Tag Archives: Romance

Sandy Wexler

In 1994, fledgling Hollywood agent Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) finally finds a talent worth promoting, singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson)… but his lack of skills is a constant roadblock. A comedy loosely based on Sandler’s own colorful agent, Sandy Wernick, that plays out over several years. That’s one explanation for the massively bloated running time, … Continue reading Sandy Wexler

L’Avventura: After Anna

A NEW ADVENTURE IN FILMMAKING… The Cannes film festival is famous for its tumultuous screenings, but I wonder if there has ever been a change of heart as quickly as what happened to L’Avventura in 1960. At the premiere screening, the audience became so hostile that director Michelangelo Antonioni and star Monica Vitti reportedly fled … Continue reading L’Avventura: After Anna

Two Lovers

SOMETIMES WE LEAVE EVERYTHING TO FIND OURSELVES. After another botched suicide attempt, Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) meets two women – one (Vinessa Shaw) his parents are setting him up with, and another (Gwyneth Paltrow) who’s very attractive but troubled… A romantic drama that feels very classical, probably because it was inspired (like several other movies) … Continue reading Two Lovers

Legends of the Fall

THE MEN OF THE LUDLOW FAMILY. A WOMAN’S GRACE BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. THEN HER PASSION TORE THEM APART.  At the start of World War I, retired colonel William Ludlow’s (Anthony Hopkins) three sons all go against his wishes and join the Canadian Expeditionary Force to fight the Germans in Europe… A handsomely produced epic that … Continue reading Legends of the Fall

Beauty and the Beast

BE OUR GUEST.  When her father (Kevin Kline) is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) inside a huge, wintry castle, Belle (Emma Watson) offers herself in exchange for his freedom. Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic. This one can’t escape a certain sense of pointlessness considering how close it stays to the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast

La La Land: An Enchanting Year in the Sun

HERE’S TO THE FOOLS WHO DREAM. Remember that opening scene from Manhattan (1979)? It’s a montage of different New York City images beautifully captured in black and white by cinematographer Gordon Willis, set to George Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue” as it builds in intensity to an impressive display of fireworks. It is an unforgettable tribute … Continue reading La La Land: An Enchanting Year in the Sun

West Side Story: Dancing and Dying in America

THE SCREEN ACHIEVES ONE OF THE GREAT ENTERTAINMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURES. Stage director Jerome Robbins was a key reason why ”West Side Story” became a groundbreaking Broadway hit in 1957. When the time came to make a movie, the studio had it both ways. Apart from the music and the show’s artistic expression, … Continue reading West Side Story: Dancing and Dying in America

Love Is All You Need

A hairdresser (Trine Dyrholm) who’s just survived breast cancer goes to Italy for her daughter’s wedding, where the groom’s father (Pierce Brosnan) initially rubs her the wrong way… Perhaps a revelation for international audiences to see that Danish director Susanne Bier knows not only how to create dark dramas but also sunny, romantic comedies. At … Continue reading Love Is All You Need

Passengers

EVERY MOMENT COUNTS.  In the distant future, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wakes up from hypersleep aboard a spaceship that’s headed for a colony planet, only to realize that he wasn’t supposed to wake up for another 90 years… An intriguing set-up that introduces philosophical questions that challenge the relationship between Preston and the woman who … Continue reading Passengers

Mr. Skeffington

In 1914, heiress Frances Trellis (Bette Davis) has many suitors, but when the family fortune is diminished she marries a stockbroker (Claude Rains) who’s hoping to make her fall in love with him over time… Perhaps the director’s most famous film is a soap opera spanning several decades where we follow a vain woman who … Continue reading Mr. Skeffington

Allied

THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. In 1942, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) poses as the husband of a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) who’s working undercover in Morocco. A refreshingly old-fashioned romantic thriller from a director who knows how to tell a good story, evoke seductive environs in Morocco and London but also dazzle … Continue reading Allied