Romance Films

The Taste Of Things

For 20 years, peerless cook, Eugenie (Juliette Binoche), has worked for Dodin (Benoît Magimel), a famous gourmet. Over that time, the practice of gastronomy and mutual admiration turned into a romantic relationship. However, despite Dodin's proposals, Eugenie does not want to become a wife. Dodin decides to do something he has never done before: cook for her.

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Isn't It Romantic

500 Days Of Film Reviews Isn’t It Romantic Starring Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine And Liam Hemsworth

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Oscar Special - A Star Is Born

500 Days Of Film Reviews A Star Is Born Starring Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper

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5 Netflix Movies To Watch This Valentine's

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10 Movies To Watch This Valentine's Day

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Top 10 Best Romantic Films

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A Star Is Born

500 Days Of Film Reviews A Star Is Born Starring Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper

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Crazy Rich Asians

500 Days Of Film Reviews Crazy Rich Asians Starring Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina And Henry Golding

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To All The Boys I've Loved Before

500 Days Of Film Reviews To All The Boys I've Loved Before Starring Lana Condor

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Japanese Story

500 Days Of Film Reviews Japanese Story Starring Toni Collette And Gotaro Tsunashima

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Set It Up

500 Days Of Film Reviews Set It Up Starring Glenn Powell, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Liu And Taye Diggs

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The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society Starring Lily James, Matthew Goode, Michiel Huisman And Penelope Wilton

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Love, Simon

500 Days Of Film Reviews Love, Simon Starring Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner

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Irreplacable You

500 Days Of Film Reviews Irreplaceable You Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw And Michiel Huisman

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The Shape Of Water

500 Days Of Film Reviews Fantasy Romance, The Shape Of Water, Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones

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Off The Menu

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, Off The Menu, Starring Dania Ramirez And Santino Fontana

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Phantom Thread

500 Days Of Film Reviews Phantom Thread Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps And Lesley Manville

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God's Own Country

500 Days Of Film Reviews God’s Own Country Starring Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones And Ian Hart

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500 Days Of Film Reviews True Life Drama, Maudie, Starring Sally Hawkins And Ethan Hawke

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2017's Best Romantic Films

500 Days Of Film Reviews 2017's Most Romantic Movies

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A Matter Of Life And Death

500 Days Of Film Reviews A Matter Of Life And Death Starring David Niven And Kim Hunter

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Your Name

500 Days Of Film Reviews Animated Feature, Your Name

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Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool

500 Days Of Film Reviews Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool Starring Annette Bening And Jamie Bell

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500 Days Of Film Reviews True Life Drama, Breathe, Starring Andrew Garfield And Claire Foy

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Our Souls At Night

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romance, Our Souls At Night, Starring Jane Fonda And Robert Redford

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The Shape Of Water

500 Days Of Film Reviews Fantasy Romance, The Shape Of Water, Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones

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Call Me By Your Name

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Drama, Call Me By Your Name, Starring Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer And Michael Stuhlbarg

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Home Again

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, Home Again, Starring Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Lake Bell And Candice Bergen

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On Body And Soul

500 Days Of Film Reviews On Body And Soul, Starring Géza Morcsányi and Alexandra Borbél

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Carrie Pilby

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Carrie Pilby, Starring Bel Powley, Jason Ritter, Gabriel Byrne and Nathan Lane

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500 Days Of  Film Reviews Drama, Lovesong, Starring Riley Keough And Jena Malone

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Everything, Everything

500 Days Of Film Reviews YA Romantic Drama, Everything, Everything, Starring Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson And Anika Noni Rose

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The Big Sick

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, The Big Sick, Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter And Ray Romano

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Rom Com, Hampstead, Starring Diane Keaton And Brendan Gleeson

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Crime Caper, Tramps, Starring Callum Turner, Grace Van Patten and Michal Vondel

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When Harry Met Sally

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, When Harry Met Sally, Starring Meg Ryan And Billy Crystal

