You're probably familiar with this musical's most famous song, "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," (opens in new tab) composed by legendary duo Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers. The plot involves a country girl caught in a love triangle between a farm hand and a cowboy, and drew inspiration from the play Green Grow the Lilacs. There's nothing quite like the movie adaptation.
You'll remember this as the movie that launched Jennifer Hudson into international stardom, but it's so much more than that. Dreamgirls takes its inspiration from the history of Motown and The Supremes. The story follows a girl group known as The Dreams and their manipulative record executive. Plus, Beyoncé's in it, and we'll watch anything with Queen Bey.
This film about the life of Elton John combines the best of a dramatic biopic and a classic movie musical, with the singer's legendary performances mixed with trippy scenes of a crowd floating as he plays at a club or a festival flash mob joining in on "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)". It's one of the best musician life stories you'll see, even if you only know one or two of the Rocket Man's songs.
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When you'll start crying: This is a Holocaust movie, so...at any number of horrifying moments. The most frequently cited, though, is when Schindler realizes the little girl in the red coat he saw earlier has been killed and burned. It's brutal, but so is the whole film.
Why do we love him?Because, however much we love them, the movies are full of sarcastic space pilots, pistol-packing princesses, upstanding blonde heroes, robot sidekicks and wise old wizards, but there will only ever be one Darth Vader.
As hollywood prefers aiming at an audience that favors super heroes and special effects, old fashioned romance stories are made elsewhere. Many can be found in korean mini-dramas, readily available on local tv (ch. 26.3) or on many free streaming sites.
@anne, I find that happy endings don't always work with the material in both books and film, but I agree that when done well, they are very emotionally satisfying. That's certainly what I love so much about Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea. And in Little Women, for example, there's something so unsatisfying about Jo's romance with Professor Bhaer compared with the one she might have had with Laurie. A fantastic book and reasonably good set of movies turned grim by an author's stubbornness. Age of Innocence doesn't have a happy ending, but it's a beautiful movie. Donnie Darko is dark in every way, not just in the ending - about a schizophrenic teenager, his family and the girl he likes. I only mentioned it because it is romantic and involves time travel. I haven't seen Tortilla Soup, but I quite enjoyed Eat Drink Man Woman, so I'll add that to the list. I've been meaning to watch Letters to Juliet because I like the premise so much- will see if it's free to stream on Netflix or Amazon. I liked Happy Accidents, by the way. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post - I have watched a lot of good/bad movies and enjoy trading opinions.
"But sometimes that's just how certain groups of people (like the people in Knocked Up) would talk in real life, so in those instances it would negatively affect verisimilitude to tone it down."Hi Anita,Thanks for your thoughts on the Sunset series. i think I'm going to try the others anyway, since although I did not appreciate the romance so much, I did enjoy the dialog. It sounds like I should watch the first with an open mind.I have to challenge this idea, though, that so much profanity is necessary because that's how people talk. Movies and television are compressed fictions. They represent but do not literally mimic life. Lawyers spend 90% of their time reading and writing horribly boring things (to the rest of , at least), but no one would watch legal dramas if that's what was shown with the justification that that's what they do in real life. Profanity can set a tone and give punch to certain scenes, but too much of it is boring and lazy writing, in my opinion. I agree with Bill Cosby on that. And it's not romantic!Frozen has by far the best animated screen kiss I've seen. I loved the message for girls, too - get to know someone before falling in love - and they managed to show it in a romantic story.Happy movie watching in the new year. Despite the lack of great romantic comedies, I think in general movies are better now than 30 years ago.
Just came across this blog and appreciate the idea.Didn\'t really like Love Actually.Best RCs I can think of are Notting Hill, Sleepless in Seattle and You\'ve Got Mail. Love the aspect of what it would be like for a celeb and an ordinary guy to fall in love in Notting Hill. Sleepless in Seattle shows a side to death and what happens afterwards. You\'ve got Mail is full of Pride and Prejudice and works well.If you consider romance as boy meets girl then this one doesn\'t come into that category, but Philomena which is out now is a movie with depths of various levels and shows a mother\'s love.
Hi C - thanks for sharing your take. I enjoyed "You've Got Mail," but prefer the first film version "The Shop Around the Corner." Although I happened to write about romantic comedies in this post, I do enjoy love stories that deviate from a boy-girl romance. We're fortunate that there are a lot of good movies that focus on love of all kinds (like Philomena) and many of them are significantly more profound and smart than the romantic comedies that we get from Hollywood. 2b1af7f3a8