The Scarlett Johansson Project — #2

Being quarantined at home may be the perfect time to look back on a movie that explores loneliness and connection. This was obviously not something I planned, but social distancing has a way of making us look at things differently and that includes the way we experience certain movies. That’s what’s happening with me andContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #2”

Allied

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt finds a new ally in Marion Cotillard in his post-Angelina Jolie world. Sad face. Actually, those were just rumors. And this isn’t a gossip column. On the other hand, the two are pretty convincing playing a pair of lovestruck assassins whose loyalty to one anotherContinue reading “Allied”

Sing Street

Release: Friday, April 15, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: John Carney Directed by: John Carney John Carney returns to the emerald-green shores of his native Ireland for his latest quasi-musical/romantic comedy Sing Street, his third such feature after 2007’s Once and 2014’s Begin Again. Though it possesses many of the traits that made his higher-profile, New York-set dramedy anContinue reading “Sing Street”

The Light Between Oceans

Release: Friday, September 2, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Derek Cianfrance Directed by: Derek Cianfrance Derek Cianfrance has emerged once again with another sweeping, emotional epic, this time The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of the 2012 international bestseller by M.L. Stedman. Maybe you saw The Place Beyond the Pines, Cianfrance’s previous effort. From an ambitious meditation on how one man’s actions can haveContinue reading “The Light Between Oceans”

Brooklyn

Release: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Nick Hornby Directed by: John Crowley For future generations, when kids look up the word ‘nostalgia’ in the dictionary, they’ll just see a poster of The Force Awakens beside it. And, you know, that’s cool. I can’t say that would be a poor definition. I guess what I’d likeContinue reading “Brooklyn”

TBT: Amélie (2001)

Our second stop this December on Throwback Thursday finds us head-over-heels in like (?) with a very unique girl. A hopeless romantic. A dreamer. A dream-weaver. Though this entry doesn’t strictly qualify as a film that spreads holiday cheer, it’s one that spreads cheer and is the definition of a feel-good film. It’s a testament toContinue reading “TBT: Amélie (2001)”

TBT: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Mercifully the month of February comes to an end this weekend. I say this not because of the romantic theme I’ve put everyone through on this feature over the last couple of weeks (I guess that’s bad enough), but because the weather around here has been downright crazy. Last night I put my car in aContinue reading “TBT: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)”

TBT: Titanic (1997)

Welcome boys, girls. . . . and all others, to another sappy, tear-filled romantic edition of Throwback Thursday. (I know, gross, right?) The whole idea behind today’s post is about being subtle. . . . . . as subtle as a 40-foot-tall iceberg protruding from the chilly North Atlantic water. As subtle as that sceneContinue reading “TBT: Titanic (1997)”

TBT: Romeo + Juliet (1996)

It’s a little difficult to outfit TBT with a ‘romantic’ theme without turning the spotlight on *the* romance movie. . . or at least without recognizing one of cinema’s most popular, ill-fated couples. I’m sure if I were to ever nominate the Baz Luhrmann adaptation as the romance film to end all romance films I could expect to see that commentContinue reading “TBT: Romeo + Juliet (1996)”

The Theory of Everything

Release: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Anthony McCarten  Directed by: James Marsh If you want to talk ambition, meet British director James Marsh. He once thought it realistic to stuff everything Stephen Hawking-related into a two-hour romantic drama. There are obvious issues with such a strategy. Not so obvious perhaps are the compromises he’s made in producing something worth watching. Or, maybe theyContinue reading “The Theory of Everything”