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'.…
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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,…
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.
If id only just caught that bloody train is the premise to this British rom com with a twist as the film splits into two parallel realities. One in which Helen catches her train finds her useless shagging boyfriend up to his nuts in lady shagging Gudivier. Helen promptly leaves him, following an awesome break up/ New beginning “Helen says Bollocks to you” montage, a stylish new hairdo and finally Helen begins to find herself and forms a relationship with the charming loveable no one expects the Spanish inquisition John Hannah. In the other reality Helen misses the train and continues her thankless life with her rather irritating Elton John hating cheater of a boyfriend Gerry. I fist watched this…
As oxymoron as that sounds, Sliding Doors is the down to earth Lola rennt of 90s' romantic comedies, complete with a healthy touch of drama and humanity. There are moments of sheer brilliance and scenes that will make you wish you were a little girl so it would be okay to cry. Foremost, however, there is the dynamic of Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah.
While I personally find John Lynch's Gerry annoying and more than a little daft, I don't think there's a role that Jeanne Tripplehorn wouldn't be suited for. Plus, despite her respectable filmography during the 90s, there genuinely isn't a single film where I've enjoyed Paltrow's performance more than here. She might have a bit of a…
Trying to be too clever by half but isn't a quarter clever enough. Rom com isn't really the genre for me.
The life of Gwyneth Paltrow all hinges on whether or not she catches a train. We see both outcomes of her missing it and getting on it in a parallel story that intertwines together very very well. The selling point of this romcom that sets it apart from others is that parallel story BUT I will say I liked the Gwyneth Paltrow Character (both of them) even if there was only one of her.. The film flips between both ‘universes’ A LOT but it’s never confusing (and trust me I can get confused very easily in films with more than one layer) mainly because one Paltrow has long Brown hair and the other Paltrow has short Blonde hair. Overall it’s a very good film that I would watch again plus it only cost me a quid (that’s £1 or $1.54 at current conversion rates for all the Americans out there
Yeah a joke about Gary Glitter stealing your 8 year old girlfriend doesn't quite have the same ring to it in this day and age.
Ingenious concept, screeches to a boring stop
Sliding Doors intertwines quantum mechanics with a formulaic romantic comedy to make something really watchable. Like Kieslowski's Blind Chance or Tom Twyker's Lola Rennt, this is a film that asks how those small moments - missing a train, dropping an earring, etc affect our lives.
The film's editing is excellent. From the word go, we are following two parallel storylines but there's never any confusion over which we are watching (at least until one deliberate scene later on). The first act does a great job of building the tension in each storyline and ping-ponging back to each other. The moments across timelines feel like they bleed together, but the director seamlessly crosses streams. I could see how lots of people…
Trust us Brits to take an interesting sci-fi concept and turn it into a bland romantic comedy.
I adore this movie. Sure, the direction is unexceptional, and script is not all it could've been, neither especially funny OR romantic, but the engaging cast (Gwenie-pre-most-hated, Hannah-post-gay-pre-Mummy and Lynch-post-Guilford-4) carry it off adroitly. The premise is a gimmick, granted, but (as in Groundhog Day) once it is established - the film doesn't wallow in the cleverness of the gimmick, merely focuses of the "what if?" set-up - a single butterfly effect either way which could lead us on widely divergent paths, something that has always preoccupied me on my own wobbly route through life. The perfect denouement of this film suggests that the universe rights itself no matter what, yet this doesn't take away from the true joy of…
once i was halfway through, it was too late to turn back.
Pretty self-explanatory. I want to collect all of the movies that deal with relationships falling apart/ending. I'm also interested in…
For my dissertation. I'm going for a more metaphysical rather than sci-fi genre approach to time travel, hence the inclusion…