romcom tagged posts

Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight - poster - Woody Allen, Colin Firth, Emma StoneDirector: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Cast: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Jackie Weaver

Cert: 12

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Woody Allen follows the five star rawness of Blue Jasmine with an enjoyable wheeze. On the 1920s French Cote d’Azur magician and spiritualist debunker Colin Firth seems to have met his match in apparent miracle medium Emma Stone. Life, love, death and the meaning of life are whipped into a jaunty froth with Allen’s usual wit.

DSCF9550.RAF_TFJ0034.NEF

The full verdict: Those of a cynical disposition will snort derision at Allen’s breezy romcom. It even has a “meet cute” – Firth’s stuffed shirt skeptic Stanley Crawford (stage name Wei Ling Soo) finds himself bedeviled by Stone’s apparently real deal spiritualist Sophie.

Those willing to acce...

Read More

Life After Beth

Life After Beth - poster - Aubrey PlazaDirector: Jeff Baena

Writer: Jeff Baena

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Cheryl Hines, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon

Cert: 15

Running time: 91mins

Year: 2014


The lowdown: The “ambulant deceased” genre gets a (love) heart transplant in Jeff Baena’s gruesome romzomcom starring soon-to-be-hot Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza. She is Beth, recently dead from a snakebite. He is Zach, her grieving boyfriend who wonders why Beth’s family have suddenly shut him out. And realises it is because his expired amour may not be as gone as he first thought. Indie filmmaking is wed to zombie traits in a perfect double bill movie with Shaun of the Dead.

Life After Beth - Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaanLife After Beth - Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick

The full verdict: Best known as cuddly goth April in Parks & Recreation, Aubrey Plaza’s two-parts Bu...

Read More

Don Jon

Don Jon - Jospeh Gordon-Levitt, quad posterDirector: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Writer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson

Cert: 18

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Aw-shucks grin hot property Joseph Gordon Levitt once more whips out his outrageously large talent with this knockout directorial debut… that he also wrote… and stars in. As uber-confident swordsman Jon Martello (“Don” Jon to his awed friends), a hit with the ladies but more interested in online porn, he offers a bare-naked depiction of the modern male. But with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore co-starring as two very different women in his life, you know Jon’s road to enlightenment is going to have quite a few ups and downs.

Don Jon - Jospeh Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, nightclubDon Jon - Jospeh Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore

The full verdict: Sex is everywher...

Read More

Admission

ADMISSION-PosterDirector: Paul Weitz

Cast: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Lily Tomlin, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben

Cert: 12

Running time: 108mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: 30 Rock comedy queen Tina Fey and the ever-affable Paul Rudd head up this likeable romantic drama from About A Boy director Paul Weitz.  Fey is Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer whose routine life gets spun upside down when she meets Rudd’s John Pressman, a former college classmate now running an offbeat school.  Fizzy chemistry from the leads gets quality support from an engaging cast including Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn and Lily Tomlin.

Admission - FeyFilm Review Admission

The full verdict: Despite the presence of comedy queen Tina Fey and Judd Apatow muse Paul Rudd, Admission is less romcom than (to use an ugly word) romdram, with co...

Read More