Tagged with romantic comedies

Review: The Five-Year Engagement, 2012, dir. Nicholas Stoller

Review: The Five-Year Engagement, 2012, dir. Nicholas Stoller


  There’s a near-fatal overload of ideas bouncing around in the hulking frame of Nick Stoller’s The Five-Year Engagement, his follow-up to 2010’s Get Him to the Greek. Primarily a comedy, the film examines not simply marriage—as the title dictates—but the reversing and alteration of gender roles in modern relationships, which I admit sounds high-minded … Continue reading

Review: Beginners, 2011, dir. Mike Mills

Review: Beginners, 2011, dir. Mike Mills


To a point, Beginners is somewhat opaque. The film doesn’t boast a complex narrative– even when it’s operating at full non-linear capacity– but the devices used to serve the story are, occasionally, perplexing. Parts of Beginners occur in the thoughts of its protagonist, Oliver (Ewan McGregor), who in his head contrasts the way the world and people … Continue reading

Review: Ceremony, 2011, dir. Max Winkler

Review: Ceremony, 2011, dir. Max Winkler


“Are we in a rush or something?” It’s one of the earliest pieces of dialogue in Max Winkler’s debut picture, Ceremony, and I don’t know if he meant any irony by the statement but after an hour and twenty minutes that little quip perfectly encapsulates my feelings on the film. Winkler’s in a hurry to … Continue reading