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some favorite films about love [not always happy] for Valentine’s Day

Though I rarely have a valentine on Valentine’s Day and am not a particular fan of the holiday, I’m hopeful to find LOVE someday. Here are some of my favorite love stories on film.

Brokeback Mountain
“I can’t quit you.” That just says it all. Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger show what unconditional love is all about.

Love & Sex
Kate [Famke Janssen] is a magazine writer given the assignment to write about love and sex: a guide for single women. She hasn’t dated since she broke up with Adam [Jon Favreau]. In writing the article she recalls past romances and Adam keeps coming back. It’s hysterical and Janssen and Favreau are great together.

Romeo & Juliet
Shakepeare’s classic story of star-crossed lovers gets the updated treatment with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When a romance goes awry, would you want to erase all memories of it and that person you loved? That is the unique concept behind writer Charlie Kaufman’s script. Under the astute direction of Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, ranks as one of my favorite films. It is a fabulous and romantic film. It’s amazing and thoughtful and the performances are brilliant all around [Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood].

The Apartment
Love Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon together here. Such a romantic classic and it won Best Picture in 1960. Fran [MacLaine] is an elevator operator in CC. “Bud” [Lemmon] Baxter’s office building. She keeps having affairs with married men. Bud falls for Fran and wants to protect her at all costs.
“That’s the way it crumbles . . . cookie-wise.”

Roman Holiday
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn together. I need not say much more. Audrey won an Oscar for her performance as a rebellious princess who sets off to explore Rome on her own. She meets an American newspaper reporter who wants a real scoop. He pretends he doesn’t know who she is to get the story but then they fall in love. Oh so romantic!

Love and Basketball
Friends since they were children, both Monica [Sanaa Lathan] and Quincy [Omar Epps] are ace basketball players. Both make very different decisions about their relationship, the sport and their academic careers. It’s a fantastic sports film and feminist love story [written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood].
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Kate & Leopold
Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman make time travel so appealing. Do you ever wonder if you were born at the wrong time or in the wrong place? I’ve thought about it. This is a fun and sweet film.

Pride & Prejudice
Keira Knightley stars as Lizzie Bennet in this Jane Austen classic. This is probably my favorite adaptation [excluding the miniseries with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth].

Possession
Two literary scholars are studying Victorian poets who had an affair. This brings together Maud [Gwyneth Paltrow] and Roland [Aaron Eckhart] as they attempt to uncover the mystery of the Victorian affair. Based on the wonderful novel by A.S. Byatt.

The Whole Wide World
Writer Robert Howard [Vincent D'Onofrio] created the Conan the Barbarian series. This is the true story of his love affair with a small town school teacher Novalyne Price [Renee Zellweger].

Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset
It’s imperative that you do a double feature of these Richard Linklater romantic films starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

Once
A brokenhearted street musician [Glen Hansard] meets a keyboardist [Marketa Irglova] and for a week they make music together and fall in love. The soundtrack is spectacular too.

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Picks for Academy Award nominations: BEST PICTURE & other nominations

keep forgetting there are now 10 Best Picture nominees

here’s what I *hope* to see get nominated (ha ha):

Best Picture:
Winter’s Bone
Somewhere
Black Swan
The Social Network
127 Hours
The Kids Are All Right
The Town
The King’s Speech
The Fighter
The Ghost Writer

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Documentary:
The Art of the Steal
Exit Through the Gift Shop**
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Oath
Restrepo

acting noms:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Actress:
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right**
Naomi Watts, Fair Game

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Best Actor:
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech**
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ewan McGregor, The Ghost Writer
Stephen Dorff, Somewhere
Jim Carrey, I Love You Phillip Morris

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress:
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter**
S. Epatha Merkerson, Mother and Child
Dianne Wiest, Rabbit Hole
[perhaps: Greta Gerwig, Greenberg]

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actor:
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Christian Bale, The Fighter**
Ethan Hawke, Brooklyn’s Finest
Ewan McGregor, I Love You Phillip Morris

Best screenplay original:
Lisa Chodolenko, The Kids Are All Right**
Sofia Coppola, Somewhere
Robert Harris, The Ghost Writer
David Seidler, The King’s Speech

The Town

Best screenplay adapted:
Ben Affleck and Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard, The Town
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, I Love You Phillip Morris
David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Director
Sofia Coppola, Somewhere
Ben Affleck, The Town
Darren Aronowsky, Black Swan**
David Fincher, The Social Network
Lisa Chodolenko, The Kids Are All Right

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BEST OF 2010: FILM

Films underwhelmed me this year.
Here are the ten that made the greatest impact on me:

Winter’s Bone
— gritty is the most simplistic way to describe this film. At first I thought I’d never get enthralled by a film about trailer parks and meth addicts but soon I was, my stomach wrenching throughout.

The Ghost Writer
– yes, I know that liking a film by child rapist Roman Polanski should mean I’m not a feminist but I have to separate the artist and the art. This film has that wow factor that’s been lacking for so long in thrillers.

Black Swan
–provocative. so many levels of psychoanalysis for this film. is it reality or delusion?

Exit Through the Gift Shop
–engrossing from the first ten minutes. couldn’t stop watching this documentary about a Frenchman who gets caught up in the secretive lives of street artists. fascinating.

The Kids Are All Right
–great script and direction from Lisa Cholodenko. brilliant cast including Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. engaging, heart-warming story that sublimely highlights all the complications of families and relationships of all kinds.

The King’s Speech
–the Royals aren’t as confident as we might think and Colin Firth should win an Academy Award for his performance as King George VI.

Joan Rivers: a piece of work
–aging in front of the camera, amidst a youth-obsessed culture. Joan Rivers shows the harsh truth in a poignant and funny manner.

The Social Network
–a film about Facebook’s creation that’s so uncomfortable you feel like taking a shower after leaving the theater. These geeky guys with their bravado and disdain for women is just awful.

Somewhere
–Sofia Coppola makes films about very little taking place extremely well. Divine imagery, unspoken moments between and father and daughter provide much more insight than many of the more chatty independents can.

127 Hours
–writer/director Danny Boyle and actor James Franco made this true-life story into a harrowing cinematic experience.

stand-out performances:

Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson and Naomi Watts in Mother and Child

Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris

Christian Bale in The Fighter

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