If I didn't include this film in my picks this week, I'm not British. Richard Curtis on top form here, along with the cream of British acting crop of the 90s. There are too many great moments in this film and none of them include Andie Macdowell, apart from the ending when they're standing in the rain of course.
Max Winkler's debut feature film was difficult to get a hold of. If you recognize the name, he is indeed son of Henry Winkler. Sam, an aspiring writer, falls in love with an older (taller) woman after a brief affair. But she decides to return to her fiance and get married. Sam crashes her wedding to try and convince her not to while dragging his hapless friend along too for the ride. Seems like a run of the mill story but the cast is so unusual that it makes more than the typical unrequited love story. Sometime through it morphs into a story about two friends moving on with their lives. Plus Lee Pace is in it as an eccentric documentary filmmaker, not to be missed.
I couldn't decide whether I liked this film at all. While watching it I felt like my soul was slowly being distorted. The story is of two halves and two sisters. The depressed bride ruins her own wedding to the disappointment of her sister. The second half is about an impending doom about to befall the Earth which I found incredibly uncomfortable. I can't cope with stories about the apocalypse or cannibals. I squirmed around in my seat for the second half as the depressed bride welcomed the doom and the other sister panicked. I don't think I could sit through it all again, but the opening sequence of the film is incredible.