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Carnac the Magnificent!
01-07-2007, 11:06 PM
I thoroughly enjoy good British/ Irish movies and would appreciate a few suggestions from you. Extra points for little-known gems. Both "gentle" films that grandparents might enjoy and serious films are okay, but all should have that inimitable Brit/Irish feel. Here are a few off-the-cuff recommendations. I'll add more soon.

1) The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, But Came Down a Mountain. Plenty of charming, funny moments.
2) Ladies in Lavender. Don't know much about it, but it's come highly recommended.
3) Mrs. Henderson. Any excellent recent Judi Dench vehicle.
4) Educating Rita. 1980s film with Michael Caine in a modern take on Pygmalion.
5) Remains of the Day. Excellent, excellent
6) Howard's End. Ditto.
7) Angela's Ashes. As serious as they come, but a great film.
8) Any recent Jane Austen/Bronte sisters flix, including "Mansfield Park," "Jane Eyre," "Pride and Prejudice," and "Sense and Sensibility"
9) The (original) Avengers. Actually, from the classic 1960s TV series, co-starring Diana Rigg. It doesn't get any more Brit than this.
10) Chariots of Fire. This movie remains a classic.

Your suggestions?

Horatio Hellpop
01-07-2007, 11:08 PM
The Commitments
The Boys and Girl of County Clare
The Van
Brassed Off
Passport to Pimlico

Little Nemo
01-07-2007, 11:14 PM
The British have made some great gangster filsm: Face; Get Carter; The Krays; Layer Cake; Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels; The Long Good Friday; Mona Lisa; Sexy Beast; Villain.

Cunctator
01-07-2007, 11:15 PM
2) Ladies in Lavender. Don't know much about it, but it's come highly recommended.I saw this on a plane last year. It was very good. The two Dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, were excellent.

My all time favourite British film: Kind Hearts and Coronets. Razor sharp screenplay and excellent performances all round.

Lisa-go-Blind
01-07-2007, 11:29 PM
Anything by Mike Leigh. My favorites:
Naked (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0107653/)
Secrets & Lies (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0117589/)
Life Is Sweet (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0100024/)
Vera Drake (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0383694/)

I also really enjoy the Irish director Neil Jordan:
The Crying Game (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0104036/)
Mona Lisa (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0091538/)
Breakfast On Pluto (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0411195/)

Of course, there's also Withnail & I (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0094336/), which is one of my favorite movies ever. It's hilarious but it has a quite serious and sad subtext. It's eminently quotable. It stars Richard E. Grant! What more could you ask for?

Bobotheoptimist
01-07-2007, 11:42 PM
I enjoyed Michael Collins (http://imdb.com/title/tt0117039/) and Bloody Sunday (http://imdb.com/title/tt0280491/).
Kind of political, but interesting nonetheless.

gallows fodder
01-08-2007, 12:18 AM
Regeneration -- excellent WWI drama based on the Pat Barker novel of the same name.

don't ask
01-08-2007, 12:26 AM
Dog Soldiers
28 Days Later
Shaun of the Dead
Millions

Miss Purl McKnittington
01-08-2007, 12:38 AM
The Magdalene Sisters (http://imdb.com/title/tt0318411/) is a very good drama.

Equipoise
01-08-2007, 01:27 AM
A lot of the ones I would have recommended have been mentioned already. All these movies are great. I've seen most of them and I can't think of one I wouldn't also recommend. I especially loved Educating Rita (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0085478/) (nice to see it on your list) and Breakfast On Pluto (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0411195/). Both of these movies contain two of my all-time favorite movie characters, Rita in ER and Kitten in BOP.

So, what about Scottish movies? There are lots of great ones, even if you might have to turn on the subtitles.

My all-time favorites are :

Local Hero (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0085859/) (a delight that gets better with every viewing)
Comfort and Joy (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0087072/) (though unfortunately this isn't on DVD in the US)
Just about anything by Bill Forsyth (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0287025/) is worth watching.

