Monday, 24 January 2011

Movie Moxie Podcast 22: Incendies, Blue Valentine, Green Hornet, Breathless plus Romance Films

Switching the schedule to have the Movie Moxie Podcast come to you at the beginning of the week, and this week we take a look at several theatrical releases including the Canadian release of Incendies, indie film Blue Valentine, The Green Hornet (seen in glorious 2D) and South Korean crime film Breathless. I've also included selections from the introduction and Q&A from the Breathless screening at Reel Asian in 2009 with director Yang Ik-June, and if you don't speak Korean don't worry but just wait as there is a English translation.

MP3 File

0:00 – 2:15 - Introduction
2:15 – 6:30 – Incendies Review
6:30 –14:15 – News: Golden Globe Winners & BAFTA Nominations
14:15 – 20:25 – Blue Valentine Review
20:25 – 28:45 – The Green Hornet Review
28:45 – 44:20 – Breathless Review & Selections from Intro and Q&A with Yang Ik-June
44:20 –1:04:00 – Romance as a Genre
1:04:00 – 1:08:45 – DVD releases from Jan 18 & 25, 2011
1:08:45 – 1:09:10 – Upcoming up Next Week
1:09:10 –1:11:17 – Outro

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Show Notes
Romance as a Genre Show Notes
  • Wikipedia Definition "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 "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'.
  • Debatable classic romances from top 50 IMDb list: The Prestige, Life is Beautiful, Amelie, Rebecca and The Apartment
  • Fave of Recent Releases: Country Strong
  • Fave Romance Films: Away From Her, Once, Tristan & Isolde, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Rebecca, My Blueberry Nights and Stardust
  • More relationships centric: Mamma Mia and Eat, Pray, Love
  • Classic: Now, Yoyager and Rebecca
  • All Time Fave of Genre: In the Mood for Love
  • Wong Kar Wai is definitely a go-to director for romance
  • Less Hetro-centric: And Then Came Lola, Ciao, Strella: A Woman’s Way, Undertow and Were the World Mine
  • Non-Romances that have great romantic moments: The Bourne Identity, King Kong and Big Fish.
  • Recent Films About Love: Nowhere Boy, The Last Station and I Am Love.
  • Juggernaut Romances: Titanic and Twilight
  • Book recommendations: Vampire Academy Series, Darkest Powers Trilogy and the website Dead Book Darling
  • Upcoming Romance films: Jane Eyre, Beastly and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
  • My other podcast mentioned: Before the Dawn: A Twilight Podcast and Hexed: Sisterhood of the Supernatural
  • List of all romances films reviewed
  • Other genres that would appeal to romance fans: Coming of Age & Dance Films
Romance Recommendations from others:
Groundhog Day, Princess Bride, Lost in Translation, Pride & Prejudice (BBC version), Sense & Sensibility (Ang Lee version), Room With a View, Maurice, The Piano, Say Anything, Before Sunrise, Love and Basketball, When Night is Falling, Sabrina (Wilder version), While You Were Sleeping, Four Weddings and A Funeral, When Harry Met Sally, Roxanne and The Philadelphia Story. - thank you Polly!

IMDb Top 50 Romances (as of January 23, 2011)
1. Casablanca (1942)
2. Rear Window (1954)
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
4. City Lights (1931)
5. North by Northwest (1959)
6. The Girl with the Red Scarf (1978)
7. Vertigo (1958)
8. Amélie (2001)
9. Modern Times (1936)
10. WALL·E (2008)
11. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
12. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
13. The Big Parade (1925)
14. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
15. The Apartment (1960)
16. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
17. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
18. Office Romance (1977)
19. Life is Beautiful (1997)
20. Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
21. The Prestige (2006)
22. Feyzo, the Polite One (1978)
23. Rebecca (1940)
24. Beware of the Car (1966)
25. Safety Last! (1923)
26. It Happened One Night (1934)
27. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
28. The Best of Youth (2003)
29. The Gold Rush (1925)
30. Dodsworth (1936)
31. Strangers on a Train (1951)
32. A Short Film About Love (1988)
33. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
34. Office Romance (1977)
35. Notorious (1946)
36. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
37. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
38. Pushpak (1988)
39. Annie Hall (1977)
40. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
41. Les enfants du paradis (1945)
42. Show People (1928)
43. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
44. The Heiress (1949)
45. The Red Shoes (1948)
46. Ben-Hur (1959)
47. The Patsy (1928)
48. Gone with the Wind (1939)
49. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
50. My Sassy Girl (2001)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Shannon,

Just wanted to add a few of my favs: The Painted Veil, Bright Star, Bram Stoker's Dracula, even Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon - all unmentioned. My all time favorites would probably be Amelie, Pride & Prejudice (new version) and A Room with a View - already mentioned. Great podcast, btw.


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