Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Obscure movie recommendation...

I'm busy preparing for a trip out of state and don't have much time to blog this week, so in my absence please check out this movie featuring Madeline Stowe and Alan Rickman. It's called Closet Land and it's just about impossible to find now on VHS or DVD. Fortunately it has been uploaded in nine parts on YouTube so if you're intrigued after watching the first scene, click on the link below it and it will take you to the second clip on YouTube, where a sidebar there will have links to the remaining seven scenes.

I only recently learned of this movie, and will only say that I found it timely given our government's increasing practice of spying and snooping. I also found it very disturbing, so disturbing in fact that at one point I nearly ended the imaginary affair I've been having with Mr. Rickman. Almost.

So here's the first scene, and a link to the second. To those with time to watch it, I'd be interested in knowing what you think. Would you have signed?



Here's the second scene.

14 comments:

laughingwolf said...

wow! no time to watch all 9, but the first two have me hooked! thx hon

'aih'll be beck', like ahnoldt said

like you and al, i've had this thing for maddie... all in my mind, of course ;) lol

Morgan said...

My husband loves Madeline Stowe. Next to Salma Hayek, she is his dream girl. But who could blame him. She is one beautiful woman.

The movie just gets more and more disturbing.

If detention with Snape is anything like this movie there goes another fantasy shot all to hell...

thimscool said...

That was uplifting.

laughingwolf said...

selma's ok, looks-wise... just lacks requisite gray matter

ah, but being fantasy, YOU decide the outcome ;)

Morgan said...

Luke, I think it was very frightening. Who knows whether they're being watched. Not to sound needlessly paranoid, but there was an article recently about a woman - an AIDS activist - who noticed she was being followed and discovered the government was watching her every move. It really bugged her out to the point she scaled back her work.

Morgan said...

Laughingwolf, you need to do some research on Salma Hayek. She is one of the brainier women in Hollywood and is not just an actor but a producer as well and worked for about a decade to bring the story of artist Frida Kahlo to the big screen. That movie is far from fluffy. If you ever get a chance, check it out.
I generally don't jump to the defense of people I don't know, particularly actors, but in this case I think Hayek is often judged based on her appearance alone, which is very unfortunate. Pretty women with big breasts can be smart, too.

thimscool said...

It was disturbing. Part of me feels that it was a little over the top.

Child molestation is, obviously, a horrible crime; and I guess there are some parallels to torture and tyranny. But I sort of felt that the hand was overplayed, like listening to Tori Amos wail about being crucified.

I dunno. I watched the whole thing, and I thought that it was a good movie. But not among my favorites.

Thanks for the link, tho.

Morgan said...

Agreed. It was a bit over the top. But the underlying thread that got me was whether it's a good thing to escape into one's mind as a coping mechanism or if it so detaches us that we end up blinded to the real world around us. Madeline Stowe's character talked about that towards the end, but what wasn't stated was the other side of the coin - the danger of letting someone else create your perceptions, which was the case for Alan Rickman's character. Just as she couldn't see danger, he couldn't feel empathy.

thimscool said...

I think that is the only option, when confronted with torture.

Signing the confession would not necessarily end the torture.

I'd give it whirl, though. I'd probably sign it: "I. P. Freely" or "Ben Dover".

Morgan said...

Or the old Richard Pryor signature:
Jack Meoff

I kind of think I would have been yelling for the pen when he put those metal wires on the grill.

laughingwolf said...

i'm not saying boobs and brains are incompatible, but question some of the choices she makes... but then, i lack the boobs, hence that perspective :O lol

her name's 'selma', btw ;)

and yes, she HAS done some great things....

Andrea said...

No, it's Salma...Arabic in origin, means "beautiful woman." She's of Lebanese and Mexican descent.

And yes, she is very hot.

Morgan said...

Correct on all points, Andrea.

Jana said...

Just checked Amazon, there's 10 copies to be had if you're interested... well, 9, I'm sending off for one.