If you get in the mood for depressing films:

Ratcatcher (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0171685/) (this is an English film set in Scotland. Man is it depressing!)
Morvern Callar (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0300214/) (perplexing and dark)
Trainspotting (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0117951/) (an obvious choice, but worth mentioning)
The Magdalene Sisters, which Miss Purl just mentioned, was directed by the actor Peter Mullan (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0611932/) who was just in Children of Men (as Syd). He's been in many good films, such as My Name is Joe (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0151691/). That was directed by Ken Loach (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0516360/), who's directed many fine films, including Ladybird, Ladybird (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0110296/).
Also on the very good but depressing list: Nil By Mouth (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0119792/) (directed by the actor Gary Oldman)
Another Actor/Director is Tim Roth, who directed The War Zone (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0141974/). Both of these movies feature Ray Winstone (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0935653/), an actor who'd finally getting some attention.

An edgy and fascinating movie is The General (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0120706/), starring Brendan Gleeson.


This is not depressing, but you've probably seen it:

Billy Elliot (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0249462/)

Another nice little film:

My Life So Far (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0120899/)

Also interesting:

Last Orders (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0253200/)

If you like Angelica Houston, you need to see Agnes Browne. (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0160509/)

There are so many...I love movies from the UK.

Lisa-go-Blind
01-08-2007, 02:09 AM
So, what about Scottish movies? There are lots of great ones, even if you might have to turn on the subtitles.

My all-time favorites are :

Local Hero (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0085859/) (a delight that gets better with every viewing)
Comfort and Joy (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0087072/) (though unfortunately this isn't on DVD in the US)
Just about anything by Bill Forsyth (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0287025/) is worth watching.

That reminds me - Gregory's Girl (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0082477/) is an amazingly sweet yet honest film about a teenage crush. The only negative is that the American version was redubbed with less strong Scottish accents, and the dubbed makes a kind of strange effect. But the story and the acting manage to overcome this minor quibble.

Meurglys
01-08-2007, 04:58 AM
I enjoyed Saving Grace (http://imdb.com/title/tt0195234/). Very English, very gentle...

kambuckta
01-08-2007, 05:20 AM
The Mouse That Roared (http://imdb.com/title/tt0053084/) is still a classic in my mind.

Into the West (http://amazon.com/Into-West-Gabriel-Byrne/dp/6303066712) was haunting and a real tear jerker (bring out the tissues!!)

Waking Ned Devine (http://sick-boy.com/waking.htm) was a lovely little feel-good Irish movie.

The Wimbledon Poisoner (http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/509948) was a mini-series that I saw on vid many years ago, and still get a giggle out of. Bought the book eventually, and it's grouse too.

I totally agree with the Local Hero suggestion as well. Reminded me that I haven't seen it in over 10 years, and it's about time to waddle down to the vid library and see if I can find a copy.

Wallenstein
01-08-2007, 05:34 AM
Two of my faves:

School for Scoundrels (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054279/) - Terry-Thomas is a great cad, who finally gets his comeuppance.

The Wicker Man (http://imdb.com/title/tt0070917/) - utterly bizarre chiller with Christopher Lee, quintessential Brit-horror flick.

(Mke sure you see the originals NOT the awful US remakes!)

MrDibble
01-08-2007, 07:03 AM
War of the Buttons (http://imdb.com/title/tt0111666/) is a nice Irish film. Hadn't known it was a remake of a French film, the setting seems perfect.

Also The Field[/utl], with Richard Harris, is a great Irish film.

Then there's[url=http://imdb.com/title/tt0093209/]Hope and Glory (http://imdb.com/title/tt0099566/), about kids in London during the Blitz. It's truly funny in parts, my best bit being the heartfelt "Thank You, Adolf" - you'll see why.

MrDibble
01-08-2007, 07:07 AM
Let's try that again:
War of the Buttons (http://imdb.com/title/tt0111666/) is a nice Irish film. Hadn't known it was a remake of a French film, the setting seems perfect.

Also The Field (http://imdb.com/title/tt0099566/), with Richard Harris, is a great Irish film.

Then there'sHope and Glory (http://imdb.com/title/tt0093209/), about kids in London during the Blitz. It's truly funny in parts, my best bit being the heartfelt "Thank You, Adolf" - you'll see why.

Unauthorized Cinnamon
01-08-2007, 10:18 AM
Well, if you're going to watch Dog Soldiers, definitely check out The Descent. One of the freakin scariest movies I've seen in a long time. This definitely ain't your gramma's British movie though!