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Singin' In The Rain

500 Days Of Film Reviews Musical, Singin' In The Rain, Starring Gene Kelly And Debbie Reynolds

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Top 10 Best Romantic Movies

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Top 10 Best Romantic Films

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5 To 7

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romance, 5 To 7, Starring Anton Yelchin And Bérénice Marlohe

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La La Land

500 Days Of Film Reviews Musical, La La Land, Starring Emma Stone And Ryan Gosling

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Sci Fi Drama, Passengers, Starring Chris Pratt And Jennifer Lawrence

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A United Kingdom

500 Days Of Film Reviews Real Life Drama, A United Kingdom, Starring Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo and Jack Davenport

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Maggie's Plan

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, Maggie’s Plan, Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke And Julianne Moore

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The Light Between Oceans

500 Days Of Film Reviews Drama, The Light Between Oceans, Starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander And Rachel Weisz

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Bridget Jones's Baby

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey

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What If

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Before We Go

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Me Before You

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The Dressmaker

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Dressmaker, Staring Kate Winslet And Wonders, Has Revenge Ever Looked So Good?


After years working as a dressmaker in London, Milan and Paris, Murtle 'Tilly' Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to her tiny hometown in rural Australia.


She is desperate to remember the tragic events that led to her being banished from the town and wants to reconcile with her ailing mother, Molly (the brilliant Judy Davies). 


Armed with her sewing machine and an incredible sense of style, Tilly transforms the women of the town. In doing so, she hopes to get closer to the truth - is she really a child murderer?


However, Tilly’s plans for revenge and redemption become complicated when she falls in love with the good hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth). 

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The Age Of Adaline

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Age Of Adaline And Finds A Film Full Of Sweet And Timeless Romance


A car accident has left Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) stuck at the age of 29 years old. She has now been 29 years old for almost eight decades. 


This mysterious condition has forced Adaline to live a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. 


A chance meeting with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) tempts her to take a risk and engage with the world once again. 


However, a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth about the age of Adaline.

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Carol And Finds An Atmospheric Film And A Heartbreaking Story


Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price Of Salt, Carol tells the story of two women who, despite coming from very different backgrounds, meet by chance and then fall in love.


Therese (Roony Mara) is a lonely young woman in her 20s working as a shop assistant in a Manhattan department store.


One Christmas, she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an older woman trapped in a loveless marriage.

The two feel an immediate connection - an attraction that neither can ignore. 


However, this is the 1950s. This is a time when the love between Carol and Therese, no matter how deep, is rejected by society.

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The Spectacular Now

500 Days Of Film Reviews Coming Of Age Romance, The Spectacular Now Starring Miles Teller And Shailene Woodley


High school senior, Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), is always the life and soul of any party. He lives for the moment and gets by on his seemingly effortless charm.


However, Sutter’s life changes when he meets “nice girl” Aimee Fineky (Shailene Woodley).


He is drawn to her - and she to him.


Aimee plans for the future, Sutter only wants to focus on the now. Their relationship shouldn’t work and yet, despite the messiness in their lives, Sutter and Aimee fall in love.

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Brooklyn And Finds A Beautiful Story And A Gorgeous Film


Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) leaves her home, a small village in rural Ireland, in the hope of a better life in Brooklyn. 


At first terribly homesick, Eilis soon begins to find her feet.


Living in Mrs Keogh’s (Julie Walters) boarding house, she makes new friends, embarks on a new career and starts a romance with a local man called Tony (Emory Cohen).


However, when a tragedy occurs at home, Eilis must return to Ireland. Once there, she soon realises that she must choose between the two countries and between her two lives.

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Top 50 Romantic Movies Part 2

Well I've counted down my favourite romantic movies from 50-25... now it is time to look at those films that made the top 25.


But, first, what did you think of this list so far?


I'd love to know. Why not leave me a comment in the box at the end of this post?


Just to emphasise, these films were chosen from those that I have watched during my 500 Days Of Film Challenge (click here to see my movie lists).


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Top 50 Romantic Movies

Over the past few weeks, I have watched and re-watched some of my favourite cinematic love stories.


