Archive for the ‘Romance’ Category

A nostalgic trip down memory lane: Romancing The Stone. Just felt like watching it again. And it was fun. As much fun as it was when I watched it repeatedly as a kid. This is the kind of movie that made me want to travel and be adventurous! Ha! Still haven’t made it to Columbia though.

For those who haven’t seen it yet: it’s Robert Zemeckis’ first blockbuster starring a then up and coming Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. It also has Danny DeVito in a small role. It’s very entertaining. It’s cheesy. A lot of the scenes don’t make sense. But others are still funny and quite clever.  The action and adventure aren’t that outdated at all. Just maybe the approach of how Hollywood showed ‘third world Columbia’ back then.

The eighties were the best.

And the trailer is pretty good, with Danny DeVito introducing the story as a phone call.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088011

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La Fille De Monaco – *

Posted: July 30, 2017 in 2008, Drama, France, Romance, Thriller, X

A lawyer receives protection from a body guard, sent by the son of his client in a murder case. It takes a while, but after a few days there is a connection between both men who like each other’s company.  And just when you think the story will evolve into a gay romantic adventure in Monte Carlo, a young fresh actress appears on screen who steals the heart of everyone. She has her eye set on the lawyer, but dated the bodyguard in the past…

Intriguing plot synopsis.

Poor execution.

Roschdy Zem (the bodyguard) is quite impressive, as always, but he looks lost in the bizarre dialogues and the crazy story that leads to nothing good at all. This was probably set up as a mix between a romantic comedy and crime thriller, but there’s is no romance, no comedy, no crime and no thrilling element….

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139800

 

Lalaland – ***

Posted: March 24, 2017 in 2016, Musical, Romance, USA, XXX

Finally.

There’s a good reason why it took so long, but that’s another story.

So much has been written about this musical already that even those who haven’t seen it and don’t care about seeing it all, know what it’s all about. An aspiring actress and a jazz musician fall in love, singing and tap dancing around Los Angeles. It’s a modern take of the musicals and romantic comedies from back in the day with Ryan Gosling as a modern-day Gene Kelly and Emma Stone as a ginger headed Doris Day.

It works. It’s amazing. It’s entertaining. It’s charming. It’s flawed and not consistent in its marvel. But the overall impression is great. Emma Stone acts heavenly. Ryan Gosling performs more down to earth. But they sure have the right chemistry. Some moments are classic movie magic. Others are just random. Go see it. Don’t put on a I Hate Musicals attitude or don’t boycott the movie because it’s not Moonlight. It’s not Singin’ In The Rain either, but nevertheless a must.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3783958

 

Allied – **(*)

Posted: January 15, 2017 in 2016, Romance, Spionage, UK, USA, WW2, XX1/2

Catching this during its final week at the movie theaters, Allied does deliver. The classic WWII romantic thriller is well directed (by Robert Zemeckis) and stars the almost always fascinating Marion Cotillard as a resistance girl/spy. It stars Brad Pitt as a Canadian pilot/secret agent as well. But even though he’s also a main character in the movie, his fascination for Marion Cotillard makes him look like a supporting actor. It makes sense that the yellow press accuse Cotillard for the break-up of Brangelina.

The movie’s atmosphere reminds you of other great war classics like Casablanca (the location of the first half of the movie) and Lawrence Of Arabia (the opening dessert sequence). Much time (and money) was spent on details. The set design is impeccable. It looks really good. As far as the story goes, it’s intriguing until the end. It really does feel like it’s based on a true story. Even though it’s all fiction and several scenes don’t make sense.

Not sure if all the cursing happened back then the way it happens in the movie. And not sure if lesbian couples could be so open about their relationship back in 1942 (that scene adds nothing to the story either). Not sure how a British pilot can fly across the Channel into enemy territory and fly back home the next day like it’s nothing. Come to think of it.

Now, a day later, several things just don’t make sense. However, when leaving the theatre the feeling was good.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3640424

Brooklyn – **

Posted: March 16, 2016 in 2015, Canada, Costume Drama, Ireland, Romance, UK, XX

Brooklyn is a fine movie about a young Irish girl who leaves her country to find work in the US. She has trouble adapting at first, but then encounters a young Italian plumber who she falls in love with and marries in secret. When her sister dies unexpectedly, she returns home, where she feels the pressure and opportunity to stay. She keeps her marriage in New York a secret and goes on several dates with a rich Irish bachelor.

The movie is based on a succesfull novel, which scored well with a female audience. It’s a romantic coming of age tale with a tiny bit of adventure and a heroin in doubt about what’s best for her future. Success guaranteed. The story isn’t really boring, but it’s very trivial. There is little drama and little humor, but hardly any dull moments either.

The main reason to watch this movie is the performance of Saoirse Ronan, who shines in every single scene. A joy to watch. Yeah, that’s basically the only reason.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381111

 

Time for another Warner Classic! This time from 1932!

Honestly, 1932 is 85 years ago and this movie still rocks! It’s adventurous, exciting and funny. It doesn’t take itself serious at all, which is amazing. Because the tongue in cheek humor from back then still works now.

Of course, it’s an old black and white movie and a lot of scenes are shot in front of stills rather than in a natural environment. And yes, some scenes, especially the ones depicting the tribal men, feel very outdated. Only the white characters matter – boo. However, throughout the entire movie there are moments of awe. The fight between Tarzan and the lion is so real, it looks better than any GCI effect from now. Probably because there was an actual fight between a (stunt)man and a lion. And Jane, interpreted by Maureen Sullivan is an excellent heroin. Here you have this very feminine woman who can shoot a riffle, who isn’t scared of being taken by a wild man, who is very confident about her sexual needs. What happened in the next couple of decades? This is feminism avant la lettre! She’s manipulative, seductive, charming, fickle, independent and brave! She’s the absolute star of this movie. And so is Cheetah of course.

There’s been many remakes and even a Disney version. Hey, there’s a new Tarzan movie coming up, but this one is the best!

Now, do yourself a favor: invite a few friends, watch this movie and give your own audio commentary to what is shown. You’ll have a blast! Unless you like everything to be politically correct of course.

Carol – **

Posted: January 23, 2016 in 2015, Drama, LGBT themed, Romance, UK, USA, XX

It’s Oscar season again and the cinemas show all kinds of movies that are in the running for an award. There’s a bit of controversy this year, because no black actor or actress is nominated (for the second edition in a row). There’s also no latino or asian performer nominated. Just saying. The members of the Academy don’t like color that much (unless they are evil, suffering, drunk or a slave). But they sure like heterosexual white actors pretending to be gay. Such as Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

The overrated Blanchett is Carol, a semi posh cougar lesbo coming out the closet and preying on sweet, curious and totally smitten Therese, a younger aspiring store clerk who wants to be a photographer. It’s a great part for Mara, who does deserve a nomination and even a win maybe. In fact, this movie should be called Therese. She owns every scene she’s in (and there are as many as the main character). Not sure what the ‘supporting’ part is here. She leads.

There’s nothing wrong with this movie. The direction is well done. It looks stunning. The acting is good. But the story is so… trivial. Even before the end credits roll you wonder about what movie you want to see next.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402927