For a movie eminently suitable for grannies, and everyone else really, there's one of my all-time favorites, Enchanted April. Of course, it's not available on DVD right now, though Amazon has a tantalizing teaser page for it. Here's the VHS link (http://amazon.com/Enchanted-April-Josie-Lawrence/dp/6302728657/sr=8-2/qid=1168269116/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/102-7728020-9779308?ie=UTF8&s=video). It's got Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina, Jim Broadbent, and Joan Plowright, and it's the movie answer to Prozac, I swear.

Warning: this movie is known to cause irresistable longing to visit Portofino, Italy

Evil Captor
01-08-2007, 10:21 AM
Howzabout "The Closer You Get," a very sly comedy about a bunch of remote Irish or Scottish villagers whose young men of marriageable age put an ad in the Miami Beach paper for young women to come and get romanced, because the local women are just too stuck up to have anything to do with them. Which of course the local women find out about before it even hits the mail. Hilarious stuff ensues.

RealityChuck
01-08-2007, 11:22 AM
Hear My Song (http://imdb.com/title/tt0102014/) -- delightful comedy about the hunt to bring legendary Irish tenor Josef Locke to perform in the UK -- where he's a tax exile. Ned Beatty playes Locke, but the movie is about Adrian Dunbar's efforts to find him and convince him to sing -- without being arrested by dogged revenue agent David McCallum.

Widow's Peak (http://imdb.com/title/tt0111712/) -- delightful little revenge comedy in a town of gossips.

I'll also second Waking Ned Devine, The Englishman . . ., Brassed Off, Local Hero, Comfort and Joy and Gregory's Girl

Gordon Urquhart
01-08-2007, 11:40 AM
That reminds me - Gregory's Girl (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0082477/) is an amazingly sweet yet honest film about a teenage crush. The only negative is that the American version was redubbed with less strong Scottish accents, and the dubbed makes a kind of strange effect. But the story and the acting manage to overcome this minor quibble.

My admiration of Local Hero, my favorite-est film of all, prompted me to rent Gregory's Girl from Netflix. Even with the dubbing, I found it very helpful to turn on the DVD's closed captioning. The deleted scenes, which weren't dubbed over, on the DVD demonstrated what a real brogue sounds like! It's a great movie -- not as satisfying as Local Hero, but fun to watch nonetheless.

glee
01-08-2007, 11:41 AM
Hear My Song (http://imdb.com/title/tt0102014/) -- delightful comedy about the hunt to bring legendary Irish tenor Josef Locke to perform in the UK -- where he's a tax exile. Ned Beatty playes Locke, but the movie is about Adrian Dunbar's efforts to find him and convince him to sing -- without being arrested by dogged revenue agent David McCallum.


It is indeed absolutely delightful, and can be enjoyed by all ages. A true family film.

And I must mention Tara Fitzgerald as the gorgeous, intelligent foil to Dunbar.

jjimm
01-08-2007, 11:46 AM
Topsy-Turvy (http://imdb.com/title/tt0151568/), a way-better-than-average biopic about Gilbert and Sullivan, starring the incomparable Jim Broadbent.

And another vote for Withnail & I, one of my favourite ever movies.

Superb performance from Ben Kingsley (and great performances from the ensemble too) in the gangster movie Sexy Beast.

And if you're in the mood, rent the little-known Irish gangster comedy, I Went Down, which I absolutely loved.

RealityChuck
01-08-2007, 11:46 AM
Fitzgerald is one fine actress in everything she does.

yojimbo
01-08-2007, 12:06 PM
I enjoyed Michael Collins (http://imdb.com/title/tt0117039/) and Bloody Sunday (http://imdb.com/title/tt0280491/).
Kind of political, but interesting nonetheless.There's also the new Ken Loach movie The Wind That Shakes the Barley (http://imdb.com/title/tt0460989/) which won the Palme D'Or last year. It looks at the War of Independence and the Civil War that followed. I loved it and was very moved by it. It's a bit tough on the Brits tough but then again they were tough on us ;)

If you can get your hands on it I'd highly recommend The Treaty (http://imdb.com/title/tt0190088/) which is way better than Michael Collins (a Hollywood movie with a lot of BS history in it IMO).

saoirse
01-08-2007, 12:07 PM
I recently saw Dead Man's Shoes (http://imdb.com/title/tt0419677/), an update on the old Roman revenge tragedy, like.

