't see how anyone could enjoy it. She gave birth to a doll for god's sake. I was sitting there thinking 'what?!'

SandDancer said...

I must have blocked that bit from my memory. It was awful though.

Saffron Burrows is the actress - she was 'doing' the director at the time. She is very pretty, but I don't think she can act very well.

Natalie said...

Yes she is pretty. The whole film was an insane, stomach churning hellish experience. I have no idea what it was about. Pile of turd if you ask me.

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