Before long, I realised that I had watched quite a number of these 'romantic' films.


As I love a good list, I decided to rank these films in order of my preference.


I would love to share these movies with you.



However, before we start, I should mention two things.


Firstly, I realise that I have not watched every single romantic film in this genre. I may not have watched your favourite. I have also only selected those films that I have watched since my movie challenge began back in May 2015.


Secondly, you may disagree with my ranking. I have to emphasise that this is just how I feel about these movies. You are completely free to agree or disagree. Let me know how you feel either way. I have a comments section at the end of my post especially there for you to enlighten me. I just love talking movies with you all!


Okay, let's make a start... here is part one of my top 50 favourite romantic movies! I'm counting back from 50-25. (Click here to see my top 25). 


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Testament Of  Youth

500 Days Of Film Reviews Testament Of Youth And Finds A True Story Of Love, War And Remembrance


Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander) is a feisty, independent young woman who has to overcome her family’s prejudices in order to secure a scholarship to Oxford. 


She is thrilled by the new literary life that awaits her at university - an experience she hopes to share with new love Roland (Kit Harington).


However, all her dreams are shattered following the start of World War One. First Roland and then her brother, Edward, sign up.


Vera soon realises that she cannot continue her education while her friends and loved ones fight for their country. As a result, she volunteers as a nurse. Nothing could prepare her for the tragedies to follow.


After the end of the war, Vera decided to publish her memoir. This was her way of both honouring those she lost and also showing the horrific futility of war.


Vera's testimony would become a bestseller - one of the few books to detail a woman’s experience of World War One.

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Trainwreck And Finds A Film With Proper Rom And Buckets Of Com

Amy is happy with her life - so don’t you dare judge her choices.

She has a great apartment in New York, a sought after job as a journalist and she is perfectly happy with her romantic status. 

She is in a very open relationship - but that’s how she likes it.

For Amy calls the shots in her own life and avoids intimacy like the plague. She’s learnt well from her philandering father (Colin Quinn). Even her own sister Kim (Brie Larson) finds her impossible at times. 

However, all this begins to change when she is handed an assignment to write about pioneering sports surgeon, Aaron (Bill Hader). At first she thinks he is just another one night stand. But then he wants her to stay and, scarier still, he wants to spoon. 

Can Amy handle her growing feelings for Aaron or will she do everything in her power to push him, and a chance for real happiness, away?

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Once And Finds A Magical Musical Movie

She sees him playing guitar, busking on the streets of Dublin and strikes up a conversation.


I that instant, they both know that there is something special between them.

She takes him to a nearby music shop. He plays her his songs. She accompanies him on the piano. They share a beautiful moment that neither wants to end. 

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The Princess Bride

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Princess Bride And Finds A Perfect Family Film

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Much Ado About Nothing

500 Days Of Film Reviews Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing And Finds A Stunning And Contemporary Retelling Of Shakespeare’s Classic Romantic Comedy.

After pretty much owning the superhero genre with Marvel movies such as Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Joss Whedon returns to his roots, reconnects with his friends and makes a fantastic film of a classic Shakespeare comedy along the way.

As you ado.

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The Before Trilogy

500 Days Of Film Reviews Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight And Finds Perhaps The Best Movie Trilogy Ever Made

Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy) meet by chance on a train bound for Vienna.


They feel an instant connection and start talking about their lives (his in America, hers in France), hopes and dreams for the future.

When the train reaches his stop, Jesse asks Celine to get off and spend the day with him.


He argues that she owes it to her future self to take this chance, seize this day. Otherwise, she will forever wonder - what if?

So begins a beautiful romance and a superb film trilogy. 

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Only Lovers Left Alive

500 Days Of Film Reviews Only Lovers Left Alive And Finds An Uber Cool, Atmospheric Vampire Movie

Life is what you make it. 

You can either embrace every opportunity like Eve (Tilda Swinton) and soak up all that culture has to offer. 

Or you can sink into a stultifying depression like Adam (Tom Hiddleston) as you watch humanity destroy the planet and themselves.