Judith Prietht
01-08-2007, 12:20 PM
I Capture the Castle (http://imdb.com/title/tt0300015/)
Cold Comfort Farm (http://imdb.com/title/tt0112701/)
An Awfully Big Adventure (http://imdb.com/title/tt0112427/)
Bend It Like Beckham (http://imdb.com/title/tt0286499/)
Intermission (http://imdb.com/title/tt0332658/)
Little Voice (http://imdb.com/title/tt0147004/)
Shallow Grave (http://imdb.com/title/tt0111149/)
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himeslf (http://imdb.com/title/tt0329767/)(directed by a Dane, but takes place in Scotland and stars the fantastic Shirley Henderson)

Wee Bairn
01-08-2007, 02:26 PM
The Decline and Fall..of a Birdwatcher- great ultra-obsucre hip 60's comedy;
A Taste of Honey
This Sporting Life
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Look Back in Anger
Room at the Top
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Scum
Intermission- great recent Irish Pulp Fiction style film.
Brighton Rock
Brief Encounter

rayh
01-08-2007, 03:25 PM
In the Name of the Father (http://imdb.com/title/tt0107207/)

The Whistle Blower (http://imdb.com/title/tt0092206/)

Blowup (http://imdb.com/title/tt0060176/)

A Hard Days Night (http://imdb.com/title/tt0058182/)

Sleuth (http://imdb.com/title/tt0069281/)

How I Won the War (http://imdb.com/title/tt0061789/)

Truly Madly Deeply (http://imdb.com/title/tt0103129/)

OneCentStamp
01-08-2007, 03:44 PM
The Commitments
Beat me to it. Best Irish movie ever, in my limited experience.

bubastis
01-08-2007, 06:44 PM
One of the most underrated Irish films ever is

I Went Down (http://imdb.com/title/tt0126344/)

An irresisistable gangster/ road movie... brilliant.

jjimm
01-08-2007, 06:48 PM
An irresisistable gangster/ road movie... brilliant.I agree wholeheartedly, though I called it "little known" when I mentioned it in post #22. ;)

Hippy Hollow
01-08-2007, 07:13 PM
A Taste of Honey
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

These are brilliant flicks. Don't let the fact that they're old films put you off!

I saw Gregory's Girl as a kid - everyone had a crush on Clare Grogan. I rented it recently, but the DVD had a language track that was the original which was much better than the dubbed version. But you'll need subtitles.

Lisa-go-blind's Mike Leigh picks are great as well. There's a DVD out of some of his Playhouse dramas. The one I saw was about a couple with a shaky marriage having a cocktail party... forgot the name, but it was one of the best films I've ever seen.

Great thread. I'm inspired to go to Netflix and check some of the newer films out!

jjimm
01-08-2007, 07:18 PM
dubbed version :eek: You can't be serious!?! That's shocking.The one I saw was about a couple with a shaky marriage having a cocktail party... forgot the nameAbigail's Party (http://screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/461315/index.html)?

Baron Greenback
01-08-2007, 08:05 PM
I saw Gregory's Girl as a kid - everyone had a crush on Clare Grogan.

I still do.

supervenusfreak
01-08-2007, 10:39 PM
There are so many wonderful movies listed here. I had to add a few to the list.

Dirty Pretty Things (http://imdb.com/title/tt0301199/) and My Beautiful Laundrette (http://imdb.com/title/tt0301199/) or anything else directed by Stephen Frears.

Dirty Pretty Things (http://imdb.com/title/tt0301199/). This one is a really good crime drama. Great cast too.

Rory O'Shea Was Here (http://roryosheawasheremovie.com/story.html) . This one is another slice of life style movie, with the main characters in wheelchairs. It's really a terrific little movie.

Hippy Hollow
01-08-2007, 10:48 PM
:eek: You can't be serious!?! That's shocking.Abigail's Party (http://screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/461315/index.html)?
Yes - the US version of Gregory's Girl is dubbed with Northern-sounding voices. No real Hibernian brogues. My particular version had another track with the original voices. I mean, it only makes sense. The story's set in Scotland, not Leeds. Though I suspect your average American would have a real hard time with the dialogue. Heck, I did, and I grew up in the UK. Subtitles are a necessity for us Yanks.

And yes, it was Abigail's Party. Amazing!

