Tag Archives: romance

The Duchess (2008)

16 Dec

I don't think anyone would disagree that Keira Knightley is a pretty girl, but there's something sort of glorious about her in this film.

I vaguely remember the marketing for “The Duchess.” The advertising I recall seemed to imply that the film was a light romp, a look at the It Girl of generations long gone by, a wispy bit of inoffensive nothing. The problem? Well, deceptive marketing mainly. This film is light-hearted for all of about 20 minutes before settling into a much weightier vibe. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just not what I was expecting. Continue reading

Harold and Maude (1971)

29 Aug

For a long time, I avoided “Harold and Maude.” It’s habitually described as a “cult comedy,” occasionally as the “ultimate” cult comedy, and my experience with cult comedies has been very hot and cold. And so, despite the critical acclaim and the recommendations from people I know who love it, I avoided it — mostly from fear that it wouldn’t live up to its reputation. Now I know the truth: To dismiss “Harold and Maude” as a mere cult film by labeling it as such does a disservice to what is surely one of the more subversive and yet most hopeful and genuine films of its era. Continue reading

A Single Man (2009)

18 Aug

Colin Firth and Julianne Moore are so, so stylish. And sad, too. But always stylish.

“Style over substance” is a neat, nearly meaningless statement used to detract from artistic achievement when it also happens to be somehow aesthetically outre. “A Single Man,” helmed as it was by Tom Ford, was simply begging for this hollow phrase to be tossed about. Instead, by the end of the movie, I was thinking perhaps in this case, style IS the substance.
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