Monday, May 30, 2005

Audio described movies

Just wanted to share that I have seen two movies on DVD with audio description this last week. They were both rather good and I recommend them.

1: Garden State -- Andrew 'Large' Largeman is blamed by his father for the freak accident which left his mother a paraplegic. Leaving his hometown of New Jersey, Large isolates
himself from the world and drifts in Los Angeles. When he hears of his mother's death, however, he is forced to return to the 'Garden State' and reconsider
his own life. Oh and the girl he falls in love with has epilepsy and Andrew himself has manic depression, of sorts. Can't say too much here. A veritable disability flick tho innit.

2: Enduring Love -- Joe and Claire are enjoying a romantic picnic when they notice a hot air balloon in considerable distress. Together with a group of onlookers, Joe rushes
to its aid. A sudden gust of wind places the rescuers in danger however, and, as it is sent skywards, a man is left dangling from the balloon before plunging
to his death. While Joe is left physically unscathed, the damage to his psyche seems irreparable. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan. (what this review, nicked from Amazon, fails to tell is that it's largely about Joe being stalked by a bloke who loves him played by Rhys or Rees Iffans or Evans or whatever. Can I be arsed to look up the spelling? Do you think spellings somehow jump out at me from posters or newspapers and ozmose into my inner thoughts like sighties? Sheesh. I'm not doing the extra research just for a blog entry. If someone could post the correct spelling of this Welsh fella who was also in Notting Hill then, well, feel free if ya like).

Have just rented Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless thingy from Blockbuster not 15 minutes ago ... will watch it later. It has no audio description soundtrack so lets hope the natural dialogue is descriptive enough to carry me thru the narrrative from start to finish so as I don't make up my own little film in my head as often happens (though sometimes they are better, you should hear my version of Contact)


Katie said...

Hi Damon, Those two movies sound good , I like the idea of the first one , a good disability flick is good, haven't seen Inside I'm Dancing yet but will buy it soon. Are you into BBC comedy? I love Mik Scarlet's part in 2 Point 4 Children as Joss. Have been watching it today again!

Kev said...

Ooooh, do let us know what Eternal Sunshine is like to watch without audio description. I quite fancy it, but Mr Kev thinks it's going to be a hard slog. So any feedback would be good.

Damon said...

I never got to watch Eternal Sunshine because my DVD player packed in. I had to take it back to Blockbuster unwatched. Damn this life!

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andr00 said...

Have to say, Garden State with AD is by far a better movie than with the normal audio track!