Tag Archives: Romance

Our Souls at Night

When two elderly neighbors (Robert Redford, Jane Fonda) begin to share a bed at night, simply to cure their loneliness, the arrangement doesn’t sit well with everybody in their lives… The director of The Lunchbox (2013) delivers another romantic drama for grownups, one that unites the two stars onscreen for the first time since 1979. … Continue reading Our Souls at Night

Dangerous Liaisons: Fun and Games in Ancien Régime France

LUST. SEDUCTION. REVENGE. THE GAME AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT PLAYED BEFORE.  In 1782, four volumes of the epistolary novel ”Les Liaisons Dangereuses” were published in France. Written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the novel depicts scandalous sexual intrigues among aristocrats and has been seen as a politically dangerous morality tale of the behavior of … Continue reading Dangerous Liaisons: Fun and Games in Ancien Régime France

She’s Gotta Have It

A SERIOUSLY SEXY COMEDY. Brooklyn girl Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) is juggling three men in her life – the ambitious Jamie Overstreet (Tommy Redmond Hicks), a model (John Canada Terrell) and the childish but charming Mars (Spike Lee). Lee’s feature debut also became his breakthrough, an indie movie in black-and-white (with the exception of … Continue reading She’s Gotta Have It

The Electric Horseman

Former professional rodeo rider ”Sonny” Steele (Robert Redford) only does PR events nowadays… until he’s fed up, steals a very valuable but mistreated race horse and goes on the lam. Sydney Pollack and Redford reunited for this pleasant romantic comedy after making several movies in the 1970s; Jane Fonda joins them as a reporter looking … Continue reading The Electric Horseman

What Women Want

HE HAS THE POWER TO HEAR EVERYTHING WOMEN ARE THINKING. FINALLY… A MAN IS LISTENING. After accidentally electrocuting himself, cocky and womanizing Chicago ad executive Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) realizes that he can hear what women are thinking… and the experience is a shock to him. Not one of Nancy Meyers’s finest romantic comedies, it … Continue reading What Women Want

Some Kind of Beautiful

EVERY GOOD LOVE STORY HAS THREE SIDES. British literature professor Richard Haig (Pierce Brosnan) starts a new family with his much younger American girlfriend (Jessica Alba), but his first encounter with her fiery sister (Salma Hayek) is embarrassing… A romantic comedy that works above all as a vehicle for Brosnan’s charm. He seems to be … Continue reading Some Kind of Beautiful

Notting Hill

CAN THE MOST FAMOUS FILM STAR IN THE WORLD FALL FOR JUST AN ORDINARY GUY? The most popular movie star in Hollywood (Julia Roberts) meets a London book-store owner (Hugh Grant) and they fall in love… but can a romance like that work out? Writer Richard Curtis reunited with his Four Weddings and a Funeral … Continue reading Notting Hill

Sound of Music: Still Climbing Ev’ry Mountain

RADIANCE THAT FLOODS THE SCREEN… AND WARMS THE HEART! The movie is too good to be true. The real-life von Trapp family in Austria, whose adventures were chronicled by Maria von Trapp in a 1949 best-selling book called ”The Story of the Trapp Family Singers”, did not escape Nazi-invaded Austria as dramatically as in the … Continue reading Sound of Music: Still Climbing Ev’ry Mountain

Breathless: A Blueprint for the New Wave

The kind of movie you see in film school and then you make a decision – either I love it or I merely respect it for its achievements. I definitely belong in the latter category and the years haven’t changed my mind. It’s funny, because Jean-Luc Godard remains somewhat of a mystery for me. Undoubtedly … Continue reading Breathless: A Blueprint for the New Wave

Amélie: An Ageless Fantasy

ONE PERSON CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER. One of the best loved releases of 2001 didn’t entirely escape criticism. French critic Serge Kaganski wrote in the magazine Les Inrockuptibles how director Jean-Pierre Jeunet painted an unrealistic portrait of a France that didn’t exist, without ethnic minorities. Jeunet answered by pointing out that one of the … Continue reading Amélie: An Ageless Fantasy

In the Mood for Love: Romance Over Noodles

FEEL THE HEAT, KEEP THE FEELING BURNING, LET THE SENSATION EXPLODE.  The middle film in an informal trilogy where Wong Kar-wai’s Days of Being Wild (1990) was first and 2046 (2004) last. All three films are romantic and Maggie Cheung plays the same character in all of them, but In the Mood for Love can … Continue reading In the Mood for Love: Romance Over Noodles