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Far and Away (1992): A Beautifully Crafted If Somewhat Lightweight Film

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in Far and Away, the first of two films they created together before their divorce. They are both bright eyed and bushy tailed, clearly eager to impress in this film by veteran filmmaker, Ron Howard. Without Land, A Man Is Nothing Tom Cruise is Joseph Donnelly, a poor, 19th-century tenant farmer who is the black sheep of his family. With his kin mistreated and suffering at the hands of a cruel landlord, Joseph’s father eventually dies and all but makes his son swear to become a landowner himself – to claim his...

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Downton Abbey (2010): An Unmissable Period Drama Phenomenon

18SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Period drama is my lifeblood. With dramatic intent, I state proudly that it permeates every part of my being. When Downton Abbey premiered in 2010, it was everything I needed, wanted and craved. Britain’s ITV had an instant hit on its hands as everyone and their grandmother clamored to watch the undeniably romantic, dramatic and entertaining first series. Downton Abbey proved to be a cultural television phenomenon. No period drama fan was untouched by its splendors and no casual viewer could claim any sort of ignorance when asked if they had heard of the TV show. It took...

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Meet Joe Black (1998): A Minimalist, Philosophical Film About Life and Love

24SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Meet Joe Black is an interesting romantic drama with a supernatural twist and was inspired by Mitchell Leisen’s 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday. Directed by Martin Brest, Meet Joe Black was his follow up after winning a Golden Globe for Scent of a Woman. Reuniting Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins, the film also stars Claire Forlani and Marcia Gay Harden. The Story Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back. Meet Joe Black has...

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King Arthur (2004): The True Story That Inspired The Legend (Apparently)

22SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly King Arthur is literally the stuff legends are made of. There are countless folk tales, adaptations that range from animated to live action. Most recently, Guy Richie tried his hand at the Arthurian legend with limited success. Arthur, his knights, Camelot and his roundtable is a veritable feast for any storyteller. Unfortunately, there have been very few adaptations that got Arthur and his story just right. While I have a special place in my heart for First Knight, I can also admit that the film had more to do with Lancelot and Guinevere than Arthur and his illustrious...

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Jamestown (2017): A Gritty But Entertaining Period Drama

115SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly TV series Review: Jamestown (2017) Jamestown is British period drama by Sky 1, not the BBC, and follows settlers trying to start a new life in the New World. Most of these settlers are men, however, so Jamestown sets the scene with very different women – three in particular – who arrive to meet their husbands for the first time and face challenges aplenty in their new home. Season 1 of Jamestown has 8 episodes. A second season was commissioned before the first episode premiered. With the cliffhanger the first episode ends on, it’s not hard to see...

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Two Weeks Notice (2002): A Romance Starring RomCom Royalty

18SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Two Weeks Notice Review By mid-2000, the age of the romantic comedy was fading fast, leaving only the nostalgia of a glorious time gone by. Two Weeks Notice was one of Hugh Grant’s last forays into the genre, although Sandra Bullock still had The Proposal up her sleeve as her biggest rom-com hit. On-screen together, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching some version of romcom royalty go about their business. You Make Gandhi Look Like A Used Cars Salesman Two Weeks Notice starts with Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) a Harvard educated lawyer who is passionate...

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Kurt Seyit and Sura (2014) TV Review: Prepare To Be Swept Off Your Feet

24SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly  Kurt Seyit and Sura Review In the last couple of years, I’ve begun expanding my viewing to include international television series. It started with a Tumblr recommendation to watch Grand Hotel, which introduced me to Spain’s excellent Downton Abbey equivalent. Thereafter, things escalated quite quickly. My first Turkish production was Magnificent Century, which truly had me so hooked I inhaled what felt like a million episodes. The lesson learnt is that there is a veritable buffet of incredible television produced across the world. Spain, South Korea, Turkey, Italy – all countries with booming television industries producing incredible content....

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In Your Eyes (2014): A Unique, Fantastical Paranormal Romance

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly In Your Eyes Review I discovered In Your Eyes quite by accident. On a lazy Sunday, I searched the Netflix library for a diversion. The film was a recommendation, proving that Netflix has definitely cracked my viewing pattern. Armed with absolutely no context and no idea what the film was about, I dove into In Your Eyes. The film is a curious delight. It’s funny, heartbreaking and romantic in turns. The film explores the theme of connectedness with others, especially in a modern context. Wait, you’re real. You’re a real person! In Your Eyes is a thought-provoking paranormal...

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The Holiday (2006) – A Wonderful Romantic Comedy Best Served During The Holidays!

26SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. The Holiday Review While I love film, there are precious few films I can generally have on repeat on a weekly basis. Love Actually is one such film. Deep Blue Sea (yes, the shark movie – don’t ask why) is another such unlikely entry into my weekly repeat watchlist. And The Holiday is another. Written and Directed by Nancy Meyers, this film is the reason I fell in love with Jude Law, despite all his previous attempts to make me...

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Vintage Review: The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) – Once More With Feeling… One For All. All For One!

15SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. The Man in the Iron Mask Review After the success of Titanic, Hollywood was on tenterhooks waiting for the announcement of which role Leonardo DiCaprio would accept as his follow up to Jack Dawson. Of course, he chose The Man in the Iron Mask, based on the famous novel by Alexander Dumas. I was firmly on Team DiCaprio after sobbing my way through his previous hit, so my girlfriends and I went to see The Man in the Iron Mask...

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A Walk to Remember (2002) – A Coming of Age Love Story Underscored By Faith In A Higher Power

15SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. A Walk to Remember Review Nicholas Sparks is one of the most successful mainstream writers of romance alive today. Not only are his novels always atop a bestseller list, but since the late 1990’s, almost every Nicholas Sparks novel is bound to get the Hollywood treatment – and for good reason. While the recipe has become well known, the charm and romance synonymous with his novels make hordes return for more of the same experience. While some might argue that...

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Bend It Like Beckham (2002): Anyone Can Cook Aloo Gobi But Who Can Bend A Ball Like Beckham?

20SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. Bend It Like Beckham Review It’s a bit presumptuous to start a review with the words, I love this movie! But I can’t imagine starting it any other way. I love all things British. I generally prefer British television and British comedy. Bend it like Beckham is a prime example of how the British do film right. Bend it like Beckham is an inspiring teenage coming of age comedy about heritage, culture and fighting for your dreams using football –...

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