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Reynolds deploys likable Clooneyesque goof in this shriekingly self-aware and very violent super-antihero Marvel vehicle
The meta the better. This seems to be the mission statement for this horribly violent, shriekingly self-aware and macabre Marvel super-antihero movie. It’s the funniest Ryan Reynolds film since Van Wilder: Party Liaison, and incidentally finally confirms the hall-of-fame status for Richard Curtis’s “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy…” line from Notting Hill.
Deadpool is dripping in irony, zinging and stinging with pop-culture gags; it begins by spoofing the generic lineup in the credits, giving nobody’s name, just archetypes – “British villain”, etc. Maybe this will evolve for Deadpool 2 with everything simply replaced with the phrase “I know, right?” (It’s a bit like the Cracked.com YouTube spoof trailer for an indie film called Movie Title.) Deadpool gets away with it by barrelling the references past us in an aspartame rush. »
- Peter Bradshaw
It’s thanks to Richard Curtis that Bill Nighy broke into the mainstream, after two decades spent languishing on TV, going from prestige drama to prestige drama in the hallowed halls of the Beeb where he was pretty much wasted.
He really broke out in Hollywood thanks to Richard Curtis making him the heart and soul of Love Actually, and in turn we’ve been gifted twelve years of aloof, dry-witted older gents and curt yet well-spoken villains.
Unfortunately, there are an alarming amount of instances where the character actor’s particular charms appear to be on autopilot and his performances sometimes have the tendency to fall a mite flat.
That’s not to say that we haven’t had our fair share of great Nighy performances; there are a few notable ones that don’t make this list, but are deserving of an honourable mention. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, »
- Dan Woburn
Curtis made his directorial debut with the 2003 film, an ensemble comedy about intersecting couples in the run-up to Christmas, which has become a perennial holiday favourite.
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- Catherine Shoard
So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.
courtesy of totalfilm.com 20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Joshua Gaul
We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
Welcome back to the Definitive List, where for the inaugural top 50, we’re counting down the best romantic comedies. The majority of numbers 50 through 41 weren’t so traditional. A secret-admirer movie, a period piece, a “These two don’t make sense together” movie, and a French fantasy among them, but we still managed to squeak in a Wes Anderson movie and a surrealist masterpiece. It doesn’t get any more traditional from here, as numbers 40 through 31 jumps around just as much, from sub-genre to sub-genre. Regardless, these films have made their mark on the industry and still hold a place in the pantheon of the rom-com hall of fame.
#40. Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar after his dramatic turn in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. He has shown great promise in Wes Anderson’s films. But his best performance to date came in this Harold Ramis »
- Joshua Gaul
6 items from 2016
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