Monday, March 21, 2011

Reel Insight Episode 39: Alan Rickman and Nick

We had a great time with our first three-peater.  Nick from Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob joined Rachel and I. Sorry about any audio issues - I'm recording from an off-site location and it always goes a little wonky when we chat with 3.  But I'm sure you'll enjoy the Glee talk, Paul, Burlesque, among others.  Oh, and we discuss the amazing career of Alan Rickman.  Thanks for all the feedback lately too - we're loving it.  Leave a comment here or send it to us at reelinsight at gmail.  We'll find ya.

New Alan Rickman movies watched this week:
An Awfully Big Adventure - this just let us down and is sooo terrible it defies explanation.  Really bad acting, an incest.  

Bottle Shock - This was pretty good, particularly if you're a wine snob/connoisseur.  Chris Pine and Bill Pullman do most of the heavy lifting, but Freddy Rodriguez and Alan Rickman have some fun too.  Who knew wine turned brown?

Blow Dry - This was hysterical.  Rickman and Natasha Richardson used to be married hair dressers who competed.  Then she left him for Rachel Griffiths.  Oh, and their son is Josh Hartnett (but even they wish he was James McAvoy).  They compete again Bill Nighy, and have lots of crazy fun.  Much funnier and sincere than it has any right to be.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - I'd seen this on Broadway in the last 5 years, so the movie version had a lot to live up to.  With a slow start it eventually got there once you get used to Burton's visuals.  And the singing, particularly Helena Bonham Carter's, picks up.


ruth said...

Great tribute to a fine actor. I LOVE Rickman... he's so convincing in any role, bad guy, good guy, average guy, whatever. First time I saw him was in Truly, Madly, Deeply in my ESL class in college. My fave role of his will always be Col. Brandon in Sense & Sensibility. Oh I need to see Blow Dry and Bottle Shock.

Jess said...

Thanks Ruth! Glad to know you're listening. I really liked him in TMD too.