18 January 2016

Love Actually

Love Actually 2003
  • Director: Richard Curtis
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Gregor Fisher, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kris Marshall, Heike Makatsch, Martin Freeman, Joanna Page, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Nina Sosanya, Martine McCutcheon, Laura Linney, Thomas Brodie-Sangter
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Alan Rickman – the Harry Potter movies, The Butler, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Snow Cake, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dogma, Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, The January Man, Die Hard, Romeo and Juliet
    • Bill Nighy – Hotel Marigold 1 and 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Girl in the Café, The Boat that Rocked, Valkyria, Hot Fuzz, Notes on a Scandal, The Constant Gardener, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Kiss Me Kate
    • Gregor Fisher – The Merchant of Venice
    • Colin Firth – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The King’s Speech, Genova, Mamma Mia, Then She Found Me, Nanny McPhee, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Black Adder, My Life So Far, Shakespeare in Love, A Thousand Acres, Fever Pitch
    • Liam Neeson - The Dark Knight Rises, Life’s Too Short, The Next Three Days, Seraphim Falls, Kingdom of Heaven, The Gangs of New York, Les Misérables, Michael Collins, Rob Roy, Schindler’s List, Nell, Ruby Cairo, Ex Calibur
    • Emma Thompson – the Harry Potter movies, The Boat that Rocked, Brideshead Revisited, Nanny McPhee, An Education, Last Chance Harvey, Stranger than Fiction, Angels in America, Wit, The Remains of the Day, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Howards End, Dead Again, Fortunes of War, Impromptu, Tutti Frutti
    • Kris Marshall – Easy Virtue, The Merchant of Venice
    • Heike Makatsch – The Book Thief, Tara Road
    • Martin Freeman – the Hobbit films, Fargo, The World’s End, Hot Fuzz, Breaking and Entering, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead
    • Joanna Page – From Hell, Very Annie Mary, David Copperfield
    • Chiwetel Ejiofor – Dancing on the Edge, 2012, Children of Men, Kinky Boots, Dirty Pretty Things, Amistad
    • Andrew Lincoln – only this
    • Keira Knightley – Never Let Me Go, Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, King Arthur, Bend It Like Beckham, Star Wars Episode I
    • Hugh Grant – Cloud Atlas, Music and Lyrics, American Dreamz, About a Boy, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, Sense and Sensibility, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Remains of the Day, Impromptu
    • Nina Sosanya – The Last Tango in Halifax, Bonekickers, Much Ado about Nothing (Retold), Manderlay
    • Martine McCutcheon – only this
    • Laura Linney – Jindabyne, Driving Lessons, The Squid and the Whale, Mystic River, Dave, Lorenzo’s Oil
    • Thomas Brodie-Sangter – Wolf Hall, Nowhere Boy, Bright Star, Nany McPhee
  • Why? The cast
  • Seen:  Twice before. Now 15 January 2016 

       Alan Rickman is no more. But he lives in his many films. We have recently watched the Harry Potter films and Snape will never leave us.
       In Alan Rickman’s memory we chose this film this evening.
       I know it’s silly and hopelessly romantic and all that. But with this cast, even Hugh Grant, and with the British humour we knew even the first time that it would be two hours of bittersweet….well, you know, British humour and love.
       And our Alan Rickman is one of them. Not nearly enough for our needs on this sad day after the news of his death. But in the bits he’s in he’s…well, you know, Alan Rickman.
       It’s a movie to love. And I do. Of course.  They know how to make us do that.
       It’s Christmas and I hate movies about Christmas but I forgive it because it’s just so…well, you know, what it is. Sometimes it’s nice to be manipulated. Me, an old toughie.
       Thank you, Alan Rickman. You will be remembered.

4 * of 5



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