Posted by MMMMarcia on July 13, 1999 at 21:26:33:
In Reply to: Re: Some great DDL movies to check out... posted by Jo on July 13, 1999 at 19:13:43:
: I'm surprised, Jessica, that Marcia didn't mention two other gems: "My Favorite Launderette" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"....not for everyone but I thought they were great!
There was a reason for my madness, Jo...I left both of those out because I was naming my personal choices, and I didn't like either one of them, though I know there are many who do. Laundrette has a nasty, grainy look to the film, and a hand-held-camera technique that I don't care for. It's sordid looking, and though I know it has gained an almost cult following, it just isn't one of my favorites. It's not the theme of the movie that turns me off, you understand, but the LOOK. I'm guilty of liking lushly filmed, beautiful scenery surrounding my stars, I reckon.
And it's also no secret that your 2nd choice is known in our household as The Unbearable Longness of Movie. Unlike The English Patient, which for me could have continued another 2 hours and kept me interested, Lightness began to drive me crazy early on. I did watch it a second time (without Mark going "IS THIS EVER GONNA END???") and was a bit more interested, but I would probably never sit through it again. And I LOATHED the ending.
So, all in all, I just listed my faves, though I do think for a broad range of tastes and quality of films, DDL has done remarkably well. Something for almost everyone, I believe. Oh, and I agree with Adrienne...Eversmile, NJ, is a bizarre comedy that certainly isn't for all audiences, but I thought it hilarious! Thanks to Emily & Kevin for recommending it. After Carol's scathing reviews, I was considering skipping it, but I'm very glad I didn't. (But be warned, it is VERY off the wall, and appeals to a slightly warped sense of humor, I think. Another one that is definitely not for everyone.)
Anyway, you need to make up your own mind. I suggest renting them all bit by bit, and you'll discover which your favorites are. You have plenty to choose from, and you may disagree with my choices completely. I know Mark does. He can't stand Room With a View OR Age of Innocence, and they are simply lovely to me. Let us know as you watch them...I'll be interested to see which ones YOU like.
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