Love and Other Disasters - dir. Alek Keshishian - 2006 - UK/France
I hate finding myself in the cinema, especially when it's in the form of a seen-it-before romantic comedy like Love and Other Disasters. It's even worse when that character proves to be the most pathetic in its ensemble cast. Peter Simon (Matthew Rhys) is a film-obsessed journalist, who wears Echo & the Bunnymen T-shirts, with romantic woes of tragic proportions. "Films have ruined my love life," he says, as I sit back, groan, and realize, "fuck, I'm ruined." I tried to ignore this tragic projection in focusing on Brittany Murphy's indecipherable accent, but it just kept coming back. And, this isn't to mention that the characters exist in a reflexive London where its inhabitants try their best not to fall into cinematic clichés. I need to get a life.