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“HappyThankYouMorePlease,” no thanks.

Article: “HappyThankYouMorePlease,” no thanks.

Reviewed at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival’s self-hype this year is full of words like “rebel,” “revolt,” and “rebirth,” but innocuous romantic comedies like “HappyThankYouMorePlease” are presumably not what they have in mind. The writing and directing debut of Josh Radnor, best known as “How I Met Your Mother”‘s Ted Mosby,…

Hollywood’s Femme Fatality Rate

Article: Hollywood’s Femme Fatality Rate

In the mid-’70s, when women (among them Claudia Weill, Joan Micklin Silver, Joan Darling) were getting the chance to direct mainstream movies, Pauline Kael cautioned against expecting great things right away. Filmmakers needed a chance to learn and develop, she said, and there was always a chance they might not, or might simply become proficient…

The Science of Chemistry

Article: The Science of Chemistry

Last week in the New York Times, A.O. Scott mused that the romantic comedy has become the victim of “a dispiriting, uninspired sameness.” Well, given that it’s the week of Valentine’s Day, we thought we take a look at his argument, give our thoughts on whether we agree, and discuss some of the on-screen pairings…

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