51. Saving Mr. Banks. Just a spoonful of Emma Thompson makes any movie go down well, although we heard terrible things about the recent one with Pierce Brosnan.
52. Four Weddings and A Funeral. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, we re-viewed the movie to see if we would still enjoy it. We did, although with age comes certain questions like “Charles (Hugh Grant), you dolt, why are you mooning after the American when Fiona (Kristin Scott-Thomas) is on the premises?”
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After Juan mentioned that the number one movie in Australia last week was not The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but Chinese Puzzle, a French movie starring Romain Duris, we remembered our membership in the Romain Duris fan club (since 2007 when we saw The Beat That My Heart Skipped). We feared we had been remiss in our duties and watched Romain’s 2010 film Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur).
Heartbreaker demonstrates that the French can make a rom-com as silly, fluffy and improbable as any Hollywood product, but since we’re kept busy reading the English subtitles we don’t have time to pick holes in the plot. Romain plays a man hired by disapproving relatives to break up relationships they deem unsuitable. Why the father of Vanessa Paradis’s character would want to disrupt her forthcoming nuptials to the perfect man played by Sheriff Walking Dead, we have no idea; we thought all parents were on the side of rich, safe and boring. Romain’s plan: to exploit her fondness for George Michael and the film Dirty Dancing. Seems a stupid plan, until we see this.