Kaycee’s Klasic Films – Hope Springs

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films

There are two films called Hope Springs one from 2003 and another completely different in 2012 and this is about the first one it stars Colin Firth and Minnie Driver. So make sure your watching the right one because the other one is okay but this one is more than okay.

Colin plays an artist from the UK who goes to the US Hope Springs a town in Vermont because hes split up with his girlfriend Vera and hes very upset. He checks into this small hotel type thing run by an interesting couple Joanie (Mary Steenburgen) looking older woman sexy and her strange husband. They notice that this English guy isn’t himself funny expression aren’t it and how would they know they only just met the guy but they didn’t say it just me.

Anyways Joanie gets her friend Mandy (Heather Graham)  to come and see him she’s some kind of therapist but really she’s a sort of hippie new age bit of a loon depending on how you look at it. Likes jumping up and down naked to feel liberated or something you no the type or maybe you don’t my cousins like that people think she’s a slapper but she thinks shes a free spirit.

Mandy couldn’t be more different from Colin that’s his name in the film too he’s a typical Colin Firth guy quiet shy repressed. Mandy works at an old people’s home called Shining Shores and she and Colin get it on a bit and have one of those relationships that is fun but you know its not going to go nowhere but if you don’t push it it passes the time.

Then Vera turns up. That’s Minnie Driver and its one of the funniest performances I’ve ever seen. Just watch the bit in the middle where Vera’s driving past the old folks’ home and finds Mandy pushing an old lady in a wheelchair. It won’t sound funny if I write the dialogue (that’s the words they say technical term like) but she’s so bitchy it cracks me up and I keep having to watch it over and over again. She’s a spoilt, ultra well educated snob who thinks Mandy is beneath her and Colin she don’t really want Colin but she don’t want Mandy to have him either.

Bitching on the golf course: posh girl Minnie Driver bends Colin Firth’s ear

Okay try this bit: she looks at the sign for the home which says Shining Shores in swirly writing and pretends to misread it, she goes “Whining Whores”. I tell you it kills me I don’t need the rest of the film just that scene although there are plenty more good ones.

This film is based on a novel by the same man who wrote the novel The Graduate (so he must be knocking on a bit) and he does keep the plot rolling especially towards the end but of course I’m not going to tell you what happens. Colin Firth couldn’t be funny if he fell off a tall building wearing a santa hat but it don’t matter somehow. Like I say the Minnie Driver scenes in the middle are worth the price of admission on their own.


Kaycee’s Klasic Films – Bridget Jones’s Diary

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films


I know a lot or people think this is just a “chick flick” which is a quite insulting description if you ask me because what’s wrong with a film that appeals mainly to women it’s just like action adventure films are mainly aimed at men and there pretty brainless a lot of them I mean the films not the guys although I suppose they can be dumb too.

Bridget Jones is this 30-something English girl whose just doing what we all trying to do get along in the world and be successful and happy she’s played by Renee Zellweger who does a fantastic job with the English accent you would never think she was a yank. She is also good looking but not too glamorous and perfect which is important cos most of us like to think we’re okay looking but we know we’re not supermodel material. In real life Renee didn’t like her appearance much it seems because last year she had a facelift and now she looks completely different she had a bit of a squinty eyed look and I guess she didn’t like that but most people I know thought she looked fine so it just goes to show.

Bridget works for a book publisher in London and  her boss is Hugh Grant well he’s Daniel but he’s played by Hugh Grant who is just being himself as usual charming and funny and sexy and Bridget fancies him like mad but he’s the kind of guy that’s never really going to go for someone ordinary like her and he’ll always be cheating on his woman anyway whoever she is.

But there’s this other guy played by Colin Firth Mr Darcy from the TV Pride and Prejudice and he’s called Darcy in the film I suppose that’s an in-joke or something. Mark Darcy. He’s Colin Firth being himself too he’s as good looking as Hugh Grant he just seems more serious and not so much fun I suppose that all depends on what your looking for if you like a guy who can talk serious about things rather than thinking the only fun is when he’s trying to get you in bed then he’s more your type.

Mark is really more the kind of guy you’d pick for Bridget because even though he is a bit uncool sometimes so is she I suppose that is all the film is about there’s no big plot and no drama it’s just you sitting there hoping she’s going to come out ahead. Me I would probably bonk the smooth one and dump him and try to make sure no one finds out and then get with the nice guy and live happily ever  after but I don’t know if it is ever that simple is it.

They tried to cash in on this film with a sequel Edge of Reason but  of course it wasn’t as good. They try to make out there doing you a favour with sequels because there giving you more of what they know you like but really they are thinking if you forked out for the first one you might fork out for a second helping but it don’t work like that do it? Were not stupid.