Tag Archives: Romance

Sense and Sensibility: Thompson’s Triumph

LOSE YOUR HEART AND COME TO YOUR SENSES. On a November day in 1993, Emma Thompson came rushing over to her friend Stephen Fry. She was in the middle of writing her screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s ”Sense and Sensibility”, but the file had become corrupted. Her work had been rescued, but all the formatting … Continue reading Sense and Sensibility: Thompson’s Triumph

Before Midnight

EVERYTHING’S BETTER WITH MATURITY. 18 years after Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy) met for one night in Vienna in Before Sunrise (1995), we meet them again and things have changed. Now they’re a couple, with twin girls, on holiday in Greece. They are middle-aged and the conversations obviously look different, arguments revolving around … Continue reading Before Midnight

If Beale Street Could Talk: Humanizing the Black Man

TRUST LOVE ALL THE WAY. Moonlight winning the Best Picture Oscar in 2017 was quite the upset, not only because the wrong movie was first named during the live ceremony. Like virtually every other young filmmaker, Barry Jenkins had a tough start before finding success; after making the independent feature Medicine for Melancholy in 2008, … Continue reading If Beale Street Could Talk: Humanizing the Black Man

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) of Aldovia is set to marry his bride, Amber (Rose McIver), but the country is rocked by protests against the royal family. This sequel is a slight improvement on the original, partly because we’re familiar with the characters now, but also because the film tries to deal with political intrigue and … Continue reading A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding