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But I suppose what follows might interest you more...
Much too many, but I'll give it a try:
I would say mainly British, French, Canadian and Irish films. Cause they make the best.
Films with black humor, films that give my dreams wings, that capture me, touch me deep inside and which I will never forget.
- Intouchables -
- Stargate -
- Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé -
- Plots with a view -
- The Station Agent -
- L.A. Story -
- The Crow -
- Maurice -
- The Secret Garden -
- Im Juli -
Pirates of the Caribbean
Kiss of the Spiderwoman
Addams Family Values
The Canterville Ghost
Harry Potter 1 & 2
Au revoir, les enfants
Mädchen in Uniform
The last unicorn
Les jeux sont faits
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Tipping the velvet
A walk in the clouds
Kings of the sun
Rebel without a cause
Dirty Dancing: Havanna Nights
Le comte de Monte Christo
La belle et la bête (with Jean Marais)
Weekend at Bernie's
Como agua para chocolate
Y tu mama tambien
Four weddings and a funeral
Love ... actually
Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
Anna and the King
William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet
The Prince of Egypt
The Mummy I
Night at the Museum
West Side Story
He loves me ... he loves me not
pretty much every modern adaption of "Jane Eyre", but my favorite is the one with Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikowska
and ... last but not least ...
every movie with Gary Oldman in it
Beauty and the Beast
Lana Del Rey
Johnny Hates Jazz
Goo Goo Dolls
Nat King Cole
and many more
Michael J. Fox
let's say every British actor except David Thewlis
Jon Bon Jovi
(not nessesarily in this order)
surely I forgot someone
check out my film and actor lists http://www.imdb.com/user/ur2196669/lists
"Maurice" by E.M. Forster
"Dream Boy" by Jim Grimsley
"One hot summer in St. Petersburg" by Duncan Fallowell
"The Catch Trap" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
"The twin brother" by Barbara Noack
"Rose Madder" by Stephen King
"The wishing" by Patrick ???
"Irish diary" by Heinrich Böll
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban&", "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" - both by Joanne K. Rowling
"The vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice
"Murder on the Orient Expresa", "Death on Nile" and "Evil under the Sun" - all by Agatha Christie
Some of the Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Connan Doyle
and as a child I loved "The adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain
Fave places to be
France (especially Paris and the Cote d'Azur)
Dublin Castle Garden
One day hopefully Egypt, New Zealand and Thailand
Fave kings and pharaos
King Mongkut (Rama IV or V)
What a really good actor and charismatic person can do
This movie at first was a clear but now is a difficult case for me. Like probably all people who see this film for the first time, I saw "The Prince and Me" first and this second film is way worse than the first film.
The major problem, of course, is that they exchanged almost all of the main cast. This makes it difficult to identify with the story and the characters. Also, it is very obviously that Luke Mably really didn't want to be in this one (and I can understand why he didn't).
The plot is thin, Paige is annoying, Edvard looks repulsed most of the time, and all the other characters are just ridiculous.
That was a while ago. In the meantime I have seen the film about three times. On my free will. What did change my mind? Simple: It was one actor. Jonathan Firth. In my opinion, he is the most elegant, sweet and sensitive character in this film. A real joy to watch. And basically the reason you like watching the whole film in the end.
Because it seems with brilliant actors that, their talent, and the heart they put into the role seems to rub off on the characters and the plot. In his calm and careful presence, Paige suddenly becomes a soft and likable personality, Edvard becomes sarcastic instead of depressed and the bitch of the film seems even bitchier.
So, in the end I can say: "The Prince and Me 2" is really a bad film. BUT Jonathan Firth's performance is worth every minute and you have missed something if you haven't seen him in it.
Seriously, one of the best CSI NY episodes ever
You know, if I start describing why this episode was so good, I would spoil a whole lot of it and probably run out of superlatives very quickly. So, I'll try to keep it basic.
Fantastic and very interesting storyline. Great moments between the team. But most of all, this episode belonged to Hawkes (and Mac and Hawkes) and I'm glad that finally the series focuses on him a little bit and he gets the attention he deserves.
One last remark is very personal: I am from Germany, therefore watched the dubbed German version. And the young man dubbing Hawkes, Julien Haggége, did such a good job on this episode. Very touching, sensitive and careful dubbing, he touches your soul. And basically breathes more life into Hawkes than he already has.
All in one a superb episode. Don't miss it!
Hands down, one of the best series episodes I've seen in my life
You know, it takes a lot to impress me and even more to touch me so deep that I break down and cry. And this episode touched me so deep that I don't think it could go any deeper. I won't lose one word about the plot because I wouldn't want to spoil it for anybody who will see it. But be assured: It will be an overwhelming experience that makes you realize so many things about yourself that you will probably want to laugh and cry at the same time. Although there is nothing remotely funny about this episode.
There are not many times that television creates magical moments. This episode is definitely one of them.
A Risk Worth Taking (2008)
The plot: A young designer (Muriel Baumeister) cares for her sick husband (the gorgeous James Wilby) and while the husband is dying from a sickness, she falls in love with his best friend.
Unbearable, incredibly cheesy flick. There is absolutely no chemistry between Baumeister and Wilby and at times it is obvious how uncomfy she feels around him.
