Re: Another Nerve Rattler for DDL Fans:o)

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Posted by Marcia on July 29, 1998 at 18:36:49:

In Reply to: Re: Another Nerve Rattler for DDL Fans:o) posted by ann on July 29, 1998 at 16:09:08:

Ann wrote:
: Yes, Marcia, I asked for and very much enjoyed receiving your opinion of my post. I'm curious about the DDL movies that I've not seen as yet. "The Incredible Lightness of Being," "The Crucible" etc. Do any of them come close to the impact of LOTM??

Hi, Ann. When you get into DDL's other movies, you really start stirring up things, as far as "who likes which" is concerned. The films are all very different. "Lightness" was very critically acclaimed & those who love it feel very strongly about hubby and I, on the other hand, call it The Incredible Longness of Movie, a joke I've shared here often enough. I love DDL & Juliette Binoche is my very favorite actress, but I really couldn't get into this film. I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess, as I watched it a second time just to be certain that my first take on it was really the way I felt...I will say that the 2nd time was better. But I still don't care for it much.

The Crucible I found riveting. An absolutely mesmerizing story for me. But if you're looking for another Hawkeye, forget it. Daniel's character isn't exactly a hunk in this one. He's dirty, and grubby, and could use a course in dental hygiene. His acting is wonderful, and Joan Allen who plays his wife is superb. Even the sometimes annoying Winona Ryder is good, and Paul Scofield (I think that's right) will give you chills.

There is quite a cult following for My Beautiful Laundrette, in which he plays a gay punk, with bleached blond hair & combat boots...again not a hunk. I personally am not crazy about this one, but mostly because it uses a filming technique that I find unattractive...kind of grainy, sleazy looking cinematography...and I'll frankly admit I'm a sucker for a beautiful, lushly filmed movie.

You already know how much I like Age of Innocence. And you've seen In the Name of the Father, which is very powerful as well. If you haven't yet seen The Boxer, you might give it a try. I loved it, though it is movie about many troubled souls, that's for sure. And, of course, you can go way back & enjoy him in The Bounty, in a terrific little part. (With the plus of seeing Mel Gibson at his most gorgeous in that one, plus Anthony Hopkins, who's always great, and a very young, unknown Liam Neeson.)

But for sheer shock value, watch Room With a View. Talk about not believing it's the same man!! And Room also sports wonderful performances by Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham-Carter, in a truly witty story.

Ann also wrote:
: Read somewhere that Daniel might be considering giving up his acting career. That would be sad day for those of us who enjoy great motion pictures, wouldn't it?

It doesn't bear thinking about! So I won't!! Besides, he "retires" after nearly every film, so I've convinced myself when the right part comes along, he'll be back. He MUST be back!! I'd hate to have to go to Ireland & shake some sense into him!!
hehe...Mighty Mohican Mama Marcia storms the Emerald Isle to Rough Up Recalcitrant Actor, whilst singing "Oh, Danny Boy, the fans, the fans are calling....."


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