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Mis-titled and tries to do to much in a short amount of time
It's quite difficult to give much of a summary of a life and work as complex as Freud in 50 minutes. This documentary does a decent job of giving a quick overview of major events in his life. It seems to spend the longest part on two aspects of Freud, that while interesting, were actually not that important to his work. First was his interest in cocaine and the work he did to promote the use of the drug. The second, was the way that anti-semitism and the rise of Nazism in Germany and Austria forced him to leave for England.
Overall, this is a decent biography but it's is more about the life of Freud than any of his work. I feel that the title is a bit misleading in that "Analysis of a Mind" makes you think it will either provide an analysis of Freud himself or teach you something about how analysis works. It does neither, but instead gives an interesting account of events in Freud's life.
The Girl in the Café (2005)
If you liked the Prime Minister Romance from "Love Actually" . . .
I saw this film on a plane and thus am more forgiving.
It reminded me of the storyline from "Love Actually" when the Prime Minister falls for the coffee girl. What this film gave us was more of the same but with much more depth and exploration of the characters. Only in this case Bill Nightly (the rock star from "Love Actually") is a high level Civil Servant and Kelly MacDonald (Gina) is a mysterious but beautiful unemployed stranger in a café.
Kelly MacDonald, the mysterious but beautiful stranger is exactly that -beautiful and mysterious. I enjoyed watching her cause trouble with heads of state and her budding romance in a sweet but slow way. Her subtle voice strained me to listen over New Age Chill music that permeates the mood. But it's worth it because her accent just melted me. After seeing this film I wanted to join the British Civil Service move to Scotland and rescue a girl just like Gina and whisk her away to some cold romantic climate.
If you liked the Prime Minister bit from "Love Actually", wanted to see more of the kind of trouble the beautiful but uninitiated my cause in the world of high global politics and are willing to put up with a slower pace this film, then rent it for a cold night in with your girl.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Note for hetero guys seeing this "Chick Flick"
I went to this film on a date and since she is a really nice and interesting person, I didn't want to disappoint. This is the classic Jane Austin "Chick Flick" but I have some good news for you. There are a few things to enjoy if you are a hetero-sexual male and not really into this type of historical knight-in-shining-armor story.
First, Keira Knightly (Elizabeth Bennett) is unbelievably hot. I mean like out of control I just stared at her in every scene. She was a babe in "Love Actually" but here it's just right over the top. It was hard to actually keep track of the dialogue when she is on screen because I'm so focused on her. Second, Tom Hollander who plays the bumbling Mr. Collins is a genius. The guy reminds me of a sort of Victorian Adam Sandler trying to pick up women. And when Keira Knightly isn't on screen he steals the show and gets you through some slow parts. Third, there are some great outdoors scenes in England's Peak District where hills in the north of England really make me want to do some serious hiking. And my girl even agreed to do some camping with me since I was being so sensitive as to take her to Victorian romance. Fourth, did I mention how hot Keira Knightly is? So suck it up, buy some popcorn and Raisinettes and take your girl to the movies. She'll appreciate your sensitivity and the evening won't be a total loss.