Tag Archives: Romance

The Apartment (1960)

I’ll lose a lot of my dwindling movie critic street cred by saying this, but I’m not a fan of Billy Wilder. Yes, I know, the man is responsible for some of the most iconic movies of all time. I was pretty cold on Some Like it Hot and Sunset Blvd. failed to grip me. Double Indemnity is a fun film, but I have a soft spot for happy endings. So I was surprised when I was completely taken by The Apartment. It’s still a lot of what I haven’t liked in the past with Wilder films, but for some reason I loved this one. Continue reading The Apartment (1960)

The Proposal (2009)

The Proposal is not the worst romantic comedy I’ve seen but it’s a good demonstration of why I fundamentally have issues with the genre. Some of my favorite movies are romances, some of my favorite movies are comedies but when you mix the two it’s usually to disastrous results. There’s a lack of balance between the two. Either the involving romance is broken up by antidotal scenes to lighten up a well-established mood or the comedic gags are bridges by these romantic moments that the film doesn’t earn. Continue reading The Proposal (2009)

The Lake House (2006)

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Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock were cute together in Speed. Sure, it was all about the action and they bonded more over the stress of the situation more than anything else. But what if we made a whole movie about just the two of them? 12 years later we get just that. But with over a decade since the two have worked together do they still have that chemistry? Actually, the gap in time is fitting given the nature of The Lake House. Continue reading The Lake House (2006)