Spoons
01-08-2007, 11:06 PM
Some twenty-plus years ago, I was home sick one day. I spent the morning watching TV: game shows, talk shows, and so on. But the afternoon movie came on, and not having enough energy to get up and change the channel to something more interesting with lovely parting gifts (our TV did not have a remote in those days), I watched it.

It was Rattle of a Simple Man (http://imdb.com/title/tt0058515/), a British film from 1964, and it was a treat. Bascally, a group of soccer fans have travelled to a game. They've had a few drinks, their team has won, and they decide that one of them needs to be set up with a prostitute. So they find one, and literally push him into her apartment. You might imagine that yuks would abound. But that wasn't so.

Because that's where it got interesting. No, there was no sex. What there was, was a long conversation between the prostitute and the very shy man, where each expressed their innermost feelings. I realize that this brief description might be enough to turn many off, but it was a truly intricate bit of filmmaking, IMHO, since most of the film took place in the prostitute's apartment, and was nothing more than a gripping conversation. I don't recall waiting for the end, and another game or talk show; rather, I was transfixed by the character's stories. When it did end, I was surprised to find that two hours had passed.

To be able to hold this viewer's attention with nothing more than a conversation is, IMHO, quite a feat. I wish this film was available on DVD, but sadly, that does not seem to be the case.

Baron Greenback
01-09-2007, 07:41 AM
No real Hibernian brogues.

Hibernia=Ireland. Scotland=Caledonia.

Meurglys
01-09-2007, 08:16 AM
For more Scottish accents try The Rocket Post, which came out here recently.
A bit like the classic Whisky Galore and also based on a true story - about a 1930s scheme to improve communications with the outlying Hebridean islands by a rocket mail system!
Great fun, but with a darker ending than you'd expect...

IMDB link (http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0337708/)

Wee Bairn
01-09-2007, 09:08 AM
The version of Ratcatcher I saw had subtitles in English- even though the movie is in English :rolleyes:

Butterscotch
01-09-2007, 10:19 AM
The Snapper
Calendar Girls
Little Voice
East is East
Alfie (the original, I haven't seen the remake)

I actually came in to post TRuly Madly Deeply, but it has been done!

Also, does 'A Life Less Ordinary' count as an English film?

StGermain
01-09-2007, 12:24 PM
I recently saw the movie "Agnes Brown", starring Angelica Huston. She's a widow raising about 7 kids with no money, and her heart's desire is to see Tom Jones in concert. She and her best friend run street stalls, and she's routinely shaken down by a local thug.

It's a very sweet, sad, funny film.

StG

rayh
01-09-2007, 01:12 PM
Britmovie (http://britmovie.co.uk/) has an a-z list of UK Films.

A selection.
Adolf Hitler - My part in his downfall
Barry Lyndon
Brazil
The Browning Version
Cathy Come Home
Clockwise
The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover
The Cruel Sea
Dance With a Stranger
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Don't Look Now
Dr. Strangelove
East is East
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
Entertaining Mr Sloane
Equus
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The Full Monty
Funeral in Berlin
Gandhi
Genevieve
Goodbye Mr Chips
The Hill
I'm Alright Jack
An Inspector Calls
Jabberwocky
The Killing Fields
Let Him Have It
The Magic Christian
The Man in the White Suit
The Man Who Fell to Earth
My Beautiful Laundrette
Night to Remember
Nil by Mouth
Nighteen Eighty-Four
Oliver
A passage to India
Performance
The Railway Children
Reach for the Sky
The Ruling Class
Ryan's Daughter
Saturday Night Sunday Morning
Shakespeare in Love
The 39 Steps
2001
Time Bandits
Whistle Down the Wind
The Winslow Boy
Wish You Were Here
Women in Love
The Wooden Horse
Zulu

The British Film Institute has a list of 100 favourite British films of the 20th Century (http://bfi.org.uk/features/bfi100/).

