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Monday, September 19, 2005



I originally wanted to see this movie as part of a Doctor Who Movie Marathon where I'd seek out films with appearances by various actors who've played the Doctor. I got it after stumbling onto Nicole Kidman's The Others which featured Christopher "Ninth Doctor" Eccleston as her husband. I decided the next one would be Withnail & I, with Paul "Eighth Doctor" McGann as "I" and Richard E. Grant, who played the Doctor on a BBC webcast, Scream of the Shalka.

The movie appealed to me immediately because Withnail's dress (on the right) resembles the way I dressed back in the 80s (even if the film itself is set in 1969). I almost forgot how Warren Ellis noted the resemblance between Withnail's dress and the Tenth Doctor's costume.

I thought the film was hilarious, even before I realized what a cult it was. I knew I'd seen it referenced a lot online, but now I understand why. It's a dark, almost plotless, and eminently quotable (just ask The Wife ;)) film about two out-of-work actors who "Went on holiday by mistake" out in the country. They expect peace and quiet among friendly country folk. They get anything but. That's pretty much 95% of the plot right there.

It's really a combination mood/character piece. Alcoholism, drug use, swearing, debauchery and a person's desire to get away from it. It's Trainspotting before there was a Trainspotting.

You just have to take my word for it and watch it. Go here for some quotes.

Next on the agenda, providing I can find it: 24 Hour Party People, with Christopher Eccleston, to be followed by The Omen with a cameo by Patrick "Second Doctor" Troughton.
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7 comments:

Ms Bizarro said...

Has anyone an idea of what hell it is to live with the constant quoting of this movie??? Personally I found the film only mildly amusing. Maybe it'll grow on me? I don't know but I'm sure my Huzz-Binnd will be buying this DVD as soon as he gets his first cash-wad. *sigh*

Bizarro said...

All hairdressers are in the employment of the government.

Hairs are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos, and transmit them directly into the brain.

This is the reason bald-headed men are uptight.

Bizarro said...

My thumbs have gone wierd!

bizarro said...

We want the finest wines available to humanity. We want them here, and we want them now.

bizarro said...

(And, for when work gets a bit hard on my Babygirl..."

Find your neutral space. You got a rush. It'll pass. Be seated.

B said...

Wow I've entered the inside joke realm...I wanna play! I'm putting this movie on my netflix.

B said...

Got anymore new movie recs?