Either way, it’s not easy being a vampire - for this is what Adam and Eve are.

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Crimson Peak

500 Days Of Film Reviews Crimson Peak And Finds A Sumptuous And Spooky, Brutal Yet Beautiful Gothic Romance 

In late 19th century New York, innovation is in the air. 

Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) has just finished writing her novel (a ghost story) and, in celebration, her industrialist father gives her a beautiful fountain pen. 

Edith admires the pen but announces that she will, instead, use a typewriter in the future.

While being independent of mind and spirit, Edith still finds herself bewitched by a handsome but old fashioned man from England. Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) has come to New York in the hope of securing Mr Cushing's investment for his own invention - a steam powered evacuator. 

Mr Cushing dismisses his proposal and becomes deeply suspicious of Sharpe - particularly with regards his intentions towards Edith. 

However, a tragic death sees Edith and Sharpe married and Edith being carried over the threshold of the sumptuous yet monstrous Allendale Hall in England. 

This decaying building is to be her new home - a home with terrible secrets and where nothing is as it first seems. A home that she must also share with her sinister sister-in-law, Lucille (Jessica Chastain).

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Drama, Amour, Starring Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert

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Liberal Arts

500 Days Of Film Reviews Liberal Arts And Finds An Extremely Enjoyable, Life Affirming Drama  

Jesse (Josh Radnor) is struggling with life.

His girlfriend has just left him, his job is repetitive and the attraction of living in New York has well and truly faded.

So, when a former professor invites him to his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance to return to his old college.

Whilst there, he meets 19 year old student, Zibbi (Elizabeth Olsen). They embark upon a romance based on a mutual love of literature and music.    

When Zibbi wants to take their relationship further, Jesse is suddenly struck by their age difference.

Is Zibbi mature beyond her years or is his attraction to her actually a sign that he is emotionally stunted?

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A Royal Affair

500 Days Of Film Reviews A Royal Affair And Finds A Fascinating True Story With Passion And Depth

A Royal Affair tells the true story of Princess Caroline (Alicia Vikander) who is unhappily married to the mentally troubled King Christian VII of Denmark (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). 

Increasingly isolated, she finds herself attracted to Johann Struensee (superbly portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen), the King’s physician and confident.

The two embark on a passionate affair and endeavour to use their influence with the King to bring enlightenment and freedom to their people. 

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Cinderella And Now Wants A Crystal Coach

You know the story… Cinderella (Lily James) a beautiful, mistreated girl is about to miss the ball due to her evil stepmother and nasty stepsisters. 

All looks lost until her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) pitches up and - bibbidi bobbidi boom - off Cinderella goes to spend a magical night dancing with a handsome, eligible prince.

But the magic only lasts until midnight and Cinderella scarpers before the Prince knows who she is or where she is from. The only clue he has is one of her crystal slippers. 

Undeterred, he decides to search the land until he finds the girl whose foot fits the slipper. He will then ask for her hand in marriage.

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Far From The Madding Crowd

500 Days Of Film Reviews Far From The Madding Crowd and Finds An Enjoyable Drama

Bathsheba Everdeene (Carey Mulligan) is a rare thing - an independently wealthy woman living in rural Victorian England.

Her financial position frees her of the need to marry for security and "position". She only wants to marry for love.

This makes her a mystery to her three suitors - the steady farmer, Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), the wealthy William Boldwood (Michael Sheen) and the flashy soldier Sergeant Francis Troy (Tom Sturridge).

Will Bathsheba make the right choice?

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Like Crazy

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Like Crazy And Finds A Sweet, Romantic Film About The Promise Of Love

Anna meets Jacob at college in Los Angeles. The two start a relationship and are soon inseparable.

However, Anna’s visa is due to expire and she will have to return to England.

The two cannot stand the idea of being apart and so Anna decides to overstay.

This decision will have a major impact on both of their lives.

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The Artist

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500 Days Of Film Reviews The Artist And Finds A Silent And Poignant Homage To The Development Of Cinema

It is the 1920s and George Valentin is a silent movie star. He is at the top of his game and loving every minute of his fame and success.

