Monday, 9 June 2008

Film Reviews - Romance

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Wikipedia Definition of Romance Films: While most films have some aspect of romance between characters (at least as a subplot) a romance film can be loosely defined as any film in which the central plot (the premise of the story) revolves around the romantic involvement of the story's protagonists. Common themes include the characters making decisions based on a newly-found romantic attraction. The questions, "What am I living for?" or "Why am I with my current partner?" often arise. The appeal of these films is in the dramatic reality of the emotions expressed by the characters. The following is a list of recent romantic films. The most successful romantic film is the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic which grossed over $600 million in America and $1.8 billion, worldwide.[1][2] Another prerequisite is that the film has a happy ending (or at least bittersweet) and many would argue that no film with a sad ending may be correctly defined as "romance;" however, this second prerequisite is admittedly disputable and many screenwriters and directors will push the boundaries of the genre in this aspect.

Movie Moxie definition of Romance Films: "romance films are films where the central theme of the film is about the romantic relationship between people, and the journey of that relationship.", as I have to agrees with the argument that the film doesn't have to have a happy ending (aka the couple doesn't have to get together), funny that I took the leap from 'happy' in definition to 'get together'.


I'm long noticed that Romance is not my favourite genre by far, although there are ones that trickle through and touch my heart. To hear me chat more about Romance Films as a Genre check out Episode 22 of the Movie Moxie Podcast discussing themes, my few faves and the genre as a whole.

18 Grams of Love

A Beautiful Life
A Nanny for Christmas
Adjustment Bureau, The
Adventureland
All Around Us / Gururi no koto
Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon, Les
An Affair to Remember
Anastasia
And Then Lola Came
Arn: The Knight Templar
Au Revoir Taipei

Back-Up Plan, The
Beastly
Beat the World
Beautiful Boy
Beginners
Bellflower
Beyond the Years / Chun-Nyun-Hack
Blood Brothers / Tian Tang Kou
Bloomington
Blue Valentine
Boystown / Chuecatown
Brick Lane
Bright Star

Ciao
City of Angels
Cleopatra (1963)
Code 46
Country Strong
Crazy Heart

divan du monde, Le / Everybody’s Couch
Dracula, Bram Stoker's (1992)
Dreamers, The
Drifting Flowers / Piao Lang Qing Chung

Eat Pray Love
Eclipse, The (2010)
Eighteen
Eloise's Lover / Eloïse
Espion(s) / Spy(ies)
Eternity / Tee rak
Extraterrestrial / Extraterrestre
Eyes Wide Open / Einaym Pkuhot

Frisson des Collines

Ghajini
Gidget
Gnomeo & Juliet
Greatest, The

Hair of the Beast, The / Le poil de la bête
Happythankyoumoreplease
Harvest / Stadt Land Fluss
His & Hers
Howling Reborn, The

Jane Eyre (2011)

Ladyhawke
Lake House, The
Last Chance Harvey
Last Night (2011)
Letters to Juliet
Little Ashes
Love Comes Lately
Love Happens
Lover's Discourse /Leun yan sui yu

M (2007)
Mademoiselle Chambon
Man Who Loved Yngve, The
Moon Point

Never Let Me Go
No Regret / 후회하지 않아
Nos vies privées / Our Private Lives
Nymph / Nang Mai

One Day (2011)
Our Brief Eternity
Owl and the Sparrow /Cú và chim se sẻ

Passion Play
Patrik 1,5 / Patrik, Age 1.5
Pearls of the Far East
Prom

Saigon Electric
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Secret Diary of Miss Ann Lister, The
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Sex and the City 2
Singapore Dreaming
Stone Angel, The
Strella: A Woman's Way
Step Up
Step Up 3D
Surrogate Valentine

Tanner Hall
Twilight
Twilight Saga: New Moon, The
Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, The

Undertow / Contracorriente
Unfinished Sky
Universalove

Waiting City, The
Water Lilies / Naissance des pieuvres
Weekend
Were the World Mine
When Love Comes / Dang Ai Lai De Shi Hou
White Night Wedding / Brúðguminn
Wild Child
Wonderful Town

You Will Be Mine / Je te mangerais
Year of the Carnivore

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3 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

I loved The Lake House! One of my favourite movies of last year. I also really enjoyed Stardust but perhaps that is more fantasy? Moulin Rouge is right up there for me too.

Jamie said...

That's such an interesting range of romances. I often enjoy them but find I don't watch them too frequently either.

I love the pic!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Not sure on Stardust, haven't seen that one yet. Films can definetly be more than one genre thought!

I don't tend to pick up romances all that often either.. hmm.. maybe a marathon is in order.

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