Friday 30 January 1998
In this era of Titanic-sized budget and publicity campaigns, little gems get overlooked. Sense and Sensibility put director Ang Lee on the map, but despite rave reviews, his latest, The Ice Storm, has done disappointing business in the USA. Forget that, the feast of subtly modulated performances from an exquisite cast including Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver and Christina Ricci should not be missed. In 1993, when Jurassic Park shot into the record books taking squillions at the box office, Lee's unassuming little charmer The Wedding Banquet was that year's most profitable movie. It cost less than $1m and took nearly 28 times that amount. Unbeknown to his parents back in Taiwan, Wai-Tung lives happily in New York with Simon, his lover. All hell threatens to break loose when his parents start applying pressure for an arranged marriage. The humour is sweet, deft and truthful: a comedy for those with a brain.
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Animal welfare charities have urged the boy band to cut the scenes
Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?
Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent
"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Argentinian scored 'rabona' wonder goal for Tottenham in Europa League – see it here
Life & Style blogs
Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study
Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
Ebola: NYC doctor Craig Spencer tests positive for disease after returning from west Africa
Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
What do the text messages between you and your partner reveal about your relationship?
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
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