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Tag: Romantic Comedy

Film Reviews

On My Way

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 Film Reviews,

Watching Catherine Deneuve in On My Way, there were times when it seemed the film should be called Bad Grandma, or perhaps Mauvais Grand-mère. Like the revolting Irving Zisman in Jackass’s hit comedy, the elderly Bettie sets off on a rambling road trip to deliver her grandson to another relative. Her estranged daughter, Muriel, (played […]

Film Reviews

To Rome with Love

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 Film Reviews, Other Writing,

First it was the Gauls and the Visigoths, now Rome has been laid waste by a new menace of unstoppable proportions – Woody Allen. Over the past few years this deadly invader has marched on London (Match Point), Barcelona (Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona), and finally, Paris (Midnight in Paris). Is no city – at least, no […]

Film Reviews

Hysteria

Saturday, July 14th, 2012 Film Reviews, Other Writing, Uncategorized,

For centuries hysteria was one of the most mysterious conditions known to medical science. The ailment was exclusive to women, and is believed to have been first diagnosed by the ancient Greeks. Plato echoed the belief that its diverse symptoms were due to a “wandering womb” that floated throughout the body causing all sorts of […]

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Delicacy

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 Film Reviews, Other Writing,

What a brilliant year it has been for French films. After The Artist rightly swept the board at the Academy Awards, the highlights have continued to arrive in unbroken succession. From the 45 features shown at year’s French Film Festival, an unprecedented number have enjoyed local theatrical releases. The list includes Romantics Anonymous, The Well-Digger’s […]

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Midnight in Paris

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 Film Reviews, Other Writing,

Long before Woody Allen was known as a successful movie director, he did stand-up comedy routines. These were collected on an LP record that I recall listening to in my teens. The most memorable sketch was about spending time in Paris with Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris, may be seen […]