Film Study… week 64

An Affair To Remember

Back to the classics with this one. During an ocean cruise, Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) meets famous man-about-town, Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant). Although neither of them is available, they fall in love and agree to meet six months later at the top of the Empire State Building, but something prevents Terry from arriving and their burgeoning romance is put under threat.  I know this film is supposed to be the height of romance but I was a bit puzzled by the fact that the spanner in the works appears to be mostly around a woman’s fear that a man will reject her because she is disabled… which I just couldn’t get my head around.

Look, darling, I know I had the garlic last night but can we please at least sit at the same table!

St Elmo’s Fire

This Brat Pack classic follows the lives of a group of friends as they leave college and struggle to come to terms with the real world. The themes are pretty broad in this one… drug addiction, infidelity, bizarre obsessions with virtual strangers, sex and sexuality… some bits are great and some bits are a bit predictable… but if you’re a fan of the 80’s you’ll enjoy it… especially if you like a bit of Andrew McCarthy… woof!

The 80's... when bad hair happened to good people

Crazy, Stupid, Love

When suburban dad, Cal’s (Steve Carrell) marriage breaks down, he seeks advice from serial seducer, Jacob (Ryan Gosling) but Jacob is not immune to the lure of real love and Cal can’t quite suppress the inner dorky dad lurking between his new smooth exterior. This film is charming but a bit forgettable. There are really funny bits, particularly the abortive one night stand between Jacob and reluctant conquest, Hannah (Emma Stone).

So what do you think? Is it a pimple or just a freckle?

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

In this second instalment of Guy Ritchie’s reboot of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Holmes (Robert Downey Jnr) and his faithful sidekick, Watson (Jude Law… who should never, ever remove his moustache) face their most challenging foe yet, elusive career criminal, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), a maniac hell bent on causing a world war for the sake of profit. I won’t deny that round two is full of blistering action, loads of laughs and enough of Holmes’ odd quirks to keep anyone entertained… it’s just not quite as good as the first one. Not that that should prevent you from seeing it, since it’s still better than most other things out there. Oh, and for the naysayers who say that Ritchie has turned Holmes from an academic into an action hero… I’d suggest that you actually read some Arthur Conan Doyle… he was always an action hero!

Holmes suddenly wondered if replacing hair gel with gunpowder was a good idea...

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