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By Michelle
October 3, 2004 - 2:53 PM

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Last week a couple of friends of mine and I decided to have a Hot Men of Harry Potter film festival. This meant that at lunchtime we got California Tortilla and sat down in front of the television for two hours to review objectively some of the films of Alan Rickman, David Thewlis and Jason Isaacs. ("Review objectively" in this case means not going "EEE he looks so hot in that shirt" and things like that. Much.)

We started with Divorcing Jack, which features both Thewlis and Isaacs and was therefore an obvious choice, plus it has Robert Lindsay, my beloved Captain Pellew from the Horatio Hornblower films, and Laura Fraser from A Knight's Tale. I had expected it to be more of a lighthearted black comedy like the US variety but the emphasis here is very much on the "black", as this is a story of IRA violence in northern Ireland and a hapless journalist who sleeps with the wrong woman in the midst of it. Despite being much bloodier than I expected, it was amazingly funny, and Thewlis and Isaacs were superb. Isaacs in particular gave the best line reading of a curse word in the history of cinema.

Since we were already in a Thewlis mood after that, we put on Gangster No. 1, which also stars the lovely Paul Bettany and (Trek relevance!) Malcolm McDowell. This is an even more violent movie of the sort that you normally could not pay me to watch, but in between the violence it's a very perverse and twisted love story of the sort that appeals to me. And, you know, it has Bettany and Thewlis in really nice suits, so I just didn't watch the bloodletting scenes.

After that it was obviously time for a nice change of pace so we watched Isaacs in Passionada, a love story set in New Bedford, Massachusetts where I visited barely a month ago. He plays a gambler who is wooing CSI: Miami's Sofia Milos, who enchants him with her singing. Isaacs is mostly known for playing bad guys and worse guys in Harry Potter, The Patriot, Soldier, Peter Pan, etc. so I adored seeing him as a romantic lead.

And then, being in a romantic lead mood, we watched Rickman in Mesmer. I knew nothing about Franz Anton Mesmer before this film and I tend to be sympathetic to mystics fighting either the tyranny of the church or what can become the tyranny of science -- the insistence that the incomplete research of any era represents an absolute rational approach to any given problem. But as this film portrays him, Mesmer was all too happy to bilk rich women of their money even if he genuinely believed in his principles. Rickman was superb -- smart and bitter and incredibly sexy and sinister and terribly passionate -- and who can resist him in period clothing, anyway?

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