Who doesn’t love a love story? I know I do. Of all the movies I watch, a lot of them end up being romantic movies. Within that genre, my hands down favorite sub-genre is literary romantic movies, or movies with a strong writing/art component. Because there is no one here to stop me, I will christen the sub-genre “Writerly Romance” (if this catches on as a concept, don’t forget that you heard it here first). Three great ones I’ve seen recently are Words and Pictures, Not Another Happy Ending, and The Longest Week. Continue reading
On one of those rare occasions where I found myself with both the afternoon and the television to myself, I came across Before Sunset (starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy), just starting, and I sat down to watch. I had never heard anything about the film, but the opening shots of the streets of Paris captivated my interest. Continue reading
Can you stand the cuteness?
Okay, I know I have been on kind of an anti-chick-flick tear here. I make no secret of the fact that I am not in love with the genre. But, as these these things go, Definitely, Maybe isn’t bad.
First of all, Ryan Reynolds is: (1) attractive, (2) funny, and therefore (3) a compelling love interest. Nothing kills a romantic comedy’s appeal quicker than unattractive/annoying main characters or implausible chemistry between the would-be lovers. Continue reading
I just finished The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. It was a beautiful, if unusual love story, and I found it very touching and thought provoking. I love Brad Pitt, and his acting is exceptional. But I also liked the idea of aging in reverse, as I think it calls attention to the journey that we are all taking. Continue reading