Last night WinnieTheWoot and I were looking for something light-hearted to watch after a string of pretty dark episodes of Buffy. She suggested a period English comedy so I went scrolling through the catalog and found...
Cold Comfort Farm
We had never heard of it before - it was made in 1995 - nor the novel it was based on, published in 1932. Turns out that in addition to being the perfect antidote to the funk Buffy left us in the movie should also be considered a modern classic of genre film-making. First of all, the novel is an example of near future science fiction having been published in 1932 but set in 1946 (an aspect of the story that was ignored in the movie - probably for the best.
But the real kicker was the cast: A young Kate Beckinsale before she became a leather clad action film vampire, Sir Ian McKellen as a fire and brimstone preacher, Joanna Lumley (the female "Doctor") as Kate's friend, Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout), Rufus Sewell (the douchey knight from A Knight's Tale) and the incomparable Stephen Fry.
Also, the characters' names are so outlandish that I have to think that the novel and/or movie is a favorite of Jasper Fforde.