Most Overlooked Movies Part 4

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:46 PM By Simon

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Starring Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, and Richard Dreyfuss as The Player, it is probably the best piece of fan fiction ever. Based off the play by Tom Stoppard, who also directed. It is the story of Hamlet, but from the hopelessly befuddled point of view of the two minor characters, childhood friends (of Hamlet) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Summoned by the King to try and bring Hamlet out of his funk, they go on a confused philisophical roadtrip that ends with the title. And, then, it features Gary Oldman in one of his few non-villainous, adorable roles. Absolutely funny, if you can get past the chipmunk-fast British dialogue. No trailer, but here's an especially funny scene.


Directed by Joachim Trier, starring Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman-Høiner and Viktoria Winge. The tale of two young friends, btoh aspiring writers. One, Erik, has a manuscript rejected. The other, Phillip, is published, becomes an overnight celebrity (in their native Norway, I assume), and meets a girl named Kari, but soon suffers a mental breakdown. A funny, heartbreaking, and sweet, if shaded in European melancholy, Norwegian film.


Mike Lippert said...

I remember having to read R&G are dead in Grade 12 along with Hamlet and thought it was hilarious. I totally forgot about this movie, probably because I hated it so much the first time I saw it. Maybe time for a revisit?

March 24, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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