dir. Mike Leigh. I remember this film being much more darkly comic that it seems today. David Thewlis plays Johnny, rapist, and pseudo-intellectual who visits an ex-girlfriend in London, then goes on a doomed wander through London, spouting a mix of religious conspiracy theories, and literary references. Johnny’s diatribes are supposed to be witty I am told, but I found it irritating and exhausting. Watching again today, I find that it’s more misogynistic, than a critique of misogyny/patriarchy – I’m really bored of loquacious pricks abusing a series of women with low self-esteem, only to see them become smitten. The other main male character, the even more detestable Jeremy, seems to only exist to make Johnny seem more harmless than he is. Minor appearance from the wonderful Gina McKee (IN THE LOOP (2009)), who despite having an important scene with Johnny, is only credited as ‘Cafe Girl’. Interesting to hear Thewlis deliver the howling line “I used to be a werewolf, but I’m all right now!”, eleven years before playing Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter films.
dir. Alan Shapiro. Pure 1990s trash. Full of non-intentional comedy, cheesy synth music, and packed with hammy acting. Alicia Silverstone’s first feature film at seventeen, playing a fourteen year old who becomes obsessed with Cary Elwes journalist. Even the wonderful Cary Elwes looks bored, spending most of the movie with his mouth open staring into the middle distance. Apparently the director wrote the film based on a real life experience, and didn’t change the name of the young woman, which sounds like a really shitty thing to do. To avoid legal trouble, they dub over the spoken dialogue to change her name to Adrian, this is very noticeable sometimes, and gives the film an even trashier feel. Only worth seeing to make fun of and laugh at the bad acting and ridiculous plot. Not a great movie to share first names with a main character.
dir. Adrian Lyne. The only sexy thing in this overlong movie is Robert Redford’s TNT V-HR high end turntable. Two hours of watching Woody Harrelson pout and moan. Amusing cameo by Billy Connolly. Bizarre casting with Rip Taylor as an Demi Moore’s boss.