Tag Archives: Romance

All Roads Lead to Rome

SOMETIMES FIRST LOVE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE… American Maggie Falk (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her teenage daughter Summer (Rosie Day) arrive in Rome on vacation, but Summer is determined to escape back to the U.S. and save her no-good boyfriend from jail. The Swedish director’s first English-language movie is a romantic comedy that typically looks … Continue reading All Roads Lead to Rome

Practical Magic

PREPARE TO COME UNDER THEIR SPELL. Two Massachusetts sisters (Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman) who come from a long line of witches live with a curse that says any man who falls in love with them is doomed. Director Griffin Dunne followed up Addicted to Love (1997) with another romantic film, this one with a supernatural … Continue reading Practical Magic

Gone With the Wind: Fall of the Old South

THE GREATEST ROMANCE OF ALL TIME! Last August, news came that a cinema in Memphis, Tennessee had decided not to screen Gone With the Wind because of numerous complaints. Ever since its premiere the film’s rosy portrait of life in the South before the Civil War has been criticized. The poor treatment of African-Americans has … Continue reading Gone With the Wind: Fall of the Old South

The Jane Austen Book Club

SIX MONTHS. SIX NOVELS. SIX MEMBERS.  Screenwriter Robin Swicord has adapted many novels in the past and this project seemed fitting for her feature film directing debut, a story depicting six people who form a book club devoted to Jane Austen’s novels. We follow them over the course of six months and fans of the … Continue reading The Jane Austen Book Club

Phantom Thread

Sometime in the 1950s, celebrated British fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is enchanted by a waitress (Vicky Krieps) while on vacation and brings her to London where she becomes his increasingly frustrated companion. Paul Thomas Anderson reunites with his There Will Be Blood (2007) star, Day-Lewis, for a complex and dark romance between a … Continue reading Phantom Thread

A Room with a View

In the early 1900s, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) is on holiday in Florence together with her older cousin (Maggie Smith) when she’s charmed by the philosophical and progressive George (Julian Sands). The first Merchant-Ivory production to gain wide international recognition is faithful to the novel, portraying rigid conventions in Edwardian England seen from a … Continue reading A Room with a View

Call Me by Your Name: Torn Between Desires

Published in 2007, André Aciman’s novel also began its journey to the big screen the same year. After securing the rights, producers Peter Spears and Howard Rosenman asked their friend James Ivory if he would be interested in executive producing the adaptation. He would, but the project stalled as the search for a suitable writer … Continue reading Call Me by Your Name: Torn Between Desires

How Do You Know

Professional softball player Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) is not sure where to go next, and suddenly finds herself choosing between two very different men… One of director James L. Brooks’s worst films is another romantic comedy without any laughs, even though it tries to compensate with glitzy milieus. Who will Witherspoon pick, the famous and … Continue reading How Do You Know

Barefoot in the Park

BROADWAY’S BAREST, RAREST, UNSQUAREST LOVE PLAY.  Newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter (Robert Redford, Jane Fonda) move into their new Manhattan apartment… which turns out to be tiny, and a source of friction between the couple. A successful adaptation of the Neil Simon play, which was reportedly based on his first marriage. Redford and Fonda reunited … Continue reading Barefoot in the Park