The only person who saves this is James Wilby, whose performance is loving, caring and gorgeous as usual. He is also the only reason why one should watch this movie. Forget about the rest of it.
Credits go only to Wilby's performance and some beautiful shots of landscape.
Best film and most beautiful love story I have seen in years
What I loved most about this film is its silence. Usually big love stories are loud, passionate, desperate and over the top. But this film shows that big emotions don't have to be loud and sometimes silence and a little, tender touch between two people can be more intensive than screaming passion.
What I also love about this film that it doesn't only focus on the two protagonists and their love story but also takes care of other characters and their touching stories.
Most of all this is a film about people who are stuck with their lives and desperate to change them but too shy to do so. Thank God they find a helping hand that invites them to tango and together they dance into a brighter future. :)
A wonderful film and a simply beautiful love story. Outstanding performances by the two protagonists as well as the rest of the cast.
Les jeux sont faits (1947)
I have seen quite a few films in my life, but this is one of the films that will be one of my absolute faves of all time. And it's definitely a brilliant piece of art and a film legend.
Eva, the unhappy wife of a rich man and Pierre, a poor rebel, are killed at the same time, independently from each other. They meet again in a mysterious village and both are lead to a small street and a house that turns out to be the waiting room, where they get to know what happens to them in after life. Eva and Pierre fall in love while waiting and when their time comes, they are given a chance: Both will be send back to live and if they succeed in finding each other on earth again and staying a couple, they can stay together for all time in the afterlife. If they don't succeed, they will be banned from ever seeing each other again. And so off they go back to life...
I won't tell how this all is resolved and what end Eva and Pierre find, but the story, as well as the settings and the style this film was shot in, are remarkable and intriguing. Even more if you keep in mind that this film was made in the 40s.
I can't say anything bad about it. It has everything: Style, suspense, emotion, a simply wonderful love story and a fantastic plot. Both protagonists are doing a fantastic job and Micheline Presle is simply a feast to watch...
As I said: A masterpiece. Worth watching at least once and being remembered forever.
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Ohhhh my God, that was dreadful. Okay, DeMornay is quite nice to look at, but the prince looks like a cheap body builder from a cheap advertisement.
Yeah, the costumes were nice. But the story was totally empty, lacking emotions, suspense, style, ah, just everything. In the end you just don't understand why she stayed with the prince and fell in love with him cause the dude is boring as hell and delivers one stupid line after another.
Never before have I felt less while watching a movie.
I guess the two best adaptions of this tale are still the Disney one and the one by Jean Cocteau, with Jean Marais playing the prince / the beast. Go watch those instead and save your time on this empty flick.
Don't Look Now (1973)
Has it shocking moments but I wouldn't necessarily give it the rating it has
I don't know, for me this is not one of the best movies of all time. It was a nice time-passer, has its thrilling moments, but in my opinion too many chances and ideas were wasted in this film.
What's with this blind, screaming woman always announcing that John was in danger? (I know her role.) They could have got more out of this instead of letting her scream every ten minutes and look frightened all the time. Because all the time the film tries to let her and her sister look freaky, but in the end they are just two normal women. (And more normal than the "normal" characters, I must add.)
What also was annoying was this endless wandering of the main characters, especially Donald Sutherland, through some dark corners of Venice. Honestly, after this movie you get the impression that Venice is a city inhabited by ghosts, murderers and freaks, is always dirty and dark and if you visit it you cannot be sure to get out of it alive.
I liked some moments and the ending, for it gave away the twist, but my personal highlight of this film is Julie Christie whom I have never seen in a movie before. She was elegant, emotional, very beautiful and intelligent - simply a pleasure to watch and some so-called "Hollywood" actresses from today surely could learn one or two things from her.
To sum it up: Typical horror trash - and I have seen better before. But Julie Christie gives the film a touch of class.
Verrückt nach Clara (2007)
Just another meaningless love-comedy TV show
A little bit "Sex and the city", the typical quota gay best friend and absolutely no brain - there you have "Verrückt nach Clara". A meaningless series about a young woman, who works as a journalist in Berlin, can do nothing, shags with men and discusses life and love with her best gay friend. This series was forgotten even before it started.
The only person who pulls it out a bit is Sascha Göpel as the gay buddy. The protagonist, Clara, looks like a transvestite and sucks beyond words. And finally, the plot is absolutely empty, boring and leads nowhere. In the end Clara has shagged, lost, shagged more, nothing has changed and nothing happened. You might as well not watch it.
The Ten Commandments (2006)
too long, too ridiculous
Oh my, not another "Best of Moses"-story. Well, first of all, I thought it was a stupid idea to cast an Indian and a British actor as Egyptian princes (with the British actor I mean the guy who played Ramses). Well, Dougray Scott, as much as I adore him, is also not the best choice for Moses, in fact, I don't think he fits into the role at all.
And what is it with costume films taking place in ancient Egypt where Egyptian make-up and clothes look like in a cheap drag show.
Boring film, laking plot, tension, drama, style and class. Absolutely unnecessary. And a waste for actors like Dougray Scott who simply don't fit into historical roles.