Those not already mentioned :-
The Third Man
Kes
If...
Great Expectations
The Red Shoes
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Henry V
A Matter of Life and Death
The Servant
Dr Zhivago
Monty Python's Life of Brian
The Lady Vanishes
A Fish Called Wanda
Dr No
The Madness of King George
A Man For All Seasons
Black Narcissus
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Oliver Twist
Tom Jones
My Left Foot
The Go-Between
The Ipcress File
Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Dam Busters
Hamlet
Goldfinger
Elizabeth
The Day of the Jackal
Billy liar
Peeping Tom
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Draughtman's Contract

Hippy Hollow
01-09-2007, 01:21 PM
Hibernia=Ireland. Scotland=Caledonia.
:smack:

Baron Greenback
01-09-2007, 01:28 PM
:smack:

Hehe. Don't worry. I'm a bit peeved that every film I could possibly recommend has already been mentioned.

Given that the two lists rayh has posted stretch the definition of British/Irish film to its limit, may I suggest Breaking the Waves (http://imdb.com/title/tt0115751/) ? A stellar performance by a Scot in a film set in Scotland, at the least.

saoirse
01-09-2007, 01:45 PM
Given that the two lists rayh has posted stretch the definition of British/Irish film to its limit, may I suggest Breaking the Waves (http://imdb.com/title/tt0115751/) ? A stellar performance by a Scot in a film set in Scotland, at the least.

Caveat: if you're a Lars Von Trier fan. Or at least can stomach his films. If not stomach, then not reel from them as one reels from a man whose face has been shot off.

Although Emily Watson is incredible in it.

mbh
01-09-2007, 02:06 PM
Darn. Most of my favorites have already been mentioned. Did anyone suggest Tunes of Glory (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054412/) yet?

Somebody mentioned The Mouse that Roared (http://imdb.com/title/tt0053084/).
It also had a sequel, The Mouse on the Moon (http://imdb.com/title/tt0057328/).

Someone mentioned The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover and The Draughtsman's Contract. If you like Peter Greenaway's (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000425/) movies, you should also try to find:
Drowning by Numbers,
Prospero's Books,
and The Pillow Book.

Bridget Burke
01-09-2007, 02:54 PM
If you can get your hands on it I'd highly recommend The Treaty (http://imdb.com/title/tt0190088/) which is way better than Michael Collins (a Hollywood movie with a lot of BS history in it IMO).

Thank you for the recommendation, although I doubt I'll be able to get my hands on The Treaty any time soon.

Michael Collins abused history less than many "Hollywood movies." (Yes, that's not saying much.) I've read a bit & know about some of the changes made. Of course, I'd be glad to hear more from your side of the ocean!

My main problem with the movie was the clueless Julia Roberts.

eleanorigby
01-09-2007, 04:08 PM
I like many of the films noted. How about The Full Monty or Love, Actually?

It depends on your criteria for good films, of course. For me, a good film is one I can watch again and again. I find this to be true more so of British films than American ones.

Did anyone mention Merchant/Ivory? Howard's End was great. Can't remember the others off hand...

PastAllReason
01-09-2007, 08:48 PM
Someone mentioned The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover and The Draughtsman's Contract. If you like Peter Greenaway's (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000425/) movies, you should also try to find:
Drowning by Numbers,
Prospero's Books,
and The Pillow Book.

Personally I hope to never see another Peter Greenaway movie again, though obviously ym does v.

There have been quite a few mentioned that I would have otherwise recommended, so I won't repeat them. One that I hadn't noticed being mentioned is Enchanted April (http://imdb.com/title/tt0101811/), a lovely movie with Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent and Alfred Molina.

Tangent
01-10-2007, 02:14 AM
About a Boy is one of my favorite films of the last ten years.

Circle of Friends is entertaining, if you can get past Chris O'Donnell's attempt at an Irish accent. Minnie Driver is very charming in it, Alan Cumming wonderfully plays a slimeball, and Saffron Burrows is, well, beautiful.

Butterscotch
01-12-2007, 01:09 PM
Back again with another!

Peter's Friends

Boulter's Canary
01-13-2007, 11:56 AM
A Foreign Field (http://imdb.com/title/tt0106948/)

Anything directed by Powell and Pressburger, especially A Matter of Life and Death (http://imdb.com/title/tt0038733/) and A Canterbury Tale (http://imdb.com/title/tt0036695/).

The Maggie (http://imdb.com/title/tt0047085/)

Lust4Life
01-13-2007, 04:08 PM
Funeral in Berlin
The Guns of Navarone
The Cruel Sea
Contact
Elephant, the original, incredibly chilling docu drama about terrorist murders in Ulster,NOT the
"tribute" of the same name about American school kids on a killing spree.

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