‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 6

#7 / 365 – ‘In the Mood for Love’ (2000) – 98 mins
IMDB Challenge #5 / 250 – Streamed Via LoveFilm

This is essentially a story of two neighbours who harbour suspicions that their spouse’s are having an affair, to which they embark on an affair themselves but theirs is one of friendship, whilst all the time they resist temptation to turn it into romance.

Even though this film is beautifully shot with some breathtaking cinematography, unfortunately for me the story was too start-stop with no even flow to it, with the dialogue being to predictable along with it.

I will give it credit for being original though as it stands out from the crowd from most romantic films out there.

#6 / 365 – ‘Crash’ (2004) – 112 mins
IMDB Challenge #4 / 250 – Via DVD Collection

I remember watching this film for the first time roughly about 4 years ago and being completely drawn in with its controversial intertwining stories that are perfectly executed, and watching it again today for the second time today was no different.

It as top-notch ensemble cast but the one that stands out is Don Cheadle which to me easily ranks along his best role since he played Paul Rusesabagina in ‘Hotel Rwanda’, shame he hasn’t been anything worth of note since.

Even though for all the brilliant acting in this film, it really boils down to the perfect writing style and script from Paul Haggis who became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – “Million Dollar Baby -(2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and then this which he directed himself. Also coincidently he has ‘The Next Three Days’ out at the Cinema which is one to watch next week.

PS. If you are ever looking to watch this film, please do not be confused with the 1996 David Cronenberg film of the same title you will be severely disappointed by that utter rubbish!

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