83 posts categorized "Romantic Drama"

January 25, 2022

ON THE ROCKS

ColeSmithey.comSofia Coppola knocks one out of the ballpark. 

Dig this lesson in conflict resolution.

Two-people conversations do it all.

If Bill Murray's reliable abilities on full display weren't enough, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans bring it all together with a kiss.

You could do a lot worse for a date movie idea.

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Shout out to Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel.

Looking good.

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Romantic drama is supposed to work like this fine example.

Cheers Coppola!

5 Stars

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June 08, 2020

HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU

This 2009 A-list packed rom-dramedy plays heart strings and gives sucker punches in equal measure.

You'll pine for the pre-smart phone days when there was a thread of humanity, and the milk of human kindness was something you could find. Drew Barrymore spills with charm in this underrated American comic classic. 

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Tears will fall. 

4 Stars

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March 22, 2017

PUNCH DRUNK LOVE — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comPaul Thomas Anderson has done the impossible; he has written a romantic leading role for Adam Sandler that functions well on a dramatic level. Sandler’s on-the-spectrum character Barry Egan is a bundle of social anxiety thanks to a long history of abusive treatment by his seven sisters.

He has a furious temper thanks to his sisters’ relentless bullying about a childhood episode wherein he broke a plate glass door with a hammer in response to their repeatedly calling him “gayboy.”

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Note Anderson’s reference to Lina Wertmuller’s film “Seven Beauties” (1975), which follows the wartime adventures of Pasqualino (Giancarlo Gianini), a henpecked Italian dandy who murders one of his sister’s lover.

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Audiences can have a field day picking out Anderson’s subtle nods to films by other directors ("Monsieur Hulot's Holiday," “The Bandwagon,” and “The Graduate” for example), as well as to his own films (“Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia”).

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“Punch Drunk Love” is a squirmy love story about a guy with a good heart in need of romantic rescue. Anderson’s inspired casting of Emily Watson as Sandler’s savior works like a charm for a minimalist character study with a dash of magical realism. It may only be a minor chamber piece, but “Punch Drunk Love” sticks with you.  

Rated R. 95 mins.

3 Stars

We're drinking BANISH THE DARK for our discussion of Paul Thomas Anderson's PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE with special guest co-host Kenji Mason.

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