Tag Archives: Romance

Children of Paradise: Love on the Boulevard du Crimes

The kind of classic you’ll encounter when you study film (like I did twenty years ago), but it was certainly worth a fresh look. Children of Paradise remains one of French cinema’s major achievements, not least because of the circumstances under which it was made. Begun in 1943, the filmmakers had to work with conditions … Continue reading Children of Paradise: Love on the Boulevard du Crimes

Show Me Love: Ending Boredom

TWO GIRLS. ONE LOVE.  The Russian artist Lena Katina once said in an interview that her controversial pop duo t.A.T.u. was originally inspired by this film. She and her fellow teenage performer Julia Volkova posed as lesbians, which caused quite a stir in a country that is hopelessly socially conservative. When t.A.T.u. fans learned that … Continue reading Show Me Love: Ending Boredom

Book Club

THE NEXT CHAPTER IS ALWAYS THE BEST. Four friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) have had a book club for the past 30 years, but the latest literary choice, ”Fifty Shades of Grey”, turns their lives upside down. A romantic comedy for mature audiences in the vein of Nancy Meyers, complete with … Continue reading Book Club

St. Elmo’s Fire

YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON YOUR FRIENDS. DON’T EVER LET THE FIRE GO OUT.  Joel Schumacher’s breakthrough as director is a now-classic Brat Pack movie (along with the same year’s The Breakfast Club) about a group of friends who are all trying to get used to life as adults after graduating from Georgetown. In their … Continue reading St. Elmo’s Fire

A Star Is Born: How Esther Found Vicky Lester

IS THE PRICE OF STARDOM A BROKEN HEART? We tend to think of this film as the most symbolic version of the Hollywood dream, powerful enough to have been remade several times. But before A Star Is Born, there was What Price Hollywood? (1932), a George Cukor drama about an aspiring actress who meets an … Continue reading A Star Is Born: How Esther Found Vicky Lester

Elsa & Fred

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE. 80-year-old Fred Barcroft (Christopher Plummer) is moved against his will into an apartment in New Orleans; his neighbor is a slightly younger woman (Shirley MacLaine) with a completely different outlook on life… A remake of a 2005 Spanish-Argentine movie where opposites attract, but that doesn’t mean everything goes smoothly. The two … Continue reading Elsa & Fred

The Goodbye Girl: Another Odd Couple

HE’S MOVING IN… SHE’S MOVING OUT… IT’S LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT! On a recent episode of Billions, two of the characters were talking about qualifying for the Traveling Wilburys, the band consisting only of legends like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. They agreed that in the world of acting, Jack Nicholson would be … Continue reading The Goodbye Girl: Another Odd Couple

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Holly’s Game

THE FAIREST LADY OF ALL – AUDREY HEPBURN IN ONE OF HER MOST DELICIOUS DELIGHTS! Nowadays, we’re used to debating movies that are accused of whitewashing, the practice where caucasian actors are hired to play people of color. Back in 1961, when Mickey Rooney was hired to play the Japanese neighbor in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, … Continue reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Holly’s Game