One day he (quite literally) bumps into young aspiring actress, Peppy Miller.

The two are instantly attracted and intrigued by one another.

Events conspire to bring them together and, with the advent of cinema’s ‘talkies’, they also tear them apart.

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The Deep Blue Sea

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Deep Blue Sea And Finds An Emotional Drama About Love And Loss

After the end of the second World War, Britain is struggling to readjust and rebuild.

What does the future hold for those who have seen so much horror?

Where do they find purpose in peacetime? 

Hester (Rachel Weisz) is trapped in a privileged yet loveless marriage with British High Court judge, Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale).

She feels repressed and suffocated by her life and looks outside of it to find love and passion.

She begins an affair with a young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston) who at first seems to offer her the life that she desires. 

However, in the same way that she cannot return the love of her husband, Freddie cannot live up to her hopes and demands - leaving Hester trapped by her life once more.  

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Chico & Rita

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500 Days Of Film Reviews Chico & Rita And Finds Gorgeous Animation And A Beautiful Love Story

Chico is a talented young piano player in late 1940’s Cuba. He meets Rita, a beautiful singer, and believes that, together, they can make it big. 

Of course, his attraction to Rita is not purely professional and soon the two fall in love.


However, their relationship is then tested by a the demands of their success and a series of heartbreaking events that threaten to ruin both of their lives.


Will they find a way to be together? Will their love endure? 

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Blue Valentine

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Drama, Blue Valentine, Starring Michelle Williams And Ryan Gosling.

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Charlie St Cloud

500 Days Of Film Reviews Charlie St Cloud And Finds An Easy, Yet Engaging Drama Starring The Ever Watchable Zak Efron.

Sometimes you need a film to challenge you, to scare you, make you laugh or make you cry.


However, sometimes you just want to snuggle up on the sofa and watch something easy and comfortable. Charlie St Cloud falls into the latter category.

Now, don’t get me wrong - I don’t mean this in any negative way. I was engaged throughout this film and, even though I was snuggled up on my sofa watching it, I didn’t once check my phone or get up to get a snack. And that is high praise indeed!

Charlie St Cloud (Zak Efron) develops the ability to see dead people following a tragic accident that takes the life of his younger brother. Feeling an almost unbearable guilt, Charlie promises to meet his brother in the woods every day to fulfill his earlier promise of teaching him to play baseball.

The supernatural aspect of this film is downplayed as it focuses more on the difficulties of moving on in the face of tragedy. Should Charlie keep living a life dedicated to his brother or should he move on?

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Punch Drunk Love

500 Days Of Film Reviews Paul Thomas Anderson's Unsettling, Yet Brilliant Punch Drunk Love.


Barry Egan (Sandler) is a lonely and deeply troubled man. He aspires to be a successful entrepreneur but can’t seem to catch a break.


He feels emasculated by his seven sisters who harangue and ridicule him at every turn. 

Seething with frustration and repressed anger, Barry succumbs to fits of violent rage and floods of desperate tears.

Looking for a non-judgmental connection, he calls a phone sex line and endeavours to open up to ‘Georgia’. 

However, having given his details to the operator (including his address) he finds himself being threatened and blackmailed by Georgia and her company of extortionists (including a brilliant turn by Philip Seymour Hoffman). 

Meanwhile, Barry meets Lea (Emily Watson), a friend of one of his sisters. She doesn’t seem to mind his strange and unsettling ways and appears to accept him. 

The two start one of the strangest relationships I think I have ever seen on screen. (Really, the film is worth watching for their terms of endearment alone.) 

The burgeoning relationship sees Barry follow Lea to Hawaii - a trip he tries to pay for by the vast collection of air miles coupons he has collected from the purchase of hundreds of puddings (this sub plot is based on the true story of David Phillips who spotted a promotion that enabled him, by buying 12,000 Healthy Choice puddings, to get 1,253,000 frequent flyer miles).

Oh and, in among all the blackmail and dark romance, there is a random harmonium.

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