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Notting Hill (1999)
This is a simple film. Simple story, complete fantasy very well scripted and very well carried off by ALL of the players. Those who are going to see a social/political documentary of Notting Hill should go to another cinema. This is there for fun, and for the very high feel-good factor which it delivers admirably.
There were many moments which were very funny, and the whole story kept me interested to the end.
Go and see it and enjoy it!
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1999)
There is nothing here which challenged the brain, and it is not an earthshattering 'must-see' flick, but it was very enjoyable, with a very watchable story with actors who are well chosen for their roles (it was great to see Suggs). I must add that the story is also very predictable - but it is the type of film where that doesn't matter.
I just enjoyed it - it was as simple as that.
Ahead of its time
When this film was shown as part of the BBC's 'Play for Today' season I had some French homework to do for school the following day.
The story which took time travel, a genre which was and always has been popular with science fiction writers, to a new level. Concentrating on the characters in the story (and an excellent story it is), rather than the sci-fi elements themselves made this compelling viewing. It actually made the science fiction elements appear to be more 'real'.
I'm sure if I were to see it again it would seem a little dated, but at the time (and a few years later when it was repeated as a prologue to the inferior, but nonetheless interesting and worth watching sequel 'Another Flip for Dominick') it was way ahead of anything else on the screen (small or large).
Needless to say, I failed to complete my French homework and received some extra work to do as a punishment - but it was worth it.