MollyRose: I actually liked Death to Smoochy. I know it did very poorly, but perhaps audiences weren't expecting a black comedy from Robin Williams & Danny Devito. I love Edward Norton, and have found nearly all of his performances worthwhile. I think he's quite funny here as an ultra-earnest, eco-do-gooder. If you watch it, let me know what you think.
Phat: I have seen Withnail and I! I saw it many years ago, when I was just a kid, expressly b/c it was a "Handmade Film," George Harrison's movie production company (I was a Beatle-maniac) which also did "Time Bandits" (my other fave childhood movie, by Terry Gilliam). These movies brought together my love of Monty Python & Beatles. I think you're also right about Richard E. Grant--I love him the way I love my coffee: bitter & scalding. Chalk him up to the list of British actors that American audiences don't put to good use. If only they could see him the way we do!
Ah, Shayla: What a witty raconteur you are...your story kills me! Do you remember when Dancer in the Dark was released, what was it 2-3 years ago? I could get no one, NO ONE, to see it with me. I was trying to jackhammer my friend (whom I know for a fact LOVES Catherine Deneuve & Bjork also) into coming with me, and I was needling him so much he just blurted out like a desperate interrogation victim: "I AM ALLERGIC TO LARS VON TRIER!" So I know what it's like to be the oddball out. Please see the Wicker Man, it is quite bizarre, but give it a chance. I would love to discuss it with you, it's really haunted my imagination. I'll also load Breaking the Waves onto my queue, as it's always been one of those movies I've been meaning to see, but has slipped under my radar.