With Love, but without feeling.
After a surprising resurgence in 2011 with the triumphant Midnight in Paris, renowned romantic comedy director Woody Allen returns to cinemas with another venture in Europe. The once great director’s unique filmmaking approach typically balances wit and satire with an indulgent personal sentiment, often in the form of a love letter to a city.
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Rewriting the romantic comedy playbook.
With a near two-decade long career of critically acclaimed, but quietly released films, David O. Russell was regrettably little known within the UK. That was until the American director created what many regard as his most significant film, The Fighter. The compelling character study embedded within that biographical sports drama gripped audiences and increased Russell’s audience and popularity. So, expectations were high for his follow up film, an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel Silver Linings Playbook.
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Love can be a touchy subject.
Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller, who previously worked together on 2008 hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall, reunite as writer and director respectively for The Five-Year Engagement. With experienced romantic comedy personalities at the helm and Segal himself starring alongside Emily Blunt this project is certainly promising for rom-com fans.
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“Harold Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations, and remarkably few words”.
Rudyard Kipling believed that “words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” and it’s this thought-provoking sentiment that’s at the heart of Stranger Than Fiction. Zach Helm’s screenplay is unique and intelligent, boasting many mind-blowing similarities to Charlie Kaufman and Christopher Nolan. The most remarkable aspect of Helm’s narrative is that he treats the outlandish fantasy concept with such realism that it becomes easily accepted, allowing the central romance to take control. Continue reading Stranger Than Fiction Review