Articles tagged romance

A Different (and Better) Shade of Grey: Reconsidering ‘9 1/2 Weeks’

Given the mainstream’s preoccupation with kink, it may be time to give 9 ½ Weeks the credit it deserves as a pioneering meditation on desire and power.

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Yellow Fever and Yum-Yum Girls

Multiple versions of the classic story The World of Suzie Wong offer different takes on a social phenomenon, but can any of them escape the biases of their authors?

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Even Meryl Streep Can’t Save ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ From Postmodern Pretense

This film has not aged well, and this has to do with the failure of postmodernism and poststructuralism to contribute anything useful to popular culture.

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Esoteric Musings in ‘Love Unto Death’ and ‘Life is a Bed of Roses’

These two films by Alain Resnais are moody, mysterious and stylish exercises in self-indulgence.

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Is ‘Gemma Bovery’ Serious, Slapstick, Tragic, Romantic or Twee?

Unsure of the right tone to take, and weighed down by a dispiriting bunch of characters, Gemma Bovery is, unfortunately, the sum of all its parts

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‘In Stereo’ Is More Than Just Young Creatives in Love, in New York, Again

Details make In Stereo a better movie than its many clichés might suggest.

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It’s Good to Be Afraid of Pablo in ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’

Benicio del Toro is perfect as the infamous drug lord. He looms in frames even when he's off to the side, pressed into a lower corner or out of focus.

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Romance and Science Conflict in ‘The Memory Painter’

A very cool sci-fi concept anchors The Memory Painter, but unremarkable prose and tonal inconsistency mar what is otherwise an interesting tale.

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‘Gemma Bovery’ Is Just a Woman Trying to Be Happy

To viewers, the eponymous Gemma Bovery is an object to feel something about, rather than a being capable of feeling in her own right.

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With His Latest Film, Cameron Crowe says ‘Aloha’ to His Past and to Success

This is like watching the parts of a movie wait for a reason to exist. We don't care if the players find passion or just sit around, eating poi.

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Harrison Ford Reminds You Why You Like Movies in ‘The Age of Adaline’

Harrison Ford's performance in this film about a woman who doesn't age foregrounds the consideration of time and desire, how each shapes the other, and how both affect imaginative horizons.

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is a Stale Confection for Valentine’s Day

Despite its risqué reputation, this film, like the book it is adapted from, is a generic tale of male power that's been told many times before.

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‘What Do Women Want?’ Offers Us More Questions to Ponder

What Do Women Want? is fascinating, with the author's well-polished prose and affective curiosity justifying its place as one of the most talked-about books of the year, sexy title aside.

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Other Princesses, Other Castles: The Problem with Playing Romantically in Video Games

The insensibly repetitious nature of romance present in both video game plots and in their mechanics leads to all too familiar storytelling.

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Heavy (Emotional) Weather in ‘The Stormchasers’

The Stormchasers is a non-traditional entry into the Chick Lit canon as there’s a lot of scientific talk in the book and a lot of getting one’s hands dirty. Sophie Kinsella this ain’t.

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do…Online

Does changing your relationship status online have to mean digital drama?

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‘Super Sad True Love Story’, Or, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Lenny Abramov

This story depicts a world that is completely absurd and out of control, which brings a lot of dark humor into it. Yet its truly scary -- you have to wonder if this is the slippery slope the real world is headed down.

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Sorry, Dante, but your princess is in another castle

Is blonde and voluptuous a sufficient motive for harrowing hell?

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Love Is a Backwards Kick: The Romance of Karateka

How does effort fit into the romance equation?

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Little Women: Brilliant Book, Flawed Film

A scene shows Ryder blissfully tying up the manuscript and putting a rose under the string. That's rather like what Armstrong and the screenwriters did to the film: tied it up neatly with a pretty flower.

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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