Sunday, April 5, 2009

Movie of the Week: Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm is a movie I can watch over and over again. Kate Beckinsdale shines as Flora Poste (or Robert Poste's child depending on who you are), weaving together and "fixing" a beautiful cast of characters (and more than solid actors) in this made for TV movie. Eileen Atkins, Rufus Sewell, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, a young Rupert Penry-Jones (of MI-5/Spooks fame), and Joanna Lumley (of AbFab fame) round out the cast.

The story itself is massively quirky and very British, but if you aren't drawn in by the odd introductions to Flora's country relatives, then the minute Ian McKellen (As Amos Starkadder) says, "Seth, drain the well. There's a neighbor missing," you will start giggling. There are so many moments that I adore.
  • The letters from the relatives.
  • The moment she hears about Seth & Reuben.
  • Going to watch Amos preach to the Quivering Brethren.
  • "Bull's out."
  • Elfine in London & Seth at the party
  • The moment the Gone With The Wind theme song starts to play.
  • "I'd take her, too, but she's gloomy."
  • My Mybug trying to declare his love and all of his other odious declarations.
  • Going to talk to Great Aunt Ada.
  • Flora realizing she may just not be a novelist.
If you want an odd night at the movies, or a perfectly quirky laugh (there is so much to catch, you sometimes have to watch it more than once), grab a copy or borrow mine. You won't regret it. The intro if you are interested.

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