Category: Romance

Jennifer Garner learns about adult underwear in 13 Going On 30

13 Going On 30

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 November     Thriller released, 1982 On this day in 1982, Michael Jackson’s album Thriller was released. As I write, it is the biggest selling album of all time. And with unified collections of

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Naomi Watts and Ed Norton in The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 November Since 2001, 19 November has been World Toilet Day, as decreed by the World Toilet Organization. Considering that certain social groupings in the English-speaking world can barely bring themselves to use the word

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Brigitte Helm in L'argent


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 October     Black Monday, 1929 On this day in 1929, the Dow Jones index fell by 13% in a day. After nine years of an exuberantly rising market, during which time the index

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Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 October     Birth of Picasso, 1881 On this day in 1881, the Spanish artist Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born. Prodigiously talented, Picasso was painting at a high level as a child, and

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Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart in a publicity shot for The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 September     CompuServe launches first consumer internet service, 1979 On this day in 1979, after ten years of supplying dial-up computer timesharing to businesses, CompuServe (originally Compu-Serve) started to offer something similar to

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 September     Tiffany and Co founded, 1837   On this day in 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany and his partner Teddy Young opened a fancy goods and stationery shop in Lower Manhattan. Tiffany, Young

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The lake scene from Dirty Dancing, with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze

Dirty Dancing

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 September     Patrick Swayze dies, 2009   On this day in 2009, Patrick Swayze shimmied off to the great dance studio in the sky. 1991’s “sexiest man alive” (according to People magazine) had

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Shu Qi and Chang Chen in Three Times

Three Times

      Shu Qi and Chang Chen are the actors playing three different sets of lovers, in 1911, 1966 and 2005, in this unusually  beautiful film from director Hou Hsiao-hsien. All three stories take place in Taiwan and focus on love in different manifestations – love in its glorious

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Steve Coogan and Rebecca Romijn in Lies and Alibis aka The Alibi

The Alibi

    Also known as Lies and Alibis, this is one of those “who’s zooming who” comic thrillers – a bit of Tarantino dialogue, some swish Soderbergh camerawork, a twisty LA Confidential-ish plot. And Steve Coogan’s in it too. Yes, that does seem like a slightly odd casting decision – a

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Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine in Just My Luck

Just My Luck

    Released as its star Lindsay Lohan enters a spiral of celebrity freefall, Just My Luck is directed by Donald Petrie, who is a dab hand at turning unbelievable Hollywood nonsense into something resembling a decent movie. So he almost managed to make you forget that the undercover cop

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