Category Archives: romance

Airplane! – 1980 – J. Abrahams and D. Zucker

Never saw it till Leslie Nielson died. Before this movie, Leslie was an unsuccessful dramatic actor but this role redefined his career. I assumed the humor would be dated. Wrong! There are too many great one-liners to list. If you’re a diehard comedy-fan, then you should love this one. Bill Hill

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The Kids Are Alright – 2010 – Lisa Cholodenko

The kids are alright but the adults are screwed up. A lesbian couple and their teenage kids’ become entangled with the kids sperm donor father in a frank and funny depiction of 21st century family life. Messy and triumphant, just like any family. One to watch. JJ

Vicky Cristina Barcelona – 2008 – Woody Allen

vcbAn unconvincing and largely unfunny comedy, if only Woody Allen would stop and be content with the canon of work he has created. It was good when it was in New York, sometimes it was great – Bullets Over Broadway. But a muse doesn’t make a movie, even if she is drop dead gorgeous. JJ

Sophie’s Choice -1982 – Alan J. Pakula

If there was one scene in a movie that would encourage me to watch it over and over, it’s the scene whereby Sophie’s forced to make her most difficult choice – sad and painful, but extremely watchable. You’ve never seen Meryl Streep, who won an Oscar for her lead role, so beautifully perfect. Omid Nikfarjam

Partner -2007 – David Dhawan

This is typical David Dhawan fare; an awful script but great songs. I wouldn’t recommend it, unless you want to watch Govinda shaking that booty, and Salman flaunting his body! But, this is a reel feel good film for all the family.  Neha Kumar

Tony Takitani – 2004 – Jun Ichikawa

Beauty and materialism are weaved together with tragic consequences in this artful adaptation of a Murakami Haruki short story. This is one of, if not the best, adaptations I have seen; tinged with the universal elements in Murakami’s writing – sadness, yearning, loneliness, strangeness, music, love and despair. JJ

Code Name: The Cleaner – 2007 – Les Mayfield

A stupid movie full of racist cliches about a cleaner who gets amnesia from a blow to the head leading him to believe that he is a super spy. Carries on in the vein of a Martin Lawrence movie, but with very little wit. The only respite is Lucy Liu. Brian Murray