Archive for the ‘romance’ Category

Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack Dawson), Kate Winslet (Rose DeWitt Bukater), Kathy Bates (Molly Brown), Billy Zane (Cal Hockley), Bill Paxton (Brock Lovett). Screenplay by James Cameron. Directed by James Cameron. Rating: 12. Running time: 194 minutes. I want to say so much, and really feel the film deserves it, but lacking time right now brief comments alone will […]


Charles Chaplin (A Tramp). Directed by Charles Chaplin. Rating: U. Running time: 87 minutes. City Lights is the first Chaplin film I’ve returned to since I’ve discovered, fallen in love with and grown to idolise Keaton. And it is, alas, not better than most of Buster’s brilliantly humorous work. In the debate in The Dreamers as […]


Cary Grant (Nickie Ferrante), Deborah Kerr (Terry McKay). Screenplay by Delmer Daves et al. Directed by Leo McCarey. Rating: U. Running time: 119 minutes. Textbooks on classic cinema, encyclopedia entries on the history of romance in film and dictionary definitions of ‘charming’ all exclude An Affair to Remember at their peril. That’s the consensus, and with only minor […]


Jean Dujardin (George Valentin), Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller). Directed by Michael Hazanavicius. Rating: PG. Running time: 100 minutes. Fresh off formidable reviews and awards-season success, The Artist comes to our multiplexes against all odds. The trailer cleverly disguises the fact that by going to see it, you will be swapping dialogue for silence. That move has resulted in an […]


Emma Stone (Olive), Patricia Clarkson (Rosemary). Screenplay by Bert V. Royal. Directed by Will Gluck. Rating: 15. Running time: 92 minutes. So I took a gamble and I got punished for it. This is a mess, and a mushy one at that. There’s a dash of decent comedy – a dash being a single scene […]


Greta Gerwig (Rose), Olly Alexander. Screenplay by Alison Bagnall. Directed by Alison Bagnall. Running time: 90 minutes. Look, wannabe indie directors: making a decent non-blockbuster doesn’t involve simply assigning yourself a small budget and filming two people doing fuck all. If you observe how many smaller films nowadays seem to think this, you might be […]


Owen Wilson (Gil), Rachel McAdams (Inez), Michael Seen (Paul), Carla Bruni (Guide), Kathy Bates (Gertrude Stein), Marion Cotillard (Adriana), Adrien Brody (Salvador Dali). Screenplay by Woody Allen. Directed by Woody Allen. Rating: 12. Running time: 94 minutes. Ever noticed how since Manhattan, Woody Allen seems to feel obliged to begin his films with dull scene […]


Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Robin Wright (Jenny), Gary Sinise (Lieutenant Dan), Sally Field (Mrs. Gump). Screenplay by Eric Roth. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Rating: 12. Running time: 142 minutes. For anyone who has seen Drive yet, or Never Let Me Go or An Education for that matter, you will know about that Carey Mulligan look: the puppy […]


Ryan Gosling (Jacob Palmer), Steve Carell (Cal Weaver), Julianne Moore (Emily Weaver), Emma Stone (Hannah), Marisa Tomei (Kate), Kevin Bacon (David Lindhagen), Analeigh Tipton (Jessica). Screenplay by Dan Fogelman. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Rating: 12A. Running time: 118 minutes. I sometimes wonder if I should add to my list of the most […]


Julia Roberts (Vivian Ward), Richard Gere (Edward Lewis), Laura San Giacomo (Kit De Luca). Screenplay by J. F. Lawton. Directed by Garry Marshall. Rating: 15. Running time: 119 minutes.  If there’s an unintended message to be found in the infuriating fluff that is Pretty Woman, it’s not that you can ascend from selling sex on […]