Episode #135 for Cloud Atlas, in which our protagonist has a “Scanners” moment while trying to give a synopsis, gives a huge bonus for sheer ambition and scope, and wants to go break the living shit out of some plates. Also: hemorrhaging!
Written by Emma Thompson, based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Ang Lee
Starring Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Emilie FranÃ§ois, Hugh Grant, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Laurie, and James Fleet
Released by: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
My Advice: Own it…unless you already do.
Written by: Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, based on the novel by Nick Hornby
Directed by: Chris & Paul Weitz
Starring: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Sharon Small
My Advice: Matinee
Will (Grant) has got it made. Thanks to an obnoxious Christmas song his father penned, he gets enough in royalties that he doesn’t have to do jack squat in order to live…and live well. Self-absorbed and in need of female companionship, he decides to invent a fictional child in order to get into single parent support group meetings…so he can score. He figures if he ever needs to bail on any paricular single mother, he can. However, he runs into Marcus (Hoult), a teenage boy who’s got a few problems of his own–so Marcus decides to incorporate Will into life. Will has no way to escape.
Written by: Richard Curtis
Directed by: Roger Michell
Starring: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Rhys Ifans, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers
My Advice: Wait and Rent It.
William Thacker (Grant) runs a travel book shop in (yes you guessed it!) Notting Hill, and he’s not doing too well. He gets even worse when Anna Scott (Roberts) comes into his store and the two fall in love. But…what’s that you say, you thought this was a romantic comedy?
Well, it’s written by the same guy who did Four Weddings, so you’d expect it to be gut-bustingly funny–which it is. Roberts does a good job portraying the world’s most popular actress and getting her shots in at the media and at stardom in general. Grant is in fine Hugh Grant form, completely gabberflasted at the situation he finds himself in. The supporting cast, just like in Four Weddings, is to be commended, especially Grant’s flatmate in the form of Spike (Ifans), a buffoon’s buffoon. However–and you knew this was coming…