Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
What if one split second sent your life in two completely different directions?.
Gwyneth Paltrow plays London publicist Helen, effortlessly sliding between parallel storylines that show what happens if she does or does not catch a train back to her apartment. Love. Romantic entanglements. Deception. Trust. Friendship. Comedy. All come into focus as the two stories shift back and forth, overlap and surprisingly converge.
I couldn't tell you honestly why I chose to watch this. I could pretend it was a senseless decision, or a slip of the mouse on the Netflix home page. But, in truth, my selection of this film was completely conscious. I was neither forced, nor bet on; imprisoned or shackled. I was, simply put, magnetized by the uncontrollable Hannah-forces. John Hannah forces, to be precise. And after experiencing the entire film in a state of glazed confusion (mostly by how I could be so controlled by my pathetic crushes), I have come to the conclusion that, lets be honest, he should have played all the characters in this up-and-down Brit-flick.
Sliding Doors is your typical 'romcom with a twist'.…
Why I watched this one? Movie had English subtitles...which makes it easier for me to watch while I run on my treadmill....reading the subtitles while watching...as the sound of the treadmill makes hearing movies difficult.
What is this one about? Gwyneth Paltrow's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. The viewer gets to see her life if she made the train and her life if she missed the train.
My thoughts on this one? An interesting idea for a movie. Paltrow is outstanding in the dual role. John Hannah does well in the romantic leading man role. Hannah is pretty much known for his comic supporting parts so seeing him…
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The first 5 minutes feature a scene in which someone says of Gwyneth Paltrow, "told you she was a lesbian."
The last 10 feature two separate Gwyneth Paltrows (as though one wasn't enough) having miscarriages after one is road-pizza'd by a van and the other is simultaneously thrown down a flight of stairs (sounds like a joke- doesn't it?) and a kindly nurse says when she's ready to be discharged from the hospital 5 minutes later: "you're very fortunate, Helen, you had a lucky escape." (Did the two have an informative, psychologically probing conversation the audience weren't privy to? Why were we excluded? Any reason... Yes? No? Or, is that nurse simply the most presumptuous and insensitive scum in that…
A great concept looking at one woman's life over two parallel timelines, mixing fantasy with romance and comedy to put a unique spin on a typical rom-com.
It may not break any boundaries, especially not in any romantic or comedic sense, but it's an easy watch that is quite heartfelt at its core.
Sliding doors is Peter Howitt's 1998 fantasy/comedy about
exploring a woman's alternative realities after she misses a train. The film examines both if she had caught the train and if she hadn't, and how her life would have changed. The two story lines cross cut between one another, as we see our protagonist Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) end up in similar places under each alternate reality, only under different circumstances. Sliding Doors exhibits the possibilities of fate, chance and how small decisions can affect ones life in a large way.
The concept is quite brilliant, but the disappointment set in as I saw it being a applied to quite a languid story. Although there was sympathy to be had for Helen,…
Strange movie until u get in2 the groove of it then it's awesome.
Cute, and really makes you think. But that's about it.
The parallel universe gimmick doesn't sustain interest as intended and Gwyneth Paltrow is rather unlikable with her snooty British accent.
In unrelated news, I really miss London and want to go back ASAP.
Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors has been hanging around for the past month as the meteor and monster movies line up at the multiplexes around town, oozing hype as they engage in a seemingly endless demolition derby. By welcome contrast, Sliding Doors is a surprisingly clever demonstration of the way a very tired type of French bedroom farce can be rejuvenated simply by making the doors slide rather than slam, and by disguising the ridiculous predictability of the plot by splitting it into two symmetrical stories out of sync by only the few seconds it takes for Gwyneth Paltrow’s Helen either to get past the sliding doors into her underground train, or to miss the train.
In the first story, Helen…
I don't why I like this movie when truly every character is insufferable and unrelatable. Old habits die young. The concept is still cool. Also is Gwenyth British? Ugh she is very annoying.
‘Sliding Doors’ is a British romantic comedy over which the shadow of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ looms large. It feels absolutely feels like a poor man’s Richard Curtis film, without any of the tact, whit, insight or likeable characters. It is so overladen with rom-com clichés, with last-minute dashes, kissing in the rain, public declarations of love and so on, with all of this becoming increasingly cheesy and tooth-grating. It also contains as many British-isms as physically possible, clearly in an attempt to milk the audience that made ‘Four Weddings’ so popular, but mainly does this through endless usage of modern British swearing, particularly ‘bollocks’, ‘wanker’, ‘tosser’, rather than any sort of genuine observation.
The characters are also extraordinarily…
Really naff. A much better film could have been made from the premise.
Am I in love with John Hannah?
Nitpickers will have a ball with either of Helen's stories, but I know a swiftly and smartly directed rom com when I see one, and this has more than enough charm, quirks and smarts to memorably paper over the cracks. Douglas "You are a morality free zone!" McFerran is a delight; Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah have never been better.