I think I’ll do a list of my favorite British movies.
1. Trainspotting – how can one watch this and not love it? Baked beans for breakfast, “Mother” the drug dealer, the most disgusting bathroom in Scotland, Spud’s job interview, poor dead baby on the ceiling, Begbie (the brilliant Robert Carlyle) starting fights, Sick Boy shooting the dog who then bit his master, and Renton finally walking away.
2.The Full Monty – Robert Carlyle stars as one of 6 unemployed and out of shape gentlemen who decide to earn some money stripping.
3. Much Ado About Nothing – I’ve actually been asked to “turn that shit off” by visitors who’d rather watch Independence Day (booooooo)or other crap. This movie (directed by one of the stars, the fabulous Kenneth Brannaugh) used the original language of the play by William Shakespeare and I understood everything. Great acting – beautiful scenery.
4. Enchanted April – One of the sweetest little movies I’ve ever seen. Four strangers share a holiday in Italy. Magical.
5. Bend It Like Beckham – Jess has skills on the soccer field. Her parents are “old country” traditionalists who want her to be more like her soon to be married sister.
6. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – Hilarious caper film. Twists and turns galore (wow that sounded corny) so don’t look away for a second. There are guys, there are bad guys, there are bad, bad guys and there are really bad, bad guys.
7. The Italian Job – Michael Caine is great as Charlie – the cliffhanger ending is amazing.
8. Chocolat – Since much of the film was shot in England I’m counting this as a British film although the setting is France. A lovely film starring chocolate, Mayan culture, magic, the wind and love. A chocolatier opens a shop in a small isolated town in France during the Catholic Lenten season.