Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Directed by Sofia Coppola

2003

Lost in Translation is an English language romantic comedy-drama set in Tokyo. The writing and acting are good, but the pacing is uneven and the portrayal of Tokyo is flat.

Would see.

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Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Directed by Woody Allen

2011

Midnight in Paris is an English language romantic comedy set in Paris. Midnight in Paris is a charming portrait of an imagined Paris, both of the 1920s and the early 2000s, filled with unabashed, but thoughtful, nostalgia and highly amusing caricatures of Lost Generation writers.

Would see.

Café Society

Café Society

Directed by Woody Allen

2016

Café Society is a romantic comedy-drama set in 1930s Hollywood and New York City. The film has occasional glints of ambition, but seems mostly content to be good enough. Like many of his recent films, Café Society is filled with contrived situations, stilted dialogue, funny one liners, and a multitude of Woody Allen stand-ins rather than differentiated characters. Café Society is an entertaining and occasionally thoughtful look at an idealized past and the pain of time’s passage.

Would see.

City Lights

City Lights

Direct by Charlie Chaplin

1931

City Lights, which bills itself as “A Comedy Romance in Pantomime” in its opening credits, is Chaplin’s second to last silent film. Expertly choreographed, incredibly funny, sharp, incisive, and surprisingly delicate at times, City Lights easily transcends the usual limitations of the genre.

Would see.

Trainwreck

Trainwreck

Directed by Judd Apatow

2015

(Guest reviewer)

Trainwreck is a romantic comedy that follows Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer) as she unravels her feelings towards romantic interest and sports surgeon Aaron Conners. The film is a humorous take on the healing process of an emotionally damaged adult, but its attempts at poignancy and sincerity fall flat. The undeniable star is Lebron James, as himself.

Would not see.