ACTRESS - Emily Watson
She was Jean-Pierre Jeunet's first choice to play the title role in Amelie (2001), but dropped out for personal reasons. She did manage to leave her mark on the film however; Amelie is named after her.
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Breaking the Waves 1996, R)
Probably the most underrated, overlooked and misunderstood film of all time. Don't let the awful American poster put you off either, because this is without a doubt the most beautiful film made in the last 25 years. Its subject matter, pace and Dogma style puts many people off, and to be fair it not everybodies cup of tea, but give it a chance. The last scene, in my opinion, is the best ever in the history of Cinema, a bold statement I know by I stand by it! Brilliant!
The Mill on the Floss 1997, Unrated)
Metroland 1999, R)
The Boxer 1997, R)
Hilary and Jackie 1998, R)
Cradle Will Rock 1999, R)
War, censorship, politics and corporate art. This is an extremely entertaining and informative look at how the art world both survived and changed during unrest in New York in the 1930?s. It may not sound like a barrel of laughs, and it can be a bit theatrical at times, but this is a great film, Highly recommended!
Angela's Ashes 1999, R)
Trixie 2000, R)
The Luzhin Defence 2001, PG-13)
Gosford Park 2001, R)
Punch-Drunk Love 2002, R)
Red Dragon 2002, R)
Equilibrium 2002, R)
Back to Gaya (Boo, Zino & the Snurks) 2004, PG)
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004, Unrated)
Wah-Wah 2006, R)
You can't really argue with someones own account of their own childhood. This is Richard E Grant's childhood, written and directed by the man himself. It would be a little preposterous to say that it's rubbish, not true, etc but my question would be; was his childhood so theatrical? Seriously, if you like all things thespian then go for it but I found the over-acting and over the top performances to be quite grating.
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005, PG)
The Proposition 2005, R)
Separate Lies 2005, R)
Miss Potter 2007, PG)
Apart from the horrible poster and the fact it was marketed a little too much for an American audience, Miss Potter is a fantastic film! I'm not a fan of Renée Zellweger and she certainly wouldn't have been my first choice but she does a great job. I only watched this film because it was on TV, I had the same misconceptions as it seems many other people on flixster/imdb/facebook have had, which I think is the reason it's not a highly regarded film, people just haven't given it a chance. I have read reviews that suggest the story is just another 'love story' cliche, that it is too boring a story to adapt into film and that it's just another period drama. None of it is true. I'm not sure what people have against sweet, simple and gentle films, I guess some people just need their action, explosions and violence. In all serious though, it goes to show how lazy viewers have got these days. It's easy to mock and make fun of a film like Miss Potter, like I've said, it's done itself no favours as far as marketing goes, but this is a truly wonderful film. The hard-core Potter fans are a strange bunch and would have you believe that the animation distracted and even cheapened the film but i think it did quite the opposite. If it was up to them we would be living without electricity but i digress, Miss Potter is a wonderful film with real charm and a certain magic that is missing in most contemporary films. Don't judge a film by it's poster!!!
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 2007, PG)
Fireflies in the Garden 2011, R)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter 2008, G)
Synecdoche, New York 2008, R)
Maybe the word masterpiece is overused these days but for this film, it's for lack of a better word. I regard Kaufman as prolific a writer as William S. Burroughs, Anthony Burgess and even George Orwell if a funny kind of way but now he's a film director too, and I can only say about bloody time! He's obviously got the talent, this has got to be one of the best and most surprising debuts since Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter, a classic that only became so, long after it's release, something I suspect may happen here (did anyone actually see The Shawshank Redemption at the cinema?). I digress, Synecdoche, New York is a wonderful paranoid-life-journey-extravaganza of fear, angst, regret and despair (with a little bit of ambition in there for good measure). All the interesting aspects of life basically. Anyone can put a cute little rabbit in a film and make everyone happy, and if that's your cup of tea, then there is plenty out there to go round. Why do people regard this film as pretentious? Just put your hands up and say you don't understand it, there's nothing pretentious about that. It's so cram packed with symbolism it's impossible to catch everything in just one watch, I personally am looking forward to seeing it again, more than once even! When cinema is this good it deserves a second look. I can only compare it to being like a cross between Eraserhead (paranoia) and Fellini's 8 1/2 but directed by the son of Ingmar Bergman & Jean Renoir (with Luis Buñuel) and that only begins to describe it. Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the most talented actors working today and in my opinion, and Kaufman has cast the best female line-up ever in one film. Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Williams and Emily Watson are my favourite actresses and all of them give great performances. This film has jumped straight to the top of my favourite films list, it's probably now in my top 10 of all time! I can't recommend it enough.
Cold Souls 2009, PG-13)
Within The Whirlwind 2009, Unrated)
Cemetery Junction 2010, R)
Cemetery Junction is a very honest depiction of working class suburbia in 1970's England. It may seem a little forced at times but I really don't think it is exaggerated at all, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant rightly decided it really didn't need to be, life was as funny/shocking/shockingly funny as this. The ignorant attitudes are still alive and well in some parts but no matter what walk of life you are from, you will have met someone like the Grandmother at some point in time. I'm not a big Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant fan but this was a pleasant surprise. Funny and touching and unfiltered for a greater audience, maybe it didn't do as well as it could have but it keeps its integrity which is very refreshing.
Oranges And Sunshine 2011, R)
Oranges & Sunshine is a very impressive debut feature, looks like it runs in the family as Jim Loach seems to be a chip off the old block. I very glad to hear it too, although this film isn't in the same style as one of his fathers, it's as good as one of his and it has the heart of one. I don't think I've ever seen a bad Emily Watson performance, here she cements herself in being one of my all time favourite actresses and is surrounded by a competent cast. I did know of the story and its eventual conclusion; the apology from the British government just over a year ago, but that doesn't stop the climax and the minutes leading to it from being some of the most tense and thrilling in resent years. In fact, the last film that gave me tingles like this was Route Irish - Ken Loach's last film! With two Loachs working today, cinema just got that little bit better!
War Horse 2011, PG-13)
I'm a big fan of the book, have been for years but I'm probably a bigger fan of the theatre production of War Horse, I love the story and the theatre version using puppetry (for want of a better word as it is a little more advanced than puppetry). I'm not completely surprised by what Spielberg has done with his adaptation, if I'm being honest I thought it would be worse. The assembled cast is impressive, a who's who of contemporary British talent, apart from Jeremy Irvine who can't act, and everyone does a fine job. It's pretty predictable that Spielberg went to Richard Curtis for the screenplay, seeing as he is the only British screen writer even (*Groans*). The story is there, it's just that it's needlessly sugarcoated to the point of sickly, it's so heavy handed it's hard to take seriously. The CGI and blue-screen are also overused, it's funny really that he seems to be taking advantage of the recent success of the theatre production but is also showing why it is superior. The bearded one is getting old and tired and really needs to come up with a good idea of his own instead of pillaging other people's.
Anna Karenina 2012, R)
Some Girl(s) 2013, Unrated)
Belle 2014, PG)
The Book Thief 2013, PG-13)