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The Big Sick (2017) - Autobiographical rom-com from Amazon Studios and director Michael Showalter. Kumail Nanjiani stars as Kumail, a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian struggling for success in Chicago. He meets and falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan), who he meets at one of his stand-up gigs, but there's a problem: his traditionalist parents want him to submit to an arranged marriage to a Muslim Pakistani girl. His efforts to keep his relationship with a white American girl a secret from his parents eventually leads to discord with Emily, who is unaware of Kumail's dilemma. When Emily suddenly falls deathly ill and into a coma, Kumail must also deal with her parents, Beth (Holly Hunter) and Terry (Ray Romano). These trying times force Kumail to reevaluate his life and make bold decisions about his future. Also featuring Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler, Vella Lovell, and David Alan Grier.

I know Nanjiani from some TV series that he's been in, as well as seeing his stand-up a few times on talk shows. While I've always liked him, I didn't expect to see him in such a well-balanced, authentic, romantic film. He co-wrote it with the real-life Emily (Emily V. Gordon), and their story is fresh, funny, and compelling. Holly Hunter has garnered a lot of praise for her role as Emily's brash mother, and she's good, if a bit showy. Romano is excellently low-key, and I was impressed by Shroff as Kumail's matchmaker mother. This was executive produced by Judd Apatow, and it has that same disregard for cinematic flourishes that all of his movies do. Most modern rom-coms are so formulaic that it's become a running joke how predictable they are. While this movie doesn't re-invent the wheel, it's a very well done look at an unconventional couple. Recommended.  (8/10)

Source: Lionsgate Blu-Ray.

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The Student Prince in Old Heidelburg (1927) - this silent film by the great Ernst Lubitsch - he is great, no doubt about it - is a gloriously giddy celebration of being away from home - the young prince (Ramon Navarro) is sent off to university, finding new male companions within that setting (Navarro is constantly surrounded by men, men, men, who seem besides themselves in celebrating the unrestricted joys of going to university) and falling into a forbidden love (a pretty barmaid, who is played by a very young Norma Shearer) that seems to know no boundaries - there is a love scene that's set in a field of wild flowers that seem as intoxicated at the lovers are).

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Navarro and Shearer work well together - and their love for each other is both real and infectious.

Navarro, who had trouble in being "masculine" on screen, is very convincing here - but you do strongly sense that he and Shearer liked each other off-screen.

See Navarro in "The Flying Fleet", another silent film, in which he is entirely too "soft" to play the male lead.

Toward the end of the film, which would much rather celebrate the wonder and the mystery of being in love, the film grapples with a plot - the prince is called back home, his father is dying - and he must assume a ruler's duties and marry a princess whom his father has chosen.

It's a sour ending for a film that has been telling us that there is nothing quite as lovely as a romantic setting (all those overly expressive young men for whom life is a constant high) and the rapture of forbidden love (Shearer is very attractive - and available).

The film has a very strong homosexual subtext - but I would hestitate to push that reading onto the film.   

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life! - 

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Ramon Navarro at his most movie-star glamorous - 

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On January 26, 2018 at 11:53 AM, rayban said:

The Student Prince in Old Heidelburg (1927) - this silent film by the great Ernst Lubitsch - he is great, no doubt about it - is a gloriously giddy celebration of being away from home - the young prince (Ramon Navarro) is sent off to university, finding new male companions within that setting (Navarro is constantly surrounded by men, men, men, who seem besides themselves in celebrating the unrestricted joys of going to university) and falling into a forbidden love (a pretty barmaid, who is played by a very young Norma Shearer) that seems to know no boundaries - there is a love scene that's set in a field of wild flowers that seem as intoxicated at the lovers are).

f3e643c9cd5fe5ad6cbc034e3b71f57d.jpg

Navarro and Shearer work well together - and their love for each other is both real and infectious.

Navarro, who had trouble in being "masculine" on screen, is very convincing here - but you do strongly sense that he and Shearer liked each other off-screen.

See Navarro in "The Flying Fleet", another silent film, in which he is entirely too "soft" to play the male lead.

Toward the end of the film, which would much rather celebrate the wonder and the mystery of being in love, the film grapples with a plot - the prince is called back home, his father is dying - and he must assume a ruler's duties and marry a princess whom his father has chosen.

It's a sour ending for a film that has been telling us that there is nothing quite as lovely as a romantic setting (all those overly expressive young men for whom life is a constant high) and the rapture of forbidden love (Shearer is very attractive - and available).

The film has a very strong homosexual subtext - but I would hestitate to push that reading onto the film.   

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life! - 

ramon-novarro-the-student-prince-of-old-

Ramon Navarro at his most movie-star glamorous - 

the-student-prince-in-old-heidelberg-yea

 

I adore this film. Ramon Navarro and Norma Shearer in one of their best performances. The chemistry of the two makes it seem that much more real. In a way it reminds me of a gender switched version of Roman Holiday- the idea of a royal going out of the closed atmosphere of the palace and into the world, falling in love with a non-royal, and of course that ending which is both touching and heartbreaking

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I don't know if Pillow Talk (1959) is the prototype romantic comedy, but we see it's story-line in today's movies. The single, successful career woman great at her job but unlucky in love.  In Pillow Talk, Doris Day plays an interior decorator living in a squeaky-clean New York. Her only problem is a telephone party line she shares with a playboy songwriter, played with droll brilliance by Rock Hudson, who composes Broadway tunes. Day can't help but listening to his insincere sweet talk with women, revolted but fascinated at the same time.  And Hudson knows how to push her buttons, in effect telling her to find a man and stop living vicariously through his amorous adventures. 

They meet by chance at a glamorous nightclub called the COPA del RIO, where Hudson knows her identity, but she doesn't know he's the jerk that's monopolizing her phone.  Hudson pretends he's Rex Stetson, an aw-shucks Texan.  (I loved the way Hudson keeps referring to Doris’s character as Ma'am, stretching the word out for effect). From there the film becomes a mad romp, sprinkled with delightful sexual banter. (The writing team won an Oscar for original screenplay). Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter provide great supporting work, Randall as Hudson's neurotic best friend (a role he excelled at), and Ritter as Doris's boozing maid. Alan Jenkins, the fine character actor from Hollywood’s golden era, plays an elevator operator.

We know how it ends. Spoiler Alert: Happily, ever after. The production design is a beaut: Rock's bachelor pad is a young man's dream, and Doris's wardrobe could serve as a Vogue fashion spread.

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It's bruise-your-ribcage funny.

What could be more ludicrous than Rock Hudson 'warning' Doris Day against her new and very masculine Texas heart-throb possibly having a 'hidden effeminate side'. Slyly asking her, if he likes 'swapping recipes' or if he's 'devoted to his mother'.

And then this conversation in turn, forcing prim'n'proper goody-two-shoes Doris Day to insist that the strappin' Texan whisk her off to his wooded cabin because they're "both over 21, after all".

HOOT! HOOT! HOOT! :lol::lol::lol:

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